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The Jihadi Spring

Is al-Qaeda the real beneficiary of the multiple failures of the Arab revolutions?

Owen Bennett-Jones asks if the real beneficiaries of the multiple failures of the Arab revolutions are the Islamist militants both of al-Qaeda and its increasingly violent allies.

Owen Bennett-Jones asks if the real beneficiaries of the multiple failures of the Arab revolutions are the Islamist militants both of al-Qaeda and its increasingly violent allies. Does the West's tacit support for the reassertion of military control in Egypt send a powerful message to would-be Islamists - that they will never be allowed to achieve power through the ballot box?

Producer: Leo Hornak.

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Peter Oborne of the Daily Telegraph looks behind the scenes at Westminster.

Peter Oborne looks behind the scenes at Westminster.

MPs Mark Field, Steve Reed, Jenny Willott and Ukip European candidate Diane James discuss Ukip's success in the local elections. Mats Persson of the think tank Open Europe on how the rise of Ukip could stifle reform of the European Union, and Stephen Glover of the Mail on how Nigel Farage triumphed over a hostile press.

The editor is Marie Jessel.

The Public Philosopher

Series 3 Episode 3: National Guilt

Michael Sandel hosts a discussion about national guilt with an audience in Japan.

Imagine a country guilty of past crimes. What obligations do its current citizens have to make amends? Michael Sandel poses the question to an audience in Japan.

Imagine a country guilty of past crimes. What obligations do its current citizens have to make amends? In this edition of The Public Philosopher, Michael Sandel poses that question to an audience in Japan. The discussion involves students from Japan and from China and South Korea - countries which were victims of Japanese aggression during the Second World War.

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Simon Heffer, Thomasina Miers, Prof Sir Simon Wessely, Osama Saeed

Ritula Shah presents political debate from the Broadcasting House Radio Theatre in London.

Ritula Shah presents political debate from the Broadcasting House Radio Theatre in London with Thomasina Miers, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Osama Saeed and Simon Heffer.

Ritula Shah presents political debate from the Broadcasting House Radio Theatre in London with the chef Thomasina Miers who founded the Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca, political columnist and historian Simon Heffer, the new President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Osama Saeed who manages Global Communications for Al Jazeera TV.

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Lord Falconer, Dr Liam Fox, Stewart Hosie MSP, Jo Swinson

Debate with Lord Falconer, Dr Liam Fox, Stewart Hosie MSP and Jo Swinson.

Jonathan Dimbleby chairs political debate from Logie Coldstone in Aberdeenshire with Lord Falconer, Dr Liam Fox, Stewart Hosie MSP and Jo Swinson.

Jonathan Dimbleby chairs political debate from Logie Coldstone in Aberdeenshire with the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, former Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party, Stewart Hosie MSP, and the Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Jo Swinson.

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Charles Clarke, Michael Howard, Shirley Williams, Gordon Wilson

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London with Charles Clarke, Michael Howard, Shirley Williams and Gordon Wilson.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from the Radio Theatre at London's Broadcasting House with former Home Secretary, Charles Clarke; former Leader of the Conservatives, Lord Howard of Lympne; the Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Williams of Crosby; and former Leader of the Scottish National Party, Gordon Wilson.

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Ritual Sexual Abuse: The Anatomy of a Panic (Part 1)

David Aaronovitch traces the journey from wrongful denial to excessive credulity.

David Aaronovitch traces the intellectual influences behind society's shift from wrongful denial of child sexual abuse to excessive credulity.

David Aaronovitch of The Times traces the powerful intellectual influences behind what he sees as one of the most important cultural shifts of the past 40 years: from a society in which accusations of sexual abuse were wrongly ignored to one in which the falsely accused were crushed by a system where the mantra was "victims must be believed".

In the first of two programmes, Aaronovitch will examine the role played by unproven psychoanalytic theories which, from the 1980s, spread from the world of therapists in Canada and the USA to social work, medicine and then to law enforcement in Britain.

From the NSPCC to academia it was believed that children were being sexually abused in group Satanic rituals, which involved murder and animal sacrifice. The programme will explore how these bizarre ideas took hold, how they were related to mistaken psychotherapeutic practices, and how they resonate still.

The programme will look at the influences of four books which played a key role in influencing the intellectual and cultural climate. These are Sybil, Michelle Remembers, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and The Courage to Heal.

Producer: Hannah Barnes

Contributors:

Rosie Waterhouse - Investigative Journalist; Head of MA in investigative journalism at City University

Debbie Nathan - Investigative Journalist and Author

Tim Tate - Television Producer and Director

Sue Hampson - Former counsellor, and now Director of Safe to Say Trauma Informed Training and Consultancy

Roma Hart - Former Multiple Personality Disorder patient, who has retracted claims she was abused in childhood.

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Diane Abbott MP, Dan Hannan MEP, Agnes Poirier, Duke of Wellington

Jonathan Dimbleby hosts Diane Abbott, Dan Hannan, Agnes Poirier and the Duke of Wellington

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from St John's Church in Waterloo, London, with Diane Abbott MP, Dan Hannan MEP, Agnes Poirier and the Duke of Wellington.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from St John's Church, Waterloo, in London. The church is hosting the Waterloo Festival, marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the panel includes Diane Abbott MP who is hoping to become the Labour candidate for the London mayoral elections in 2016, the Conservative MEP Dan Hannan, the French journalist and broadcaster Agnes Poirier and the 9th Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley. Producer: Lisa Jenkinson.

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Nigel Farage MEP, Norman Lamb MP, Anna Soubry MP, Gisela Stuart MP

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from the Radio Theatre.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House with Nigel Farage MEP, Norman Lamb MP, Anna Soubry MP and Gisela Stuart MP.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House with the Leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage MEP, Norman Lamb MP who is standing for leader of the Liberal Democrats, the Small Business Minister Anna Soubry MP and the Labour backbencher Gisela Stuart MP.

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Tim Farron MP, Lord Lamont, Chris Leslie MP, Merryn Somerset Webb

Shaun Ley presents political debate from the Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport.

Shaun Ley presents political debate from the Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport with Tim Farron MP, Lord Lamont, Chris Leslie MP and Merryn Somerset Webb.

Shaun Ley presents political debate from the Runway Visitor Centre at Manchester Airport with Tim Farron MP who is standing as a candidate in the Liberal Democrat leadership contest, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Lamont, the Shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie MP and the Editor in Chief of Moneyweek Merryn Somerset Webb.

The Listeners' Election

Disengagement and Young Adults

Chris Mason brings together listeners' contributions on the disengagement of young adults.

Chris Mason brings together contributions from listeners across Britain on issues that concern them. In this edition, he explores the political disengagement of young adults.

BBC Radio 4's Listeners' Election project culminates with a week-long series of programmes. Chris Mason brings together contributions from listeners across the country on particular themes that concern them.

In this edition, one older listener explain she thinks politics in Britain is biased against the young.

And this prompts Chris to talk to some of those young people the BBC is following as part of 'Generation 2015'. Why are some so engaged in politics, but many so disconnected? What really lies at the root of this? Who is at fault? And how can it be tackled?

PRODUCERS: PHIL TINLINE AND SARAH KEATING.

Election Snapshots

2010 Gordon Brown

The story behind the fateful meeting between PM Gordon Brown and Gillian Duffy in 2010.

The story behind the fateful meeting between PM Gordon Brown and Gillian Duffy in 2010. Senior Brown aide David Muir recalls a tumultuous day with photographer Jeff Mitchell.

Election Snapshots reveals the stories behind five iconic photographs from British General Elections since 1945. Political insiders and distinguished photographers discuss how campaigning has changed, from Winston Churchill through Thatcher, to Blair and Brown.

When Gordon Brown met Gillian Duffy on the street in Rochdale in the last days of the 2010 election, few realised the pictures of that meeting would be significant and defining images for the whole campaign.

Close Brown aide David Muir and photographer Jeff Mitchell recall the real story behind an event which many think cost Labour election victory in 2010.

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Douglas Carswell MP, Mary Creagh MP, Lord Patten, Mark Serwotka

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from the Alexander Centre in Faversham, Kent.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from the Alexander Centre in Faversham, Kent, with Douglas Carswell MP, Mary Creagh MP, Lord Patten and Mark Serwotka.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from the Alexander Centre in Faversham, Kent, with UKIP MP Douglas Carswell, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Mary Creagh MP, former Conservative Party Chairman and former chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten and Mark Serwotka who is the Director General of the Public and Commercial Services Union.

Isabel Hardman of the Spectator looks behind the scenes at Westminster.

Isabel Hardman of the Spectator asks if David Cameron's plans could be out-voted in the House of Lords. And can it really be true that all politicians lie?

Isabel Hardman of The Spectator asks if David Cameron's plans could be outvoted in the House of Lords. What are the new intake of Tory MPs like? And can it really be true that all politicians lie ?

Editor: Peter Mulligan.

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Greg Clark MP, Caroline Flint MP, Julia Hartley-Brewer, George Monbiot

Political debate with Greg Clark, Caroline Flint, Julia Hartley-Brewer and George Monbiot.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Ratton School in Eastbourne, with Greg Clark MP, Caroline Flint MP, Julia Hartley-Brewer and George Monbiot.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Ratton School in Eastbourne, with the secretary of state for communities and local government Greg Clark MP, shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change Caroline Flint MP, journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer, and Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner George Monbiot.

Marie-Louise Muir revisits youth orchestras set up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland

Marie-Louise Muir dusts down her cello and rediscovers how music shaped her life as a member of a youth orchestra during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Amidst the violence and bloody conflict of the early 1970s, youth orchestras sprang up across Northern Ireland.

Aged 7, Marie-Louise Muir took a bus to orchestra practice every Saturday morning, carrying her cello across a landscape marred by bomb blasts, riots and civil unrest. While the violence raged, she met children from other religious backgrounds for the first time. She formed friendships - and a love of music - that would endure long after the sound of gunfire had faded.

But life moved on for Marie-Louise. Her cello was set aside in her attic where it languished for 25 years. Even her own children never heard her play.

Now Marie-Louise dusts down her cello and allows it to reverberate with memories of a troubled but life-changing period.

She joins young musicians on stage for a grand concert in her home town of Londonderry, a city once gripped by some of the worst violence of the Troubles. In between lessons with her cello teacher David, struggling to play John Williams' classics, Marie-Louise meets old friends and tutors to discover the true impact of music on their lives. In Omagh, she revisits the school assembly hall where they used to practice with Mary Scully, now one of the world's top double bass players. Paul Cassidy, of the world famous Brodsky Quartet, recalls carrying his violin through riots in Derry and the impact of hearing Grieg's piano concerto for the very first time. John, Frank and Gordon came from different religious backgrounds but found a shared love of music amid hormones and sneaky cigarettes on the bus to orchestra practice.

For Marie-Louise Muir, this is a personal and emotionally charged journey, taking her back to a time when her cello, the orchestra and music provided protection, friendship and hope.

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Rushanara Ali MP, David Davis MP, Lord Hennessy, Tommy Sheppard MP

Ritula Shah chairs political debate from Cullercoats in the north east.

Ritula Shah hosts Rushanara Ali MP, David Davis MP, Lord Hennessy and Tommy Sheppard MP in political debate from Cullercoats in the north east of England.

Ritula Shah chairs political discussion and debate from from Marden High School in Cullercoats, Tyne & Wear, with Rushanara Ali MP who is standing as a candidate for Labour Party deputy leader, the Conservative back bencher David Davis MP, cross bench peer and constitutional expert, Lord Hennessy, and the new Scottish National Party MP for Edinburgh East Tommy Sheppard.

Producer: Lisa Jenkinson.

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Free Movement: Britain's Burning EU debate

Sonia Sodha discovers why freedom of movement is such a key issue in Britain's EU debate.

Freedom of movement is a key battleground in Britain's EU debate. Sonia Sodha discovers where the policy comes from, and what's at stake as it's challenged as never before.

Freedom of movement will be a key battleground in Britain's crucial EU debate. It gives EU citizens the right to live and work anywhere in the union and is praised by supporters as boosting prosperity. But critics say it has created unsustainable waves of mass migration and must be restricted. So where does this policy actually come from, and what does it mean in practice? Sonia Sodha discovers why it has become such a crucial issue, and what's at stake as Britain decides its European future.

Producer: Chris Bowlby

Editor: Hugh Levinson

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

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Steve Richards of the Independent discusses the Labour leadership contest.

Steve Richards of the Independent takes soundings on political leadership. What are the challenges for Labour, for the new Lib Dem leader and for Boris Johnson?

Steve Richards of The Independent takes soundings on political leadership. What's the challenge for Labour? And for the new LibDem leader? And what does the future hold for Boris Johnson?

The editor is Peter Mulligan.

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Dr Carol Bell, Carwyn Jones AM, Rhun Ap Iorwerth AM, Bernard Jenkin MP

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from Brecon in Wales.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Brecon, Powys, with Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones AM, Dr Carol Bell, Bernard Jenkin MP and Plaid Cymru AM Rhun Ap Iorwerth.

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, Powys, with Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones AM, Energy expert Dr Carol Bell, Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee Bernard Jenkin MP and Plaid Cymru's Economic Spokesman Rhun Ap Iorwerth AM.

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