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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.

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Schools face tough decisions as food prices continue to soar

5/17/2022
Soaring food inflation could mean that schools have to choose between serving smaller portions and using cheaper ingredients, warns the boss of one of the UK’s largest food wholesalers. “This is going to lead to some difficult decisions for school caterers: either they are going to serve smaller portions or use cheaper ingredients, which isn’t going to be good for the children,” Chief Executive of Bidfood Andrew Selley told Today’s Justin Webb. He’s also urging the government to extend the...

Duration:00:09:20

Energy regulator announces quarterly review of prices

5/16/2022
The cost-of-living crisis, in which millions of people - especially the old and the poor - are facing extreme hardship, is above all the consequence of inflation in energy costs. This increase in energy prices is caused by global factors – from the post-pandemic pressure on supply chains to Russia's invasion of Ukraine – which have caused wholesale prices to soar. Ofgem has changed how they will run the energy price-cap so that it can be revised more than just every six months. They say this...

Duration:00:10:36

The countryside's rising cost of living

5/14/2022
The Norfolk countryside may be blossoming in the sunshine this weekend but like many rural areas, it is feeling the impact of the rising cost of living. Today's Martha Kearney meets some of those Norfolk residents worrying about their bills and also examines another big issue in eastern England - planned new electricity pylons. (Photo: Martha Kearney with livery manager Harley Moon. Credit: Joel Moors/BBC)

Duration:00:24:18

Rees-Mogg defends civil service cuts plan

5/13/2022
The government wants to cut up to 91,000 civil service jobs to save money. Today’s Justin Webb speaks to the head of the civil service union and to Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency. (Image Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire)

Duration:00:17:33

‘Even though the iPod might be gone, it’ll never be forgotten,’ says inventor

5/12/2022
Apple announced it was going to discontinue the iPod after 21 years which brings an end to the device widely praised for revolutionising how people listen to music. Amol Rajan spoke to its inventor Tony Fadell about the iPod’s legacy, recent technological developments and his new book ‘Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making things worth Making.’ (Image Credit: Press Association)

Duration:00:10:03

Interview: Jimmy McGovern

5/11/2022
At the BAFTAS last weekend another hit from Jimmy McGovern was honoured. The prison drama Time won best mini-series and best actor for Sean Bean. For the programme which was broadcast from Liverpool, Mishal Husain speaks to screenwriter Jimmy McGovern about his work and how the city’s changed over his life. (Image Credit: BBC)

Duration:00:06:38

Jacky Wright’s Today Programme

1/3/2022
Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft US. For her Today guest edit, she asked whether young people are being taught the skills they need for the workplaces and jobs of the future. She grew up in Tottenham, North London, and went back for the programme, asking A level students at a school there what they thought would make them employable. She also used the programme to explore what everyday life was like for the generation of multiracial children...

Duration:01:40:05

Mina Smallman’s Today programme

1/1/2022
Mina Smallman, guest edited our first Today programme of 2022. Mina is a former Church of England archdeacon and school principal, who began campaigning on violence against women and equity in how victims are seen after two of her daughters were murdered. Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were murdered in a London park in 2020. For her programme Mina invited Mishal Husain to accompany her and her family and friends on a difficult visit back to the place where Nicole and Bibaa died, where a...

Duration:00:32:41

Dr Jane Goodall’s Today Programme

12/31/2021
Dr Jane Goodall is a primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. She is best known for revolutionising the world's understanding of chimpanzees. She used her Today guest edit to explore some of the ways we can inspire change to protect animals and our environment. She asked the BBC’s Climate Editor, Justin Rowlatt, to look at the links between poverty and climate change. The programme featured reporting from Tanzania where 30 years ago Jane challenged a...

Duration:00:36:30

General Sir Nick Carter’s Today Programme

12/30/2021
General Sir Nick Carter is a retired senior army officer who served as the UK’s Chief of Defence Staff until November this year. He used his Today guest edit to focus on the fallout from the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. He spoke to former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the man in charge of the country before the Taliban takeover. He also chatted with retired racing legend AP McCoy about what his own retirement might have in store for him. Finally, Sir Nick explored his deep love...

Duration:01:02:56

Raheem Sterling’s Today Programme

12/29/2021
The England and Manchester City footballer, Raheem Sterling used his Today programme guest edit to look at the issue of social mobility, after launching his own foundation earlier this year. His programme featured reporting from Jamaica where he was born and North London where he grew up. For his programme he also sat down with England manager, Gareth Southgate, the man he credits for his transition from being a target for a hostile press to a young man now trying to be the role model which...

Duration:00:52:28

Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate in conversation

12/29/2021
Today programme guest editor, the England and Manchester City player, Raheem Sterling wanted discuss what he, his team mates and the country had learned following the Euros this summer. For his programme he sat down with England manager, Gareth Southgate, the man he credits for his transition from being a target for a hostile press to a young man now trying to be the role model which so many call on footballers to become. Nick Robinson travelled to St George’s Park to meet them both.

Duration:00:35:51

James Rebanks’ Today Programme

12/28/2021
James Rebanks is a Cumbrian sheep farmer and bestselling author. He used his Today programme guest edit to focus on the government's changes to farm subsidies and to look at whether urban farms can create healthy and happy communities. He discussed whether the British countryside is diverse enough and asked how it can attract a workforce that better reflects modern Britain. Finally, indoctrinated by his father who took him to his first game at Anfield when he was ten, James Rebanks wanted us...

Duration:00:35:20

Michael Dobbs’ Today Programme

12/27/2021
Lord Dobbs, Michael Dobbs, is a Conservative Peer and author. He has written more than 20 books, but is best known for his political thriller House of Cards. He used his Today Programme guest edit to look at prostate cancer, after his diagnosis earlier this year. It’s a disease which killed his father and brother. His programme also featured a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall about the importance of reading and a special retelling of the Christmas story from Joseph’s perspective,...

Duration:00:35:28

Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

1/1/2021
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...

Duration:00:47:58

Evan Spiegel’s Today programme

1/1/2021
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)

Duration:01:04:49

Margaret Atwood’s Today programme

12/31/2020
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...

Duration:00:55:29

Lewis Hamilton’s Today programme

12/30/2020
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...

Duration:00:50:11

Sir Jeremy Farrar’s Today programme

12/28/2020
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,...

Duration:00:50:18

Prue Leith's Today programme

12/24/2020
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)

Duration:00:36:31