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

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  • Friday's business with Justin Rowlatt

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

    Duration:
    12 mins

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    Today's business includes: London Mayor Boris Johnson on a sales drive in East Asia, analysis of the OPEC meeting, and Friday boss Markus Miele.

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  • 'Plebgate' witness: It was a nonsense incident

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

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    8 mins

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    Former police officer Ian Richardson, who was the most senior of officers at Downing Street during the 'plebgate' incident, told Today's John Humphrys that he felt sorry for ex Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell. He said "Mr Mitchell lost his sense of humour" but "who hasn't lost their sense of humour at work?" "I heard Mr Mitchell when he initially stopped to try to get out of the gates, and when he was demanding exit...but I only heard part of the exchange with PC Rowland." Mr Richardson said he thought the Metropolitan police should have done more to stop the affair escalating: "It was quite clear police officers, not the officers at the gate, leaked the information". "There was no debrief, nobody read my notes until PC Wallace was exposed by Channel 4". First broadcast on Today programme 28 November 2014.

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  • Ebola vaccine progress

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

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    9 mins

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    The first results of the trial of an experimental vaccine to protect against Ebola suggest the drug is safe and may help the immune system to recognise the virus. Twenty volunteers were immunised in the United States. Scientists described the results as "positive”, as the volunteers produced antibodies.

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  • Schizophrenia assumptions challenged

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

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    3 mins

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    A report published on Thursday challenges received wisdom about the nature of mental illness. Many people believe that schizophrenia is a frightening brain disease that makes people unpredictable and can only be controlled by medication. However, research conducted over the last 20 years and brought together in this report suggests this view is false. It raises wider 'nature vs. nurture' questions about whether conditions such as depression and schizophrenia are genetic, or whether real life experiences are more influential. Today programme presenter John Humphrys spoke to Anne Cooke, editor of the report, and Niall Boyce, editor of The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

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  • Thursday's business with Justin Rowlatt

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

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    Including the OPEC meeting in Vienna, 'business blackouts', and a discussion of the financial markets.

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  • Wednesday's Business with Simon Jack

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    11 mins

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    Including directors' pay, supermarkets, the role of an American drugs giant in creating an effective vaccine for Ebola,and 300bn euro plan to boost the eurozone economy.

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  • Care for people with learning disabilities 'failing'

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

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    11 mins

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    A report commissioned by the NHS has said that the government is continuing to fail those with learning disabilities by keeping them in hospitals far from their homes for too long. After the Winterbourne View scandal which exposed the horrific abuse of patients at the private hospital near Bristol - ministers promised to move those with similar conditions to a community care environment such as a specialist home. But Wednesday’s report by Sir Stephen Bubb, from the charity leaders representative body 'ACEVO ', accuses them of breaking their promise. We speak to reporter Sima Kotecha and Jane Cummings, NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer.

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  • Lewis Hamilton

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

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    4 mins

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    Speaking to the Today Programme's James Naughtie is the two times F1 World Championship winner Lewis Hamilton.

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  • Tuesday's business with Simon Jack

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

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    12 mins

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    Simon discusses BT's attempts to move into mobile communications, business markets with Virginie Maisonneuve, Deputy CIO and MD Global Head of Equities at PIMCO, and food fraud, with Jim Gee, a Partner and head of Forensic and Counter Fraud Services at the accountancy firm PKF Littlejohn.

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  • Sir Jackie Stewart and Jody Scheckter

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

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    4 mins

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    Speaking to the Today Programme's Garry Richardson is Formula One legends Sir Jackie Stewart and Jody Scheckter, who discuss Lewis Hamilton's success winning the F1 World Championship at the weekend.

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  • Immigration

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

    Duration:
    10 mins

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    David Cameron will come under fresh pressure on Monday to harden his position on Europe, as he seeks to renegotiate the terms of British membership of the EU before an in/out referendum in 2017. One option the Prime Minister is thought to be considering is to prevent EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits like tax credits. We speak to Witold Sobkow, Polish Ambassador to London, and Bernard Jenkin MP.

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  • Monday's business with Simon Jack

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

    Duration:
    12 mins

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    In today's business: RBS has had its test scores remarked to reveal that it was the worst performing British bank, a group set up to help people on low incomes struggling with debt to access financial services starts taking evidence on Monday, and Fortum and Mason has announced its full year results.

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  • Hazel Blears on the modern Labour party

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

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    7 mins

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    Emily Thornberry has resigned from the Labour front bench after tweeting a photo of a house decorated with English flags and a white van outside it. She seemed to be sneering at the house's owner. But the damage had been done and Labour was being presented as an elitist party that's simple no longer in touch with the working class from which it sprang. A party of snobs. Has the party really changed that much? Hazel Blears, a former Labour minister, spoke to John Humphrys.

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  • NHS staff to fly out to fight Ebola

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

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    8 mins

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    The first organised group of NHS volunteers trained to tackle the ebola crisis leaves for Sierra Leone today. More than thirty of them will complete their training in the country before starting work in British-built treatment centres. One of them is Gareth Ross, a paramedic from Yorkshire. Joanna Reid is head of DIFD ebola response team in Sierra Leone.

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  • Taking the Wagner test

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

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    5 mins

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    Researchers have used Wagner's Ring cycle as the basis of an experiment to try to find out more about how we hear and understand music. It's happening at the Being Human festival. Sir Colin Blakemore is Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy at the University of London and is been part of the research team.

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