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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme


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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme




Budget 2021: Who will be affected?

Rishi Sunak has rejected claims his plans to recover back the cost of coronavirus support will hit the poorest hardest as he set out measures to protect business in Wednesday's Budget. Today programme's Mishal Husain spoke to the chancellor and other business experts including Torsten Bell, chief executive at the Resolution Foundation, Richard Hughes, chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, Sir Howard Davies, former deputy governor of the Bank of England and now chairman of Natwest...


Friday's business with Rob Young

Post-roadmap, some Brits are booking their summer holidays - what is seeing? Also, how is the pandemic affecting mining company Anglo-American? (Photo: Getty Images)


Could Salmond row provoke resignations?

Today programme's Nick Robinson speaks to Alex Neil, SNP MSP and ally to Alex Salmond, about the fallout between the former First Minister and Nicola Sturgeon. (Image: Alex Salmond Credit: Press Association)


Paul McCartney's life in lyrics

Paul McCartney has always resisted the idea of an autobiography but is now going to publish the story of his life through his lyrics. It's based on conversations over five years with Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer prize-winning Irish poet. In his first interview about the book with Martha Kearney, Muldoon gave some insights into the writing process. (Image: Paul McCartney Credit: Reuters)


Summer schools: Catch-up plan

On Wednesday, ministers have pledged more money towards the catch-up funding for pupils in England, taking the total allocated since last year to £1.7bn. Today programme's Mishal Husain spoke to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, as well as Glynn Potts, head teacher at Oldham's Catholic High School and Lee Elliott Major, Professor of Social Mobility at Exeter University. (Image: School Pupils in Doncaster Credit: Press Association)


The roadmap out of lockdown

There's a long and winding road before the destination of June 21st when the hope is that most restrictions in England will be lifted. Nick Robinson speaks to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock about the prime minister's plan and with Martha Kearney, puts listener questions to our chief political correspondent Adam Fleming. Our correspondent Jon Kay brings us reaction to the announcement in Devon. (Image: Boris Johnson Credit: Reuters)


Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Outdoor sport could be permitted from March 29 - but what about gyms? (Image: people doing cardio training on treadmills in gym. Credit: Getty Images)


Nasa Mars landing: 'Seven minutes of terror'

On Thursday, Nasa's Perseverance rover landed successfully on Mars after a journey from Earth of almost seven months. The US space agency's one-tonne robot touched down in Mars' Jezero Crater and embarked on its two year search to find life on Mars. Today programme's Martha Kearney spoke to Mission Control's Dr Swati Mohan on how Perseverance had to endure "seven minutes of terror" to make it to the Martian surface. Image: Artist impression issued by NASA of Perseverance rover during descent...


Friday's business with Katie Prescott

What is one open-air theatre planning for opening-up after lockdown? (Image: the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall, UK. Credit: Getty Images)


Sir Michael Palin and Chris Wilder on Sheffield United

Garry Richardson speaks to Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and life-long fan of the club, Sir Michael Palin about the perils of football and the disappointment of the season so far. (Image: Sheffield United Logo Credit: Getty)


Thursday's business with Katie Prescott

The British Chambers of Commerce finds that a quarter of businesses intend to make staff redundant if furlough scheme ends in April (Image: man sits, reading newspaper and using his smart phone. Credit: Getty Images)


Wednesday's business with Rob Young

Ahead of the Budget, a committee of MPs is urging the government to overhaul the tax system to encourage people to buy products and services that don’t cause harm to the environment (Image: UK housing: scaffolding at a building site / housing development - new-build houses under construction. Credit: Press Association


'All I think about at the moment is, God I hope her next test is negative’

As the vaccine rollout extends to the over 65s - where in the priority list should younger people with learning disabilities feature? Simon Jack spoke to Radio 2 DJ and presenter Jo Whiley, whose sister Frances Whiley has a learning disability and is living in residential care, waiting for a vaccine. Justin Webb spoke to London Mayor Sadiq Khan about vaccine hesitancy in hard to reach groups and Simon Jack also spoke to Nadhim Zahawi, vaccines minister. Credit: Jo Whiley


Tuesday's business with Rob Young

When should the furlough scheme be extended until? (Image: Rishi Sunak, reading papers inside Number 11 Downing Street, during the latest England lockdown. Credit: UK Government)


Monday's business with Rob Young

The Business Banking Resolution Service launches today. But will it become stretched by long-running cases? (Image: buildings are seen in the Canary Wharf business district. Credit:


The safety of quarantine hotels

Quarantine hotels are due to open on Monday morning. Anyone arriving here from a country designated as high risk will be forced to stay in one of them for 10 days under the watch of security guards. Nick Robinson speaks to Victoria Atkins, the Home Office minister for safeguarding, about the contrast between the Australian and the UK's hotel quarantine systems and safety concerns following an announcement that the Australian state of Victoria will enter lockdown for a third time to suppress...


Friday's business with Dominic O'Connell

New GDP figures are out. How hard is the UK economy going to be hit by the pandemic? Plus how young people appear to be bearing the brunt of unemployment. (Photo: Getty Images)


Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Is the City of London losing out to Europe post-Brexit? (Image: people walk on the south bank of the River Thames, in London during a snow shower. Credit: Press Association)


Lockdown learning: View from schools

With millions of students remote learning, we heard from two schools in Rotherham and East London to see how the pupils, teachers and parents are coping (Image: Classroom desk; Credit: Reuters)


Wednesday's business with Katie Prescott

A month on from the start of new trading rules with the EU - and there's a heated debate going on between government and the hauliers lobby group about whether the new regulations are stifling trade (Image: a truck drives towards the entrance to the Port of Dover. Credit: Reuters)