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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

'Police state' fear over new law

1/17/2022
The Lords will debate the crime and police bill that among other things makes protesting more difficult and in some cases gives the home secretary the right to ban more protests and creates a new offence of blocking roads and railways with a prison sentence attached. Crossbench peer Baroness Cavendish, who worked for David Cameron, fears the new law means the UK is "sleep walking into a police state" with the plans. We also hear from Labour's Baroness Chakrabarti and Conservative former...

Duration:00:15:45

Today: 17/01/2022

1/17/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Today: 15/01/2022

1/15/2022
Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:02:00:00

Racism in cricket ‘endemic’, say MPs

1/14/2022
The government should limit public funding for cricket unless there is "continuous, demonstrable progress" on eradicating "deep-seated racism", a parliamentary report has recommended. The report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee also praises the former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq, who spoke about the abuse he suffered in November. Today’s Martha Kearney speaks to Julian Knight, a Conservative MP who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, and Richard...

Duration:00:13:01

Today: 14/01/2022

1/14/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

PM faces calls to resign over garden drinks.

1/13/2022
Boris Johnson is facing calls from senior Tories to resign after he admitted attending a drinks party during lockdown. The prime minister told MPs at PMQs that he joined colleagues at the event and subsequently apologised. Senior Conservatives such as Douglas Ross and Carline Nokes have said his position is unattainable. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis speaks to Nick Robinson. (Image credit: Jessica Taylor via Reuters)

Duration:00:15:09

Today: 13/01/2022

1/13/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

'Dementia is so much more than about memory'

1/12/2022
The number of dementia sufferers worldwide might triple by 2050, according to research recently published by The Lancet Public Health. The illness is already the seventh leading cause of death worldwide and one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people. One of those affected is Wendy Mitchell, who has written two books about her own experience of the condition. She speaks to Today's Mishal Husain.

Duration:00:06:31

Today: 12/01/2022

1/12/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

PM under pressure over further lockdown drinks party

1/11/2022
BBC News has been told that around 30 people attended a drinks party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, during the first national lockdown. Invitations had been sent via email by the Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary, Martin Reynolds. The email was published by ITV News. Scotland Yard says it is in contact with the Cabinet Office about the latest allegations. Today’s Martha Kearney hears the thoughts of Dr Hannah White, who previously ran the Committee on Standards in...

Duration:00:18:58

100 years of insulin

1/11/2022
A hundred years ago this week Leonard Thomson, a 14 year old boy in Canada, was dying in a hospital who had type 1 diabetes which had killed every person in history who had contracted it. His father gave permission for an experimental treatment and he was injected with insulin. At first It didn't work but after they purified it and repeated the injection, Leonard woke up and left hospital. It is one of the world's great dramatic medical advances. Today's Justin Webb speaks to Dr Rachel...

Duration:00:06:25

Today: 11/01/2022

1/11/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

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