Tortoise 12+

Slow news. Not breaking news‪.‬


Designed for iPad

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Tortoise – the slow newsroom making sense of a fast-moving world.

The free Tortoise app is home to our award-winning audio stories and investigations and our flagship Sensemaker newsletter, a daily news briefing on the stories that matter.

At Tortoise, we don’t focus on breaking news, but what’s driving it. We take the time to see the bigger picture, investigate the unseen, and open our journalism up. All to help you make sense of what is going on around us.


An editorially curated feed featuring all our original audio stories and narrative investigations, along with regular shows including the Sensemaker, The News Meeting and Trendy. You’ll also find handpicked playlists from Tortoise journalists, featuring their recommendations and top picks from the best in audio journalism.

Tortoise News.
Sensemaker – One story every day to make sense of the world.
The News Meeting – Three journalists pitch the stories they think should be leading the news to Tortoise’s Editor, James Harding.
Trendy – Polling expert John Curtice and former Downing Street advisor Rachel Wolf explore the trends that shape what voters think and politicians do.


The world can feel pretty confusing at times. Let us help make sense of it. Published every weekday morning, the Daily Sensemaker is your daily news briefing on the stories from around the world that matter. Our journalists summarise the headlines and unpick the big stories of the day, so you don’t have to.


Browse our entire catalogue of podcasts and Daily Sensemakers. From binge-worthy, box set investigations to our daily and weekly shows, listen to all our award-winning audio journalism in high-fidelity. If you prefer your news in the written form, you can also read previous editions of the Daily Sensemaker.

Stay in the know.

Allow push notifications to keep up-to-date with our regular series, investigative podcasts and sensemaking journalism. Find out when new episodes are released and stay on top of the news with our daily briefings.

Support us.

Slow down and wise up with Tortoise membership. Join us as a member for £6.99 a month to get early, ad-free access to our podcasts, plus our daily newsletters or join us for £99.99 a year:
- A 30-day free trial*
- Access to all our newsletters
- Tickets to live events
- Discounts on guest tickets, merch and more

The small print.
* Our 30-day free trial is only available to new members on annual memberships.
- When joining us as a member on a monthly basis, payment will be charged immediately in your local currency.
- When paying on an annual basis, payment will be charged in your local currency after your 30-day free trial.

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What’s New

Version 2.8.107

- Updated logic for image presentation
- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

old man and the sea ,

Sounds great ... Actually it is

I like the ideas behind ‘Tortoise’. Their response to the shallow frenzy of sound bites that characterize current news media, is to turn to carefully considered, well written analyses of the big issues that shape our lives and our world, and to hold ‘ThinkIn’ meetings that allow members and invited attendees to talk about ideas without resorting to ‘question time’ showcasing. It’s refreshing and welcome.

After signing up for the snow newsletter, which give access to some of the topics on offer, I was impressed enough to commit to membership. I am so glad I did.

AnotherFineMess ,

Nice looking app .. refinements needed

Firstly overall this is a potentially nice app but initially I found it very frustrating as I was expecting to be able to access the written articles as well.. I have since realised these are only available outside of the app. This is a shame but now I know I’ll just have to work around that. The two gripes I do have are 1. Please normalise the volume across different articles. I listened to several articles no problem and then one was at a much lower volume level.. So much so that on bone conduction headphones out in the open I had to stop and wait until I was back home. 2. The play banner at the bottom of the screen is far too big i so not need a permanent play panel overlaying up to 20% of the screen. Much better to have a decent sized tap toggle button to show/hide this panel. The app feels to me like it has been put together by someone with little UI/UX experience … please put yourself in the head of the user not the designer. In many ways I’m not sure what advantage this app now provides over a standard podcast approach As always the tortoise content itself is pretty good albeit quite expensive

SeanC1966 ,

Disappointing Upgrade

Although the app looks better the player is disappointing.
Now you have a choice of 3 playback speeds, 0.5, 1x or 2x. I like to play my podcasts faster and I like more granular control. 2x is too fast for me. I usually sit around 1.5x and then slow it down if someone has a particularly strong accent. My usual podcast player I can change it in stages of 0.1. This would be much better. To say the app is biased towards listening now and then to launch it with a player that lacks the basics of other players lacks thought and planning. Maybe they should’ve asked their subscribers what they wanted. The contact button in app also does not open my email app, it tells me I need to install Mail and takes me straight to the App Store and the Apple mail app page. 🤦‍♂️

Developer Response ,

Thank you, Sean, for your feedback. We appreciate your suggestions and have forwarded your comments to our development team, and they will be incorporating more granular audio controls in a future release. Additionally, we are actively working on implementing a new contact solution to address the inconvenience of requiring Apple Mail to be installed on your phone.

We value your input and are committed to continuously improving our app based on user feedback.

App Privacy

The developer, Tortoise, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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