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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.

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  • Did Shakespeare 'kill all the lawyers'?

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

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    Former criminal barrister, Clive Anderson explains why lawyers are disliked.

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  • Concern at 'jihadi-cool sub-culture'

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

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    Pauline Neville-Jones and Iqbal Sacranie on Britons joining militant Islamic fighters

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  • Foley killer 'will be identified' says ex-MI6 chief

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

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    Richard Barrett, a former head of counter-terrorism at MI6, on identifying James Foley's killer.

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  • Business with Justin Rowlatt

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

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    Today, many of the world’s most powerful financial players will gather for three days in Jackson Hole, a mountain resort in Wyoming. The four major central banks - Fed, Bank of England, European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan - are all facing crucial decisions, against some very different economic backdrops.

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  • Could the cravat make a comeback?

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

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    Amber Jane Butchartm, a fashion historian and Nicholas Parsons discuss.

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  • British IS extremists 'most vicious fighters'

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

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    British extremists are amongst the "most vicious and vociferous fighters" in the Islamic State's (IS) ranks in Syria and Iraq, a jihadism expert has said after a video purporting to show a US journalist James Foley being beheaded by a British-accented IS fighter was placed online.

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  • Hammond: 'Absolute horror' at apparent killing

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

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    The Foreign Secretary has expressed his "absolute horror at what appears to be a brutal execution" after the release of the video of the beheading of the US journalist James Foley.

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  • Business with Justin Rowlatt

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

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    The Bank of England will publish the minutes of the August meeting of its Monetary Policy Committee. Justin Rowlatte is joined by Peter Warburton who sits on the so-called shadow MPC - a group of economists organised by the think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs .

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  • Prison violence levels 'becoming extreme'

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

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    Reporter Sima Kotecha on concerns about the prison system in England and Wales.

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  • Tim Vine vacuum cleaner joke funniest at Edinburgh Fringe

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

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    Tim Vine tells his award winning one-liner, plus a few others, in an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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