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  • Today 30/07/14: Ebola's effect on small communities

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

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    Tulip Mazumder reports from Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak started back in March.

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  • 30/07/14: Krautrockers 'influenced Bowie to Sex Pistols'

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

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    Rebecca Jones speaks to Can band member Irmin Schmidt and Future Days author David Stubbs about the German bands behind 'Krautrock'.

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  • Today 30/07/14: Ed Balls 'supports bonus clawback plan'

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

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    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls discusses the Bank of England's bonus clawback plan.

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  • Today 30/07/14: Business with Justin Rowlatt

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

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    What to expect from Barclays' latest results and a campaign to cut the VAT charged on attractions and tourist accomodation from 20% to 5%.

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  • Today 29/07/14: West Africa's biggest ever Ebola outbreak

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

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    Most border crossings in Liberia have been closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to try to halt the spread of the virus. Justin Webb speaks to John Oxford, Professor of Virology at Queen Mary

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  • Today 29/07/14: Is Fifty Shades of Grey appropriate for a first date?

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

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    Diana Mather and Rosamund Urwin discuss who it is appropriate to invite to the cinema to watch Fifty Shades of Grey.

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  • Today 29/07/14: Face dimensions 'affect first impressions'

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

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    Psychologist Tom Hartley says small changes in the dimensions of a face can make it appear more trustworthy, dominant or attractive.

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  • Today 29/07/14: Business with Justin Rowlatt

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

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    EU ambassadors are meeting in Brussels as Europe plans to ratchet up the sanctions on Russia. But is the real issue the impact of sanctions on the countries that impose them? Justin Rowlatt finds out.

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  • Today 28/07/14: Comedians' attire 'very important'

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

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    Comedians Tom Allen and Elizabeth Hotson discuss the importance of on-stage attire.

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  • Today 28/07/14: Experiments 'homing in on origin of life'

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

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    Tom Feilden looks at ongoing attempts to understand the origins of life.

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  • Today 28/07/14: Tulisa on newspaper 'set up'

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

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    Tom Bateman speaks to former X Factor judge Tulisa Constantopoulos about the collapse of a drug trial against her.

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  • Iraqi Christians

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

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    One of the many horrors of the march of Islamic extremism in the middle east is what the Isis fighters have been doing to the few remaining Christians who live there. In Mosul they have been threatened with death if they don't renounce their faith and convert to Islam. Many have been murdered. Those who can have fled. What was once a thriving Christian community - a community with its roots in the very beginnings of Christianity - is no more. The black flag of Isis flies where Christian icons once stood. Canon Andrew White is the Vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad, the only Anglican Church in Iraq.

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  • Shorts in the work place

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

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    "Sir" ... says a letter in the Telegraph today from a certain John Holmes of Hampshire... "In this hot weather would somebody please advise me on the correct length of my shorts. Should this be above the knee or below the knee and if so, by how much?" To which, of course, there can be only one reply. NEITHER! You should not be wearing shorts to work at all. Or should you? Are men in shorts an abomination unto the Lord or.... is it okay? There's a lot of them about. Let us take advice from business correspondent Simon Jack and Stella magazine's editor Anna Murphy.

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  • Para sport

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

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    When the Olympic Games are held the Paralympics are entirely separately. They don't begin until a fortnight after the games have ended. But it's different for the Commonwealth Games. Since 2002 the events for disabled competitors have been integrated into the main timetable. The Glasgow programme is the biggest there's been. Mishal Husain is in Glasgow for the Games and she's been talking to competitors about what sort of difference it makes.

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  • Heroin

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

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    The papers have been full this past week of chilling details from the inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Sir Bob Geldof, who died from a drugs overdose. She had been addicted to heroin for years. Her mother, Paula Yates, had also died from a drugs overdose. Two successful young women whose lives were destroyed because of their addiction. John Humphrys has been talking to someone who also became a heroin addict and it nearly killed her too. Her name is Lisa Bryer. She, too, was was a very successful woman, born into a comfortable middle class background, now an award-winning film producer. How did she become an addict?

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  • Today 25/07/14: One-shot cancer therapy gets NHS nod

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

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    A pioneering breast cancer treatment that replaces weeks of radiotherapy with a single, targeted shot is set to be offered on the NHS. Professor Jeffrey Tobias, lead radiation oncologist at University College London Hospital, discusses

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  • Today 25/07/14: Shift work 'increases diabetes risk'

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

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    IOSH's Jane White and London Business School's Lynda Gratton discuss new research suggesting Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts.

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  • Today 25/07/14: Role of art in social movements

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

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    The V&A museum's Catherine Flood discusses a new exhibit on 'disobedient objects'.

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  • Today 25/07/14: Business with Justin Rowlatt

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

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    Business news with Justin Rowlatt, looking at whether the British economy is finally back to where it was before the financial crisis.

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  • Today 24/07/14: Red Cross facing problems in Gaza

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

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    Israel has killed more than 160 children in Gaza in the past fortnight. The charity Save the Children believes one Palestinian child is now being killed every hour. Many more of the nearly 700 killed are women. And of course for every death, many more are injured. 1300 children are being treated for injuries.

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  • Today 24/07/14: MH17 grieving process

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

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    Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was 23 when the plane she and 270 other people were flying on was blown out of the skies over Lockerbie by a terrorist bomb, discusses how relatives of the passengers aboard flight MH17 could be helped to grieve.

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  • Today 24/07/14: Letters to newspapers

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

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    Iain Hollingshead formerly of The Telegraph and Yvonne Roberts from The Observer discuss why men write more letters to newspapers than women.

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  • Today 24/07/14: Business news with Justin Rowlatt

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

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    Business news with Justin Rowlatt - The sanctions placed on Russia by the EU and America are meant to hit trade and damage its economy but by one key measure they are not working.

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