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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in the BBC's Radio Theatre in front of a remote audience.Joining them from a safe distance is Athena Kugblenu taking on MPs wages, and Geoff Norcott on must-see TV. This week's music is supplied by Huge Davies.Voice Actors: Emma Sidi and Jason ForbesProducer: Rajiv KariaP…
 
Manchester United move three points behind the top four in the Premier League after beating Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford.Steve Crossman is joined by senior football reporter Ian Dennis, former Premier League defender Rob Green and ex-Man United defender Danny Higginbotham to discuss the job Michael Carrick has done caretaker manager, after he steppe…
 
Find out which cabinet minister won’t be snogging under the mistletoe. Adam, Laura and Chris mull over what really happened at a Downing Street gathering last Christmas. Also, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he won’t be cancelling festive events and warns Chris to back off over criticism of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. Today’s Newsca…
 
What are variants? Where do they come from? Why do they develop and how do they take over?Currently Delta is the dominant variant in the UK and across much of the world; but now Omicron, first identified in South Africa, looks like it could take over. How does that happen? And what can we do about variants?Joining David Aaronovitch in the Briefing …
 
Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and Statman Dave are back for more fantasy football fun.Statman is back in the starting line-up after passing a late fitness test at his clinic... and he's got a few bones to pick with Bruce and Chris.The guys discuss which less popular players FPL managers might want to bring in ahead of the busy festive schedule …
 
As virologists around the world race to investigate the latest SARS CoV2 variant of concern, the UN’s World AIDS Day this week reminds us of the other global pandemic raging for some 40 years. Much of the work achieved over the last two years on SARS CoV2 has been achieved because of the investment made into, and the understanding gained from, HIV …
 
Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balague, Julien Laurens and Kristof Terreur as they discuss this year’s Ballon d’Or.The team ask why the reception to Lionel Messi’s seventh win appeared to be a little lukewarm, debate whether the award is still relevant and discuss who would have won if Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had not dominated so much over…
 
Back in the summer a parliamentary report came out about women in the armed forces. It was put together by The Defence Sub-Committee on Women in the Armed Forces which gathered evidence from four thousand women involved in the army now and in the past. It made for very bad reading. Stories of bullying, harassment, discrimination came to light, as w…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the events of 21st October 1805, in which the British fleet led by Nelson destroyed a combined Franco-Spanish fleet in the Atlantic off the coast of Spain. Nelson's death that day was deeply mourned in Britain, and his example proved influential, and the battle was to help sever ties between Spain and its American em…
 
Steve Crossman is joined by the former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, the former West Ham and Chelsea left-back Scott Minto and correspondent John Murray to reflect on Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Everton in the Premier League. The panel discuss whether Mo Salah is the best player in the world right now, after he scored two goals for Liverpool, and …
 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already ubiquitous in our lives. It curates our nightly TV entertainment, connects us to our friends online and navigates us, mostly successfully, to our destinations. However these uses are just the beginning, and it will likely bring societal changes we can’t yet imagine.In this year’s BBC Reith lectures, AI expert…
 
The US Supreme Court is set to hear a case on a Mississippi abortion law, which would ban abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy. It was signed in 2018 by the state's then Republican Governor, Phil Bryant. But it was blocked by several lower courts, so didn't come into effect. Now, Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to rule in favour of their law a…
 
Kelly Cates and guests react to a big night at the bottom of the Premier League which saw Newcastle’s long winless run continue after a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich whilst Leeds picked up a significant three points courtesy of an injury time penalty against Crystal Palace. We hear from Eddie Howe, Dean Smith and Leeds forward Tyler Roberts.Plus, we …
 
The boss of MI6 speaks! His name is Richard Moore and he's said some really interesting things about China, Afghanistan and green ink! Adam talks it through with the BBC's Gordon Corera. And after another Covid press conference from Boris Johnson, Adam and Fergus chat with a pharmacist in Surrey. How will the roll out of the booster jabs really wor…
 
There have been big promises about tree-planting numbers over the last few years - but is there much point in planting more trees, if we're not looking after the ones we've already got? The Woodland Trust estimates that only 7% of the UK's native woodlands are in good ecological condition - with pests, diseases, climate change and development all t…
 
The musical duo The Rheingans Sisters compose a contemporary sea shanty for an unusual cargo boat that has ditched diesel in favour of sails.Take a look around your home, and it’s likely that 90% of what you’ll see has spent some time on a cargo boat. The shipping industry is massive, and so is its impact on the environment and the climate.But onbo…
 
Emily Ratajkowski is an American model, entrepreneur & writer. She rocketed to fame aged 21 when she took part in Robin Thicke’s music video, Blurred Lines. At the time Emily argued that the provocative display of her body represented a form of feminist empowerment. In her first book, My Body, she argues something more nuanced.The chemist Boots is …
 
Dürer’s whale-chasing and images of rhinos, dogs, saints and himself come into focus, as Rana Mitter talks to Philip Hoare, author of Albert and the Whale, curator Robert Wenley and historian Helen Cowie as exhibitions open at the National Gallery and the Barber Institute in Birmingham. And Philip Hoare explains the links between the Renaissance ar…
 
Mark Chapman presents the latest episode of the Monday Night Club from BBC Radio 5 Live. Regulars Micah Richards and Rory Smith are back along with former England international Karen Carney, who replaces the "suspended" Chris Sutton after he upset everybody - including a celebrity fan - at Stenhousemuir.Everton's lacklustre results and the reasons …
 
Every adult in the UK will be offered a Covid booster jab... Fergus and Laura talk through all the new changes. And as British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, goes on trial accused of grooming underage girls for convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, we hear about his controlling behaviour from a journalist who has interviewed him many times. This ep…
 
Vivianne Miedema of the Netherlands and Arsenal has been crowned the winner of BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2021. The annual award from the BBC World Service is voted for by football fans from around the world. She is the all-time leading scorer in the FA WSL (women’s super league) and has scored more goals at the international level for the …
 
Fred MacAulay is back at The Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle, doing what he does best - making people laugh. This new series brings another selection of some of the best of stand-up comedians working in the UK right now. Some you’ll know and some you won’t know - yet. In this lively show, Fred introduces four hand picked favourites. Mark Simmons is …
 
An hour of top tunes from The Golden Age Of TV, Sapphire Blues, English Teacher, Hippo Sound System (feat K.O.G., Dur Brain, & Binbags), Pollena, James Dey, Holly Humberstone, Geraint Rhys, Honeyglaze, Novelty Island, Nia Archives, Puffi Ft Hodges, Petsematary, Tom A Smith, Martha Hill, Conscious Route & True Note, Prima Queen And Eamon The Destroy…
 
Manchester United earned a point at Stamford Bridge but what's next for Ralf Rangnick and Ronaldo?Jeanette Kwakye is joined by former Brighton striker Glenn Murray, the Daily Telegraph's Luke Edwards and 90 min's Ben Haines to discuss whether Cristiano Ronaldo should have been left on the bench at Stamford Bridge.Everton's defeat to Brentford means…
 
Vaccines are the best way to stop deaths and serious cases related to covid19, this is an irrefutable fact. However, recent ONS data seems to show that vaccinated people had a higher all cause death rate than unvaccinated people. Why is this data misleading? Here’s a clue: it’s to do with a quirky statistical phenomenon called Simpsons Paradox. (Im…
 
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