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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
feed audio Should we re-nationalise water?
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:27:00 +0000
Jeremy Corbyn wants to re-nationalise water and rail - with water, prices have risen 36% more than inflation since privatisation back in 1989, and there are allegations that water companies are simply making too much money. There are also problems with flooding and leaks. Do things need to change? (Image: burst water pipe, credit: Getty Images)
audio Brexit: The French take
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:14:00 +0000
France, customs controls and Brexit. How does one of our closest neighbours view Brexit? In this podcast we talk to political thinkers and take a trip to Calais where they are worrying about the consequences of introducing border and customs controls post-Brexit. (Image: Keep calm cards in French, credit: Reuters)
audio Jeremy Corbyn and the Czech spy
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:09:00 +0000
After days of headlines about his contact with a Czech spy during the 1980s - Jeremy Corbyn has hit back not only at stories carried in the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Express and the Telegraph but at their owners. In a video posted on social media he said a free press was vital - but much of ours isn't very free at all. And he said the 'media barons' were resorting to lies and smears 'their readers deserve so much better. Well we've got news for them - change is coming' (Image: Jeremy Corbyn, credit: PA)
audio Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:31:00 +0000
Employers have six weeks to report on gender-related pay. How are they doing so far?
audio Why we'll be working into our 80s
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:02:00 +0000
When we talk about an ageing population we often focus on health and social care - the needs of older people and how they can be met. But a report released today by the Centre for Ageing Better says that keeping older people in work could add £18bn to annual GDP. What should we be doing now to adjust to an age in which the number of people over 85 will double in the next 20 years? (Image: Older men running, credit: Getty Images)
audio Damian Green on 'inappropriate behaviour'
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:41:00 +0000
Damian Green - who was sacked from the government in December - has said he still doesn't think he behaved inappropriately towards the journalist Kate Maltby - who's accused him of sending her an inappropriate text message. He told us he was sorry if he made her "feel uncomfortable". Mr Green lost his job as first secretary of state after an investigation found he had made misleading statements about the discovery of pornography on his Commons computer. In this podcast we explore those allegations with him and discuss his new role working on ideas for the elderly and social care for the Resolution Foundation. (Image: Damian Green, credit: Reuters)
audio Nassim Taleb: Having 'skin in the game'
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:03:00 +0000
People in all walks of life work best when they have 'skin in the game', when they have something to lose. That is the premise of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's latest book - called Skin in the Game. In it, the author of the best seller Black Swan, argues that our political leaders no longer have skin in the game when making decisions and so their judgement can't be trusted. (Image: Nassim Taleb, credit: Getty Images)
audio Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:55:00 +0000
Return to form at HSBC. And Venezuela’s foray into cryptocurrencies (Image: a commuter runs past an advertisement for HSBC. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
audio The future of tuition fees
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:08:00 +0000
Prime Minister Theresa May is announcing that she wants to change things for students in England. She says they face "one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world" and that our attitude to higher education is outdated. A new independent review will look at fees and student finance, as well as more technical degrees - but does it go far enough? (Image: University graduates; Credit: Press Association)
audio A mother's fight for medical cannabis
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:48:00 +0000
Six year-old Alfie Dingley has a rare form of epilepsy which showed signs of improving after he took medical cannabis oil. His parents have applied for a licence for the drug, which is illegal in the UK, saying that it has a "miracle" effect and drastically reduces his seizures. But the government has rejected the application - a decision that Alfie's mother Maggie Deacon wants to appeal. (Image: Maggie Deacon and her son Alfie Dingley; Credit: Maggie Deacon/PA Wire)
audio Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:42:00 +0000
How do employers treat their staff when they become pregnant? And is the restaurant trade running into trouble? (Image: pregnant woman. Credit: BBC)
audio Placido Domingo on Puccini's Tosca
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +0000
It's not far off half a century since Placido Domingo sang for the first time in this country, as the hero - Cavaradossi - in Puccini's Tosca. No opera singer in our time has sung so many roles to such acclaim nor given so many performances. Soon it will be 4000. And still, in his late 70s, he's singing - and conducting. He's in London now to conduct that same opera,Tosca, at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Jim Naughtie's been speaking to him about why it still matters so much to him. (Image: Placido Domingo, credit: Getty Images)
audio Friday's business with Rob Young
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:36:00 +0000
Businesses propose plan to solve UK trade deadlock with EU after Brexit
audio Homeless in Westminster
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:12:00 +0000
On Wednesday morning a man who had been sleeping rough was found dead. His story is getting a lot of attention - and that's because of where he was sleeping - in an underground tunnel in Westminster that leads directly in to Parliament. (Image: Homeless person at Westminster, credit: Getty Images)
audio Trump's former spokesman at Davos
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:50:00 +0000
Donald Trump's former communications director Anthony Scaramucci believes the president has had a good first year and should enjoy successful mid terms election later this year. Speaking to Mishal Husain, Mr Scaramucci argued that the president needed "dial up the content by reducing some of the style" to get his message out to the people without media distortion. (Image: Anthony Scaramucci. Credit: AFP/FABRICE COFFRINI)
audio Lloyds Chief Exec: British economy is resilient
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +0000
Lloyds Banking Group Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio says the British economy is resilient in the face of uncertainty caused by Brexit. Mr Horta-Osorio added that he welcomed the two year transition period as it would allow businesses to plan for Brexit. (Image: Lloyds Banking Group Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio. Credit: Reuters / LUKE MACGREGOR)
The Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney believes the UK economy could grow more strongly this year if details about the UK's future relationship with the European Union become firmer. Carney also told Mishal Husain about his reaction to the news afternoon tea with him was included in an auction lot at last week's Presidents Club dinner. An offer that has now been revoked. (Image: Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. Credit: Reuters / GONZALO FUENTES)
audio Michael Wolff discusses Fire and Fury
Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0000
Michael Wolff discusses his book Fire and Fury, about US President Donald Trump's first nine months in office, with Nick Robinson. Mr Trump has accused the author of making up stories and has called him a "total loser". (Image: Donald Trump. Credit: AFP)
audio Today at 60: The highlights
Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:27:00 +0000
On Saturday the Today programme will have been on air for precisely 60 years. For the past few months, John Humphrys has been looking at some of the ways our country has changed since 1957. From sex to terrorism to regional accents to agriculture, here are some of the highlights of the series. (Image: Today programme studio. Credit: BBC)