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  • Today 19/04/2014: Abdullah Deghayes’ father: I told my son to stick to aid work

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

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    The father of Abdullah Deghayes, killed in Syria, remembers his son.

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  • Today 14/04/2014: Gender neutral loos for transgender people?

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

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    Jane Fae, who campaigns for transgender rights, discusses gender neutral public toilets.

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  • Today 19/04/2014: Italianglo - the new franglais?

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

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    Ferdinando Giugliano and Jacqueline Visconti on the anglicisation of Italian terms.

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  • Today 18/04/14: Labour recruits Obama's election strategist

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

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    The Labour party has signalled the recruitment of Barack Obama's chief election strategist will not result in them ditching their strategy to focus on what they term as the "cost of living crisis". The party's election co-ordinator, Douglas Alexander, says David Axelrod is fully in tune with Labour's current approach - despite figures out this week showing wages are now rising in line with inflation.

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  • Today 18/04/14:Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

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    A senior cardiologist, who exposed NHS safety fears at his hospital, has won an unfair dismissal case. Doctor Raj Mattu told the Today programme the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust tried to blacken his name, during a witch-hunt that lasted for years. He said he wants a meeting with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to discuss his treatment.

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  • Today 18/04/14: The long lasting effects of childhood bullying

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

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    According to a study by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, children who are bullied can still suffer damaging effects as much as forty years later. Dr Louise Arsenault the senior author discusses the study.

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  • Today 17/04/14: Aakash Chopra

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

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    Speaking to the Today programme's Alison Mitchell is Aakash Chopra, a former India and IPL cricketer, who discusses Kevin Pietersen's start to the IPL season.

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  • Today 17/04/14: Stephanie Houghton

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

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    Speaking to the Today programme's Alison Mitchell is Manchester City and England women's captain Stephanie Houghton, who discusses City's new partnership with the Women's Sport & Fitness Foundation.

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  • Today 17/04/14: The world's first homoerotic stamps

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

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    Estelle Lovatt and David Bailey discuss Finland's decision to produce the "world's first" homoerotic stamps

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  • Today 17/04/14: Starving Syrian children 'eating grass'

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

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    The BBC's Lyse Doucet and Chris Guinness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, discuss the inability to send food parcels to Syria.

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  • Today 17/04/14: Catholic poll 'needs transparency'

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

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    Father Marcus Stock and Jean Riordan discuss the Roman Catholic Church's decision to turn down a request for the results of a sexual ethics survey to be made public.

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  • Today 17/04/14: Business with Andy Verity

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

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    Business news with Andy Verity, looking at the Co-operative Group's expected losses.

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  • Today 16/04/14: Beards 'becoming less attractive'

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

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    The BBC’s James Morgan asks whether beards are becoming less attractive due to the sheer number of them.

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  • Today 16/04/14: Matisse's 'beautiful' cut-out artworks

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

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    Sophie Matisse, Henri Matisse's great-granddaughter, discusses the artist's famous "cut-outs"

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  • Today 16/04/14: Tesco boss defends fall in profits

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

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    Tesco boss Philip Clarke defends the supermarket's fall in profits, down 6% to £3.3bn.

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  • Today 16/04/14: Business with Andy Verity

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

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    Business news with Andy Verity, looking at Tesco's full-year results.

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  • Today 15/04/14: Army 'failing to combat sexism'

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

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    The Army is failing to combat disturbing and violent sexism, Radio 4's Today programme has heard. The MoD says it has a "zero tolerance" approach towards bullying. Sima Kotecha reports, before Justin Webb speaks to Labour Defence Select Committee member Madeleine Moon. Warning: This audio contains strong language and content that some may find disturbing.

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  • Today 15/04/14: Farage: Expenses complaint 'outrageous'

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

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    Nigel Farage reacts to a complaint about how he has used his "general expenditure allowance" from the EU.

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  • Today 15/04/14: Hague: Eastern Ukraine in 'dangerous situation'

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

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    UK foreign secretary William Hague discusses the crisis in Ukraine and the EU's response.

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  • Today 15/04/14: Nigel Winterburn

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

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    Speaking to the Today programme's Karthi Gnanasegaram is former Arsenal and West Ham player Nigel Winterburn, who discusses tonight's fixture against his former clubs.

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  • Today 14/04/14: Peter Shilton

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

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    Speaking to the Today programme's Rob Bonnet is former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who discusses Liverpool's title race, the World Cup and the lack of competition for the England goalkeeping position.

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  • Today 14/04/14: Technology to enable 'more efficient' NHS

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

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    Health secretary Jeremy Hunt discusses changes to the NHS, including the use of technology to create a "more efficient" system.

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  • Today 14/04/14: Russia 'does not want disorder'

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

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    Former British Ambassador Sir Tony Brenton says Russia "does not want disorder".

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  • Today 14/04/14: Nigel Evans looking to 'rebuild' career

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

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    MP Nigel Evans, who was cleared of rape and sexual assault, reflects on the media scrutiny placed on him during the trial.

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  • Today 14/04/14: Business with Andy Verity

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

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    Business news with Andy Verity. John Lough, associate fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme, looks at the potential for further economic sanctions to be placed on Russia.

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