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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 short-listed four.

The "G team" - chosen by the listeners - were our guest editor's for the New Year's Day programme. They were: David Lambert from the Geographical Association; Dan Raven-Ellison, a geography teacher; and Hannah Bosher, one of his GCSE students.

Dan Raven-Ellison            David Lambert            Hannah Bosher

The guest editors promised us that:

"Our editorial line will focus on the ‘space’ in which we live, places and what makes them special and on understanding our interconnected lives. We are going to seek out and stimulate the G spot of issues and stories. G is for geography, and we are going to use geography as our main editorial ‘lens’."

Maps underpin most activity in Britain so who draws them and who owns them is important. To find out more the editors asked us to interview Vanessa Lawrence, head of the Ordinance Survey. Listen again here.

The youngest guest editor, 14 year old Hannah Bosher, was interested in pressures on space faced by people in her age group and the effect of the internet in allowing them to generate their own private spaces. She asked two classmates, Fred Groves and Tash Hyde, to investigate the issue in her own school and took what they found to the Children's Minister Beverly Hughes. Listen again here.

What do we look at when we walk around? The G team drew our attention to the 'My Walks' initiative being launched by academics at Northumbria University. This aims to persuade us to take more notice of our environment when we walk from A to B. They sent reporter Luke Walton to find out more. Listen again here.

We also asked Sarah Montague to take photos of her journey home after the programme one morning. You can see the results here

If you want more information about the project send an email to mywalks@northumbria.ac.uk.

Do we sometimes miss the interconnectedness between different news stories? Our G team thought so and asked our World Affairs reporter Mike Wooldridge to look into the connection between immigration in Britain and poverty in Africa. Listen to the report here.

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To add to the global perspective of the programme, the geographers told us to ask a cross section of earth's population about their hopes for 2007. We collected views from Kenya, Russia, Cuba, Brazil, Australia and Nepal. Listen here

The "G Team" were interested in the idea that news stories are often reported through the prism of history, when looking through a geographical lens could be more revealing. They asked Doreen Massey, a Professor of Geography at the Open University, to explore the issue. Listen to her essay here 

At the end of the programme the geographers spoke about the ideas that motivated them and their reasons for choosing particular issues to go on air. Listen here


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