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7 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Dame Deborah James 'brought so much joy and hope'
The cancer campaigner, blogger, broadcaster and former teacher, Dame Deborah James, has died aged 40. She had been receiving end-of-life care for bowel cancer at home and had raised millions for cancer research. She hosted the BBC podcast 'You, Me and the Big C' and was given a damehood in May in recognition of her fundraising. Today's Amol Rajan speaks to BBC News presenter George Alagiah, who is living with bowel cancer, about Dame Deborah. (Image: Dame Deborah James, Credit: Getty Images)
9 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
“Absolutely everything” going up in price for small businesses
Charge more, offer less or replace workers with machines. That is the unpalatable choice facing many businesses who like their customers are facing soaring prices caused by shortages created by the war in Ukraine and the aftermath of the pandemic. One of the key drivers of inflation at the moment is the increasing price of food. Greenhalgh's Craft Bakery in Bolton which makes bread, cakes, biscuits and its famous pies to sell in its own shops in the North West. Like so many businesses it's facing uncomfortable choices. Today’s Nick Robinson was shown round by David Smart, whose father founded the bakery, and his son Stephen. (Image Credit:BBC)
16 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Russian missile strike on Ukrainian shopping centre a ‘war crime’.
There has been strong international condemnation of the Russian attack on a popular Ukrainian shopping centre in Kremenchuk. President Zelensky said there had been a thousand people inside the complex when the attack took place. Today’s Katie Razzall spoke to Alexander Rodnyansky, an adviser to President Zelensky who gave his assessment of the current situation. Whilst Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Commander NATO Europe, told Mishal Husain Ukraine needed more weapons. (Image, Kremenchuk attack, Credit, Telegram/ Volodymyr Zelensky)
12 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
What makes a British beach special?
What’s your favourite beach in the UK and what makes it special? We are inviting Today listeners to nominate their favourite beaches in the UK. Today’s Simon Jack spoke to Simon Barnes, author of Rewild Yourself, about his favourite spot on the coast of Suffolk and Anita Sethi, author of I Belong Here, takes us on a walk along Chesil Beach. (Image, Chesil Beach, Credit, Getty Images)
25 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
Johnson: Psychological transformation is not going to happen
The Prime Minister has told BBC Radio 4’s Today a ‘psychological transformation’ in his character ‘is not going to happen.’ Speaking from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali in Rwanda, Boris Johnson told Mishal Husain he had to distinguish between what he described as ‘criticism that matters and what doesn’t’ after the resignation of his party chairman yesterday and the loss of two by-elections. The only example of a matter of principle over which he’d consider resigning, Mr Johnson said, was if he were asked to give up supporting Ukraine. (Photo: Boris Johnson. Credit: Reuters)
8 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Covid figures are rising again
The rates of Covid are growing rapidly once more. But is it too early to confirm if it is the beginning of a new wave? Mishal Husain spoke to Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. (Image, Covid test kit, Credit, Getty)
36 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
Jacky Wright’s Today Programme
Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft US. For her Today guest edit, she asked whether young people are being taught the skills they need for the workplaces and jobs of the future. She grew up in Tottenham, North London, and went back for the programme, asking A level students at a school there what they thought would make them employable. She also used the programme to explore what everyday life was like for the generation of multiracial children born during World War Two. Jacky spoke about the importance of role models with one of her own: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and the first elected female head of state in Africa. And there was also time for her to talk about her love of CSI with the show’s creator Anthony Zuiker.
33 minutes | Jan 1, 2022
Mina Smallman’s Today programme
Mina Smallman, guest edited our first Today programme of 2022. Mina is a former Church of England archdeacon and school principal, who began campaigning on violence against women and equity in how victims are seen after two of her daughters were murdered. Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were murdered in a London park in 2020. For her programme Mina invited Mishal Husain to accompany her and her family and friends on a difficult visit back to the place where Nicole and Bibaa died, where a tree was being planted in their memory. Mina also used her programme to highlight the work of Victim Support and chaplains working in prisons, hospitals and rural communities. Photo: PA
37 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Dr Jane Goodall’s Today Programme
Dr Jane Goodall is a primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. She is best known for revolutionising the world's understanding of chimpanzees. She used her Today guest edit to explore some of the ways we can inspire change to protect animals and our environment. She asked the BBC’s Climate Editor, Justin Rowlatt, to look at the links between poverty and climate change. The programme featured reporting from Tanzania where 30 years ago Jane challenged a group of students to take action to protect the wildlife in their towns and villages. Martha Kearney interviewed the Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith on Jane’s behalf, asking him about COP 26 and trophy hunting. There’s music from Notre Dame and Jane reflects on the reaction to her work and image in the 1960s. With Martha Kearney and Mishal Husain.
63 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
General Sir Nick Carter’s Today Programme
General Sir Nick Carter is a retired senior army officer who served as the UK’s Chief of Defence Staff until November this year. He used his Today guest edit to focus on the fallout from the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. He spoke to former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the man in charge of the country before the Taliban takeover. He also chatted with retired racing legend AP McCoy about what his own retirement might have in store for him. Finally, Sir Nick explored his deep love of whiskey with an international blind tasting.
52 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Raheem Sterling’s Today Programme
The England and Manchester City footballer, Raheem Sterling used his Today programme guest edit to look at the issue of social mobility, after launching his own foundation earlier this year. His programme featured reporting from Jamaica where he was born and North London where he grew up. For his programme he also sat down with England manager, Gareth Southgate, the man he credits for his transition from being a target for a hostile press to a young man now trying to be the role model which so many call on footballers to become. It also featured interviews with his mum Nadine and his sporting hero Usain Bolt. With Amol Rajan and Nick Robinson.
35 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate in conversation
Today programme guest editor, the England and Manchester City player, Raheem Sterling wanted discuss what he, his team mates and the country had learned following the Euros this summer. For his programme he sat down with England manager, Gareth Southgate, the man he credits for his transition from being a target for a hostile press to a young man now trying to be the role model which so many call on footballers to become. Nick Robinson travelled to St George’s Park to meet them both.
35 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
James Rebanks’ Today Programme
James Rebanks is a Cumbrian sheep farmer and bestselling author. He used his Today programme guest edit to focus on the government's changes to farm subsidies and to look at whether urban farms can create healthy and happy communities. He discussed whether the British countryside is diverse enough and asked how it can attract a workforce that better reflects modern Britain. Finally, indoctrinated by his father who took him to his first game at Anfield when he was ten, James Rebanks wanted us to talk about Jurgen Klopp and his why he’s popular not only among Liverpool fans, but beyond. With Nick Robinson and Mishal Husain.
35 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
Michael Dobbs’ Today Programme
Lord Dobbs, Michael Dobbs, is a Conservative Peer and author. He has written more than 20 books, but is best known for his political thriller House of Cards. He used his Today Programme guest edit to look at prostate cancer, after his diagnosis earlier this year. It’s a disease which killed his father and brother. His programme also featured a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall about the importance of reading and a special retelling of the Christmas story from Joseph’s perspective, written and read by Marcus Brigstocke. Featuring Nick Robinson and Justin Webb.
47 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme
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)
64 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
Evan Spiegel’s Today programme
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)
55 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Margaret Atwood’s Today programme
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)
50 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Lewis Hamilton’s Today programme
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)
50 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Sir Jeremy Farrar’s Today programme
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)
37 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Prue Leith's Today programme
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)
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