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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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Do we really understand drill?

March 17th, 2020

24:14

Drill music has a reputation for inciting violence and crime. The Metropolitan Police believes the genre is linked to the rise of stabbings and …

Will coronavirus take away our jobs?

March 16th, 2020

16:39

At first coronavirus was just a health story, but now it’s pretty clear employment and the economy are taking a massive hit.
Travel bans have led to airlines cutting jobs and the hospitality sector is in trouble as …

Is wokeness just white guilt?

March 13th, 2020

17:16

Kiley Reid’s debut novel shot into the bestsellers list and has been lauded by critics here and in the US. Such A Fun Age follows the lives of …

Is coronavirus 'worse' than flu?

March 12th, 2020

24:08

The world is in the midst of a pandemic. For most people, symptoms of the virus are mild, they might develop a cough and a fever before getting better. This has led many people to compare the new coronavirus to seasonal …

Why would you transition twice?

March 11th, 2020

26:22

Most people who transition to another gender do not have second thoughts. In fact de-transitioning is thought to be relatively rare. There are no accurate figures revealing how many people reverse or change their …

Why are teens getting pregnant in Middlesbrough?

March 10th, 2020

21:07

Middlesbrough has the highest number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales. Even though national figures show rates have dropped by nearly 60 percent over the past 10 years, the number of pregnant teens in the …

What made Dubai’s princesses run away?

March 9th, 2020

15:01

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 70-year-old billionaire ruler of Dubai and vice-president of the United Arab Emirates, has been found by …

How do you fight anti-Semitism?

March 6th, 2020

19:31

It was just before 10 o’clock in the morning on 27th October 2018 when a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle and three pistols opened fire on …

Should Priti Patel resign?

March 5th, 2020

20:12

There have been mounting allegations over the past few weeks that home secretary Priti Patel has bullied her staff. Last weekend the top civil …

Why are people rioting in Delhi?

March 4th, 2020

15:24

Nearly 50 people have died in India following violence around a controversial citizenship law which critics say is anti-Muslim. Photographs, videos …

Does France have a #MeToo problem?

March 3rd, 2020

20:19

In the same week that Harvey Weinstein was convicted for sexual assaults in New York, Roman Polanski won the award for best director at the Césars, …

Can we be green and rich?

March 2nd, 2020

20:24

In Paris in 2015 world leaders agreed on a binding commitment on climate change. They committed to keeping the increase in global temperatures to just 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Heathrow airport has …

Does self-care really make you happy?

February 28th, 2020

25:42

2020 has been quite a year, we're only two months in but have already faced an impending war between the US and Iran, deadly bushfires in Australia, and now coronavirus is spreading across the world.

So, in light of …

What’s the Harvey Weinstein story?

February 27th, 2020

20:52

For years there were allegations that Harvey Weinstein had assaulted women. This week he was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault, including …

What are police cameras doing with your face print?

February 26th, 2020

20:28

Facial recognition technology is increasingly widespread. You might use it to unlock your phone or computer. It’s used in airports around the world …

Coronavirus: are we all going to catch it?

February 25th, 2020

19:38

With cases of coronavirus spreading across the world, one word we’re hearing more and more is “pandemic”. If the disease is declared a pandemic it …

Why would Facebook want to crack down on big tech?

February 24th, 2020

17:18

Mark Zuckerberg says he wants new rules for social media.

Every year politicians and security experts meet in Munich to discuss how to keep the world …

Has Billie Eilish saved the music industry?

February 21st, 2020

17:18

Billie Eilish is on top of the world right now. The 18-year-old recently swept the board at the Grammys, winning five awards including best new …

How should we react to Caroline Flack’s death?

February 20th, 2020

23:24

Since Caroline Flack’s death by suicide last weekend, many people have been trying to make sense of it. Yesterday her family released a previously …

Why is No 10 hiring ‘weirdos’?

February 19th, 2020

21:47

At the beginning of the year Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s senior adviser, put out an unusual job advertisement. In a blog post he asked for “super-talented weirdos” and “wild-cards”. One of the people he …

Why is Trump standing up for religious teenagers?

February 18th, 2020

20:36

Donald Trump is trying to shore up his evangelical support before November's presidential election. Ramping up his Christian outreach, he's been …

How do you track extremists online?

February 17th, 2020

18:37

Julia Ebner monitors extremists during her day job as a counter-terrorism expert, where she advises governments and tech companies on how to respond …

Why can’t we sleep?

February 14th, 2020

19:27

Insomnia affects about a third of adults in the UK according to the NHS. It also says adults should be getting between 7 and 9 hours sleep a night, …

Why are people being deported to Jamaica?

February 13th, 2020

19:52

It’s been two years since the Windrush scandal, where at least 164 black British citizens were wrongly deported to countries of their birth or detained in the UK. The scandal has had a lasting impact on the …

Why would anyone spread lies about coronavirus?

February 12th, 2020

19:05

Coronavirus has reached 24 counties outside of China, with 8 confirmed cases in the UK. As the disease is spreading so is a lot of information, some of it misleading. The World Health Organisation has warned that …

Why are more young women killing themselves?

February 11th, 2020

18:34

Callie Lewis was just 24 years old when she took her own life. Callie had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at a young age and had always …

Parasite: what does it say about South Korea?

February 10th, 2020

18:42

South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year's Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize. It won four awards in total, including best director for Bong Joon-ho. …

Why are we talking about Michael Barrymore?

February 7th, 2020

22:47

It was the celebrity scandal that gripped the nation in an era where tabloids ruled the roost and affairs and addiction dominated front pages. Right …

Is it all looking good for Trump?

February 6th, 2020

20:09

The president sort of won the Iowa Democratic caucus.

This week was supposed to be when the race to be the candidate to take on Donald Trump in November’s presidential election really got going. But the Iowa Democratic …

How did a lying breast surgeon destroy so many lives?

February 5th, 2020

17:36

Yesterday an inquiry into the harm that breast surgeon Ian Paterson did to his patients finally delivered its results. The inquiry recommended that …

How do you stop a terror attack?

February 4th, 2020

18:01

Sudesh Amman had been released from prisons days before he stabbed two people in a Islamist-related terror incident in London on February 2. Within …

Why was an Irish teenager’s body found in a bag?

February 3rd, 2020

20:54

On January 13 a bag containing the dismembered limbs of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods was found on a housing estate in Dublin. Keane is believed to …

Veganuary: was it worth it?

January 31st, 2020

15:52

With more of us becoming more conscious of our health and the environment, vegans and vegetarians look set to make up a quarter of the British …

Why are so many Vietnamese people trafficked?

January 30th, 2020

19:37

The country was shocked when 39 people were found suffocated in the back of a lorry on an industrial park in Essex last October. The discovery that the victims were economic migrants sparked a conversation about the …

Did Huawei just win a tech war?

January 29th, 2020

18:56

This week Huawei was given permission to build parts of the new 5G network in the UK. But, because Huawei is a Chinese company, there’s a lot of concern about it. What if China, which we know spies on its own people, …

Coronavirus: what’s really happening?

January 28th, 2020

18:45

A brand-new virus which causes severe lung disease has been detected in China. More than 100 people are known to have died there, and experts believe …

What does Goop get right?

January 27th, 2020

22:15

In her new Netflix series The Goop Lab, Gwyneth Paltrow skates the fine line between wellness, pseudoscience and medicine. From orgasms and mushrooms, to ice baths and mediums, Gwyneth and the team tackle wellness …

What happened when Trump removed the experts?

January 24th, 2020

21:17

“We must reject the perennial prophets of doom”. These were Donald Trump’s words at Davos earlier in the week, dismissing those who warn of the dangers of climate change. We know climate change is real, but Trump …

Harvey Weinstein: Is #MeToo on trial?

January 23rd, 2020

19:08

The trial of Harvey Weinstein started in New York this week. Once upon a time he was a Hollywood giant, then in 2017 allegations he sexually harassed …

What’s wrong with ayahuasca tourism?

January 22nd, 2020

21:06

The psychedelic powers of a traditional Amazonian plant medicine called ayahuasca are attracting more and more tourists. It’s becoming big business in countries such as Peru where backpackers and travellers, as well as …

Can a new leader save Labour?

January 21st, 2020

19:39

It was a pretty grim general election for Labour last year. As a result Jeremy Corbyn announced he would be stepping down. There are now just four …

Is Blue Monday bad for our mental health?

January 20th, 2020

17:30

Blue Monday is supposedly the saddest day of the year. 15 years ago that idea was debunked, yet every year in the UK #bluemonday trends on Twitter …

What’s left out of Sex Education?

January 17th, 2020

20:38

Sex Education, the delightfully uncensored drama about the life of a sex therapist’s awkward teenage son, has landed on Netflix for its second …

What happened when Iran fired back?

January 16th, 2020

17:49

After the US killed one of Iran’s senior generals in a drone strike some people were worried we were on the brink of World War 3. Iran threatened revenge, and fired on a US air base in Iraq. But in doing so it made a …

How do they really decide an Oscar?

January 15th, 2020

18:52

This year's Oscar nominations have reignited the row about representation in Hollywood. 19 of the 20 acting nominees this year are white - the …

Could AI do your job?

January 14th, 2020

23:29

Over the past decade a tension has emerged between Big Tech’s utopian vision of an AI future and the reality that many jobs are being threatened by data-driven automation. Many of us may suspect that artificial …

How did Britain’s worst serial rapist get away with it?

January 13th, 2020

21:23

This month Reynhard Sinaga was found guilty of drugging, raping and sexually assaulting 48 men. The judge told the 36-year-old student from Indonesia …

Should doctors tell you how to live?

January 10th, 2020

20:47

We know that the NHS is under immense pressure, especially this time of year when it’s at its busiest. But January is also the month of resolutions, …

Harry and Meghan: can you quit the royals?

January 9th, 2020

22:28

Yesterday Prince Harry and Meghan announced they will be stepping back from their roles as senior royals. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their …

Ayia Napa: how can she be guilty?

January 8th, 2020

19:10

A British teenager has been given a four-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of lying about gang-rape in Cyprus. The 19-year-old was …

Iran: how bad is it?

January 7th, 2020

19:08

Millions of Iranians have flocked to the funeral of their top commander who was killed in a US drone strike at the weekend. The killing of Qasem …

Australian fires: who is to blame?

January 6th, 2020

20:13

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned that the devastating bushfires raging in the country might go on for months. At least 26 people have died since the fires began in September. Air quality in the …

2010s: how did they sound?

December 20th, 2019

28:16

We listen in on the big moments, memes, and the music that defined a decade: from the Arab Spring to Greta via the Olympics. The rise of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the memes they have generated - from Kim Kardashian …

Putin: man of the millennium?

December 19th, 2019

21:30

In 2000 a relatively unknown man called Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia. While his European and American counterparts have come and gone, Putin has stayed in the Kremlin for the past 20 years.

In this episode we …

Raheem Sterling: is he the next Beckham?

December 18th, 2019

19:55

Raheem Sterling is one of the best footballers in the world. But 2019 has proved that he’s even more than that, becoming a key voice in the fight against racism in football. With deals with big brands like Nike and …

Did Trump kill the Kurdish dream?

December 17th, 2019

19:57

The Kurds are an ethnic group living in the north of Syria and in neighbouring Iran, Iraq and Turkey. Since the conflict in Syria started almost nine years ago they’ve been fighting to establish their own state in …

Amazon: is there any escape?

December 16th, 2019

20:55

It’s hard to escape Amazon at Christmas. Even if you haven’t been using them for last minute shopping you will most likely have interacted with the company in some other way. Amazon Web Services is now the most valuable …

Tory win: why are you surprised?

December 13th, 2019

24:51

It was a result not many people predicted: the Conservatives won their largest majority since 1987, and Labour lost seats in its northern heartlands, …

Hannah Fry: how scary are algorithms really?

December 12th, 2019

23:12

The mathematician Dr Hannah Fry is on a mission to improve the PR of maths. Hannah presents radio and TV shows on how maths runs the world, how data underpins everything we do, and on Boxing Day she’s giving the …

How come there are protests everywhere?

December 11th, 2019

19:42

This year has seen protests spread across the globe, from Latin America, to Hong Kong and the Middle East. While some have specific political origins …

Will you be judged for who you vote for?

December 10th, 2019

22:02

It is two days until we go to the polls in what we are often told is a ‘divided Britain’. But, exactly how we are divided has changed.
50 years ago …

Why are young people moving back to Mogadishu?

December 9th, 2019

19:49

Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has been described as the most dangerous city in the world. Many young people from the Somali diaspora who have grown up in countries such as the UK and Canada are now returning to …

Jia Tolentino: is the internet fuelling self-delusion?

December 6th, 2019

20:29

Jia Tolentino is a 31-year-old American writer who is being hailed as the voice of a generation. Her pieces for the New Yorker magazine nail …

Why is Trump pardoning war crimes?

December 5th, 2019

21:38

President Trump’s been in the UK for the meeting of the world’s biggest military alliance, NATO. NATO’s been struggling recently, partly because Trump doesn’t get along so well with America’s traditional allies and now …

Does climate activism have a privilege problem?

December 4th, 2019

18:11

In October, a video went viral after Extinction Rebellion protesters disrupted public transport by protesting on the roof of a train at Canning Town station in east London. The stunt took place during rush hour and the …

Can terrorists ever really be rehabilitated?

December 3rd, 2019

21:31

The man who killed Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt was a convicted terrorist who had spent eight years in prison. Usman Khan was jailed in 2012 for preparing acts of terrorism. While he was inside he underwent a …

Is TikTok being censored?

December 2nd, 2019

19:22

The app best known for short, funny videos that have made it the meme engine of the internet found itself hosting a different kind of viral video. Feroza Aziz, a teenager from New Jersey, posted what looked like a …

Hillsborough: do we inherit trauma?

November 29th, 2019

20:41

96 Liverpool FC fans died at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield on 15 April 1989. It remains the worst disaster in British sporting history. The …

Grace Millane: why is ‘rough sex’ a defence?

November 28th, 2019

21:28

Last Friday a 27-year-old New Zealand man was found guilty of the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. During the trial questions were raised …

Why is Instagram hiding likes?

November 27th, 2019

20:04

Instagram has announced that it’s extending a trial where it hides likes from other users. You will still see your own like count, but not that of …

Blue Story: is banning the film racist?

November 26th, 2019

19:57

Blue Story, a film about two young black boys from different London postcodes who get caught up in rival gangs went on general release on Friday. By …

Are billionaires a bad thing?

November 25th, 2019

20:14

There are more than 150 billionaires in the UK, but is that concentration of immense wealth actually a sign of failure? Should anyone ever be worth a …

Drag Race: what’s it done for queer culture?

November 22nd, 2019

20:04

This was the year that the world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul, brought his critically-acclaimed TV show to the UK. The series has helped bring …

Is mental health breaking the NHS?

November 21st, 2019

23:16

Once more the NHS is at the heart of a general election campaign and politicians on all sides are promising to improve the health service. With more …

What’s wrong with plastic surgery?

November 20th, 2019

20:56

Plastic surgery has never been cheaper or more accessible. The industry is booming: it’s worth an estimated £19 billion. The results of cosmetic …

Has the royal soap opera lost the plot?

November 19th, 2019

20:47

Three days later and the fallout from Prince Andrew’s BBC interview keeps coming: today university students and a big accountancy firm are distancing themselves from the duke. Prince Andrew appeared on Newsnight to …

Why aren’t we talking about Baptista Adjei?

November 18th, 2019

20:05

There was a story in October you may have missed: a 15-year-old boy from London was stabbed to death after getting off a bus on his way home from …

Does self-care really make you happy?

November 15th, 2019

24:54

We know that one in four people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life and that anxiety seems to be on the increase. …

Election memes: are we being played?

November 14th, 2019

20:40

The 2019 general election is in full swing and political parties are relying on digital campaigning more than ever before. Targeted marketing has …

Why did a Chinese row ruin a bake off?

November 13th, 2019

19:00

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have been going on for months now. In the past few days the violence has escalated and schools are being closed …

Why are bombs going off in Sweden?

November 12th, 2019

18:44

Last month in Sodermalm, a gentrified part of Stockholm, an explosion tore through an apartment block. Residents were left shocked and the bomb squad …

Who killed Jodie Chesney?

November 11th, 2019

20:15

On a weekend at the start of March, two murders caused public outcry. Two 17-year-olds were killed in two different attacks in London and Greater …

Do the Peru Two deserve a second chance?

November 8th, 2019

22:03

In 2013 two young British women were caught trying to smuggle a haul of cocaine worth £1.5m from Lima, in Peru, to Ibiza. Michaella McCollum and …

Caitlyn Jenner: what’s your story?

November 7th, 2019

21:07

She’s the most famous transgender woman in the world. Today she’s best known for being part the Kardashian-Jenner dynasty, but at one time she was …

Death Stranding: more than a game?

November 6th, 2019

19:57

Gaming is worth more than all other entertainment combined. At the very top of the industry is a 56 year old Japanese man called Hideo Kojima, a …

What happened to the Taliban?

November 5th, 2019

18:28

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks the Taliban were never out of the news when Britain and the US deployed their armies to destroy al Qaeda and the …

What really decides your vote?

November 4th, 2019

21:39

With six weeks to go until the general election we know we’re going to get speeches and policy announcements, but what really makes up our minds? In …

Why are millennials obsessed with astrology?

November 1st, 2019

19:08

Not so long ago, horoscopes were considered a bit of fun that wasn’t taken too seriously. But in 2019 astrology is booming: there are astrology apps, …

Lorry deaths: why spend thousands to reach the UK?

October 31st, 2019

19:05

Last week 39 people suffocated to death in the back of a lorry in Essex. It was a reminder of a similar case that happened 19 years ago when 58 …

Why are people ‘cured’ by fake science?

October 30th, 2019

23:23

Earlier this week top NHS bosses wrote a letter to the Professional Standards Authority expressing serious concerns about homeopathy. They warned of its lack of scientific foundation and anti-science message in an era …

Who are you Jonathan Van Ness?

October 29th, 2019

24:52

Jonathan Van Ness is a podcaster, a hairdresser, and host of the Game of Thrones webseries Gay of Thrones. But he’s best known as one of the “Fab …

Baghdadi: Trump’s movie moment?

October 28th, 2019

20:18

Donald Trump announced over the weekend that the fugitive leader of the so-called Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had been killed in a raid in Syria. During the press conference he described the ISIS leader …

Esther Perel: does ‘the one’ exist?

October 25th, 2019

22:43

“Love is not a permanent state of enthusiasm.” These are the words of one of the most famous therapists in the world: Esther Perel. She is …

What happened to the lost boys of Lanarkshire?

October 24th, 2019

21:23

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK and Scotland has the highest suicide rate in Britain. Chris Clements and Calum Mckay have looked into the figures for BBC Scotland's Disclosure programme. They …

Why does Facebook want you to date?

October 23rd, 2019

20:54

Facebook helps connect people, but now it’s on a new mission to get people to fall in love. Facebook users in the US — it will be available in Europe next year — can create a dating profile and curate a list of secret …

How did dirty money fund The Wolf of Wall Street?

October 22nd, 2019

19:50

In a court case that is gripping Asia, a Malaysian wealth fund is accused of robbing the country of $3.5 billion US dollars. It is the world’s …

Brexit: nearly done?

October 21st, 2019

19:20

Was this the worst Monday morning ever for MPs? They were forced into work over the weekend to vote on the Brexit deal, and they couldn’t even do …

Cambridge Analytica: could it happen again?

October 18th, 2019

21:10

Christopher Wylie is a 30-year-old Canadian data specialist who moved to London a few years back, started working in political campaigns, and then …

Why would Nike sponsor a cheat?

October 17th, 2019

23:15

Nike spends a lot of money sponsoring and marketing some of the best athletes in the world. It doesn’t just back global superstars like Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, but off them too. It made the …

What actually happened in Ayia Napa?

October 16th, 2019

18:39

A British woman is on trial in Cyprus, where she is accused of causing public mischief by allegedly falsely claiming to have been sexually assaulted …

Has Trump revived Islamic State?

October 15th, 2019

23:18

President Trump’s order to pull US troops out of northern Syria last week was a little like pushing over a domino: it meant that Turkey could start …

What’s it like at a Brexit Party rally?

October 14th, 2019

18:38

The Queen opened parliament today and set out the government’s main priority: to leave the EU by October 31st. Boris Johnson has set up his whole …

Who controls our AI future?

October 11th, 2019

20:48

Tech and the way it is shaping our future is a theme we cover a lot on Beyond Today. We’ve looked at facial recognition, sex bots, and the new tech …

How do you fight a surveillance state?

October 10th, 2019

18:02

We have never lived in a more closely monitored world. Facial recognition technology is being rolled globally, including across the UK. Data can be …

How is ‘pick-up’ culture still a thing?

October 9th, 2019

22:28

*** Update: Adnan Ahmed's conviction was quashed on appeal after three judges ruled the verdict was a miscarriage of justice ***

BBC reporter Myles …

Why do diplomats escape the law?

October 8th, 2019

22:53

In August a young man called Harry Dunn died when a car driving on the wrong side of the road crashed into his motorbike. The only suspect has left …

What does Windrush mean now?

October 7th, 2019

19:57

In April 2018 the Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigned and delivered an unprecedented apology for the “appalling” actions of her own department towards …

Why is Prince Harry taking on the press?

October 4th, 2019

20:28

“I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces”. This week Prince Harry released a strongly-worded statement …

What will the history books say about Brexit?

October 3rd, 2019

18:08

With four weeks to go before the government’s deadline for leaving the EU, parliament is still discussing the best way forward. Was this crisis inevitable? One of the go-to places to decode all this has been the Talking …

Will Saudi get away with murder?

October 2nd, 2019

21:42

Saudi Arabia’s 33 year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has been described as a reformer. What he is selling to the outside world is a modern, …

Could one phone call end Trump’s presidency?

October 1st, 2019

19:17

Impeachment proceedings have been launched against Donald Trump after a whistleblower said the US president pressured the leader of Ukraine into investigating one of his main Democratic challengers.

In a telephone …

Why raise a child gender neutral?

September 30th, 2019

19:40

Parents Jake and Hobbit have taken the unusual decision to keep the sex of their baby secret. They say "gender bias is unconscious" and that this is the only way to mitigate against it, not even telling the child’s …

Alain de Botton: do we need God back?

September 27th, 2019

25:46

At the end of another overwhelming week of news, it’s time for bit of perspective.

Ten years ago philosopher Alain de Botton founded The School of …

Sexual assault: what happens after students speak out?

September 26th, 2019

19:00

There were more than 700 allegations of sexual misconduct at British universities over the last academic year, according to an investigation by the BBC’s File on 4 programme. Since that documentary aired last week, the …

Sexual assault: why reveal your name?

September 25th, 2019

18:35

On January 17 2015 at California’s Stanford University a young woman went to a party. A few hours later, she was found unconscious beside a bin. She …

Will fear save the planet?

September 24th, 2019

22:00

Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg made a passionate speech at the UN this week, accusing world leaders of failing to act on climate change. She told …

What’s happening in the Supreme Court?

September 23rd, 2019

22:33

On Tuesday we’re expecting that the judges of the highest court in the land will rule on whether Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down parliament …

Emma Barnett: why talk about periods?

September 20th, 2019

23:22

Emma Barnett’s becoming one of the most respected broadcasters in the country. She presents for 5 Live and Newsnight, and can make her interviewees - …

Cryptoqueen: why did she disappear?

September 19th, 2019

22:07

Dr Ruja Ignatova is the founder of the cryptocurrency One Coin that promised to change money forever. Within two years of launching the company she claimed to have 3.5 million members and hundreds of thousands of …

Did one family create the opioid epidemic?

September 18th, 2019

22:27

Purdue Pharma is the company that has become synonymous with the opioid epidemic in the United States. The firm, which is owned by the wealthy Sackler family, produces the highly addictive and highly profitable drug …

Sam Smith: what’s the problem with ‘them’?

September 17th, 2019

25:34

Over the weekend the singer Sam Smith released a statement which read: “I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM.”

Coming from a pop artist …

Syria: why bomb hospitals?

September 16th, 2019

22:56

Eight years ago, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad began his brutal crackdown on opponents of his regime. Air strikes have long targeted hospitals, …

Top Boy: what’s the story behind the comeback?

September 13th, 2019

26:03

Six years since it last aired, the TV series Top Boy is back. Although the show, which revolves around an east London estate and the people who live …

Vaping: can it kill you?

September 12th, 2019

21:39

Fruit Medley, Cotton Candy and Buttered Popcorn may sound like options on a dessert menu, but they are actually vape flavours. President Trump has just said he wants to ban the sale of all non-tobacco flavoured …

Femicide: is one student’s murder changing South Africa?

September 11th, 2019

20:35

On the 24th of August, 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana went missing in Cape Town. She had gone to fetch a parcel at the post office. A week later her …

The Handmaid’s Tale: could it happen in real life?

September 10th, 2019

18:50

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale , originally released in 1985, has become a modern-day phenomenon thanks to the recent TV …

How does slavery work now?

September 9th, 2019

21:01

In July eight people were convicted for their part in Britain’s biggest ever modern slavery prosecution. The gang were part of an organised crime …

Malcolm Gladwell

September 6th, 2019

21:00

Malcolm Gladwell seems to be everyone’s fantasy dinner guest. Also a contender for America’s greatest intellectual, he’s a Canadian with roots in the …

Brexit: what happens next?

September 5th, 2019

27:02

MPs came back from their summer break on Tuesday and it already feels like months ago. A lot of politics has happened since then and what with the …

What’s the problem with only eating chips?

September 4th, 2019

21:17

Amid the Brexit chaos, there’s another story that went viral this week. A teenage boy in Bristol has lost his eyesight because of his poor diet. …

What’s it like to have “gay conversion therapy”?

September 3rd, 2019

21:13

A recent government survey found that 5% of gay people in the UK had been offered conversion therapy in order to “cure” them, and that 2% had undergone it. It’s a small percentage, but it’s still pretty shocking that …

Brexit: are we all radicals now?

September 2nd, 2019

17:13

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his advisers have a plan for staying in power and getting us out of the EU. They are picking their way through it and today they held a special cabinet meeting to discuss calling an …

Sara Pascoe: why does gender matter?

August 30th, 2019

21:38

Sara Pascoe’s first book explored the anatomy of the female body. Now the comedian has turned her attention to masculinity. Sara came to the Beyond …

Brexit: what just happened?

August 29th, 2019

24:17

The prime minister's decision to suspend parliament prompted an angry backlash from MPs and opponents of a no-deal Brexit. It sparked protests across the country, a legal challenge and a petition with – at the time of …

Who does the Amazon belong to?

August 28th, 2019

22:02

Wildfires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are burning at a record rate. It’s caused global anger and anxiety with more than three million people sharing the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia. Criticism has been directed at the …

Will Greta save the planet?

August 27th, 2019

21:26

One year ago, a 15-year-old girl from Sweden started protesting outside the Swedish parliament, urging the government to pay attention to the world’s …

Louis Theroux (again)

August 26th, 2019

29:23

In this re-release of one of our favourite recent episodes, Tina speaks to filmmaker Louis Theroux. Back in July he came in to tell us about his …

Was Larnell Bruce killed because he was black?

August 23rd, 2019

23:35

Tina Daheley speaks with Mobeen Azhar, a journalist and filmmaker for the BBC who travelled to Portland, Oregon to make a film about the death of a …

Paul Pogba: should we end anonymity online?

August 22nd, 2019

20:42

This week, Manchester United footballer, Paul Pogba received racial abuse online from anonymous accounts after he missed a penalty. He’s the third …

Why did Iceland hold a funeral for a glacier?

August 21st, 2019

18:07

Last week around a hundred people in Iceland walked up the side of a windswept rocky mountain to attend the funeral… of a glacier. Okjokull’s death …

Is the way we work bad for us?

August 20th, 2019

23:01

Office space company We Work have just released their prospectus ahead of their stock market flotation next month. Their vision of the future of work is a utopian one forged from the Silicon Valley tech boom. It’s a …

Kashmir: what happens now?

August 19th, 2019

19:09

Earlier this month, India imposed a media blackout in Kashmir while they stripped the region of its autonomy, causing panic, outrage and protests. As the tensions between India and Pakistan escalate, we look at how we …

Why did Israeli spies build a fake beach resort?

August 16th, 2019

19:34

Arous was an idyllic holiday resort on Sudan’s Red Sea coast, a slice of paradise offering an escape to up to 30 scuba-diving tourists in the late …

How did a Tinder date story fool us?

August 15th, 2019

18:40

Everyone who has heard the story of a woman on a Tinder date spending £15,000 on wine at the Shard seems to have loved it. The voice note has whipped around social media. But as soon as you’ve heard it you start to …

University: is it worth it?

August 14th, 2019

20:08

The average student debt after a three year degree course in England is £50,000. It’s a large sum that can be off-putting when you hear tales of jobless graduates and self-made entrepreneurs. Student debt is lower in …

Jeffrey Epstein: how much do we really know?

August 13th, 2019

23:25

The financier Jeffrey Epstein was in a Manhattan prison awaiting trial for sex trafficking when he was found dead in his cell last weekend. The …

How did gambling take over football?

August 12th, 2019

19:45

Last week Championship side Derby County announced Wayne Rooney, the former England captain, would be joining the team as a player-coach on a …

Cyntoia Brown: did Kim Kardashian get her out of prison?

August 9th, 2019

20:55

Cyntoia Brown was 16 when she was jailed for life for murder. This week she walked free after the Governor of Tennessee granted her clemency. She …

No deal: will it happen?

August 8th, 2019

21:18

“There is no plan for no deal because we are going to get a great deal.” That’s what Boris Johnson, then Foreign Secretary, said in July 2017. A …

No deal: what’s going to happen to our food?

August 7th, 2019

21:29

Boris Johnson’s government is “turbo-charging” plans for leaving the EU without a deal at the end of October. People are asking each other if we’re …

What happens when you run out of water?

August 6th, 2019

16:47

The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2025 half of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas. This means the demand for water …

US shootings: can you shut down the white nationalists?

August 5th, 2019

21:08

Two mass shootings in 24 hours have shocked America: the first in El Paso, Texas and the other in Dayton, Ohio. 29 people have lost their lives. The El Paso shooter opened fire in a Walmart store only a few miles from …

How do we smash the class ceiling?

August 2nd, 2019

22:25

Improving social mobility has been a key pledge of successive governments with politicians promising to create a meritocracy in Britain.

However, …

Doping: why would you risk it?

August 1st, 2019

19:40

When swimmer Mack Horton refused to share a podium with Sun Yang, accusing him of being a drug cheat, what he didn’t know is that one of his own teammates had tested positive for a banned substance. On Friday Shayna …

Why does Donald Trump care about A$AP Rocky?

July 31st, 2019

17:28

US rapper A$AP Rocky went on trial in Sweden this week, accused of assaulting a 19-year-old in Stockholm.

Donald Trump has publicly called for his …

Will human contact become a luxury good?

July 30th, 2019

20:45

As technology advances, we’re going to become more reliant on artificial intelligence. Robots are being programmed and piloted in primary schools and …

Is big business coming for cannabis?

July 29th, 2019

20:29

Once upon a time the concept of legalising recreational cannabis was something stoners at house parties dreamt about, but in the past few years the conversation around cannabis has changed.

BBC Newsbeat journalist Jim …

What does Love Island tell us about friendship?

July 26th, 2019

24:10

More than 6 million people have tuned in to watch series 5 of Love Island. It all comes to an end next week but ITV has announced that it’s doing so well they’ll start running two series a year. We speak to superfans …

Do we want funny politicians?

July 25th, 2019

23:52

Matt Forde set out on a mission to humanise politics with his podcast the Political Party. He’s interviewed some of the biggest politicians of our …

What do companies do with your face?

July 24th, 2019

19:17

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably used Faceapp to see how you’ll look when you’re older.

But in the days after Faceapp blew up, a …

Who is Boris Johnson?

July 23rd, 2019

26:26

Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader. He will take over as prime minister from Theresa May on Wednesday. He says he will deliver Brexit and unite the country. But Boris Johnson is a divisive …

Theresa May: where did it all go wrong?

July 22nd, 2019

19:37

Today’s episode is all about Theresa May, but that doesn’t mean it’s all about Brexit. It’s a common argument: the main reason Theresa May failed as …

Is the truth open source?

July 19th, 2019

17:48

This is part two of our interview with Eliot Higgins, the man who began investigating international crimes from his living room in Leicester after dropping out of university. Despite having no formal journalism training …

MH17: how was the truth uncovered?

July 18th, 2019

16:06

Five years ago passenger flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over conflict-hit Ukraine.

Investigators blame Russian-backed separatists who they say targeted the plane with a …

Did Lyra McKee’s death change anything?

July 17th, 2019

23:24

It’s three months since the 29-year-old journalist Lyra Mckee was killed in a riot in Northern Ireland. Her death shocked the world and there were …

Did YouTube flatten the Earth?

July 16th, 2019

19:51

Today marks exactly 50 years since the launch of the Apollo 11 mission to put the first man on the Moon. Ever since that day in 1969 conspiracy …

Louis Theroux

July 15th, 2019

28:55

The nation’s favourite documentary maker is back. This week Tina speaks to filmmaker Louis Theroux, who came in to tell us about his new documentary Surviving America’s Most Hated Family and why, 13 years on, he’s still …

Deadliest Day 6: Finding quiet

July 8th, 2019

28:10

“Not every day, all day. But there's always a point that I think about it, and what would have been different.”

Claire gets an audience with the …

Deadliest Day 5: Nobody can measure

July 8th, 2019

35:10

“They gave everything. And they deserved so much more.”

Kevin Holt died nine years after his Afghan tour. He was fighting his demons right to the …

Deadliest Day 4: Remedial banter

July 8th, 2019

23:14

“I don’t think I could honestly say I’ve spoken to anyone about all the stuff that’s happened.”

Claire is invited to the pub with three of the guys …

Deadliest Day 3: Dead eyes

July 8th, 2019

24:50

“He went out a boy and he came back a broken man”

After that day, the platoon pick themselves up and carry on fighting the Taliban in Helmand. But when they get home a new battle begins for them and their families.

If …

Deadliest Day 2: That day

July 8th, 2019

27:25

“I remember hearing that bang, and thinking: this is it.”

On 10 July, 2009, the soldiers of 9 platoon were out on a dawn patrol when an IED blast …

Deadliest Day 1: Thrill of war

July 8th, 2019

24:55

“It’s the best part of your life and the worst part of your life all rolled into one.”

It’s ten years since the British Army’s deadliest month in …

Vampire Weekend at Glastonbury

July 5th, 2019

22:02

Vampire Weekend have won a Grammy, topped the charts and become one of the most important bands of their generation. Their singer, songwriter and creative force Ezra Koenig sat down with Beyond Today at Glastonbury a …

Pride: when is a rainbow not enough?

July 4th, 2019

20:59

It feels like Pride is more visible than ever before, with rainbows everywhere and even LGBT sandwiches on the shelves. But while it’s a measure of progress that communities are able to publicly celebrate their …

Could hashtags save Sudan?

July 3rd, 2019

17:29

Last December, the people of Sudan took to the streets to protest against high food prices and decades of hardship under the rule of Omar al-Bashir. …

How did Anna Campbell end up dead in Syria?

July 2nd, 2019

19:50

In 2018 Anna Campbell’s father Dirk received the news that his 26 year-old daughter had died fighting in Syria. Up until that moment he didn’t know …

Kim Jong-un: how did ‘rocket man’ and Trump become friends?

July 1st, 2019

17:59

They have two of the most distinctive hairdos in the world and they used to trade insults. But now it appears that Donald Trump and North Korean …

Glastonbury: how did the hippies go mainstream?

June 28th, 2019

20:31

There are loads of music festivals these days. But the one that still stands out, that is special somehow, is Glastonbury. What started as a party on a farm for 1500 revellers nearly half a century ago has become the …

Heatwave: is this climate change?

June 27th, 2019

18:11

The Saharan Bubble is blasting hot air across the European continent, breaking temperature records all over the place. But scientists are reluctant to link specific weather events to climate change, saying we can only …

Will the Gangnam sex scandal change Korea?

June 26th, 2019

20:19

South Korea’s playground for the rich and famous has been rocked by a major scandal over the alleged drugging and rape of women and young girls. …

Is Boris Johnson untouchable?

June 25th, 2019

24:39

Boris Johnson is the clear favourite to replace Theresa May. He easily made it to the final along with Jeremy Hunt after getting backing from more than 100 Tory MPs. But things have gone a bit wrong for him after his …

Why are Muslims in China being locked up?

June 24th, 2019

18:21

The Chinese authorities say they are schools students attend voluntarily. Human rights groups say hundreds of thousands of Muslims are detained …

Johny Pitts: Afropean

June 21st, 2019

17:13

Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and TV presenter who you may have seen on CD:UK, Blue Peter or MTV. He’s now written a book called Afropean which, among other things, has helped him understand his heritage as a …

What did a police shooting reveal about Huddersfield?

June 20th, 2019

29:59

Mobeen Azhar thought his hometown was a sleepy place where nothing really happened. Then a young man was shot by police on the motorway and Mobeen …

Have Hong Kong’s young people held back China’s superpower?

June 19th, 2019

19:40

Two million people took to the streets in Hong Kong over the past week to protest against a controversial extradition bill. Led by young people the …

Thai cave rescue: what really happened?

June 18th, 2019

23:21

It’s almost a year since a Thai football team of 12 boys and their coach found themselves trapped for more than two weeks in the Tham Luang caves in northern Thailand. In a story that gripped the entire world, the …

Why are teenagers paid to stab each other?

June 17th, 2019

21:07

Young people in Liverpool are being offered hundreds of pounds by older gang leaders to stab each other. An investigation by Layla Wright for Beyond …

Michael Barbaro

June 14th, 2019

27:07

Michael Barbaro is the host of The New York Times’ podcast The Daily - a podcast that spends 20 minutes every day focussing on one big news story. …

Should we kill elephants to save them?

June 13th, 2019

19:15

Botswana is home to the world’s largest population of elephants. And now you can hunt them.

It’s a fascinating debate which pitches the moral …

Grenfell: what have we learnt?

June 12th, 2019

19:57

72 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire two years ago this week. Since then the first part of a public inquiry has taken place looking at the events of that night. The next phase, which will investigate why the …

Black Mirror: what makes it work?

June 11th, 2019

27:54

Charlie Brooker started his career writing video game reviews before he went on to become a TV critic. He’s written and presented two successful TV …

Why aren’t lesbian couples taken seriously?

June 10th, 2019

16:28

After Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris were attacked on a London bus last week they chose to share the photo of the aftermath of the attack, and their story, with the world. They wanted people to understand …

James Bridle

June 7th, 2019

19:50

James Bridle wants us to think about technology in a different way. His book ‘A New Dark Age’ is a slightly foreboding look at our relationship with …

DNA testing: is it worth it?

June 6th, 2019

26:24

There are lots of reasons you may want to take a DNA test. Perhaps you want to find out where in the world your DNA comes from or connect to relatives. But people don’t always know what they’re getting themselves into …

What happens when you get health advice on Instagram?

June 5th, 2019

17:07

Helena Kornilova is a 29 year-old Russian model and biochemist. She’s also a blogger and Instagram influencer with 280,000 followers. She’s been in …

Tiananmen: how dangerous is protest in China now?

June 4th, 2019

18:40

China has ramped up efforts to prevent people from reading about the student protests of 1989 that ended in bloodshed when the government sent tanks into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Activists have been arrested and …

Why did the Windsors want to meet the Trumps?

June 3rd, 2019

19:49

Most of the President’s family flew in for a guided tour of London’s hotspots with the royals on the first day of their state visit to the UK. Protesters waved their banners and everyone waited for Trump to start …

Is this a golden age for English football?

May 31st, 2019

18:02

Tomorrow night in Madrid Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will face each other in the Champions League final, the pinnacle of the club game. With …

Why is Malaysia sending our rubbish back?

May 30th, 2019

19:06

This week Malaysia ordered several thousand tonnes of imported plastic waste to be sent back to the countries it came from. The country’s government says it has become a dumping ground for wealthier nations and that …

Fortnite: more than a video game?

May 29th, 2019

21:51

Fortnite tends to make headlines because of how many people play it and how much money it makes, but it’s much more interesting than that. In this episode we explore how Fortnite’s founders have created a new way of …

Why is it so hard to go undercover?

May 28th, 2019

19:18

Last week Panorama went undercover inside a hospital for vulnerable adults and revealed patients being mocked, taunted and intimidated by abusive …

What does Europe think?

May 24th, 2019

17:26

Theresa May says she’s resigning, making way for a new prime minister. But she’s leaving without Brexit being resolved. The new person in the job …

How did Jamie Oliver change food culture?

May 23rd, 2019

19:47

Jamie Oliver is one of the UK’s best-known chefs and restaurant owners. He’s had world wide success with his books, TV series, and campaigns, but this week it was announced that his restaurant company had gone into …

Why is revenge porn still spreading?

May 22nd, 2019

17:22

A woman who changed her name to escape revenge porn has once again become a victim after finding images of herself on a website containing folders …

Huawei: what’s the problem with Chinese phones?

May 21st, 2019

19:13

The Chinese company Huawei wants to be the biggest tech firm in the world. But this week the US tried to squash it by cutting Huawei off from Google’s Android operating system, meaning that users’ phones may no longer …

Why are female MPs terror targets?

May 20th, 2019

19:34

On Friday the former BNP poster boy and 23 year-old convicted paedophile Jack Renshaw was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for plotting to …

Reni Eddo-Lodge

May 17th, 2019

19:01

Every week it seems there’s an incident involving race that goes viral online. Last week it was Danny Baker’s exit from 5 live and the consequent …

How did Amar find his mum?

May 16th, 2019

21:23

This is the story of an Iraqi boy with a face scarred in a military attack, who was brought for treatment in Britain in 1992. Amar Kanim began a new life in rural Devon after he was separated from his family in Basra. …

What does the Hollywood college scandal tell us about class privilege?

May 15th, 2019

18:49

This week the award-winning actress Felicity Huffman, who stars in Desperate Housewives pleaded guilty to fraudulently conspiring to win a college …

Could Eurovision change Israel and the Palestinians?

May 14th, 2019

23:47

The Eurovision press pack and superfans are descending on Tel Aviv for the annual gala of glitter and Europop. But because it’s in Israel some of the focus will inevitably fall away from the songs and onto the conflict …

Is Uber stalling?

May 13th, 2019

20:47

Uber made its stock market debut last week as boss Dara Khosrowshahi rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange to begin trading. But this story is about more than stocks and shares. It’s the story of a …

Anna Sorokin: how do you fake your way into high society?

May 10th, 2019

17:27

High-end hotels, $100 tips, a $7000 a night trip to Morocco… when German heiress Anna Delvey hit the New York party scene it seemed like she had, and …

What does one rape trial tell us about lad culture and consent?

May 9th, 2019

21:17

Cricketer Alex Hepburn was jailed last month for raping a sleeping woman. The assault happened after Hepburn had set up a sexual conquest game on a …

When does a royal become a celebrity?

May 8th, 2019

19:51

The last couple of days has been huge for Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their new baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It’s a big moment for the royals as they work out the balance between raising their son in …

Chernobyl: how do we split fact from fiction?

May 7th, 2019

21:04

Thirty three years ago there was an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. We knew hardly anything about it at the time – only that radiation levels were rising in …

Why is Korean spy cam porn everyone’s problem?

May 6th, 2019

19:40

South Korea is thought to be one of the more progressive countries in Asia, with its technological advancements and dominance in pop music. But the …

Who would be a politician?

May 3rd, 2019

16:05

At a time of political turmoil the results of this week’s local elections show people turning away from Britain’s two main parties. Both Labour and …

Is Caster Semenya a victim?

May 2nd, 2019

21:46

Caster Semenya has achieved a lot. An Olympic and World champion, she’s won her last 29 races in a row. But yesterday the 28 year old South African …

Does it matter if we can’t afford to live in cities?

May 1st, 2019

20:55

We all know there’s a housing crisis. It’s something that’s happening in pretty much every desirable city all over the world, yet we rarely speak about the problem in global terms. We spoke to BBC Scotland correspondent …

Can India become a better place for women?

April 30th, 2019

18:35

The biggest democratic event in the history of the world is under way in India with hundreds of millions of people voting in the country’s general election. We’ll find out on the 23rd of May whether the Prime Minister …

Are we being duped by the multi-level millionaires?

April 29th, 2019

19:00

The multi-level marketing phenomenon is sweeping across social media as influencers post job adverts offering the chance of six figure incomes, cars …

What is justice in the age of Trump?

April 26th, 2019

22:37

On our Friday episodes we like to do something a bit different and speak to one person about their take on something we’re interested in. Today it’s Preet Bharara, who used to be one of the top public lawyers in the …

What does Sri Lanka tell us about the future of Islamic State?

April 25th, 2019

18:29

On Easter Sunday six suicide bombings struck churches and hotels across Sri Lanka – killing more than 350 people and injuring hundreds. Since then Islamic State has claimed responsibility, while people in Sri Lanka …

Can we save the planet and still keep our stuff?

April 24th, 2019

22:37

The online fast fashion retailer Boohoo has revealed a 48% rise in their revenues, a sign that our appetite for cheap stuff is as big as ever. Meanwhile climate change activists Extinction Rebellion are preparing to …

Lyra McKee: what did she want us to know?

April 23rd, 2019

21:56

Lyra Mckee was killed at a riot in Londonderry last week. She was 29 and an acclaimed journalist who wrote about the Troubles and campaigned for LGBT rights. Since then the dissident republican group the New IRA have …

Why would your mattress spy on you?

April 18th, 2019

21:15

We all have our own conspiracy theories about who is listening to us through the internet. We probably have considered the idea that Facebook and …

Should you get sacked for posting what you believe?

April 17th, 2019

21:05

Australian Rugby has sacked one of its biggest stars. Israel Folau has won 73 caps and was expected to play at this year’s World Cup in Japan. He’s …

What should we think about Julian Assange?

April 16th, 2019

22:45

When Wikileaks released classified documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010, it and its founder Julian Assange became world famous. …

Why would you stab someone? Part 2

April 15th, 2019

22:38

On 4th March we heard from former gang member Jay about why he’d never leave the house without carrying a knife.

Jay has since been asked to make a …

Are Extinction Rebellion the new Suffragettes?

April 12th, 2019

21:37

The climate protest group Extinction Rebellion has been causing quite a stir. Its members recently stripped almost naked in the House of Commons. They have also shut bridges, poured buckets of fake blood on the ground …

Why is Korean spy cam porn everyone’s problem?

April 11th, 2019

19:15

South Korea is thought to be one of the more progressive countries in Asia, with its technological advancements and dominance in pop music. But the …

Would we have Brexit without the Tories?

April 10th, 2019

20:59

If it feels like politicians have been talking about Brexit forever, it’s because in a way they have. From Thatcher campaigning to stay in Europe in …

How did a teenager become the UK’s biggest cyber criminal?

April 9th, 2019

20:33

This is the story of Zain Qaiser. A student who made hundreds of thousands of pounds blackmailing porn users with cyber attacks from his parents’ …

Did the financial crisis change banking?

April 8th, 2019

18:27

There’s a story you won’t hear much about today — because it’s a story that didn’t really happen. The former chief executive of Barclays John Varley and three other former senior bankers were on trial accused of fraud, …

Marc Maron: how did podcasts become mainstream?

April 5th, 2019

26:00

There are a few moments when the podcast phenomenon really took off - and one of them is in 2009 when a comedian began interviewing people he knew in his garage. “WTF with Marc Maron” has grown to be a podcast …

What’s Chelsea doing about racism?

April 4th, 2019

20:11

Chelsea has come under the spotlight this season after Manchester City's Raheem Sterling was alleged to have been racially abused by some supporters during a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge last December. The …

How dangerous are far right hipsters?

April 3rd, 2019

19:29

Last week a story surfaced that seemed, on the face of it, a little bit odd. A far right youtuber in Austria, Martin Sellner, had his house raided by the authorities after revealing he’d received a $1500 donation to his …

Would celebrities make better politicians?

April 2nd, 2019

21:11

Donald Trump, Imran Khan, George Weah… all over the world voters have shown their dissatisfaction with politicians by voting in anti-establishment …

True Crime: how ethical is it?

April 1st, 2019

19:23

It’s a big moment for true crime fans with another documentary out this week. ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ is being released in four parts by HBO and Sky. He’s the man who arguably started our addiction for true …

Has Brexit already changed me?

March 29th, 2019

18:52

Since the EU referendum in 2016 the lives of two people have been completely taken over by Brexit. Femi Oluwole had been studying law and had just …

Can Grindr be kinder?

March 28th, 2019

18:44

It’s the most widely used LGBTQ app in the world with 27 million global users, but many of the people who use Grindr have a complicated relationship with it. We speak to comedian Jack Rooke and author of ‘Grindr …

Is climate change the only thing making natural disasters worse?

March 27th, 2019

16:19

Two weeks ago Cyclone Idai tore through Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, some of the poorest countries in Africa, leaving hundreds of thousands of …

Did one Russian mastermind this political chaos?

March 26th, 2019

23:51

Trump, Brexit, the far left, the far right, Russia is often accused of interfering with Western democracy. But one Tupac-loving PR guy went beyond …

Dr. Evil: why is consent not enough?

March 25th, 2019

16:37

He calls himself a body modification artist, but Brendan McCarthy AKA ‘Dr. Evil’ has just been sentenced to 40 months in prison for grievous bodily harm. He was jailed over tongue splitting, and nipple and ear removal …

What should you do when there’s a terrorist attack?

March 22nd, 2019

23:18

Three years ago thirty two people died in three suicide bombings in Brussels. How authorities and civilians responded on that day can help us …

Should we say nice things about Bradford?

March 21st, 2019

17:26

Bradford has a tricky relationship with the national media. Big stories that have come out of the city include a bitter election battle over Bradford West, grooming gangs, and Islamic extremism. We joined a BBC project …

Why is the Pope worried about robots?

March 20th, 2019

18:20

This is an episode about what happened when global tech gurus were invited inside one of the world’s oldest and most conservative institutions. The …

Should egg freezing be free?

March 19th, 2019

22:27

Almost half of young women in the UK are considering freezing their eggs, according to a recent survey. It involves harvesting eggs from a woman’s …

Christchurch: how do you find the terrorists among the trolls?

March 18th, 2019

21:24

After the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand in which 50 people were killed there has been widespread shock that it happened in a country that regards itself as inclusive and welcoming. The attack was …

Simon Amstell: how do you learn who you are?

March 15th, 2019

18:46

The comedian and director Simon Amstell is a familiar face who a lot of us grew up with. He visited the Beyond Today studio to tell us about his semi-autobiographical film ‘Benjamin’ in which the main character is …

Can anyone explain the chaos?

March 14th, 2019

19:14

We are told we are living through historic political times. The Prime Minister has faced unprecedented defeats in the House of Commons yet survives …

Save or spend: what should I do with my money?

March 13th, 2019

17:14

Money. We all want more of it. But apart from securing a bumper pay rise or winning the lottery, probably the most obvious way to maximise our finances is to sensibly look after what we do have. It can be hard …

What happens to Shamima Begum now?

March 12th, 2019

20:38

Right now Shamima Begum is in a sprawling internment camp in the Syrian desert, stripped of her British citizenship and unable to leave. Buried there is her son Jarrah, who died last week of pneumonia. He was under …

Are the police still racist?

March 11th, 2019

20:03

In 1993, an 18 year old black teenager, Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack in East London. The police messed up the investigation into …

How can a town beat the extremists?

March 8th, 2019

22:04

In March 2009, an Islamic extremist group called Al-Muhajiroun staged a demonstration as 200 soldiers paraded through the town of Luton after …

Can you tell if you live in a bubble?

March 7th, 2019

20:18

It’s often said that we get trapped in online "filter bubbles” or “echo chambers” and that we don't get exposed to information that could challenge …

Anti-vax: why do we believe medical conspiracies?

March 6th, 2019

16:54

US teenager Ethan Lindenberger has been speaking out against his mother who refused to vaccinate him as a child. Why has the anti-vax movement captured the imagination of so many people despite being detrimental to …

Huawei: is there a tech cold war?

March 5th, 2019

22:12

In the Canadian city of Vancouver a woman named Meng Wanzhou is under house arrest in her $4.2bn mansion. Chief financial officer of the Chinese tech firm Huawei, and the founder’s daughter, she’s accused by the US of …

Why would you stab someone?

March 4th, 2019

21:04

After two 17-year-olds were killed in separate incidents in London and Greater Manchester at the weekend, we hear from a former gang member who tells …

Is it still ok to listen to Michael Jackson?

March 1st, 2019

24:28

Michael Jackson is perhaps the biggest pop star there’s ever been. He’s still thought of as a legend, despite years of allegations regarding his relationships with young boys. Jackson was found not guilty at a court …

Why does Kashmir matter to people here?

February 28th, 2019

17:33

As tensions mount between India and Pakistan, Matthew Price goes behind the scenes of Qasa Alom’s show on the BBC Asian Network to find out why it is such an emotive subject for different generations of British Asians. …

Why are car companies now tech firms?

February 27th, 2019

19:09

What you drive has always said a lot about who you are – and car-making has defined the identity of whole towns and cities in the UK. But this is …

Where should we learn about sex?

February 26th, 2019

19:39

Yesterday the government announced updates to the 20 year-old sex education curriculum in England. It will now include lessons on sharing private …

Why does it matter if Jussie Smollett staged his own attack?

February 25th, 2019

19:02

The Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been all over the media and internet after allegations that he falsely claimed that he was the victim of a hate …

Grayson Perry: what are the liberal elite afraid of?

February 22nd, 2019

15:31

Grayson Perry is an award-winning artist and documentary maker who has spent most of his career teasing the establishment. He likes to tackle the big subjects like class, gender and how we deal with death. Perry makes …

Who are the new drug barons?

February 21st, 2019

18:57

Who do you think of when you think about an opiate dealer? Probably not a young woman in China, who dreamed of being an English teacher. This is the story of one woman in her 20s who’s made a career out of sending …

Oscars: what do you really have to do to win?

February 20th, 2019

22:07

It’s the Oscars on Sunday, the pinnacle of awards season. Every year hundreds of films and performances are eligible, so what exactly is it that means some win and others don’t? It’s not enough to just be the best, …

What do we get wrong about female terrorists?

February 19th, 2019

20:16

Four years ago, at the age of 15, Shamima Begum ran away from home in East London to marry an Islamic State fighter in Syria. Now she’s 19, has just given birth in a refugee camp - and wants to come home. There has been …

Is the Islamic State really defeated?

February 18th, 2019

18:39

When the British teenager Shamima Begum ran away from East London to join IS, the caliphate was at the peak of its powers. It waged war with the West by beheading hostages and carrying out deadly attacks on European …

What’s it like to be attacked at a Trump rally?

February 15th, 2019

19:10

This week BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked at a rally for President Donald Trump in Texas. A man in a Make America Great Again hat pushed him over and shouted “F*** the media”. It was a shocking incident for Ron …

Should we be more scientific about love?

February 14th, 2019

17:17

It’s 14 February, in theory the most romantic day of the year, but not so fun if you’re single. Is there a rational way to find love in the era of big data? Justin Rowlatt presents Business Daily on the BBC World …

Can we stop the insects from dying?

February 13th, 2019

19:23

This week we heard that we are in the middle of a biodiversity crisis, but are we in a position to save the bugs, and ourselves, from extinction? We …

Is it ok to pay women to have more children?

February 12th, 2019

18:34

Hungarian women with four or more children won’t have to pay income tax for the rest of their working lives, according to a plan announced by the country’s prime minister Viktor Orban. He says it’s to reverse Hungary’s …

Amazon blackmail: should we feel sorry for the world’s richest man?

February 11th, 2019

22:17

The fact that a rich, powerful man had an affair and is getting divorced shouldn’t be of more than passing interest. But with the Amazon boss Jeff …

Jewrovision: can young Jews celebrate their identity?

February 8th, 2019

16:48

With the trend in anti-Semitism and the growth of far-right politics sweeping through Europe, it’s a worrying time to be Jewish. But young Jews in …

How bad is social media for my mental health?

February 7th, 2019

21:16

The impact of social media on our mental health has been creeping into the news headlines. Politicians have been quick to challenge tech companies, …

Stansted 15: would they chain themselves to a plane again?

February 6th, 2019

21:10

How far are you prepared to go to stand up for your beliefs? Two years ago, Ruth Potts and Mel Evans were part of a group that cut through an airport security fence and chained themselves to a Boeing 767. They did it to …

El Chapo: what’s the truth behind the legend?

February 5th, 2019

19:13

It’s been called the trial of the century. The Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo has been in court in New York for the past few months accused of smuggling hundreds of tons of narcotics into the United States. The trial …

Can one conviction end FGM in the UK?

February 4th, 2019

18:34

A mother was convicted last week of mutilating her 3 year old daughter’s genitals. It’s been illegal for more than 30 years, but the women, who can’t …

How did normal get so weird?

February 1st, 2019

20:30

In the past few years what we think of as normal has changed completely. Ideas and personalities once considered fringe have become mainstream and extreme attitudes seem more acceptable. So who defines the new normal …

What can one building tell us about Venezuela?

January 31st, 2019

18:23

Once a futuristic symbol of all that Venezuela could become, a building called El Helicoide in the country’s capital is now the headquarters of the …

Apple: is the iPhone era over?

January 30th, 2019

19:12

Apple reported falling sales of the iPhone this week. A category-defining product since its launch in 2007, other smartphone makers have largely been playing catch up. The company is blaming a slowdown in China for the …

R.Kelly: is #metoo closing in on music?

January 29th, 2019

19:52

We’ve been hearing a lot about R. Kelly since a documentary came out in the US earlier this month detailing allegations of abuse and sex with underage girls, spanning several decades. These are allegations he denies. We …

Are we getting more allergic to food?

January 28th, 2019

18:50

When 15 year old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died after eating a baguette from Pret containing sesame seeds, a campaign to get better food labelling …

BTS: Who made Korea cool?

January 25th, 2019

21:03

Korean culture is increasingly playing a bigger role in our lives: We eat Korean BBQ, watch Korean dramas, and buy Korean cosmetics. But the big …

How do you walk away from your ultra-religious community?

January 24th, 2019

19:18

Izzy Posen looks and seems like a normal student. But his life before university was far from the norm. He grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic …

Should the James Bulger story win an Oscar?

January 23rd, 2019

22:24

When toddler James Bulger was abducted from a shopping centre in Merseyside in 1993 and murdered by two ten-year-old boys the country was appalled. …

Ocasio-Cortez: the first millennial political icon?

January 22nd, 2019

21:42

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

17:53

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

22:00

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

23:23

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

19:50

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

20:01

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

20:45

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

21:32

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

21:26

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

23:23

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

20:15

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

22:11

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

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