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"Today" is a topical current affairs magazine show. With in-depth panel discussions on domestic and global news and current affairs, Today gives you the story behind the headlines. Our expert guests share their views and debate the issues. While the 2nd Hour discusses the hot news of the day around the globe.A locally produced program with a distinctly international flavour.


  • 2013-09-02 Global Talks

    04/09/2013 Duração: 54min

    Global Talks: Today we are debating John Kerry has evidence that sarin gas was used in the chemical attack in Damascus the week before; militants attack a Cosco ship at the Suez Canal as Mohamed Morsi is to go on trial in December; the two front-runners to be the next German chancellor go head-to-head in a televised debate and much much more.

  • 2013-09-02 Impending war on Syria?

    04/09/2013 Duração: 54min

    Panel discussion: Just how do you solve a problem like Syria? A murderous regime that has no qualms about dropping bombs on its own people ququeing for bread or in a school playground; a fractious, radicalised and violent opposition fighting group bent on revenge and sectarian strife, plus a political opposition that is not only exiled but also incoherent and ineffective. Had the chemical attacks near Damascus not happened the week before. -Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Associate professor at the University of Tehran -James. Gelvin, Professor of History at University of California at Los Angeles, -Teng Jianqun, Senior Researcher at China Institute of International Studies

  • 2013-08-30 Global Talks

    03/09/2013 Duração: 54min

    Global Talks: Today we are debating the British government is defeated in a parliamentary vote on military intervention in Syria. The US and Switzerland reach an agreement over American tax dodgers; India is to sell US dollars to state oil firms in a bid to revive the rupee; and Saudi Arabia passes a landmark law that outlaws domestic abuse.

  • 2013-08-30 Public transport in big cities

    03/09/2013 Duração: 54min

    Panel discussion: Wherever you are in the world, consider these questions. Have you ever used your city's public transport and then complained about it? It's too crowded, or too slow; or too expensive, too dirty, too smelly or it doesn't go near me, and so you drive?! Well, if you live in a big city, we've all said those things at one point or another. -Dong Shanfeng, General Manager of Bluepath City Consultanc -Hung Wing Tat, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University -Vukan R. Vuchic, Professor of City and Regional Planning from University of Pennsylvania

  • 2013-08-29 Global Talks

    30/08/2013 Duração: 54min

    Global Talks: Today we are debating Obama tells PBS he is certain the Syrian government was behind last Wednesday's chemical attack. The Egypt government retracts from an earlier decision to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood. US rejects links between the jailed American and stalled nuclear diplomatic talks and much much more.

  • 2013-08-29 Civil Rights

    30/08/2013 Duração: 54min

    Panel discussion: Events marking the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington have been taking place across America this week - culminating in a commemoration by the Lincoln Memorial and the Mall in DC on Wednesday. Of course, it was a march made famous and is still remembered for that Martin Luther King "I have a dream' line. But what is its relevance today? -Yohuru R. Williams, Professor of History and Director of Black Studies at Fairfield University -Brandon Blackburn-Dwyer, Editor in Chief at Quo Vadimus News

  • 2013-08-28 Global Talks

    30/08/2013 Duração: 54min

    Global Talks: Today we are debating the US is ready to launch an attack on Syria;Tunisia classifies Ansa al-Sharia a terrorist group; Russia demands Belarus to release the head of a Russian potash company;Italy is struggling to reach consensus over a housing tax;India is to invest 30 billion US dollars in infrastructure projects and much more.

  • 2013-08-28 Extreme Weather

    30/08/2013 Duração: 54min

    Panel discussion: It's been one of the hottest summers in many parts of China. Record temperatures have baked vast areas of the east with Shanghai hitting the 40-degree mark. We have also seen a drought in the southeast of China, floods in the southwest in Sichuan, more floods in Heilongjiang in the north east and even snow in Xinjiang in the middle of August. -Prof. Martin Beniston, Director, Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE), University of Geneva. -Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. -Wu Changhua, Greater China Director of The Climate Group.

  • 2013-08-27 Global Talks

    30/08/2013 Duração: 54min

    Global Talks: Today we are debating John Kerry says chemical weapons' use in Syria is undeniable; Hamid Karzai calls for Pakistan's help in talks with the Taliban; the Indian lower house passes a food subsidy plan; the French government commissions a 10-year reform plan for the economy; and tens of thousands of Filipinos protest against corruption and much more.

  • 2013-08-27 Political Islam

    30/08/2013 Duração: 54min

    Panel discussion: Amidst all the political turmoil and bloodshed in Egypt in the past few weeks, one of the first Arab to visit the new interim military junta was King Abdullah II of Jordan.While Prime Minister Erdogen of Turkey's Islamist AK Parti was not only the first to congratulate the Muslim Brotherhood's victory in 2011 and 2012, but was also the first to condemn the ouster of Morsi in 2013. So where do we stand now with political Islam? -M. Steven Fish, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. -Faheem Younus, Baltimore President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Founder of -Li Guofu, Senior Research Fellow with China Institute of International Studies.

  • 2013-08-26 Global Talks

    30/08/2013 Duração: 53min

    Global Talks: Today we are debating Syria is to grant UN inspectors access to the site of the alleged chemical attack; all five suspects wanted in the gang rape of an Indian photojournalist have been arrested; Germany's Der Spiegel claims the US spied on the UN; Argentina is ordered to pay back more than $1.3bn worth of debt ; Greece may need more handouts and much more.

  • 2013-08-26 Singapore

    30/08/2013 Duração: 54min

    Panel discussion: The Singapore government has unveiled its ambitious plans to expand Singapore's port and airport capacity,which requires more migrant workers. But earlier this year, 3-4000 people protested against a government White Paper which set out the case for the country to attract more migrant workers to boost its economy and the labour force. -Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratham School of International Studies from Nanyang Technological University. -Ng Yew Kwang,Professor of Economics at School of Humanities and Social Sciences,Singapore's Science and Technology University. -Jia Xiudong, Senior research fellow from China Institute of International Studies.