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The Briefing Room

BBC Radio 4

David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 902 ratings
  • Superb podcast

    At 30 minutes and with a panel of top guests, makes this a perfect podcast to get deep-dive on the top issue of the day. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa year ago
  • Interesting overview of the national picture re the nhs. But unfortuntely we dont have a national health service. Its a post code lottery, with excellence in some ltd geographic areas and massive inefficiencies in others. The GP issue was glossed over. Access to treatment is ltd to your access to a GP. There is no other route. Improved National spend and technology improvements is of little relevance if you dont have acess to a GP.

    Movie Moghul
    a year ago
  • Insightful & informative

    Love David’s style! Clearly sets out the debate in a academic framework. Gets to the heart of the issue. Keep going!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • Consistently one of the best podcasts

    Punchy, relevant and insightful. Always a good listen. Although I thought I was listening to an episode of Yes Minister in the last episode 😊

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • Freedom of the Press

    Speaking as a European, I think Katya Adler gives free reign to wishful thinking whentalking abouthas a limited Europe, rather than reporting dispassionately. Just one example: her comment about Denmark‘s concerns over losing freedom of the press as a result of Brexit. On the Reporters without Frontiers ranking 2021, 13 EU countries rank above the UK for press freedom with Denmark 4th and the UK 33rd.

    Apple Podcasts
    An Adult listener
    Germany2 years ago

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#202 Hong Kong/News

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