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Your ideas and news

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Jennifer Tracey | 05:15 UK time, Saturday, 31 October 2009

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lantern tales

If you've a story you think we should investigate or your own experience will help us shed more light on the news...get in touch.

Or send us a single sentence of news about your week, your halloween visitors or just to tell us your post has arrived.

Leave a comment below, email us or Tweet.

The Yes/No Challenge for politicians

Jennifer Tracey | 10:56 UK time, Tuesday, 27 October 2009


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Tired of hearing politicians avoid answering yes or no to interview questions - one listener wrote to us appealing for some straightforward answers.

So we asked the three main UK parties if they could each provide us with an MP to answer yes or no to questions sent in by listeners.

The Conservative shadow housing minister Grant Shapps agreed to take part. As did the Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker who speaks for the party on transport and the Labour MP for Ealing North, Stephen Pound.

As some of you missed the programme from a few weeks ago - here's the discussion. Each politician answers a series of ten yes/no questions and talks about what makes it so difficult (Duration: 11.40 mins).

And if you want to hear Eddie Mair take a yes/no challenge (he really does spend all day Googling himself), have a listen here (Duration: 1.10 mins).

Did your career advice at school help you?

Jennifer Tracey | 17:09 UK time, Monday, 26 October 2009


Fish Farm Manager, Probation Officer and Librarian. Some of the careers advice suggested to journalists in our office (between you and me, she'd have been far better managing fish).

We got talking about it after news today that children as young as seven are to be offered careers guidance under a new government scheme in England.

We may not have gone on into the suggested careers but it influenced our thinking about jobs.

Did the careers advice you received effect what you went on to do? Or perhaps you're a careers advisor or teacher who has watched pupils go on to do the most unexpected things? Comment below, email us or tweet.

Good morning.

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Eddie Mair | 05:39 UK time, Saturday, 24 October 2009


Nick Griffin

Question Time attracted 7.8 million viewers at its peak on Thursday night. So many people took an interest in what was happening. But during the broadcast I was with two people with a special interest in it.

Alan and Tom are neighbours in Shrewsbury. Alan is a big BNP supporter and Tom is fervently opposed. A few months back, in the wake of our iPM opinion poll on neighbourliness, we brought them together for their first real conversation in 18 years. They had a sharp and frank discussion in our Shrewsbury studio about their politics. You can hear it in full and read listeners' reactions here.

We wondered how Alan and Tom felt about Nick Griffin being on the programme, so I paid them a visit at their homes, before during and after Question Time.

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Jennifer Tracey | 05:25 UK time, Saturday, 17 October 2009

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Z Cars creators 1963

Our three politicians in the green room before coming on the show.... No, not really, it's the creators of the Z Cars (David E. Rose, Michael Leeston-Smith, John Hopkins) ruminating over ideas in 1963.

If there are some ideas you'd like to ruminate with us over - get in touch.

Or just send us a single sentence about your week. My favourite from last week

"I've just done three rounds of Silverstone at 150 mph. Not bad for a granny of 72."

Comment below, email us or tweet.

Should politicians be forced to give yes/no answers?

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Eddie Mair | 05:52 UK time, Saturday, 10 October 2009


One of our listeners yes, they should.

We're going to ask the three main UK parties to give us a senior figure willing to try just giving yes or no replies.

Got a good question for them? Email

In the meantime, let's remember what it's like trying NOT to say yes or no...

Long boats and ideas

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Jennifer Tracey | 05:30 UK time, Saturday, 10 October 2009


Share what you know....vikings?

Last week, we had a viking expert (not pictured) get in touch about her concerns that important archaeological finds in England and Wales are not being reported. Have a listen.

What would you like to hear about next week? Do you have some expert knowledge and experience? Heard something in the news that needs followed up?

Or send us a single sentence of news about your week.

Comment below, email us or tweet.

A good death.

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Eddie Mair | 05:30 UK time, Saturday, 3 October 2009



On PM recently, after the death of Keith Floyd, listeners shared their stories of a "good death". You can read more of that here.

In the programme this morning, we'll hear how more of our listeners view death.

Are you someone who wants a doctor to give you the bad news straight? One of our guests has some insightful views on that.

Your ideas

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Jennifer Tracey | 05:15 UK time, Saturday, 3 October 2009


The iPM team (1942)

The iPM team in 1942. The ashtray on my desk is always going missing. I blame Eddie.

Heard something in the news that doesn't chime with your experience? Want to hear a report on a subject you feel has been missed?

Leave a comment below, email us or tweet.

You're also welcome to drop us a sentence of news about your week, thanks.

Desperately seeking female, 50s, with great voice

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Jennifer Tracey | 05:02 UK time, Saturday, 3 October 2009


The new face of news?

What with the BBC on a recruitment drive for an 'older female newsreader' - listener Suzanne Spiro dropped us a line,

"I think that I would make an excellent choice. However, I've no idea who to approach about it. Perhaps you would let me know. Thanks."

She came to the right place. Here she is (pictured) in Studio 1 reading Your News. Have a listen:

Your news is sent in by listeners and we invite a talented (usually BBC) voice to read it. If you'd like to send us a sentence about your week, email ipm [at]

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