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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturdays at 7pm.

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  • Nicholas MacPherson 23 Aug 14

    Sat, 23 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Sir Nicholas Macpherson is largely unknown outside Whitehall but as head of the Treasury since 2005 he has become a key figure in the Scottish independence debate. Chris Bowlby explains why he's so influential, and how his involvement in the Scottish debate is informed by personal links as well as policy considerations

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  • Haider al-Abadi 16 Aug 14

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Haider al-Abadi's company serviced the BBC lifts in London but he is now about to become the next prime minister of Iraq. Who is he and can he fix his country's daunting problems?

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  • Karren Brady 09 Aug 14

    Sat, 9 Aug 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Karren Brady is a successful businesswoman, mentor of the TV show The Apprentice and now rising political star, after her appointment as a Conservative peer to the House of Lords. Jo Fidgen explores the life and times of a lady who has already made it in the male dominated business of football and may now take her career further.

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  • Radoslaw Sikorski 02 Aug 14

    Sat, 2 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski - teenage rebel, Oxford networker, daring reporter, pungent speaker - is now a key voice in the Ukraine crisis. Becky Milligan discovers what drives one of the most colourful European politicians

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  • Mazher Mahmood 26 July 14

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The so-called "fake sheikh" – journalist Mazher Mahmood – hit the headlines this week after the drugs trial of singer Tulisa Contostlavos collapsed. Mahmood has long been a controversial figure and his investigations have exposed serious wrongdoing. But he is accused of provoking people to commit criminal acts, in pursuit of a newspaper headline? Edward Stourton presents

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  • Nicky Morgan 19 July 14

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Following the cabinet reshuffle, Mark Coles profiles Nicky Morgan and asks who exactly is the new Education Secretary?

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  • Elizabeth Butler-Sloss 12 July 14

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has been chosen to lead a major enquiry into abuse allegations. But claims that she is too close to the establishment have proved the choice controversial. Mary-Ann Sieghart looks at the life and career of this specialist in family law who became a high-ranking judge.

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  • Elizabeth Warren 10 May 14

    Sat, 10 May 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Could Elizabeth Warren be the next President of the United States of America?

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  • Amal Alamuddin 03 May 14

    Sat, 3 May 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Amal Alamuddin is the fiancée of George Clooney, the worlds most eligible bachelor, but who is this London human rights barrister who has defended the likes of Julian Assange of Wikileaks and the former head of Libyan intelligence Abdallah Al Senussi? Mark Coles asks what drives her, and what may her future hold?

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  • The Glazer Family 26 Apr 14

    Sat, 26 Apr 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The owners of Manchester United are under the spotlight once again following the sacking of manager David Moyes. American billionaire Malcolm Glazer and his family faced a hostile reaction from many fans when they took over the club in 2005. They have attempted to keep their liives private but have been unable to avoid media attention. Jo Fidgen talks to friends, foes and observers.

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