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guest editors 2007

Guest Editors Christmas 2007

Meet the editors

Peter Hennessy with presenter James Naughtie

Peter Hennessy

listener editors 2007

Dyfed-Powys police

Dame Stella Rimington being interviewed on the Today programme

Stella Rimington

Each year at Christmas we open up the programme to a range of guest editors to bring a fresh perspective on the news. This year's guest editors included: Damon Albarn, Dame Stella RimingtonPeter Hennessy and Sir Martin Evans.

Alongside this year's batch of Christmas guest editors we asked for a team of Today Programme listeners to take the helm for a day. We received lots of outstanding applications from which we chose the Dyfed-Powys Police.

Dame Stella Rimington
Stella Rimington - 26 December 2007

Dame Stella Rimington was the Director-General of MI5 from 1992 to 1996.

On her programme Dame Stella Rimington reports from Westminster on what can be done to restore our trust in politics, she asks whether Pitt the Younger could have survived in modern politics, she highlights the plight of women who are victims of domestic violence, and looks at how fiction compares to reality in spy fiction.

Find out more about Dame Stella's programme
Damon Albarn in Mali
Damon Albarn - 27 December 2007

Damon Albarn is the songwriter and frontman with the bands Blur and Gorillaz, both of which have a massive international following.

In his programme Damon went to Mali for the Today Programme to report on their attitude towards waste, we heard Brian Eno argue for nuclear disarmament with the chairman of the Commons Defence Select Committee, followed Syrian rapper Eslam Jawaad as he returns to Damascus, Damon Albarn's manager, Chris Morrison, takes us through 45 years of dramatic changes in the music industry, Poet John Cooper Clarke provides an alternative Christmas thought for the day and we ask what do the children of the world really want for Christmas?

Find out more about Damon's programme
Professor Peter Hennessy
Peter Hennessy - 28 January 2007

Peter Hennessy is the Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London and an expert on the history of Government.

Peter Hennessy visits HMS Vigilant, one of the Trident submarines, and looks into life on board, two seasoned Whitehall warriors discuss a plan to give more war powers to parliament, we ask comedy writers Sir Anthony Jay and Armando Iannucci what makes successful political satire, Peter looks at the future of the monarchy, and we speak to two economists about the risks of a currency crisis.

Find out more about Peter Hennessy's programme
Sir Martin Evans
Sir Martin Evans - 29 December 2007

Sir Martin Evans is the scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2007 for his part in the identification of embryonic stem cells.

Sir Martin looks at the role of science in the classroom, asks if modern safety culture taken the fun out of science, tells us about the latest debates in the field of stem cell research, takes a trip to Sweden to a hotel made of ice, investigates why the UK hasone of the lowest breast cancer survival rates in the western world, and wonders how safe are nuclear power plants.

Find out more about Sir Martin Evans' programme
Richard Brunsrom
Dyfed-Powys police - 1 January 2008

Richard Lewis, Samantha Gainard and Paul Amphlett of Dyfed-Powys Police guest edited the New Years Day edition of Today.

They looked at the fear of crime, the way the portrayal of police in fiction, spoke to David Blunkett to find out who a Home Secretary was most likely to listen to when making policy, asked the Chief Constable of North Wales, Richard Brunstrom, about his controvercial views on drugs legalisation, and talked to the Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

Find out more about the Dyfed-Powys police programme
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