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Series 108 of the topical quiz where Andy Zaltzman grabs the week’s headlines and hurls them at four of the nation’s best comedians and journalists. This week Andy is joined by Hugo Rifkind, Felicity Ward, Daliso Chaponda and Eleanor Tiernan. Producer: Richard Morris Production co-ordinator: Katie Baum A BBC Studios Production…
 
Victoria Gill and guests ask why does scientific communication matters in society and how it might be done better, with Sam Illingworth, Berry Billingsley and Ozmala Ismail.The climate crisis and Covid-19 have shown over the recent years the importance of reliable, relatable, transparent and trusted science communication. But just like science itse…
 
Reports have emerged of terrible atrocities committed against civilians in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. Some people have tried to escape, braving bullets and artillery fire in order to reach government-controlled areas. Among those helping them are volunteers carrying out rescue missions by driving into Russian held territory to pick up those…
 
Senegal in West Africa recently introduced much tougher sentences for rape. Until 2019 it was deemed a misdemeanour rather than a serious crime and anyone convicted was often released after a few years, or even a few months. Myriam Francois meets rape survivors and both female and male campaigners to see if the new law is changing the lives of wome…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the accounts by Eusebius of Caesarea (c260-339 AD) and others of the killings of Christians in the first three centuries after the crucifixion of Jesus. Eusebius was writing in a time of peace, after The Great Persecution that had started with Emperor Diocletian in 303 AD and lasted around eight years. Many died unde…
 
The Covid-19 pandemic forced countries all over the world to close entire industries and force the majority of people to stay in their own homes where possible, only leaving for the bare essentials. Following the arrival of a vaccine economies began to open back up, however, restarting the behemoth-like supply chains was not as simple as first hope…
 
During the coronavirus pandemic governments around the world pumped billions into their economies. Propping up businesses and trying to make sure people stayed in work. Sam Fenwick looks into what actually happened to all that money and whether it really did help keep businesses afloat during repeated lockdowns and restrictions.Nick Hood is an busi…
 
The story of the discovery and development of insulin is a tale full of twists and turns, Nobel prizes and fierce rivalries. Scientists in the late 19th century established the connection between the pancreas and diabetes, isolated the hormone insulin, and even patented the extract that lowered blood sugar. But it was not until a Canadian team publ…
 
Following the fatal mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, we discuss the economics of America's gun culture. The US Vice President, Kamala Harris, is calling for the country to pass "reasonable" gun laws after the attack which left 19 children and two teachers dead. We reflect on the impact of George Floyd's death, two years on fr…
 
The killer of 19 children and two teachers wrote on social media that he'd carry out the attack. Also: the British prime minister, Boris Johnson says he won't resign over "bitter and painful" judgement of a report into parties held in Downing Street during Covid restrictions, and scientists in the United States have developed a remote-controlled ro…
 
A day after the killing of 19 children and two teachers by a teenage gunman in the town of Uvalde, Texas, we hear the latest on what happened, and local teachers' representative Ovidia Molina and Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice give us their thoughts on America's gun problems.Also in the programme: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reject…
 
Following the fatal school shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the US Vice President Kamala Harris says it's time for America to stand up to the gun lobby. Her comments come after the attack which left 19 children and two teachers dead. She asks for the US to pass reasonable gun laws, but is America ready? Pfizer announces it will se…
 
Emma Saunders is joined by former Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate and ex-Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique to compile a combined XI between the two teams ahead of the Champions League final. Spanish football journalist Guillem Balagué then drops by with all the latest in the build up to the final in Paris and gives a glimpse of what’s to come…
 
Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team look at the warning signs of bowel cancer, whether the so-called “runners high” exists, and following claims of war crimes committed by Vladimir Putin's forces in Ukraine how forensic archaeologists can help uncover evidence of what’s happened.This episodes looks in detail at how forensic investigators ex…
 
Plutocratic London and dynastic wealth. Caroline Knowles, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, takes Laurie Taylor on a tour of plutocratic London, a city with more resident billionaires than New York, Hong Kong or Moscow. How have the fabulously rich re-made London in their own image and what is the cost to ordinary Londoner…
 
Drugs giant Pfizer will offer its products to low-income countries on a non-profit basis. The move is part of what the firm calls an Accord for a Healthier World, and we ask Tian Johnson, co-chair of the African Vaccine Delivery Alliance in Johannesburg, whether it marks a significant positive step for healthcare in Africa. Also in the programme, t…
 
US President Joe Biden has called for new controls on gun ownership after at least 19 children were shot dead at an elementary school in Texas. We hear about the aftermath from the town of Ulvalde where the shooting unfolded.Also on the programme: The governor of Luhansk tells us that Russian troops are throwing absolutely everything at the key cit…
 
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