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




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...


The Today Programme Choir

How choirmaster, Carrie Grant, conducted a choir of 150 people singing remotely.


The side effects of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

All adults under 30 should be offered the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna coronavirus vaccine due to a potential link between the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and extremely rare blood clots. The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there was no proof the Covid vaccine had caused the clots but the link was getting firmer. R4 Today programme's Mishal Husain looked at what the risks and benefits were to taking the coronavirus jab and how it will be used on the over-30s. She...


Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine safety concerns over rare blood clots

As the Moderna vaccine is rolled out for the first time in the UK, the medicines regulator, the MHRA, continues to investigate cases of rare blood clots in people who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab. It has paused its trial on children as scientists wait for further information but added there were no safety concerns with the trial itself. In the UK, 30 people have developed the clots - and seven have died as a result - out of 18 million people who have received the vaccine. R4...


Hunter Biden opens up about drug and alcohol addiction to the Today Programme

Hunter Biden's business dealings and personal life were frequently used by the Trump campaign against his father US President Joe Biden. To mark the publication of his memoir 'Beautiful Things', he spoke to the Today Programme's Mishal Husain about business, politics and the trauma he says led to his battle with drug and alcohol addiction.


Care homes: Is it illegal to discriminate by age?

On 12 April, restrictions in England are due to ease further but John's Campaign, who supports residents and their loved ones, have begun legal action against the government over guidance which bans care home residents aged 65 and over from taking trips outside the home. With nearly all residents administered at least one dose of the vaccine, campaigners said it was "shocked" you can "discriminate people purely on grounds of their age". Today programme’s Mishal Husain discussed the rules and...


Lord Woolley: ‘I feel anger, despair and above all sadness’

The prime minister’s senior adviser on ethnic minorities, Samuel Kasumu, will be stepping down in May. He had previously handed in his resignation in February, before retracting it. His announcement comes after the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities review said the UK was not deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities'. Downing Street has rejected suggestions his departure was linked to the findings. Lord Woolley, Simon Woolley, founder of Operation Black Vote and newly elected...


Covid: How to prevent a future pandemic

The UK government has set up the new UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) which began it's work on Thursday. It brings together Public Health England (PHE), NHS Test and Trace and the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC). Dr Jenny Harries, who has stepped down as England’s deputy chief medical officer and been appointed Chief Executive of the UKHSA. She spoke to Today programme's Justin Webb about the mission of the new agency and how it will protect the UK from future pandemics. (Image: Dr Jenny...


Met police chief: People should ‘stop and think before they judge’

A police watchdog found the Metropolitan Police acted "appropriately" at a vigil for Sarah Everard in south London earlier this month after the force came under intense criticism over women being handcuffed and removed from Clapham Common. The independent investigation said there was too little communication between officers at the event but their response, amid Covid restrictions, had been "measured". Following the report, Met police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick told R4 Today programme’s...


No ‘actual evidence of institutional racism’, report says

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities said that while there was anecdotal proof, there was no actual evidence of institutional racism. The report found social class and family structure had a bigger impact on how people's lives turned out. The commission was set up in response to anti-racism protests across the UK last summer following the death of George Floyd in the US. Nick Robinson spoke to Dr Tony Sewell, chairman of the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities,...


Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

How have the first three months post-Brexit been for UK businesses? Plus, prospects for the first day’s trading in Deliveroo, and other markets news. (Photo: Getty Images)


Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What UK goods could the US put tariffs on in retaliation for taxes on tech companies? Plus youth unemployment during and after the pandemic, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)


Everyone's Invited: Testimonies of abuse in schools

More than seven thousand young people including many school pupils have posted their experiences of sexual assault on the website Everybody's Invited. Martha Kearney spoke to Simon Bailey, National Police Chiefs' Council lead on child protection and chief constable of Norfolk Police. Martha also spoke to Helen Pike, Headteacher at Magdalen College School which was named in three student testimonies on the site.


Mina Smallman: 'I am broken beyond words'

Mina Smallman believes the police "made assumptions" about her daughters and was slow to investigate when Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were reported missing. The two sisters were stabbed to death in Fryent Country Park in Wembley last year. Two officers were suspended amid allegations they took selfies next to their bodies when they should have been securing the scene. The Independent Office for Police Conduct is considering the actions of police when Bibaa and Nicole were...