Best of TodayAuthor: BBC Radio 4
04 Dec 2021

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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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    Government has ‘lost its grip’ on dealing with Afghan refugees

    Since the Taliban took hold of Afghanistan, the UK promised to help re-home Afghans who had worked with British forces. Out of the 15,000 who came to the UK, 12,000 people are still waiting to be given a permanent home. The BBC’s Special Correspondent Lucy Manning met one Afghan interpreter who has started to build his permanent life in the UK, after he was offered a home in Aberdeen. Labour Cllr Nick Forbes, who is chair of the Asylum, Migration and Refugee Task Group at the Local Government Association and is also the Leader of Newcastle City Council spoke to Today’s Nick Robinson about the difficulties facing the resettlement programme. (Image Credit:EPA)

  • Posted on 03 Dec 2021

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    How should social media companies protect children online?

    Next year the Online Safety Bill will come to parliament with the aim of improving safeguards for young people on social media. TikTok, Apple, Google and Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, have met with the Children’s Commissioner to discuss how to protect children online. Today’s Mishal Husain speaks to Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza and Lord Allan, who worked on public policy at Facebook for 10 years. (Image Credit: Press Association)

  • Posted on 02 Dec 2021

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    When can I get my Covid booster vaccine?

    The NHS in England is gearing up for a major expansion of the Covid-19 booster programme to tackle the threat posed by the omicron variant. On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that vaccination centres will be “popping up like Christmas trees”. The BBC’s correspondent John Kay visits one centre in Bristol that has experienced a huge rush of visitors in the past few days. After that, Today’s Mishal Husain asks the Health Secretary Sajid Javid about the scale of the logistical challenge facing the government and whether people should continue to wait for a call from the NHS or go to a vaccination centre. (Picture Credit: Press Association)

  • Posted on 01 Dec 2021

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    MI6 chief Richard Moore's first live broadcast interview

    It is not that long since the existence of the secret intelligence service, or MI6 as it is better known, was not publicly acknowledged. “C”, the codename for the service's chief, used to not to be named, seen or heard in public. Today's Nick Robinson spoke to MI6 chief Richard Moore in his first live broadcast interview, since taking on the role just over a year ago. (Image: Richard Moore, Credit: BBC)

  • Posted on 30 Nov 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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