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Castro’s legacy on Cuban sport

“Sports in our country is not an instrument of politics, but sports in our country itself is a consequence of the Revolution” The words of the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, who has died. So what will Fidel Castro’s legacy on Cuban Sport be? We hear…

Full English Brexit

Twentieth century British playwright and novelist Somerset Maugham said that to eat well in Britain, you should eat breakfast thrice daily. And, nothing speaks to British culinary tradition more than the Full English breakfast – bacon, sausages, egg, beans, black pudding and mushrooms all on…

Art and Protest at the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been a source of controversy with environmental and indigenous campaigners, who believe it will threaten the water source of a Sioux reservation and disturb sacred burial grounds. Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger discusses his project to distribute mirrored shields to demonstrators,…

25/11/2016

David serves an ultimatum, and Alistair moves forward.

The Now Show 25 November 2016

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by Andy Zaltzman, Mae Martin, Luke Kempner, Freya Parker, Greg Jenner and Adam Kay to present the news via topical stand up and sketches. This week the team explore Black Friday, the autumn statement and consider the lure…

How to Stay Alert

Strategic napping, the right lighting, a cup of coffee, or just popping a pill? Business Daily’s Laurence Knight looks at the many strategies for staying sharp in the office. Natalie Dautovich of the US National Sleep Foundation explains why smartphones are the enemy, while neuropsychologist…

24/11/2016

Lilian has to face the music, and Pip gets bad news.

Baltic Crusades

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Baltic Crusades, the name given to a series of overlapping attempts to convert the pagans of North East Europe to Christianity at the point of the sword. From the 12th Century, Papal Bulls endorsed those who fought on the…

Avoiding Asteroids

The proportion of asteroids we know about has grown rapidly in the past few decades, so what are the chances of us being taken by surprise? If we did spot an asteroid hurtling towards Earth, what could we do about it? And – perhaps most…