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3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 13 May 2013

Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk; Weather; Thought for the Day.

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    A rundown of stories from Monday 13 May including programme highlights and comment.


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    Best of Today

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

Monday 13 May

Two of David Cameron's cabinet members have said they would vote to pull out of the EU if a referendum was held today. New guidance issued to the NHS says all pregnant women should be tested to see if they are smoking. And we hear the oldest surviving English grand piano.

  • 13 May 2013 08:58:53


    Our editors this morning were Terry O'Neill and Adam Cumiskey. Coming up next on BBC Radio 4, Jonathan Freedland presents Start The Week. We're back tomorrow from 0600. Thanks for listening.

  • 13 May 2013 08:53:59


    A quarter of a century ago Joan Smith published Misogynies, which argued that a deep-seated hatred of women could be seen in many aspects of modern society. She explains that she has written a new book called The Public Woman that addresses men's attitude towards women.

  • 13 May 2013 08:49:09


    There is no scientific evidence that psychiatric diagnoses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are valid or useful, according to the leading body representing Britain's clinical psychologists. Dr Lucy Johnstone, a consultant clinical psychologist, outlines the research that  has already prompted a fierce backlash from psychiatrists.

  • 13 May 2013 08:38:03


    The temporary marriage, or Nikah Mut'ah, is an ancient Islamic practice that unites man and woman in marriage but for a limited time only and now young British Muslims are using it too. The BBC Asian Network reporter Shabnam Mahmood looks at the revival of the temporary marriage.

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