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14.12.2018

Is the UK heading for a no deal Brexit?

The EU has stepped up its preparations for the UK leaving without an agreement. Theresa May has been meeting EU leaders but has failed to win concessions to help her convince Parliament of her plan. Martha Kearney presents from Brussels and Justin Webb...
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14.12.2018

Peace in Yemen?

The breakthrough that may end the suffering of millions of people in Yemen looks to have been reached. Warring parties have agreed to a ceasefire in the port city of Hudaydah. The entirely man-made and avoidable war has left 16 million people desperate...
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14.12.2018

Friday's business with Rob Young

A group of company leaders want a 'managed no-deal Brexit'. What would that involve? Also, how are small businesses placed for Brexit? Plus, the markets. (Photo: Getty Images.)
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13.12.2018

Prefab Sprout: Extended interview

A special extended interview with Paddy McAloon, the front man of British '80s band Prefab Sprout. He spoke to Today reporter Nicola Stanbridge about making music despite sight and hearing loss. She visited him in his home studio, and had an exclusive ...
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13.12.2018

'My daughter's been in a seclusion cell for almost two years'

Jeremy, whose daughter Bethany is currently in a treatment and assessment unit for autism, is taking legal action to remove her due to the way she has been treated there. He says she's been repeatedly held in a seclusion unit for almost two years, wher...
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13.12.2018

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The pound held steady Tuesday following the announcement of a vote. Also the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors published their monthly survey on the housing market. Their data for November shows the number of properties sold as well as prices ha...
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12.12.2018

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The Prime Minister met Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday to seek concessions on the Brexit deal. What would the markets make of a Tory leadership challenge? (Photo: Getty Images.)
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11.12.2018

You and AI

Leading technologist and theoretical neuroscientist, Dr Vivienne Ming, on humans' relationship with AI. She tells Today that "we're afraid of AI because we're afraid of ourselves". She uses the analogy that currently the technology is like a hammer - i...
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11.12.2018

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Now that Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed the Brexit vote in the Commons, what is the reaction from business? Plus markets and Crossrail. (Photo: Getty Images.)
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10.12.2018

Paddy McAloon and Prefab Sprout

Paddy McAloon, the front man of British '80s band Prefab Sprout, on making music despite sight and hearing loss. Today reporter Nicola Stanbridge visits him in his home studio, and gets an exclusive taste of his next album which is still a work-in-prog...
BBC Radio 4 author
10.12.2018

Brexit: Countdown to Parliament vote

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, says the meaningful vote on Brexit will go ahead as planned on Tuesday, despite reports that it could be postponed. He also says that the verdict by the European Court of Justice that the UK can unilaterally can...
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10.12.2018

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Outsourcing company Interserve is struggling with debt. Is it the next Carillion, or can it turn things around? Plus, the markets and Nissan. (Photo: Getty Images.)
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7.12.2018

Brexit: ‘Norway plus’ option

Tory ex-minister Jo Johnson and Labour's Stephen Kinnock discuss whether following the Norway model is an option. (Image: Flags outside of Parliament, credit: AFP)
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7.12.2018

Kate Bush's lyrics

Cloud Atlas author, David Mitchell, speaks to the BBC's arts correspondent, Rebecca Jones, on Kate Bush and her music. He says he listened to her album The Dreaming "over and over" when writing his first two novels. He has written an introduction to Ka...
BBC Radio 4 author
7.12.2018

Armed teachers in schools

BBC's North America correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports from a facility in Ohio that trains school teachers to carry firearms, including acting out scenarios like a school shooting. Ohio is one of 14 states that allow armed teachers, where an estimated...
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7.12.2018

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

The chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, has been arrested. What's the latest? (Photo: Getty Images.)
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6.12.2018

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

A senior Huawei executive has been arrested over alleged sanctions busting – another escalation of the US-China trade war (Image: Huawei logo at trade show. Credit: Reuters)
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5.12.2018

Homeless children

Around 131,000 children will be living without a permanent home this Christmas, the highest number in over a decade, new analysis from Shelter claims. We speak to Limarra and her 9-year-old daughter Nevaeh, who are currently homeless and sleeping on Li...
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5.12.2018

Matthew Hedges: 'I was psychologically tortured'

Matthew Hedges, the British student imprisoned in the UAE and later pardoned from a life sentence, tells Today about his ordeal. He describes how he was blindfolded, shackled and felt like he was being 'psychologically tortured'. (Image: Matthew Hedge...
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5.12.2018

Government in contempt

Theresa May suffered three defeats in the Commons yesterday as her government was found to be in contempt of Parliament by MPs. Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, says the government will publish its full legal advice on Brexit, but "any parliamentar...
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5.12.2018

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Why is Thomas Cook doing so badly? (Image: a Thomas Cook Airbus A330 aircraft. Credit: Reuters)
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4.12.2018

UK fishing after Brexit

How could exports by the UK's fishing industry be affected after Brexit? Ross Hawkins speaks to business owners like Dave Markham who is worried that after Brexit he won’t have enough staff for his crab preparation company, and will have to ship his st...
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4.12.2018

Remembering the Holocaust

Nick Robinson visits a school to explore how we should teach and remember the Holocaust. He meets the students during a visit by Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis. His report comes as new designs for a holocaust memorial to be built in Westminster are re...
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4.12.2018

Chris Grayling on rail network failures

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, accepts some responsibility that he “didn’t ask tough enough questions” during the summer when rail timetable changes caused mass disruption. He told Today that he was reassured by industry leaders that the networks...
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4.12.2018

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Theresa May has been eager for big business to come out in support of her Brexit deal - and some leaders have. What about the car industry? (Image: Toyota Avensis car production line. Credit: Press Association)
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3.12.2018

Immigration post-Brexit

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, tells Today that Theresa May's Brexit agreement will bring "a complete end" to EU free movement in the UK and replace it with a skills-based system. He also acknowledges the government's critics saying the deal is "not ...
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3.12.2018

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The US and China have reached a temporary truce in their trade war - but can they achieve a lasting deal? (Image: US President Donald Trump (R) and China"s President Xi Jinping (L) Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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3.12.2018

Ted Baker: 'Forced' hugs

An online petition by staff at the fashion chain Ted Baker claims there is a culture of "forced" hugs. We speak to two employees about the allegations. Ted Baker says it is critically important that staff feel valued and respected at work, and "hugs ha...
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3.12.2018

Becoming carbon neutral

Matthew Price, the presenter of our Beyond Today podcast, reports from Manchester, which has committed itself to lower carbon emissions by 95% in the next 20 years. He speaks to the city's sustainability innovators, to find out how they aim to tackle c...
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30.11.2018

International trade post-Brexit

International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, suggested that the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney was wrong to say Britain could be worse off after Brexit. He told Today: "I don’t agree with some of the ways in which the picture's been calculate...
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30.11.2018

MP reveals he is HIV positive

A Labour MP has revealed that he has been HIV positive for nearly 10 years, as the Commons debated World Aids Day. Lloyd Russell-Moyle told Today that the response has been “humbling”. (Image: Lloyd Russell-Moyle, credit: Reuters)
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30.11.2018

Trump, Putin and G20

World leaders are gathering in Argentina for their annual G20 summit amid new tension with Russia over Ukraine and a US trade row with China. US President Donald Trump has also cancelled a meeting with Vladimir Putin. We explore what all this means for...
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30.11.2018

Friday's business with Dharshini David

Can Trump and Xi Jinping move any closer towards a solution to the damaging trade war at this week's G20 summit? (Image: US President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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29.11.2018

Dangers of university initiations

Students who defy university rules to organise alcohol-heavy "initiation" events should be kicked out, according to the father of a student who died. Jeremy Farmer speaks to us about his son, Ed. (Image: Ed Farmer, credit: Family photo)
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29.11.2018

Is the UK ready for Brexit?

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, says the UK economy is not ready for a no-deal Brexit. We hear from him, DUP leader Arlene Foster, and Security minister Ben Wallace on the impact to security. (Image: Mark Carney, credit: BBC)
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29.11.2018

Northern Irish comedy

How has Northern Irish comedy been inspired by recent events like the Troubles and Brexit? Tim McGarry, comedian and actor known for The Blame Game and Give My Head Peace and Marie McDonald, producer of Soft Border Patrol discuss live from our broadcas...
BBC Radio 4 author
29.11.2018

Thursday's business with Katie Prescott

Brexit will make UK worse off, government forecasts warn. Katie Prescott is in Belfast at Ulster University with business
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28.11.2018

Rowing heroics

Lee Spencer is planning to be the world's first physically disabled person to carry off the feat of rowing solo and unsupported from Europe to South America. (Image: A still from ‘4 Men, 3 Legs and an Ocean’, credit: Indieflix)
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28.11.2018

LGBT in football

New figures published by anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Out show that reports of abuse in football are increasing. Today reporter Dave McMullan explores homophobia in the sport, from grassroots games to professional leagues. (Image: Football ren...
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28.11.2018

Brexit and the economy

Ahead of the government publishing its economic analysis on the long-term effects of Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond told Today that any form of Brexit will leave the economy worse off. He says that it will be "slightly smaller" but Theresa May's dea...
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28.11.2018

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

One of Britain’s biggest private companies, the chemicals giant Ineos, comes out in favour of Theresa May’s Brexit deal (Image: Grangemouth oil refinery. Credit: Press Association)
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27.11.2018

Is the Brexit deal 'doomed'?

Theresa May's Brexit deal is "doomed" and must be renegotiated, ex-defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said. In this podcast, we hear from him, Cabinet Minister David Lidington and Nick Robinson explores the UK's relationship with the EU in the la...
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27.11.2018

Do UK courts stigmatise women?

Human rights barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy has told the annual Bar conference in London that there are some judges who think women who date online “would have sex with anyone”. She told Today that young women have "no confidence in the system" and ...
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27.11.2018

The roots of violence

A new documentary will air on BBC Two this Sunday exploring violent crime. 'Gun No. 6' features the story of Alison Cope, whose ex-partner shot and killed Craig Hodson-Walker. Her son was later killed in an unrelated knife attack. Alison tells us "it's...
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27.11.2018

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

GM is axing 15,000 job, angering Donald Trump. But can the President stop it? (Image: a sign is viewed at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, Michigan. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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26.11.2018

Russia-Ukraine tensions escalate

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have escalated after Russian forces captured three naval ships in the Kerch Strait, off the Crimean Peninsula. Oleksii Makeiev, political director of Ukraine's foreign ministry says they are considering martial law a...
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26.11.2018

Brexit deal approval

Theresa May's Brexit deal was approved by the other 27 EU leaders on Sunday's summit. We speak to new Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer. (Image: Theresa May at the EU summit, credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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26.11.2018

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Will an accountancy merger provide some competition for the big four audit firms? (Image: generic stock portrait of a group of colleagues having a meeting in a modern office. Credit: Getty Images)
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23.11.2018

Ian Robertson on retiring

The BBC's rugby union correspondent Ian Robertson will commentate for the last time on BBC Radio on Saturday. He will be at Twickenham watching England take on Australia in their last autumn international this year. He speaks to Rob Bonnet on his caree...
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23.11.2018

Brexit withdrawal deal: Fallout

The government has agreed on a legally-binding Brexit withdrawal deal with the EU. Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tells Today that Theresa May's deal "would be even worse" that staying in the EU: "We'd effectively be bound by the same rules but w...
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