Each year, the Today programme hands over the editorial reins to five public figures, giving them a chance to decide what goes on the programme between Christmas and New Year.
The programme broadcast on Monday 27th December was edited by literary editor and diarist Diana Athill.
Diana Athill was surprised at how well her memoir on ageing, Somewhere Towards the End, was received oversees. As part of a series of short pieces examining changing attitudes to growing old around the world, our Rome correspondent David Willey spoke to Fay Caracciolo,
an elderly resident of that city.
A noted literary editor and now a successful writer in her own right, she
has a very low tolerance for jargon,
particularly the sort used in academic circles. The Daily Telegraph's Simon Heffer and Dr Jo Cordy of Queen Mary University of London discussed whether people continue using technical language they do not understand, even after they leave university.
After the international success of Diana Athill's memoir on ageing, she wanted to hear voices from around the world about the business of getting old. Our Africa correspondent Will Ross asked
an elderly Kenyan couple and their grandchildren
about their experiences.
One of her great loves is
We spoke to crossword creator Paul Watling, who has created a bespoke puzzle for Diana and Today listeners.
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