Best of TodayAuthor: BBC Radio 4
09 May 2021

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

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    The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on trade, tyranny and Trump

    In a wide-ranging interview the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said Washington does not yet know if Iran is serious about returning to the deal that constrained its nuclear activities. Mr Blinken said Iran was getting closer to the point when it could produce fissile material for a nuclear weapon within a few months. The Secretary of State said that that America "will respond" if Russia acts recklessly or aggressively. Blinken said that the US was less focused on President Putin or any one individual and more focused on Russia's actions. He described acts such as the Solar Winds cyber intrusion, interference in American elections and how Russia has responded to Navalny example of negative actions. Secretary of State Blinken also spoke to the Today programme's Justin Webb about the relationship between the US and UK. (Image: Antony Blinken; credit: Reuters)

  • Posted on 06 May 2021

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    The Troubles: 'I remember his body in the living room'

    Official IRA man Joe McCann, 24, was shot near his home in the Markets area of Belfast in April 1972. Two former paratroopers accused of the murder have been formally acquitted after their trial collapsed. The court heard Mr McCann was evading arrest when soldiers opened fire, killing him. Soldiers A and C, both in their 70s, had pleaded not guilty. The men admitted firing shots but said they had acted lawfully when doing so. Today programme's Martha Kearney spoke to Mr McCann's daughter Aine and veterans commissioner for Northern Ireland Danny Kinahan. (Image: Joe McCann; credit: McCann family)

  • Posted on 05 May 2021

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    Northern Ireland marks centenary

    Martha Kearney presents from Titanic Belfast to mark 100 years since the passage of the Government of Ireland Act and is joined by Sir Hugh Orde, former Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Martha also discusses Northern Ireland's huge success with TV and film in recent years with Richard Williams, Chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen, and Glenn Patterson, author and screenwriter of the film Good Vibrations. (Image: Northern Ireland map, Credit: Getty Images)

  • Posted on 03 May 2021

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    Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

    Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover, presents the highlights from her guest edit of Today. The South African concept ‘Ubuntu’ or “I am because you are” is at the heart of her programme, reflecting on our common humanity. She hears from students at a pupil referrals unit, the charity Justice Defenders who work to improve access to justice, and also a Uighur child refugee exiled in Turkey. Including Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney. (Image: Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, credit: Jim Drew)

  • Posted on 01 Jan 2021

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    Evan Spiegel’s Today programme

    Snap CEO Evan Spiegel presents all the highlights from his guest edit for Today, on the theme of the future of the USA. He looks at what big ideas have shaped modern America and what will continue to define it, including justice reform, how society can make wiser investments and the balance of power between tech companies and government. Including Mishal Husain and Simon Jack. (Image: Evan Spiegel, credit: Snap Inc)

  • Posted on 01 Jan 2021

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