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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


  • Fridays business with Rob Young

    Friday's business with Rob Young

    26/02/2021 Duration: 11min

    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?

    Could Salmond row provoke resignations?

    25/02/2021 Duration: 14min

    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 McCartneys life in lyrics

    Paul McCartney's life in lyrics

    25/02/2021 Duration: 09min

    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

    Summer schools: Catch-up plan

    24/02/2021 Duration: 17min

    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

    The roadmap out of lockdown

    23/02/2021 Duration: 31min

    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)

  • Mondays business with Dominic OConnell

    Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    22/02/2021 Duration: 11min

    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

    Nasa Mars landing: 'Seven minutes of terror'

    19/02/2021 Duration: 05min

    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 stage of Mars landing; Credit: NASA via Press Association

  • Lockdown learning: View from schools

    Lockdown learning: View from schools

    10/02/2021 Duration: 16min

    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)

  • Vaccines and the UK

    Vaccines and the UK

    29/01/2021 Duration: 09min

    This week has seen a new coronavirus vaccine shown to be highly effective in large-scale UK trials - but also a row over vaccine supply between the EU and AstraZeneca, manufacturer of the Oxford vaccine. Kate Bingham, until recently head of the UK Vaccine Task Force, speaks to Nick Robinson about why she is delighted with news of the trial results and how the UK started building up manufacturing capacity early. (Photo: A vaccine being injected. Credit: PA)

  • Vaccine nationalism?

    Vaccine nationalism?

    28/01/2021 Duration: 15min

    Talks are continuing between EU officials and AstraZeneca over the delivery of all the doses of the vaccine the EU has ordered. Brussels does not accept the explanation that Britain's order is to be fulfilled because it was placed three months earlier - and it wants supplies to come from production lines in the UK if those in Belgium and the Netherlands continue to have problems. Mishal Husain and Justin Webb speak to Sir Jeremy Farrar, of the Wellcome Trust, Dutch MEP Kim Van Sparrentak and Steve Bates, of the UK Bioindustry Association. (Image: A health worker fills a syringe. Credit: Reuters)

  • Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

    Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

    01/01/2021 Duration: 47min

    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 Drew)

  • Evan Spiegel’s Today programme

    Evan Spiegel’s Today programme

    01/01/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    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)

  • Margaret Atwood’s Today programme

    Margaret Atwood’s Today programme

    31/12/2020 Duration: 55min

    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 Husain. (Image: Margaret Atwood, credit: Luis Mora)

  • Lewis Hamilton’s Today programme

    Lewis Hamilton’s Today programme

    30/12/2020 Duration: 50min

    Record-breaking Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton guest edits Today, looking at black British history, the environment, and the power of sport. Lewis speaks to historian Professor David Olusoga about the Black Lives Matter movement and black British historical figures who deserve more attention. We also hear from conservationist Dame Jane Goodall on animal extinction, and find out how motor racing is trying to become more environmentally friendly. Presented by Nick Robinson and Justin Webb. (Image: Lewis Hamilton)

  • Sir Jeremy Farrar’s Today programme

    Sir Jeremy Farrar’s Today programme

    28/12/2020 Duration: 50min

    Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the health research foundation Wellcome Trust, guest edits Today along the theme of uncertainty and clarity in complex times. Sir Jeremy speaks to Dr Anthony Fauci about mixing politics and science, and we hear from Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, on leading in uncertain times. Author Elif Shafak gives a more literary take on uncertainty, and England cricketers Sir Andrew Strauss and Nat Sciver discuss how elite sport has adapted in 2020. Also, a special performance from the Wellcome Voices choir. With Nick Robinson and Simon Jack. (Image: Sir Jeremy Farrar, credit: Dave Guttridge, Francis Crick Institute)

  • Prue Leiths Today programme

    Prue Leith's Today programme

    24/12/2020 Duration: 36min

    Highlights from Prue Leith's guest edit, presented by Prue herself. Including... a discussion of the issue of assisted dying and how hospitals are trying to improve their food. Also - two cherries on top of an already lovely cake - Prue having a singing lesson... and Olympic diver Tom Daley discussing craft and the new swimming trunks he has crocheted! Also featuring Justin Webb and Mishal Husain. Enjoy. (Image: Prue Leith Credit: Clive Holmes Agency)

  • Rory Kinnear: Tribute to my sister Karina

    Rory Kinnear: Tribute to my sister Karina

    22/12/2020 Duration: 05min

    Karina, 48, died from the coronavirus in May 2020. As a child, she suffered brain damage and was paralysed from the waist down after an operation she had as a teenager. Her brother the actor, Rory Kinnear, had written an essay reflecting on her life, earlier in the year. Now, he records a new tribute looking back on what's been a difficult year. Image: Rory Kinnear (C), Karina (L), Credit: Rory Kinnear

  • Sir Paul McCartney on the vaccine, lockdown music and fears for Glastonbury 2021

    Sir Paul McCartney on the vaccine, lockdown music and fears for Glastonbury 2021

    18/12/2020 Duration: 18min

    Sir Paul McCartney speaks to John Wilson for the Today programme about this new album, McCartney III. He encourages people to take the Covid. vaccine and fears Glastonbury 2021 will be cancelled. Image: Paul McCartney; Credit: Reuters

  • Dr Katie Sanderson: A sense hope

    Dr Katie Sanderson: A sense hope

    16/12/2020 Duration: 08min

    Junior doctor Katie Sanderson survived working on Covid ward at the height of the pandemic. Several months later, she sensed hope and less chaos despite the challenges she and her colleagues faced. Radio 4’s Today programme Justin Webb found out more. Credit: PA

  • Michael Blakstad: Spending Christmas Day alone

    Michael Blakstad: Spending Christmas Day alone

    15/12/2020 Duration: 06min

    Michael Blakstad, 80, and his wife Tricia, 79, who met in North Yorkshire and have been married for 55 years, with three children. But since the coronavirus pandemic Trisha developed dementia and he was forced to sell his house to pay for the care home fees, while suffering from Parkinson's disease. Today's Nick Robinson caught up with Michael, as he reflects back on 2020 and looks ahead to the Christmas period. Credit: Getty Creative Stock

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