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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

Is Russia headed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine?

1/25/2022
Western allies have warned that Russia will be hit with an "unprecedented package of sanctions" if it invades Ukraine. Speaking last night after a virtual meeting between President Biden and European leaders including Boris Johnson, NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said any further aggression by Moscow would have "severe costs". 8,500 US troops have been put on a heightened state of alert for a possible deployment to eastern Europe to boost NATO's presence. Today’s Mishal Husain...

Duration:00:13:59

Today: 25/01/2022

1/25/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

PM orders inquiry into former minister’s Islamophobia allegations

1/24/2022
Boris Johnson has ordered the Cabinet Office to investigate a claim by a Conservative MP that she was sacked as a minister, in part, because she's a Muslim. A Downing Street spokesperson said the Prime Minister took Nusrat Ghani's allegation very seriously. This comes at the beginning of what could prove to be a pivotal week for the Prime Minister, as the government awaits the publication of a report into a series of gatherings at Number 10 during lockdown. Today’s Justin Webb hears the...

Duration:00:22:03

Today: 24/01/2022

1/24/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Today: 22/01/2022

1/22/2022
Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:02:00:00

Blyth has begun regeneration after much neglect, say residents

1/21/2022
Blyth Valley in Northumberland was the first Labour ‘red wall’ seat to go to the Conservatives as results came in on election night in 2019. Ian Levy overturned an 8000 Labour majority to win by 712 votes. Today's Mishal Husain visits the Blyth Valley constituency to speak to residents and business owners about what levelling up is delivering in the area and tries to gauge the chances of the Conservatives retaining the seat. Mishal also speaks to the Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng about...

Duration:00:16:38

Today: 21/01/2022

1/21/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Most Plan B restrictions to be eased in England

1/20/2022
Yesterday the prime minister announced England's Plan B measures are to end from next Thursday, with mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passports both dropped. Work from home guidance ended immediately as well. Boris Johnson told MPs scientists believed the Omicron wave had peaked nationally so measures could be relaxed. Matthew Trainer, Chief Executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust speaks to Today’s Martha Kearney about the change. Also...

Duration:00:18:55

The reality of defecting in politics

1/20/2022
Tory MP Christian Wakeford has defected to the Labour Party and called on Boris Johnson to quit as Prime Minister. The MP for Bury South has described the defection as "the most difficult decision of my life". Today's Martha Kearney speaks to two people who have defected about what it's like; Baroness Nicholson, former Conservative MP who defected to the Liberal Democrats in 1995, before switching back in 2016 and Shaun Woodward, former Conservative MP who defected to the Labour Party in...

Duration:00:06:25

Today: 20/01/2022

1/20/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Cost of living hits highest level for nearly 30 years

1/19/2022
The cost of living rose at its fastest pace in nearly 30 years in the 12 months to December, driven mainly by higher food and energy bills. The UK's Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation rose to 5.4% from 5.1% in November, the Office for National Statistics said. The BBC’s Consumer Affairs Correspondent Colletta Smith visited the Crescent Hotel in Scarborough and spoke to the owner, Sadie Shard about the rise in running costs. Today’s Martha Kearney speaks to Richard Walker, the...

Duration:00:12:57

Today: 19/01/2022

1/19/2022
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