Up All Night [5 Live]



Rhod Sharp with world news, plus US sport, and the book interview.

Rhod Sharp takes you through the night, with interviews about stories from around the world, updates from the BBC's foreign correspondents, and regular news and sport updates.

Including at 2.20am, Todd Ant with the latest US sports news, and at 3.35am, Rhod welcomes an author for an in-depth book review.

Email: upallnight@bbc.co.uk.


With the very future of the single currency at risk, 5 live starts its reporting from several countries at the heart of the issue: Ireland, Germany, Spain and Greece.

As the 'world's most powerful virus' has been attacking computers across the Middle East, Iran appears to be the main target of the 'flame' virus.

Dr Karl tells us if hopping is the same as jumping.


Dotun Adebayo with a Grenada special and stories from around the world.

Up All Night goes to Grenada for a weekend of special programmes to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Tonight we ask what it's like for people in Grenada to mark the event, and whether they think it's worth celebrating. We hear steel bands, talk to the British consul to the island, and speak to Grenada's answer to Indiana Jones. We debate the issue of "plastic Brits" at the Olympics, and hear from a woman who was in the crowds at the Coronation back in 1952. Callers from Britain and Grenada tell us how they feel about the royal family in a Commonwealth country.

The US secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, says Russia's policy towards Syria will contribute to a potential civil war in the country. Tony Badran, a Syria expert from the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies in Washington thinks a civil war is unlikely. But he says Syrians are witnessing a sectarian campaign waged against ordinary people by the ruling minority.

The first privately-owned vehicle to visit the International Space Station has splashed back down to earth. It was all the idea of SpaceX. Kirstin Brost Grantham from the organisation says the mission is a tremendous opportunity for NASA, especially now that the space shuttles have been retired.

The Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has made her first major international speech outside Burma for more than 20 years. She's been attending the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok. Our correspondent, Jonah Fisher, explains the significance.


Fish Friday in Grenada, markets crash on economy fears, and the World Football phone-in.

Dotun Adebayo with stories from around the world.

It's Fish Friday in Grenada, where they're also getting ready to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Dotun is in the fishing village of Gouyave. We hear lots of local voices and discuss why Fish Friday is such a big event on the island.

For the World Football Phone-in, we speak to guests and callers from across the Caribbean. Lester Smith, the technical director of the Grenada football association, talks about how the game is being developed on the island. Ian Burnett, the sports editor at the Jamaica Observer, tells us about how the Spice Boys are getting on. Plus there are our regulars, Sean Wheelock, and the legendinho, Tim Vickery.

Stock markets have seen steep falls due to the bad economic news coming out of the USA. David Mann from Standard Chartered bank in New York says the lack of jobs growth will be bad news for President Obama's election hopes, and Michael Arnold from the Wall Street Journal tells us about the effect that a drop in manufacturing in the Far East is having on the rest of the world.


The Lagos plane crash and jubilee celebrations in New York, New Zealand, Kenya and Grenada

More than one hundred and fifty people have been killed as a passenger plane crashes into a densely populated area of the Nigerian city of Lagos. We speak with a reporter who visited the crash site and with an expert in Nigerian Air Safety.

Dotun Adebayo joins us from the Caribbean island of Grenada again as we continue to cover how the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is being celebrated around the world. We also speak with people in New York, Australia, New Zealand and Kenya. The highlight, though, is hearing Dotun squealing like a little boy as he jumps into the sea.

We examine the various appeals in Egypt over the Hosni Mubarak trial verdicts and the protests that those verdicts have created in Tahrir Square.


Giles Dilnot sits in with world news, including US politics, archaeology and web news.

Giles Dilnot sits in and takes you through the night, with interviews about stories from around the world, updates from the BBC's foreign correspondents, and regular news and sport updates.

Including a review of the US papers and at 2.15am, On The Hill, featuring analysis of the week in American politics from commentators and politicians.

The BBC's Peter Bowes in Los Angeles has topical stories and interviews from across California at 4.35am.

Plus Win Scutt shares the latest discoveries from the world of archaeology at 3.35am, and at 3.05am we explore the frontiers of the web in Outriders - download the free podcast at bbc.co.uk/podcasts/5live.

Email: upallnight@bbc.co.uk.


Pressure ramps up on Syria, Australian swimmers in trouble, Euro 2012 preview, new music.

Dotun Adebayo with stories from around the world.

Kofi Annan has acknowledged that his Syria peace plan isn't working and he's calling for stronger action from the international community. There's been strong language from UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, too. He says there's imminent danger of civil war. Bassam Bitar, a former Syrian diplomat, says that for the last 14 months there's been no international reaction to what's happening in Syria, and that the Assad regime has survived thanks to support from Iran.

More than two thousand former American football players are suing the NFL due to the head injuries they say they've suffered. Will Carrol who writes for Sports Illustrated tells us that helmets worn by footballers weren't designed to prevent concussion, and it's causing more people to stop playing the sport. The NFL says it's made strenuous efforts to improve the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussion.

In America, notes have been discovered belonging to the first doctor on the scene at the theatre when President Lincoln was shot. They were found by the British researcher, Helena Iles Papaionnou. She tells us about how the doctor pushed his finger into the wound to try to move the bullet, and explains why the Lincoln shooting has become such a well-known story in the USA.

If you're in the middle of taking exams, spare a thought for students in China. University entrance exams there are known for being very difficult - and it brings shame on your family if you don't pass the test. Parents are even giving their kids energy-boosting injections. But Xu Gan, an educational consultant in Shanghai, tells us that students these days have it easy and they were much tougher tests 15 years ago when he took the exams.

Plus we look ahead to Euro 2012 in our Friday phone-in, and Jamie Stangroom's new music hears from Sir Christopher Lee talking about his heavy metal singing career. We kid you not.


Evidence of another massacre in Syria, plus racism at Euro 2012.

Dotun Adebayo talks to Paulo Pinheiro, the Head of the UN Commission of Inquiry into Syria, about another massacre. He says the incident, in which up to 80 people are thought to have been killed, represents a serious escalation in the violence.

The former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender says he was abused on numerous occasions when he played for his country and says as a black player you expect to get racist abuse when you go to Eastern Europe.

Up All Night reports on how Mogadishu now has a number of new businesses including its first ever dry cleaners. It's a sign that the capital of Somalia, once described as the most dangerous in the world, is getting safer.

There's also the World Football Phone-In which tonight focuses on Euro 2012.