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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

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English


Episodes

Monkeypox has plateaued but some vaccine shortages possible.

8/17/2022
The head of the UK Health Security Agency says there are early signs that the monkeypox outbreak in the UK has plateaued. Speaking to Today’s Mishal Husain, Dame Jenny Harries said cases over the past four weeks had started to steadily decrease, but officials were staying vigilant. However, she added vaccines may run out in some areas for a short period. Officials previously estimated that some 40,000 people in at-risk groups would require the jab, but Harries told Today this may have been...

Duration:00:09:03

Head of the regulator Ofwat, says water companies need to 'up their game'.

8/16/2022
The head of the water regulator, Ofwat, has insisted the watchdog is committed to holding water companies to account. David Black told this programme he would not hesitate to take enforcement action if providers failed to fix leaks. He added that some companies needed to 'up their game'. Water companies have faced mounting anger over failure to keep up with demand during the recent heatwave. Today’s Mishal Husain spoke to David Black and asked him if the targets set for water companies are...

Duration:00:13:47

Keir Starmer on plans to freeze energy cap

8/15/2022
Sir Keir Starmer has said families would "not pay a penny more" on their energy bills this winter under Labour's plans to tackle rising living costs. The Labour leader claimed his proposals would save the average household £1,000 a year. The package would be paid for, in part, by a big increase in tax on oil and gas company profits. But critics said the plan would cost as much as the Covid furlough scheme and was not a long-term solution. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to Sir Keir Starmer...

Duration:00:17:58

One year since Taliban fighters took control of Afghanistan

8/15/2022
It is one year since Taliban fighters swept into the Afghan capital Kabul. Of all the issues which symbolise Taliban rule it is the treatment of Afghan women and girls. The Taliban has said it's trying to find a solution to the issue of girls attending secondary school. The Today programme’s Lyse Doucet reflects on how life has changed here, especially for women living with rules about where they can’t work, what they must wear… (Image, Taliban fighters with flag, Reuters, Ali Khara)

Duration:00:22:14

Salman Rushdie Attack

8/13/2022
It has been 33 years since the fatwa from Iran that meant author, Salman Rushdie, had to go into hiding. In recent years, be began resuming his life but, as we saw in a violent demonstration in New York state yesterday, the threat never went away. Today’s Mishal Husain spoke with crossbench peer and close friend of Salman Rushdie, Baroness Frances D’Souza, who led his defence after the Fatwa in 1989, working with the Human Rights group ‘Article 19’ at the time. Mishal also spoke with writer...

Duration:02:03:16

What is the solution to diminishing water supply?

8/12/2022
Why on earth are we in such a mess over water supply? A new hosepipe ban begins today in some parts of the UK, with some complaining that the bans are an outrage given the level of wastage from the companies but others suggesting that there ought to be wider bans to protect our rivers which they say are dying as we drain them dry. There's also going to be a meeting of the water firms and Natural England and the Environment Agency to discuss declaring a drought in some parts of England -- the...

Duration:00:17:27

Reasons to stay optimistic

8/11/2022
Given the amount of crises facing us at the moment with the horrors war and threat of war from Russia and China, climate change, political dysfunction, even the news that polio is back, we thought it was about time we speak with someone who has a very positive outlook in these circumstances. Cognitive Psychologist Professor Steven Pinker, author of ‘Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters’, writes optimistically about the world, human beings and our capacity for...

Duration:00:05:50

CEO of Ryanair Group, Michael O’Leary

8/11/2022
Michael O’Leary has been Chief Executive of Ryanair since 1994, and was appointed CEO of Ryanair Holdings, Europe’s largest airline group, in 2019. He’s been speaking to Today’s business presenter Sean Farrington about his unhappiness with post-Brexit Britain, the impact of inflation on his business, and why we’ve probably seen the last of the €10 flight. (Image, Michael O'Leary; Credit, Getty Images)

Duration:00:34:58

Chairman of John Lewis Partnership, Dame Sharon White

8/9/2022
Dame Sharon White is the Chairman of John Lewis Partnership. Overseeing a team of 80,000 partners working at branches and offices of supermarket Waitrose and department store John Lewis around the country, White took over the retailer in February 2020. She talks to Today’s business presenter Sean Farrington about the number of people who have left the labour market since covid and the impact she believes it could have on the economy. (Image, Dame Sharon White, Credit, John Lewis Partnership)

Duration:00:38:22

Jacky Wright’s Today Programme

1/3/2022
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...

Duration:01:40:05

Mina Smallman’s Today programme

1/1/2022
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...

Duration:00:32:41

Dr Jane Goodall’s Today Programme

12/31/2021
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...

Duration:00:36:30

General Sir Nick Carter’s Today Programme

12/30/2021
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...

Duration:01:02:56

Raheem Sterling’s Today Programme

12/29/2021
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...

Duration:00:52:28

Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate in conversation

12/29/2021
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.

Duration:00:35:51

James Rebanks’ Today Programme

12/28/2021
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...

Duration:00:35:20

Michael Dobbs’ Today Programme

12/27/2021
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,...

Duration:00:35:28

Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

1/1/2021
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...

Duration:00:47:58

Evan Spiegel’s Today programme

1/1/2021
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)

Duration:01:04:49

Margaret Atwood’s Today programme

12/31/2020
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...

Duration:00:55:29