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‘Drunken, drugged-up thugs’ could have caused death at the Euro final, a review finds.

Episodes

Foul Play

‘Drunken, drugged-up thugs’ could have caused death at the Euro final, a review finds. Two thousand ticketless fans stormed the stadium for one of English football’s biggest matches, and the official report says a “perfect storm” of problems might have turned it into a tragedy. We speak to the BBC’s Sports Correspondent, Natalie Pirks, at Wembley. It’s also time for a COP catch-up. Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, rejoins Adam to assess the aftermath of the Glasgow summit. And after footage emerged of an antisemitic attack on a bus in London’s Oxford Street, we hear from British-Jewish BBC journalist Tom Brada, who has just made a documentary investigating a spike in reports of antisemitism in the UK. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with producers Alix Pickles, Maia Lowerson and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
03/12/2137m 47s

Intimate Oral Contact

Find out which cabinet minister won’t be snogging under the mistletoe. Adam, Laura and Chris mull over what really happened at a Downing Street gathering last Christmas. Also, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he won’t be cancelling festive events and warns Chris to back off over criticism of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, Ros Jones and Vicky Farncombe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
02/12/2132m 30s

Carry on Christmas

Laura chats to Adam about reports that Christmas parties were held in Downing Street at the height of last year’s lockdown. The BBCs Hugh Pym and Branwen Jeffreys join Adam to discuss whether festivities and school nativities will go ahead this year. We hear views from the picket line as university staff go on a three-day strike over pay, working conditions and pensions. Adam brings you Newscast’s very own – and very brief – version of Radio 4’s ‘The Reith Lectures’. It’s all about AI. And as advent calendars are opened, Adam invents his own version, ‘the badvent calendar’, a collection of the most cringeworthy moments of 2021. Please share yours: newscast@bbc.co.uk This episode of Newscast was made by Ros Jones with Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper, Alix Pickles and Sally Abrahams. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall. The studio manager was Michael Regaard
01/12/2129m 0s

"C"

The boss of MI6 speaks! His name is Richard Moore and he's said some really interesting things about China, Afghanistan and green ink! Adam talks it through with the BBC's Gordon Corera. And after another Covid press conference from Boris Johnson, Adam and Fergus chat with a pharmacist in Surrey. How will the roll out of the booster jabs really work? This episode of Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Sally Abrahams and Rosamund Jones. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
30/11/2130m 54s

Omicron I Don’t Believe It

Every adult in the UK will be offered a Covid booster jab... Fergus and Laura talk through all the new changes. And as British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, goes on trial accused of grooming underage girls for convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, we hear about his controlling behaviour from a journalist who has interviewed him many times. This episode of Newscast was made by Emma Close with Sally Abrahams, Serena Tarling and Rosamund Jones. Thestudio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
29/11/2137m 3s

The 'Nu' Variant

'Nu' variant, new concern. Scientists are closely watching a new variant of coronavirus circulating in southern Africa, nicknamed the 'nu' variant. The BBC’s Health and Science Correspondent, James Gallagher, tells Adam what the experts are telling him. So how worried should we be? France has uninvited the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, from a meeting set up to deal with the recent surge in dangerous crossings of the Channel. The Economist’s Paris Bureau Chief, Sophie Pedder, explains why relations are so tense. And appendicitis can be extremely painful – and a real pain to diagnose. BBC News Presenter Reeta Chakrabarti shares her experience with appendicitis and tells us why it’s so important that it’s spotted early. Today's Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with producers Rosie Blunt, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Frank McWeeny. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
26/11/2136m 37s

Oh no Boris!

The Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle brings his pet parrot, Boris, into the Newscast studio. He also reveals that he’s been "heavily lobbied" by women MPs not to change the rules on bringing children into parliamentary debates. Labour MP Stella Creasy was told it was against the rules to bring a child to a debate after her three-month-old son accompanied her earlier this week. And Katya talks to Laura and Chris about the political ramifications following the deaths of people trying to cross the Channel in dinghies. Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, Ali Gee and Ros Jones. Jonathan Aspinwall is the editor.
25/11/2133m 5s

Migrant tragedy in the Channel

More than 30 people have drowned after their boat sank on the way to the UK… Emily Maitlis (who was en route to Dover as the story was unfolding) takes us through the details. After his exclusive interview with the President of Belarus went viral, the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg and his producer Will Vernon tell all about what it was like meeting “Europe’s last dictator”. And Laura joins Adam from a windy walk in Edinburgh to chat through her interview with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Rosamund Jones, Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Rachel Judah. Hannah Montgomery is the studio director.
24/11/2138m 38s

Twitter Threads

What connects a Chinese tennis star, the new Culture Secretary and a viral karaoke show? Adam explains why the answer is Twitter, with a load of great voices for this bumper Tuesday episode... The BBC's new Culture Editor, Katie Razzall, was watching the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries. BBC China's John Sudworth and Kerry Allen have been following the tale of the tennis legend, Peng Shuai. And Jacob McLaughlin, from Manchester, really knows how to host an online karaoke gig! Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper, Rachel Judah and Ros Jones. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
23/11/2134m 31s

The Pig Idea

The PM says Peppa Pig World is his "kind of place" in a pork-ward speech today... Adam, Laura and Chris get together to chew it all through. Also, Dr Katya Adler joins from Brussels (to complete the Brexitcast crew) and explains what's been going on with the protests in Europe. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham, Rosamund Jones and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
22/11/2123m 51s

Simon says, Marr goes

As lockdowns are reintroduced in Europe, Katya and Adam discuss soaring infection rates with Professor Hendrik Streeck of the Institute of Virology in Bonn. Plus, as Andrew Marr announces he’s leaving the BBC, we find out what he thinks Adam should be reading. Also, Simon Reeve talks rural poverty, wiggly rivers and curried squirrel in Cumbria. And Newscasters remember Ghostbusters – aka Phantom Breakers (if you get lost in translation). Newscast was made by Ben Cooper, Danny Wittenberg, Sally Abrahams, Serena Tarling, Rosamund Jones, Ali Gee and Emma Crowe.
19/11/2134m 53s

Mind the Gap

There are accusations of betrayal as the HS2 rail extension to Leeds is scrapped. Train enthusiast, David Brewer, who has visited all the railway stations in the UK, shares his thoughts about how the money should be spent. Ireland’s Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, admits to Laura K that he’s frustrated over the situation with trade and Northern Ireland. And Adam, Laura and Chris explain changes to the cap on the cost of social care. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Sally Abrahams. The assistant editor was Alison Gee and the editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
18/11/2130m 25s

MPs’ booster jobs

There's been a heated row in parliament today about MP's taking on second jobs... Adam and Laura chat it through. The BBC's Sima Kotecha and her mum, Hansa, are back! We discuss the huge public reaction to former Yorkshire cricketer, Azeem Rafiq’s, emotional testimony on Tuesday. And the cost of living has surged at its fastest pace in almost 10 years. Another friend of the pod, Bloomberg’s Lizzy Burden, explains how it’s affecting everything from crisps to second-hand cars. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Cassie Galpin. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
17/11/2134m 11s

Fresh Airbnb

Are we going through the biggest change in travel since the invention of the aeroplane? The boss of Airbnb pops in on Newscast... Adam bumps into the absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley, who is having a very good day. And we find out what’s going on with the Belarus-Poland border crisis (and how the implications are trickling down the political pipeline) with the BBC's Nick Beake. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Serena Tarling. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
16/11/2131m 53s

Louis Theroux

When Adam met… one of his heroes he talked to him about life in lockdown, good interview techniques and how to make a hit podcast! As well as Louis Theroux, in this episode Adam is chatting to Fergus about the latest Covid news (there’s lots today) and also the BBC’s Gordon Corera, who explains what happened at the Liverpool Women's Hospital explosion on Sunday. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Alix Pickles and Sally Abrahams. The studio director was Ash Taylor and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
15/11/2134m 28s

Coalplay

A global climate deal has been agreed in Glasgow... and here's our episode on how it happened. Adam and Rebecca Morelle talk it all through as the final gavel comes down. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham. The studio director was Michael Regaard. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
13/11/2120m 42s

COP26: Endgame

We're still assembled in Glasgow as the climate summit reaches its climax. After two weeks of intense talks, negotiations are continuing over a final deal to try and slow temperature rises. Former PM Tony Blair tells us what he believes can be achieved before the conference (finally) comes to an end. Adam also catches up with the BBC’s Science Correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, and rubs shoulders with our broadcasting rival, Robert Peston, as we go through the changes to the draft agreement. Plus, we speak to Newscaster Dr Amanda Edgeworth, who emailed in about the role she played in an extraordinary cave rescue earlier this week. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with producers Georgia Coan, Serena Tarling and Sally Abrahams. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
12/11/2141m 4s

High Drama Sharma?

Alok Sharma needs to turn up the drama to get COP where it needs to be, says Ed Miliband. Instead of ‘No Drama Sharma’, the former Labour leader thinks the president of COP26 should go for ‘High Drama Sharma’. Political sleaze is also on the agenda as Laura K noses around Westminster to check which MPs are in the office. And Adam shares some (unscientific) analysis about whether Newscasters are more likely to listen when they are walking the dog or brushing their teeth. Today’s Newscast was made by Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan, Danny Wittenberg and Ros Jones. The assistant editor is Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
11/11/2129m 46s

Secretary Pete!

We chat with Pete Buttigieg, the US transportation secretary about today's draft COP26 climate change agreement, life as a working parent in the US and the MP sleaze row. Also, a new study suggests that the best time to get to sleep is between 10pm and 11pm. So, when are you meant to listen to Newscast? Dr Nerina, the sleep expert, knows when to put your head down. Zzzzzzzzz.   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. Michael Regaard is the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
10/11/2133m 0s

A Cox Up?

Sir Geoffrey Cox MP has been working remotely from the Caribbean... Laura is in the back of a cab (again) to explain what it all means for the Government. Dr Tamsin Edwards from the pod 39 Ways To Save The Planet chats through the latest at COP26. How optimistic is she right now? And former Facebooker, Frances Haugen, stops off at Newscast (after testifying in front of the EU Parliament) as part of her European whistle-stop tour. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Sally Abrahams, Georgia Coan and Rosamund Jones. The studio director is Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham.
09/11/2134m 30s

Elonomics

The Tesla billionaire asks the Twittersphere for tax advice. But what’s the real story behind this latest move from Elon Musk? Adam mulls over the latest from COP26, including why the fossil fuel industry has the largest delegation at the conference, with New Zealand’s environment minister, James Shaw and Jennifer Morgan from Greenpeace. And, as the US finally opens for tourists, one couple explains why they are desperately seeking Disney. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Rosamund Jones, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan and Serena Tarling. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
08/11/2131m 23s

Forces of Nature

The next generation of climate activists take centre stage… with Greta and co leading the way. Adam chats to climate activist, Mikaela Loach, about how she finds time to fight for the future of the planet (all the while being 5th year medical student).   The BBC’s Laura Scott is outside Yorkshire County Cricket Club to explain the latest in the Azeem Rafiq racism case.   And also, just how do COP’s vegan croissants compare to their full fat counterparts? Adam tucks in... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Rachel Judah and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
05/11/2130m 25s

Amber Warning

Ex-cabinet minister Amber Rudd at COP. The former home secretary – and energy secretary at the time of the last historic climate conference – joins Adam in Glasgow to look at how much progress has been made in the first few days of this summit. And Laura and Chris are in Westminster where the Tory MP Owen Paterson has quit after being found to have broken lobbying rules. The row involved an embarrassing U-turn for the government and brought back questions about trust in politics. Not usually one to go easy on Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd thinks Number 10’s handling of it all was an “epic and baffling” mistake. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg. The assistant editors were Alison Gee and Sam Bonham. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
04/11/2133m 40s

COP Gear

A high speed podcast looking at the day's news... Adam chats to the F1 driver, Nico Rosberg, about whether petrolheads will ever become electroheads. The BBC's Simon Jack explains why UK businesses will need to show how they are intending on hitting climate change targets. And also, what's the latest with the Covid numbers? Fergus knows what's what... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones, Georgia Coan and Sally Abrahams. The studio director was Cassie Galpin.
03/11/2130m 3s

Gas-gow

World leaders are talking conifers, cash and cows. But is it all hot air? Laura K and Rebecca M explain all the comings and goings at the COP26 Climate Conference today. The ex-President of the Maldives chats to Adam about whether rich tourists should stop flying to his sun-soaked islands. And also, are croissants a climate catastrophe? What is Boris Johnson's favourite tree? And why won't Leonardo DiCaprio talk to us at the climate conference? Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
02/11/2132m 0s

Emissions Impossible?

We're looking for Leonardo Dicoprio at the Glasgow climate conference... Adam and Laura are chatting to Christiana Figueres, who was responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. How does she think it's all going so far this time round? Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
01/11/2129m 9s

COPs to do

World leaders are arriving at the Glasgow climate conference (including the Prime Minister of Sweden, who's on this special Sunday episode). Adam and Laura chat it all through... And we hear from the boss of Greenpeace International, who's trying to help the COP26 negotiations move along a bit quicker. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham. The studio director was Tom Ward. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall
31/10/2128m 27s

Climate Actually

We’re just a podcast, sitting in front of Richard Curtis, asking him some questions. The rom-com hitmaker – famous for Four Weddings, Notting Hill and Love Actually – joins us to talk about the environment and why your choice of pension matters for the planet. The world is gathering in Glasgow this weekend to discuss climate change. Laura checks in from the airport as she boards the PM’s plane to Rome, where the G20 leaders’ summit is taking place first. And with the government looking at cracking down on so-called ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ companies, Adam speaks to the CEO and co-founder of Klarna, Sebastian Siemiatkowski. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Ben Cooper, Maz Ebtehaj, Georgia Coan and Sam Bonham. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
29/10/2137m 54s

Ask Reeves

The shadow chancellor’s take on the Budget The fallout from the Budget and spending review continues, as the IFS today says millions of people will be worse off by 2022. The Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves joins Adam and Chris to explain how Labour would do things differently. And ahead of the UN Climate Change conference, COP26, which kicks off on Sunday, Newscast has enlisted students from Vyners School in west London to ask some questions about the climate crisis. Isabella O’Dowd, the head of climate change at WWF, helps us answer them. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj and Danny Wittenberg. The assistant editors is Emma Close and Alison Gee. Jonathan Aspinwall is the editor.
28/10/2127m 50s

Spenny Lane

Budgets, booze and The Beatles... Rishi Sunak made some big announcements in his Budget and Spending Review today. His speech included changes to Universal Tax Credit, Business rates and taxation. Adam, Laura and "PJ" from the Institute for Fiscal Studies get into it all. And (because booze is one of the big topics of the day) we hear from the Head Winemaker at The Bolney Wine Estate. How much will a bottle of bubbles set you back now? Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. Hannah Montgomery is the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
27/10/2133m 31s

"Spreadsheet Phil"

Let's play Budget Bingo with the Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond... Adam is back and chatting to the man they used to refer to as "Spreadsheet Phil" about what he would do if he was still Chancellor of the Exchequer. We also hear from the BBC's Katie Prescott, who's in a market in Bristol talking to shop owners about how business is going. What are they hoping for in this week's spending review and budget bonanza? Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham, with Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Danny Wittenberg. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Alison Gee was the assistant editor.
26/10/2128m 37s

The One With Naga

Could we BE any more across the day's news? On the podcast we're talking about the plans for National Living Wage, greenhouse gases hitting record levels and Gunther's best moments on Friends, after James Michael Tyler (who played the character of Gunther on the sitcom) died. Adam is still "on a break" so Naga Munchetty is our special guest presenter, chatting with Alex Forsyth, Rory Cellan-Jones (for the last time as he's leaving the BBC) and Oksana Tarasova from the World Meteorological Organization. We're really there for you today... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham, with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee. Credits (thanks for the clips): Friends/Bright, Kauffman, Crane Productions/Warner
25/10/2133m 10s

I'm A Celeb… Get Me On Newscast

Giovanna Fletcher and Vernon Kay chat with Victoria Derbyshire about life on I'm a Celeb last year, breaking the rules on reality TV, and plans for the new series. We hear from Scotland’s health minister, Humza Yousaf, about his plans for dealing with Covid this winter. And, how did cinematographer Halyna Hutchins end up being shot with a prop gun on a New Mexico film set by the actor Alec Baldwin? We speak to a firearms expert. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee, with Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Sam Bonham. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
22/10/2131m 34s

Newscats

Covid cases top 50,000 in the UK The number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the UK reached 52,009 today, going over 50,000 for the first time since July. Former health secretary and chair of the Health and Social Committee Jeremy Hunt tells Laura, Chris and Fergus that we can expect a difficult winter unless the Government encouarges more people to get jabs and boosters. Also the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove says that countries need to think about the rest of the world before they roll out boosters for their own. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with Danny Wittenberg and Maz Ebtehaj. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
21/10/2133m 10s

A Call for Arms

Government tells everyone to get their Covid jabs… The Health Secretary says coronavirus is still a threat, but he’s lined up a new antiviral drug that could help speed up recovery time. Fergus talks us through what’s going on… What went wrong in Afghanistan? Former Ambassador to the US and national security advisor, Sir Kim Darroch, explains what happened at today’s committee looking at how we left the country in the summer. And the director of the BBC documentary “Four Hours in the Capitol” explains how he tracked down the people who stormed the US government buildings back in January. It’s a busy one… And we’ve got Chris Mason in the hot seat! Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. Emma Crowe is the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
20/10/2132m 21s

Heat Pump It Up

We’ve got ourselves a net zero plan for greenhouse gases. Victoria Derbyshire is today’s guest presenter… She chats to Chris Stark, who advises government on climate change policy, about what Boris Johnson’s plan is for electric vehicles, houses and heat pumps. Fergus pops in for a Covid catchup. And we hear from the boss of Refuge, a charity providing support for women and children experiencing domestic violence, about the ways in which abusers are using technology to undermine and control people. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with producers Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
19/10/2129m 50s

Remembering Sir David

The Queen agrees to make Southend a city in honour of the Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, who was stabbed to death in his constituency in Essex on Friday. Naga (today's special guest host) talks it through with Laura, as well as the BBC's Frank Gardner. And, on the day that former US secretary of state, Colin Powell, dies, we hear from Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to the United States, who worked with him. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Cassie Galpin and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
18/10/2132m 2s

Sir David Amess Killed

The Conservative MP has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex. As politicians on all sides pay tribute to one of their colleagues, Laura and Alex Forsyth get together with Adam to reflect on Sir David’s life and death, as well as the issue of MPs’ safety. In this episode you can also hear an interview that we recorded earlier this afternoon, with the environmental activist, Lily Cole. Lily has been at the TED climate conference in Edinburgh, discussing her campaigning on solutions to climate change. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
15/10/2130m 40s

Prince William does Newscast

It’s a Royal Boxset! Adam sits down with Prince William at Kensington Palace to watch his landmark BBC One series about the challenges facing the planet. In his Newscast debut, the Prince talks climate change ahead of the Earthshot Prize Awards, which will be awarded for the first time this weekend. Today’s Newscast was made by Natalie Ktena and Emma Close. The sound engineers were Gabby Tewson and Emma Crowe. The Editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
14/10/2132m 38s

Another Brexit Deal?!

The EU’s got a new plan for Northern Ireland, getting rid of most checks on British goods... So Katya and Adam are bringing (1/2 of) Brexitcast back! We’re talking about trouble at the ports again, as containers stack up in Felixstowe. Shipping expert, Michelle Bockmann is back aboard to explain what's going on. And former England player, Anton Ferdinand, talks us through why social media companies can’t ignore racism anymore. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
13/10/2130m 47s

The Covid Report

A report by MPs says the UK’s early response to Covid-19 was one of the country’s worst public health failures. Professor Sir John Bell joins Adam and James to look back on the momentous decisions made in March 2020. As the financial fallout from the pandemic continues, the number of job vacancies in the UK has hit a record 1.1million. Why aren’t those jobs filled – and what does it mean for the economy? Bloomberg’s Lizzy Burden explains. And what is the EU doing to cut emissions in the run-up to the COP climate summit? Adam reunites with the European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans to find out. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
12/10/2137m 9s

Beam Me Up Bezos

William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, is going into space for real. He’s swapping the Starship Enterprise for Jeff Bezos’s space travel company, Blue Origin. Fellow Canadian and astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield tells us what he can expect. Also, the latest on gas prices and why the rise is such a problem for British steel companies. Gareth Stace of UK Steel explains what he wants the government to do. And chilled meats are back on the menu as the UK and EU face off over Northern Ireland. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee with producers Alix Pickles and Georgia Coan. The studio manager was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
11/10/2129m 50s

The Big Issues

John Bird, co-founder of The Big Issue, warns of the risk of mass homelessness at a time when prices are going up. He tells us he wants the government to spend £1 trillion to fix the problem. First up though, Dr Amir Khan drops by to explain why this year’s flu jab campaign is the biggest ever. Like his boxing namesake, he wants people to get jabbed. And the UK is eating less MEAT but still too much to MEET a key sustainability target, according to scientists at Oxford. We MEET the lead researcher, Cristina Stewart, who says that not all meat is equal… Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Mike Regaard and the assistant editor was Ali Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
08/10/2135m 40s

Unfriendly Fires

Energy bills could rise further Martin Lewis says for the first time ever, he is telling consumers to do nothing! He explains to Laura, Adam and Chris what is going on with energy prices and gives his advice. And Robert Jenrick, former housing minister, says that parliament cannot buckle over planning reforms. He also admits that the cost of living crisis is going to be challenging for all of us. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Caitlin Hanrahan and Danny Wittenberg. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
07/10/2131m 0s

What’s Tina’s Turnover?

Music legends are selling off the rights to their music for millions... And with Tina Turner being the latest, music man, Chris Cooke, explains how it all works. And Laura is on a train again... this time breaking down the Prime Minister’s big conference speech. What did he say and, more importantly, what didn't he say? Also, everyone's talking about universal credit, but how does it actually work? The boss of the Resolution Foundation walks us through it. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
06/10/2134m 8s

Sarah Everard: The Inquiry

Police face a moment of reckoning...   The government has announced an inquiry into the "systematic failures" that led to the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer. Zoe Billingham, who was recently commissioned by the Home Secretary to write a report on violence against women and girls, talks us through it all.   And, after Facebook, WhatsApp and Insta were hit by the blackout on Monday, Victoria Baines (who's a cyber expert) explains why the internet is not quite as robust as we all thought it was!   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editors were Sam Bonham and Alison Gee.
05/10/2129m 44s

Opening the Pandora Papers

Exposing £££ secrets of some of the world’s richest people... The Pandora Papers is a leak of almost 12 million documents that reveals hidden wealth, tax avoidance and, in some cases, money laundering by some of the world's rich and powerful. The BBC's Andy Verity takes us through it all.. And Adam is back on the road again! This time he's at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, talking Rishi Sunak, WhatsApp and pigs! Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
04/10/2134m 39s

Meet Your Greens

The newly-elected Green Party co-leaders, Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay, come straight to the Newscast studio to talk about the future of the party and the planet, plus blues dancing and chickpea curry. And before that, Australia is relaxing its strict pandemic border policy. We speak to Newscaster Sharon, who's living in London but is desperate to reunite with her family in Sydney. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Alix Pickles and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
01/10/2133m 33s

Sarah Everard

Met Police chief under pressure to quit. As Sarah Everard’s murderer is given a whole life sentence, the Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is under pressure to resign. The chair of the Home Affairs select committee Yvette Cooper joins Laura, Adam and Chris to discuss what needs to be done to protect women and girls. Plus former M16 chief Sir Alex Younger talks about the current threats to British security, and how he was scouted to become a spy. And he gives the thumbs up to the latest Bond movie. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Caitlin Hanrahan, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan and Danny Wittenberg. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
30/09/2131m 6s

Keir to stay

Labour's leader, Sir Keir Starmer, faced heckles during his first in-person conference speech… Comedian Susie McCabe shares some tips on how to deal with it, and Adam, Laura, and Chris catch up on how it went. Also, criminology professor, James Treadwell, talks us through the history of protesting. It's after climate change activists, Insulate Britain’s, defiance of a court order by blocking part of the M25 today. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with producers Georgia Coan and Soila Apparicio. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham was the assistant editor.
29/09/2131m 31s

The R Kelly Trial

He could spend the rest of his life behind bars... As R Kelly awaits sentencing, Jim DeRogatis, the music journalist who was one of the first people to break the allegations 20 years ago, talks us through the history and implications of the case.    And as Netflix reveals its viewing figures to much fanfare at an industry conference, technology journalist Stuart Miles sits down with Adam to flick through the most popular offerings.   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan and Soila Apparicio. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham and Alison Gee are the assistant editors.   Credits (thanks for letting us use your film trailers): Bridgerton – Shondaland Minecraft - Telltale Games Squid game - Siren Pictures Inc
28/09/2131m 43s

Phil McCann!

Filling up on Labour conference, Germany elections and HGV news. Shadow cabinet minister, Andy McDonald, has quit Labour’s frontbench with a scathing attack on Sir Keir Starmer on the eve of his major speech to the Brighton delegates. He’s accused the Labour leader of making the party “more divided than ever” and breaking promises to members over working conditions. Adam and Laura are on the conference floor to assess how it’s gone down. Plus, Laura stumbles across Newscast superfan Jacob, who wangles his way onto the pod. Also in a Brexitcast-esque crossover, Katya calls in from Berlin, where Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have claimed a narrow election victory, telling the party of Angela Merkel it should no longer be in power. But the outgoing chancellor’s retirement is on hold for what could be weeks of coalition negotiations, with conservative Armin Laschet determined to fight on. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Danny Wittenberg, Ben Cooper and Soila Apparicio. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
27/09/2133m 23s

Petroldread

People are talking about the UK's fuel queues. Driver shortages, an energy crisis and rising inflation... But are we really heading towards a new "Winter of Discontent" (like the one in 1978)? To find out, we’ve got the BBC’s political reporter from back in the day, Nick Jones.   And the killing of 28-year-old primary school teacher, Sabina Nessa, in south-east London, has reignited the conversation about women’s safety on the streets. Adam is joined by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Zoë Billingham, and Janey Starling, co-director of the feminist organisation, Level Up, to discuss what more needs to be done to protect women from violence.   Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham was the assistant editor.
24/09/2134m 31s

What Are Labour Essaying?

Labour’s internal wranglings ahead of party conference John McDonnell talks to Laura, Adam and Chris about Keir Starmer, internal party politics and how to win the next general election, ahead of the Labour party conference. But the big question is, will he be taking his trombone? And Laura spills the beans about her trip across the Atlantic and how Boris Johnson was received by the UN and in particular in meetings with US president Joe Biden Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, Caitlin Hanrahan and Danny Wittenberg. Jonathan Aspinwall is the Editor.
23/09/2130m 0s

UNGA-standing what’s going on

World leaders look at their climate commitments at the UN General Assembly. As President Xi Jinping announces that China will stop building overseas coal-fired power plants during his address, Nick Mabey, Chief Executive of climate change think-tank E3G, explains how it feeds into the upcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow. With households facing a perfect storm of higher bills at home and at the checkout, Adam speaks to Richard Walker, the MD of supermarket chain Iceland, about what’s being done to tackle the rising cost of living. And as the royal family reflect on the life of Prince Philip in a new BBC documentary, Newscasters share their own memories of the late Duke of Edinburgh. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with producers Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Emma Close was the Assistant Editor.
22/09/2130m 28s

The PM on the Train

Behind the scenes with Boris Johnson stateside. Laura explains what’s going on at the UN General Assembly in New York City. And, it was 20 years ago that a young African boy was murdered and dumped in the River Thames but the police still haven’t solved the case. The BBC’s Angus Crawford, who has followed the murder mystery since the very start, talks Adam through the investigation. Today’s Newscast was produced by Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Emma Crowe and the assistant editors were Sam Bonham and Alison Gee.
21/09/2134m 45s

Pain In The Gas

Energy prices have gone up… but the government says there is no chance that the lights will go out. The BBC's Simon Jack explains what it all might mean for our heating bills this winter. Adam speaks to the Lib Dem leader, Sir Ed Davey, after his party's conference this weekend. How does he think he'll win over voters (the answer is by “knocking down the Blue wall" apparently)? Also, Laura is in New York… and we can all go soon too as the US is opening up to fully vaccinated travellers. Today’s Newscast was propagated by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Daniel Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Gareth Jones and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
20/09/2132m 13s

Len McCluskey

Len McCluskey, the outgoing Unite union leader, chats to Adam about Labour’s chances at the next general election, and why he still wants Sir Keir Starmer to become prime minister even though he doesn’t trust him. And...Attention travellers: we have some breaking news about changes to the government’s rules on going abroad. Also, Newsnight’s Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban is here to explain why the historic security pact known as AUKUS, between Australia, the UK and the US marks a major shift in diplomatic relations in the Asia-Pacific. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Nick Jones. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor and Jonathan Aspinwall is the Editor.
17/09/2134m 52s

At Whitt’s End

John Whittingdale reflects on losing his job. In his first interview since getting the sack, former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale tells Laura and Adam that he was told to make room for young up-and-coming Tory MPs. And former Education Secretary Justine Greening expresses her concerns about social mobility in the cabinet. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj and Rick Kelsey. Today’s editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
16/09/2134m 21s

Promotion, Demotion, Commotion

In… out… shake it all about! On a busy day in Westminster, Laura and Adam discuss the latest moves around the cabinet table as Boris Johnson reshuffles the pack following a feisty PMQs. With inflation rising at the sharpest rate since records began in 1997, Business correspondent Katie Prescott explains what’s going on in the UK economy. And as Shamima Begum makes a renewed appeal to return to the UK, producer of the critically-acclaimed podcast “I’m Not A Monster”, Josh Baker, reveals what happened when he interviewed the former ISIS teen bride at a refugee camp last month for his new podcast series. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Jonathan Aspinwall is the Editor.
15/09/2131m 38s

Whitty Minaj

The government announces England's pandemic plans for winter. Fergus and Vicki are here with Adam to go through the ‘Plan A’, which includes booster jabs, and the potentially more dramatic ‘Plan B’. Vaccine passports haven’t been ruled out. And in a surreal turn of events at the announcement, Boris Johnson and Professor Chris Whitty ended up in a spat with rapper Nicki Minaj – and even our very own Laura Kuenssberg was brought into it. Prince Andrew is being sued in New York over allegations of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre, but his new lawyer says the legal papers haven’t properly been served. Emily Maitlis comes in to break down the details and talk about the possible significance of *that* Newsnight interview. And, hey presto: the Magic Circle has its first female president! We’ve conjured up the pioneering magician herself, Megan Swann, who tells us about her new job and has a special trick for Newscasters. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
14/09/2134m 57s

The Kids Are Alright!

Top doctors recommend more teens get the jab. Chris Whitty and his fellow Chief Medical Officers say healthy children aged between 12 and 15 should be offered one dose of a Covid vaccine. As Fergus Walsh tells us, it’s now up to ministers to decide. We also hear from a headteacher about whether it could help reduce disruption to education. Meanwhile, North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting Japan, according to its state media. The BBC’s Seoul Correspondent Laura Bicker joins us to explain why this one could be significant, as well as why she’s watching Kim Jong-Un’s weight so closely. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The studio manager was Michael Regaard and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
13/09/2131m 56s

9/11: 20 Years On

Inside the President’s War Room. As we mark a major anniversary of the shocking attacks on the United States, the filmmaker Adam Wishart tells us about his latest documentary. We hear an unprecedented account of how the White House reacted to 9/11 and how the decisions made that day affected the world for the next two decades. Meanwhile, with Emma Raducanu preparing for the US Open singles final, we hear from the legendary tennis player and broadcaster Sue Barker about why this is just the beginning for Britain’s newest star. Plus, we’ve saved a sweet treat for the end of this episode – and it packs a crunch. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio manager was NicK Jones. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
10/09/2133m 56s

Politics, Polls and Peaches

Are social care plans a vote winner or loser? Boris Johnson’s former friend and colleague Nick Boles joins Laura, Adam and Chris from his holiday in Ibiza, to give his verdict on the government’s new tax for social care. He once proposed a very similar system himself. And Chief Executive of Ipsos Mori Ben Page tells us about the public’s attitude to the government’s new policy and why Labour have a huge challenge if they want to beat the Conservatives at the next election. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Maz Ebtehaj. Jonathan Aspinwall is the Editor.
09/09/2132m 44s

Hydrogeneration

Is hydrogen on its way to saving the planet? The government is hoping low-carbon hydrogen can make a big difference to how we sustainably generate energy in the UK. Business minister Lord Callanan joins Adam to explain how it could enter our daily lives. And Neil Kermode from the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney pops in to tell us how he’s turning the islands on to hydrogen. Also, a historic trial starts in France which will investigate what happened in the 2015 Paris attacks which left 130 people dead. Paris-based journalist Lisa Louis joins us from outside the specially designed courtroom to tell us what to expect from what will be a long and emotional trial. Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producer Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe is the studio manager. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
08/09/2132m 46s

Care Tactics

Government announces a new Health and Social Care tax... Adam and Laura break down what the new plans are and who will be affected by them. Also, Norman Lamb, the former care minister, pops in to explain how we got to this point... He was the person who suggested a version of these proposals in the first place! This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producer Danny Wittenberg. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
07/09/2131m 1s

LK Today!

Laura Kuenssberg is back in Westminster as MPs return from their summer breaks. She has a big old catchup with Adam about what's happening in the House of Commons and the growing political storms around social care and vaccinations. And the tech trial of the century kicks off on Tuesday in Silicon Valley... Elizabeth Holmes (who was called "the next Steve Jobs") goes on trial for fraud. Who is she and what is going on? We chat with the technology author, Margaret O’Mara. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan and producer Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham was the Assistant Editor.
06/09/2132m 36s

Winner Takes It All

Abba release 10 new songs and Paralympics GB win more than 100 medals! Adam and Katya reunite with their favourite tribute act, Abalicious! And Channel 4 presenter, Ed Jackson, tells us which Paralympics moments get his gold, silver and bronze medals. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper and Natalie Ktena. The studio director is Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham.
03/09/2138m 51s

Lorry Seems To Be The Hardest Job

It’s been a summer of shortages. First it was chicken, then it was milkshakes and beer. We were also short of Newscast episodes for a while. Now companies are complaining of a lack of lorry drivers. The BBC’s Transport Correspondent Caroline Davies tells us what the problem is and what’s being done. And on Newscast, we’re going to be the home of your climate coverage ahead of the crucial COP26 in Glasgow next month. We start by taking you through the history of previous COP summits with former US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Wittenberg and Natalie Ktena. The studio director is Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham.
02/09/2137m 50s

Raabsolute Scenes

Dominic Raab has been questioned by MPs on the UK's withdrawal from Afghanistan, during an appearance at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. We chat with the head of the committee Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative MP, who served in Afghanistan. Our Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet, joins us from Kabul to share what she’s been hearing from Afghans about their dreams and fears for the future. And remember Piers Morgan? Ofcom has cleared ITV over the now ex-Good Morning Britain host’s comments about Meghan Markle. Stewart Purvis, former Ofcom board member and former chief executive of ITN, helps us understand the media regulator’s thinking. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
01/09/2136m 52s

Day Zero

A new chapter begins for Afghanistan. Adam chats with the BBC’s Yalda Hakim and Secunder Kermani, who's in Afghanistan. What's it like on the streets of Kabul as the Taliban take control? And Fergus gives us all the coronavirus catchup we needed... Vaccines, back to school and will the bank holiday festivals cause more spikes in infections? This episode of Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with producers Caitlin Hanrahan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager is Nick Jones. The Editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
31/08/2137m 22s

The Rise of the Taliban

We're back with an emergency episode on Afghanistan. Chris sits in for Adam and chats with the BBC's Yalda Hakim about the situation in Kabul. Who are the Taliban and have they changed like they say they have? And how difficult is it to get those at risk out of the country? Shabnam Nasimi, Director of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan, tell us how she is trying to do just that. This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producer Alix Pickles. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor.
18/08/2131m 44s

The SW1 Podcast

The last eight months in Westminster have been wild. It’s worth a recap. We began the year in lockdown, with the NHS on the brink and the economy shrinking. Now, as Newscast heads off on our summer holidays, Adam and Chris take a trip down memory lane to find out where we’ve got to on some of the biggest talking points of this year, whether it’s the health or economic recovery from the coronavirus, international travel or trade in the post-Brexit world. To help us, we listen to some of the headline political interviews we’ve done from our Westminster studios. We talk business with Liz Truss, get geeky with Ed Miliband, bitchy with Sir Alan Duncan and bougie with interior designer Celia Sawyer, and plenty more. But first, we hear from a special guest about some of his most memorable soundbites of 2021 so far… This episode of Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Caitlin Hanrahan. The studio manager was Emma Crowe. The editor was Emma Close.
13/08/2137m 13s

Teacher, Batman, Sunak, Spy

A case of old-school spying in Berlin? A security guard working for the British Embassy in Germany has been arrested, accused of spying for Russia. Newscast has been to our very own “GCHQ,” aka Gordon Corera HQ… And we send up the bat signal for comic book expert, Susana Polo, and ask why Batman and Robin are revealing new sides to their identity at the moment. Today's Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Mike Regaard. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
12/08/2133m 14s

Behind Taliban Lines

Why is there a war in Afghanistan? With the Taliban making advances in Afghanistan and US-led forces withdrawing after 20 years in the country, the BBC’s Secunder Kermani and government advisor, Professor Michael Semple, explain what’s happening on the ground. And, as singer Rihanna celebrates becoming a billionaire, blogger and podcaster, Charisse Kenion, explains how Fenty Beauty (Rihanna's beauty company) has boomed. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham
11/08/2131m 0s

COP-portunity Knocks

Alok Sharma on Climate, Carbon and COP acronyms. COP26 President Alok Sharma joins Adam to talk all things Climate, Carbon and COP. He takes us deep into the negotiations, explaining how he’s going to meet the 100 billion climate pledge, what he's doing about NCDs and his plans for Net Zero by 2050. And we give him the ultimate Newscast welcome – with a COP26 acronym quiz! Also, Branwen gives us the run-down of the national picture on A-Level results day and when we can expect exams to return to normal. Today’s Newscast was made by Natalie Ktena with Caitlin Hanrahan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. The Assistant Editor is Emma Close.
10/08/2138m 9s

IPCC Clearly Now

Climate change report warns of more extreme heat, droughts and flooding. Professor Ed Hawkins, one of the report’s authors, talks us through the findings. Wildfires are spreading in Greece and Turkey. Our reporter, Bethany Bell, is on the Greek island of Evia, where more than 2,000 people have been evacuated. And back home, lockdown rules in Scotland and Wales have mostly been lifted, but there’s confusion over where (and when) to wear masks. Lorna Gordon and Hywel Griffiths help us clear it up. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Alix Pickles and Danny Wittenberg. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor.
09/08/2134m 30s

Medicine Cabinet

Whitty, JVT and Maria Van Kerkhove from the WHO Adam and James chat to Professor Neil Ferguson, who's been working with Maria Van Kerkhove from the World Health Organisation, and Jonathan Van-Tam, England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, for 20 years. And they also speak to Professor David Mabey, who gave a young Chris Whitty one of his first roles in medicine. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Natalie Ktena. The Studio Directors were Emma Crowe and Mike Regaard. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor.
06/08/2133m 53s

A Hol New World

New advice on where to go and where it’s a no. Adam is joined by the BBC’s Transport Correspondent Caroline Davies to dissect the government’s latest announcement on foreign travel and what it means for international families and tourists. And we’re on the strip in Ibiza hearing what it’s been like without the Brits. (A sobering thought…) Elsewhere we profile the Tory money man with A-list connections, who’s been in the headlines over an elite donors club that has access to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Natalie Ktena, Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Michael Regaard. The Assistant Editor is Emma Close.
05/08/2132m 4s

Sadiq Khan

"I’m keen to make London the world’s sporting capital.” Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, chats to Adam on today's special Newscast. He says he wants to see police on the tube enforcing the use of face masks, he explains why he's expanded the Low Emission Zone in London and he also chats through how he's been inspired by Olympic bronze medalist, Sky Brown, to take up skateboarding! Also, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to get their jab soon! Is Sadiq supportive? Today’s Newscast episode was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Caitlin Hanrahan, Natalie Ktena, Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe is the studio director. Sam Bonham and Emma Close are the assistant editors.
04/08/2131m 34s

Lunch, dinner, drinks, dancing

After 18 months of disruption, how is the UK's hospitality industry holding up? Chef and restaurateur, Yotam Ottolenghi, along with Peter Marks, the chief executive of nightclub business, REKOM UK, join Adam to discuss the state of the sector. And with bakery chain Greggs announcing 500 new jobs and 100 new stores, market analyst Susannah Streeter looks at the ingredients driving the their success. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close, with Caitlin Hanrahan, Natalie Ktena, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
03/08/2129m 26s

Hard ROC Life

The Russian Olympic Committee is facing a backlash from fellow competitors who think they shouldn't be at the Games. We hear from the BBC's Sarah Rainsford about what's going on. And, on the day that a Hollywood studio says it's going to invest £700m into a film studio in Hertfordshire, we chat about the future of the UK film industry with the boss of the British Film Commission. This episode of Newscast was made by Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe was the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
02/08/2130m 10s

The Mamas and The Jabbers

Vaccine take-up is low among pregnant women. And the number of mothers-to-be in hospital with coronavirus has been going up. Dr Mary Ross-Davie from Royal College of Midwives delivers the advice for pregnant women now. At the Olympics, it’s that time when athletics takes the baton from swimming. We speak to two Team GB legends – marathon queen Paula Radcliffe and Sharron Davies, who’s poolside in Japan – as the medals keep coming. And it’s a blockbuster weekend of new releases back in the cinema. (Wow, it feels good to say that.) Ali Plumb, the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Film Critic, offers us his picks. This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Whitenberg and Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe was the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor. Dino Sofos is (for the final time) the editor.
30/07/2137m 36s

Ex-Factor

It’s all over for the X Factor after 17 years, so we thought we’d get 2017 winners Rak Su to reminisce. As the number of self-isolation pings sent by the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales rises to a new record, our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is here to tell us what else is going on with NHS apps. And we’re talking about the weather, or more importantly, the climate. A new report says recent weather events are caused by ‘disruptive climate change’ so we asked Professor Liz Bentley - head of the Royal Meteorological Society – to explain what it all means. This Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Rick Kelsey and Alix Pickles. The editor is Dino Sofos.
29/07/2131m 41s

Simone Says

‘I have to focus on my mental health’ Simone Biles, dubbed the greatest gymnast of all time, has withdrawn from two events at the Olympics. We speak to top gymnasts past and present – Team GB legend Beth Tweddle and British-Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis – about the pressures of performing in front of billions of eyeballs. And a change to quarantine rules for double-jabbed people from the EU or US could finally reunite family and friends in England and Scotland. The BBC’s Transport Correspondent, Caroline Davies, has the details. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Daniel Wittenberg, Ben Cooper and Rick Kelsey. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. The Assistant Editor is Sam Bonham. The Editor is Dino Sofos
28/07/2127m 23s

The Estate of It

House prices are through the roof. The race for space has caused the cost of the average property to go up by over 7% in the past year, according to Zoopla. Adam asks them if that trend will ever stop. More than 700 children suffered cruelty and sexual abuse at care homes in south London between the 1960s and 1990s. Those are the findings of an inquiry that have led Lambeth Council to offer a full apology. But is that enough for the survivors? And we end with an Olympics update courtesy of BBC Sport presenter Dan Walker, who tells us how Covid and even flat tyres haven’t been enough to stop Team GB from celebrating so far. If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this episode of Newscast, visit bbc.co.uk/actionline. Today's episode was made by our editor, Dino Sofos with Daniel Wittenberg, Rick Kelsey and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Nick Jones.
27/07/2132m 48s

Magic Monday

The Great British Gold Rush! As Team GB pick up three gold medals on a ‘Magic Monday’, Rachel Burden from 5Live’s Olympic Breakfast gives Adam the lowdown on what’s been happening over in Tokyo. Plus with new COVID cases falling for the sixth day in a row, James is here to assess whether the UK is past the peak of the third wave. And following yet more extreme weather – this time resulting in flooding across the south, Adam is joined by engineer Stephen O’Malley to find out what can be done to mitigate the effects of extreme weather on our cities. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close, with Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Maz Ebtehaj. The studio director was Ash Taylor. Dino Sofos is the editor.
26/07/2134m 25s

Let the Games Begin

The Opening Ceremony kicks off the Tokyo Olympics Did you watch it? Martin Green CBE, the Head of Ceremonies for 2012 London Olympics joins Adam to give his verdict on Tokyo and reminisce about London. And BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker brings us the history behind what’s made Team GB the powerhouse they are today. Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust tells Adam about his new book and advising the government as the pandemic took hold. And Nick Grimshaw tells us about a new series on BBC Sounds about his good friend Amy Winehouse. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with producers Maz Ebtehaj, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Mike Regaard. Emma Close is the assistant editor. Dino Sofos is the editor.
23/07/2137m 43s

Summer Holi-ding

As MPs go on their holidays, to the sounds of NHS apps pinging, we get an end of term report. Adam and Laura have Liz Kendall MP and Gavin Barwell, who used to be Theresa May's chief of staff, to chat through the priorities for the government by the time MPs return. It's also a big goodbye to our editor Dino, who departs for new shores, but don't worry we're not going anywhere! This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Joel Massey and Caitlin Hanrahan.The editor is Dino Sofos.
22/07/2137m 28s

Get Brexit Redone

The UK wants to rewrite the 2019 Brexit deal rules on trade for Northern Ireland. Our Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy checks in with Adam and Laura from Belfast and tells us how the main players have reacted. Record numbers of migrants risked their lives crossing the English Channel this week. The BBC’s Home Editor Mark Easton has been in Kent seeing the extent of the strain on the asylum system. And as Liverpool loses its Unesco world heritage status, scouser and Benidorm star Crissy Rock tells us why the city can walk alone. This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Daniel Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
21/07/2131m 5s

It’s hot

There’s a heat wave, have you heard? Weatherman and iconic pandemic drummer Owain Wyn Evans and James Gallagher join Adam to give us their hot takes. With the numbers of infections climbing and restrictions being lifted, there are calls to encourage more of the pregnant women who are hesitant about taking the vaccine to rethink and opt to get double jabbed. Dr Jo Mountfield, vice-president of the Royal College Gynaecologists, delivers the details. This episode of Newscast was made by Emma Close with Daniel Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
20/07/2132m 13s

Panic! At the Disco

Nightclubs had high high hopes for a living. Two jabs will be needed to get in to a nightclub from September. How do venue owners in England feel, on the day they were allowed to reopen? Adam chats it all through with a club owner... and Fergus and Vicki. Also, what's going on with cybersecurity at the moment? Media reports say a load of people have been targeted with phone malware. The BBC’s Security Correspondent Gordon Corera explains all. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Danny Wittenburg and Alix Pickles. Ben Andrews is the Studio Director. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
19/07/2131m 37s

Strictly Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer chats to Laura K and a group of ex-Labour voters, all selected by an independent polling company. They talk trust in politicians, employment and education, among other subjects. Will the Labour Leader be able to reconnect with voters? Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
16/07/2133m 29s

A Chain of Mayors

Local leaders respond to the PM’s plan to “level up” the country. On the day Boris Johnson set out his plan to “level up” the UK by spreading power and opportunity more evenly, a collective noun of mayors from some of the key English regions give us their chain reactions. First, the Conservative West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, and then Tracy Brabin, Labour’s new Mayor of West Yorkshire. But we start by speaking to the MP Bim Afolami about the week’s news from Westminster to Wembley – and hear his take on the government’s response to racism and some of his colleagues’ criticism of England players taking the knee. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Daniel Wittenberg. Emma Crowe is the Studio Director. The Assistant Editor is Emma Close. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
15/07/2131m 3s

Vaccine Queens

The Oxford-AstraZeneca story, told by two of the scientists who made it possible. Fergus and James host the Newscast Vaccine Special and chat to Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who led the Oxford vaccine project, and Dr Catherine Green OBE, who led on the distribution of the vaccine. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan, Georgia Coan, Danny Wittenburg, Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. Nick Jones is the Studio Director. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
14/07/2130m 9s

Political Football

Another footballer tackles the government. A tweet from Aston Villa footballer Tyrone Mings criticising the home secretary Priti Patel has turned attention to politicians’ responses to racism in sport. We speak to his club-mate and England Women veteran Anita Asante about the structural barriers faced by black sportspeople. Meanwhile, US and Nato troops are finally withdrawing from Afghanistan after 20 years of war triggered by the 9/11 attacks. The BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet captures the mood in the capital Kabul and tells us what’s changed in that period, as well as where it feels like history is repeating itself. Today's Newscast was made by Emma Close with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. Emma Crowe is the Studio Director. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
13/07/2134m 56s

They Think Covid’s Not Over

England’s lockdown rules will end next week but Boris Johnson says people must be cautious. He's also spoken out against the racist abuse received by the England players after last night's game. Chris Mason sits in for Adam and speaks to David James, England’s first black goalkeeper, who was at Wembley on Sunday night. And, as concern builds up about a new wave of long Covid, Professor Danny Altmann explains why it's important to create a test for the little-understood condition. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
12/07/2131m 50s

Pingdemic

Are lots of people deleting the NHS Covid app? The BBC's Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, knows what's what. And, as England prepares for the big final this weekend, we try to figure out what fans really mean when they sing "Football's Coming Home"... Adam chats to Dr Alex, from the National Football Museum, and Richard Tims, Chairman of Sheffield FC (the world’s oldest official football club).   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
09/07/2129m 5s

Vax Me Up Before You Go-Go

Quarantine for holiday-makers will be ditched from 19th July If you are travelling to amber list countries you will not have to quarantine on your return as long as you are fully vaccinated and you had your vaccine in the UK. But what does this mean for expats? And is this good news for the travel industry? Andrea Bertoli CEO of lastminute.com joins Adam, Laura and Chris to explain. Also the Italian tells us what he thinks about England’s hopes for Sunday. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Natalie Ktena and Cristina Criddle. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
08/07/2129m 27s

Now Den

The history of England and Denmark. Tonight’s Euro 2020 semi-final is just the latest chapter in a long shared history between England and Denmark. The Rest Is History Podcast team take Adam back in time to explain the biggest moments these two nations have shared (and what these moments tell us about tonight’s match). Also, the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor, Vicky Young, jumps in the studio to pick through today’s PMQs and the fallout from the planned easing of COVID restrictions. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
07/07/2133m 21s

Mask Wars

And… news if you’re double-jabbed. Self-isolation is going to be scrapped for the double-jabbed in England and school bubbles are being axed too. Vicki and Hugh are in with Adam to chat it all through, as well as our correspondent in Los Angeles, James Clayton, who knows all about the Mask Wars over the pond. But even as restrictions ease, concerns about the economy are here to stay. That’s according to Richard Hughes, boss of the Office for Budget Responsibility, who tells us why the government will have to fill a financial black hole as a legacy of Covid. Today's Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
06/07/2131m 24s

The Final Lockdown?

Most of England's Covid laws are likely to end in two weeks... So Fergus and Vicki join Adam and answer some of the day's biggest questions, following government's announcement: Do I need to keep wearing a face covering on the train? Will nightclubs open later this summer? And why is government announcing all this today? Today's Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager was Russ Newlove. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor. Got a question about the Covid restrictions? Email us on newscast@bbc.co.uk...
05/07/2131m 35s

The Wurst is Over?

Angela Merkel bids farewell to the UK On her last official visit before stepping down as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel discusses travel after lockdown and trade after Brexit with Boris Johnson, who can’t resist making a sausage joke. Dr Adler is back to give us a profile one of Europe’s most influential politicians. And talking of German cuisine, we hear how Haribo might be used in the fight against covid. England’s football fans are meanwhile turning their attention from Germany to Ukraine. Management guru Sir Michael Barber, who has interviewed Gareth Southgate in depth, gives us an insight into how the Three Lions will be preparing for their Euros quarter-final and the possibility of penalties. Today's Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Danny Wittenberg, Natalie Ktena and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager was Ash Taylor. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
02/07/2131m 39s

Labour wins Batley and Spen

What does the Batley and Spen election reveal about Labour? Kim Leadbeater, the sister of Jo Cox is the new MP. Jo was murdereed by a right-wing extremist in 2016. Shadow International Trade Secretary Emily Thornberry tells Adam, Laura and Chris about what this means for Labour, potential leadership challenges and the need to protect UK steel. Meanwhile, Nissan has announced a major expansion of electric vehicle production at its car plant in Sunderland which will create 1,650 new jobs. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Producers Cristina Cridland and Rick Kelsey. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
02/07/2133m 15s

Match of the Deadline Day

24 hours of change... Furlough, stamp duty and the footy. 24 hours of change... Furlough, stamp duty, British meat sales in Northern Ireland, settled status and (or course) the footy. How will the country cope? Adam chats it all through with the BBC's Deputy Political Editor, Vicki Young, and 5 Live commentator, John Murray. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with Producers Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Nick Jones. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
30/06/2132m 35s

"The Andrew Marr Show"

…featuring Megan Barton-Hanson! Now it’s really starting to feel like summer! We have the mood around the England v Germany game in the Euros from Harry Kane’s old school in Essex. The BBC’s Andrew Marr gives his take on a scandalous week in UK politics and tells Adam how he’s fully vaccinated but still got Covid. Fergus joins them with more – and much-anticipated – vaccine news. And as the new series of Love Island starts, we speak to Instagram influencer and ex-islander Megan Barton-Hanson and ad regulation expert Jessica Tye about the perils of posting sponsored content on social media, plus whether the reality show is still up-to-date. Today's Newscast was made by Emma Close with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The editor is Dino Sofos.
29/06/2133m 53s

Javid v Covid

Who is the new health secretary and what's his plan? Sajid Javid is back at the top of government after a weekend of change in the cabinet. His task? To help get the country out of this pandemic... Adam and Laura talk to his former aide about whether Sajid will be up to/for the job. And also, we hear from our diplomatic correspondent, Paul Adams, about some classified military documents that were found at a bus stop in Kent. Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham and Danny Wittenberg. Emma Crowe is the studio director and Dino Sofos is the editor.
28/06/2133m 12s

Hands, Face, Embrace

Matt Hancock says he's "let people down" after getting caught kissing his aide. Will he survive the affair claims? Adam and Vicki discuss what the long-term ramifications might be. As Britney Spears speaks out about her 'abusive' conservatorship, we are joined by filmmaker Mobeen Azhar and a Britney superfan to discuss her shocking court statement. And the green list has grown! We discuss everything you need to know about the latest foreign travel changes with Caroline Davies and Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO of Advantage Travel Partnership. Today's Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Cristina Cridland, Natalie Ktena, Ben Cooper, Georgia Coen and Alix Pickles. Sam Bonham is assistant editor. Dino Sofos is the editor.
25/06/2135m 34s

Brexitcast Reunion

Five years since the vote! Laura, Adam, Chris and Katya are back again to look back at the moments that shaped the Brexit process and how they’ve got us to where we are now. Joining them are David Gauke, one of Theresa May’s Remain supporting cabinet ministers, and Paul Stephenson, Vote Leave’s Director of Communications as they lift the lid on some of their most surprising moments, as well as where they see the UK going. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Maz Ebtehaj, Rick Kelsey and Danny Wittenberg. Lucy Boast is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
24/06/2134m 24s

What's All The Fuss Aboat?

It's all happening aboard a British warship in the Black Sea. There‘s been a bit of a showdown between Russia’s defence forces and a British warship, and it just so happened that our defence correspondent is on the warship! In a very different kind of European confrontation, ex-England pro, Dion Dublin, and BBC Wales' Jason Mohammad, kick around how it feels to be through to the next round of the Euros. And also, are UFOs really flying around up there? There's a big report coming out soon in the US. Today’s Newscast was made by Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Michael Regaard. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor and the Editor is Dino Sofos.
23/06/2134m 44s

Work Out To Help Out

Newscast is on a bit of a health kick today... We’re talking about changes in how government is planning on using medical records with the BBC’s Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones. We’re talking “Bumble burnout”, after the dating app gives its staff the rest of the week off. And, as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, reveals his morning routine, we’re talking #wfh exercise routines with spinning instructor Jess McDonald. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Wittenberg, Cristina Criddle and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham. The editor is Dino Sofos.
22/06/2130m 50s

Location, Location, Frustration

Why are house prices rising so fast? Adam talks gazumping with Molly in Bristol (who’s been trying to buy her dream house) and Tom the estate agent (who knows a thing or two about how to sell dream houses to people like Molly). The BBC’s Vicki Young takes us through what’s been going on between Scotland’s first minister and the mayor of Greater Manchester. And Hugh Pym explains why he’s been hearing from ex-students at a school where dozens of pupils died in the 70s and 80s. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Cristina Criddle and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager was Russell Newlove. The Assistant Editor is Sam Bonham. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
21/06/2130m 16s

Blue Wall v Orange Mallet

The Lib Dems' shock by-election win. Does the party now genuinely pose a threat to the Conservative blue wall in the south? Leader Ed Davey thinks so and Vicki Young is here to give her assessment of how significant the victory is. With chaos unfolding in Northern Ireland politics, Dan Johnson unpicks what led to Edwin Poots' resignation as DUP leader. And, our second Dan of the day, Dan Walker, gives us a potted history of the England v Scotland football rivalry. #YesSirICanBoogie. Today's Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Natalie Ktena and Alix Pickles. The studio director is Emma Crowe. Emma Close is the deputy editor. Dino Sofos is the editor.
18/06/2134m 48s

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Manchester Arena inquiry says victims were failed by security. BBC’s North of England correspondent Judith Moritz explains what the first of three reports from the inquiry into the Manchester Arena Attack has found. And Jeremy Hunt spills the beans on what it was like to quiz Matt Hancock and Dominic Cummings. Today's Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Rick Kelsey and Alix Pickles. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
17/06/2125m 57s

"Totally f***ing hopeless"

PM brands Matt Hancock 'hopeless' in texts revealed by Dominic Cummings. "Wtf do we do?" might have been the question the Prime Minister was asking himself this morning when Dominic Cummings decided to leak their private Whatsapp messages. Laura and Adam chat about that blog post. As inflation rises across the UK to 2.1%, above what was predicted, the BBC's Colletta Smith explains what the numbers mean, and why it matters. Plus, is it better for the environment to cycle or take the tube? On the day that the Committee on Climate Change releases another damning report into the government’s response to climate change, Chief Executive of the CCC Chris Stark tells Adam how we can change our behaviour to support the environment. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Danny Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was NicK Jones. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
16/06/2132m 53s

Aussie Rules

The UK has agreed a trade deal with Australia. The UK- Australia deal is the first trade deal the UK has agreed since it officially left the EU. What’s in it? And what will it mean for consumers and producers – both here and down under? Chris and Adam get into the detail with Anna Isaac, UK Trade & Economics Correspondent for POLITICO Europe. And there’s been a report published on the death of private investigator Daniel Morgan back in 1987 and the cover-up by the Metropolitan Police. The BBC’s Home Affairs Correspondent Tom Symonds looks at the findings. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Danny Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
15/06/2134m 33s

D(elay) Day

England's lockdown easing has been delayed in England until the middle of July. What will it mean for weddings? And gigs? And why has government pushed things back in the first place? Laura, Fergus and Adam talk it all through... And also, this weekend, Israel got a new prime minister for the first time in 12 years! The BBC's Jeremy Bowen explains why the new government is such an unusual coalition and why we might not have seen the last of the unseated Benjamin Netanyahu. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Danny Cox. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
14/06/2134m 17s

NewsAmeriBrexitcast

Our G7 Special. Adam, Laura and Jon Sopel talk through the ins and outs of the G7 in Cornwall. It’s all sausage wars, seagulls and summit sun... Also, what do people think Boris Johnson will say about the June 21st easing? Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj. The Studio Director was Danny Cox. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
13/06/2126m 33s

A Podcast Of Two Halves

The world leaders are on the beach and the footballers are finally on the pitch. The BBC’s voice of football, John Murray, talks through who could be in with a chance at the Euros. And Laura joins Adam in Cornwall to chat through what’s happening at the G7 (as well as what might happen on Monday with Government’s opening up announcement). Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Georgia Coan and Natalie Ktena. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor, Dino Sofos is the Editor.
11/06/2131m 50s

Biden's Big'un

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson meet face to face for the G7. Cornish pasties ahoy! Boris Johnson welcomes President Joe Biden to misty Cornwall as the pair meet for the first time IRL. Former British Ambassador to the US Lord Kim Darroch joins Adam, Laura and Chris to tell us what a new Atlantic charter between the two countries could include. Plus Matt Hancock gets his moment in the spotlight to defend himself against accusations made by Dominic Cummings weeks ago, but is this the end of that political drama? Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj and Rick Kelsey. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor, Dino Sofos is the Editor.
10/06/2130m 47s

The Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory Of Everything

Will we ever find out how the pandemic started? In the past few months, the theory that Covid-19 actually came from a lab in Wuhan (instead of jumping from a bat to a human in a food market) has been back in the spotlight. But is all this chat being led by science or politics? Can the two even be separated anymore? For this special Newscast, Adam is joined by Newsnight’s Mark Urban, the BBC China correspondent, John Sudworth alongside his producer Kathy Long, and BBC science correspondent, Victoria Gill. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Micheal Regaard. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
09/06/2129m 23s

Songs To Get Vaccinated To

Which song would you choose to be vaccinated to? Radio 1 DJ Arielle Free gives us the verdict on the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s new vaccine-themed music playlist, created just in time for all adults aged 25 and over to get their vaccine. NHS and care staff in England are so burnt out that it has become an "emergency" and risks the future of the health service, according to a group of MPs. We hear from an intensive care nurse, a GP and our health editor Hugh Pym. And, were you hit by the internet outage that affected websites like Amazon, The Guardian and Reddit? BBC tech expert Zoe Kleinman tells us what happened and – crucially – whether it will happen again. Today's Newscast was made by Emma Close with Georgia Coan, Rick Kelsey, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
08/06/2127m 37s

You Jabbed Me At Hello

Would you reveal your vaccine status on a dating app? UK dating app users can now display a badge on their profile to show they’ve been vaccinated against coronavirus. Jane Garvey sits in for Adam today, and chats to Fergus about the first new treatment for Alzheimer's disease in nearly 20 years. And Seyi Akiwowo, who works for a charity raising awareness about online abuse, explains why it's important to educate people on using social media, after the England and Wales Cricket Board suspended bowler, Ollie Robinson, for historical racist and sexist tweets. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Ash Taylor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
07/06/2133m 0s

Just a little jab

The UK regulator has just approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine in children aged 12 to 15. Fergus Walsh tells us how the news could lead to a vaccination drive for schoolchildren, just as cases of the new variant rise in the school playgrounds. Travel guru Simon Calder has just arrived back from a trip to Gibraltar so he can explain what's happening to our holidays. And we’re joined by BBC business correspondent Katie Prescott, and tax economist and author Nick Shaxson to help us get our heads around the talk of big changes to global corporation tax policy. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. Emma Close is the assistant editor. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Dino Sofos.
04/06/2130m 6s

Life’s a Beach

Portugal is coming off the green list for foreign travel from Tuesday. So, if you want to go abroad anytime soon (without having to quarantine when you're back) your options are pretty limited. The BBC’s Caroline Davies and Nick Beake explain what’s going on. And if we can’t go to Portugal so easily, at least one Portuguese person can come to us! Yes, we’ve rolled out the red carpet for our first ever in-person guest on Newscast… The EU’s ambassador to the UK, Joao Vale de Almeida. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Daniel Wittenberg, Ben Cooper and Rick Kelsey. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Dino Sofos.
03/06/2131m 47s

School Tsar Drop Out

Government promises schools in England more money to make up for lost learning, but the school catch-up tsar, Sir Kevan Collins, quits anyway. What's going on? The BBC's Branwen Jeffreys tells all. And, after our chat with Seb Coe yesterday, the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Japan on how people are really feeling about the Olympic Games in 50 days time. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director is Michael Regaard. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor
02/06/2132m 53s

Oh-lympics

Let the games begin… As the Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead, double Olympic champion Lord Coe gives us the latest on how the games will happen under restrictions, and why the mental health of our future sports stars is important. And Adam finds out from Justin Rowlatt and Client Earth lawyer Katie Nield how the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will work in Birmingham and why they are needed in other cities, too. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
01/06/2134m 48s

Shoot your shot

A single-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson has been approved for use in the UK. Fergus Walsh gives us the latest on when it will be rolled out. The leader of Belarus meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin today in a show of strength after Belarus diverted a plane with an opposition journalist in it earlier this week. We talk to Lord Ricketts about how those actions affect security across Europe. And we speak to Northern Ireland commentator Amanda Ferguson about last night’s dramatic DUP meeting. Today's Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Cristina Criddle and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Mike Regaard. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
28/05/2136m 14s

Arlene Foster

The First Minister of Northern Ireland says goodbye. She tells us about her vow to make tackling online trolls part of her life's work after leaving front-line politics. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with Producer Caitlin Hanrahan. The Studio Director is Richard Townsend. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
27/05/2132m 11s

Armageddom

Dominic Cummings didn’t hold back in an extraordinary seven hour committee today. He said Boris Johnson wanted to be injected with coronavirus live on TV, that he thought the Prime Minister was unfit for the job, and he revealed more information about that infamous trip to Barnard Castle. Adam, Laura and former civil servant, Sam Freedman, talk it through. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Maz Ebtehaj and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
26/05/2136m 38s

Silver Linings

Here comes the sun (and here comes more confusion over the Covid guidelines). Adam and Chris try to figure out what’s been going on today with the coronavirus regs, with Labour MP, Liz Kendall, who says she found out about it all on Twitter! Friend of the podcast and BBC weatherman, Owain Wyn Evans, gives us his (hopefully soon-to-be-hot) take on why we've had such a rain-drenched May. And, a year on from George Floyd’s murder, Roshan Roberts and De-Graft Mensah, from the If You Don’t Know podcast, talk coping strategies in 2020. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
25/05/2134m 19s

Bashir and the BBC

On the day that the BBC announces an investigation into how the journalist, Martin Bashir, was rehired, Adam chats to John Whittingdale, the media minister, about the future of the organisation. And, the BBC's Sarah Rainsford explains what's going on with the detained Belarus journalist. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
24/05/2135m 53s

Whitty Banter

Has the Chief Medical Officer inspired a generation of medics? Hannah Gafa (who’s studying medicine) thinks so... And, what next for the BBC? Adam chats with Stewart Purvis, former boss at ITN, about the inquiry into the BBC’s interview with Diana. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with Producers Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
21/05/2138m 47s

Oh, Mandy

Lord Mandelson of Newscast titles fame gives his reaction to being in the credits and gives us a personal rendition. He defends Keir Starmer as a principled politician who just needs better support. And Amol Rajan talks about the Princess Diana controversy at the BBC. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Cristina Criddle and Joel Massey. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
20/05/2131m 6s

Amber Gambler

Should I stay or should I go? The government’s traffic light system is still causing confusion for holidaymakers. Adam tries to clear it up with Laura. Meanwhile Spain’s Foreign Minister says other EU countries are worried about Brits bringing the so-called Indian variant to the continent. And Home Affairs Correspondent Tom Symonds talks us through one of the most complex cases in history, the murder of Daniel Morgan. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Danny Wittenberg. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
19/05/2132m 12s

Plastic (not so) Fantastic

A closer look at the UK’s single-use plastic problem We dive into the UK’s use of single-use plastics. Where’s it coming from? Where’s it ending up? And what needs to change? We speak to our Science Editor, David Shukman and TV presenter Julia Bradbury, who wants us to dump the plastic… just not in Turkey. And Boris Johnson is continuing to urge caution when it comes to the Indian variant and says the government is keeping close tabs on cases in areas like Bolton and Bedford. We speak to Professor Anthony Harnden, Deputy Chair of the JCVI about vaccine hesitancy and if we’re still on track to for the next stage of lockdown easing. This episode of Newscast was made by Emma Close with Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan, Maz Ebtehaj, Emma Crowe and Rick Kelsey. The editor is Dino Sofos.
18/05/2134m 57s

Independence May?

Lockdown restrictions are getting looser but there's nerves about the Indian variant. Millions of us can now socialise indoors (in small groups), hug loved ones (cautiously) and go inside a pub again. Our Chris Mason is in his socially-distanced booth of news to chat lockdown-politics, flights to Portugal and BINGO with Adam! Meanwhile, with more calls for a ceasefire in Israel, we hear from a former foreign affairs adviser to three British prime ministers about how the conflict could end. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. Emma Crowe was the Studio Director and Dino Sofos is the Editor.
17/05/2130m 48s

A Fork in the Roadmap

England’s lockdown easing could be disrupted. As Boris Johnson announces new measures to speed up second vaccine doses, Adam and James talk about how the Indian variant could disrupt plans to lift lockdown on June 21st. We speak to David Shor, the US political strategist Dominic Cummings reckons could rescue Labour from another election loss. And, in a(nother) case of mistaken identity, one Newscaster tells us how hiring the wrong Brian Cox almost ended in disaster!   Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with Producers Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coen. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
14/05/2125m 11s

Love, DC

Talking, stalking and elbow bumps. David Cameron’s cringe-worthy texts popped up again today when MPs grilled him on how he lobbied ministers for Lex Greensill. Former Chief of Staff to Theresa May, Gavin Barwell, reveals exactly how David Cameron used to end messages to him. And Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says we should vaccinate 16 years olds if cases of coronavirus keep rising in Bolton. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Cristina Criddle, Jack Fenwick, Joel Massey and Alix Pickles. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
13/05/2132m 58s

The Covid Inquiry

A public inquiry is coming, but not until the spring of 2022. Boris Johnson promises lessons will be learnt, but what should the scope of the inquiry be? We speak to Professor Sir Ian Kennedy who has chaired public inquiries and Newsnight’s Nick Watt on the political fallout. The nurse who was given a shout-out by Dua Lipa at the BRITS tells us how she found out about the honour. And the government announces beefed up measures to regulate social media companies to protect us from online harm. The BBC’s tech correspondent Jane Wakefield guides us through them. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Ben Andrews. Assistant Editor was Emma Close. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
12/05/2133m 4s

A Bit of Blue

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree tells us about the day that boy band Blue were mistakenly booked to play at Versace’s fashion week show instead of his band. Our Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, explains what is happening in Jerusalem as violence escalates between the Israeli Defence Force and Palestinian militants. On the day of the Queen’s Speech, Laura tells us what was in and out. And the king of stats, economist Tim Harford, on why numbers can often mean both everything and nothing. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
11/05/2135m 6s

Hug Lyfe

A big step back to normal is coming for England. People will be able to hug their loved ones and enjoy a pint INSIDE the pub from next Monday. Our Health Editor, Hugh Pym, has all the latest details. Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark joins us from Edinburgh, as the fallout from the Scottish Parliament elections continues. And Professor Ciaran Martin, who was involved in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, as a senior civil servant, helps us map out some of the SNP’s potential paths to independence. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Maz Ebtehaj. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
10/05/2132m 57s

Once Upon a Time... In Holyrood

What does the SNP’s win mean for Scottish independence? And why has Keir Starmer sacked deputy leader Angela Rayner from her job as chair of the party? SOUND THE KLAXON! It's an emergency Electioncast / Newscast with a stellar Scottish line up of Adam, Laura K, Nick Eardley and Iain Watson. Studio Director was Raj Narayanasamy Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
08/05/2124m 16s

Alice Levine & Matt Forde

A day of election results and travel announcements. As the results roll in (or at least start to roll in), Laura explains what it all means. We explore the travel green list with our very own travel agent. And podcasting superstars, Alice Levine and Matt Forde, share some of their podcasting wisdom. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Natalie Ktena and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
07/05/2138m 31s

Jersey Buoys

As two Royal Navy ships are deployed to protect Jersey from a protest by French fishermen, Adam speaks to our reporters on both sides of the short-lived cod war. Our second catch of the day is the head of HR at AVIVA and our Business Editor, Simon Jack, to discuss “hybrid working” and what it means for our 9 to 5s. Today’s Newscast was made by our Editor, Dino Sofos, with Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Rick Kelsey. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe.
06/05/2134m 22s

Mr Ice Guy

Iceland boss spills the beans on shopping habits and why they’re threatening to boycott Brazilian food. And what is going on in the races to become mayor? The BBC’s Kathryn Stanczyszyn and James Vincent take us through this week’s local elections around the country. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
05/05/2129m 42s

Jabbing Adam

An injection of news. After many many months of reporting on Covid-19, Adam has only gone and got the vaccine himself! Our newly immunised presenter celebrates by asking Professor Sir John Bell – the first person to predict life could be more normal by the spring – whether the UK is still on track. And election week is here, so we catch up with the campaigns in Hartlepool and Wales. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Nick Jones. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
04/05/2136m 6s

Bandemic

Will festivals be back this summer? It could all depend on how the trial goes in Liverpool this weekend. We speak to festival boss, Melvin Benn, and the band Blossoms, who are performing on Sunday. And also, John Culshaw (from the programme Dead Ringers) reimagines what Boris Johnson’s voicemail could sound like. Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham and Maz Ebtehaj, with Cristina Criddle and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
30/04/2135m 46s

Farrago & Ball

As the row over Boris Johnson's flat continues, celebrity interior designer Celia Sawyer says her vision for Downing Street would be "much smarter" than the "chaotic" designs shown in news reports. And Professor Sir John Curtice joins us for an election briefing. Today's Newscast was made by Editor Dino Sofos, with Cristina Criddle, Maz Ebtehaj, Ben Cooper, Jack Fenwick and Georgia Coan.
29/04/2133m 13s

Flat Denial

Boris Johnson still has questions to answer about how the Downing Street refurbishments were paid for, after another investigation into possible spending offences was launched today. Laura and Adam talk it through. And, it’s bye bye Arlene... Stephen Nolan explains why Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Arlene Foster, says she is resigning. Oh, and we’ve got the Secretary of State for Tourism in Portugal on to talk about how foreign travel could work this year. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Daniel Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe and the Editor is Dino Sofos.
28/04/2133m 15s

India Needs Help

A “perfect storm” of pandemic problems is continuing to devastate India. What can the rest of the world do to help? We hear from our old friend, Dr Clare Wenham, from the London School of Economics. And, in England, it looks like the past year of lockdowns has hurt children’s language skills. Adam chats to a speech therapist, a mum and a five-year-old girl called Esmé. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
27/04/2121m 30s

Leak House

The plot thickens for the PM. Adam, Laura and Chris sketch out the Westminster characters, subplots and potential sequels, as talk of rats and flats continues. Also, how does it feel to pick up Hollywood’s most prestigious award? We speak to our very own Oscar winner! Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Mike Regaard. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
26/04/2129m 59s

India struggles to breathe

As India has recorded the highest one-day Covid-19 tally anywhere in the world, friends of the podcast Sima Kotecha and Rajini Vaidyanathan join Adam to explain the crisis. And top chef Tom Kerridge talks about chicken pie and how his new project with Marcus Rashford will get kids cooking. Today's Newscast was made by Emma Close with Natalie Ktena, Alix Pickles, Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Our editor is Dino Sofos.
23/04/2133m 42s

Alan Duncan Dishes the Dirt

Some juicy Westminster office gossip, courtesy of retired Tory minister Sir Alan Duncan and his newly published diaries. And as US President Joe Biden plays virtual host to a major climate summit, we speak to the diplomat behind the game-changing Paris agreement, Christiana Figueres, who tells us why saving the planet doesn’t have to be expensive. Today’s Newscast was made by our editor, Dino Sofos, with Daniel Wittenberg, Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Richard Townsend.
22/04/2133m 17s

News Vacuum

The texts between the prime minister and businessman, Sir James Dyson, have caused a political row. Laura is here to explain why. And now Coronavirus Newscast is nominated for an award, DJ and BAFTA awards ceremony host, Edith Bowman, gives Adam some advice for attending a virtual ceremony. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Manager was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
21/04/2133m 38s

Own Goal

It looked like a sporting revolution – but the Super League is already on the verge of collapse. After threatening to form a breakaway league that would turn football upside down, some big clubs are backing down. Meanwhile, the Government is pushing ahead with its carbon cutting targets. Its latest commitments will set the UK on course to reduce emissions by 78%, so where will we feel the effects? The BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin and Diane Gilpin, CEO of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance, join Adam to talk through the latest changes and what they mean long-term. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close, with Daniel Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Our editor is Dino Sofos.
20/04/2132m 28s

A League of Their Own

A dozen of the richest clubs in football want to break away from the rest to create a 'European Super League'. Fans, pundits and even politicians are fuming... but is it all over? BBC Sport’s Gabby Logan and the boss of the Football Supporters’ Association talk Adam through a massive day off the pitch. There’s also an update on foreign travel during the pandemic as India goes on the UK’s “red list” while Australia and New Zealand go flying again. Today’s Newscast was made by our editor, Dino Sofos, with Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan, Emma Close and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe.
19/04/2135m 37s

Remembering Helen McCrory

After hearing the awful news that Helen McCrory has died from cancer at the age of 52, we wanted to share the interview we recorded with her this time last year. Helen and her husband, Damian Lewis, were on Newscast to tell us about their scheme to provide free meals to frontline NHS workers. They were such good sports when they came on the podcast. Their kindness, warmth, humour and generosity came is so clear to hear in this interview. They even played along with Adam's rubbish quiz! Everyone at Newscast is thinking about her, Damian her friends and family.
16/04/2116m 0s

The Royal Funeral

The BBC's Royal Correspondent Nick Witchell tells us about the funeral arrangements for the Duke of Edinburgh and how the Royals have handled the build-up to the day. And as the US commits to withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, our correspondent Secunder Kermani joins us from Kabul. He's had rare access to the Taliban and tells us what lies ahead in the country’s future. Today’s Newscast was made by our editor, Dino Sofos, with Natalie Ktena and Emma Close. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe.
16/04/2131m 51s

In a bit of a Pickles

The latest developments in the lobbying story. Laura and Adam discuss the latest developments in the lobbying story as Lord Pickles gives evidence to the Commons public administration committee. They speak to Sir Michael Barber, the man tasked with reviewing government delivery about Boris Johnson's priorities. And Health Editor Hugh Pym tells Adam how one hospital’s efforts to keep services running through the second wave of COVID could be the key to tackling the growing NHS waiting lists. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Ben Cooper, Alix Pickles and Sam Bonham. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
15/04/2133m 25s

The Da Vinci Fraud?

Was the most expensive painting in the world really painted by Leonardo da Vinci? Adam speaks to the person who’s been following the incredible story of the Salvator Mundi all over the world (from a small auction house in America to a huge boat in Saudi Arabia... via France). And Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary-General of NATO, gives the odds on how likely it is that Russia will start a nuclear war and what it's like being on phone calls with global leaders. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Russell Newlove. Dino Sofos is the Editor. Credit: University Challenge / ITV Studios
14/04/2134m 8s

Johnson, Johnson & Johnson

A vaccine gets paused over rare blood clots. Fergus dives into the studio (and dives out of his local indoor pool) to explain what’s going on with the Johnson & Johnson jab. And Adam chats to James May about driving tests, driving programmes and driving out Covid-19! Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Manager was Russell Newlove. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
13/04/2133m 13s

Boozecast

Pub-lic serving broadcasting from Adam’s local. On the day that lockdown eases in England, Adam and Laura recap what the latest measures mean for our daily lives. We also talk to a travel boss who answers our questions about when we might be reunited with our relatives and/or sun loungers overseas. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Weidong Lin. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
12/04/2130m 46s

The Death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Queen's "beloved husband". Our royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell look backs on Prince Philip's life and we listen to the tributes paid to him today.
09/04/2113m 6s

Keeping Up With the Kamerons

Kris Mason and ko tell all. We get into a lot of different questions on Newscast today... What were Rishi Sunak and David Cameron texting about? What can the Kardashians tell us about the modern world? And what is really happening in Northern Ireland? Sara Canning, whose partner Lyra McKee was killed in riots in Derry two years ago, explains how she sees things. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham and Emma Close with Cristina Criddle and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
08/04/2132m 1s

Young, wild, AZ free

Looks like under-30s will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab. But if the risks are so low, should we be worried? Fergus is back with all the answers and (right on cue) the Moderna jab arrives in Wales. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
07/04/2126m 35s

AZ Good as it Gets?

An AstraZeneca vaccine trial on children gets put on pause while a possible link with rare blood clots is investigated. And former Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, talks climate change, fintech and... should Adam sell his Bitcoin? Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
06/04/2132m 39s

Brexitcast: The Earwax Anniversary

It's been three months since the end of the Brexit transition period - so the gang is back together to wang on about its impact on trade, the Irish border and relations between the UK and the EU. Studio Director: Gerard Sudlow Producer: James Mallet Editor: Dino Sofos
01/04/2132m 42s

Reporting Race

Two stories, one issue. Sima Kotecha speaks to one of the co-authors of a government-commissioned report which says the UK "no longer" has a system rigged against minorities. And we also hear what's happened in the first few days of the George Floyd trial, with the BBC's Lebo Diseko. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
31/03/2130m 19s

Dr. Adler’s European Tour

Katya and Fergus go on a (pretend/imaginary/studio-based) tour to hear what's going on in France, Germany, Spain and elsewhere around the continent. It's all planes, trains and staycations... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Natalie Higgins, Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
30/03/2132m 45s

Tug Life

Jane Garvey is back and, fortunately, the Suez Canal has reopened too! Chris Mason joins Jane for a chat outside Westminster to talk about the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. And we talk through what's happening in UK sex education classes, in light of recent claims of sexual abuse in schools. Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Weisz with Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham was the Assistant Editor and Dino Sofos was the Editor.
29/03/2125m 23s

Gompertz Not Forgotten

Arts Editor Will Gompertz looks back at some big celebrity moments as he leaves the BBC. What will the office look like when we return? Adam speaks to a project designer about the future of the work place. And, as China imposes sanctions on some UK MPs for spreading “misinformation”, China correspondent Robin Brant tells us why it’s happening. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper and Ben Weisz. The studio director is Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the editor.
26/03/2129m 41s

Move over Mondeo Man

Ford is waving farewell to its Mondeo as Adam and Business Editor Simon Jack remember the good old days. And will you be allowed in a pub without a vaccine passport? Adam and Chris chat to a pub landlord about how she's preparing. Also today, Victoria Derbyshire and producer Frankie Tobi bring us an exclusive investigation into those fleeing domestic violence being housed in unsafe refuges. Today's Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Cristina Criddle, Ben Cooper and Frankie Tobi. The studio director is Emma Crowe. Emma Close was the assistant editor and Dino Sofos is the editor.
25/03/2133m 15s

Ship Happens

On the day the Suez Canal gets blocked by a massive container ship, Adam decides to call up his favourite shipping expert, Michelle Wiese Bockmann. And Phil Prentice, from the High Streets Task Force, talks through what might happen to the UK hughstreet after John Lewis announces that a load of its shops have permanently closed. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ben Cooper producing. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
24/03/2132m 26s

The Week That Changed Everything

One year on, the team look back at the week that sent the nation into lockdown. Adam, Laura and Fergus talk through political regrets, and how far from normal things still are. Newscasters share sounds of what they were up to right before lockdown. The sounds of freedom they look forward to hearing again. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Ben Weisz, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio director is Emma Crowe. Emma Close was the assistant editor and Dino Sofos is the editor.
23/03/2136m 8s

The Third Wave

Boris Johnson warns that a third wave will “wash up on our shores” from Europe. Adam, Laura and Fergus get together to talk through all the big Covid stories of the day, including, when can we book our summer holidays? Also, Radio 1’s Ali Plumb explains why the most recent superhero blockbuster film is in a (Justice) League of it’s own… Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Cooper, Georgia Coen Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
22/03/2132m 39s

R we there yet?

There are some chunky virus figures out. We look at the effect of the vaccine rollout and the return of schools with our Health Correspondent James Gallagher. We also chat with Jamie L. Manson, the President of Catholics for Choice, and the first LGBTQ person to lead a Catholic organisation in the United States on the Pope’s approach to same-sex marriage – and what she hopes will change. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Weisz Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
19/03/2124m 58s

Sturgent Update

The Holyrood cross-party committee has said the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon misled the inquiry into complaints against former SNP leader Alex Salmond. And we get to grips with the exciting world of vaccine global supply chains. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Cristina Criddle and Daniel Wittenberg Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
18/03/2133m 33s

Cummings Back

The prime minister's former aide is ready to talk... and Laura and Adam are ready to listen. On today's Newscast we unpick some of the “blockbuster” Dominic Cummings moments from the Science and Technology Committee. And James Gallagher explains why people (himself included) are getting side effects after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Danny Wittenberg, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
17/03/2133m 26s

Trident Tested

The UK sets out its foreign policy plans. Newsnight’s Mark Urban takes us through Britain’s new aims for defence and foreign policy. And Fergus and Katya are back to try and understand why Europe is divided over the AstraZeneca jab. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
16/03/2127m 56s

The Bill

What's the best way to tackle violence against women? After a weekend of controversy around how a Sarah Everard vigil was policed, that national conversation continues. Laura and Adam chat to former prosecutor, Nazir Afzal about what difference changing the laws could make. And also, Newscast waits around all episode for someone to discuss the Government's new bus strategy... and then two people come along at once. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editors: Emma Close, Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos If you've been affected by the issues raised, you can find support at https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/
15/03/2131m 19s

Census Sensibility

The census 2021 drops on doorsteps. Mathematician Dr Hannah Fry tells us why it’s so important. And it’s Pym’s o’clock on Newscast as our health editor Hugh Pym, and his art teacher brother Will Pym, come together to talk through the first week back at school. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Natalie Ktena Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Deputy Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
12/03/2129m 42s

Small Axe of the law

Looks like the police are going to get more powers to shut down protests. We chat with former police Superintendent Leroy Logan, the real person behind John Boyega’s character, in BBC drama Small Axe. Fergus is also here to let us know about a vaccine production boost. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Georgia Coen, Cristina Criddle Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
11/03/2130m 47s

Text Me When You’re Home

How safe do women feel walking alone? The BBC’s Sima Kotecha and Journalist, Helena Wadia, talk through some of reasons why why so many women are speaking out about their personal safety on social media right now. And Adam catches up with BBC Health Editor, Hugh Pym, and Professor Alan McNally about what’s going on with NHS Test and Trace. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this episode, please visit the BBC’s Action Line: www.bbc.co.uk/actionline. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
10/03/2135m 20s

Piers Mor-gone

As the Royal fallout rumbles on, we’ve had a response from the Palace and a strop from a TV presenter. Andrea Thompson, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire UK, talks us through some of the issues raised in Meghan and Harry’s interview. And we find out if it's worth bringing your own pencil to the polling station for May’s elections. Studio Manager: Russell Newlove Producers: Georgia Coan, Daniel Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Weisz Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
09/03/2128m 52s

A Night at the Oprah

The night after Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, the BBC’s Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond breaks it down. And it’s back to school in England - but all classroom tests involve swabs up your nose... Studio director: Russell Newlove Producers: Georgia Coan, Daniel Wittenberg, Alix Pickles, Louis Coan Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Get in touch: newscast@bbc.co.uk
08/03/2130m 38s

Dram drama

Adam chats to Liz Truss about why it’s such a whisky business being the Secretary of State for International Trade. And the BBC's Orla Guerin talks through what impact Yemen’s ongoing civil war has had on children in the country. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Rick Kelsey, Danny Wittenberg Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
05/03/2130m 20s

Ed Miliband

Our podcasting rival (and shadow business secretary) Ed Miliband gives us his take on the Budget and the outlook for Labour. And the latest on the drama of Buckingham Palace vs Meghan and Harry with our Royal Correspondent, Jonny Dymond. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Cristina Criddle, Georgia Coan and Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
04/03/2134m 39s

Rishi Pickings

On the day the chancellor defends his budget plans, we are joined by Radio 4’s Evan Davis and Laura to help us pick through the detail. And we bring back Sarah Smith and Nick Eardley as Nicola Sturgeon gives evidence at the inquiry into her government's unlawful handling of harassment complaints against Alex Salmond. Producer: Georgia Coan Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
03/03/2132m 52s

Mexican Coke

We’re getting new details about Rishi Sunak’s Budget – and his personal habits. We ask how long before all cars are electric and speak to Eurovision’s executive supervisor about staging a contest during the pandemic. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles and Daniel Wittenberg Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
02/03/2133m 3s

Darth Variant

How strong is the force in the new coronavirus variants? Adam, Laura and Fergus unite to answer some of the biggest questions of the universe (like how worried should we be that Test and Trace can't seem to find a sixth person infected with the Brazilian strain of Covid-19)? And Paul Johnson, from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, tells us what we should be looking out for to seem smarter on budget day later this week. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producer: Alix Pickles Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
01/03/2132m 40s

Salmond Speaks

Former First Minister Alex Salmond gives evidence to the committee investigating the Scottish government's mishandling of complaints against him. It’s a complicated story, but luckily our Scotland editor, Sarah Smith and political correspondent Nick Eardley are on hand to talk us through the events of the day. And James Gallagher explains how the government is deciding who should be vaccinated next. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Rick Kelsey and Alix Pickles Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
26/02/2134m 21s

'The Aldi Vaccine'?

Even with limited supply, Belgium's biggest vaccine hub can jab 1000 patients a day. So why is it only managing 200? Adam and Fergus chat to Europe Correspondent Jean Mackenzie to discuss how public perceptions of the 'Aldi vaccine' could be hampering the rollout. And Oldham headteacher Glyn Potts drops in to discuss plans for teachers, not algorithms, to grade students this summer. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
25/02/2131m 40s

The Jo Whiley Effect

Fergus gives us the latest on the vaccine priority list, with everyone on the GP learning disability register now getting their turn. And Adam talks Tiger Woods with BBC Breakfast presenter – and proper golfer – Naga Munchetty. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
24/02/2128m 25s

Baselines & Basslines

The BBC's Scotland Editor Sarah Smith explains the unlocking plan north of the border and we hear from Dr Marc Baguelin, from Imperial College London who worked on the modelling that informed the UK government’s plans. Also, Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and Newscaster Hannah share the tunes they want to hear in late June, when the clubs might open. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers Georgia Coen and Daniel Wittenburg Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Deputy Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
23/02/2135m 26s

The Road to Freedom

As Boris Johnson lays out his ‘cautious' and 'irreversible’ plan for lifting England’s lockdown, Adam, Laura, Fergus and Branwen talk you through the steps: from schools to stadia and beyond. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coan Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
23/02/2129m 27s

MEGXIT II

No return for Harry and Meghan... The BBC's royal correspondent, Jonny Dymond, explains what's going on with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We also try to figure out how poorer countries are going to get their vaccines, with Dr Robin Nandy, chief of immunisation at UNICEF. And astrophysicist, Dr Maggie Lieu, tells us exactly why landing on Mars is such a big deal. Studio manager: Ashley Taylor Producers: Rick Kelsey, Georgia Coan, Kameron Virk, Jack Suddaby Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
19/02/2129m 9s

"Bond, Recovery Bond"

Keir Starmer wants savers to help pay for the Covid recovery. But will it work? We find out if economist Miatta Fahnbulleh, and former Labour party adviser Ayesha Hazarika, buy the bond idea. Also, our North America technology reporter James Clayton explains why Facebook is blocking news feeds to users in Australia. Studio Director: Emma Crowe. Producers: Rick Kelsey, Kameron Virk and Jack Suddaby Editor: Dino Sofos
18/02/2129m 55s

'Half-truths' at the Grenfell Inquiry

What’s the latest from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry? The BBC's Tom Symonds explains all. Adam chats to global health policy expert (and friend of the pod), Clare Wenham, about the possibility of a worldwide pandemic treaty. And the BBC's Freya Cole explains why Myanmar's biggest city is currently gridlocked. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Kameron Virk, Jack Suddaby Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
17/02/2134m 22s

The 'Hostage' Princess

Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai's ruler, goes missing. We hear the incredible story and the diplomatic knock-on, with James Landale and Panorama reporter Nawal Al-Maghafi. Producers: Kameron Virk, Alix Pickles and Jack Suddaby Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
16/02/2129m 14s

The Newscast Vaccination Totaliser

How do you actually pronounce "tocilizumab"? Fergus Walsh has got the secret! Well, that, and all the info on the government's next vaccine rollout sprint. Also, after a video of a large (rule-breaking) Orthodox Jewish wedding in North London was shared last month, Adam is joined by the BBC's Harry Farley to find out how the community has reacted. Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Kameron Virk, Natalie Ktena, Daniel Wittenberg, Jack Suddaby Episode editor: Ben Weisz Assistant editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
15/02/2127m 38s

David Baddiel

The writer and comedian shares his experiences of anti-semitism on the football stands and on Twitter. Adam is joined by the BBC's James Gallagher and economist Stephanie Flanders to talk healthcare and the health of the economy. And also, the legendary BBC Radio 4 Newsreader, Neil Sleat (who is leaving the BBC), has one final bulletin... just for us! Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz, Danny Wittenberg, Jack Suddaby Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
12/02/2138m 31s

Meet the Covid Recovery Group...

If you choose not to get a vaccine, the risk is on you and the government shouldn't leave restrictions in place to protect anti-vaxxers. That's what Mark Harper, the Conservative chairman of the 'Covid Recovery Group' thinks. He joins us to tell us why his group is putting pressure on the government to lift lockdown. And you may have noticed that it’s rather chilly outside. So we thought we’d head up to Braemar in The Highlands to find out what it’s like to fix a hydro-electric generator at minus 23C. Chilly! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Rick Kelsey, Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
11/02/2131m 40s

Genomics for Dummies

It looks like we're going to have to understand new variants of the virus for a long time. Adam and Laura hear from the Cambridge scientist in charge of tracking them, Professor Sharon Peacock. And as quarantine hotels prepare to open up in the UK, we catch up with Rebecca in New Zealand as she leaves 14 days isolation. Studio manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles, Kameron Virk, Jack Suddaby Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
10/02/2133m 52s

Flight club

An app to prove your vaccination status when you fly abroad could be on its way. We hear from Alexandre de Juniac, the head of the international airline trade body IATA, on whether the concept of vaccine passports could become reality. Also Greg James and Bella Mackie tell us how they’re loving going back to school for their new podcast. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coen Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Deputy Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
09/02/2132m 25s

The Holy Dose

Adam speaks to James Gallagher and Dr Vanessa Apea for the latest on vaccines, variations and how to ensure higher take-up among those in ethnic minorities. And we are joined by Love Island’s Dr Alex, who’s just been appointed the government's youth mental health adviser. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Cristina Criddle, Georgia Coan, Jack Suddaby, Kameron Virk and Alix Pickles Episode editor: Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
08/02/2134m 3s

Jackie Weaver, We Salute You

Did you see the Handforth Parish Council virtual meeting? Everyone else did! Adam is joined by Mathamatician, Hannah Fry, and Medical Historian, Mark Honigsbaum, to talk about how pandemics actually end. And Radio 4’s Melvyn Bragg pops in to explain How to... Melvyn Bragg. It’s a bumper podcast for your locked down weekend. Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz, Danny Wittenberg, Georgia Coan, Kameron Virk, Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
05/02/2140m 48s

Viral Vaccine Invites

Teachers have been sent messages inviting them to book appointments for vaccinations, against official priority rules. Our very own Newscast Reporter, Daniel Wittenberg, explains what’s going on. And North America Tech Reporter, James Clayton, walks Adam through the History of Amazon, after Jeff Bezos announces he'll step down as CEO of the e-commerce giant. Producers: Kameron Virk, Georgia Coan, Frankie Tobi Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/02/2130m 50s

Matt Hancock’s Movie Night

The Health Secretary talks about Contagion the movie, as hospital admissions and deaths caused by Covid-19 are now on a “downward slope”. Our Health Editor Hugh, goes through the numbers. And elsewhere, Brexit tensions over the Irish border keep bubbling up, Laura and Katya join Adam to explain what’s next. Studio Manager: Michael Regaard Producers: Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coen and Jack Suddaby Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
03/02/2130m 44s

England’s Mutant Major Hurdles

How is England clamping down on the new variant? Professor Robin Shattock from Imperial College joins us to tell us about the new variant and how to vaccinate against it. And Sarah Smith gives us the latest lockdown news from Scotland. Also, the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is jailed. We discuss golden toilet brushes with Sarah Rainsford in Moscow. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Cristina Criddle, Georgia Coan and Jack Suddaby Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
02/02/2129m 22s

Coups and Cladding

As MPs debate the cladding crisis, Adam and Laura are joined by Sarah Corker and Newscaster Jenni Garratt to discuss how leasholders' woes could destabilise the housing market. And as the military seizes control in Myanmar, Fergal Keane explains how its detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi can be seen as both hero and villain. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Jack Suddaby, Georgia Coan, Natalie Ktena, Rick Kelsey Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
01/02/2134m 12s

EU'll be vaccinated

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been signed off by the EU today, but there's still a row about when they'll get their doses. Fergus and Vicki join Adam to make sense of the latest, as the bloc threatens to restrict vaccines crossing the border to Northern Ireland - overriding part of the Brexit deal. Also, are you sleeping well? If not - Dr Guy Meadows has some great advice for you. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Jack Suddaby, Daniel Wittenberg, Kameron Virk, Rick Kelsey, Georgia Coan Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
29/01/2134m 47s

JABSOLUTE SCENES

A row erupts between the EU and drugs company AstraZeneca over vaccine shortages. Adam, Laura and Katya talk to German MEP, Dr Peter Liese, who is not happy at all. And we're joined by Tom O'Hara from Janus Henderson Investors to find out why GameStop shares have caused such a frenzy. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Daniel Wittenberg and Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
28/01/2134m 26s

Lockdown 3.1

There’s no back to school until at least 8th March in England, on the day we finally hear about hotel quarantine. We hear from Rebecca who's stuck in a one of them in New Zealand. Adam, Laura and Hugh talk about the UK's latest travel restrictions and how we might come out of them. Track listing in the student special: Aya Anne - Better (featuring King Marino) Cole LC - Grip N Slide H33RA - I DON'T MIND Kastro - outside The Mirror Ball Test - Amuse Bouche THEO - Jealous YazMean - AVENUE YourBoyWonder - DIFFERENT Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Jack Suddaby, Kameron Virk, Georgia Coan, Ben Weisz Reporter: De'Graft Mensah Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
27/01/2134m 42s

Euan Blair

The tech entrepreneur talks to us about moving people away from university and his dad's tech skills. It's also the sad day the UK went over 100,000 Covid deaths; Adam, Laura and Fergus process the moment with psychotherapist Julia Samuel. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg, Ben Weisz Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
26/01/2129m 50s

Dear Fiona Bruce

What should you do if you find yourself checking the bulletins at bedtime? Fiona Bruce is the subject of the latest “Dear Deidre”. And BBC Scotland’s new Political Editor, Glenn Campbell, joins Adam and Laura to celebrate Burns Night… by talking about the future of the United Kingdom. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
25/01/2130m 36s

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax gives us her thoughts for looking after your mental health in a pandemic. And, we hear from Vicki and Hugh after the government warned that the new coronavirus variant could be more deadly than the last. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Cristina Criddle, Georgia Coan, Rick Kelsey, Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
22/01/2131m 27s

21 Days Later

The Brexitcast band has come together again and this time they've got Midge Ure from Ultravox with them! Three weeks since the end of the Brexit transition, Adam, Laura, Chris and Katya come together to talk about what the impact of Brexit has been for business owners, lorry drivers and touring musicians. Studio Director: Mike Regaard Producer: Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
21/01/2139m 22s

Hey Joe

Biden, what you gonna do? Adam and Laura go transatlantic with the BBC’s Nick Bryant in Washington and a former US Deputy Ambassador to the UK, Lewis Luken. What could the impact of a Biden presidency be on life in the UK?   Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coen, Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
20/01/2134m 59s

Court Room Drama

Large backlogs in criminal courts means some crimes from last year, will not go before a jury until 2022. Barrister Alexandra Wilson drops in, to tell us she’s frustrated to see some courts being used to film dramas, rather than hear real cases, that are piling up because of the pandemic. And we ask: how do you make smart motorways smarter? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Georgia Coen Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
19/01/2133m 2s

The Newscast Sea Shanty

Sea shanties are flooding social media, so we wrote our own for Newscast. More than four million people have now had Covid vaccines - but why is the rollout 'lumpy'? Laura Kuenssberg and Hugh Pym give us the latest. We also hear from Moscow, where President Putin's fiercest critic has been arrested. And as influencers come under fire for trips to Dubai, we speak to the man who links them up with advertising opportunities. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan and Cristina Criddle Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
18/01/2134m 36s

Vaccinating Henry

Two men's journey through the snow. Newscaster Paul describes how he felt walking his 82-year-old neighbour, Henry, through the snow to get vaccinated. And the BBC's Sima Kotecha (with her her mum, Hansa Kotecha) join Adam to talk through why fake news could be causing people from British South Asian communities to reject the vaccine. Producer: Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
15/01/2132m 21s

Brazilian Axe

How worried should we be about the Brazilian Covid variant? Well, the government is concerned enough to ban travel to the UK from South America and Portugal. But there's some good news on immunity if you’ve had Covid, and evidence that the vaccine may also stop you passing it on to others. And the new boss of Unison, Christina McAnea, drops in for a chat. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Alix Pickles, Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
14/01/2136m 46s

The Covfather

On the day that hundreds of alleged members of Italy's most powerful mafia group go on trial, Adam is joined by documentary filmmaker, Tobias Jones, to explain how the mobsters may be taking advantage of the pandemic. And we talk to Marcel Levi, Chief Executive of University College London Hospitals, about the mental health of NHS workers at the moment. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
13/01/2132m 54s

Keeping the faith (online)

Hugh, Vicki and Adam are joined by the charismatic Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, after many churches close to prevent the transmission of the virus during group worship. And head teacher at St. George’s Community Primary School in Gainsborough, Katie Barry, explains how free school meals are being provided with more children now at home. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Georgia Coen Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
12/01/2134m 5s

The Bez is yet to come

Adam is joined by Happy Mondays star, Bez, who’s planning on launching his own “buzzin’” online fitness classes. Laura and Fergus discuss vaccines, restrictions, and a controversial Boris bike ride. And the BBC’s Zoe Kleinman explains what’s going on with the social media platform, Parler. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Alix Pickles Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
11/01/2131m 24s

Bitcoin: Hype or digital gold?

Adam is joined by Nathaniel Popper, author of the book Digital Gold, to explain Bitcoin's latest boom. And on the day the UK reported the biggest daily death toll since the pandemic began, Fergus tells us about the latest vaccine to be approved and we hear how the new "Test and Fly" scheme will work for travellers, with John Holland-Kaye, the Heathrow Airport boss. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
08/01/2131m 10s

Delivering the vaccine

James and Adam hear dramatic tales from GP Silvana McCaffrey about her part in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine. And after a troubling week for America we speak with Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace about the future of her party following the Washington riots. Studio Direction: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Rick Kelsey and Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
07/01/2135m 36s

NHS on the brink

Fergus takes us inside the intensive care unit at University College Hospital in London for the third time since the pandemic started. With three times as many critically ill patients in the hospital as normal, how much longer can staff keep going like this? And the BBC's Branwen Jeffreys explains why teacher grades are going to be used to replace cancelled GCSEs and A-levels in England this summer. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Georgia Coan Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
06/01/2133m 26s

The Missing Tycoon

As the UK’s Covid cases top 60,000 for the first time, and Professor Whitty says one in 50 people now have the virus, our Health Editor Hugh Pym joins us to go through the latest numbers. Our Business Editor Simon Jack fills us in on the latest business grants announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and our Asia Correspondent Karishma Vaswani tells us the story of Jack Ma, a Chinese tycoon who has gone missing without a trace. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
05/01/2134m 2s

Johnson's No More Tiers

As Boris Johnson announces another national lockdown for England, Laura, Adam and Fergus discuss the latest measures, the impact on schools, and the new vaccine. And we hear from Dr Coralie Carle about the current pressure on NHS hospitals. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/01/2131m 10s

Weighing up the deal

Adam, Chris, Laura and Katya weigh up the UK's post-Brexit trade deal after MPs approve it in a parliamentary vote. And Fergus joins us, on the day the UK approves the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford. Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
30/12/2034m 55s

2020 Vision

In January this year, Brexitcasters packed out the BBC's Radio Theatre as Britain left the EU. Who'd have thought that eleven months later, we'd all be Newscasters, experts in the R number, PCR testing and Tiers? It's also been the year of Black Lives Matter, long drives to Barnard Castle and Hugh Bonneville dramatically reading out Girls Aloud lyrics. So join Adam, Fergus and Laura as we take one last look - and bid good riddance - to 2020. Thank you for listening, and we wish you all a Happy New Year! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Episode producer: Ben Weisz Newscast production team: Sej Asar, Georgia Coan. Jo Deahl, Rick Kelsey, Natalie Ktena, Harriet Noble, Alix Pickles, Frankie Tobi, Ione Wells Assistant Editors: Sam Bonham and Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
28/12/2038m 23s

Cod Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

1,645 days after the UK voted to leave the EU and 328 days after we actually departed, a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU has finally been agreed. Adam, Laura, Chris and Katya gather on the night before Christmas to talk through how the months of disagreements over fishing rights and future business rules ended. By the way… there’s still so much we don’t know. We’ll be back. Merry Brexmas! Studio Director: Mike Regaard Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
24/12/2036m 32s

Nigella at the Newscast Christmas party

Our studio might be in Tier 4 but no one can stop us having a virtual Newscast Christmas party! Emily Maitlis and Nigella Lawson are here to help with Christmas dinner for one and Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw joins us to share his favourite Covid-secure party songs of 2020. BYO // Christmas hats compulsory // RSVP to newscast@bbc.co.uk Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
23/12/2050m 55s

Eels in Blankets?

As lorry drivers learn they'll be allowed to cross the Channel into France with a negative Covid test, the gang asks if lateral flow tests are fit for that purpose. Professor Jon Deeks is on hand to explain the evidence. And Dr Adler drops in with an update on Brexit talks - will they ever end? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
22/12/2033m 24s

The Bleak Midwinter

More than 40 countries have banned flights from the UK as we learn more about the new variant of coronavirus that's spreading. There's disruption at Dover, and yes, somebody mentioned the B-word... Thank goodness for the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, James Gallagher and Simon Jack who’ve joined Adam to talk it all through. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
21/12/2031m 32s

Unpack Your Bags

Christmas rules are tightened in England, Scotland and Wales - and a new tier four will be introduced in areas including London, Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire. Boris Johnson announced the changes for England at a Downing Street briefing as scientists warn that a new coronavirus variant is spreading more rapidly. Chris, Laura and Fergus get together for this emergency episode.
19/12/2025m 12s

DEAD RINGERS RETURN!

On the day new long Covid advice comes out, we talk with Dr. Elizabeth Kendrick, who runs a specialist clinic. As Northern Ireland heads into the strictest UK lockdown yet, Stephen Nolan explains what’s different. And it’s Jon and Jan giving their favourite impressions of 2020. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coen, Alix Pickles Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
18/12/2030m 6s

Change Your Plans

As the Home Secretary Priti Patel tells us to not to travel for Christmas, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford joins us for a frank conversation about the difficulties Wales is having getting Coronavirus under control. And of course there's another Brexit update...and no, this one isn't decisive, either. Studio Director: Ged Sudlow Producers: Ben Weisz, Lucy Boast, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
17/12/2033m 11s

Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas

On the day that Boris Johnson called for a shorter and smaller Christmas, Laura and Fergus explain why the government's message is both the same and also different to what they said before. And we dispel some anti-vax myths after one Newscaster got in touch about a leaflet she got through her door. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Georgia Coan, Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
16/12/2030m 55s

China’s Forced Labour Camps

With calls for tighter coronavirus restrictions over Christmas, plans for the UK’s four nations to allow three households to meet are coming under strain. BBC Wales’s political editor Felicity Evans explains why there’s pressure in both directions. Branwen Jeffreys is back to tell us about the row over schools staying open before the holidays. And John Sudworth talks us through his latest investigation, which raises the worrying prospect that clothes in our shops could contain cotton picked by forced labour in China. Studio Director: Jonathan Greer Producers: Ben Weisz, Georgia Coan Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
15/12/2030m 4s

London Stalling

Adam is joined by Laura Kuenssberg and Hugh Pym to chat the ins and outs of London's move into England’s highest Covid tier this Wednesday. Dr Naomi Forrester-Soto assures us we probably don't need to worry about the “new variant” of coronavirus. And as blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men are to be relaxed across the UK, Dr Joseph Heskin explains why this is a big moment - both as a doctor, and as a new potential LGBT donor. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
14/12/2030m 20s

Griefcast’s Cariad Lloyd

It’s been a year where many of us have lost a loved one. How do you deal with grief, or start to talk about it? Griefcast’s Cariad Lloyd joins Adam to guide us through. Meanwhile, James drops by with new tier rumours, vaccine news, and the truth about whether Russians are being asked to choose their shots. Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Ben Weisz Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
11/12/2027m 38s

Meecro-wah-vey Ready Deal

Boris Johnson says there is now a "strong possibility" of a no-deal. The Brexitcasters are back AGAIN, this time joined by former International Trade Secretary, Dr.Liam Fox. Studio Director: Ged Sudlow Producers: Rick Kelsey and Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
10/12/2031m 42s

Turbot charged talks

As Boris Johnson's dinner with Ursula von der Leyen risks turning into a Last Supper for UK-EU trade talks, the Brexitcast gang reunite to discuss whether a deal is salvageable. And as the vaccine rollout continues with new warnings for those suffering severe allergies, Sir Bob Geldof drops in to explain why he's an evangelist for the jabs. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
10/12/2035m 59s

Vaccino (with an extra shot)

A great day for science, a bad day for Covid-19. As the first Pfizer vaccines are given to patients in the UK, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine publishes its data. Adam and Fergus chat to virologist Dr Elisabetta Groppelli about how the rollout might go - and learn some Italian while they're at it. Jenny Hill has the latest from the prosecutors in Berlin trying to build a case against the suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann. And in honour of William Shakespeare, whose namesake got the vaccine today, we've rewritten one of his great monologues for the Covid age. Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz, Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
08/12/2031m 9s

Brexitcast: Bitchy Corners

Boris Johnson will head to Brussels this week to meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a last ditch effort to salvage a post-Brexit trade deal. But is a breakthrough possible? Activate Brexitcast! And could snowy UK winters could become a thing of the past? Justin Rowlatt tells us how the UK’s climate could change where you live. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble and Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
07/12/2035m 7s

Mask of the Day

The BBC's Dan Roan joins Adam to discuss the return of football fans to professional games in England as well as the Premier League rescue package for clubs in lower divisions. And James Gallagher provides the latest on testing. Where can people get a test and are rapid lateral flow tests all they’re cracked up to be? Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/12/2034m 5s

Brexitcast: Private Party

The chances of a breakthrough in the post-Brexit trade negotiations are “receding” according to Laura’s secret squirrel source - so we’ve sounded the Brexitcast klaxon! And Tony Blair joins us to talk Brexit, vaccines and why he doesn’t watch political dramas on TV - especially ones featuring Tony Blair. Studio Director: William Allott Producers: Rick Kelsey; Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Editor: Dino Sofos
03/12/2030m 38s

VA Day

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been judged safe for use in the UK, and will start to be rolled out next week. Adam is joined by BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym, Professor of Immunology Deborah Dunn-Walters and GP Dr Amir Khan to answer Newscasters’ questions. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Sej Asar and Harriet Noble Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
02/12/2024m 8s

New Tiers' Eve

England's national lockdown was, in the end, replaced with the Government's tougher tier system of local restrictions. Restrictions called "stupid" and poorly-targeted by some of its own backbenchers. Vicki and Adam discuss why those rebels spoke up. Some of those politicians have been throwing around bed occupancy figures - but there are better ways to talk about how full a hospital is. Dr Coralie Carle explains. And as the BBC reveals that people in deprived parts of England were almost twice as likely to die during the height of lockdown than people in richer areas, Ed Thomas and Father Alex Frost join us to reflect on how those pressures are being felt in Burnley. If you've been affected by any of what you hear in this edition, help is available. Find out more at bbc.co.uk/actionline Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz, Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
01/12/2030m 9s

STopshop

On the day that Arcadia, the owner of Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, goes into administration, the BBC's Simon Jack discusses what went wrong. And with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon addressing her party conference, the BBC's Sarah Smith joins Adam to talk about what 2021 could hold for the prospect of Scottish independence. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
30/11/2031m 7s

Guy Garvey’s Glastonbury Taskforce

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey pops in to explain why artists want a fairer slice of the streaming pie - and to discuss whether festivals are back for 2021. After exciting vaccine news earlier this week, some people had questions about the data from the Oxford-AstraZeneca study. Adam and Fergus try to answer some of them with help from Professor Jennifer Rogers. And legendary LGBT venue G-A-Y explains why it’s partnering up with McDonalds to keep its doors open in Tier 2. Studio Manager: Mike Reggard Producers: Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
27/11/2032m 42s

Tier Drop

More than 23 million people in England will be placed in the highest tier 3 category of coronavirus restrictions, when the national lockdown ends next Wednesday. Adam, Laura and Chris talk through the new tougher tier system, and the government’s methods for choosing which areas move up and down the scale. And, former Conservative Education and International Development Secretary Justine Greening joins tells us why she believes not enough is being done to “level-up” the country, both at home and abroad. Producers: Patrick Baker, Georgia Coan, Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
26/11/2032m 7s

We’ve Only Just Begun

The economic battle after the Covid shock has only just begun. Richard Hughes from the Office for Budget Responsibility joins Laura and Adam to discuss the Spending Review. And after the death of Diego Maradona, we mourn the footballing legend with Mark Chapman and ex-England international Trevor Steven. Studio Manager: Emma Close Producers: Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz, Sej Asar, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
25/11/2031m 56s

(Not) Home Alone

The news we've all been waiting for... three households can mix over Christmas in the UK. Adam, Vicki and Fergus take us through the festive yules... I mean rules. And Sacha Lord, the Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, tells us why he thinks the stricter tiers system is a disaster for pubs, and why you might need a 'vaccine passport' to get into a festival next summer. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Rick Kelsey (new boy!), Jo Deahl, Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
24/11/2028m 46s

''Tis the Season To Be Jolly Careful'

The vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. And the Prime Minister announces that gyms and non-essential shops in all parts of England will be allowed to reopen when lockdown ends next month. Adam is joined by Laura and Fergus to discuss the latest. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Jo Deahl, Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Sej Asar Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Got a question? Email newscast@bbc.co.uk...
23/11/2029m 3s

'Wagatha Christie'

Adam is joined by the BBC's Sinéad Garvan to discuss the latest in the "Wagatha Christie" row. And Paul Johnson, from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, decodes next week's government spending review so you don't have to... Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
20/11/2031m 39s

Sticking with Prit?

As Laura learns that Home Secretary Priti Patel appears to have been found in breach of the ministerial code - usually enough to quit Government - what will the Prime Minister do? Fergus is back - and while he might not be able to promise Adam and Chris the festivities they were hoping for this Christmas - he can bring more exciting vaccine news, this time about the Oxford-AstraZeneca study. And the gang are joined by former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, to talk leadership, lawsuits, and Christmas card lists. Studio director:
19/11/2032m 16s

Electric Dreams

Adam is joined by Chris Stark, from the UK's Climate Change Committee, to discuss the government's green plan. Can it actually be delivered? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
18/11/2034m 11s

Vaxxing 9 to 5

Jeremy Corbyn has been readmitted to the Labour Party he led until April. Iain Watson brings us up to speed with reaction from all sides. In other political news - time for a civics lesson for Laura and Adam from Scotland Editor Sarah Smith. The Prime Minister’s walked into another row over devolution - but what is it, exactly? And as the Government launches its post-Grenfell plan to make sure social housing residents don’t feel ignored again, Inside Housing’s Nathaniel Barker explains what it does and doesn’t achieve. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Jo Deahl and Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos Get in touch: newscast@bbc.co.uk
17/11/2036m 59s

Vax Entertainment

Adam, Laura and James discuss the news that the Moderna vaccine has a nearly 95% efficacy rate. Nick Timothy, former joint Chief of Staff to Theresa May, joins us to dissect the latest Cummings and goings at 10 Downing Street. And get your shoulder pads at the ready! We talk the latest 80s-tastic season of The Crown with broadcasting legends Jennie Bond and Simon McCoy. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble and Jo Deahl Episode Editor: Frankie Tobi Editor: Dino Sofos
16/11/2039m 37s

'Goodbye and good riddance'

Peter Sutcliffe, the serial killer who was serving a whole life term for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and north-west England, has died. Adam is joined by Ex-police officer Bob Bridgestock, who worked on the Sutcliffe case. And the BBC's Sima Kotecha explains why Diwali celebrations may be difficult this year. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Jo Deahl, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
13/11/2036m 29s

Brexitcast... You first?

With a deadline looming for a deal with the EU, Adam is stalking Michel Barnier, Laura and Chris are avidly following the pandemonium in Downing St, while Katya is getting popcorn emojis from officials in Brussels...it’s just like old times! Brexitcast is back to explain what lies in the way of a post-Brexit trade deal, whether Joe Biden’s election makes it more or less likely to happen, and whether the pandemic is helping or hindering its chances of getting signed off. Studio Director: Gerard Sudlow Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi, Patrick Baker Editor: Dino Sofos
12/11/2031m 27s

Cained

Laura explains what's happening inside Downing Street on the day Boris Johnson's director of communications, Lee Cain, resigns. And Adam is joined by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sussex to talk about how he is preparing to roll out government’s plan to mass test students.  Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
11/11/2031m 40s

The Yes Man of the Moment

Adam and Fergus are joined by Professor Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at the University of Oxford, to talk about distribution and regulation of the coronavirus vaccine. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
10/11/2040m 46s

YES! YES! YES! A Vaccine Special

Preliminary analysis shows the first effective coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting the virus. Fergus brings us his interview with the developers, Pfizer, and Professor of immunology, Peter Openshaw sets the news in context. And as hopes about the vaccine send global markets skyrocketing, Laura and BBC Business reporter Vishala Sri-Pathma help us understand who are the financial winners and losers. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi and Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
09/11/2039m 19s

They Mink It’s All Over

Authorities in Denmark have found a mutated form of coronavirus in the country's mink farms. Should we be concerned? Dr Claire Standley joins James and Adam to explain the science behind mink and coronavirus. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
06/11/2029m 33s

Ed Balls

As counting continues in the US presidential election, former politician and documentary maker Ed Balls shares the insights he learned meeting Trump supporters for his recent series. Chris and Vicki discuss the Government's about turn on the furlough scheme's return - responding to circumstance or last-minute decision? And if, like us, you've an ear for slide sass - you'll LOVE the latest from the Downing St press conference. Studio Director: Gerard Sudlow Producer: Ben Weisz, Patrick Baker, Sej Asar Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Get in touch - newscast@bbc.co.uk
05/11/2029m 32s

The Key States of It

The result of the US election will come down to the undeclared battleground states: Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Adam is joined by the BBC’s Anna Foster from Ohio to discuss the latest in the US election. And Heidi Larson, from the Vaccine Confidence Project, explains how to address concerns people have with the coronavirus vaccine. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Jo Deahl Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/11/2033m 35s

Oh, Vienna

Another terror attack on a major European city. This time it's Vienna, where a suspected islamist extremist opened fire. It's a city Katya Adler knows well - she joins Adam and Frank Gardner to discuss the apparent rise in these incidents, and the challenges facing Europe's leaders in deciding how to respond. Liverpool is to be the test case for mass testing - Mayor Joe Anderson explains how it's going to work, while Adam and Fergus pore through the new lockdown restrictions, hot off the press - and attempt to answer your questions about how they'll work. Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Jo Deahl Editor: Dino Sofos
03/11/2036m 55s

'Hanging by a thread'

Last week Fergus described the "positive" mood in a Newcastle Covid ward. Now, one week on, it’s a very different story in Liverpool as the intensive care units struggle to cope. And Johnny Depp has lost his libel case against the Sun newspaper over an article that called him a "wife beater". The BBC’s Helena Wilkinson talks Adam through the ruling. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
02/11/2035m 19s

Lockdown 2.0

On the day that the PM announces a four-week lockdown in England, Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus discuss what we know and what it all means. Studio Director: Danny Cox Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
31/10/2033m 25s

The Strain in Spain

Adam and James are joined by Dr Emma Hodcroft from the University of Basel to discuss the new coronavirus strain which was discovered in Spain. And the Castermind quiz returns for a second week. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
30/10/2032m 19s

Corbinned

Labour has suspended Jeremy Corbyn from the party over his reaction to a highly critical report on anti-Semitism. Adam, Vicki Young and Nick Watt discuss what's in the long-awaited EHRC report. How did a party that prides itself on anti-racism ended up breaching the Equality Act? And is this the start of a civil war in the party? And how is France dealing with another grim terrorist attack and impending lockdown? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz and Frankie Tobi Editor: Dino Sofos
29/10/2033m 31s

Lockdown! Part Deux

France and Germany have announced today they will both reintroduce national restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19. Katya joins Adam to talk through the situation on the continent. And, will a second wave in the UK be worse than the first? James Gallagher explains the concerns of some senior scientific advisers. And as the five migrants who drowned trying to cross the Channel are all named as members of the same family, BBC Persia’s Jiyar Gol tells us what we know about them, and others trying to make the same journey. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
28/10/2033m 45s

Pick ’N Don’t Mix

Adam is joined by Professor Dame Anne Johnson, who’s about to take over as president of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She joins our Health Editor Hugh Pym to discuss the latest pandemic figures, and whether the public are getting the message about social distancing. And as the inquiry into the Scottish Government’s handling of allegations against Alex Salmond heats up, Sarah Smith puts it in context, and explains why it could prove tricky for the First Minister. Studio Director: Frank McWeeny Producers: Ben Weisz, Sej Asar, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
27/10/2031m 45s

Fergus is positive

Back in April, there were fears the NHS would be overwhelmed by the number of people needing treatment for Covid-19. Six months on, Fergus Walsh is back in an intensive care unit speaking to staff and patients. How is everyone coping this time round? And, will the government to change its policy on free school meals? As pressure mounts from both the public and some Conservative MPs, the BBC’s Jessica Parker talks us through the latest. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Get in touch: newscast@bbc.co.uk
26/10/2032m 10s

Castermind

Newscaster JR is the first contestant in the first ever Newscast quiz. And why is Beyonce posting about the Nigeria Sars protests? The BBC's Mayeni Jones joins Adam to discuss what is going on in Lagos. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Sej Asar, Alix Pickles, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Get in touch: newscast@bbc.co.uk
23/10/2034m 18s

George Osborne

The former Chancellor tells us that Boris Johnson should be more "realistic" about the pandemic and that the government is guilty of "optimism bias". Also, former doctor, bestselling author and comedian, Adam Kay, talks to Adam, Laura and Chris about his new West End show. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
22/10/2035m 46s

Sodcast

Adam is joined by the BBC's James Vincent to discuss the reaction in South Yorkshire on the day that tier three restrictions are announced. And Laura helps translate her interview with Lord Mark Sedwill, the ex-head of the civil service. How surprised should we be with what he said? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Get in touch: newscast@bbc.co.uk
21/10/2032m 53s

Manchester united?

Tier 3 rules will be imposed on Greater Manchester from Friday, the prime minister has announced. Adam is joined by the BBC’s Vicki Young and Kevin Fitzpatrick to discuss the day's events. And Professor Peter Openshaw, from Imperial College London, explains why the UK is pushing ahead to be the first country to carry out “human challenge” studies where up to 90 healthy people will be deliberately exposed to Covid-19. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
20/10/2036m 58s

Firebreakstarter

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, tells us about his 'short, sharp, firebreak' lockdown. Laura and Chris join Adam for some riveting Brexit updates. And Emma Barnett tells us what living with the debilitating condition endometriosis is like. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Jo Deahl and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
19/10/2039m 50s

Always Take Your Tiers With You

As Lancashire becomes the latest area to move into the ‘very-high’ restrictions tier, the Prime Minister has warned that he may ‘intervene’ if new measures for Greater Manchester are not agreed. Adam is joined by Vicki and James to talk through the latest. And, could ‘No Deal’ be on the cards…? We hear the latest on the Brexit negotiations, as the UK say trade talks with the EU are ‘over’. Also on the podcast, Rambler and Broadcaster Stuart Maconie tells us about the joys of a good walk. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Emma Close Get in touch at newscast@bbc.co.uk
16/10/2030m 16s

Real Winter is Coming

As a row over regional coronavirus restrictions gets heated in England, is it time for a national ‘circuitbreaker’ lockdown? Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar thinks so - he sits on SAGE and directs the Wellcome Trust, and tells Adam and Fergus that without a three week national lockdown, winter could be a bumpy ride. Chris and Laura are back, too, to discuss the fallout in Westminster from these regional rows - and to explain what to make of Dame Louise Casey’s warning about large scale post-pandemic destitution. Katya reunites the Brexitcast crew with the latest on EU trade talks. And Chris Mason’s outro hangs in the balance - as we finally decide whether to ooze it or lose it. Studio Director: Andy Mills Producers: Sej Asar, Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
15/10/2054m 58s

How do you solve a pandemic, Maria?

Adam is joined by Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, the Technical Lead on Covid-19 at the World Health Organization. And the BBC’s Stephen Nolan explains the reaction in Northern Ireland after it’s announced that schools will close from Monday. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
14/10/2035m 44s

Many Questions

Wipe away your tiers - Newscast is here to answer your questions! Can you still visit others in their support bubbles? Where is the virus spreading? What’s going on with Nightingale Hospitals? Here to answer your corona queries - Deputy Political Editor Vicki Young, Health Editor Hugh Pym, Newscast’s favourite virologist Dr Elisabetta Groppelli and 5 Live’s Nick Garnett. Studio Director: Emma Close Producers: Ben Wesiz and Jo Deahl Editor: Dino Sofos
13/10/2035m 19s

Tiers for Fears

The prime minister has announced a new three-tier system of restrictions in England to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. Adam, Laura and Fergus are joined by Claire Hamilton, the BBC's political reporter for Merseyside, to discuss what the new rules mean. And Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, explains why the support in place for businesses won't be enough. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
12/10/2036m 12s

David Dimbleby

Legendary broadcaster and former presenter of BBC Question Time, David Dimbleby, chats to Adam about Iraq, the seductive quality of podcasting and the future of the BBC. And Chris Mason lobbies to keep his creepy outro. #DontLoseTheOoze Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi and Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
09/10/2042m 32s

The West(minster) Wing

Are pubs and restaurants in the North going to be forced to close next week? And meet Westminster’s answer to C.J. Cregg! Studio Directors: Andy Mills and Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
08/10/2032m 23s

Sober October

Adam is joined by the BBC's Sarah Smith and Vicki Young to discuss the upcoming closure of all pubs and restaurants in central Scotland. And the BBC's Marianna Spring explains why Facebook are taking tougher action against QAnon conspiracy theory accounts. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
07/10/2034m 31s

DIY Party Conference

Newscast attends the virtual Conservative party conference. Adam, Laura and Chris listen to Boris Johnson’s speech and speak to Sir Iain Duncan Smith in the virtual conference hotel bar afterwards. And it obviously wouldn’t be a party conference with some karaoke* Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl Editor: Dino Sofos *Don’t worry, no BBC journalists actually sang during the making of this episode.
06/10/2036m 7s

Not Excel-lent

Jennifer Williams, from the Manchester Evening News, joins Adam to discuss the technical glitch that caused nearly 16,000 cases of coronavirus to be missed. And, as Donald Trump leaves hospital to continue his Covid-19 treatment, the BBC's Fergus Walsh talks us through the various treatments the President has received over the past few days. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
05/10/2032m 7s

Justice delivered?

The President has tested positive for coronavirus. If you can't wait for Americast - Emily Maitlis joins Jane with the briefing you need. Newly-minted Deputy Political Editor Vicki Young explains why SNP Margaret Ferrier is facing calls to resign - and is looking increasingly isolated, and not just because she's quarantining. James Gallagher meanwhile explains why even if a vaccine is ready by Christmas, it might take longer to reach your arm. And the Post Office now says it won't contest dozens of appeals from sub-postmasters convicted of theft, fraud and false accounting - they say wrongly. Was a glitchy computer system to blame? Nick Wallis has been investigating for years - and tells Jane everything he knows. Presenter: Jane Garvey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz and Harriet Noble
02/10/2031m 54s

Spitting Image

New local restrictions announced today for Liverpool, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough now place a quarter of the UK under some form of ‘local lockdown’. Laura and Chris speak to Andy Preston, the independent Mayor of Middlesbrough, on why he thinks the government is making a mistake. And, with Spitting Image returning to our screens this weekend, Matt Forde tells us what it was like to voice Donald Trump and Boris Johnson-- in puppet form. Studio Director: Andy Mills Producers: Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Emma Close
01/10/2033m 39s

The UNGA Games

The BBC’s Justin Rowlatt explains why China’s announcement at the UN General Assembly could be a significant step in the fight against climate change. And Laura, Fergus and Adam discuss why Boris Johnson says the UK is at a “critical moment” in the coronavirus pandemic. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
30/09/2032m 22s

Skill Seekers

Boris Johnson has promised “radical” changes to the education system in England to help boost the post-Covid economy. Adam is joined by the BBC’s Vicki Young and former government advisor, Tom Richmond, to talk about how it might work. Producers: Ben Weisz, Sej Asar Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
29/09/2033m 35s

Sir Ed Davey

Adam and Chris take us through the latest Coronavirus news, and talk to Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey about his pledge to be “the voice of carers”. And Americast’s Jon Sopel explains what's what with Donald Trump’s taxes. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz and Sej Asar Assistant Editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham
28/09/2032m 49s

The Student Pub Quiz

Adam hosts this weekend's student pub quiz with Catherine Roys from Teesside University radio station, TUXtra. Play along at home! And the BBC's James Oliver explains what it was like investigating the FinCEN Files. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
25/09/2032m 51s

So long, furlough, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the government’s new economic measures for when the furlough scheme ends next month. Adam and Laura are joined by Simon Jack to look at the choices now facing businesses, and we’re given a maths lesson on how it could work for you by University Challenge’s Bobby Seagull. Plus, BBC tech correspondent Zoe Kleinman answers your questions on the new Track and Trace app that launched today. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Emma Close
24/09/2030m 24s

Life Newscastic

Adam is joined by Professor Jim Al-Khalili from BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific to talk about his recent interviews with Neil Ferguson and Sarah Gilbert. And BBC Scotland Editor Sarah Smith explains the importance of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer refusing to rule out the possibility of supporting a second referendum on Scottish independence. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
23/09/2032m 50s

Another six months

Pubs, restaurants and bars are to close at 10pm, and people are told to work from home if they can again in new measures announced today by the prime minister. And, as Sir Keir Starmer gives his first Labour conference speech as leader virtually from Doncaster, Chris Mason tells us why it wasn't just the livestream that made a change from previous years. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close
22/09/2032m 40s

Been here be 4

The UK's coronavirus alert level is being upgraded from 3 to 4. Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus talk through what it means for the country. And Teesside University student radio station, TUXtra, stages a Newscast takeover. What will Freshers' Week be like for students? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Sej Asar, Natalie Ktena Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
21/09/2032m 27s

Short circuit

On the day that Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK is now seeing a second wave, we try to figure out what the government means when they say they are considering a "circuit-break" approach for suppressing the spread of coronavirus. Also, we discuss the model Emily Ratajkowski’s viral blog about who owns the rights to her image. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Many thanks to New York Magazine’s The Cut podcast for the audio of Emily Ratajkowski used in this episode.
18/09/2031m 45s

The Test and Trace Race

As large parts of the north-east of England are put under further restrictions, and figures today reveal only a third of people are receiving their covid test results within 24 hours, what’s going wrong? Adam, Laura and James ask the former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt about what the backlog could mean for the Winter. And, Samantha Bond reads us extracts of the new book by Lady Sasha Squire that’s got everyone in Westminster talking. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Nat Ktena, Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
17/09/2030m 9s

Shadow cab rank

Who's who in the shadow cabinet? Newsnight’s Nick Watt has the beginner's guide to the Labour frontbench. And, after yesterday's Newscast raised the possibility of loopholes in the testing system, the BBC’s Rachel Schraer explains what's going on. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
16/09/2028m 51s

To the Lighthouse (Lab)

Why is there a shortage of covid tests? Adam speaks to epidemiologist Alan McNally who was one of the people involved in setting up the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Lab. And as the unemployment rate continues to increase and finding a job is becoming harder, former winner of The Apprentice, Lee McQueen, offers some handy CV tips. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Lead producer: Frankie Tobi Producers: Ben Weisz and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close
15/09/2037m 41s

Aye at night

The Internal Market Bill, giving government the power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU, passed its first hurdle in a late night Commons vote. Adam and Laura digest the details of the dramatic day at Westminster. And is there life on Venus? Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Output Editor: Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
14/09/2036m 16s

Where R we now?

Adam is joined by the BBC's Fergus Walsh and Vicki Young to discuss the government's response to the growing infection rate. And the BBC's Mark Lowen tells us what life is like for migrants and refugees after the fire at the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
11/09/2031m 26s

EUltimatum

In a Brexitcast reunion, Adam, Laura and Katya ask what can be salvaged from negotiations with the EU that appear to have hit the buffers. Michel Barnier is back in town - this time it's Laura who gets to say bonjour. And while wildfires turn the sky orange in California, we ask Justin Rowlatt what he makes of a citizens' assembly plan to tackle climate change - and where snotcicles come from. Studio Director: William Allott Producer: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
10/09/2028m 39s

The Rule of Six

Adam, Laura and Fergus walk through the new, 'simpler' coronavirus restrictions in England - dubbed the 'Rule of Six' by Boris Johnson. The government's top scientists warn they might be with us for a while. And where does the 'Rule of Six' leave S Club 7? Bradley McIntosh tells us. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
09/09/2031m 11s

Safe Six

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday - with some exemptions - after a steep rise in coronavirus cases. Adam is joined by the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, Fergus Walsh, Branwen Jeffreys and Nick Eardley. Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
08/09/2034m 59s

BREXITCAST IS BACK

Brexit is back. So we've fired up the klaxon and brought out the binders. Laura, Katya and Adam discuss the government’s plans for a post-Brexit customs bill, and look ahead to another round of talks starting this week. It's like September 2019 all over again. And how worried should we be about the rise in coronavirus cases? Fergus is back to tell us. Studio director: Chris Murphy Producers: Harriet Noble and Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
07/09/2037m 50s

Pret A Danger

Adam is joined by Pano Christou, the CEO of Pret A Manger, to discuss the sandwich chain's plan for pandemic survival. And we speak to a suburban cafe that’s thriving in the new normal. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Harriet Noble, Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/09/2039m 43s

Testing Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair joins Adam to explain why he’s turned into a testing geek – and how he thinks the international community needs to up its game to tackle Covid-19. Not content with a single Tony, Jo Coburn drops in to update us on the row surrounding Mr Abbott, Australia’s ex-PM, becoming a UK trade envoy. And Amol Rajan on whether the BBC’s new boss Tim Davie can win his battle against bureaucracy. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Ben Weisz, Lucy Boast Editor: Dino Sofos
03/09/2035m 42s

Kickstarter

Adam is joined by BBC Newsnight's Nick Watt and Network Rail’s Nick King to discuss the Government’s new work placement scheme. Will it create enough long-term jobs for young people? Also, we get a local lockdown lowdown from Eleanor Roaf, Director of Public Health for Trafford. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Ben Weisz Assistant Editors: Emma Close, Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
02/09/2031m 41s

The Mysterious Tony Abbott

Politics resumes at Westminster today - and Adam is reunited with Chris Mason for a well-needed chat about what they've been up to on their first day back. And what is the former Australian PM Tony Abbott doing in town? The Sydney Morning Herald's Latika Bourke explains, and tells us everything we need to know about the man who once ate a raw onion on camera. Studio Director: Mike Regaard Producer: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
01/09/2034m 21s

Where now for the Lib Dems?

Sir Ed Davey has been named the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. Our guest presenter Jane Garvey asks his former adviser Polly Mackenzie whether he can turn the party's fortunes around. And, will the Bank Holiday weekend bring more illegal raves to towns and cities? We hear from the West Midlands’ Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner on whether the new £10,000 fines for organisers in England go far enough. Plus, Maitlis on Melania - our Americast colleague drops in to discuss the Republican National Convention. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Ben Weisz Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
27/08/2032m 27s

Victoria Derbyshire

In this Newscast, Adam hears how Victoria Derbyshire lifted the lid on lockdown violence, hearing from the women who have escaped domestic abuse during the Coronavirus pandemic. And with unprecedented protests on the streets of Minsk, Steve Rosenberg drops in to explain why the future of President Lukashenko is important beyond the borders of Belarus. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz and Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
20/08/2035m 29s

Grades Against the Machine

A-Level and GCSE students in England will now be able to use their teacher-assessed grades, after an algorithm led to tens of thousands of students being marked down. But while the U-turn is being welcomed by many, what does this mean for the availability of University places? Adam catches up with Sue Hannan, Assistant Principal- Curriculum. at a College in Barrow-in-Furness, and speaks to Professor Malcolm Press, Vice Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
18/08/2036m 14s

Making the grades

With exams cancelled and schools and colleges closed since March, how have A-level and BTec students’ grades been affected? Adam speaks to some of those left unhappy with their results today and we hear what options there are for students around the country. Also James Gallagher updates us on the latest coronavirus news. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
13/08/2040m 25s

Risk Assessment

On this week's bumper Newscast, Adam asks Jeremy Bowen why the tragic explosion in Beirut could have bigger consequences closer to home. With climate change, coronavirus, and China "feeling its oats", we draw up the Newscast Risk Register of national security concerns - with help from former MI6 chief Sir John Sawers, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera. Plus - BBC reporters round up the best of the rest of the week's news, and Jamie Bartlett teases us with the return of The Missing Cryptoqueen. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena and Harriet Noble Editor: Dino Sofos
06/08/2048m 59s

Hands, Face, Space

As Boris Johnson announces a pause to lockdown easing in England, we try and understand what it means and what could be next. We hear some analysis on the rise in cases that triggered new lockdown rules in parts of the north from the director of public health for Trafford, Eleanor Roaf. And your recommendations for the best summer staycation. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
31/07/2032m 27s

Inside AstraZeneca

Adam meets the pharma giants making 2 billion doses of Coronavirus vaccine. The race is still on to find a Coronavirus vaccine - but what will it look like, and how will we get hold of it? Adam finds out from Sir Mene Pangalos and Pam Cheng from pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weiz, Frankie Tobi and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
30/07/2032m 26s

Bossing the Tech Bosses

On the day that the world's biggest tech companies defend their firms against claims they abuse their power, Adam is joined by the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool and Jessica Lessin from technology business publication, The Information. Studio Directors: Emma Crowe, Mike Addley Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
29/07/2040m 23s

On Your Bike

The government has unveiled a plan to boost cycling with new bike lanes, vouchers for repairs and lessons on offer. But how easy is it to create a cycle-friendly city or town? Adam is joined by Jennifer Keesmaat, former chief city planner of Toronto, and the BBC’s unofficial cycling correspondent Jeremy Vine. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
28/07/2034m 26s

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver joins Adam to talk through the government’s obesity strategy. And now that people returning from holidays in Spain have to quarantine for two weeks, can (and should) we still go abroad this summer? Also, how did a cat get coronavirus? Studio director: Michael Regaard Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena Assistant editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
27/07/2034m 58s

Jane Garvey and Greg James

Fortunately for Newscast, Jane Garvey’s in the hotseat. James and Laura discuss the prime minister’s first year in office, England’s first day of compulsory mask wearing in shops, and whether anti-vaxers pose a threat to Covid recovery. Plus Greg James is on hand to bid Coronavirus a firm “up yours!” Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Ben Weiz, Frankie Tobi and Nathalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
24/07/2035m 9s

Boris Johnson: Year One

Boris Johnson has been the Prime Minster for one year. And what a year it’s been. Laura and Chris are joined by his former Director of Communications, Will Walden, and former editor, Max Hastings, to look back at how the PM has coped with Brexit, a pandemic, a near death experience and a new baby. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones Editor: Dino Sofos
23/07/2040m 28s

Under New Management

Labour has agreed to pay damages to seven former employees who sued the party in an anti-Semitism row. BBC journalist John Ware, who himself won a payout from the party, joins today's host Naga Munchetty with Laura to talk about what it could mean for the future of the Labour party. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Nick Rotherham Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
22/07/2029m 36s

The Russia Report

What’s in the long-awaited report on Russian interference in the UK? A delayed report released today by the Intelligence and Security Committee, accused the Government of ‘badly underestimating’ the level of threat. Our guest presenter Clive Myrie weighs up the fallout with Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s Russia Correspondent Steve Rosenberg, and financier Bill Browder. CBS reporter Carter Evans explains what's happening with the protests in Portland, Oregon and singer Lola Rae celebrates the new Afrobeats chart. Studio Director: Tom Burchell Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
21/07/2032m 25s

Vaccine breakthrough

The Oxford vaccine appears safe and triggers an immune response. But what are the next steps? Our first guest presenter of the week, 5 Live’s Rachel Burden, is joined by Fergus Walsh and Professor Andrew Pollard from the Oxford research group. Studio Director: Tom Burchell Producers: Harriet Noble and Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
20/07/2032m 38s

Santa Clause

Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out the next steps in easing lockdown restrictions today. Adam is joined by the BBC’s Vicki Young and James Gallagher to discuss how the UK could start to get life back to ‘significant normality’ in time for Christmas. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
17/07/2036m 13s

Russian spooks target vaccine

Why are Russian spies targeting covid-19 research? Author of McMafia and organised crime expert, Misha Glenny and former chair of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, Baroness Neville-Jones explain why Russian spies are targeting covid-19 vaccine research. Leicester MP Liz Kendall tells us how the second lockdown is affecting the city. And Shed Seven’s Rick Witter, gives us a guide to his city, York, in case Parliament moves up there while the Palace is renovated. Studio Manager: William Allot Producers: Seren Jones and Nathalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
16/07/2030m 35s

Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail

The British socialite has been denied bail and awaits trial in a New York prison on charges of trafficking minors for Jeffrey Epstein. So who is Ghislaine Maxwell? Adam speaks to Andrew Neil, who knew Maxwell and appears in Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous ‘black book’. He’s also joined by the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan in New York and investigative journalist Tara Palmeri, who are both following the case closely. Studio Engineer: Weidong Lin Producers: Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz, Jo Deahl, Frankie Tobi and Harriet Noble. Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
15/07/2032m 26s

Go Huawei!

All Huawei 5G kit must be removed from the UK by 2027. The BBC's Carrie Gracie, Gordon Corera and Rory Cellan-Jones join Adam to discuss the politics, the security issues and the impact on our internet speeds and mobile technology. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
14/07/2031m 51s

Flying Antcast

The government reveals more about its immigration plans, we ask if it's right that beauty salons can’t do facial treatments and Nick Baker from The Really Wild Show (remember that?) tells us why we were plagued by flying ants over the weekend. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz and Jo Deahl Editor: Dino Sofos
13/07/2033m 51s

Viral voicemails

Our medical and scientific friends leave voicemails for their younger selves. What do they wish they had known about coronavirus back in January? Fergus and Adam chat to Professor Clare Wenham about what we know now and what that means for what comes next. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
10/07/2034m 45s

Fitness Last

Gyms, beauty salons and outdoor pools are able to open from as early as this weekend in England. Adam, Laura and Fergus look at the small print. And as the government announces that plays and gigs can start happening outdoors again, the comedian Russell Kane tells us he's worried about the future of live comedy. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones, Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
09/07/2030m 4s

Sunak’s summer statement

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined the government’s plan for rebuilding the economy today. But will it be enough? Adam and Laura are joined by the economist Stephanie Flanders. And we speak to the chief executives of Burger King and the house-building company Taylor Wimpey about what they think of the announcements. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
08/07/2037m 9s

Huawei explained

Vicki Young and Frank Gardner join Adam to discuss the Chinese technology firm, Huawei. Who are they and why is everyone talking about them? And also Lizo Mzimba explains what it is like in a socially distanced courtroom watching the start of Johnny Depp’s libel action. Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
07/07/2029m 37s

Trimdependence Day

Will the government's emergency arts funding save live music? And how super was "Super Saturday" for the hospitality industry? In other news, Chris Mason, gets a trim! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi and Jo Deahl Editor: Dino Sofos
06/07/2032m 7s

Saturday

Boris Johnson warns the nation to be responsible when pubs reopen this Saturday, but Radio 1’s Arielle Free tells us why she won’t be one of those going to her local this weekend. We explain the changes in quarantine rules for people arriving back in England after travelling abroad and what that could mean for holidays. And James Gallagher explains some of the context behind new care home death statistics. Studio Director: Tom Burchell Producers: Harriet Noble, Seren Jones and Natalie Ktena Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
03/07/2027m 40s

last minute dot com

As the UK government delays its announcement on 'travel corridors', we speak to the boss of lastminute.com. He's not happy. And neither is the headteacher of St Bede’s R C Comprehensive School in County Durham, who will have to bring all her pupils back in September. Producers: Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
02/07/2024m 43s

Meet the Disease Detective

What data do Local Councils use to help stop a coronavirus outbreak? And (more importantly) what information do they need? Adam and Laura are joined by "Disease Detective" Professor Kate Adern, who is Wigan Council’s Director of Public Health. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
01/07/2028m 52s

Corona on the Brain

Laura, Chris and Adam pick through the prime minister’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ speech with former communities secretary, Lord Pickles. And how does Covid-19 affect the brain? Fergus brings us up to speed on what we know six months on. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
30/06/2032m 23s

Getting married in a pandemic

Adam is joined by the Reverend Martin Poole to discuss the government’s latest guidelines on how to have a wedding. And why is Boris Johnson comparing himself to Franklin D Roosevelt? Producers: Harriet Noble, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
29/06/2033m 17s

Annie Mac

DJ and Radio 1 broadcaster Annie Mac joins Adam to talk rave culture and Glastonbury Festival. And Fergus brings us up to date on the race for a vaccine. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
26/06/2032m 24s

Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant

Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant share their thoughts on the future of the theatre industry and give their verdicts on the drama of the daily coronavirus briefings. And Sir Keir Starmer makes his first shadow cabinet sacking. Studio director: William Allott Producers: Natalie Ktena and Nick Rotherham Editor: Dino Sofos
25/06/2030m 29s

Dame Louise Casey on Homelessness

Thousands of homeless people were moved into hotels at the start of the pandemic. Today the government announced £105 million for councils to help rough sleepers stay off the streets as lockdown eases and those hotels reopen for business. Homelessness “Czar” Dame Louise Casey tells us how this policy worked and the lessons we could learn from it. And, what will pubs really be like when they reopen in July? Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weiz, Natalie Ktena and Harriet Noble Assistant editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
24/06/2039m 45s

The 39 steps

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers... Adam is joined by Laura, Fergus and Chris to discuss the easing of the social distancing rules from 4th July in England. Producers: Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
23/06/2030m 42s

Evan Davis

The PM and Dragon’s Den presenter, Evan Davis, takes the temperature of the coronavirus economy. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena and Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
22/06/2042m 27s

Henry Holland: what's happened to fashion?

Adam is joined by the British fashion designer Henry Holland and writer Aja Barber to discuss how the industry has changed during the pandemic. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
19/06/2037m 55s

Levelling Down

Three is the magic number... Adam and James discuss the news that the UK's Covid-19 alert level has been reduced from four to three, which means there could be a "gradual relaxation of restrictions". Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
19/06/2019m 31s

Andrew Neil and David Ginola

The French President Emmanuel Macron visits the UK today, to mark 80 years since Charles de Gaulle’s famous wartime broadcast. We get football legend David Ginola to read it to us. And, Andrew Neil moonlights as our French correspondent to tell us how Macron has handled the Coronavirus crisis. Also, Carol Vorderman tells us her concerns about the growing divide between children not attending school. And gives us an impromptu maths lesson. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Harriet Noble, Lucy Boast and James Mallet. Editor: Dino Sofos
18/06/2031m 40s

Back to Wuhan

Adam chats to our China correspondent, John Sudworth, who’s just returned from Wuhan. We’re also joined by friend of the podcast, Professor Clare Wenham, to talk about social distancing in Panama, where men and women are allowed out on different days! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Sam Bonham, Kathy Long and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
17/06/2030m 34s

A Rashford decision

Laura and Chris join Adam to discuss the government’s free school meal voucher U-turn. And Fergus has the latest on a “cheap as chips” drug that can help save the lives of seriously ill coronavirus patients. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editors: Sam Bonham and Emma Close Studio Director: Emma Crowe
16/06/2031m 0s

Back to the Binders

Brexitcast is back! Adam, Laura, Chris and Dr Adler are back to chat through all the latest Brexit shenanigans. And with more people on the move, we hear how regions are trying to prepare for a more localised lockdown in future. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
15/06/2037m 48s

Defunding the police

What does it mean and what could it look like? Adam Fleming and Emily Maitlis get views from the US and UK. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Nat Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Studio Director: Tom Burchell
12/06/2031m 37s

Gok Wan Styles Chris Mason

Shops will be able to reopen in England from Monday. But how different will our high streets look with social distancing measures in place? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus hear from the stylist and retail expert Gok Wan, and the head of Waterstones James Daunt on how we’ll adapt. Of course, we also get Gok’s verdict on Chris Mason's 'look'. And the comedian Munya Chawawa tells us where he draws the line when it comes to comedy. PRODUCERS: Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones, Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz Studio Director: Andy Mills Editor: Dino Sofos
11/06/2030m 19s

Where to Wee

“Professor Lockdown”, makes a return to the fray to tell MPs that locking down sooner would have saved a lot of lives. And the prime minister has good news for people living on their own. Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan and Natalie Ktena. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
10/06/2032m 13s

Rhodes Rage

What are the aims of Black Lives Matter UK? Adam Elliott-Cooper, an activist with Black Lives Matter UK, speaks to Adam and Laura about where the movement goes next. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Studio Director: Emma Crowe
09/06/2029m 39s

Statues and Liberty

Should we pull down the statues of people with problematic pasts? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus speak to 1Xtra's DJ Ace and human rights activist, Sir Geoff Palmer. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Harriet Noble, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
08/06/2029m 31s

Americast: Protests and the President

On the night of the memorial service for George Floyd, Emily, Jon and Anthony are back to discuss the implications for America and the presidential race. Producers: Harriet Noble, Morgan Gisholt Minard, Nathalie Ktena and Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Emma Close Studio Director: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
05/06/2040m 28s

Wallet, keys, face mask

Do you use public transport? From the 15th June, all people travelling in England will be made to wear face coverings. Adam, Chris and Vicki ask why the government has announced this now. And we discuss the latest Madeleine McCann developments with Jim Gamble who investigated the case. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
04/06/2031m 45s

New Madeleine McCann suspect

Police are appealing for more information about a German prisoner they’ve identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The government sets out the quarantine rules for those entering the UK, and we hear from the UK Black Lives Matter protest in London. (Credit:John Boyega audio thanks to @HoxtonWestAid / @NaomiJasmin) Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
03/06/2028m 10s

Blackout Tuesday

People from ethnic minorities are at a higher risk of dying from coronavirus, a report by Public Health England says. And Adam is joined by Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor, to talk about Trump’s response to the crisis in America. Producers: Nat Ktena, Harriet Noble, Georgia Coan, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Studio Director: Emma Crowe
02/06/2032m 39s

(Some) Schools Back For Summer

Some kids went back to school today in England. How is it working? Adam talks to pupils and a headteacher about their first day back. In non-coronavirus related news, Adam talks to Eugene Scott from the Washington Post about the protests in the United States sparked by the death of George Floyd, who suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Jo Deahl, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
02/06/2028m 18s

(Some) Schools Back For Summer

Some kids went back to school today in England. How is it working? Adam talks to pupils and a headteacher about their first day back. In non-coronavirus related news, Adam talks to Eugene Scott from the Washington Post about the protests in the United States following the the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Jo Deahl, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
01/06/201h 38m

The great outdoors

Nina Nesbitt and Kelly Cates join Adam to talk about getting back outdoors. And Newscasters do their best David Attenborough impressions. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Seren Jones, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
29/05/2033m 43s

The Joy of Six

The government has confirmed its five tests are being met, and the next phase in reopening society will begin on Monday. As part of this, groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors while maintaining social distance. Also on the podcast, Dr Adler joins us for an update on Brexit, and we hear from a charity shop volunteer on how we can donate the stuff from our lockdown spring clean responsibly. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
28/05/2030m 57s

Testing (and tracing) times

Boris Johnson faces challenging questions from MPs and the government announces a test and trace system in England. Also Adam hears a romantic tale from a couple separated by coronavirus and the high seas. Producers: Seren Jones, Nat Ktena, Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
27/05/2032m 36s

Is this the way to Barnard Castle?

As a government minister resigns and more Conservative MPs speak out over the prime minister’s top adviser Dominic Cummings, will Boris Johnson carry on standing by his man? We hear from Rev. Martin Poole, whose question over family lockdown fines seemed like it might prompt the government to look again at the issue. And what are immunity passports? The founder of Transferwise and first Skype employee Taavet Hinrikus tells us about his next venture - an app he hopes will let those who have tested positive for Coronavirus antibodies have more freedom. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Seren Jones Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Emma Close
26/05/2033m 34s

Cummings Up Roses?

Adam, Laura, Fergus and Chris discuss Dominic Cummings’s rose garden moment in Downing Street. Did he do enough to deal with the criticism? Plus, good news for shops (and shoppers?) Producer: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
25/05/2029m 4s

The Special One

The PM backs Dominic Cummings but this is far from over… Laura, Adam and Fergus discuss the fallout from the row about whether Boris Johnson’s key adviser broke the lockdown rules. Studio Director: Emma Crowe
 Producer: Nick Rotherham Editor: Dino Sofos
24/05/2029m 23s

Bastille on the future of the music industry

When can we go to gigs again? How are bands recording new music in lockdown? Can emerging artists get signed through their livestreams? Adam is joined by Dan Smith from Bastille, Beverley Whitrick of the Music Venues Trust, and Will Grant from Domino Records to look at how the coronavirus pandemic is changing the music industry. Producers: Natalie Ktena, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan, Seren Jones Studio Director: Weidong Lin Editor: Dino Sofos
22/05/2040m 55s

Inside Sage

Key Sage member Professor Sir Ian Boyd takes your questions. Should the Government have placed the country in lockdown earlier? Sir Ian thinks they should have. He also talks us through how the influential group advises government, and answers your questions. And how is Facebook handling misinformation during the pandemic? Mark Zuckerberg has been speaking to the BBC’s Simon Jack. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Georgia Coan Studio Director: William Allott Editor: Dino Sofos
21/05/2041m 26s

Did Andy Gill have coronavirus?

The author Catherine Mayer is investigating whether her late husband and Gang of Four founder, Andy Gill, contracted coronavirus on tour in China last year. She spoke to Adam, Laura and Professor Tom Solomon. Producer: Harriet Noble Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
20/05/2028m 53s

Quarantina Fey

The chancellor says we’re facing “a severe recession, the likes of which we haven’t seen”, and today saw some bleak numbers on jobs and benefits. We talk to two people whose careers have been badly affected by the pandemic, including a drag queen who has become a security guard! Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coan. Studio manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
19/05/2028m 24s

Greece for the holidays?

The Greek minister for tourism talks to Chris, Laura and Fergus about the ways the country is planning on welcoming tourists this summer. Is it possible to socially distance on the beach? Producers: Georgia Coan, Nat Ktena, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
18/05/2031m 51s

Kermode, Mayo and Chris Addison

Will coronavirus permanently change the film industry? And when can we go to the cinema again? In this blockbuster episode, Simon Mayo, Mark Kermode, and actor and director, Chris Addison, join us to talk movies. And 'Brexitcast Strikes Back'! Dr Katya Adler is back for a Brexit update. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
15/05/2046m 24s

Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Kitchen Disco!

How many people in the UK have had coronavirus? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus chat everything we do and don’t know about antibody tests, immunity, and the rate of infection with Professor Tom Solomon from The University of Liverpool. And as the UK looks to expand on its ‘Test Track and Trace’ policy, we hear about the Seoul club night that sparked a search for 32,000 people. Also on the programme, the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells us about the home discos she’s been hosting every Friday night, live from her kitchen. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Seren Jones, Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
14/05/2030m 2s

Caring for care homes

Why has coronavirus hit care homes so hard? Adam, Laura and Fergus talk through the issues affecting care homes. The government’s strategy, the lack of personal protective equipment and the high numbers of coronavirus deaths. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
13/05/2031m 13s

Furlough For How Long?

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today that the government’s furlough support scheme that pays the wages of workers on leave due to coronavirus would be extended across all sectors until October. But, with employers being asked to contribute to the scheme from August onwards, questions remain. We hear Laura’s interview with the Chancellor, and ask how businesses that have no current date in sight of reopening will be able to pay. Also on the programme, Emma Vardy talks us through Northern Ireland’s five-step plan to ease the lockdown. And, the Game of Thrones actor Michael Condron tells us about his new role as a supermarket delivery driver. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Manager: Tom Burchell
12/05/2034m 48s

More questions than answers?

Do I need to wear a face mask? When can I get the childminder back? Can I move into my new student house? Laura, Adam, Chris and Fergus try their best to answer your questions about the new lockdown measures. Sounds Engineer: Simon Nunn Producers: Harriet Noble, Nick Rotherham and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
12/05/2031m 38s

Ifs and Buts...

Long: The PM unveils his ‘conditional plan’ to reopen society. People who can’t work from home should return to work and a new Covid Alert System will decide how lockdown restrictions will be eased in future. But there were a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in Boris Johnson’s speech. Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus explain what we learnt and what we still don’t know. Sound Engineer: William Allott Producer: Frankie Tobi Editor: Dino Sofos
10/05/2036m 54s

Brian May and Gavin Barwell

The Queen guitarist tells us bands need to "rethink" whether touring and playing to large crowds is appropriate in a post-corona world. We're joined by Theresa May's former chief of staff, Lord Gavin Barwell, to discuss lifting lockdown. And Stephanie Flanders from Bloomberg tells us how worried we should be about the economy. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena and Seren Jones Editor: Dino Sofos
07/05/2035m 58s

When Can We Fly Again?

Is it realistic to start thinking about a summer holiday abroad? Even if the airports reopen, will it be safe to travel? John Holland-Kaye, the chief executive of London Heathrow Airport joins the pod to talk about temperature tests and travel plans. And the prime minister Boris Johnson faces Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer for the very first time at Prime Minister’s Questions. Producers: Jo Deahl, Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble and Seren Jones. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor Dino Sofos
06/05/2034m 30s

‘Professor Lockdown’ Steps Down

Professor Neil Ferguson’s advice played a big part in the government imposed lockdown. But he’s now quit after the Daily Telegraph reported he allowed a woman to visit his home. Also, as Scotland considers introducing social bubbles, the stars of the TikTok house tell us what it’s like to live in one. And football legend, John Barnes and Radio 1 legend, Chris Stark, on when the football season should return. Sound Engineer: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Nick Rotheram, Ben Weisz and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
05/05/2033m 23s

Test, track and trace

How will government’s new test, track and trace strategy work? BBC Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellen-Jones, joins Adam, Laura and co to talk about the new NHS mobile app trial, the ins and outs of manual contract-tracing and the wonder that is the Isle of Wight. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Jo Deahl, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/05/2033m 29s

Wuhan: Where it all began?

What happened in Wuhan? Our woman keeping her eye on China, Carrie Gracie, joins us to delve into wet markets and government labs. Back on home soil, Matt Hancock succeeded in meeting his target for testing, but there is some sobering data about the people most impacted by Covid-19. Producers: Nicholas Rotherham, Harriet Noble and Seren Jones. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Sound Engineer: Emma Crowe
01/05/2035m 16s

Past the peak

The PM says that UK has "past the peak" of the coronavirus pandemic and announces that he'll be setting out plans for how lockdown restrictions will be eased this time next week. And are you missing the pub? We are. So we speak to two pub owners about how social distancing measures could affect their industry. We're also missing a good pub quiz so Anne Hegerty from The Chase hosts a virtual one for us! Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz and Harriet Noble Editor: Dino Sofos
30/04/2035m 52s

Normal People and Difficult Puzzles

As the number of UK deaths from Coronavirus rises even further, Fergus visits a hospital taking part in a large scale clinical trial that hopes to find a treatment. Professor Martin Landray, one of the trial’s leads, tells Adam, Laura and Fergus how the 8,000 person trial aims to see if any existing drugs could offer a solution. Also on the podcast, we discuss if home schooling could have a long-term impact on some children with Joanna Clark, a primary school head in Durham, and, Adam finds out why finishing his 1,000 piece puzzle was so satisfying. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
29/04/2033m 38s

Dead Ringers and David Miliband

Jon Culshaw and the former Foreign Secretary join us. David Miliband, who now heads up the International Rescue Committee, predicts there will be up to one billion cases of coronavirus in conflict affected and fragile countries. And Dead Ringers star Jon Culshaw joins the pod to celebrate the return of Alan Bennett’s (or should that be Chris Mason’s) Talking Heads. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Jo Deahl, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
28/04/2031m 43s

PM back at work

Boris Johnson resumed his duties as prime minister today, starting with a speech outside No 10 urging the public to stick with the lockdown restrictions. Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus look at what's in the PM’s in tray and discuss how far away we might be from ‘phase two’ of the coronavirus response. Plus, Izzy Wheatley tells us how zoos are responding to the crisis and gives a tour around the panda enclosure. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Nick Rotherham, Ben Weisz and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
27/04/2031m 23s

Bleach Body Ready

On this side of the Atlantic, scientists at Oxford University inject two volunteers with what they hope will be one of the vaccines that beats coronavirus. In the US, President Trump suggests scientists try researching the efficacy of putting disinfectant into the body to fight the virus. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Harriet Noble, and Seren Jones Assistant Editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
24/04/2042m 30s

Loch Down

While Westminster remains tight-lipped on how lockdown restrictions could be lifted, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has spelled out what an exit strategy might look like there. But, emphasised it won’t happen anytime soon… Adam, Laura and Chris are joined by Scotland Editor Sarah Smith to discuss. And how can creativity help us during times of crisis? The model and activist, Adwoa Aboah, and psychologist Dr Ciara Dockery, of Gurls Talk tell us about their campaign. Sound Engineer: William Allott Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
23/04/2033m 42s

The Long Haul

Although talk of a vaccine and an exit plan for lockdown grows, England’s Chief Medical Officer says it’s “wholly unrealistic” to think life can return to normal soon. We find out where all the money raised by Captain Tom will go. And Adam and Chris make plans to recreate Oktoberfest. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Nick Rotherham, Nat Ktena and Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham, Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
22/04/2029m 59s

The Receipts Takeover

Are people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds at greater risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19? Rianna Croxford delves into the data. Plus Tolly T, Milena and Audrey, hosts of The Receipts Podcast, join Adam and Laura to answer your lockdown dilemmas. Producers: Harriet Noble, Nick Rotherham, Nat Ktena and Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
21/04/2030m 6s
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