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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.

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Modern day slavery

9/19/2017
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The man put in charge of ending modern day slavery in the United Kingdom has called for a "radical reform" of the system set up to identify and help victims.The independent anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland, told this programme that the UK is streets ahead of other countries, but more needs to be done. Our chief correspondent Matthew Price talks to victims of modern day slavery. (Image: Back of woman's head, credit: BBC)

Duration: 00:06:25


The other princess

9/19/2017
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Satirist and author Craig Brown releases his new book Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, the glamorous Royal everyone wanted to meet. Mr Brown portrays her life as Cinderella in reverse and combines interviews, parodies, diaries and more which in itself is being described as a new type of biography. (Image: Royal coat of arms, credit: Getty Images)

Duration: 00:04:29


Today at 60: The internet and you

9/19/2017
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How has life changed over the 60 years that the Today programme has been on air? This week we look at how the internet has transformed our lives. One of the first internet entrepreneurs Martha Lane Fox discusses with John the early days before Facebook, Amazon and Google and whether the internet has enriched our lives. Why not get involved and tell us what you think the biggest changes have been in the last 60 years by emailing 60today@bbc.co.uk. (Image: Computer screen on the internet,...

Duration: 00:08:17


Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

9/19/2017
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Sleep more important than money according to research funded by Sainsbury's. And Ryanair's cancelled flights - how did the airline mess up so badly? (Image: Man sleeping in bed. Image: Corbis Royalty Free)

Duration: 00:13:01


The future of the Liberal Democrats

9/18/2017
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As the only party committed to remaining in the European Union, the Liberal Democrats expected to collect the votes of Remain supporters. When the counting was done, the party had picked up only four seats and its national vote share fell by 0.5%. Today's Justin Webb heads to Oxford to ask how the Lib Dems intend to build on their successes and increase their vote share. Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable says that he will revive his party and explains why he thinks he could become...

Duration: 00:18:18


The 51st Thing That Made The Modern Economy

9/18/2017
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Listeners of Tim Harford's podcast 50 Things That Made The Modern Economy on the BBC World Service have suggested ideas for a 51st Thing. Mr Harford has selected six and now there's an online vote to decide which one of those items becomes the 51st thing. So what will it be? (Image: Pencil, Credit: Getty Images)

Duration: 00:04:12


Brexit, Boris Johnson and the £350 million figure

9/18/2017
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Prime Minister Theresa May's flying visit to Canada today marks the start of what could be a significant few days on the road to Brexit. In Florence, later this week, she will deliver what is being billed as a major speech adding more clarity to Britain's approach to the slow-moving Brexit negotiations in Brussels. Will Boris Johnson's intervention at the weekend, and his spat with the UK Statistics Authority over the “£350m a week” claim, have a bearing on the speech? Our political editor...

Duration: 00:12:26


Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

9/18/2017
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Influential economics consultancy the Centre for Economics and Business Research says that the UK economy will grow 1.6% in 2017 - up from a previous estimate of 1.3% (Image: retail sales growth. Credit: Press Association

Duration: 00:11:39


London Fashion Week 2017

9/15/2017
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The programme has been broadcasting from London Fashion Week to take an in-depth look at one of Britain's big success stories - the fashion industry. The industry is more valuable to the economy than you might think: fashion employs close to a million people and accounts for around 1.5% of GDP, which is more than legal services - or broadcasting. In a wide-ranging podcast, we hear from such figures in fashion as designer Patrick Grant, trend forecaster Carla Buzasi, Erdem's Erdem Moralioglu,...

Duration: 00:39:25


Satirising Silicon Valley

9/14/2017
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Silicon Valley is the place that gave birth to what for a long time looked like a Utopian dream - a promise to connect the world and to give everyone equal and free access to information. But what about the dystopian side of this dream? Author Dave Eggers wrote The Circle to present a 'worse case scenario' about technology. He spoke to Nick Robinson about the potential cost to our privacy of this tech revolution. (Image: Laptop. Credit: PA)

Duration: 00:14:30


'We are in physical danger from our son'

9/14/2017
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A family has said they feel "in physical danger" from their teenage son who exhibits 'callous unemotional traits', calling for more support in this area of mental health. Speaking to the Today programme, the family, who have been voiced by actors, say they cannot leave their son - who we are calling Max - alone with their daughter. "You can't actually leave him alone," Max's father said. "It's an abusive relationship." Asked if upsetting people made him sad, Max said: "No, I can get on with...

Duration: 00:18:43


Roald Dahl's widow on The Minpins and 'black' Charlie

9/14/2017
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It was Roald Dahl day on Wednesday - when many schools across the country ask children to dress up as their favourite Dahl character and wear something yellow - the author's favourite colour. Quentin Blake illustrated all but one of his books - his last The Minpins. So to coincide with what would have been Roald Dahl's 101st birthday it has been reimagined by the illustrator and republished as Billy and the Minpins. Roald Dahl's widow Liccy and his biographer Donald Sturrock spoke to Sarah...

Duration: 00:04:47


Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

9/14/2017
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What's new about the £10 note entering circulation today?

Duration: 00:11:35


Today at 60: Science and society

9/12/2017
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The Today programme is celebrating its sixtieth birthday later this year – in the weeks leading up to the anniversary we’re looking at some of the biggest social changes in our country during that time. Renowned scientist Steve Jones led a review of the way the BBC itself reports science. Richard Dawkins is professor of evolutionary biology and David Willetts is former science minister. Our guests discuss how the public’s relationship with science, evidence and truth has evolved since the...

Duration: 00:18:49


Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

9/12/2017
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Northern Rock, ten years on, Dominic O'Connell is at its former headquarters in Newcastle, asking what lessons have been learned (Image: Northern Rock building society branch in Newcastle. Credit: Press Association)

Duration: 00:11:47


The return of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party

9/12/2017
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It is almost 60 years since Harold Pinter's the Birthday Party was first staged. To mark the anniversary in January there will be a new production starring Toby Jones, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan. Sarah Montague spoke to one of the stars of the new production Toby Jones and to Harold Pinter's widow Lady Antonia Fraser about their relationship with the play and the reasons behind its enduring appeal. (Image: Harold Pinter. Credit: Getty Images)

Duration: 00:06:00


Brexit: MPs begin scrutiny of vital withdrawal bill

9/7/2017
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The business of disentangling our laws from the EU is a gargantuan job. It covers nearly half a century of lawmaking and about 12,000 regulations and MPs will today debate how that should happen. Former president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy explains to Sarah Montague his scepticism about EU trade discussions starting soon. First Secretary of State Damian Green and Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer discuss the process of copying EU laws into the UK statute book. (Image:...

Duration: 00:22:20


Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

9/7/2017
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The European Central Bank meets today, how are the economies in the region doing?

Duration: 00:09:45


Businesses warn over 'UK workers first' proposal

9/6/2017
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Firms that rely on EU workers have warned of the "catastrophic" impact of proposals to slash unskilled migration on the day Britain leaves the EU. Director of policy at the Institute of Directors Edwin Morgan tells Nick Robinson a quick reduction in immigration would be "damaging to the economy". Vice chair of Migration Watch UK Alp Mehmet says: "This is what control means." (Image: EU workers. Credit: PA)

Duration: 00:05:11


Sir Michael Fallon on North Korea and defence spending

9/6/2017
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The threats to the UK "are increasing" and the defence budget increase will be funded by "efficiency savings", Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said. "The threats to this country, as you've seen just this week, are increasing," he told Nick Robinson. "Overall, the amount of money going into defence is going to continue to increase every year of this parliament," he said. "Some of this will have to be funded by efficiency savings." (Image: Sir Michael Fallon. Credit: Reuters)

Duration: 00:10:52

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