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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.

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The GP shortage

4/23/2018
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Patients could be left without a GP because there aren't enough doctors who want to work in general practice, doctors have warned. Across England the NHS aims to recruit 5,000 more GPs, but the total number of full-time GPs dropped by a thousand last year. Some GP surgeries say they are struggling to cope. (Image: Doctor with patient; credit: Getty Images)

Duration:00:08:44

Syria: 'There's terror on both sides'

4/23/2018
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A group of British Christians has been criticised for a trip to Syria where they met with political leaders and Syria's controversial Grand Mufti, the country's most senior Muslim cleric. They had planned their visit before the latest chemical weapons attack and the Western airstrikes. But should they have gone at all? (Image: Destroyed building in Syria; Credit: AFP)

Duration:00:05:06

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

4/23/2018
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America's sanctions against Russia are hitting hard and some of the victims are in the West (Image: Pure aluminium ingots at the Rusal Krasnoyarsk aluminium smelter. Credit: Reuters)

Duration:00:12:17

'Van the Man'

4/23/2018
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Van Morrison's album Astral Weeks was released 50 years ago and is now considered by some to be up there with the finest albums ever recorded. The Belfast-born singer-songwriter is about to release his 39th studio album. He spoke to Front Row presenter John Wilson about returning to his musical roots. (Image: Van Morrison, credit: BBC)

Duration:00:10:04

What next for Syria?

4/21/2018
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In this podcast, we talk to General Martin Dempsey, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and author of 'Radical Inclusion', about the action Donald Trump took over chemical weapons and the prospects for the wider conflict now. (Image: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Duration:00:12:13

Shhhhhhhh....

4/20/2018
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Marx, Bram Stoker and Lenin were all devotees of what is perhaps the most famous quiet space in Britain, the reading room of the British Museum. After being closed for nearly five years it will re-open briefly but instead of silence it will, as part of a unique music festival, host a concert of Gyorgy Ligeti's symphonic poem for 100 metronomes. The reading room's long term future is still uncertain but its role as a haven for silent contemplation looks to be over...

Duration:00:04:44

National Trust needs to be more 'radical'

4/20/2018
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Hilary McGrady, the new director-general of the National Trust says the organisation needs to be more radical. She plans to reach out to people living in towns and cities. (Image: Hilary McGrady. Credit: Steve Haywood, National Trust )

Duration:00:06:14

Cuba's new leader

4/19/2018
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Cuba will soon have a new leader after nearly 60 years of being ruled by the Castros. For a relatively small island, it played a crucial role in the Cold War. The Cuban missile crisis was as close as the world has come to a nuclear confrontation. It's still ruled by communists, but President Obama took some big steps towards ending decades of confrontation. Ben Rhodes advised him during those years and told Today what he thinks of Cuba's new leadership. (Image: Raul Castro and Miguel...

Duration:00:06:17

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban

4/19/2018
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Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government's bid to cut plastic waste. Announcing a consultation on a possible ban, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: "It's a worldwide emergency - that's why we're choosing to act. It's also why we're working with other Commonwealth countries." (Image: Michael Gove, credit: Getty Images)

Duration:00:15:48

Honouring Leonard Bernstein

4/19/2018
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In the 1950s, West Side Story, a musical based on gang wars mixed with Shakespeare, was a revolutionary idea.Its composer Leonard Bernstein was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. This year, the centenary of his birth will be marked with a special series of performances at the Proms. To mark what would have been his 100th birthday there will be a Proms debut for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Marin Alsop, a former student of his. Leonard...

Duration:00:06:24

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

4/19/2018
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What next for Britain's biggest shopping centre owner now that the Intu deal has fallen through? (Image: Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre. Image: Getty Images)

Duration:00:11:59

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

4/18/2018
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Is India interested in a post-Brexit free trade deal with Britain? (Image: Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: Getty Images)

Duration:00:13:56

War powers act

4/17/2018
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Jeremy Corbyn has called for a war powers act so Parliament is consulted before any military action. MPs will debate his proposal in the Commons today. Many recall that the words "we will enshrine in law the necessity of consulting Parliament on military action" were first used not by Mr Corbyn but by William Hague, Conservative Foreign Secretary in 2011 when David Cameron's government launched attacks on Libya. Now the former foreign secretary says it isn't practical to have a war powers...

Duration:00:11:51

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

4/17/2018
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Might we all feel better this year as wages grow faster than inflation (Image: woman's hands holding pound coins and banknotes. Credit: Getty Images)

Duration:00:12:06

Windrush generation faces deportation

4/16/2018
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Many long-term immigrants are fearing for their future, having been told they are in the UK illegally. Thousands of people, known as the Windrush generation, arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago. Under the 1971 Immigration Act, all Commonwealth citizens already living in the UK were given indefinite leave to remain. However, the Home Office did not keep a record of those granted leave to remain or issue any paperwork confirming it,...

Duration:00:09:50

Are tennis balls green or yellow?

4/16/2018
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Why do we see colours so differently? In recent weeks Twitter followers have been debating passionately whether tennis balls are green or yellow. One study from the US even suggests that men and women see colours differently - with men less proficient than women when it comes to shades. We speak to Stephen Westland, professor of colour science and technology at the University of Leeds, and Jules Standish, personal style and colour consultant and lecturer at the London College of Style....

Duration:00:05:08

Labour on legality of airstrikes

4/16/2018
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Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti on why parliamentarians should have been able to have their say before the government took part in the Syria airstrike at the weekend. She told Martha Kearney: "You can’t use force just to punish Syria for bad behaviour." Political editor Laura Kuenssberg provides analysis on the debate in Westminster as MPs return for the first day of the new term.

Duration:00:13:31

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

4/16/2018
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What next for advertising firm WPP after the departure of Sir Martin Sorrell? (Image: Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer of WPP. Credit: Getty Images)

Duration:00:12:13

Friday's business with Rob Young

4/13/2018
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British Airway's owner, International Airlines Group, is thinking of buying no-frills airline Norwegian Air Shuttle. Why? Plus VW's new boss and markets. (Photo: Getty)

Duration:00:11:36

Syria 'chemical attack'

4/12/2018
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Theresa May has called her ministers back to London to seek their support for joining an American attack on the Syrian regime. Donald Trump has used Twitter to warn Russia: "Get Ready... the missiles are coming". We speak to Sir John Sawers, former MI6 chief and BBC's Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner. (Image: Reported airstrike in Syria, credit: AFP)

Duration:00:15:56

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