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Fri 18 Sep 2015 06:00

Friday 18th September


When can we say that modern science began? The accepted wisdom is that it dates back to Greek time – the likes of Archimedes shouting eureka in his bath. That’s wrong, according a new book that claims science didn't really start properly until the 16th Century. David Wootton, the author of “The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution”, talks to us about his findings.


Another group of policemen were killed this week in Turkey in an attack by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The fear is that the country is returning to the armed conflict of the 1980s and 1990s that killed 40,000 people. Mark Lowen reports.


The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, apologised on Question Time on BBC One last night for saying in 2003 that members of the IRA should be honoured for being involved in 'the armed struggle'. The Democratic Unionist MP Jeffrey Donaldson joins us in the studio.


The Rugby Union world cup, the world’s third biggest sporting event, begins today. Justin Webb looks at the success and scrutiny that comes with the spotlight on the sport.


An NHS report has revealed huge variations in access and quality of healthcare across England, including services for stroke, cancer and diabetes. Julia Verne is the head of clinical epidemiology for Public Health England.


In his interview with us yesterday the head of MI5 Andrew Parker warned of the terrorist threat from people born, brought up and schooled in the UK, but who still regard the country of their birth as their enemy. Sima Kotecha looks at the governments ‘prevent’ strategy in action and Sally Bates, chairwoman of the policy committee of the National Association of Head Teachers, speaks to us.


Justin Webb finds out what goes on inside the rugby scrum.


The mass migration of people from the Middle East – particularly Syria and Iraq – has focused attention on the conflicts in the region, the failure of western policies and the poor response towards refugees from other Arab governments. Tom Fletcher, former British ambassador to Lebanon, talks about the factors in the region that are contributing to the crisis in Europe.


Will Nicola Sturgeon press for a re-run of the referendum on Scottish independence? Alistair Darling, leader of last year’s No campaign, discusses what lies ahead.


Nearly a billion pounds is going to be added to national income of England and Wales this year by the Rugby World Cup, which begins today. Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie speaks to us about the economic impact of the event.


Croatia has closed seven of its eight border crossings with Serbia as it struggles to cope with thousands of migrants trying to get to northern Europe. Dr Ivan Grdesic, Croatian ambassador to the UK and Dr Ognjen Pribicevic, Serbian ambassador to the UK, join us in the studio.


We've been looking at artificial intelligence this week: BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz asks if it is possible for a computer to develop an imagination.


London Fashion Week begins today and the row about the size of the models we'll see on the catwalks is still raging. Model Rosie Nelson and Conservative MP Caroline Nokes discuss the legislation around the issue.


Are machines really going to take over? Simon Jack has found out this week that many robots need to be taught to walk before they can run.

All subject to change.


  • Fri 18 Sep 2015 06:00