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)

  • 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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  • Internet Jihadi: Babar Ahmad 17 Jul 14

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    British Muslim Babar Ahmad has been convicted in the US of providing support to terrorists. He founded the first English language jihadi website in the 90s. Two years after 9/11, he was arrested and fought extradition to the US where authorities said his actions had helped garner support for al-Qaeda. Ahmad maintains that he has only ever tried to assist Muslims suffering under oppressive regimes. BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Dominic Casciani traces Ahmad's journey from a privileged upbringing in South London to a US prison.

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  • Why are people voting UKIP? 10 Jul 14

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Thurrock voters have been turning to UKIP and deserting Labour and the Tories. Wesley Stephenson visits the Essex district and tries to find out why. In the European and local council elections the UKIP vote jumped 163 percent in Thurrock. The council area comprises one of the most marginal Westminster seats in the country, so what will this mean for the general election and can what's happening in Thurrock tell us anything about the rise of UKIP elsewhere in the UK?

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  • E-cigarettes 03 Jul 14

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    E-cigarettes are thought to have been used by more than two million people in Britain. Whitehall civil servants think that electronic cigarettes are one of the most significant public health success stories of our generation. In Wales however, the principality's government wants to ban their use in public places. Wesley Stephenson asks why the two governments have such different approaches.

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  • The unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan 22 May 14

    Thu, 22 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Daniel Morgan, a private investigator, was murdered 27 years ago, found with an axe in his skull in a south London car park. No-one has ever been convicted of the murder. Police corruption is thought to have impeded the investigation and to have been a motive for the killing itself. And now a leading barrister suggests there may be a link with the investigation of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence. Adrian Goldberg investigates.

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