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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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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

Ngozi Fulani: Palace race incident was ‘abuse’

12/1/2022
Ngozi Fulani, who founded domestic violence charity Sistah Space, was questioned about her background by Lady Susan Hussey, Prince William's godmother, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Ms Fulani was at the reception representing her London-based charity, which supports women of African and Caribbean heritage across the UK who have faced domestic and sexual abuse. The late Queen's lady-in-waiting has since resigned. The palace described the remarks as unacceptable and deeply regrettable, and...

Duration:00:15:12

Your life in their hands

11/30/2022
Amid the immense strain on the NHS today, with nurses going on strike, and more than 7 million people waiting for routine hospital operations, there is a paradox of sorts. Even as we face severe staff shortages, we have a lot more students wanting to be doctors than medical school places to accommodate them. According to the Medical Schools Council, last year there were over three times more applications than places available. The University of Newcastle has one of the top medical schools in...

Duration:00:13:41

Historic moment for treatment of Alzheimer's

11/30/2022
A major trial of an experimental dementia drug has shown - for the first time - that the progression of early stage Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed down. Nearly two thousand patients took part in the study, including some in the UK. The effects of the treatment – called lecanemab – were small, but the Alzheimer's Society said they had the potential to be game-changing. The Today programme’s Amol Rajan spoke to Professor Sir John Hardy, who is credited with creating the major theory of the...

Duration:00:08:29

Interview: Olena Zelenska

11/29/2022
Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, has urged people in the UK not to "get used to" the tragedy of what is happening in her country, saying she hoped Britain would continue to offer political, financial and humanitarian help. On a visit to London, where she will meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and MPs, Ms Zelenska spoke to Today’s Mishal Husain through an interpreter. (Image: Olena Zelenska in the Radio 4 Today Programme studio, Image credit: Anton Kulakovskyi)

Duration:00:06:21

Changes to online safety bill no longer force platforms to remove legal but harmful content

11/29/2022
Today the government published the latest version of the Online Harms Bill. Companies could face huge fines if they don't ban under age children, but ministers have dropped plans for restrictions on content described as legal but harmful. Instead, because of concerns about freedom of speech, people can filter out that kind of content for themselves. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to Molly Russell’s father, Ian Russell, and Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan about the changes. (IMAGE CREDIT:...

Duration:00:15:19

Today Guest Editors are announced

11/28/2022
Today has announced this year’s Guest Editors, with seven taking over the programme during the festive period, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Jamie Oliver. For the past 19 years, the programme has handed over the editorial reins to high-profile public figures during the week between Christmas and New Year. This year’s line-up includes: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – British-Iranian national who was detained in Iran Björn Ulvaeus – ABBA legend Jamie Oliver – Chef...

Duration:00:07:51

Misogyny, racism and bullying found in fire service

11/26/2022
The London Fire Brigade is "institutionally” misogynist and racist, according a report into its culture. The review, conducted by the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for north-west England, Nazir Afzal, concludes that unless the "toxic culture" is tackled other firefighters will take their own lives. The independent review was established by the London Fire Commissioner after a trainee firefighter took his own life in August 2020. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to Mr Afzal, who told her that he...

Duration:00:15:09

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

Nurses to strike in biggest walkout in the NHS's history

11/25/2022
The Royal College of Nursing has announced strikes on 15 and 20 December in its pay dispute with the government. Nurses will still provide emergency care, but routine services will be hit. It is set to be the biggest walkout by nurses in the NHS's history and will take place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Today's Mishal Husain speaks to Pat Cullen, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, and Nick Hulme, CEO of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Today's...

Duration:00:18:01

Social Housing Tragedies: “How does this happen?”

11/24/2022
How does this happen? That was the question asked by the coroner investigating the death of 2 year old Awaab Ishak who died from exposure to mould on the walls of his parents’ one bed flat. The government has now stripped the association involved, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH), of £1m in expected funding. Housing charity Shelter says there’s “absolutely no excuse” for housing associations to be failing tenants. Today's Nick Robinson spoke to Shelter’s chief executive Polly Neate, as...

Duration:00:20:08

Home Office Asylum cases delayed

11/23/2022
Delays in the time taken to process asylum claims have been compounded as inexperienced and low-paid staff have been hired to handle applications, several insiders have told BBC Two's Newsnight. Local councils are complaining about the number of asylum seekers - 37,000 - they’re having to house in hotels, and most recent figure for the backlog of people waiting for decisions, from June, came to 122,000. Home Office staff told Newsnight’s UK Editor, Sima Kotecha, that this was slowing down...

Duration:00:15:57

The Today Debate: Channel crossings and the asylum system. Can we fix it?

11/22/2022
Joining Mishal for the Today Debate were the Conservative Leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough; the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover; the Daily Telegraph Columnist, Sherelle Jacobs; former head of the UK Border Force, Tony Smith and the Labour Peer and former Director of the human rights organisation Liberty, Baroness Shami Chakrabati.

Duration:00:38:09

Nasa spacecraft arrives at Moon’s orbit

11/22/2022
Nasa's Artemis spacecraft has arrived at the Moon – sending back selfies as it orbited the lunar surface. It marks a crucial milestone in Nasa’s first crew-capable moon mission for 50 years. The space agency hopes it will eventually lead to the Moon becoming a base for long-term space exploration. Today’s Nick Robinson spoke to Catherine Heyman, Scotland’s Astronomer Royal, and Sian Cleaver, who’s worked on a key component of the Artemis Orion spacecraft for Airbus. (Image, Artemis' Orion...

Duration:00:10:44

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