Best of Today

Best of Today

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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme


Alan Partridge takes over  

Alan Partridge talks to the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz about travel writing, Trip Advisor, Britishness, John Humphrys, politics, the BBC and John Lewis cushions. (Photo: Alan Partridge. Credit: Getty Images)

Is this the best book you've never heard of?  

Dutch novelist Gerard Reve's 'The Evenings' will be published in English for the first time, 70 years after it was originally released. Victor Shiferli from the Foundation for Dutch Literature, and Adam Freudenheim, a publisher at Pushkin Press, discuss the charms behind the book that finally persuaded Pushkin to translate and publish it. (Photo: Old books. Credit: BBC)

Why are doctors feeling alienated?  

A report from the General Medical Council (GMC) has warned of a 'dangerous level of alienation' among the next generation of medical leaders. Chair of the GMC Terence Stephenson and chief executive of the NHS Confederation Stephen Dalton, discuss the pressures on doctors and what this could mean for patients. (Photo: A doctor with his head in his hand. Credit: Thinkstock)

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell  

Troubled German lender Deutsche Bank reports a surprise profit (Image: Deutsche Bank logo in Cologne, Germany. Credit: Reuters Archive)

How autism training helped my family  

Giving mums and dads the skills to become "super parents" can dramatically improve their child's autism, a long-term study has shown. In the training, parents watched films of themselves playing with their child while a therapist gave precise tips for helping their child communicate. Adumea and her son Kofi took part in the research. She and one of the lead authors on the report, Jonathan Green, discuss the impact the training has had. (Photo: A parent and child. Credit: Thinkstock)

Aleppo: '5,000 need urgent surgical care'  

The UN and its partner agencies had planned to evacuate critically injured civilians a few days ago, but this was abandoned after conditions necessary for the move to go ahead were unable to be agreed. David Nott, a British surgeon training medics in Syria, and Mike Penrose, executive director of UNICEF, discuss the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo. The BBC's Middle-East editor Jeremy Bowen reports. (Photo:Injured children in Aleppo. Credit: Reuters)

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell  

What do businesses around the Heathrow airport think of the plan to build a third runway? And is the night time economy dead? (Image: Air Traffic in Europe. Credit: NATS)

Are councils paying too little for care?  

According to a report by the UK home care association, a growing number of home care companies are handing back council contracts, because nine out of 10 local authorities are not paying realistic prices to support older and disabled people. The CEO of Somerset Care, Jane Townson, and president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Ray James, discuss the "funding crisis" in social care. (Image: Elderly person. Credit: Getty Images)

Why do we still love the pub quiz?  

Pub quizzes are still as popular as ever. But what explains their enduring appeal? Alan Connor, question editor of BBC2's Only Connect, and Anna Ptaszynski, one of the QI 'elves', discuss the origins of the pub quiz and why it has survived the digital age.

Tuesday's Business with Dominic O'Connell  

After decades of debate, will a new runway at Heathrow be announced today? (Image : aerial of a plane on Heathrow runway Credit: Press Association)

Could an American win the Man Booker prize?  

For the first time in history, the Man Booker Prize shortlist has an American writer on it. After a rule change opening up the prize to any novel written in English and published in the UK, two Americans are now in with a chance of winning the prize. Paul Beatty author of The Sellout, and Ottesa Moshfegh, author of debut novel Eileen, have both made the six strong shortlist this year. (Image: books in 2016 Man Booker shortlist. Credit: Reuters)

France begins to clear 'Jungle' camp  

More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais. The BBC’s Jonny Dymond reports. Chair of the Home Affairs select committee, Yvette Cooper, and chief executive of the port of Calais, Jean Marc Puissesseau, discuss the implications of the camp's closure. (Image: Migrants leaving the 'Jungle' camp. Credit: Getty Images)

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell  

Will US law makers allow AT&T's £70 billion offer to buy Time Warner to go ahead? (Image : AT&T logo Credit:Getty Images)

Meet The Author - Anthony Beevor  

The historian Antony Beevor talks to James Naughtie about Adolf Hitler's attempts to keep control in the final months of the Second World War, which is one of the themes in his new book Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble.

Remembering the Aberfan disaster  

It's fifty years to the day since a great mountain of waste slid onto the village of Aberfan and crushed the primary school. Fifty years and the world still remembers. Not just because of what happened - so many children buried alive - but because of why it happened. John Humphrys has been back to the Welsh village of Aberfan to speak to those who remember. (Image: Miner in Aberfan. Credit: Getty Images)

Lord Hill: 'Choice is stupid or intelligent Brexit'  

Britain expects to be part of EU decision-making until Brexit, Theresa May has told fellow EU leaders. Both the French president and German chancellor warned if Mrs May pursued a "hard Brexit", talks would be hard too. But the choice between "soft" Brexit and "hard" Brexit is a false one, the UK's former EU Commissioner Lord Hill tells Nick Robinson.

Inside the Bronte rock musical  

In 1978 Kate Bush famously took Wuthering Heights to the top of the charts. Now, the Brontes themselves have become the subject of a musical. Wasted is a tale of sex, drugs and early death, told in the musical style of rock icons such as Queen and Rage Against the Machine. The BBC's entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson went along to final rehearsals at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. (Image: Bronte Sisters. Credit: Getty Images)

'Voting won't be about Trump's personality'  

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have clashed in the final televised debate ahead of the presidential election in less than three weeks time. Ann Coulter, conservative commentator, says people won't be voting for Donald Trump because of his personality rather "it's all about his issues". (Image: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Credit: AP)

The man who refuses to give in to hatred  

It is nearly a year since the Paris attacks when gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and unleashed hours of violence, targeting those inside with their bullets and their bombs. Among the 89 people who died that night was 35-year-old Helene Muyal-Leiris. Antoine Leiris is her husband, he says not giving in to hatred is the only way he continues to live.

'Intrusive medical tests not accurate'  

A Tory MP who called for child migrants arriving in the UK from Calais to have their teeth tested to verify their ages has been condemned by dentists and social workers. David Davies MP says "people are desperate and they will say what they need to say to get in" to the UK. But Ruth Allen, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers, says "intrusive medical tests are not appropriate" or accurate. (Image: Migrant arriving in UK. Credit: Getty Images)

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