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  • Prison violence levels 'becoming extreme'

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

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    Reporter Sima Kotecha on concerns about the prison system in England and Wales.

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  • Tim Vine vacuum cleaner joke funniest at Edinburgh Fringe

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

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    Tim Vine tells his award winning one-liner, plus a few others, in an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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  • Gender pay gap to do with 'culture'

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

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    Anne Francke from the Chartered Management Institute tells the BBC's Justin Rowlatt about the gender pay gap.

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  • Business with Justin Rowlatt

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

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    Women managers in their 40s earn more than a third less than their male equivalents- an average of £16,680 a year less, according to a survey published today. Justin Rowlatt has the business news.

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  • Jupiter and Venus conjunction lights up morning sky

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

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    The two brightest planets, Jupiter and Venus, are currently aligned in the sky, forming a spectacular "double star" in their closest conjunction since 2000. Dr Caitriona Jackman, a planetary scientist from the University of Southampton discusses.

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  • Paedophile Righton advised Home Office on children's homes policy

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

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    Tom Bateman on how a paedophile advised the Home Office about children's homes.

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  • 'UK should offer asylum to Iraqi Christians'

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

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    Canon Andrew White and Rory Stewart MP offer their thoughts on the conflict in Iraq.

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  • Business with Joe Lynam

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

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    What will come first - a rise in interest rates, or a rise in wages? Here's Joe Lynam with the business news.

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  • Are magpies really attracted to shiny objects?

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

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    If you know one thing about the magpie it's that it likes to steal shiny objects. However, it turns out to be one of the greatest animal calumnies in history. We don't often publicise articles from the journal Animal Cognition, but we can reveal that a study in that journal reveals that contrary to the public image, magpies are not attracted to shiny objects. Dr Toni Shephard is the lead author of the study.

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  • Should the UK arm the Kurdish peshmerga?

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

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    The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said the UK is willing to help arm Kurdish forces who are fighting Islamist militants in Iraq. He said that the UK was already helping to transport weaponry to the Kurds. The Kurdish peshmerga fighters suffered several defeats at the hands of Islamic State militants over the past week, but have gradually started to regain some ground after the United States began bombing IS positions. In Iraqi Kurdistan, humanitarian aid is also starting to get through. James spoke to Sir William Patey, former British ambassador to Iraq and the Conservative MP John Baron, a member of the foreign affairs select committee.

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  • GPs’ doors 'open to those with mental health concerns'

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

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    Mental health has been a talking point this week, for a melancholy reason - the death of Robin Williams. One of the consequences has been a focus on the difficulties many people have in being open about depression or other similar illnesses, or in seeking help. James Naughtie spoke to south London GP Sarah Bruml about the advice they give patients seeking mental health care.

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  • Premier League to 'step up' prevention of Vine uploads

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

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    The BBC's Mike Williams and Vine user Nick discuss the uploading of football highlights.

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  • 'My world really fell apart'

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

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    Solicitor Harriet Wistrich and Helen Steel, who had a relationship with a man later revealed to be an undercover police officer, react to the confirmation of two of the men's names.

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  • Paddy Ashdown analyses the situation in the Middle East

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

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    The former Lib Dem leader on arming Kurdish fighters and the changes he feels will take place in the Middle East

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  • Business with Joe Lynam

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

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    Today's busines news with Joe Lynam. UK GDP and more.

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  • 'Most of us know very little about mental illness'

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

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    Adrian Strain talks about his son, Martin, who took his own life last week.

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  • Heels vs Flats

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

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    Why do women persist in wearing high heels? Fashion journalist Hannah Rochell is adamant that you don't need to wear high heels to be fashionable and has written a book devoted to flat shoes and how to wear them with style. Designer Zandra Rhodes loves her high heels and continues to wear them aged 73.

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  • Greening: UK 'needs to continue air drops' to Yazidis

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

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    International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, on UK humanitarian policy in Iraq.

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  • Business with Joe Lynam

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

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    We talk to a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.

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  • 'Mental illness is just like any other illness'

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

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    Lara Carmona from the charity Rethink Mental Illness and Jonny Benjamin, campaigner and blogger discuss the perception of depression as an illness.

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  • Bacall 'epitomised strong, beautiful women'

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

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    Professor Sarah Churchwell of the University of East Anglia on Lauren Bacall's legacy.

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  • Pavey: 10k European gold 'felt really special'

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

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    European 10,000 metres champion Jo Pavey reflects on her victory.

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