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  • Death of Jane Bown is 'great loss'

    Mon, 22 Dec 14

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    Legendary Observer photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of famous people including the Queen, the Beatles and Samuel Beckett, has died aged 89. Today's John Humphrys speaks to Luke Dodd, the Observer's archivist and Eamonn McCabe, a photographer who worked alongside Jane Bown for 15 years at the Observer.

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  • .Child abuse inquiry panel 'isn't perfect'

    Mon, 22 Dec 14

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    Its expected Theresa May will announce she's disbanding the expert panel that's been continuing the child abuse inquiry's work while the government looks for a new chairman. John Humphry's spoke to Peter Saunders, chief executive of The National Association for People Abused in Childhood, and Tim Loughton, former children's minister and member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

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  • Launch of 'extraordinary' DNA project

    Mon, 22 Dec 14

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    The 100,000 Genomes Project was launched today at eleven centres across the country. It aims to sequence the DNA of patients suffering from a range of cancers and rare diseases, and to cross reference that data in order to identify the possible cause. Today's John Humphrys spoke to Sophie Lewis, who has a rare heart condition and is part of the project, and Greame Black, Professor of Genetics and Ophthalmology at the University of Manchester.

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  • Monday's business with Simon Jack

    Mon, 22 Dec 14

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    Including warranties, psychometric testing, and the markets with Brenda Kelly, chief market strategist at IG.

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  • Killing of PC Doyle is a 'Christmas tragedy'

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

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    A man has been arrested in connection with the killing of the off duty police constable Neil Doyle after handing himself in last night. Peter Singleton, chair of the Merseyside police federation spoke to Today's Justin Webb about the "devastating news" of the death of PC Doyle.

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  • America should "counterattack"

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

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    President Obama has called for action to be taken against North Korea following the hacking of Sony Pictures. Dr Samantha Ravich, former deputy national security advisor for Vice President Cheney and Ambassador Christopher Hill, former US envoy to North Korea, spoke to Today's Justin Webb.

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  • What happens next for Pakistan?

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

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    The Pakistan government has responded to the Peshawar massacre with airstrikes, attacks by special forces against militants, and by the resumption of capital punishment. Speaking to Today's Jim Naughtie, political secretary, Dr Asif Kirmani condoned the Pakistan government's response to the Peshawar massacre, saying that "there is no other way out to combat terrorism." Of the recent retaliations, Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan's high commissioner said that there was "opportunity in this adversity." He advocated the need for 'deterrence', stating that Pakistan would "keep up the pressure".

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  • Friday's business with Simon Jack

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

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    Including the struggling Nigerian naira, oil prices, and Friday boss Nick Wood of Pets at Home.

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  • birds 'heard' US tornadoes coming and fled the day before

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

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    Ecologists in America have discovered that golden winged warblers dodged a set of tornadoes that hit the central states in April this year, killing 35 people. Dr Henry Streby, population ecologist at University of California, told Today's Justin Webb: "We discovered that they could not only avoid this storm but they left more than a full day before the storm got there." "Birds can respond to changes in barometric pressure, temperature, and wind speed and direction, but none of those cues would have been there until a full day after they left." "We think that they heard the storm coming."

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  • Should women fight on frontline?

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

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    Former Major Judith Webb, the first female to lead an all-male squadron, says she believes in equality but feels women are too "physically different" to fight on the front line in the British Army. It follows the announcement that women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016. The Army was ordered to review the ban on women serving in close combat roles by the previous Defence Secretary. Last May Philip Hammond said he wanted to send a signal that the military is open to all who can meet the standards. The current defence secretary Michael Fallon told Today's John Humphrys: 'Women can fight as effectively as men, but we've to make sure long-term health isn't compromised'.

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