Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme; including religious reflections from Thought for the Day at 0748

Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme; including religious reflections from Thought for the Day at 0748


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Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme; including religious reflections from Thought for the Day at 0748




Team GB’s Olympic rowing performance sparks funding questions

Britain’s performance in rowing at the Tokyo Olympics has raised questions about how the team has fared since the departure of coach Jurgen Grobler last year. Some critics have also questioned the huge funding which British rowing has benefited from – especially in light of the success of the athletes in newer Olympic sports like BMX racing. Nick Robinson spoke to Simon Morton, Chief Operating Officer of UK Sport and first to Tim Foster, Olympic champion in the coxless fours in Sydney....


Dramatic events: How our weather is changing

Mishal Husain hears about the Met Office's latest climate change report from author Mike Kendon; about Hereford and Worcester's experience of flooding from BBC reporter Nicola Goodwin; and about what can be done to mitigate it from Environment Agency Chief Executive Sir James Bevan. (Image: Heavy rain; Credit: PA Media)


Dave Goulson on the 'Insect Apocalypse'

Today's Martha Kearney visits the Knepp, the estate in Sussex famous for its rewilding where Biology professor and author of 'Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse', Dave Goulson has recorded 62 species of bee and 30 species of wasp.


Why are coronavirus cases going down in the UK?

After a spike in COVID cases over the beginning of the summer, it finally looks like the UK has reached a plateau. The number of people testing positive for the virus has fallen every day for the past week, but why has this happened? Justin Webb speaks to Dr Mike Tildesley, Associate Professor of infectious disease modelling at the University of Warwick, to find out. (Picture: Press Association)


Afghanistan withdrawal

The Prime Minister confirmed on Thursday UK troops would be leaving Afghanistan. Nick Robinson discusses the country’s future with General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, and Kate Clark and Christina Lamb, who have both reported extensively from Afghanistan


Why is sexual harassment normal in schools?

Mishal Husain hears about how to address sexual harassment and abuse in schools


Adoption: 'They've turned our sons against us'

A couple we’re calling Ed and Claire adopted two brothers aged two and three - after they had been taken into care. Their sons are now 15 and 16 but the adoption has broken down. Ed and Claire say in the space of a few months a bombardment of messages from the birth parents and siblings destabilised the boys to the extent that they have dropped out of school, are in trouble with the authorities and they no longer have contact with them. Around a quarter of adopted youngsters are thought to...


Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

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...


Evan Spiegel’s Today programme

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)


Margaret Atwood’s Today programme

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...


Lewis Hamilton’s Today programme

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...


Sir Jeremy Farrar’s Today programme

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,...


Prue Leith's Today programme

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)


Rory Kinnear: Tribute to my sister Karina

Karina, 48, died from the coronavirus in May 2020. As a child, she suffered brain damage and was paralysed from the waist down after an operation she had as a teenager. Her brother the actor, Rory Kinnear, had written an essay reflecting on her life, earlier in the year. Now, he records a new tribute looking back on what's been a difficult year. Image: Rory Kinnear (C), Karina (L), Credit: Rory Kinnear


Sir Paul McCartney on the vaccine, lockdown music and fears for Glastonbury 2021

Sir Paul McCartney speaks to John Wilson for the Today programme about this new album, McCartney III. He encourages people to take the Covid. vaccine and fears Glastonbury 2021 will be cancelled. Image: Paul McCartney; Credit: Reuters


Dr Katie Sanderson: A sense hope

Junior doctor Katie Sanderson survived working on Covid ward at the height of the pandemic. Several months later, she sensed hope and less chaos despite the challenges she and her colleagues faced. Radio 4’s Today programme Justin Webb found out more. Credit: PA


Michael Blakstad: Spending Christmas Day alone

Michael Blakstad, 80, and his wife Tricia, 79, who met in North Yorkshire and have been married for 55 years, with three children. But since the coronavirus pandemic Trisha developed dementia and he was forced to sell his house to pay for the care home fees, while suffering from Parkinson's disease. Today's Nick Robinson caught up with Michael, as he reflects back on 2020 and looks ahead to the Christmas period. Credit: Getty Creative Stock


Today guest edits: George the Poet

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)


Today guest edits: Greta Thunberg

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...


Today guest edits: Charles Moore

All the highlights from Margaret Thatcher biographer and former Telegraph editor Charles Moore's guest edited programme. It includes US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook on violent protests in the country, Charles' nephew Felix on being autistic and transgender, former Conservative leader Lord Michael Howard on why the judiciary needs to change, and Charles sets out the case against the BBC's funding model. Presented by Justin Webb and Nick Robinson. (Image: Charles Moore, credit:...