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




Johnson and Biden: What did the leaders talk about?

Boris Johnson met US President Joe Biden in the White House for the first time on Tuesday. The prime minister was in the US meeting other global leaders at the UN to talk about what needs to be done to tackle climate change. Nick Robinson spoke to the acting head of America’s embassy in London, Ambassador Philip T. Reeker – who was in the room for the meeting – and asked him how these two men got past their personal and political differences. (Image, President Biden and PM Johnson, Credit...


Government will 'plan for the worst' to support energy customers

Nearly 1.5 million customers have been affected by energy firms collapsing under soaring gas prices. Avro Energy and Green ceased trading on Wednesday and their 830,000 combined customers face being switched to a new, potentially more expensive, provider. All affected customers will still receive energy while a new supplier is appointed by Ofgem. Today's Justin Webb spoke to Simon Jack, BBC business editor, as well as Peter McGirr, CEO of Green, which has folded, and Paul Scully, Small...


M25 protests put lives of police officers and public 'at risk'

On five separate occasions in the last few days the M25 motorway around London has been closed on both carriageways by protesters from the climate change activist group called Insulate Britain. Today's Justin Webb speaks to Zoe Cohen, Insulate Britain protester, as well as Chris Noble, Assistant Chief Constable of Humberside Police who is the National Police Chief’s Council lead for policing protests. (Image: Insulate Britain M25 protest, Credit: Insulate Britain/PA Wire)


The government could subsidise CO2 producers

There have been warnings of empty shelves in supermarkets, because of the shortage of carbon dioxide. A joint statement last night from the government and the energy regulator, Ofgem, said the energy price cap would remain in place. It is looking like a tough winter ahead for many households, with food prices and energy bills increasing because of the crisis. So, what can be done to alleviate the situation? Nick Robinson speaks to Ian Wright, the Chief Executive of the Food and Drink...


Dr Anthony Fauci on America Opening Up

The US is easing its coronavirus travel restrictions, reopening to passengers from the UK, EU and other nations. The precise new rules have yet to be announced with the US Centre for Disease Control or CDC still to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine. Nick Robinson asks Dr Anthony Fauci, the President's Chief Medical Adviser, why this decision has been made now.


Rosie Duffield: “I think it’s really necessary that we talk about this subject.”

Labour MP Rosie Duffield will miss her party's conference this week because of fears about her safety. She has been criticised previously for views she's expressed about transgender women. She speaks to Justin Webb.


Why are energy prices rising?

The government is considering offering emergency state-backed loans to the energy sector, in an attempt to deal with a crisis caused by soaring wholesale costs that could see dozens of suppliers going out of business. Boris Johnson has said the government will do everything it can to prevent companies that people rely on from going under. The Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, will hold an emergency meeting with gas chiefs. Nick Robinson hears from Stacey Stothard, whose energy supplier has...


Answering children's questions about the Covid jab

All children aged 12 to 15 in the UK will soon be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab. We invited three 12-year-old pupils from Wales High in South Yorkshire, which we've been following for the last year, to ask questions they have about the vaccine to Professor Calum Semple, a government advisor based at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.


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)


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:...


Today guest edits: Baroness Hale

All the highlights from Supreme Court President Baroness Hale's guest edited programme, including Baroness Hale in conversation with US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clive Coleman going on a tour of the Supreme Court, a report on coercive control, a discussion about justice in opera with Sir Simon Keenlyside and Ian Bostridge and a Vogue editor on what your jewellery says about you. Presented by Nick Robinson and Justin Webb. (Image: Baroness Hale. Credit: BBC)


Today guest edits: Grayson Perry

All the highlights from artist Grayson Perry's guest edited programme, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams on faith and political myths, how tinnitus affects singer-songwriter KT Tunstall's life and work, political satire with Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, and if there's a link between sexual fantasies and how you vote with Joe Twyman from Deltapoll. Presented by Justin Webb and Nick Robinson. (Image: Grayson Perry, credit: BBC)