Beyond Today

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One big question about one big story from the news - and beyond - every weekday. Tina Daheley and Matthew Price search for answers that will change the way we see the world.

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Ocasio-Cortez: the first millennial political icon?

January 22nd, 2019

Politics on both sides of the Atlantic feels a bit stuck. The government in the US has been shut down for the longest period in its history and …

Blue Monday: how bad is it really?

January 21st, 2019

The third Monday in January is known as Blue Monday as a combination of money worries and winter weather push us to a collective low. Seventy per …

Jon Ronson: what does porn tell us about hypocrisy?

January 18th, 2019

Jon Ronson’s new podcast ‘The Last Days of August’ explores the reasons behind the death of the famous porn performer August Ames, who killed herself in 2017. It is a sad story that casts light on an industry of …

How can one woman change the law?

January 17th, 2019

Gina Martin is a 27-year-old woman with a full time job. Two years ago a stranger at a festival took a photo up her skirt without her permission. …

Who should decide what sex you are?

January 16th, 2019

The UN say there are as many people with intersex traits in the world as people with red hair. All over the world, children with intersex traits are being operated on to be sex assigned at birth. The BBC’s gender and …

Brexit: is it just embarrassing now?

January 15th, 2019

As MPs prepare to vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan, we get the view from outside parliament. We speak to protesters on both sides who think that the current situation is getting embarrassing and shows the …

Andy Murray: more than a champion?

January 14th, 2019

Andy Murray’s defeat at the Australian Open today might have been his last ever match as a professional tennis player. Even with a very dodgy hip, he showed the fight and determination characteristic of his career to …

Nish Kumar: is the news still funny?

January 11th, 2019

Nish Kumar has made his career trying to make us laugh about the news. He talks to Matthew Price about what it’s like to be a Remainer on the tour and how he enraged some Leave voters into unplugging his mic. Mixed by …

Will I never need a car?

January 10th, 2019

The announcement by Jaguar Land Rover that it is cutting 4,500 job has been blamed on falling car sales in China, uncertainty about Brexit and the future of diesel. But what’s the longer term picture when it comes to …

What happens when a paedophile hunter catches your dad?

January 9th, 2019

Across the country networks of so-called paedophile hunters are working to catch child sex offenders. They pose as boys and girls online, arranging …

The Bystander Effect: are we all guilty?

January 8th, 2019

Now when talk about R Kelly, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey we always focus on victims and alleged abusers… but what about all the people who may have stood by and allowed an abuse of power, something they knew was …

Kevin Spacey: what happens when #MeToo goes to court?

January 7th, 2019

Kevin Spacey made his first court appearance today over allegations of sexual assault. He entered the court surrounded by a media scrum, one that …

Bird Box: just how big is Netflix?

January 4th, 2019

The post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box dropped on Netflix just before Christmas with little promotion. But soon it was all over social media, with …

Peter Frankopan: who rules the world in 2019?

January 3rd, 2019

Best-selling author of The Silk Roads Peter Frankopan opens up an exciting world that hardly any of us have visited, but all should take note of this …

The Slumflower: how can we be better in 2019?

January 2nd, 2019

At Beyond Today we’re determined to be cheerful about 2019. And to help us kick off the year on a positive foot we’ve been talking to Chidera …

Beyond Today’s People of the Year

December 21st, 2018

It’s been a year. Brexit shenanigans, the #metoo movement, Donald Trump being Donald Trump, the World Cup, a royal wedding … a lot has happened. Christmas is a time for food, presents, and end of the year review …

Should we talk more about grief?

December 20th, 2018

Beyond Today producer Georgia Coan’s younger brother Elliot died at the age of 16 after an accident. Georgia was 19 at the time. Five years on they are still coming to terms with what happened. Christmas is always a …

Why are American spies so scared of China?

December 19th, 2018

China is on the up. We’re starting to see Chinese companies and tech, like Huawei phones and the TikTok video app, in our lives in a way that we …

What’s the real impact of the ethnic pay gap?

December 18th, 2018

Over the past year, the gender pay gap has sparked outrage across the country. But another issue considered more uncomfortable and unspoken about is slowly coming to light: the ethnic minority pay gap. The BBC’s Rianna …

Is the extreme right the new terror threat?

December 17th, 2018

The sentencing of a couple from Banbury for membership of the banned neo-Nazi group National Action raises questions about how much focus police and …

Laura Kuenssberg: will politics stop for Christmas?

December 14th, 2018

First there was going to be a meaningful vote, and then there wasn’t. Then Theresa May was facing a leadership challenge, and then she wasn’t. And …

Porn bans: who decides what we see?

December 13th, 2018

Next week Tumblr will start blocking pornographic posts. Next year a new law will force porn sites to verify that people watching in the UK are over 18. It’s the first attempt to restrict access to porn online. It’s not …

Mental health: why are young people getting lost in the system?

December 12th, 2018

Mental health services for children and adults are, understandably, separate entities. When you turn 18 you move from one system to the other, but …

Do we have a problem with successful black men?

December 11th, 2018

Raheem Sterling spoke out this week against the tabloid press for ‘fuelling racism’ with their coverage of his wealth. He sparked a much wider conversation about how much we really support minority success stories on …

Brexit: will it ever be over?

December 10th, 2018

We started the day recording a podcast about the vote set to take place in Parliament tomorrow, where MPs were to decide on whether or not to accept Theresa May’s Brexit deal. And then the vote got postponed, so we had …

Where is Dubai’s missing Princess?

December 7th, 2018

In February this year, Princess Latifah the 32 year-old daughter of the ruler of Dubai boarded a boat and set sail for India with a plan to start a …

Why risk your life to report a war that's ignored?

December 6th, 2018

As peace talks aimed at ending nearly four years of civil war in Yemen take place, we speak to the BBC’s Orla Guerin about the conflict that started in 2015 and the humanitarian crisis that’s crippling the country. We …

How will immigration change after Brexit?

December 5th, 2018

Brexit is in a state of confusion. But one thing the government says it’s sure about is that leaving the EU would allow us to have more of a say over …

Blackfishing: is it okay for white girls to look black?

December 4th, 2018

Over the past year the issue of colourism and prejudice against people with a darker skin tone have become a global talking point. A beauty trend …

Can Manchester mend the planet?

December 3rd, 2018

World leaders are meeting in Poland for the latest round of United Nations-sponsored climate talks. The meeting is the most critical on climate …

George the Poet: can stories change the world?

November 30th, 2018

George Mpanga is a poet, podcaster, and one time rapper with plenty to say about the big news stories of our time from Grenfell to the migrant crisis. He came to the Beyond Today studio to tell us about his journey from …

What’s wrong with designer babies?

November 29th, 2018

If He Jiankui really has created the world’s first genetically modified babies, it marks the beginning of a new and controversial chapter for the human race. It leaves us asking two questions: how did he do it, and are …

What’s going on between Russia and Trump?

November 28th, 2018

As far as the west is concerned, Russia hasn’t been playing by the rules for a while now. Accusations of meddling in the US elections, the Salisbury …

Dream job denied: how do you bounce back?

November 27th, 2018

Jason Lampkin was told he was going to be the next Michael Owen, and when he signed for Manchester United as a youth player, he wore the world …

Who will face justice for the war in Syria?

November 26th, 2018

The war in Syria could be the crime of the century. The conflict has been raging for nearly 8 years and, in that time, some estimate that 500,000 …

Who is Michelle Obama?

November 23rd, 2018

Michelle Obama is so much more than the wife of the first black president of the United States of America. There’s a lot we already know about her – like her focus on public health, LGBT rights and girls’ education. …

What happens when we #travel for the gram?

November 22nd, 2018

Social media has an ever increasing influence on where we go on holiday and what we do when we get there. BBC journalist Jordan Dunbar tells us the …

How Saudi is my Uber?

November 21st, 2018

Big tech firms and Saudi royalty are among the world’s richest people. When a young Saudi prince took power in Riyadh he quickly made friends in Silicon Valley. But then the murder of a US-based journalist threatened …

Why are people so afraid of Universal Credit?

November 20th, 2018

Concern over Universal Credit has been bubbling away for well over a year now as it's slowly rolled out across the country. The first thing the new …

Is it ok to feel sorry for Theresa May?

November 19th, 2018

Theresa May has had many tough weeks during her premiership, but this week could be the toughest – or even her last. Her ministers are resigning, …

Oobah Butler: should news amuse?

November 16th, 2018

Oobah Butler is a writer and professional mischief maker. Last year he made the news for hacking TripAdvisor’s review system by getting his fake restaurant rated number one in London. Whether he's blagging his way into …

Who’s helping teachers with tough kids?

November 15th, 2018

We get inside one of the places where they try to teach pupils kicked out of mainstream school. 50,000 of them are now in what’s called alternative …

Does Facebook really care about fake news?

November 14th, 2018

This story of a mass murder in the Nigerian city of Jos reveals the devastating impact that fake news can have when it inflames existing tensions. Yemesi Adegoke and Charlie Northcott from the BBC’s Africa Eye talk us …

Will we notice when Brexit happens?

November 13th, 2018

If the government is going to keep to its Brexit timetable, a divorce deal between Britain and the EU needs to be finalised this week. We’re due to …

Can we believe brands who get political?

November 12th, 2018

Iceland wanted to use a Greenpeace film about palm oil for its Christmas adverts, but was prevented from running it on TV by rules banning political …

Stacey Dooley: Should the news have feelings?

November 9th, 2018

Stacey has been presenting current affairs for over a decade. She’s known for her brand of gutsy, compassionate reporting. This week she takes a …

Are we forgetting how to remember?

November 8th, 2018

It is 100 years since the end of World War One. As the generations that fought in the two World Wars fade away, it gets harder to remember the impact of those conflicts. And while most tend to agree that those wars had …

Is Trumpism here to stay?

November 7th, 2018

He wasn’t on the ballot paper, but Donald Trump still called the mid-term elections a “tremendous success”. Both his Republican Party and the opposing Democrats can find reasons to claim victory as they look ahead to …

Should misogyny be a hate crime?

November 6th, 2018

Should catcalling and leering at women become illegal? Some politicians have been calling for it. The country’s most senior police officers, …

How has #MeToo changed American politics?

November 5th, 2018

This week the whole of the US goes to the polls for the first time since Donald Trump became president. President Trump himself is not on the ballot …

Amol Rajan: who makes the news?

November 2nd, 2018

Every week we're going to spend time discussing big ideas with interesting characters in the world of news. This week Tina Daheley talks to BBC's …

What’s up with WhatsApp?

November 1st, 2018

WhatsApp is a great way to stay in touch, but in this week’s election in Brazil it became a political weapon. Juliana Gragnani from BBC News Brasil …

What’s the real impact of middle class drug use?

October 31st, 2018

Police and politicians have been highlighting how middle-class cocaine use fuels violent crime. But what impact does drug use by the well-off really …

Instagram famous: how dangerous can it be?

October 30th, 2018

The story of Iraqi model Tara Fares reveals the risks of pushing the boundaries as a high-profile influencer. Mina Al-Lami from BBC Monitoring tells us what happened to her when she crossed that invisible line.

Do we have enough money now?

October 29th, 2018

It’s Budget Day and the chancellor has been telling Parliament that austerity is at an end. As he scatters cash around the government, how confident …

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