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  • Newcastle Falcon's Paul Blake

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

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    Speaking to the Today Programme's Sarah Montague is Paul Blake, the managing director of the basketball team Newcastle Falcons, who discusses how the sport is the fastest growing in the country.

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  • Election Uncut project

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

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    Which three words or phrases would voters use to sum up how they feel about the upcoming General Election campaign? Throughout the election campaign the BBC is running a project called Election Uncut - where the research company Ipsos MORI will be asking a pool of voters across the country their thoughts and for us today they asked some of those voters to come up with three words that sum up their feelings towards the election campaign. Gideon Skinner is the Research Director at Ipsos MORI and we're also joined from Downing Street by our assistant political editor Norman Smith.

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  • Christopher Graham

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

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    People's private financial data, including their pension details, is ending up in the hands of potential fraudsters, all without the knowledge of the person, an investigation by the Mail on Sunday has found. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham told the Today programme the practices exposed by the investigation were "a very serious breach of the data protection act and there will be consequences". He urged people not to take major financial decisions "on the back of a phone call", adding that pensions selling "is really the next PPI scandal".

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  • Monday's business with Simon Jack

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

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    Featuring Greece, inflation and John Cridland.

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  • David Cameron profile

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

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    David Cameron speaks to his party's spring conference today, to set the tone for the Conservative election campaign. He and Ed Miliband find their parties locked together in the polls as the campaign proper begins, and like the Labour leader he has to prepare for a parliament in which neither may be able to command a simple majority. So who is the Cameron whom voters will judge on May 7? James Naughtie reports.

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  • James Corden on his new US chat show

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

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    James Corden has completed his first week as TV anchor of US chat show The Late, Late Show – which is aired on CBS. There were reports that Corden, who’s most famous over here for writing and starring in Gavin and Stacey, had been asked to “tone down” his accent and use of British slang, but they were rubbished by his production team. James Corden joined us live from America.

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  • Nicola Sturgeon: We can choose to lock the Tories out of government

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon told the Today programme the SNP could "choose to lock the Tories out of government" should "anti-Tory MP's" outnumber Conservative MP's in the House of Commons following the election in May. Speaking to John Humphrys, she claimed the SNP would be "open to an arrangement" with Labour, but stressed the two parties would be unlikely to form a coalition together.

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  • Terry Butcher

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    Speaking to the Today Programme's Garry Richardson is former England captain Terry Butcher, who discusses tonight's European Championship Qualifier between England and Lithuania.

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  • Friday's business with Simon Jack

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    Featuring Yemen, oil prices, and George Soros.

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  • Musician Sam Lee recording Irish gypsy songs

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    Folk musician Sam Lee is a 'song collector' trying to salvage the fading tradition of Irish gypsy folk music. Many Irish gypsy folk songs have been passed down through the generations but never written down or recorded. Sam is travelling around Ireland recording the songs before they’re lost to living memory. Our reporter Tom Bateman joined him for a day.

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  • Kitchen gardens can be a life changer

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    Mark Diacono, author of 'The New Kitchen Garden', claims that having your own kitchen garden can be a life changer - no matter how small it is. We also speak to Susan Campbell who is a garden historian and the author of 'A History of Kitchen Gardens'.

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  • James Naughtie profiles Ed Miliband.

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    Ahead of the first leaders'€event of the election campaign, James Naughtie profiles the Labour leader Ed Miliband.

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  • Thursday's business with Simon Jack

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    Featuring the manufacture of electric taxis and Premier League football profits.

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  • Does your location match your personality?

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    The results of a joint project by the BBC and Cambridge University surveying and mapping personality types across Britain are being published today. The survey was launched in 2009 and 380,000 people took part. The findings show distinct personality types in different areas - for example cities have more extroverts, Scottish rural areas score highly for people being “agreeable”, and people in parts of Wales are found to be open but a bit neurotic. Juliet Gardiner is social historian and writer and Dr David Howell is lecturer in welsh heritage and politics at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales.

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  • Politics or policies? Two pollsters debate

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    Today will see the last Prime Minister’s Questions this side of the General Election, but is anyone listening to the issues they will go to battle over? Profile pieces have been setting the political agenda in the Westminster Village of late – David Cameron’s two-terms and Ed Miliband’s two kitchens. But do these personal details resonate in the country as a whole or will the substance of policy win the election? Ben Page is chief executive of the research company Ipsos Mori and Deborah Mattinson is co-founder of research and strategy company, Britain Thinks, and a former pollster to Gordon Brown.

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  • Mark Knopfler

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    Rolling Stone ranks Mark Knopfler as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. One of the reasons his band Dire Straits sold more than 120 million albums and why tracks like Brothers in Arms, Money for Nothing and Romeo & Juliet are considered classics. Since the band finally split in the 1990s he has produced 8 solo albums and worked on many film scores - not least that for Local Hero. Sarah went to his studios in west london to hear about his latest album called 'tracker' - he explained why.

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  • Mark Duggan's family reject IPCC report

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    An investigation has concluded that Mark Duggan was probably throwing a handgun away when he was shot and killed by police. The shooting of Mr Duggan in August 2011 sparked riots in London which spread to other cities in England in the worst disorder for a generation. The Independent Police Complaints Commission found that the police operation targeting Mr Duggan was "appropriate" but said two police officers who investigated an earlier incident involving the same weapon should be disciplined. Shaun Hall is Mark Duggan's brother.

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  • Wednesday's business with Simon Jack

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    Featuring Lord Smith on the need for a regulator for the shale gas industry and Denise Wilson from the Woman on Boards steering group on the number of women on boards of FTSE 100 companies.

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  • Improbable Libraries

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

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    We've got used to hearing news of local libraries closing, but a new book explores the surprisingly innovative ways people have found to lend and borrow books. "Improbable Libraries" by Alex Johnson is a survey of the most unusual and intriguing libraries around the world. We speak to Alex Johnson and to Sara Wingate Gray who has travelled around North America and Europe with a library of 200 books in her rucksack.

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  • Jay Leno on James Corden's talk show debut

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

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    James Corden has made his debut as host of the iconic American TV chat show “The Late Late Show” on CBS last night, taking over from the Scottish comedian/actor Craig Ferguson. There have been concerns that the US audience won't understand his accent or his humour. James Corden himself has admitted it will take America a while to get used to him. Jay Leno is a former presenter of The Tonight Show on NBC and recorded sketch with James Corden for the opening of the first show.

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  • Tuesday's sport with Rob Bonnet

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

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    The Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has gained Home Office approval for stricter rules over non-EU player work permits but also wants to increase the number of so-called homegrown players in a 25 man squad from 8 to 12 with tougher qualification rules for foreigners applying for homegrown status. Greg Dyke speaks to Rob. Also, do we have enough swimmers in the UK? Partly from the point of view of safety, partly in its enhancement of our leisure activities and partly also from the standpoint of securing Olympic gold medals? Duncan Goodhew won one of those at the Moscow Games and he speaks to Rob.

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  • Tuesday's business with Simon Jack

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

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    Featuring Professor James Galbraith of the University of Texas on the latest Greek-German negotiations and Dr Neil Blake looks ahead to the latest inflation figures.

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