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A History of Our World Through 60 Years of Conversations & Controversies
Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
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In an era of fake news, echo chambers and new fault lines in global politics, millions of listeners turn to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme each morning to help them make sense of the world around them.    

The first ever book from the iconic programme marks 60 years of programming with 60 world-changing stories. Covering everything from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Anti-Apartheid Movement to the emergence of Brit Art and space exploration, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Today explores events as they happened and reveals how they changed the world around us.    

These stories are vividly brought to life by archive audio recorded around the world and across the decades from prominent voices such as Harold Wilson, Margaret Thatcher, Stephen Hawking, Tracey Emin and Barack Obama.    

Read by veteran BBC Radio 4 presenter Edward Stourton, this edition includes forewords by Nick Robinson and Martha Kearney, as well as an introduction from Today editor Sarah Sands.

Today is the sound of history being made - live on air. 

©2019 BBC Radio 4 (P)2019

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Totally Absorbing

If you are a fan of Radio 4 Today programme please read this book. A perfect compilation of all that makes it the best news programme on the media.

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Excellent but big missed opportunity

A series of fascinating mini podcasts of current affairs topics using mainly narrated quotes from Today programme. Stourton is of course outstanding and delivers the usual balance and insight. So this is a history book, relatively shallow, across lots of topics. However, I was expecting this 20 hours to have a LOT more recorded voices from Today. Instead, Stourton usually tells us what the politicians etc said in the Today interview. What I wanted was mainly outtakes from Today interviews so we could hear the voices of John Timpson, Brian Redhead, John Humphreys. Michel Hussain etc and the voices of their interviewees across the decades. This may have covered a lot less ground but would have been a lot more true to the title imo. And few bizarre choices with longer interviews eg some unknown vicar views on Concorde - why. I did enjoy the three introductory essays.

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amazing book amazing stories

I am a today fan. and I've listened over a number of years. this book is absolutely amazing if you like the Today programme or politics or current affairs or history you will love this book and something there for everyone

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  • 06-09-19

A documentary feel to it.

A great overview of a morning show I haven't heard of, though I'm familiar with the BBC. A great idea mixing archive reports with narration, gives it the feel of a documentary.