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Freezing your body

Would you want to be cryogenically preserved after death? After a 14 year girl won a legal battle to have her body preserved shortly before she died, we hear about how cryogenics works and the ethics around it. We’ll hear from others signing up to…


Brian struggles to look on the bright side, and Pip keeps Toby’s feet on the ground.

America’s Addiction Crisis

We talk to drug and alcohol addicts in the US as an official report says many more addicts need help rather than condemnation. Also, one week on from the US election, how are Donald Trump’s supporters and critics feeling? Are they more or less optimistic…

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.