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Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme; including religious reflections from Thought for the Day at 0748




Misogyny, racism and bullying found in fire service

The London Fire Brigade is "institutionally” misogynist and racist, according a report into its culture. The review, conducted by the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for north-west England, Nazir Afzal, concludes that unless the "toxic culture" is tackled other firefighters will take their own lives. The independent review was established by the London Fire Commissioner after a trainee firefighter took his own life in August 2020. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to Mr Afzal, who told her that he...


Hunter Davies: My winter walk

The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. Author Hunter Davies, best known for the only authorised biography of the Beatles, describes his favourite walk along Ryde Sands on the Isle of Wight. (Image Credit: Laura Palmer/BBC)


Nurses to strike in biggest walkout in the NHS's history

The Royal College of Nursing has announced strikes on 15 and 20 December in its pay dispute with the government. Nurses will still provide emergency care, but routine services will be hit. It is set to be the biggest walkout by nurses in the NHS's history and will take place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Today's Mishal Husain speaks to Pat Cullen, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, and Nick Hulme, CEO of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Today's...


Social Housing Tragedies: “How does this happen?”

How does this happen? That was the question asked by the coroner investigating the death of 2 year old Awaab Ishak who died from exposure to mould on the walls of his parents’ one bed flat. The government has now stripped the association involved, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH), of £1m in expected funding. Housing charity Shelter says there’s “absolutely no excuse” for housing associations to be failing tenants. Today's Nick Robinson spoke to Shelter’s chief executive Polly Neate, as...


Home Office Asylum cases delayed

Delays in the time taken to process asylum claims have been compounded as inexperienced and low-paid staff have been hired to handle applications, several insiders have told BBC Two's Newsnight. Local councils are complaining about the number of asylum seekers - 37,000 - they’re having to house in hotels, and most recent figure for the backlog of people waiting for decisions, from June, came to 122,000. Home Office staff told Newsnight’s UK Editor, Sima Kotecha, that this was slowing down...


The Today Debate: Channel crossings and the asylum system. Can we fix it?

Joining Mishal for the Today Debate were the Conservative Leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough; the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover; the Daily Telegraph Columnist, Sherelle Jacobs; former head of the UK Border Force, Tony Smith and the Labour Peer and former Director of the human rights organisation Liberty, Baroness Shami Chakrabati.


Nasa spacecraft arrives at Moon’s orbit

Nasa's Artemis spacecraft has arrived at the Moon – sending back selfies as it orbited the lunar surface. It marks a crucial milestone in Nasa’s first crew-capable moon mission for 50 years. The space agency hopes it will eventually lead to the Moon becoming a base for long-term space exploration. Today’s Nick Robinson spoke to Catherine Heyman, Scotland’s Astronomer Royal, and Sian Cleaver, who’s worked on a key component of the Artemis Orion spacecraft for Airbus. (Image, Artemis' Orion...


Jojo Moyes: My winter walk

The Today programme has asked some well-known voices to tell us about their favourite walks at this time of year. Novelist and journalist Jojo Moyes - best known for 'Me Before You' - describes a walk where she is often accompanied by her dogs in Essex, and how it’s helped her when life is challenging. (Image Credit: Jojo Moyes)


Social care system in crisis

The promised change to social care in England - billed as fixing the system by capping people's costs - has been delayed by the government for a further two years - until October 2025. Today's Mishal Husain spoke to Anne, whose husband has Parkinson's and dementia. He’s been in hospital for two weeks, because they are struggling to find him a place at a nursing home with the suitable level of care. Anne says their savings have 'got a limited life span' as they’re facing potential costs of...


The Syrian swimmer who saved 20 other refugees

A new film portrays swimmer Yusra Mardini’s journey out of Syria. Yusra and her sister Sarah swam for over three hours in the Aegean Sea, pulling a dinghy with 20 fellow refugees to safety when the engine cut out. She went on to compete for the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team at Rio 2016. Yusra, and Nathalie Issa, the actor who played her, spoke to Today about the new film ‘The Swimmers’ that tells her story. (IMAGE CREDIT: THE SWIMMERS is in select UK cinemas now and on Netflix globally from...


Autumn Statement: Chancellor Jeremy Hunt

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt acknowledged that there were "very difficult times ahead" for people, but said his plans gave people "certainty" on how the government would help them through the recession. This comes after he outlined his plan for stabilising the UK economy in Thursday's Autumn Statement. He spoke to Today's Mishal Husain. (IMAGE CREDIT: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)


Behind the scenes with England rugby’s Eddie Jones

Today's Garry Richardson goes behind the scenes with Eddie Jones at a training session with the England men’s rugby union squad, including Owen Farrell who will be making his 100th appearance against New Zealand on Saturday.


Chancellor to unveil Autumn Statement

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is to announce on Thursday his plan for stabilising the UK economy and also reducing inflation. This will include an announcement of around £30bn in spending cuts and £24bn in tax rises. Today’s Mishal Husain looks ahead to the statement with the BBC's Political Editor Chris Mason, Economics Editor Faisal Islam and Business Editor Simon Jack. CREDIT: ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock


Michelle Gallen: My winter walk

The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. Author Michelle Gallen, who wrote 'Big Girl, Small Town' and 'Factory Girls', describes her favourite walk near her childhood home in Castlederg, West Tyrone. (Image Credit: Deci Gallen)


Northern Ireland hospital closes Emergency Department

Over the weekend, the Antrim Area hospital in Northern Ireland had to close its emergency department, after it had reached capacity. A major incident was declared in the Northern Health Trust at the weekend because the situation was "unsafe," says Jennifer Welsh, the chief executive of the trust. A major incident means there are too many patients for staff to deal with safely and ambulances were turned away. Today’s Martha Kearney was granted exclusive access to the emergency department at...


Hockney unveils new sound and vision show

Artist David Hockney is to unveil an exhibition at a new London venue, Lightroom, from January 2023. David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller and further away) will allow visitors to walk through a large scale digital art experience. The painter is best known for famous images such as The Splash and Woldgate Woods. He has been telling the Today programme’s Nicola Stanbridge what the audience can expect to experience at the exhibition. (Image, David Hockney, Credit, Andrew Winning/ Reuters)


Egypt hunger striker’s mum: ‘I’m very worried’

The British Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah has been on hunger strike in a prison in Cairo for seven months. And despite an appeal by the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to the Egyptian President, he has had no visit from the British embassy or access to a lawyer. Today's Martha Kearney spoke to Alaa Abdel Fattah's Mother Laila about what her son has been going through, and how he is being treated by the Egyptian government. She also spoke to John Casson, Former British Ambassador to...


Inside Kherson

Russian Forces have fled the region southern region of Ukraine, Kherson. This has been a real step forward for the Ukrainian forces, however they have caused real destruction to Ukrainian infrastructure, including water gas and electricity supplies, which are causing power outages across the country, including in Kyiv. The BBC'S International Editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Kherson and Today’s Mishal Hussain speaks to Volodymyr Kudrytski, chief executive of the company which runs the power...


Mum tells author Baddiel what his book means for son with autism

“When he reads your books, I see my boy in his true, pure form.” That’s an extract from an email Debs Butler sent to the comedian David Baddiel. She wrote to him after her autistic son Freddie found joy and relief in David’s children’s books. Today's Nick Robinson speaks to them both. (Photo: Debs Butler with her son Freddie. Credit: Butler family)


The hospital at risk of falling down

In Norfolk, one of the county's largest hospitals is literally at risk of falling down. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn was built with a kind of reinforced concrete - RACK - which has an expiry date. So the roof is being held up by more than three thousand wooden props. Like many areas around England, they are waiting to hear if Kings Lynn will be picked as one of eight sites for a brand new hospital. Today's Martha Kearney reports (Photo: Martha Kearney with hospital interim...