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              • Thursday's business news with Simon Jack

                Thu, 28 May 15

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                11 mins

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                Featuring the business reaction to the Queen's Speech, the effect of the Fifa scandal on sponsors and why the car manufacturing industry is so productive.

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              • Wednesday's business news with Simon Jack

                Wed, 27 May 15

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                Will there be anything in the Queen's speech to help small businesses?

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              • Morning 'best time' to rob a bank

                Tue, 26 May 15

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                6 mins

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                The best time to rob a bank is in the morning, according to Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics and new book When to Rob a Bank. He added, however, that "the return on investment generally on bank robbing is among the worst in crime". On the publication of multi-million selling pop-economics book Freakonomics ten years ago, the authors, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, set up a blog to explore the stranger aspects of our economic behaviour. Now, 8,000 blog posts on, they've released a book of the best, pondering the rate of return of bank robbery and the possibility of a sex tax, among the multitude of topics.

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              • Tuesday's business with Joe Lynam

                Tue, 26 May 15

                Duration:
                12 mins

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                Featuring a look at banks in Britain, which haven't been paying nearly as much corporation tax as they used to.

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              • Iwan Roberts Championship play-off final

                Mon, 25 May 15

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                4 mins

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                Ex-Norwich striker Iwan Roberts speaks to Rob Bonnet about the pulsating drama of winning, and losing, the Championship play-off final.

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              • 'Wrong to use referendum to make changes to electorate'

                Mon, 25 May 15

                Duration:
                2 mins

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                John Redwood, Conservative MP for Wokingham, has told Today that it would be "wrong" to change the franchise for the referendum on Europe. He said it was the "right thing to do to have the same election that voted in the general election", but added "we can look at changes for future elections".

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              • 'What the heck does that mean, aspiration?'

                Mon, 25 May 15

                Duration:
                7 mins

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                Lord Prescott has said Labour needed a “fundamental change – both in organisation and the development of our ideas" if the party is to win the next election. If the SNP keeps all the seats it won in Scotland on 7 May, Labour would need a 12% lead over the Conservatives in England and Wales to win a majority. Questioning the use of phrases like “aspiration” and “hard-working people”, the former deputy Prime Minister and Labour party deputy leader, said Labour needed to use new language to convince voters. But he added that the party's leadership election limited the amount of time needed for a vital debate.

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              • Monday's business with Tanya Beckett

                Mon, 25 May 15

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                12 mins

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                Including a look at Greece's warning that it cannot afford to meet its next payment to the IMF.

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              • Lithuanian foreign minister on EU reform

                Fri, 22 May 15

                Duration:
                6 mins

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                At a summit in Latvia, David Cameron is making his case for change in the EU following the Conservatives' election victory. Linas Linkevicius, the Lithuanian foreign minister, has told Today EU reforms are up for discussion as long as they don't undermine "core principles.

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              • Base jumping: 'Exciting because it's dangerous'

                Fri, 22 May 15

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                The extreme sport of BASE jumping has come under increased scrutiny as at least five people have died in accidents since January, including two last week at Yosemite National Park. BASE stands for "building, antenna, span and earth", the types of places from which jumpers leap. So what is the appeal? Professional rock climber and BASE jumper Leo Houlding said “it’s extremely exciting – to take a running jump off a cliff that’s three quarters of a mile high, accelerate from 0 to 120 miles an hour in the first 9 seconds and then plummet towards the earth". “It’s very exciting and exhilarating - the reason it’s so exciting is because it’s so dangerous.

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