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




Should terminally ill people be permitted to end their own life?

Draft legislation on assisted dying is being debated in the House of Lords on Friday. The bill would give terminally-ill patients of sound mind, who have six months or less to live, the right to end their life with medication approved by two doctors and a High Court Judge. Martha Kearney speaks to Lord Forsyth, who watched his father slowly succumb to terminal cancer, and Baroness Grey-Thompson, who believes the bill would have a severe impact on disabled people.


Vaccines vs Virus: “We’re still winning the race, but it’s narrowing.”

The British Medical Association has accused the government of "wilful negligence" for refusing to reimpose coronavirus restrictions in England, intensifying the pressure ministers are under over the rising number of infections. Yesterday, the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, insisted that he would not yet implement “Plan B”, which relies on masks, social distancing and COVID passes, for the winter period. This was despite the fact he admitted there could soon be 100,000 new cases a day....


How can the UK become carbon neutral?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out plans to reduce the UK’s emissions sharply by 2035 and take the country towards being a zero carbon economy by 2050. These include more electric cars, planting trees and moving away from gas-powered central heating. Amol Rajan asks Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng about some of the finer details of the strategy. Following that, Amol and Mishal Husain speak with the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Tom Rivett-Carnac, who ran political strategy for the...


The government to fund low carbon heating alternatives

The government has announced its intention to try to end the sale of gas boilers by 2035 as part of a strategy to tackle climate change. Grants of £5,000 will be offered to people in England and Wales from April next year to install low carbon replacements. One of these alternatives is an air source heat pump. Mishal Husain hears about the difficulty of having one installed from a man who is currently in the middle of the process, before asking Jan Rosenow, who advises MPs on decarbonising...


'Togetherness, not division'

Tributes will be paid in parliament today to the Conservative MP Sir David Amess who was killed in his constituency on Friday. The MP, who had five children, was attending a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea. A 25 year old has been arrested and is being detained under terrorism legislation. Brendan Cox, the husband of Jo Cox MP who was murdered in 2016 while at a constituency event, speaks to Mishal Husain. Mr Cox is also the co-founder of Survivors Against Terror, an organisation for the...


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.


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)