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

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  • Life on Mars is a 50/50 chance

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

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    After increased levels of methane were found on the surface of Mars, professor Sushil Atreya from NASA's Curiosity rover says life on Mars is a 50/50 chance.

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  • Mishal Husain visits Peshawar school attack

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

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    The Pakistani city of Peshawar is burying its dead after a Taliban attack at a school killed at least 132 children and nine staff. Mishal Husain has been shown insdie the school by a spokeperson for the Pakistan army, following the route the Taliban took. She also spoke to Ziauddin Yousafzai, a UN Special adviser on Global education and fahter of Malala Youzefzai who has previously been targeted by the Taliban.

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  • Business: attempts to stabilise rouble fail.

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

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    Attempts by Russia to stabilise the rouble have so far failed. The value of Russia's currency has dropped and risen drmatically, being as high as 60 roubles to the dollar and as low as 80. The rouble's slide is happening alongside western sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine and falling global oil prices. The benchmark Brent Crude price dipped below 59 dollars a barrel, it's lowest since 2009. There's also been a change to how people can acces their retirement money.

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  • Paddington creator Michael Bond.

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

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    9 mins

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    John Humphrys speaks to Paddington's creator Michael Bond at his home in London. He speaks about the bear who turned out to be the inspiration for Paddington and much more. You can also hear a special Paddington story written by Michael especially for us and read by Hugh Bonneville, the star of the Paddington Bear film.

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  • Medical "catapults" with science editor Tom Fielden

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

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    "Catapults" are a series of agencies set up by George Osborne to provide financial support and commercial expertise to turn good medical ideas into workable treatments. One of those catapults has decided to start making experimental drugs independently. Tom Feilden looks at one of the "good ideas" the Cell Therapy Catapult is helping to develop, a revolutionary new approach to treating cancer. Keith Thompson is chief executive of The Cell Therapy Catapult.

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  • Tuesday's business news with Simon Jack.

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

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    Russia increases interest rates from 10.5% to 17% to try and arrest the slide of the rouble. The Bank of England will reveal which banks have passed its stress test to see how resilient they would be in a financial crisis. BT announces it's in exclusive talks with the UK's largest mobile phone operator EE over a deal that could be worth £12.5bn. Jeremy Stretch currency strategist, Mike Trippitt Banking analyst at Numis Securities, James Barford Head of Telecoms Research at Enders Analysis, Paul Kavanagh a Partner at Killik and Co.

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  • Christmas royalties no longer pay off

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

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    Wizzard's Roy Wood who wrote the song 'I wish it could be Christmas every day' said he thought the song would be 'my pension' but 'now you can download it in many ways for free'.

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  • Flight chaos at British airports

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

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    An independent inquiry is to be set up to investigate the computer failure which caused widespread disruption to flights at British airports last week. The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) has blamed a software glitch at its centre at Swanwick in Hampshire.

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  • Business: BT takeover of EE or O2

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

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    The falling price of oil may be good news for many but seems to have spooked other financial markets. BT is looking to takeover either EE or 02. Sunday Telegraph reported they're looking for someone to sell off some of their property portfolio. Anna Stupnytska, Fidelity Worldwide and Marie Diron, Moody's Credit Policy Group. David Cummings, Head of UK equities at Standard Life Investments.

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  • Friday's business news with Justin Rowlatt

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

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    Today's business news takes a look at falling oil prices, pensions and Swiss mountain cheese.

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  • Discussing CIA torture report

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

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    Today's Justin Webb talks to James Woolsey, Director of the CIA between 1993-1995 and Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism about the recent Senate torture report and what action should be taken now.

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  • London v Berlin

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

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    Top architect David Chipperfield claims London's privately-funded buildings "lack a sense of culture" unlike Berlin where he says publicly-funded buildings encourage creativity to flourish. Discussing what makes a good city in terms of building, planning and creativity is Berlin-based architect Wilfried Kuehn and London-based architect Liza Fior.

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  • Thursday's business news

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

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    Today's business news takes a look at the markets, how snap elections in Japan may influence the country's economy and whether banks should use social media.

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