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  • Tuesday's business with Tanya Beckett

    Tue, 21 Apr 15

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    12 mins

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    Rory Cellan-Jones reports on "Mobilegeddon" as Google search results favour mobile friendly sites and Which warns of misleading deals in supermarkets.

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  • Can you own a scientific idea?

    Mon, 20 Apr 15

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    There is evidence to suggest a third horticulturist, Patrick Matthew, developed a concept of evolution by natural selection that pre-dates Darwin's by 27 years. Professor Steve Jones is a Professor of Genetics at UCL and Dr Patricia Fara is a senior tutor of Clare College, Cambridge University.

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  • How does sunlight affect humans?

    Mon, 20 Apr 15

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    The colour of light has a major impact on how our body clock measures the time of day, according to research by scientists at The University of Manchester. It's the first time the impact of colour has been tested and demonstrates that colour provides a more reliable way of telling the time than measuring brightness. Dr Timothy Brown is the study’s lead researcher.

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  • Robert Webb on PG Wodehouse

    Mon, 20 Apr 15

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    For the first time ever, all of PG Wodehouse’s book and stories are available in hardback and under the same publisher, Everyman. It’s taken fifteen years to do – there are 99 books in total. There’s a UK tour going on at the moment of a Wodehouse adaptation, as well the annual Everyman Wodehouse comedy book prize just about to be awarded. David Campbell is from the publishers Everyman and Robert Webb who is starring as Bertie Wooster in “Perfect Nonsense”.

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  • Monday's business with Simon Jack

    Mon, 20 Apr 15

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    Concerns over Greece's economy at the IMF's spring conference and a positive outlook for UK's economy.

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  • Diversity in the Boardroom

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

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    Some football statistics for you. 25% of professional players are black, yet fewer than 4% of coaches within the game are black, asian or of ethnic minority with barely 1% holding leadership positions across the 92 clubs. This under-representation has long since been a matter of concern, but what's to be done? The FA and the players union, the PFA, have developed a new course, entitled Get On Board, with the specific aim of redressing this imbalance, specifically in corporate roles within the game and this week some 20 players, both current and retired, received their qualifications in a ceremony at Wembley. Jonathan Legard reports.

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  • Can exercise slow ageing?

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

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    Could many of the problems associated with old age be solved if the over 70s were much better at keeping fit? Sir Muir Gray, Former Chief Knowledge Officer to the National Health Service, thinks so. He has written a book, Sod70, explaining why and will be talking about it this afternoon at the Cambridge Literary Festival. Sir Muir Gray and Diana Moran is a fitness guru aka 'The Green Goddess'.

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  • Sir Kenneth Branagh's acting troupe

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

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    Sir Kenneth Branagh is launching his own theatre company - rather like actor managers of years past. The troupe includes Rob Brydon and Dame Judi Dench and will be resident at a West End theatre for a year, starting this October. Our Arts Editor Will Gompertz has been speaking to Sir Kenneth.

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  • Friday's business with Tanya Beckett

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

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    With analysis on the latest unemployment figures and the Friday Boss, Imperial College London's Professor Alice Gast.

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  • Sir Ben Ainslie

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

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    Speaking to the Today Programme's Rob Bonnet is Sir Ben Ainslie, the Olympic gold winning sailor, who discusses changes to the Americas Cup series including reducing the size of the boat and changing its route.

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  • The hat problem - question and solution

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

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    Listen to the hat problem, a puzzle we asked this morning. It is followed by the solution as read by Sarah. Please not Sarah gives the wrong colour at the end of the answer...

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  • Why do we find logic problems fascinating?

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

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    A seemingly baffling maths problem posted on Facebook by Singaporean television has become an unlikely internet sensation. The puzzle, designed for high-achieving teenagers, asks students to determine the birthday of “Cheryl” based on a series of short statements by “Albert” and “Bernard”. Is it easy to learn how to approach these sorts of problems and should we all be taught this way? Rob Eastaway is director of Maths Inspiration, which puts on public maths lectures, and author of books on maths and everyday life and Laura Clarke is a senior lecturer in education specialising in mathematics at the University of Winchester.

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  • What's happening when you crack your knuckles

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

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    Some people like the sound of knuckle-cracking while others loathe it, but for years there has been disagreement among scientists about what actually causes it. Now, researchers say the familiar cracking sound is caused by the popping of a small bubble of gas in the fingers, and it could even be beneficial to health. Greg Kawchuk is professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta and lead author of the research.

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  • Thursday's business with Simon Jack

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

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    Featuring news that Greece's finances are worse than thought and house sales flat lining.

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  • Russian politics

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

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    Following the BBC’s Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall’s reports on the Russian economy, patriotism and support for President Putin, we discuss he state of play in the country’s society. Bridget Kendall is the BBC’s Diplomatic correspondent and Sir Andrew Wood is a former British Ambassador to Moscow.

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  • Lord O'Donnell on coalition negotiations

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

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    It seems increasingly clear that no party will gain a clear majority in the election and so what happens on May 8th is important. The civil service are going to be very important in fixing whatever comes after. What preparations are the civil service making for a hung parliament, where a minority government with a confidence and supply, or vote-by-vote support is becoming increasingly likely? Lord O’Donnell is a former Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service and is now a crossbench peer.

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  • A survivor of Bergen Belsen recalls the camp

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

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    70 years ago today, British and Canadian troops arrived at the gates of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany. It was the first camp to be liberated by British forces. Mishal Husain spoke to one survivor with vivid memories of April 1945. Gena Turgel, now 92 - born in Poland, narrowly escaped being gassed in Auschwitz and arrived in Belsen after a death march across Europe

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  • Wednesday's business with Simon Jack

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

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    With analysis of China's GDP figures and the latest World Economic Forum Global Information Technology report.

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