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FAKE news has been around for a long time, and the adage that a lie can be halfway round the world be­fore the truth has got its boots on is al­ways true. In this week’s edi­tion of the THE LONG VIEW (RA­DIO 4, 9AM, 9.30PM), Jonathan Freed­land (pic­tured) goes back to Nor­wich in 1144. A young ap­pren­tice was mur­dered, and the lo­cal Jewish pop­u­la­tion was blamed for the death. Freed­land com­pares this story with the scape­goat­ing of Mus­lim im­mi­grants and the cur­rent wave of fake news.

‘THINGS fall apart; the cen­tre can­not hold/Mere anar­chy is loosed upon the world.’ W.B. Yeats’s chill­ing poem The Se­cond Com­ing sup­plies the ti­tle for CAN THE CEN­TRE HOLD? (RA­DIO 4, 11AM), about the state of political par­ties around the world. Mary Ann

Sieghart takes a look at re­cent elec­tions in Stoke and the Nether­lands. She talks to politi­cians from the political cen­tre and hears how a new wave of pop­ulism and the chang­ing pat­tern of swing votes ap­pear to have put cen­trists into re­treat.

LAST night, the sun crossed the ce­les­tial equa­tor, trav­el­ling north, which means — what­ever the weather — that spring is here. Ver­ity Sharp marks the event in tonight’s LATE JUNC­TION (RA­DIO 3, 11PM) by play­ing some Bri­tish folk mu­sic from Dono­van, cel­e­brat­ing the com­ing sea­son.

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