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




Child social care: ‘For me being in care was like a never ending storm’

A review into Children’s social care in England has called for an investment of over £2.6 billion in the next five years, to transform the system that will prevent the number of children ending up in care- which is already at record levels rising above 100,000 Today's Justin Webb spoke to Henrietta Imoreh who was placed into care at age 14, now aged 27 she believes her life would have been different if her mother had been offered help earlier, and Josh MacAlister, a former teacher who led...


Natasha Abrahart suicide: University discriminated against student

Bristol University has been ordered to pay £50,000 in damages to the parents of a student who took her own life, after a senior judge ruled it had discriminated against her by failing to provide adequate support. Natasha Abrahart was 20 and a physics undergraduate who suffered from chronic social anxiety. She died a day before she was due to give an oral exam in front of teachers and fellow students in a lecture theatre. The university says that a range of options were offered to Natasha...


Football manager Roy Hodgson is retiring

Roy Hodgson’s first game as a football manager was in 1976. On Sunday, he oversees his last match. His 46-year-long career has seen him manage in England, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Italy, as well as several stints at the international stage, most famously leading England at three major tournaments. He talks to Today’s Garry Richardson about some of his favourite moments and how much he’ll miss the job. (Image Credit: Garry Richardson)


Train services in Scotland cut by a third

Long speeches were made in Glasgow at COP26 about the need for us all to use public transport. But from Monday, Scotland will see its train services cut by a third. This is because of driver shortages caused by a pay dispute between Scotrail and the Aslef union. Joining us this morning was Robert Sampson from the passenger representative body in Scotland, Transport Focus and we also heard from ScotRail's Service Delivery Director, Kevin Lindsay about why the public-owned railway service...


Derry Girls used ‘comedy for quite serious messages’

Last night saw the end of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 series Derry Girls by Lisa McGee. It brought to British TV the history of modern Ireland through the eyes of school girls growing up in the 1990s. The third series has been hailed a triumph with the final episode being set during the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Sister Michael actress Siobhan McSweeney speaks to Today’s Simon Jack about the end of the programme and its political importance today. (Image Credit:...


Life Reports

What would you write about your life if you could be entirely frank and you didn't have that much longer on earth? Inspired by the Hospice Biographers project, which is an initiative to record the stories of people's lives in their final months, we asked listeners of the Today Programme to contact us with their life stories in 400 words. Amol Rajan introduces a collection of what people told us. (Image Credit:GETTY IMAGES)


UK inflation hits 40-year high at 9%

UK inflation – the rate at which prices rise – has hit a 40-year high of 9%. The hike comes as millions of people saw an unprecedented increase in energy costs last month. Higher fuel and food prices, driven by the Ukraine war, are also pushing the cost of living up, with experts warning that inflation could continue to rise this year. Amol Rajan reports from West Yorkshire, where the most recent figures show almost 18% of people were living fuel poverty – that’s nearly 1 in 5 – before the...


Schools face tough decisions as food prices continue to soar

Soaring food inflation could mean that schools have to choose between serving smaller portions and using cheaper ingredients, warns the boss of one of the UK’s largest food wholesalers. “This is going to lead to some difficult decisions for school caterers: either they are going to serve smaller portions or use cheaper ingredients, which isn’t going to be good for the children,” Chief Executive of Bidfood Andrew Selley told Today’s Justin Webb. He’s also urging the government to extend the...


Jacky Wright’s Today Programme

Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft US. For her Today guest edit, she asked whether young people are being taught the skills they need for the workplaces and jobs of the future. She grew up in Tottenham, North London, and went back for the programme, asking A level students at a school there what they thought would make them employable. She also used the programme to explore what everyday life was like for the generation of multiracial children...


Mina Smallman’s Today programme

Mina Smallman, guest edited our first Today programme of 2022. Mina is a former Church of England archdeacon and school principal, who began campaigning on violence against women and equity in how victims are seen after two of her daughters were murdered. Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were murdered in a London park in 2020. For her programme Mina invited Mishal Husain to accompany her and her family and friends on a difficult visit back to the place where Nicole and Bibaa died, where a...


Dr Jane Goodall’s Today Programme

Dr Jane Goodall is a primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. She is best known for revolutionising the world's understanding of chimpanzees. She used her Today guest edit to explore some of the ways we can inspire change to protect animals and our environment. She asked the BBC’s Climate Editor, Justin Rowlatt, to look at the links between poverty and climate change. The programme featured reporting from Tanzania where 30 years ago Jane challenged a...


General Sir Nick Carter’s Today Programme

General Sir Nick Carter is a retired senior army officer who served as the UK’s Chief of Defence Staff until November this year. He used his Today guest edit to focus on the fallout from the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. He spoke to former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the man in charge of the country before the Taliban takeover. He also chatted with retired racing legend AP McCoy about what his own retirement might have in store for him. Finally, Sir Nick explored his deep love...


Raheem Sterling’s Today Programme

The England and Manchester City footballer, Raheem Sterling used his Today programme guest edit to look at the issue of social mobility, after launching his own foundation earlier this year. His programme featured reporting from Jamaica where he was born and North London where he grew up. For his programme he also sat down with England manager, Gareth Southgate, the man he credits for his transition from being a target for a hostile press to a young man now trying to be the role model which...


Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate in conversation

Today programme guest editor, the England and Manchester City player, Raheem Sterling wanted discuss what he, his team mates and the country had learned following the Euros this summer. For his programme he sat down with England manager, Gareth Southgate, the man he credits for his transition from being a target for a hostile press to a young man now trying to be the role model which so many call on footballers to become. Nick Robinson travelled to St George’s Park to meet them both.


James Rebanks’ Today Programme

James Rebanks is a Cumbrian sheep farmer and bestselling author. He used his Today programme guest edit to focus on the government's changes to farm subsidies and to look at whether urban farms can create healthy and happy communities. He discussed whether the British countryside is diverse enough and asked how it can attract a workforce that better reflects modern Britain. Finally, indoctrinated by his father who took him to his first game at Anfield when he was ten, James Rebanks wanted us...


Michael Dobbs’ Today Programme

Lord Dobbs, Michael Dobbs, is a Conservative Peer and author. He has written more than 20 books, but is best known for his political thriller House of Cards. He used his Today Programme guest edit to look at prostate cancer, after his diagnosis earlier this year. It’s a disease which killed his father and brother. His programme also featured a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall about the importance of reading and a special retelling of the Christmas story from Joseph’s perspective,...


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...