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Why we love trainers

Call them what you want – trainers, sneakers, tennis shoes – but why does everybody love them so much?

Justinian’s Legal Code

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas brought together under Justinian I, Byzantine emperor in the 6th century AD, which were rediscovered in Western Europe in the Middle Ages and became very influential in the development of laws in many European nations and elsewhere. With…

Liberia’s Rape Statistic Debunked

Sexual violence was widespread in Liberia’s brutal and bloody year civil war. But were three quarters of women in the country raped? We tell the story behind the number and reveal how well-meaning efforts to expose what happened have fuelled myths and misleading statistics. Following…

Malaysia: Storm in a Tea Plantation.

The 1MDB scandal rocks the streets of Kuala Lumpur, while climate change washes away the tea crops of the Cameron Highlands. Rob Young reports from a Malaysia on the angry protests against the alleged corruption of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Meanwhile the BBC’s Katie Hile…

A Text a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Researchers in Sydney are using all sorts of innovations to improve the health of Australians. Prevention is better – and cheaper – than a cure. But only half of patients who’ve had heart attacks and strokes actually take their medication which is prescribed to reduce…


Helen worries for Henry, and Adam has high hopes.

Joe Lancaster

Bill Rice is joined by former Manchester United goalkeeper Joe Lancaster, the club’s oldest surviving player, and former striker Andy Ritchie.

The US Healthcare Debate

Why is healthcare such a big issue in US politics? We’re live in Nashville, Tennesse to hear how President Obama’s healthcare policy has been working, and why reforming ‘Obamacare’ is one of the key priorities for incoming President Trump.

Has America Changed?

Is anything different in the USA after a divisive campaign and a dramatic election? We return to American voters across the country to reflect on the days since Donald Trump’s victory. We also speak to people in India about their experiences since the government withdrew…