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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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Labour and their nationalisation plan

9/21/2017
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If implemented, the Labour Party's plans to take control of privatised companies could bring sweeping change to Britain, with large chunks of the economy - the railways, water, energy - potentially put back in public hands. But how would it work, exactly? The BBC's Ross Hawkins reports from Bristol. Cat Hobbs is the founder of We Own it, which describes itself as a voice for public service users who want public ownership. Paul Massara is the the former chief executive of RWE Npower. They...

Duration: 00:10:33


Chronic fatigue: A new approach?

9/21/2017
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Around 190,000 people in Britain today suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME, or myalgic encephalomyelitis. The symptoms include tiredness, headaches, and chronic muscle pain - and a further burden for the sufferers is that their condition has not always been taken seriously by employers, friends or even medical professionals. But a controversial new study suggests that teenage sufferers could receive help with an intensive treatment lasting only three days. Esther Crawley...

Duration: 00:06:57


Mel Brooks on comedy and political correctness

9/21/2017
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Mel Brooks has said political correctness is the death of comedy. The Hollywood film-maker said his Western parody Blazing Saddles would never get made today because of the use of the N-word. He has been talking to the BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones as he prepares for the opening in London's West End of a musical version of his film Young Frankenstein. (Image: Mel Brooks, credit: Getty Images)

Duration: 00:04:43


Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

9/21/2017
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Will the government heed the City's call for a business-as-usual Brexit deal?

Duration: 00:11:41


Ancient ships discovered in Black Sea

9/20/2017
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Dozens of perfectly preserved ancient Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of Black Sea. Jon Adams is Professor of archaeology at the University of Southampton. He explains how rare this discovery is and why the ships are in such good condition. (Image: Divers at Roman galley. Credit: Black Sea MAP)

Duration: 00:03:38


Today at 60: British cuisine

9/20/2017
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When this programme first came on the air 60 years ago British food was famous. Famously awful. Food is something many of you have pointed to as one of the really big areas in which Britain has changed in the past 60 years. We have been talking to the Evening Standard's restaurant critic Fay Maschler about how our expectations of British cuisine has developed over this time. (Image: Lyons Corner House. Credit: Getty Images)

Duration: 00:08:21


Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

9/20/2017
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What will Tata Steel's merger with ThyssenKrupp mean for its Port Talbot plant in Wales?

Duration: 00:11:48


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


Princess Margaret 'had a royal form of tourettes'

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...

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...

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

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