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




Met Police ‘not institutionally corrupt’ – former chief

In 1987, private investigator Danial Morgan was found dead with an axe in his head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London. The final report into his death has been published. Despite five separate police inquiries, spanning more than two decades, no-one has been convicted of his murder. R4 Today Nick Robinson spoke to Ian Blair, was commissioner of the Met Police until 2008 and oversaw the third investigation. Lord Blair said the allegation the Metropolitan...


Gabby Logan: My brother and his passion for football

Danish football player Christian Eriksen has posted a picture from his hospital bed with a thumbs-up and has made his first comments since suffering a cardiac arrest during the Euros. BBC Sports presenter Gabby Logan’s family went through the tragedy of losing her 15 year old brother Daniel 29 years ago and she has written a post highlighting the importance of raising awareness and how important football was to her brother. Justin Webb spoke to Gabby. (Image: Gabby Logan, Credit: Press...


‘If we are better than the very best case scenario, how much better do we have to be?’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he is confident July 19 will be the “terminus date” for all remaining COVID restrictions. Justin Webb hears how the delay in re-opening is a “disaster” for the hospitality industry from Hugh Osmond, founder of Punch Taverns, and speaks to Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Also, Mishal Husain questions Cabinet Office Minister, Michael Gove, over the veracity of the new date and...


'It is a race between the vaccination and the virus'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce today that the government are delaying plans to remove COVID restrictions on June 21. BBC R4’s Martha Kearney speaks to Health Minister Edward Argar, former government scientific advisor Sir Mark Walport, and Professor Devi Sridhar, who is a member of the Scottish government’s COVID-19 Advisory Group, about this delay. Meanwhile, BBC R4’s Nick Robinson and Chris Lord speak to business owners and tourists in Cornwall about the implications...


Biden and Johnson: A special relationship?

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are meeting on Thursday ahead of the G7 summit. Nick Robinson looks at how the relationship will unfold. (Photo: Joe Biden. Credit: PA)


Why is sexual harassment normal in schools?

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


Kate Winslet on Mare of Easttown

Nick Robinson speaks to actor Kate Winslet in her first broadcast interview about her role as Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan in HBO's Mare of Eastown. Winslet spoke about her love of playing angst ridden women and the graft she puts into telling their stories. (Image: Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown, Credit: HBO)


Rakie Ayola on her BAFTA TV award

Rakie Ayola won Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTA TV Awards for her portrayal as Gee Walker in 'Anthony', a BBC drama about the life of Anthony Walker, who was killed at the age of 18 in a racially motivated attack in Liverpool in 2005. She speaks to Mishal Husain about her win, the process of making the drama and the success of more diverse storytelling. (Image: Rakie Ayola in Anthony, Credit: LA Productions)


What does the G7 tax deal mean?

The G7 group of advanced economies has reached a "historic" deal to make multinational companies pay more tax in the countries where they do business. Justin Webb speaks to the BBC's economics editor Faisal Islam as well as Mathias Cormann, the new Secretary General of the OECD, which has to come up with the details of a system for a global minimum corporation tax rate. Mishal Husain is also joined by former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. (Image: G7 Finance Ministers meeting, Credit: Press...


What electric vehicles mean for consumers

Henry Ford's first production line marked the biggest revolution in motoring since 1913. Now many industry observers believe we have already passed the tipping point where sales of electric vehicles (EVs) will rapidly overwhelm petrol and diesel cars. But is there enough support for the electric car market, as the government sets out to ban new petrol and diesel sales in 2030? In a week long-series with R4 Today, BBC’s chief environment correspondent Justin Rowlatt explores the history of...


Portugal travel list and the Delta variant

Portugal has questioned the UK's decision to remove it from the travel green list to the amber list from Tuesday. This means UK tourists should not visit the country and returnees must self-isolate for 10 days. Travel bosses said the government is failing to stick to its own rules on warning travellers but what does the latest data suggest about the transmission of the Delta variant? Martha Kearney heard from holidaymaker Simon Smith, chief executive of Advantage Travel Partnership Julia Lo...


What Israel's coalition deal means for Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli opposition parties have reached an agreement to create an eight-faction coalition to form a new government that would end Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year tenure as prime minister. However, there still needs to be a parliamentary vote before the government is sworn in. With the vote not expected to take place for several days, there is still a chance the newly formed coalition could be upended by defections. Radio 4 Today's Nick Robinson spoke to George Birnbaum, chief strategist and...


School catch-up plans: 'More will be required'

The government has announced a £1.4bn recovery plan to provide tutoring sessions to help school children in England catch up from the coronavirus pandemic. But critics claim the proposals don't go far enough, as the BBC has learned the Treasury rejected a more ambitious catch-up plan worth more than £10bn last week. Nick Robinson spoke to Gavin Williamson MP, education secretary, and Kate Green MP, shadow education secretary. With analysis from Elaine Dunkley, BBC education correspondent,...


Should England's roadmap be delayed on 21 June?

There is no data to suggest England's end to lockdown on 21 June might be delayed, the business secretary has said - but he cannot give a guarantee. A final decision about the 21 June date will be reached by 14 June. Kwasi Kwarteng's comments came as the variant first identified in India is now believed to be responsible for up to three-quarters of new Covid cases in the UK. Mishal Husain spoke to the secretary of state and heard from Professor Christina Pagel, a mathematician who...


Dominic Cummings wrong to say tens of thousands died unnecessarily, says govt

Boris Johnson's former chief adviser Dominic Cummings has made a series of claims about mistakes made by the government during the Covid pandemic including an assertion that tens of thousands of people died unnecessarily due to policy failure, dithering and having no useful plan. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told R4 Today programme Mishal Husain he believed Mr Cummings' allegation was wrong. Mishal also heard from Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner and Professor Neil Ferguson of...


Gareth Southgate on the Euro, fans and waistcoats

England men’s football manager Gareth Southgate is preparing his squad for next month’s Euros 2020 tournament, having taken his team to the semi-finals of the last World Cup. Amol Rajan spoke to Southgate about the team’s preparation for the rescheduled tournament, his views on the collapsed European Super League, his approach to leadership and how he became a waistcoat fashion icon. (Image: Gareth Southgate; credit: PA)


Amol Rajan: 'I had a panic attack'

After presenter Amol Rajan finished his first shift presenting the Today programme, he revealed he had suffered from a panic attack. He tried reading, meditation and even having three rums to calm himself down but it was only until his wife intervened that the anxiety subsided. Amol spoke about dealing with anxiety with Jonny Ward - ‘the Anxious Fireman’, who suffered from panic attacks in 2013 and now has trained as a psychotherapist, and Dr Linda Dunrow-Marshall, clinical and counselling...


Tim Davie: how the BBC needs to change after Diana interview inquiry

BBC Director General Tim Davie talks to Justin Webb about how the BBC needs to change its culture in the wake of the inquiry into Panorama's Princess Diana interview. He explains why he did not sack journalist Martin Bashir, who is working out three months notice, and says the investigation into why Mr Bashir was rehired in 2016 by the BBC will report next week. (Photo: Tim Davie. Credit: BBC)


'I’ve had at least ten therapists but I’m still far, far away from the type of person I feel I have the potential to be'

Former Lieutenant Colonel Martin Wade has suffered from complex PTSD since serving in Afghanistan from 2006-2007. He told Martha Kearney that his condition makes life “a daily struggle” and he “jumps at the slightest sound.” Martin is an ambassador for Supporting Wounded Veterans, which is raising funds for a UK clinical trial of MDMA assisted therapy for PTSD. The charity needs to raise a further £725,000 for the trial to go ahead, following a successful trial in America. Martha also heard...


Outrage at Belarus plane 'hijacking'

The EU is discussing action against Belarus for diverting a plane flying over its territory to arrest a Belarusian opposition journalist. The incident has been branded a "hijacking". The Today programme heard from a friend of the journalist at the centre of the crisis, Roman Protasevich, former Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski and Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Tom Tugendaht. Martha Kearney presents. (Photo: The search of the Ryanair plane. Credit: EPA)