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  • New Elgar recording of WW1 poetry

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

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    5 mins

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    SOMM Records has released a new recording of The Spirit of England, by Sir Edward Elgar, written at the height of the First World War. It is a setting of three poems by Laurence Binyon, including his best-known work For the Fallen, which contains some of the most famous lines in English poetry. BBC correspondent Nick Higham reports for the Today programme.

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  • Alan Bennett on his love of Larkin

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

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    9 mins

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    Acclaimed playwright Alan Bennett speaks about his admiration of the poet Philip Larkin, and William Sieghart, organiser of National Poetry Day, discusses learning poems from memory.

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  • Ebola needs 'very massive international response'

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

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    9 mins

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    Oliver Johnson, a London doctor working in Sierra Leone, Anthony Banbury, UN coordinator for Ebola, and Justin Forsyth, head of Save the Children, speak to James Naughtie on the international response to Ebola.

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  • Business news with Justin Rowlatt

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

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    12 mins

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    Justin Rowlatt with today's business news.

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  • The Baghdad dog show in shadow of IS threat

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

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    Lyse Doucet reports from a dog show happening in Baghdad depite threat of Islamic State.

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  • Containing America Ebola threat

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

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    The first case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed in America has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas. Dr Christopher Perkins, medical director at Dallas County Health and Human Services, explains the threat to public health.

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  • English question 'matter of being fair' to whole UK

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

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    8 mins

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    William Hague speaks from the Conservative Party conference

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  • Business news with Justin Rowlatt

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

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    Justin Rowlatt with today's business news.

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  • Today 30/09/14: Vivek Chaudhary

    Tue, 30 Sep 14

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    Speaking to the Today programme's Garry Richardson is sports writer Vivek Chaudhary who recently interviewed the enigmatic Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley. Mr Ashley then revealed his manager Alan Pardew's job was on the line.

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  • One Day author 'increadibly lucky'

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

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    David Nicholls' Us is published on Tuesday, and after the success of previous novel One Day is hotly anticipated. He speaks to BBC arts correspondent Rebecca Jones.

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  • EU referendum would 'damage' economy

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

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    WPP Chief Executive Sir Martin Sorrell explains that a UK referendum on Europe would be "even more disruptive" for business than than the Scottish referendum.

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  • George Osborne: 'Economy risks not over'

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

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    14 mins

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    The UK Chancellor speaks to Today ahead of his speech at the Conservative conference.

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  • Business news with Justin Rowlatt

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

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    12 mins

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    Justin Rowlatt with today's business news top stories.

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  • How it feels to run 53 marathons in 53 days

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

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    4 mins

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    Amy Hughes describes her feat of endurance.

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  • Housing expert 'worried' about Cameron pledge

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

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    Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing Grainia Long explains her concerns about David Cameron's housing pledge.

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  • Military action 'futile' without policitcal plan

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

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    Major General Jonathan Shaw and Canon Andrew White consider Britain's fight against IS.

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  • Trump blames 'No' vote on Salmond's energy policy

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

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    Donald Trump speaks to Justin Webb from the Ryder Cup.

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  • Foreign secretary Philip Hammond on Iraq vote

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

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    Foreign secretary Philip Hammond speaks to Today about the Commons vote on military action on Iraq.

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  • Top fund manager reveals secrets to his success

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

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    Top fund manager Neil Woodford reveals some of the secrets to his success.

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  • Business news with Tanya Beckett

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

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    Tanya Beckett with today's business news.

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