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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


  • Scottish election 2021: Meet the party leaders

    Scottish election 2021: Meet the party leaders

    30/04/2021 Duração: 49min

    There's less than a week to go before voting begins in the Scottish Parliament election 2021, as voters prepare to elect a fresh batch of MSPs to Holyrood on 6 May. In this election, the electorate will be given two votes, one to choose their constituency MSP and another where they choose a party from the regional list. The Radio 4 Today programme hears from Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the leader of the SNP; Anas Sarwar MSP, leader of the Scottish Labour Party; Willie Rennie MSP, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats; Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Scottish Greens; Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party; and Alex Salmond, leader of the Alba Party. (Image: Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh; Credit: Reuters)

  • N Ireland: DUP need to go down pragmatic path

    N Ireland: 'DUP need to go down pragmatic path'

    29/04/2021 Duração: 09min

    Arlene Foster will step down as Democratic Unionist Party leader on 28 May and as first minister at the end of June. She was the first female leader of the DUP. Now that the DUP has begun electing its new leader, BBC's Ireland correspondent Chris Page heard the public's reaction to her resignation. Nick Robinson spoke to former Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith, who brokered a deal which restored power-sharing administration in Storment, about the announcement. He told R4 Today programme he believes the DUP "is at crossroads of needing to continue down the pragmatic path" (Image: Arlene Foster in Stormont, Belfast; Credit: Press Association)

  • BJP Narendra Taneja on India Covid crisis

    BJP Narendra Taneja on India Covid crisis

    28/04/2021 Duração: 14min

    India has seen more Covid cases in the last seven days than any other country as people die waiting for beds, oxygen supplies run low and hospitals crumble under the strain. The official death toll has surpassed 200,000 but experts believe the actual number may be higher. R4 Today's Nick Robinson spoke to the national spokesperson for India's ruling BJP Narendra Taneja on why a second wave has been so ferocious. With analysis from our correspondent Sima Kotecha and BBC's South East Asia correspondent Yogita Limaye. (Image: Narendra Taneja; Credit: BBC)

  • Hunter Biden opens up about drug and alcohol addiction to the Today Programme

    Hunter Biden opens up about drug and alcohol addiction to the Today Programme

    06/04/2021 Duração: 34min

    Hunter Biden's business dealings and personal life were frequently used by the Trump campaign against his father US President Joe Biden. To mark the publication of his memoir 'Beautiful Things', he spoke to the Today Programme's Mishal Husain about business, politics and the trauma he says led to his battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

  • Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

    Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

    01/01/2021 Duração: 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 Duração: 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 Duração: 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 Duração: 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 Duração: 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 Duração: 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 Duração: 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 Duração: 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 Duração: 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 Duração: 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

  • Today guest edits: George the Poet

    Today guest edits: George the Poet

    31/12/2019 Duração: 01h04min

    All the highlights from podcaster and spoken word artist George the Poet's guest edited programme, including a reflection of identity in Uganda, DJ Target on the development of grime music, Ziggy Marley on legalising marijuana, economist Mariana Mazzucato on how society thinks about value, and are video games good for your brain? Presented by Martha Kearney and Sarah Smith, and additional sound design by Benbrick. (Image: George the Poet, credit: BBC)

  • Today guest edits: Greta Thunberg

    Today guest edits: Greta Thunberg

    30/12/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    All the highlights from climate activist Greta Thunberg's guest edited programme, including Mishal Husain interviewing her father Svante Thunberg and Greta speaking to Sir David Attenborough for the first time. Also, outgoing Bank of England chief Mark Carney on how the financial sector can tackle climate change, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja on reducing the music industry’s carbon blueprint, and Shell’s Maarten Wetselaar on big energy’s environmental impact. Presented by Mishal Husain and Sarah Smith. (Image: Greta Thunberg, credit: BBC)

  • Today guest edits: Charles Moore

    Today guest edits: Charles Moore

    28/12/2019 Duração: 01h01min

    All the highlights from Margaret Thatcher biographer and former Telegraph editor Charles Moore's guest edited programme. It includes US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook on violent protests in the country, Charles' nephew Felix on being autistic and transgender, former Conservative leader Lord Michael Howard on why the judiciary needs to change, and Charles sets out the case against the BBC's funding model. Presented by Justin Webb and Nick Robinson. (Image: Charles Moore, credit: The Telegraph)

  • Today guest edits: Baroness Hale

    Today guest edits: Baroness Hale

    27/12/2019 Duração: 01h13min

    All the highlights from Supreme Court President Baroness Hale's guest edited programme, including Baroness Hale in conversation with US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clive Coleman going on a tour of the Supreme Court, a report on coercive control, a discussion about justice in opera with Sir Simon Keenlyside and Ian Bostridge and a Vogue editor on what your jewellery says about you. Presented by Nick Robinson and Justin Webb. (Image: Baroness Hale. Credit: BBC)

  • Today guest edits: Grayson Perry

    Today guest edits: Grayson Perry

    26/12/2019 Duração: 45min

    All the highlights from artist Grayson Perry's guest edited programme, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams on faith and political myths, how tinnitus affects singer-songwriter KT Tunstall's life and work, political satire with Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, and if there's a link between sexual fantasies and how you vote with Joe Twyman from Deltapoll. Presented by Justin Webb and Nick Robinson. (Image: Grayson Perry, credit: BBC)

  • Martha in Antarctica: a look at climate change

    Martha in Antarctica: a look at climate change

    04/12/2019 Duração: 45min

    Martha Kearney spent a week with the British Antarctic Survey, finding out what rising temperatures are doing to both the landscape and the creatures that live there. (Image: Martha Kearney Credit: BBC)