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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

The Snowman illustrator Raymond Briggs dies at 88

8/10/2022
The author and illustrator of the classic children’s book The Snowman, Raymond Briggs, has died at the age of 88. The wordless children's picture book published in 1978 has gone on to sell more than 5.5m copies in various formats around the world. The Snowman was turned into a Bafta TV Award-winning animated TV film in 1982. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to author and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and Raymond Briggs’ publisher at Penguin Random House Francesca Dow. (Image, Raymond...

Duration:00:06:42

Today: 10/08/2022

8/10/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy, Greg Jackson

8/10/2022
Established in 2016, Octopus Energy has grown to become the UK’s fourth largest energy retailer, with more than three million customers. Its CEO, Greg Jackson, has been speaking to Today’s business presenter Sean Farrington about the challenge facing customers this winter, and why he feels the government needs to act urgently to help. (Image, Greg Jackson, Credit, Octopus Energy)

Duration:00:31:23

Today: 09/08/2022

8/9/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

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

CEO of Legal and General, Nigel Wilson

8/8/2022
Sir Nigel Wilson is the chief executive of Legal and General. He oversees £1.3 trillion worth of investments it manages, the biggest asset manager in the UK. Sir Nigel has been speaking to Today’s business presenter Sean Farrington about the cost of living crisis and inequality across the UK. (Image, pounds & pence, PA/ Dominic Lipinski)

Duration:00:33:58

Last original Archers cast member retires

8/8/2022
June Spencer, the last original cast member of The Archers, has retired from the BBC Radio 4 drama aged 103. The actress has played matriarch Peggy Woolley (formerly Archer) since 1951. Her last appearance was aired during the omnibus edition on Sunday, when she discussed getting a stained glass window commissioned of her two great-grandchildren. In 2019 Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to June Spencer as she celebrated her 100th birthday. They talked about the highlights of her long career –...

Duration:00:06:06

Today: 08/08/2022

8/8/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Today: 06/08/2022

8/6/2022
Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:02:00:00

Andrew Bailey speaks with Today

8/5/2022
Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, spoke to Today's Justin Webb about the economic downturn, rising interest rates, and the political and social consequences of it all (Image Credit:Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS)

Duration:00:18:12

Today: 05/08/2022

8/5/2022
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Duration:03:00:00

Energy price cap ‘clearly not fit for purpose for the market today', says Ofgem boss

8/4/2022
The price cap on household energy bills in England, Scotland and Wales is to be adjusted every three months from October. The industry regulator, Ofgem, confirmed the change which means that prices will rise every quarter, rather than every six months, if wholesale costs increase. Today's Martha Kearney speaks to Jonathan Brearley, Chief Executive of Ofgem, with analysis from Today's business presenter Sean Farrington. (Image credit: EPA/ANDY RAIN)

Duration:00:13:02

How botany solved a murder

8/4/2022
Plants are not the first pieces of evidence one thinks of when thinking about forensic science. But one botanist used pollen and nettles to help place a murderer at the scene of a crime. Today's Martha Kearney speaks to forensic botanist Patricia Wiltshire about her contribution to solving the murders of 10-year-old Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman 20 years ago. (Image Credit: PA Photo)

Duration:00:07:22

Today: 04/08/2022

8/4/2022
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