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      Government launches immigration inquiry


      Whether you were a Leaver or Remainer, most agree that the country voted to increase control of its borders in the EU referendum. Yet more than a year later, the government is launching an expert inquiry into the pros and cons of EU migration, which will itself take more than a year to complete. So where does that leave the will of the people? In a wide-ranging podcast, Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis clarifies the government's position on immigration. Former deputy director of...


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      Should you finish a course of antibiotics?


      The deeply embedded message that patients should "complete the course" of antibiotics to avoid antibiotic resistance is not backed by evidence and should be dropped, argue experts in an opinion piece in the British Medical Journal today. Author of the paper Tim Peto and chair of the Royal College of GPs Helen Stokes-Lampard discuss why this potential new approach came about and the importance of following medical instructions. (Image: Drugs in a pharmacy. Credit: PA)


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      The playwright helping working class actors find success


      From Benedict Cumberbatch to Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne - in the last few years, some of Britain's biggest acting stars have been those who went to public schools. That's led to concerns about the prospects for working class actors. Dramatist Jim Cartwright has been telling BBC arts reporter Ian Youngs how he started his own drama studio in Lancashire to bring through working class talent. (Image: Jim Cartwright drama studio. Credit: BBC)


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      Thursday's business with Lucy Burton


      What's happening to the UK's car industry?


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      Food wars: Who's right?


      On Tuesday's programme food policy professor Tim Lang said he believed trade talks would mean a fight over food culture. Could food end up being a major stumbling block in the quest for a free trade deal with the United States? Food writer and journalist Joanna Blythman and The Spectator columnist Ross Clark discuss attitudes towards the food we consume in the UK and how a deal with the US might affect this. (Image: Chicken. Credit: Reuters)


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      Why is Dunkirk still so significant to Britain?


      Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk has been doing well at the box office, but why does this episode in Britain's WW2 history continue to fascinate us? Authors and historians Juliet Gardiner and Patrick Bishop spoke to Mishal Husain about the battle's enduring historical resonance in Britain and the somewhat different perspective taken by the French. (Image: Soldiers on beach. Credit: BBC)


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      Earl Spencer remembers his sister Princess Diana


      At the end of next month it will be 20 years since the death of Diana Princess of Wales - an anniversary marked by her sons this week when they spoke in an ITV documentary. Mishal Husain spoke to the princess's brother Earl Spencer, who discussed the impact Diana had, her relationship with the tabloid media and the challenge of having to write his sister's eulogy. (Image: Princess Diana. Credit: BBC)


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      Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Are we all over-spending? What other dangers face the UK economy?


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      Deciding to let your child die


      The parents of baby Charlie Gard have said they are spending their “last precious moments” with their son after ending their fight for new treatment to keep him alive. Charmian Evans, whose son Guy suffered from cerebral palsy, shares her experience of letting her child die and Dr Sanjiv Nichani, a consultant pediatrician at University Hospital Leicester, explains how hospital staff try to treat and help parents of sick children. (Image: Charmian Evans' family. Credit: Charmian...


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      The opera premiere on a sleeper train


      Last night the world premiere of an opera took place on a train speeding through the countryside. It all happened on the sleeper from Aberdeen to London. The BBC’s arts correspondent Colin Paterson reports. (Image: Train cartoon. Credit: Getty Images )


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