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Wed 21 Aug 2013 06:00

'The Greatest National Anthem in the World, Ever'

'The Greatest National Anthem in the World, Ever'

The power of La Marseillaise explained in a hand drawn animation.

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How BBC breakfast show presenters cope with silly o-clock starts. Plus waking up tips.

In today’s programme...

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and Sir Malcolm Rifkind discuss the detention of David Miranda on Sunday under the Terrorism Act. Labour is proposing new measures to control the cost of renting private accommodation. And should airplanes have superfast broadband?

  • 21 Aug 2013 08:54:30


    Our editors this morning were Monica Soriano and Sareen Bains. Coming up next on Radio 4, Libby Purves presents Midweek. Have a good morning.

  • 21 Aug 2013 08:53:34


    US crime writer Elmore Leonard, author of such books as Get Shorty, Maximum Bob and Out of Sight, has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke. Mark Billingham, crime writer, and Erica Wagner, former literary editor of the Times, reflect on Leonard's life and career.

  • 21 Aug 2013 08:49:55


    Labour is looking at ways to make life easier for those who rent accommodation in the private sector. Caroline Uphill, chair of the National Landlords Association, joins us now to give her analysis of the idea.

  • 21 Aug 2013 08:48:32


    GCSE results will be published on Thursday. The BBC's education correspondent, Gillian Hargreaves, explains that the results this year are more unpredictable than usual.

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