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How a student engineering challenge has changed the way we use space
The big metal box that made the internet possible
Britain’s constitutional dilemma: who now runs the country? The Briefing Room Does Britain’s constitution need an overhaul - and is it time to have a written constitution?
The Supreme Court has ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament was unlawful, turning a page on the country’s constitution. The Supreme Court president Lady Hale said "the effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme."
The Prime Minister responded that he "strongly disagrees" with the ruling but will "respect" it.
So is British democracy at a crossroads? In an extended edition of the Briefing Room, David Aaronovitch asks who is running Britain and is it now time to have a written constitution.
Alison Young, Professor of Public Law, University of Cambridge.
Philip Norton, Professor of Government, and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull
David Allen Green, contributing editor to the Financial Times and lawyer at Preiskel & Co
Michael Keating, Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change at Edinburgh University and Professor of Politics, at the University of Aberdeen.
Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit at University College London, Senior Fellow at the UK in a Changing Europe
Murray Hunt, Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
Producer: Neil Koenig Editor: Jasper Corbett
Aleks Krotoski explores the history of COBOL the language that computing into the hands of business.
Installing Windows might take 5,000 years without the compiler, a remarkable innovation which made modern computing possible. Tim Harford tells a compelling story which has at its heart a pioneering woman called Grace Hopper who – along the way – single-handedly invented the idea of open source software too.
The compiler evolved into COBOL – one of the first computer languages – and led to the distinction between hardware and software.
The boom in global trade was caused by a simple steel box. Shipping goods around the world was – for many centuries – expensive, risky and time-consuming. But 60 years ago the trucking entrepreneur Malcolm McLean changed all that by selling the idea of container shipping to the US military. Against huge odds he managed to turn ‘containerisation’ from a seemingly impractical idea into a massive industry – one that slashed the cost of transporting goods internationally and provoked a boom in global trade.
David Baddiel tries to make sense of the computing service called the cloud.
Dan Saladino outlines the big food issues we’re facing because of Brexit. From the impact of a devalued pound to longer term questions over the future of how we farm, produce, buy and sell food. Dan goes on the road in search of answers.
The podcast of this programme is a special extended edition featuring Angela Hartnett.
Andrew Brown of The Guardian asks if the dramatic rise of ad-blocking software will undermine the commercial model behind most free news on the internet. He finds an industry in deep concern over the "Ad-blockalypse" - with these new programmes meaning that advertisers may refuse to continue to subsidise online news providers if consumers are now no longer seeing their online adverts. Can the industry persuade people to pay for what was previously available at no charge? And if not, can commercial online news services survive?
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