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The Royal Society’s Insight Investment Science Book Prize’s shortlist has just been announced. Over the next few weeks, Marnie and Adam will be chatting to the six authors in line for the prestigious prize. They’ll be getting a guided tour of ‘The Body – a Guide for Occupants’ with Bill Bryson; Discussing ‘Life According to Physics’ with Jim Al Kha…
 
An hour of top tunes from Public Body, HMS Morris, FS Komodo, Natalie Holmes, The Zang!, Colourtelly, Graver Ekow, The Last Dinosaur, Hector Gannet, emzae, StanLei, C-Beem, Chinwe, Frank Birtwistle, Shoun Shoun, Harold Nono, Berry Brown, and Victoria Jane Kearney handpicked by Tom Robinson from the BBC Introducing Uploader.…
 
Former England Rugby player James Haskell, footballer and coach Neil Danns, football presenter Natalie Paweleck and comedian Neil Delamere join Colin Murray for an hour of sporting punditry, humour and entertainment.Points are awarded for informed comment, wit and passion, but taken away for nonsense and answers lacking in conviction.In the final r…
 
In a talk that she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian Sophie Ambler tells the story of Simon de Montfort’s doomed rebellion against King Henry III in the 13th century. Historyextra.com/podcast Enter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6 Survey closes Sunday 4th…
 
The first formal face-to-face Afghanistan peace talks are underway in Doha, the capital of the Gulf State of Qatar. These historic negotiations between the Afghan Taliban and a delegation of the Afghan government are focused on finding a negotiated end to a destructive war that’s now lasted more than four decades. How much have the Taliban changed …
 
In the last of our election specials, we debate the big issues with a republican and democrat. William Spriggs is chief economist at The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations - a democrat appointed to the Department of Labor by President Obama. Michael Johns is the National Tea Party movement co-founder and leader, a…
 
Chris Low of FHN Financial says markets expect to hear from pharmaceutical companies within the next two weeks on progress with a covid vaccine, and that could end the current period of flatness.We're rounding up a week of special programmes on the US election. We speak to Sarah Bryner, research director at the Center for Responsive Politics, in Ch…
 
This week on the podcast, Fi and Jane chat to broadcaster, DJ and radio superstar Annie Nightingale. The Radio 1 presenter speaks tells them about why she's a night owl rather than a morning lark, what's she's looking for in a record and they reminisce about the millennium bug. Before they connect to Annie, Fi and Jane compare catalogue purchases a…
 
Kathy Clugston chairs the horticultural panel show. Chris Beardshaw, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Pottage are on hand to answer questions from green-fingered listeners.This week the panellists are joined by a virtual audience as they tackle questions on how to ripen tomatoes and the best plants to provide pollen late in the season, and help a liste…
 
Another night of anti-racism protests in Louisville, Kentucky - so what now for the family of Breonna Taylor, the African-American woman shot by police there in March? We'll speak to the family's lawyer. Also in the programme: a rare apology from North Korea for the killing of a South Korean official; and more than one hundred whales rescued in Aus…
 
Students in Scotland have been warned not to visit pubs or restaurants this weekend or go home after hundreds of students across Scotland tested positive for Covid. Sir Mark Walport, a member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, told Martha Kearney: "Universities are very large communities, they bring together people from …
 
Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt makes his 1,000th call to lifelong Spurs fan - 76 year old Roger Peerless - as part of the clubs charity drive to help the vulnerable during the pandemic. Mabbutt has spent two hours a day since March making calls to vulnerable fans. He was in conversation with the Today Programme’s Garry Richardson.Credit: Press Associati…
 
Windrush campaigner, Paulette Wilson’s brave decision to speak to Amelia Gentleman about the immigration issues she was facing with the Home Office was crucial in exposing the Windrush scandal. In her book, The Windrush Betrayal, Gentleman tells the full story of her investigation. Campaigner, Glenda Caesar was also caught up in the hostile environ…
 
The US presidential election of 2000 was one of the closest and most contested in history. It was more than a month before the result was decided after a Supreme Court decision. It all came down to the vote in Florida, a 'swing-state', where irregularities and technical problems added to the confusion. In the end it's thought there were just a few …
 
We hear from Republican and Democrat supporters in the Buckeye State, land of industry and agriculture, in the fourth of our US election specials. Sasha Twining is joined throughout the programme by Karen Keslar, bureau chief at the Statehouse News Bureau in Columbus, to discuss issues affecting the state, including farming, education and the envir…
 
As Nancy Pelosi suggests a second government stimulus package of $2.4 trillion, Cary Leahey of Decision Economics in New York explains how the market reacted. Also in the programme, all this week we're examining issues affecting voters in key US battleground states ahead of November's presidential election. Today we go to Ohio, and hear from the ch…
 
Edmund Fawcett's latest book focuses on the historic and contemporary conflicts in Conservatism. He describes how the constant tensions within the Conservative political thought have been exposed and what it might mean for the continuation of the tradition.Paul Vallely argues that philanthropy is about more than mere altruism. It is always an expre…
 
The European health commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, said some member states already had more Covid-19 cases than during the peak of the pandemic in Spring.Also in the programme: Senior US Republicans issue reassurances that there will be a peaceful transition of power if Donald Trump loses November's presidential election; and the sniffer dogs of …
 
Israel is tightening its second nationwide coronavirus lockdown as case counts rise. Mehul Srivastava is Israel bureau chief for the Financial Times in Jerusalem, and explains the government's latest moves. And we hear how Israel's businesses could be impacted from Uriel Lynn, president of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce. Also in the…
 
Brittany K. Barnett, an African American lawyer, grew up in the shadow of the US war on drugs in the 1980s. Like many others in her community in rural east Texas, Brittany’s mother was addicted to crack cocaine, and when Brittany was 22 years old, her mother was sentenced to eight years in prison. Only a few years later, she discovered the case of …
 
Ms Taylor, 26, a black hospital worker, was shot six times as three officers raided her home on 13 March. A grand jury in the city of Louisville returned only one minor charge against one of the officers, for shots which hit a neighbouring apartment.Also on the programme: The British finance minister announces a new support scheme for businesses an…
 
Barry Farrimond, who plays Ed Grundy in The Archers, takes Clare Balding for an adventurous hike across Dartmoor. As they navigate the granite boulders of Wistman's Wood and scramble cross the West Dart River, Barry discusses the challenges of recording The Archers during lockdown, the knot he invented a few years ago (the Farrimond Friction Hitch)…
 
A major outbreak of Covid-19 at Glasgow University has led to 124 students testing positive. The university said the actual number of infected students was "likely to be higher", and added that 600 people were self-isolating. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Nick Robinson he would “not rule anything out” when asked whether students at univers…
 
The award-winning actor Alison Steadman joins Jenni to discuss her latest projects. ’23 Walks’ is a film telling a love story in later life, and ‘Life’ is a new BBC1 drama set in Manchester, and follows the stories of the residents of a large house divided into four flats. It explores love, loss, birth, death, the ordinary, the extraordinary and ev…
 
Greece and Turkey have agreed to hold talks to help defuse their stand-off over disputed gas reserves near their shores. Ankara had deployed a research vessel accompanied by warships near a Greek island, and military exercises on both sides followed, giving rise to fears of war between the two long-term rivals, as Heidi Fuller Love reports from Cre…
 
Just over a year ago, 29 year old Lyra McKee was shot dead in Northern Ireland. The day after she was murdered, the parish priest in the part of Londonderry where she was shot was angry and deeply upset, and he spoke out against those who pulled the trigger. Father Joe Gormley knew it could be dangerous to be so vocal but nevertheless he said: "Our…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas about the Stone Age people who created the extraordinary images found in caves around the world, from hand outlines to abstract symbols to the multicoloured paintings of prey animals at Chauvet and, as shown above, at Lascaux. In the 19th Century, it was assumed that only humans could have made these, as Neande…
 
On the 29th September the two US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden will take part in the first of three 90-minute live televised debates ahead of the presidential election in November. Tanya Beckett asks can the debates affect the outcome of the election?(Composite image of Joe Biden (Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) and Donald Trum…
 
In the third of our US election specials we are talking Texas. Rahul Tandon is joined live by Dr Rebecca Deen, an associate professor of political science at University of Texas, and Andy Uhler, a Texas based reporter for our sister programme Marketplace. The state is getting younger and more of those people are from the Hispanic community. We spea…
 
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