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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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London, United Kingdom

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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

Health Secretary: Mandatory vaccines are 'unethical'

12/9/2021
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a toughening of Covid restrictions in England to slow the spread of Omicron variant. They include wearing a mask in theatres and cinemas from Friday, and asking people to work at home from Monday if they can. This comes as an investigation into a Christmas party in Downing Street last year has begun following a video which emerged of staff joking about a party at No 10. Government spokeswoman Allegra Stratton resigned on Wednesday after the...

Duration:00:15:44

Today: 09/12/2021

12/9/2021
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Downing Street party: 'Straight answer' needed from PM

12/8/2021
Nearly a year ago when the spread of the Kent variant was causing great concern among the government’s scientific advisers, London was in Tier 3 which meant it was forbidden to meet in a social gathering indoors with anyone outside your household, but some staff at No 10 were reported to have held a Christmas party - a story originally broken by the Mirror newspaper. Since then Downing Street and a series of ministers have insisted that everything was within the rules. On Tuesday, ITV...

Duration:00:10:12

Today: 08/12/2021

12/8/2021
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Reported problems were ignored, says grandfather

12/7/2021
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was killed aged six by his father and stepmother in June 2020. Emma Tustin was convicted of Arthur's murder and sentenced to a minimum of 29 years while his father, Thomas Hughes, was found guilty of his manslaughter and received a 21 year sentence. Today's Nick Robinson speaks to Arthur's maternal grandfather, Peter Halcrow, about the warning signs which he says were ignored leading up to his murder. Nick also speaks to Baroness Hilary Armstrong, former Labour Cabinet...

Duration:00:10:45

Today: 07/12/2021

12/7/2021
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Government announces 10-year drug strategy

12/6/2021
In a ten year strategy for England and Wales the government is pledging to disrupt more county lines gangs and announcing other measures include more testing of people at the point of arrest. This comes against stark figures on record high drug related deaths and spending on treatment and prevention which has fallen substantially since 2014. Newly appointed Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper speaks to Today’s Justin Webb about the proposals. Speaking to Mishal Husain on the programme was...

Duration:00:21:53

Today: 06/12/2021

12/6/2021
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Today: 04/12/2021

12/4/2021
Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:02:00:00

Government has ‘lost its grip’ on dealing with Afghan refugees

12/3/2021
Since the Taliban took hold of Afghanistan, the UK promised to help re-home Afghans who had worked with British forces. Out of the 15,000 who came to the UK, 12,000 people are still waiting to be given a permanent home. The BBC’s Special Correspondent Lucy Manning met one Afghan interpreter who has started to build his permanent life in the UK, after he was offered a home in Aberdeen. Labour Cllr Nick Forbes, who is chair of the Asylum, Migration and Refugee Task Group at the Local...

Duration:00:07:23

Today: 03/12/2021

12/3/2021
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Today: 02/12/2021

12/2/2021
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

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

Today guest edits: George the Poet

12/31/2019
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)

Duration:01:04:58

Today guest edits: Greta Thunberg

12/30/2019
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...

Duration:01:10:31