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Amol and Nick on a tricky policy decision for PM Starmer.

The Today Podcast BBC Radio 4

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Amol and Nick on a tricky policy decision for PM Starmer.

    New MPs, new government... new politics?

    New MPs, new government... new politics?

    It’s Keir Starmer’s first full week in government and he’s already facing an impending crisis: overflowing prisons.
    Amol and Nick speak to the former justice secretary Alex Chalk, who tells us what his successor, Shabana Mahmood, should do to fix it.
    Journalist and podcaster Helen Lewis swings by to assess Labour’s first week and the Conservative leadership race.
    And – what a row over an AI candidate who turned out to be real says about the way rumours circulate via direct messaging.
    If you have a question you’d like to Amol and Nick to answer, get in touch by sending us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 4346 or email us Today@bbc.co.uk
    Episodes of The Today Podcast continue to land twice a week post-election and look out for bonus Q&A episodes. Subscribe on BBC Sounds to get Amol and Nick's take on the new government, with insights from behind the scenes at the UK's most influential radio news programme.
    The Today Podcast is hosted by Amol Rajan and Nick Robinson, both presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the UK’s most influential radio news programme. Amol was the BBC’s media editor for six years and is the former editor of the Independent, he’s also the current presenter of University Challenge. Nick has presented the Today programme since 2015, he was the BBC’s political editor for ten years before that and also previously worked as ITV’s political editor.
    You can listen to the latest episode of The Today Podcast any time on your smart speaker by saying “Smart Speaker, ask BBC Sounds to play The Today Podcast.”
    The producer is Izzy Rowley, the editor is Tom Smithard. The executive producer is Owenna Griffiths. Research and digital production from Joe Wilkinson, technical production from Hannah Montgomery.

    • 59 min
    Reeves goes for growth in the Treasury, Starmer takes to the world stage

    Reeves goes for growth in the Treasury, Starmer takes to the world stage

    Amol and Nick are back for Labour’s first week in government to look at Rachel Reeves’ plan for growth and how Keir Starmer can position himself on the world stage as he jets off for a Nato summit in the US.
    Plus, Nick is in Normandy to provide his assessment of what the final round of the French elections might mean for Emmanuel Macron’s political future.
    And they answer listener questions – should 16-year-olds get the vote and can politicians ever hold back the tides of change?
    If you have a question you’d like to Amol and Nick to answer get in touch by sending us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 4346 or email us Today@bbc.co.uk
    Episodes of The Today Podcast will continue to land on Mondays and Wednesdays post-election and look out for bonus Q&A episodes. Subscribe on BBC Sounds to get Amol and Nick's take on the new government, with insights from behind the scenes at the UK's most influential radio news programme.
    The Today Podcast is hosted by Amol Rajan and Nick Robinson, both presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the UK’s most influential radio news programme. Amol was the BBC’s media editor for six years and is the former editor of the Independent, he’s also the current presenter of University Challenge. Nick has presented the Today programme since 2015, he was the BBC’s political editor for ten years before that and also previously worked as ITV’s political editor.
    You can listen to the latest episode of The Today Podcast anytime on your smart speaker by saying “Alexa, Ask BBC Sounds for The Today Podcast.”
    The producer is Izzy Rowley, the editor is Tom Smithard. The executive producer is Owenna Griffiths. Research and digital production from Joe Wilkinson, technical production from Jack Graysmark.

    • 33 min
    Post-election pod: How will Labour govern? And who will take charge of the Tories?

    Post-election pod: How will Labour govern? And who will take charge of the Tories?

    It’s the afternoon after the night before and Amol and Nick are back after 14 hours of live radio for a post-election podcast.
    How will Keir Starmer govern as prime minister? Will the Conservative leadership contest be taken over by Nigel Farage? How did the Liberal Democrats do so well? And why has there been such a pronounced splintering overnight in British politics?
    Plus – an update on pod squadder Alex’s election night cross stitching!
    If you have a question you’d like to Amol and Nick to answer get in touch by sending us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 4346 or email us Today@bbc.co.uk
    Episodes of The Today Podcast will continue to land on Mondays and Wednesdays post-election and look out for bonus Q&A episodes. Subscribe on BBC Sounds to get Amol and Nick's take on the new government, with insights from behind the scenes at the UK's most influential radio news programme.
    The Today Podcast is hosted by Amol Rajan and Nick Robinson, both presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the UK’s most influential radio news programme. Amol was the BBC’s media editor for six years and is the former editor of the Independent, he’s also the current presenter of University Challenge. Nick has presented the Today programme since 2015, he was the BBC’s political editor for ten years before that and also previously worked as ITV’s political editor.
    You can listen to the latest episode of The Today Podcast anytime on your smart speaker by saying “Alexa, Ask BBC Sounds for The Today Podcast.”
    The senior producer is Tom Smithard, the producer is Hazel Morgan. The editor is Louisa Lewis. The executive producer is Owenna Griffiths. Technical production from Hannah Montgomery. Digital production from Elliot Ryder.

    • 35 min
    Election Night Fever and the Challenge across the Channel

    Election Night Fever and the Challenge across the Channel

    Amol and Nick look ahead to election night, with a run down of the key moments and the best time to get some sleep (if you must!)
    They also discuss one of the big challenges the next government faces - whoever enters Downing Street on Friday - what to do about small boats crossing the Channel. What could the elections in France mean for any future agreement? Lord Ricketts, former ambassador to France and former National Security Adviser gives his take.
    Plus the Pod Squad have a special birthday surprise for Amol!
    If you have a question you’d like to Amol, Nick and the Pod Squad to answer get in touch by sending us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 4346 or email us Today@bbc.co.uk
    Episodes of The Today Podcast during the election campaign land on Mondays and Wednesdays and look out for bonus episodes. Subscribe on BBC Sounds to get Amol and Nick's reaction to the election results this Friday, with insights from behind the scenes at the UK's most influential radio news programme.
    The Today Podcast is hosted by Amol Rajan and Nick Robinson, both presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the UK’s most influential radio news programme. Amol was the BBC’s media editor for six years and is the former editor of the Independent, he’s also the current presenter of University Challenge. Nick has presented the Today programme since 2015, he was the BBC’s political editor for ten years before that and also previously worked as ITV’s political editor.
    You can listen to the latest episode of The Today Podcast anytime on your smart speaker by saying “Alexa, Ask BBC Sounds for The Today Podcast.”
    The senior producer is Tom Smithard, the researcher is Joe Wilkinson, the producer is Hazel Morgan. The editor is Louisa Lewis. The executive producer is Owenna Griffiths. Technical production from Jonny Baker. Digital production from Joe and Elliot Ryder.

    • 54 min
    Bonus Q&A – 'None of the Above' on ballot papers & election night cliché bingo.

    Bonus Q&A – 'None of the Above' on ballot papers & election night cliché bingo.

    Should there be an alternative to voting for the least-worst candidate? Why are we obsessed by cult of personality politicians? And what are the election night words to avoid?
    Amol and Nick return with another bonus question and answer episode as The Today Podcast prepares for polling day.
    If you have a question you’d like to Amol, Nick and the Pod Squad to answer get in touch by sending us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 4346 or email us Today@bbc.co.uk
    Episodes of The Today Podcast during the election campaign land on Mondays and Wednesdays. Look out for bonus episodes like this one. Subscribe on BBC Sounds to get Amol and Nick's reaction to the election results this Friday, with insights from behind the scenes at the UK's most influential radio news programme.
    The Today Podcast is hosted by Amol Rajan and Nick Robinson, both presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the UK’s most influential radio news programme. Amol was the BBC’s media editor for six years and is the former editor of the Independent, he’s also the current presenter of University Challenge. Nick has presented the Today programme since 2015, he was the BBC’s political editor for ten years before that and also previously worked as ITV’s political editor.
    You can listen to the latest episode of The Today Podcast anytime on your smart speaker by saying “Alexa, Ask BBC Sounds for The Today Podcast.”
    The senior producer is Tom Smithard, the researcher and digital producer is Joe Wilkinson, the producer is Hazel Morgan. The editor is Louisa Lewis. The executive producer is Owenna Griffiths. Technical production from Jack Graysmark.

    • 26 min
    It’s election week!

    It’s election week!

    With just a few days to go before people go to the polls, Amol and Nick reflect on the strategies behind the parties’ get-out-the-vote messages.
    And they reflect on the shift to the far right in the French elections with Justin Webb, who joins them from the Paris café he presented Radio 4’s Today from.
    Plus Amol and Nick answer a listener question – how do they prepare for political interviews?
    Episodes of The Today Podcast land twice a week during the election campaign – and watch out for bonus episodes. Subscribe on BBC Sounds to get Amol and Nick's take on the biggest stories of the week, with insights from behind the scenes at the UK's most influential radio news programme. If you would like a question answering, get in touch by sending us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 330 123 4346 or email us Today@bbc.co.uk
    The Today Podcast is hosted by Amol Rajan and Nick Robinson, both presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the UK’s most influential radio news programme. Amol was the BBC’s media editor for six years and is the former editor of the Independent, he’s also the current presenter of University Challenge. Nick has presented the Today programme since 2015, he was the BBC’s political editor for ten years before that and also previously worked as ITV’s political editor.
    You can listen to the latest episode of The Today Podcast anytime on your smart speaker by saying “Alexa, Ask BBC Sounds for The Today Podcast.”
    The senior producer is Tom Smithard, the researcher and digital producer is Joe Wilkinson, the producer is Hazel Morgan. The editor is Louisa Lewis. The executive producer is Owenna Griffiths. Technical production from Jack Graysmark.

    • 41 min

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