The Report

The Report

Uncovering the real stories behind the news. Simon Cox and fellow reporters delve beneath the headlines. The Report airs every Thursday evening at 8pm on Radio 4 for 38 weeks a year. The programme lasts 28 minutes.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Stirling Decides 25 Sept 2014

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sharmini Selvarajah spends the week in the run up to the vote on Scottish independence in Stirling following local people as they decided which way to cast their ballots.

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  • The Right to be Forgotten 18 Sept 2014

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Simon Cox asks why people want to have some results wiped from Google searches and if the new EU law is just the start of more privacy for EU citizens.

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  • Racism in Northern Ireland 11 Sep 14

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In Belfast, racist crimes are being recorded more and more frequently. But who is behind them? Helen Grady investigates.

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  • Afghan Sikhs 04 Sep 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    After 35 Afghan Sikhs were found in a container at Tilbury docks, Melanie Abbott asks why they were so desperate to get to the UK, and meets the community they were to join.

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  • Publishing Wars 28 Aug 14

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Amazon, the online retailer, and large publishers are fighting over prices again. Adam Fleming reports on why this latest book war is so serious and who will be the winners and losers.

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  • Surrogacy 21 Aug 14

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Surrogacy in the UK is based on trust rather than a legally enforceable contract between surrogate and intended parents. Catrin Nye asks if the system is sustainable.

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  • The Big Society 14 Aug 14

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Part of the Conservatives' vision of a more socially active Britain: Children's fitness classes; a website to encourage volunteers and an Olympics legacy programme were three projects given millions of pounds of public money - yet they failed to deliver as promised. And they were projects chosen by an organisation set up specifically to lead David Cameron's Big Society initiative. Reporter Simon Cox looks at what went wrong and asks whether the Big Society is still going strong, in spite of, not because of the government's involvement.

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  • Litvinenko - The miniature nuclear attack 07 Aug 14

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alexander Litvinenko was killed painfully and publicly by radioactive poisoning in London in November 2006. Nearly eight years later, after a protracted battle by his widow, a public inquiry has finally been established to find out why the ex-Russian security service officer died and who was responsible. Peter Marshall has followed the story from the start. He reports on its bizarre mysteries and whether the inquiry will answer the questions which have haunted Litvinenko's family and baffled lawyers, scientists, diplomats, politicians and the public.

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  • Diabetes: A Surgical Solution? 31 JUL 2014

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is surgery an effective treatment for people with Type 2 diabetes? A recent announcement by NICE to expand access to bariatric surgery to diabetes patients was met with some fierce criticism, with claims that overweight people don't 'deserve' expensive weight-loss surgery and should simply eat less. But experts tell reporter Adrian Goldberg that it's a method which can send diabetes into remission and has the potential to save the NHS millions of pounds.

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  • Trojan Horse Schools Plot 24 Jul 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The "Trojan horse letter" - an anonymous document claiming to reveal a Muslim activist conspiracy to Islamise secular schools – might have been fake, but a government investigation decided this week that there had, in fact, been a campaign to introduce "an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham". Simon Cox spends time in one of the schools inspected, meets parents and teachers and talks to two of the alleged plotters.

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