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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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English


Episodes

Joanne Harris: My winter walk

12/9/2022
The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them at this time of year. Author Joanne Harris, best known for her novel Chocolat, describes her favourite walk from Almondbury, near Huddersfield, and up to Castle Hill. (Image credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)

Duration:00:04:19

Inside a hospital under pressure

12/8/2022
The Today programme gained access to a major hospital in Somerset and to social care in the county. Amid looming nurse and ambulance strikes and new data from the NHS on hospital wait times, Today's Mishal Husain visited Musgrove park in Taunton and spoke to A&E consultant James Gagg about their new ‘Ready to Go’ ward. She also spoke to GP Dr Matthew Booker who visits patients with a mobile medical unit, and to Jonathan Higman, Chief Executive of NHS Somerset. (IMAGE CREDIT: BBC)

Duration:00:28:14

Pressure on NHS grows amid strike action

12/7/2022
Paramedics will join nurses in striking before Christmas, at a time when the NHS is grappling with long ambulance waits, growing pressures in A&E, and a lack of social care beds. Today's Mishal Husain spoke to Anne, whose husband has advanced Parkinson's and has been waiting in hospital for over a month to be discharged into care. She also spoke to an NHS paediatric consultant, who contacted the programme, about the "unprecedented levels" of patients she’s seeing at her hospital. She put...

Duration:00:20:46

Are the Christmas strikes justified?

12/6/2022
More workers are expected to walk out as demands grow for better working conditions and pay increases to keep up with inflation. Today's Justin Webb spoke to the General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Lynch, who has advised members to vote no to the Network Rail's ballot ahead of the planned two 48 hours strikes next week - the busiest week for hospitality in the UK. (IMAGE CREDIT: James Manning/PA Wire)

Duration:00:18:38

Keir Starmer on reform plans, private schools and the single market

12/5/2022
Today Labour is unveiling a report that includes recommending the House of Lords is replaced with an elected chamber if his party wins the next election. Today's Mishal Husain spoke to Opposition Leader Keir Starmer about those plans, private schools and whether rejoining the European single market would boost economic growth. (IMAGE CREDIT: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire)

Duration:00:15:28

GPs struggling with the health care system

12/3/2022
The health care system has been in the news all week. Particularly the long ambulance waits outside A&E departments and delays releasing patients into social care. The President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Andrew Boyle, told the Today programme: “These problems we’re seeing with hospitals and ambulance emergency services are markers of a whole system problem.” The GP is often a patient’s first contact with the health care system - how are these issues affecting one of the...

Duration:00:13:19

My winter walk

12/3/2022
The Today programme has asked some well-known voices to tell us about their favourite walks at this time of year. Stephen Moss, naturalist, author and birdwatcher, describes his 'walk with a difference' along the Somerset coast since suffering a stroke three weeks earlier. (Image credit: Stephen Moss)

Duration:00:05:14

Leicester, in the aftermath of violence

12/2/2022
For many years Leicester has been upheld as an example of social cohesion and tolerance. However this year there has been large scale unrest, with clashes breaking out between sections of the Hindu and Muslim communities. Dozens of people were arrested and several police officers hurt in September. And what can the police and community leaders do to stop the escalation? But what's really behind the violence and why is it happening now? The Today programme’s Mishal Husain spoke to the mayor...

Duration:00:14:35

Hunter Davies: My winter walk

11/26/2022
The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. Author Hunter Davies, best known for the only authorised biography of the Beatles, describes his favourite walk along Ryde Sands on the Isle of Wight. (Image Credit: Laura Palmer/BBC)

Duration:00:05:55

Jojo Moyes: My winter walk

11/22/2022
The Today programme has asked some well-known voices to tell us about their favourite walks at this time of year. Novelist and journalist Jojo Moyes - best known for 'Me Before You' - describes a walk where she is often accompanied by her dogs in Essex, and how it’s helped her when life is challenging. (Image Credit: Jojo Moyes)

Duration:00:04:19

Michelle Gallen: My winter walk

11/17/2022
The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. Author Michelle Gallen, who wrote 'Big Girl, Small Town' and 'Factory Girls', describes her favourite walk near her childhood home in Castlederg, West Tyrone. (Image Credit: Deci Gallen)

Duration:00:04:16

Michael Morpurgo: My winter walk

11/11/2022
The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. Author Michael Morpurgo, best known for children's novel War Horse, describes his favourite stroll near his home in Devon.

Duration:00:05:13

Gillian Clarke: My winter walk

11/10/2022
The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. The poet, who was National Poet of Wales from 2008 to 2016, Gillian Clarke has chosen a path close to her home in Ceredigion.

Duration:00:04:13

Kate Mosse: My winter walk

11/9/2022
The Today programme invites some well known faces to speak about their favourite winter walk. Novelist and history writer Kate Mosse describes her walk through Fishbourne Marshes, near Chichester in West Sussex, from the old duck pond round to Bosham and back again. (Image credit: James Watkins/ BBC)

Duration:00:05:18

Simon Armitage: My winter walk

11/8/2022
The Today programme is inviting some famous faces to speak about their favourite winter walk. Poet Laureate Simon Armitage describes his walks up Pule Hill, the high point above Marsden and an exposed look-out post over Yorkshire, Lancashire and a high corner of Derbyshire. (Image, Simon Armistage, Credit, Emma Gibbs, BBC)

Duration:00:06:02

Rory Kinnear: My winter walk

11/7/2022
The Today programme is inviting some famous faces to describe their favourite winter walk. Actor Rory Kinnear lovingly tells of walking his son and daughter to school. (Image, Rory Kinnear, Credit, Sarah Jeynes, BBC)

Duration:00:03:55

CEO of Ryanair Group, Michael O’Leary

8/11/2022
Michael O’Leary has been Chief Executive of Ryanair since 1994, and was appointed CEO of Ryanair Holdings, Europe’s largest airline group, in 2019. He’s been speaking to Today’s business presenter Sean Farrington about his unhappiness with post-Brexit Britain, the impact of inflation on his business, and why we’ve probably seen the last of the €10 flight. (Image, Michael O'Leary; Credit, Getty Images)

Duration:00:34:58

Chairman of John Lewis Partnership, Dame Sharon White

8/9/2022
Dame Sharon White is the Chairman of John Lewis Partnership. Overseeing a team of 80,000 partners working at branches and offices of supermarket Waitrose and department store John Lewis around the country, White took over the retailer in February 2020. She talks to Today’s business presenter Sean Farrington about the number of people who have left the labour market since covid and the impact she believes it could have on the economy. (Image, Dame Sharon White, Credit, John Lewis Partnership)

Duration:00:38:22

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