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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.


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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.




Stephen Sondheim dies at the age of 91

One of the greatest figures in the history of musical theatre Stephen Sondheim has died at the age of 91. Andrew Lloyd Webber reflects on the life of the American lyricist and composer. (Image Credit: Reuters)


Bill proposes recognising Down syndrome as a specific minority group

A new bill to recognise people with Down syndrome as a specific minority group has been proposed by former Conservative cabinet member Dr Liam Fox. The condition, caused by an extra chromosome, brings many challenges usually including a degree of learning difficulties. Actor Tommy Jessop, who played Terry Boyle in the “Line of Duty” series speaks to Today’s Martha Kearney about the proposals. Also speaking to the programme is Ken Ross, who is a trustee of Down Syndrome Policy Group. (Image...


Could AI send human history in a dangerous direction?

In his new book with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt discusses the dangerous direction artificial intelligence could take human history in. The former chairman of Google talks to Today’s Nick Robinson about the concerns he has. (Image Credit:Getty Creative)


At least 27 people die in the Channel trying to get to the UK

At least 27 people have drowned in the English Channel near Calais after their boat sank. The International Organization for Migration said it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014. Among them were five women and a child. Despite worsening weather, the crossings have continued this morning. Two boats have been brought to Dover carrying around 40 people. Today’s Martha Kearney speaks to French MP Bruno Bonnell and UK Immigration Minister...


Progesterone recommended to prevent early miscarriages

There's fresh hope for women who experience a number of miscarriages early on in their pregnancy. The health watchdog NICE is recommending the use of the hormone progesterone which helps strengthen the lining of the womb. It's estimated that one in four pregnancies are lost - mostly in the first three months. The advice is based on research done in the PRISM trial. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to one of the women who took part in the trial, Faye Smith. Also speaking on the programme is...


AstraZeneca Boss: Jab limited UK Covid hospitalisations

The biggest science lab in the UK, which is also the biggest investment AstraZeneca has ever made, had its formal opening in Cambridge on Tuesday. Today's Justin Webb went to Cambridge to speak to Pascal Soriot, the boss of AstraZeneca, about his hopes for the £1bn research facility and the key role the AZ vaccine has had in reducing serious illness and death from Covid-19. (Image: Researcher working on AstraZeneca Vaccine, Credit: John Cairns/University of Oxford/PA Wire)


Should there be a diplomatic boycott of China’s Winter Olympics?

There are continued concerns about the Chinese tennis star, Peng Shuai, despite officials from the International Olympic Committee confirming they've had a video conversation with her. The IOC said Ms Peng had assured them she was safe and well, but that she wanted her privacy respected. Peng Shuai disappeared earlier this month shortly after claiming she'd been sexually assaulted by a former senior Communist Party official. The Women's Tennis Association says it's still not satisfied that...


‘My incredible doctor brother’

Dr Irfan Halim took ill in September, after spending much of the last 18 months on the NHS frontline during the pandemic. Nine weeks later, he died after contracting Covid-19. He had dedicated 25 years of work to the NHS as a surgeon. His brother, Amir, speaks to Mishal Husain about the loss of not just Irfan, but also of their father Kamal, who also died from complications of the virus.


Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover, presents the highlights from her guest edit of Today. The South African concept ‘Ubuntu’ or “I am because you are” is at the heart of her programme, reflecting on our common humanity. She hears from students at a pupil referrals unit, the charity Justice Defenders who work to improve access to justice, and also a Uighur child refugee exiled in Turkey. Including Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney. (Image: Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, credit: Jim...


Evan Spiegel’s Today programme

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel presents all the highlights from his guest edit for Today, on the theme of the future of the USA. He looks at what big ideas have shaped modern America and what will continue to define it, including justice reform, how society can make wiser investments and the balance of power between tech companies and government. Including Mishal Husain and Simon Jack. (Image: Evan Spiegel, credit: Snap Inc)


Margaret Atwood’s Today programme

Twice Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood guest edits Today, looking at the theme of change. She interviews climate activist (and 2019 Today guest editor) Greta Thunberg and speaks to The Prince of Wales about campaigning for the environment over several decades. Also, Margaret’s Booker Prize co-winner Bernardine Evaristo speaks to gal-dem founder Liv Little and birdwatcher extraordinaire Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl. Hosted by Margaret Atwood - including Martha Kearney and Mishal...


Lewis Hamilton’s Today programme

Record-breaking Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton guest edits Today, looking at black British history, the environment, and the power of sport. Lewis speaks to historian Professor David Olusoga about the Black Lives Matter movement and black British historical figures who deserve more attention. We also hear from conservationist Dame Jane Goodall on animal extinction, and find out how motor racing is trying to become more environmentally friendly. Presented by Nick Robinson and Justin...


Sir Jeremy Farrar’s Today programme

Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the health research foundation Wellcome Trust, guest edits Today along the theme of uncertainty and clarity in complex times. Sir Jeremy speaks to Dr Anthony Fauci about mixing politics and science, and we hear from Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, on leading in uncertain times. Author Elif Shafak gives a more literary take on uncertainty, and England cricketers Sir Andrew Strauss and Nat Sciver discuss how elite sport has adapted in 2020. Also,...


Prue Leith's Today programme

Highlights from Prue Leith's guest edit, presented by Prue herself. Including... a discussion of the issue of assisted dying and how hospitals are trying to improve their food. Also - two cherries on top of an already lovely cake - Prue having a singing lesson... and Olympic diver Tom Daley discussing craft and the new swimming trunks he has crocheted! Also featuring Justin Webb and Mishal Husain. Enjoy. (Image: Prue Leith Credit: Clive Holmes Agency)


Today guest edits: George the Poet

All the highlights from podcaster and spoken word artist George the Poet's guest edited programme, including a reflection of identity in Uganda, DJ Target on the development of grime music, Ziggy Marley on legalising marijuana, economist Mariana Mazzucato on how society thinks about value, and are video games good for your brain? Presented by Martha Kearney and Sarah Smith, and additional sound design by Benbrick. (Image: George the Poet, credit: BBC)


Today guest edits: Greta Thunberg

All the highlights from climate activist Greta Thunberg's guest edited programme, including Mishal Husain interviewing her father Svante Thunberg and Greta speaking to Sir David Attenborough for the first time. Also, outgoing Bank of England chief Mark Carney on how the financial sector can tackle climate change, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja on reducing the music industry’s carbon blueprint, and Shell’s Maarten Wetselaar on big energy’s environmental impact. Presented by Mishal Husain...


Today guest edits: Charles Moore

All the highlights from Margaret Thatcher biographer and former Telegraph editor Charles Moore's guest edited programme. It includes US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook on violent protests in the country, Charles' nephew Felix on being autistic and transgender, former Conservative leader Lord Michael Howard on why the judiciary needs to change, and Charles sets out the case against the BBC's funding model. Presented by Justin Webb and Nick Robinson. (Image: Charles Moore, credit:...


Today guest edits: Baroness Hale

All the highlights from Supreme Court President Baroness Hale's guest edited programme, including Baroness Hale in conversation with US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clive Coleman going on a tour of the Supreme Court, a report on coercive control, a discussion about justice in opera with Sir Simon Keenlyside and Ian Bostridge and a Vogue editor on what your jewellery says about you. Presented by Nick Robinson and Justin Webb. (Image: Baroness Hale. Credit: BBC)


Today guest edits: Grayson Perry

All the highlights from artist Grayson Perry's guest edited programme, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams on faith and political myths, how tinnitus affects singer-songwriter KT Tunstall's life and work, political satire with Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, and if there's a link between sexual fantasies and how you vote with Joe Twyman from Deltapoll. Presented by Justin Webb and Nick Robinson. (Image: Grayson Perry, credit: BBC)