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  • Is technology killing old loved books?

    Sat, 25 Oct 14

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    Josh Spero, author of Second Hand Stories and editor of Spear's Magazine, and the author Erica Wagner, a former literary editor at the Times newspaper, mulled over the question of new tech and old books.

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  • McLeish: 'Suffocating atmosphere' led to Lamont departure

    Sat, 25 Oct 14

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    Henry McLeish, former Scottish First Minister, tells Today presenter James Naughtie why he believes Johann Lamont resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

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  • Lambsdorff: Rest of Europe 'expects' UK to pay

    Sat, 25 Oct 14

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    Sir William Cash MP, Conservative chairman of the Commons European Scrutiny Committee, and Alexander Lambsdorff MEP, of the Free Democratic Party of Germany and vice-president of the European Parliament, examine the £1.7bn bill presented to the UK by the European Union.

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  • Today 24/10/14: New chair of BBC Trust Rona Fairhead

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

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    The New chair of BBC Trust Rona Fairhead says people going to prison for not paying license fee "doesn't sit happily" with her.

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  • Today 24/10/14: First case of Ebola in New York

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

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    The first case of Ebola is being treated in New York, the fourth in the United States. Dr Craig Spencer returned a few days ago from Guinea, where he'd been working for the charity Medecins sans Frontieres and became ill yesterday. Mark Levine is a New York City Council Member, whose district includes West Harlem, where Dr Spencer lives.

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  • Today 24/10/14: Row over £1.7 EU charge to UK

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

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    UK will have to pay extra £1.7 billion towards the EU budget - due to the pace of growth.

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  • Today 24/10/14: the history of communication and technology

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

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    A new gallery at the Science Museum in London celebrating the history of communication and technology is being opened by the Queen later. Justin reports from the gallery.

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  • Today 23/10/14: Brian O'Driscoll in full

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

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    Speaking to the Today Programme's James Naughtie is rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll. Listen to the full interview.

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  • Today 23/10/14: 'Police did nothing' over child abuse

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

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    A mother whose 12-year-old daughter was abused has said she was forced to try to identify the abusers herself due to police inaction. She claims South Yorkshire Police accused her daughter of being "a liar and wasting police time". The BBC understands that South Yorkshire Police have apologised to the family for calling their daughter a liar. The BBC's Michael Buchanan reports - with the mother's words spoken by an actress.

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  • Today 23/10/14: Brian O'Driscoll: A career in rugby

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

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    Brian O'Driscoll is the most capped player in rugby union history. He spoke to the Today programme's James Naughtie about his illustrious career.

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