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




How can we better protect our public figures?

Police have declared the fatal stabbing of the Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, to be a terrorist incident. Sir David was attacked yesterday while holding a surgery for constituents at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. Police forces are expected to contact all 648 MPs over the course of Saturday after the Home Secretary ordered an immediate review of their security arrangements. Martha Kearney speaks to Jade Botterill, who has experienced constituency surgeries in her work for Yvette Cooper MP, and...


Sir Billy Connolly on Parkinson’s

Sir Billy Connolly has recently revealed he can no longer write letters as his handwriting has been so badly affected by his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was diagnosed with the progressive nervous system disorder in 2013 and retired from live performances five years later. Martha Kearney talks to him about his experience.


More foreign drivers to carry out UK deliveries

The rules on the number of deliveries which overseas HGV drivers can make in the UK are to be relaxed to try to ease the pressure on supply chains. The government hopes the move will help to prevent shortages in the run-up to Christmas. Katie Prescott speaks to Rod Mackenzie, Managing Director of Policy & Public Affairs at the Road Haulage Association which represents haulage firms. Following that, Nick Robinson gets a European response from Edwin Atema, of the FNV union which represents...


Government announces £250m plan to increase face-to-face GP appointments over winter

Many patients across the UK are still struggling to get face-to-face appointments with their GPs. The government has announced a plan it says will improve that - people will be asked if they would prefer to see their doctor in person. There will be a £250 million emergency fund for the winter so GPs can hire extra locums and social distancing rules are expected to be relaxed so that more people can wait in doctors' surgeries. But doctors say this doesn't go far enough. GPs Rachel Warrington...


‘We’re under extreme pressure’: the state of the Welsh NHS

As health services around the UK begin to cover from coronavirus, the NHS in Wales is struggling. Ambulance waiting times are still exceeding targets and patients waiting more than nine months for planned operations are at record levels. Paramedic John Hillman and Diana Goldstraw, who’s waiting for a hip replacement, share their experiences with the programme. Concerns have also been raised about maternity services - Emma Mills who is a consultant midwife at Aneurin Bevan Health Board also...


The Auschwitz survivor who vowed to be happy

Eddie Jaku, a Holocaust survivor who described himself as the "happiest man on earth", has died aged 101. During World War Two, he was imprisoned in four concentration camps, led a daring escape on a train, broke free from a death march and survived in a forest. After surviving the horrors of those times, including the loss of his parents, Eddie Jaku vowed to enjoy his life and help others. Last year, he spoke to Martha Kearney on the Today programme and explained his positive attitude to...


The Met reacts to police misogyny claims

There has been an air of crisis in British policing in the past few weeks as it faces a great moment of reckoning. Some 2,000 allegations of sexual misconduct including rape have been levelled against serving officers over the last four years, according to data released under freedom of information rules. Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, Bas Javid, responds to the account of one woman who says she was sexually harassed by an officer who should have been documenting...


What role should Science play in public life?

Radio 4's Day of the Scientist explores the role of science in our culture, after its resurgence in public interest over the past 18 months. Has its role changed at all? Amol Rajan speaks to Kate Bingham, leader of the Covid vaccine rollout, shadow Science Minister Chi Onwurah and Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, the statistician.


How is the energy crisis affecting industry?

The government has been facing repeated calls from manufacturers and Labour to intervene in the face of rising energy costs. BBC correspondents in Lebanon, Belgium and China explain how these countries have been affected. Amol Rajan speaks to Sir Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Oxford, and to industry executives in glass and pharmaceuticals about their experiences.


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)