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Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.

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FOOC 26 Oct 2013:The Ruin of Rome

October 26th, 2013

Episode 457 of 817 episodes

The financial crash has devastated the historic centre of Rome - Joanna Robertson talks of a favourite city now drained of community life; the perils of newsgathering in Sri Lanka: Fergal Keane meets journalists there determined to carry on reporting despite the risk of intimidation, assault and even murder. Jon Donnison's in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales where the wildfires are still raging and there's a heated debate about how much climate change is to blame; Steve Evans, on the row surrounding the bugging of Chancellor Merkel's 'phone, wonders what information the Americans have gleaned. And a travelling correspondent may carry a lap-top, a digital recorder, a camera but a two-month-old baby? Madeleine Morris has the story of what happened when a toddler came too.

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