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    Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell


    The markets news today includes questions surrounding the future of the boss of carmaker Ford Photo credit: Getty Images


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    Election 2017: Northern Ireland and the border


    The election campaign has a distinct flavour in Northern Ireland because it is inseparable from the collapse of the power-sharing assembly. How will that affect the vote in the general election? James Naughtie spoke to chancellor Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, DUP MP Gavin Robinson, Sinn Fein's leader Michelle O'Neill, columnist Alison Morris, UUP leader Robin Swann and SDLP's Claire Hanna. Justin Webb spoke to John O’Dowd, a former Sinn Fein education minister. (Image:...


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    Election 2017: Is our voting system broken?


    Nearly third of under 34s are not registered to vote in the general election, compared to only 5% of over 55s. What can be done to improve the level of registration and what lies behind the apparent lack of engagement in the political process? Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg says the "archaic" voting system is partly to blame. (Image: Polling station. Credit: Getty Images)


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    Election 2017: Who will Remainers vote for?


    When Theresa May strode out of the door of Number 10 to call this election she claimed it was all about Brexit and not about her desire for her own mandate and a bigger Commons majority. So how important is Brexit to the average voter? Last week Nick Robinson heard from people in Halifax who voted Leave in the EU referendum. This week he shares a Thai takeaway with seven people who voted Remain in the Conservative marginal seat of Bedford. (Image: Remain voters. Credit: BBC)


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    Micromastery: A hidden path to happiness?


    Nobel Prize winners are fifteen times more likely than ordinary people to dabble in all sorts of creative activities according to author Robert Twigger's new book. Mr Twigger, author of Micromastery: Learn Small, Learn Fast and Find the Hidden Path to Happiness, says that focusing on several creative tasks can help people to excel in their chosen field. (Image: Handwriting. Credit: BBC)


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    Friday's business with Dominic O'Connell


    Businesses in the Midlands hope the election will bring some clarity about the Brexit negotiations - but those who use migrant workers are worried that might all be coming to an end. Dominic O'Connell is in Nottingham and he has been asking local employers what they think (Image: Malcolm Hall, the founder and managing director of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Ltd. Credit: BBC)


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    Will the fans sell Portsmouth FC?


    To sell or not to sell? That is the question for supporters of Portsmouth Football Club after the former Disney chief executive Michael Eisner offered to buy the club for £5.6m. Portsmouth was recently crowned as League Two champions and is the largest football club in Britain owned by a fan club. Mr Eisner has given supporters until Friday to decide whether to accept or reject his bid. The BBC's Jonathan Legard reports (Image: Portsmouth FC fan credit: BBC)


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    The 'unexpected survivors' of war


    Medical treatments for injured soldiers developed so significantly during the war in Afghanistan that a new term had to be created – “unexpected survivors”. These are people who have lived through such extreme injuries on the battlefield, that only 10 years ago they would have been considered completely beyond saving. Emily Mayhew is historian in residence at the department of bio-engineering at Imperial College London. Her new book, A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival...


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    Election 2017: Scotland's pivotal role


    Scotland is playing a fascinating and perhaps pivotal role in the election. 59 Scottish constituencies will be contested in the election with hopes from Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives, of eroding the dominance of the SNP. Today’s James Naughtie reports from the territory that explains, best of all, why that is. (Image: Scottish flag and Union jack)


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    Thursday's business with Katie Prescott


    Financial markets have seen big falls as political controversy surrounding President Trump grows. Image credit: Reuters


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