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)

  • 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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  • Constance Briscoe 15 May 14

    Thu, 15 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Constance Briscoe, one of England's highest profile legal figures, was jailed for lying to police probing ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne's speeding points case. Clive Coleman investigates the part-time judge, barrister, and author of the memoir 'Ugly'.

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  • Jihadi Converts 08 May 14

    Thu, 8 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Converts to Islam are far more likely to be involved in terrorist incidents than those who were born into Muslim families: converts account for around a quarter of terrorist convictions in Britain since 9/11 yet they represent only 2-3% of the UK's Muslim population. As the anniversary of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby by two Muslim converts approaches, the Today programme's Zubeida Malik investigates why new Muslims appear to be so vulnerable to the call of jihadi recruiters. She hears the stories of converts lured by extremists and talks to terrorism expert Professor Peter Neumann.

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  • Sexual harassment in Westminster 01 May 14

    Thu, 1 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Simon Cox investigates allegations of abuse of power, a culture of silence, a lack of protection for junior staff and how effective measures introduced to combat the problem are likely to be.

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  • The Muslim Brotherhood in Britain 24 Apr 14

    Thu, 24 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    David Cameron has announced an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood - Peter Marshall investigates the British government's concerns about the Islamist organisation, and asks why is it now reviewing the Brotherhood when it has had a UK base for over 50 years?

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  • Maria Miller's Expenses 17 Apr 14

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The MPs' expenses debacle has claimed another victim - 5 years after the initial revelations. Reporter Melanie Abbott investigates the story behind Maria Miller's resignation.

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