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

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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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  • Today 23/07/14: Business news with Justin Rowlatt

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

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    Today: Business news with Justin Rowlatt.Tougher sanctions against Russia in the wake of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines MH17

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  • 22/07/14 Trojan Horse

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

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    Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head teacher at Anderton Park School in Birmingham, and Liam Byrne, Labour MP for Bimringham Hodge Hill, discuss the latest report on so-called "Trojan Horse" schools.

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  • Today 22/07/14: Discovery of schizophrenia genes

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

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    Michael O'Donovan discusses the discovery of genetic factors in schizophrenia, that will shed new light on the biological causes of the condition.

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  • Today 22/07/14: 'Crime falling despite budget cuts'

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

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    HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoe Billingham and Police Federation chairman Steve White discuss the police's reaction to budget cuts.

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  • Today 22/07/14: Business with Tanya Beckett

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

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    Business news with Tanya Beckett. European foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to consider further sanctions on Russia, following the Malaysia Airlines plane crash.

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  • Today 21/07/14: Should we post baby photos online?

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

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    Crowdfunder 's Jessica Ratty and BuzzFeed's Mike Spohr debate whether parents should post baby pictures online.

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  • Today 21/07/14: Family have 'no meaningful contact' from Malaysia Airlines

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

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    Jordan Withers, nephew of flight MH17 victim Glenn Thomas, speaks to presenter Justin Webb on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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  • Today 21/07/14: Osborne on pensions advice plan

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

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    Chancellor George Osborne discusses a new initiative to supply savers with free independent pensions advice.

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  • Vivian Maier

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

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    Vivian Maier was a children's nanny from Chicago. She died 5 years ago, an 83-year-old spinster with no heirs and barely a dollar to her name. She was also a hoarder - and inside hundreds of boxes she'd stashed away were 150-thousand undeveloped negatives from a camera she carried everywhere. Now discovered - the images make up a vast archive of street photography and portraits - and Vivian Maier is becoming regarded as a great American photographer of the 20th century. Her story's been documented by the filmmaker Charlie Siskel - our reporter Tom Bateman spoke to him.

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  • The 'Spanish plume' explained

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

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    Sweltering temperatures and deafening thunderstorms..do you know what is driving our contrasting weather? it's called the spanish plume.. which brings very warm and humid air up from Iberia to Britain and France. Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan explains.

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  • Victims of flight MH17

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

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    Victims of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 came from thirteen different countries, but most - almost two-thirds came from the Netherlands - 192 dead - and the country is in a state of shock. But there have been no mass outpourings of grief, instead, a quiet private mourning. Our correspondent Anna Holligan has been to a small Dutch hamlet where six members of the one family perished, to see how one community is coping.

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  • Chinese Philharmonic 'excited at Proms debut'

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra members look ahead to their debut BBC Proms performance

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  • Business with Tanya Beckett

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    The new Competition and Markets Authority or CMA which was launched in April made up of the Office of Fair Trading and the old Monopolies and Mergers Commission will be reporting on the banking sector within the hour, and it is keenly anticipated by the retail banks and in the city. Alex Chisholm who was in charge of the study will join us on the programme later. The investigation has been looking at personal banking and the current accounts we have on offer and also the way banks treat small and medium size businesses.

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  • Sir David Attenborough on butterfly count

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    Sir David Attenborough is calling on people to let a bit of their garden - or a window box - go wild to help butterflies. They've had a terrible few years and the majority of uk species are in decline. Sir David is launching this year's national Big Butterfly Count which is run by the charity Butterfly Conservation.

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  • Assisted Dying with Lord Faulkner and Lady Campbell

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    Lord Falconer and Baroness Campbell, who campaigns for terminally ill and disabled people, discuss a bill on assisted dying debated in the House of Lords.

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