Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme
What next for Scottish independence?
Scotland's first minister has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that a second independence referendum is "a matter of when - not if".
The BBC’s Scotland editor, Sarah Smith, speaks to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, SNP deputy leader Keith Brown and Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross – and James Naughtie hears from young activists in the wake of the election results.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on trade, tyranny and Trump
In a wide-ranging interview the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said Washington does not yet know if Iran is serious about returning to the deal that constrained its nuclear activities.
Mr Blinken said Iran was getting closer to the point when it could produce fissile material for a nuclear weapon within a few months.
The Secretary of State said that that America "will respond" if Russia acts recklessly or aggressively. Blinken said that the US was less focused on President Putin or any one individual and more focused on Russia's actions. He described acts such as the Solar Winds cyber intrusion, interference in American elections and how Russia has responded to Navalny example of negative actions.
Secretary of State Blinken also spoke to the Today programme's Justin Webb about the relationship between the US and UK.
(Image: Antony Blinken; credit: Reuters)
The Troubles: 'I remember his body in the living room'
Official IRA man Joe McCann, 24, was shot near his home in the Markets area of Belfast in April 1972. Two former paratroopers accused of the murder have been formally acquitted after their trial collapsed.
The court heard Mr McCann was evading arrest when soldiers opened fire, killing him. Soldiers A and C, both in their 70s, had pleaded not guilty. The men admitted firing shots but said they had acted lawfully when doing so.
Today programme's Martha Kearney spoke to Mr McCann's daughter Aine and veterans commissioner for Northern Ireland Danny Kinahan.
(Image: Joe McCann; credit: McCann family)
Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme
Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover, presents the highlights from her guest edit of Today. The South African concept ‘Ubuntu’ or “I am because you are” is at the heart of her programme, reflecting on our common humanity. She hears from students at a pupil referrals unit, the charity Justice Defenders who work to improve access to justice, and also a Uighur child refugee exiled in Turkey. Including Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney.
(Image: Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, credit: Jim Drew)
Evan Spiegel’s Today programme
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel presents all the highlights from his guest edit for Today, on the theme of the future of the USA. He looks at what big ideas have shaped modern America and what will continue to define it, including justice reform, how society can make wiser investments and the balance of power between tech companies and government. Including Mishal Husain and Simon Jack.
(Image: Evan Spiegel, credit: Snap Inc)
Margaret Atwood’s Today programme
Twice Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood guest edits Today, looking at the theme of change. She interviews climate activist (and 2019 Today guest editor) Greta Thunberg and speaks to The Prince of Wales about campaigning for the environment over several decades. Also, Margaret’s Booker Prize co-winner Bernardine Evaristo speaks to gal-dem founder Liv Little and birdwatcher extraordinaire Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl. Hosted by Margaret Atwood - including Martha Kearney and Mishal Husain.
(Image: Margaret Atwood, credit: Luis Mora)
Should be called ‘The Today Business Programne’
This was a fantastic podcast but now seems capable of editing the business news into the app. This is interesting but is only 10% of the actual show - so why nothing else in the podcast? Come on BBC!