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Elis and John return with more accessible anecdotal content, intricately designed to actively engage with the BBC's much-sought-after under-35 demographic whilst successfully retaining 5 Live's older more traditional listenership. It's a podcast description as old as time.By BBC Radio 5 live
Britain's medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab is safe to be rolled out. The first doses are already on their way to the UK, with 800,000 due in the coming days. Also: The US Department of Justice is investigating claims that lobbyists offered bribes in exchange for a presidential pardon, and two otters find love during lockdown…
The UK regulator has granted emergency approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the first vaccine to use mRNA. How has this breakthrough happened so fast? And how safe will it be? Also in the programme: Nigeria’s "Business EMail Compromise" hackers; and a high profile sexual harassment case highlights #MeToo issues in China.(Picture: A do…
The ethical calculation families across the UK have to make about seeing loved ones this Christmas could have far-reaching and potentially fatal consequences. The government has laid down the rules, but the moral choices lie between the gaps. Those who urge caution, even a postponement of Christmas, say it’s about taking personal responsibility to …
Patients are to begin receiving Pfizer's coronavirus jab in hospitals across the UK next week.By BBC Radio 4
Ahead of a crucial year in the battle to control climate change, presenter Lucy Hockings is joined by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. He is warning that "our planet is broken". We'll hear a live discussion as he answers questions from activists around the world and talks solutions to the problems we face.…
Decision paves the way for mass-vaccination in Britain. Vaccine offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19. Also, Nigeria is epicentre of new cyber-crime networks, and Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher's son hopes to follow in his footsteps.By BBC World Service
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been judged safe for use in the UK, and will start to be rolled out next week. Adam is joined by BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym, Professor of Immunology Deborah Dunn-Walters and GP Dr Amir Khan to answer Newscasters’ questions.Studio Director: Emma CroweProducers: Sej Asar and Harriet NobleEpisode Editor: Rick KelseyEdit…
Is taking a break from regular payments on your mortgage, credit card or a loan for example a good way to help you through financial difficulties?Charmaine Cozier asks what you should consider before deferring regular payments and whether there are alternatives or long term consequences for your money.We'd love to hear your questions, experiences a…
The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. We discuss the implications with Penny Ward, visiting professor in pharmaceutical medicine at King's College London, who has advised companies on drug and device development. Also in the programme, the International Labour Organisation says the pandemic is like…
The Woman’s Hour Power List 2020: Our Planet is celebrating the women making a significant contribution to the environment. Today, we’re speaking to two women who strive to spark a lifelong love of nature in others. Beccy Speight is the CEO of the RSPB, the UK’s largest conservation charity and Miranda Lowe is a curator at the Natural History Museu…
In the last chaotic days of the Vietnam War, thousands of children were sent away to be adopted in safer countries. Four-year-old My Huong went to Australia and it would be many years before she returned to Vietnam and finally uncovered the extraordinary truth about her birth family. This interview was first released in December 2018.…
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Alan Dein searches for the stories that connect us in a changed world. Inspiring and moving stories of how the pandemic has changed people's lives on every continent. Today, Liana in Armenia celebrates her 30th birthday as her country finds itself at war with Azerbaijan - as well as Covid-19. We also catch up with 25-year-old entrepreneur Fahad in …
As we bid adieu to the current series of Isolation Tapes, the team enjoy a couple of looseners as Elis and John partake in a very tense game of 'Flagulate'.By BBC Radio 5 live
As shops open in England Debenhams has its last Christmas sale. Sean speaks to Sir John Timpson about the future of the high street and Bitcoin hits record highs but why.By BBC Radio 5 live
The proposal for Covid-19 financial relief comes from a bipartisan group of senators, who hope their pitch can bring agreement in Congress over further aid packages. But there is doubt as to whether it will work, as we hear from Al Weaver, reporter at The Hill newspaper in Washington DC.Many business owners and self-employed people in the UK are mi…
Attorney General has seen nothing that could have overturned Biden victory, Also: Chinese craft lands on the moon, and Belgian orgy that caused a Hungarian politician's downfall.By BBC World Service
The proposal comes from a bipartisan group of senators for Covid-19 financial relief who hope to break the deadlock and allow Congress to come to an agreement about financial relief measures for US citizens. But there is doubt as to whether it will work, as we hear from Al Weaver, reporter at The Hill newspaper in Washington DC.We also get an updat…
One of President Trump's key COVID-19 advisers, the Stanford radiologist Dr Scott Atlas, has resigned from the White House Coronavirus Task Force a few days before the end of his four month term.He was heavily criticised by public health experts inside and outside the administration, especially for his enthusiasm for herd immunity, his objections t…
England's national lockdown was, in the end, replaced with the Government's tougher tier system of local restrictions. Restrictions called "stupid" and poorly-targeted by some of its own backbenchers. Vicki and Adam discuss why those rebels spoke up. Some of those politicians have been throwing around bed occupancy figures - but there are better wa…
The Digital Intelligence Index (DII) has calculated that almost two-thirds of the world’s population is now online. The newly published report analyses 12 years of data to map 90 economies and over 95% of the world’s population to report on countries’ progress advancing their digital economies. Bhaskar Chakravorti, the dean of global business at Fl…
The department store chain Debenhams has announced it is going to close, with the loss of 12,000 jobs.By BBC Radio 4
Jane is Ian Brennan’s older sister. She has Down’s syndrome and is largely non-verbal but the two of them have communicated through music their whole lives. Ian has shared that knowledge with communities around the world, travelling the globe looking for music in unexpected places. He’s worked with Tuareg musicians in the Sahara desert, people who …
From surrealism and science fiction to inspiration drawn from historic objects in stately homes and the painting of Francis Bacon: Shahidha Bari hosts a conversation with Will Harris, who has written long-form poems; new Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature Max Porter and Chloe Aridjis, who have written poetic novels which play with form; and…
America's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, says vaccines offer hope as the county hits its worst period of the pandemic. Also: controversy in France over a proposed charter aimed at integrating all groups of Muslims into society, and an extraordinary rescue at sea.By BBC World Service
The oil giant Shell faces a trial over whether it hampered the phase-out of fossil fuels. Sara Shaw from Friends of the Earth outlines the case against the firm, and we get the perspective of Harry Brekelmans, projects and technology director at Shell. Also in the programme, the World Bank says the Lebanese authorities’ lack of policy action has ca…
The story of how 26-year-old Timothy Armoo built a million pound marketing business.By BBC Radio 5 live
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As cases of the virus break new records, President Trump's controversial pandemic advisor Scott Atlas resigns. We hear from the top US infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, who gives a sober assessment of the situation. Also in the programme: the United Nations launches an appeal for an unprecedented amount of funding for humanitarian aid. …
Short documentaries and audio adventures about the letters and books which reach unexpected readers - with Josie Long. From the woman who has collected 8000 strangers' diaries to the letter treasured by a political prisoner who'd never met its senders.The MotherFeaturing Cedric Jones, Sonia Sanchez and Haki Madhubuti Produced by Sarah CuddonRevolut…
Two of this year’s TechWomen100 Award winners join Jane to discuss getting more women and girls into the tech industries, including via a new app. June Angelides, an investor, speaker and mentor who founded Mums in Tech has won the Editor’s Choice award. Rav Bumbra gets the Champion award for her work recruiting women to work in tech fields and men…
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Where next for the High Street after Arcadia goes bust? Sean catches up with the boss of jeweller Beaverbrooks. He also looks at the prospects of a Brexit deal in the coming weeks.By BBC Radio 5 live
A new kind of solar cell - made by drying a special liquid on a surface - is being heralded as a revolution in solar power. The minerals known as perovskites were discovered more than 150 years ago. More recently, their crystal structure has been copied using other materials and used to produce energy.If it can be made to work, these crystals could…
Lucy Ash explores the world of the security forces that keep Lukashenko in power, peeling back the ubiquitous balaclavas to find the men and women beneath. Minsk, early December. A wall of masked men in black body armour, beating their truncheons on steel shields. In front of them stand women bundled in winter coats and teenagers wrapped in red and…
The Dow Jones ended November up 11.8%, its best monthly performance since January 1987. We talk to independent investment analyst Peter Jankovskis to hear what was behind the gain.China is planning to raise the retirement age for its citizens after forty years of no change. It's a dilemma faced by many nations where populations are ageing and birth…
She is on a diverse list of officials chosen for top economic roles in his administration. Also: France is to rewrite its police bill after protests, and the dramatic increase in Brazil's Amazon deforestation.By BBC World Service
Fashion retail empire Arcadia, which also owns Dorothy Perkins and Burton, has gone into administration, accountancy firm Deloitte has confirmed. We talk to Jonathan Eley, retail correspondent at the Financial Times, about what this means for the British High Street and about how its shops and employees will be affected.Independent investment consu…
Iran's defence chief has said that the killing of the country's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh 'won't go unanswered'. Iran blames the attack on Israel, and there is evidence a driverless vehicle may have been involved. But will this latest assassination change how Iran relates to the world?Also in the programme: we hear from Calabria in s…
On the day that Arcadia, the owner of Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, goes into administration, the BBC's Simon Jack discusses what went wrong. And with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon addressing her party conference, the BBC's Sarah Smith joins Adam to talk about what 2021 could hold for the prospect of Scottish independence. Studio Director: Emma CrowePr…
An alcohol ban and a 6pm pub curfew are among tougher coronavirus restrictions in Wales from Friday.By BBC Radio 4