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This week, we begin with a disturbing medical mystery. Since the start of the year, almost 200 children worldwide have fallen ill with hepatitis—or liver inflammation—without any apparent cause. Most of the children are under five, and nearly half of the cases were in the UK. Vic Gill asks clinical epidemiologist Deepti Gurdasani, Queen Mary Univer…
 
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…
 
Images of Cyril and Methodios adorn libraries, universities, cathedrals and passport pages in Slavonic speaking countries from Bulgaria to Russia, North Macedonia to Ukraine. But the journeys undertaken as religious envoys by these inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet have led to competing claims and political disagreements. Mirela Ivanova's essay co…
 
Sculptures like mouldy fruit, sea creatures that look like oil, blocks of ice carved from a melting glacier and transported to a gallery, reforesting a disused quarry: Vid Simoniti looks at different examples of environmental art and asks whether they create empathy with nature and inspire behaviour change or do we really need pictures of loft insu…
 
The discovery of goffering irons, the tools used to shape ruffs, by an archaeological dig in North America, gives us clues about the way the first English settlers lived. Lauren Working's essay looks at the symbolism of the Elizabethan fashion for ruffs. Now back in fashion on zoom, they were denounced by Puritans, shown off in portraits of explore…
 
Business leaders meeting this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have warned that high levels of inflation are likely to cause a global recession, or worse. Financier George Soros told the annual gathering that ongoing coronavirus lockdowns in China mean “global inflation is liable to turn into global depression”. Meanwhile the…
 
This week Dr Stephanie Hare, author of Technology is Not Neutral, and Dr Rick Muir, of the Police Foundation, discuss whether facial recognition technology can ever be used in a way that satisfies regulators. Shiona McCallum speaks to Olympian Jess Ennis Hill about period tracking apps, and whether they help with fitness. And as Dyson says it's wor…
 
In latest episode of our series Million by 30 – Sam Fenwick is joined by Sharon Tsueng. Sharon is a former high school chess teacher, a marketing specialist, she was also a digital nomad and now invests in property. Sharon made a million dollars before her 30th birthday building passive income streams and then saving and investing that cash. Sharon…
 
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has outlined America's strategy to counter what he says is China's threat to the international order. In a major speech, he said the US is not seeking a 'cold war' with Beijing - only to ensure that international rules are followed.We also hear about Russia's central bank's cut to interest rates. Elsewhere, …
 
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that China is the greatest challenge to the international order, even despite the immediate threat posed by Russia. Mr Blinken said the US was not seeking conflict or a new Cold War -- but that it would seek to defend the international order from China's attempts to change it. Elsewhere, Russia's …
 
One of our listeners has sent in a tribute to Chris Mason, Newscast star.Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke joins Adam, Chris and Alex Forsyth to talk about the government’s decision to give every household a £400 discount on their energy bills. It’ll be partly funded by a windfall tax on oil and gas firms’ profits. Conservative MP Mark H…
 
We report from Uvalde in Texas where a teenager shot dead 19 small children and two teachers on Wednesday, and ask, what are the legal obstacles to tighter gun controls?Also in the programme: mango harvests are predicted to drop by as much as 70% in South Asia after severe heatwaves; and as a former head of the Louvre museum in Paris is arrested on…
 
Science in Action this week comes from a vast gathering of earth scientists in Vienna, at the general assembly of the European Geosciences Union. Roland Pease hears the latest insights into the cataclysmic eruption of Hunga Tonga in the Pacific ocean from volcanologist Shane Cronin of the University of Auckland. He also talks to NASA's Michael Day …
 
The Euro Leagues crew are in Paris to preview Saturday night’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid and they’re joined by a very special guest, World Cup and European Championship winner Frank Leboeuf. Plus, we hear from Rafa Benitez who reveals what it’s like to prepare for a game of this magnitude from a manager’s perspective.…
 
The UK is to impose a 25% levy on energy company profits to fund payments to households. Deirdre Michie is chief executive of Offshore Energies UK, and gives us her reaction to the government's announcement. Also in the programme, Russia's Central Bank has unexpectedly cut interest rates by 3 percentage points to 11%, citing a strengthening rouble.…
 
We hear from the town in Texas where a teenager shot dead 19 small children and their teachers and ask whether this mass shooting will lead to any changes to the way America manages gun ownership.Also on the programme: amid a global food crisis Ukraine accuses Russia of stealing its wheat and corn; and from sex and drugs, to art and culture, how th…
 
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