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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Sindhu Vee.
 
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince
 
Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.
 
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In Our Time
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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
Download the best new comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.
 
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Beyond Belief
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Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world
 
Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Kirsty Young invites her guests to share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
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Inside Health
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Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney
 
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Money Box
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The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
 
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
 
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Seriously...
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A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
 
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Short Cuts
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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
 
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The Life Scientific
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Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for mankind
 
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Thinking Allowed
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New research on how society works
 
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Word of Mouth
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Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
 
Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.
 
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Analysis
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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics
 
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The Briefing Room
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David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news
 
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
 
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The Archers
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Contemporary drama in a rural setting
 
Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
 
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Woman's Hour
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The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
 
The week's events in Ambridge
 
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The Bottom Line
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Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters
 
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The Untold
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Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
 
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Front Row
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Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music
 
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Great Lives
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Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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Books and Authors
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This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.
 
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Four Thought
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Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society
 
Series focusing on foreign affairs issues
 
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Moral Maze
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Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
 
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Costing the Earth
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Exploring man's effect on the environment and how it reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world.
 
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The World Tonight
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In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective
 
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Home Front
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Drama serial tracking the fortunes of a group of characters on the home front as they try to maintain normality while Britain is involved in the First World War.
 
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Best of Today
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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
 
Any Questions? with Jonathan Dimbleby: topical debate in which guests from politics, business, science, arts and the media answer questions from members of the public. BBC Radio 4
 
A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week
 
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
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Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.
 
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The Film Programme
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The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world
 
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File on 4
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Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad
 
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A Point of View
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A weekly reflection on a topical issue
 
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Start the Week
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Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday
 
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Bookclub
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Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
 
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The Digital Human
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Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
 
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Writer Jonathan Gornall has attempted to row across the Atlantic twice. On the second attempt he nearly drowned but his relationship with the sea has continued. Today he spends his time at Pin Mill in Suffolk where he has just built a small sailing boat for his daughter and he hopes the boat will teach her to love the sea too. Helen Mark meets ...…
 
This week it's Woman's Hour Takeover 2018 and five guest editors join the programme to choose the editorial content, one edition each. Today it's the turn of Katie Price, reality TV star, former glamour model, novelist and business woman. Katie will be explaining why each of these topics are important to her and asking Professor David Ormerod Q ...…
 
On this day in 1918, the Board of Agriculture reported an increase in German PoW farm workers from 800 to 10,000, while at Halecot Farm, Elspeth has all the help she needs. Written by Katie HimsDirected by Jessica Dromgoole.
 
One of the few people able to strike fear into the international organised crime syndicate. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories and insights from around the world:In Italy, Andrew Hosken meets Nicola Gratteri the single-minded judge who has put 6,000 Mafiosi behind bars. Today, he says, the biggest threat comes from the ‘Ndrangheta in ...…
 
The UK steel industry has had a tough time over the last few years, but has that changed?
 
Children as young as four are to be warned about the perils of social media - including sexting and cyber-bullying - as part of their relationship education. Announcing the plans, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "Today children have to learn to cope in two worlds, the virtual one and the real one." The constant comparison of social m ...…
 
While glass items have been made for at least 5,000 years, scientists are yet to explain, conclusively, what happens when the substance it's made from moves from a molten state to its hard, transparent phase. It is said to be one of the great unsolved problems in physics. While apparently solid, the glass retains certain properties of a liquid. ...…
 
Sean Curran reports from Westminster where Boris Johnson calls on the Prime Minister to re-think her plans for Brexit as Jeremy Corbyn accuses ministers of chaos and division.Theresa May says she is respecting the will of the people and delivering the Brexit they voted for unlike the Labour leader.MPs ramp up their demands for the introduction ...…
 
In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.
 
Talks with a personal dimension.
 
Alan Bennett's new play Allelujah! is set in the geriatric ward of a Yorkshire hospital threatened with closure. It follows a singing, dancing choir of quick-witted elderly patients whose problem is not that they are ill so much as they have nowhere to go. Alan Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner discuss working together and how Alan manages t ...…
 
At Grange Farm Emma's disappointed that her petition to stop Damara reducing the number of affordable houses hasn't had many signatures and Jennifer still hasn't put a link on the village website. Ed's concerned to hear that Joe and Emma had to rescue Peppa from a fence, especially when he's entering him in the Felpersham show, but Peppa's unha ...…
 
Sir Cliff Richard has won a case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his homeBoris Johnson has called on Theresa May to scrap her "miserable" Brexit plans.
 
Sir Cliff Richard has won an initial £210,000 in damages from the BBC after a judge ruled that coverage of a police raid on his home in 2014 was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy. The BBC says that "in retrospect, there are things we would have done differently" but claim the case marks a "significant shift" against press freedom. Amol R ...…
 
Beauty and ugliness - to what extent are our ideas about physical perfection culturally and socially constructed? Laurie Taylor talks to Gretchen Henderson, Lecturer in English at Georgetown University & author of a study of perceptions of ugliness throughout history and to Heather Widdows, Professor of Global Ethics at the University of Birmin ...…
 
What happens when an infrastructure project is planned to be built near your home or business, or even on the actual property itself? Major building schemes are going on across the country - the most notable in recent years being HS2, and the proposed expansion of Heathrow. But there are smaller projects too where you could qualify for recompen ...…
 
Analysis of news and current affairs.
 
To mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, Graça Machel, his widow and a founding member of the human rights organisation, The Elders, remembers him.(Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel Credit: Getty Images)
 
How do we keep children safe and protected online? It’s a question that Baroness Beeban Kidron has been finding answers to for years through her work in film and charity. Kidron, who has directed ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit’ and ‘Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason’; founded 5 Rights, an initiative which outlines a standard for how children are t ...…
 
The photographer who travels the world with meteorologists, looking for extreme weather: Antony Spencer can't resist a good "Supercell".(Image: Supercell thunderstorm Credit: Antony Spencer)
 
The musician and campaigner, Charlotte Church is concerned about the impact that secondary education is having on young people. She asks how and where things go wrong in schools and what can be done to change it. If we were to start from scratch what would a good school look like? Charlotte wants us to put creativity at the heart of all learnin ...…
 
This day in 1918 was declared Fag Day, raising money for cigarettes for wounded servicemen, while in Seale Hayne Hospital, Howard Argent tries to understand Dr Hurst's unorthodox methods. Written by Katie HimsDirected by Jessica Dromgoole.
 
The new boss of the American bank Goldman Sachs, David Solomon, is also a DJ who goes by the name of D-Sol. Music aside, what can we expect of his style? (Photo: Getty Images.)
 
All this week we're looking more closely at what is termed 'intensive farming'. A recent newspaper article talked about American style intensive beef feedlots in the UK. The article said units of herds of up to three thousand cattle at a time were being held in grassless pens for extended periods. Anna Hill was given exclusive access to one of ...…
 
Pro-European Conservative MPs fail to defeat the Government on a key Brexit issue. Susan Hulme reports a lively debate in the Commons. Also on the programme:* Demands are made for a re-run of the EU referendum in the light of a ruling that the Vote Leave campaign group broke spending rules. * The Defence Secretary faces questions over how a new ...…
 
Rebel amendment which would have kept Britain in a customs union with the EU is defeated. President Trump says he "misspoke" in comments he made about the US intelligence agencies. Orla Guerin reports from Hodeidah province - scene of the latest fighting in Yemen. The most expensive Chinese film ever made has been withdrawn from cinemas after d ...…
 
The relationship between when babies are weaned and the amount of time they sleep has hit the headlines after a new study has been published. Now UNICEF has got involved. Margaret McCartney reviews the evidence. Also proof that seeing the same GP saves lives. Mark Porter meets the man behind new research on mortality and continuity of care, Sir ...…
 
If you're preparing for a holiday you may be about to negotiate an airport - and for blind and visually impaired people that can mean relying on assistance to leave the plane. The Civil Aviation Authority has published its latest review of airports and their treatment of disability. We talk about Manchester Airport's second poor rating, and the ...…
 
File on 4 goes inside Altcourse Prison in Liverpool to meet the staff trying to stem the supply of drugs into the jail. Perimeter security has been tightened, searches have been stepped up and new technology is being trialled as officers deal with the influx of new psychoactive substances, such as spice, and more 'traditional' banned drugs, inc ...…
 
Sacha Baron Cohen's return to TV is Who Is America?, a new series in which he dupes figures such as Sarah Palin and Bernie Sanders into giving interviews to him, heavily disguised with prosthetics. TV critic Boyd Hilton reviews.As the decision is taken to rebuild the Glasgow School of Art after its second devastating fire, Sally Stewart, Head o ...…
 
Anisha asks Alistair if he's made a plan to buy her out, and is shocked to hear he's spoken to a solicitor. She drew his attention to the 'bad leavers' clause in the partnership agreement, which might substantially reduce what he has to pay. Anisha doesn't understand - surely that's for cases of gross professional misconduct? Alistair insists t ...…
 
Conservative rebels hope to overturn a key element of Theresa May's Brexit policy.The official Brexit campaign group, Vote Leave, has been fined for breaching spending limits.
 
Analysis of news and current affairs.
 
Harriett Gilbert and guests talk favourite books, including Arnold Bennett's The Card, Dylan Thomas' Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog and Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. Her guests are journalist, broadcaster and documentary-maker Samira Ahmed, presenter of BBC1's Newswatch and Radio 4's Front Row. And comedian Elis Jam ...…
 
Helen Castor is joined by Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture in the Built Environment at the University of Reading.Tom Holland and Dr Matthew Green take a trip down the Thames to Thamesmead, an overspill "new town" that received its first inhabitants fifty years ago this month, but which is better known as the location used by Stanley Kubr ...…
 
Journalist and author Jonathan Freedland looks at how journalists and newspapers have been depicted in fiction from the advent of the mass popular press to the present day, examining the changing public image of the fourth estate and its practitioners.Why did Edwardian novelists portray journalists as swashbuckling, truth-seeking heroes, but po ...…
 
Jacob Collier is a 23 year old musician who's been hailed as a genius by the iconic music producer Quincy Jones. He plays multiple instruments - and sometimes sings all the vocal harmonies in his songs. This Thursday 19th July he'll be performing at the Proms.(Image: Jacob Collier Copyright: Jacob Collier)…
 
Is the ability to genetically edit human embryos a cause for concern - or a legitimate way to improve lives? Autistic author Ari Ne'eman tells us it's a worrying road. Professor Karen Yeung of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says it's something we need to think about.(Image: Human embryo Credit: Getty)…
 
Baroness Helena Kennedy is a barrister and a Labour peer in the House of Lords. She has practised at the Bar for more than 40 years, working on some of the most significant cases of recent times and is a highly regarded human rights campaigner. Throughout her career she has championed law reform for women, setting up her own chambers to work on ...…
 
On this day in 1918, the Tsar of Russia and his family were executed in Ekaterinburg, while in Devon, the Graham family are reunited.Written by Katie HimsDirected by Jessica Dromgoole.
 
Historian Margaret MacMillan assesses how the law and international agreements have attempted to address conflict. Speaking to an audience at the Northern Irish Parliament Buildings at Stormont in Belfast, Professor MacMillan outlines how both states and the people have sought to justify warfare - from self-defence to civil war - focusing on ex ...…
 
The anticipated time for the world's peak oil production has been brought forward by analysts. What will drive the reduction in demand for the black stuff? (Photo: Getty Images.)
 
Farmers plough through crops to stop a large fire spreading across fields, towards a pig unit.A new study is warning that any trade barriers post-Brexit could seriously affect imports of dairy products. Following the hot, dry weather a shortage of fodder for livestock is taking hold across the country.As part of this week's look at intensive fa ...…
 
Sean Curran reports from Westminster on a tense debate about Brexit customs arrangements - culminating in a very narrow win for the Government on its Customs Bill.
 
After face-to-face talks with Vladimir Putin - Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election. Also in the programme: Theresa May is accused of giving in to Conservative Brexiteers -- after she accepted several changes to her Customs bill to get it through Parliament. And: the dark side of the Bru ...…
 
In 2016, during the American presidential election campaign, Edward Stourton travelled to the rustbelt of the United States to report on the new political power of Protectionism. Now, as Donald Trump seems poised for a trade war on two fronts - with China and Europe - he asks how far the American president will go to put "America First".Produce ...…
 
Pierce Brosnan discusses his long and varied career which began as an artist, as he reprises the role of Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - with less singing this time.The Irish government has recently announced a new arts strategy and funding of Euro 2.billion Euros in a programme called "Investing in Our Culture, Language and Her ...…
 
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