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The Troubles: 'I remember his body in the living room'

Official IRA man Joe McCann, 24, was shot near his home in the Markets area of Belfast in April 1972. Two former paratroopers accused of the murder have been formally acquitted after their trial collapsed. The court heard Mr McCann was evading arrest when soldiers opened fire, killing him. Soldiers A and C, both in their 70s, had pleaded not guilty. The men admitted firing shots but said they had acted lawfully when doing so. Today programme's Martha Kearney spoke to Mr McCann's daughter...


Today: 05/05/2021

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


Today: 04/05/2021

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


Northern Ireland marks centenary

Martha Kearney presents from Titanic Belfast to mark 100 years since the passage of the Government of Ireland Act and is joined by Sir Hugh Orde, former Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Martha also discusses Northern Ireland's huge success with TV and film in recent years with Richard Williams, Chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen, and Glenn Patterson, author and screenwriter of the film Good Vibrations. (Image: Northern Ireland map, Credit: Getty Images)


Today: 03/05/2021

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


Today: 01/05/2021

Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


Scottish election 2021: Meet the party leaders

There's less than a week to go before voting begins in the Scottish Parliament election 2021, as voters prepare to elect a fresh batch of MSPs to Holyrood on 6 May. In this election, the electorate will be given two votes, one to choose their constituency MSP and another where they choose a party from the regional list. The Radio 4 Today programme hears from Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the leader of the SNP; Anas Sarwar MSP, leader of the Scottish Labour Party; Willie Rennie MSP, leader of the...


Today: 30/04/2021

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


N Ireland: 'DUP need to go down pragmatic path'

Arlene Foster will step down as Democratic Unionist Party leader on 28 May and as first minister at the end of June. She was the first female leader of the DUP. Now that the DUP has begun electing its new leader, BBC's Ireland correspondent Chris Page heard the public's reaction to her resignation. Nick Robinson spoke to former Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith, who brokered a deal which restored power-sharing administration in Storment, about the announcement. He told R4 Today...


Today: 29/04/2021

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


BJP Narendra Taneja on India Covid crisis

India has seen more Covid cases in the last seven days than any other country as people die waiting for beds, oxygen supplies run low and hospitals crumble under the strain. The official death toll has surpassed 200,000 but experts believe the actual number may be higher. R4 Today's Nick Robinson spoke to the national spokesperson for India's ruling BJP Narendra Taneja on why a second wave has been so ferocious. With analysis from our correspondent Sima Kotecha and BBC's South East Asia...


India Covid crisis: Not preventing variants will 'haunt us'

India has seen soaring infection rates, a rapidly rising death toll and the discovery of a new virus variant as the UK added the country onto its travel red list. Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, told the Today programme “we would be better advised to prevent new variants arising in the rest of the world, which will come back to haunt us, if we don't drive down transmission everywhere”. Martha Kearney spoke to Sir Farrar about the second wave of infections, as well as Dr...


Commonwealth War Graves Commission apologise for 'wrongs of the past'

Tens of thousands of predominantly black and Asian service personnel who died fighting for the British Empire were not properly commemorated due to "pervasive racism", a report has said. The report cited racist comments such as the governor of a British colony saying in 1923 that "the average native... would not understand or appreciate a headstone". The Commonwealth War Graves Commission apologised and said "we recognise the wrongs of the past and are deeply sorry and will be acting...


George Floyd: What Cahuvin guilty verdict means

White officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on African-American George Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, sparking mass protests against racism. He was found guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Sentencing is likely to happen in two months but he is expected to appeal against the verdict. Today programme's Martha Kearney heard from human rights advocate and oldest son of the famous civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Junior III and...


The 'loaded gun' facing football clubs

The Premier League and Uefa are discussing what action they could take against clubs planning to set up the new Super League. But do international fans actually like the proposed new competition? And what are the risks in taking a tough line on those involved? Justin Webb talks to a member of the Liverpool supporters club in Dubai, former Manchester United board member Lord O'Neill, and TV rights adviser David Kogan, who suggests Premier League clubs face a "loaded gun" against their own...


COP26: Should Glasgow climate summit be postponed again?

The COP26, or the 26th Conference of the Parties, is the key forum for world leaders to plan an agreement to tackle climate change. The meeting due to take place in Glasgow last year but was postponed because of the pandemic. Radio 4 Today's Mishal Husain spoke to Tom Rivett-Carnac, chief political strategist for the UN Climate Convention where the Paris Agreement was signed and co-founder of the Global Optimism social enterprise; and David Shukman, BBC science editor, about the likelihood...


Jonathan Drori: Ode to the pot plant

Since lockdown many people across the nation have developed a green thumb and began nurturing the flora in their homes, and now that some restrictions are easing across the UK, how have people’s relationship towards the pot plant changed? Jonathan Drori, author of Around the World in 80 Plants, paid tribute. (Image: Pot plant on a table; Credit: Getty Creative)


Covid surge testing extended outside London

Residents in certain postcodes in Smethwick are being urged to get tested for coronavirus after a case of the South Africa variant was detected. It comes as surge testing is deployed in four London boroughs in a bid to halt its spread. Today programme's Justin Webb spoke to Dr Jeff Barrett, director of the Covid-19 Genomics Initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute; and Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director for Public Health England. (Image: Surge testing for coronavirus disease...


Will Tokyo Olympics 2021 be cancelled?

The countdown to the delayed Tokyo Olympics has begun with only 100 days until the opening ceremony on 23 July. However, as for plans for how the Games might look like are drawn out, various public opinion polls in Japan have revealed that the majority of its citizens are not in favour of the event going ahead. R4 Today's Nick Robinson heard from World Athletics president Sebastian Coe, Lord Coe; chairman of the British Olympic Association Sir Hugh Robertson; and double Olympic Taekwondo...


Vaccine vs the virus

Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, Dr Anthony Fauci, has said that the world is in a race between vaccinations and another surge of the virus. He tells Today that we should be careful not to "prematurely declare victory" despite good progress on the vaccination programme. We also get the UK view from Professor Jeremy Brown, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, and Professor James Naismith, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute and professor of...