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Wed 20 Jan 2016 06:00

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Tonight’s edition of Trust Me I’m a Doctor includes a discovery that the programme-makers and scientists alike were not expecting - a naturally occurring antibiotic found in men’s beards. Speaking live in the studio is Dr Adam Roberts, who conducted the research for the programme. 


Fairy tales are much older than we thought they were – with one going all the way back to the Bronze Age. We speak live to Dr Jamie Tehrani, an anthropologist at Durham University and senior author of the study.


Thirteen-month-old Poppi Worthington was sexually assaulted by her father shortly before her sudden death on the 12th of December 2012. Speaking live in the studio is the BBC’s Sanchia Berg and former justice minister Sir Simon Hughes, who oversaw the implementations of a review into the family court.


The president of the European Commission Donald Tusk has said the EU had no more than two months to bring the EU’s asylum system under control. We speak live to Daniel Gros, director at the Centre for European Policy Studies, a think tank based in Brussels.


A study suggests that high-frequency sounds generated by door sensors, public address systems and machinery could be giving some people seasickness-like symptoms. Speaking live in the programme is Timothy Leighton, professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics at the University of Southampton, and author of the study.


A secret apartheid policy brands hundreds of asylum seekers in England’s poorest town by housing them in properties with red front doors, according to an investigation by The Times. We speak live to Suzanne Fletcher, chair of Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary and resident of the area.


As the Iraqi cabinet meets this morning they will be taking stock of the latest UN report on violence against civilians in the country which says it remains 'staggering'. Speaking on the programme is Col Steve Warren, spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, the US military operation against IS group in Iraq and Syria.


The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music was once a key part of the country's vibrant cultural life. The British musician Damon Albarn first worked with the orchestra's principal conductor Issam Rafea eight years ago. Now the pair is attempting to reunite the orchestra for their first concert since Syria's descent into war, as the BBC’s reporter Tom Bateman has been hearing.


Former Foreign Secretary Dame Margaret Beckett released her report into why Labour failed to win the election yesterday. It says the party failed to overcome the "huge myth" spread by the Conservatives that it had caused the financial crash of 2008. Speaking live on the programme is Margaret Beckett.


Thirteen-month-old Poppi Worthington was sexually assaulted by her father shortly before her sudden death on the 12th of December 2012.  Dr Hannah Quirke is senior lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice at the University of Manchester and Sir Mark Potter is former judge of the Court of Appeal and president of the High Court family division.


Donald Trump's Republican presidential bid has received the backing of Sarah Palin, the populist ex-governor of Alaska who was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008.  The BBC’s North America editor Jon Sopel reports.


Upcoming film Trumbo tells the story of Dalton Trumbo - a screenwriter who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was blacklisted. Speaking on the programme is the BBC’s Chris Cook.


This afternoon a Welsh government taskforce, chaired by Economy Minister Edwina Hart, will meet to discuss a plan to help Welsh steel workers and local supply chains. Rhun Ap Iorwerth Am is economy spokesperson and Carwyn Jones is First Minister of Wales.


The Education Select Committee report has criticised oversight of academy schools, saying it is “confused, fragmented and lacking in transparency”. Neil Carmichael is chairman of the Commons Education Committee and Sir David Carter is the regional schools commissioner for South-West England.


Motorists across Britain are being told to prepare their cars for treacherous driving conditions today as plunging temperatures turn wet roads into sheets of ice - but with new technology have we become complacent? The BBC’s Zoe Conway has been speaking to Steve Fowler, editor of Auto Express .


One of the features of the reign of terror of the so-called Islamic State has been its destruction of key sites of cultural heritage such as the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.  So what are the best ways of protecting these important pieces of world heritage?  That’s one of the issues being discussed at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.  Richard Kurin is undersecretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution and Professor Sarah Kenderdine is director of the Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre at the University of New South Wales.


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