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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  • French, Republican and Muslim, Insha’Allah? 29 Jan 15

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    France is urging its Muslim population to be more French. But, Helen Grady asks, does this insistence on secularism leave them any space for being a Muslim?

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  • Germany, Islam and the new Right 22 Jan 15

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Germany's new anti-Islamisation movement, Pegida, is attracting a middle-aged following to its weekly marches around the country. Catrin Nye travels to the city of Dresden and meets its founder.

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  • CIA Torture - What Did Britain Know? 15 Jan 15

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Last month's Senate report on the CIA and torture raises important issues for Britain. Is enough being done to investigate the possible involvement of UK intelligence agencies?

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  • Islamic State 08 Jan 15

    Thu, 8 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Aimen Dean left school in Saudi Arabia to fight jihad in Bosnia in the 1990s. But with the rise of al Qaeda he became disillusioned with his comrades’ drift towards terrorism. He joined al Qaeda – but working undercover for the British government. Despite Dean’s defection, IS supporters still debate with him. In The Report he gives us a unique insight into the workings of Islamic State.

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  • Rape: Prosecuting Accusers 18 Dec 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Do prosecutions for false accusations of rape deter women from coming forward, or is it the best way to get justice for men who go through the ordeal of clearing their name? Melanie Abbott asks whether the police are properly investigating accusations and whether the Crown Prosecution Service has got the balance right.

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  • Private schools and public benefit 11 Dec 14

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tristram Hunt, Shadow Education Secretary, has caused controversy by arguing that private schools that don't have partnerships with their state counterparts should lose their business rates relief. But how easy is it to discover what partnerships are happening? And do they do any good? Simon Cox investigates.

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  • Derby Jihadist 04 Dec

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Suspected suicide bomber Kabir Ahmed left the UK to fight for IS - the second Islamist extremist from Derby to die abroad in recent years. Simon Cox looks at the networks connecting the two men and investigates whether their leaders are still active in Derby.

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  • Virgin Galactic 27 Nov 14

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Medium The fatal explosion of a Virgin Galactic craft has highlighted the risks of space tourism. Lesley Curwen reports on whether it has consequences for Sir Richard Branson's brand too.

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  • Right to Buy 20 Nov 2014

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Right to Buy was one of the landmark successes of Margaret Thatcher's government, enabling over 2 million tenants to buy council homes at a discounted price. Since coming to power, David Cameron has reinvigorated the policy by introducing discounts of up to £102,700 off the price of a home. The Report asks what’s the impact of selling off yet more social housing in this way; investigates claims the policy is being abused; and reveals how one council has devised a scheme to opt out of Right to Buy altogether.

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  • Tesco: Trouble at the Top 13 Nov 14

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tesco is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office over an alleged black hole in its accounts. Simon Cox tells the story of Tesco's biggest crisis to date.

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