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20060206

Simon Willis investigates how much say Scotland will have in the nuclear debate and asks are if new power stations are really needed.

20060403

As the deadline passes for local authorities to bid to host the UK's first super casino, this month's Investigation looks at what it might mean for Glasgow if it wins.

20060605

Bob Wylie visits a drugs project in Germany and asks if we should consider giving addicts in Scotland heroin on prescription.

20060703

For this month's Investigation, Bob Wylie visits a drugs project in Germany and asks if we should consider giving addicts here, heroin on prescription.

20060807

A look at Scottish issues.

20060904

BBC Radio Scotland investigates the claim that thousands of Scottish kids are being wrongly diagnosed with ADHD and needlessly given the controversial drug Ritalin.

20061002

As the first anniversary approaches, Bob Wylie visits the area devastated by the Pakistan earthquake, seeing the relief efforts provided by the Scottish Muslim community.

20061106

Despite campaigns highlighting the dangers of drug driving, it is estimated that around 11% of motorists in Scotland continue to drive whilst under the influence of drugs.

Shelley Jofre joins patrol officers from Strathclyde Police, and talks to clubbers out in Glasgow and Edinburgh to investigate why people are continuing to drug drive, and speaks to the families who've lost loved ones because of it.

20061204

In 1966, the drama-documentary Cathy Come Home, was shown on BBC 1 as part of the regular Wednesday Play slot.

The impact of the drama led to public outrage at the state of housing and homelessness in Britain and the launch of the housing charity Shelter.

Forty years later, the story is very different and Scottish politicians have promised that by 2012, everyone will have the right to a permanent home.

But how realistic is this target and how far do we have to go to eradicate homelessness in Scotland? Ken Macdonald investigates.

20070102

Join Gary Robertson as he looks back at some of the investigations Radio Scotland has carried out in 2006.

20071203

Big Brother is already watching you; your image is recorded on CCTV over three hundred times a day.

The Investigation asks if we should let the Government pull all the information it has on you into one huge database, all to protect us from terrorists.

20080407

Edi Stark explores the extent of unintended patient harm in Scottish hospitals and asks what's being done to prevent future cases.

20121202

Fiona Walker takes a walk through Scotland's red light areas and asks how the nation should deal with the world's oldest profession.

20130224

A special report from BBC Radio Scotland.

20131117

How can we protect young girls from a practice as old as the Pharaohs? This month The Investigation asks why in 30 years of legislation, no one has been prosecuted for Female Genital Mutilation.

Reporter Lucy Adams hears the stories of the women whose lives have been devastated because they were cut as children, the daughters at risk, and where the practice continues to take place.

20140330

The Investigation examines the expansion of childcare across Scotland which starts this year, but are councils ready to absorb the demand. Childcare can be as expensive as a mortgage and there are holes in some of the provision. Can Scotland plug the gaps and ensure it will truly benefit working parents?

Banking On Scotland To Grow20110327

Former Director at the International Monetary Fund, Barry Potter, comes home to give his assessment of the way ahead for the Scottish economy and he has a surprising view of the best way for Scotland to expand its private sector.

Ex-IMF man Barry Potter comes home and points to a surprising way ahead for the economy.

Brothers: The David Haines Story20150201

Brothers: The David Haines Story20150201

Samantha Poling meets the brother of murdered Scottish aid worker David Haines who was beheaded by Islamic State last year. In an exclusive interview, Mike Haines talks candidly and emotionally about his brother's kidnap. He tells Sam of the secret code they used to pass messages, of the vital forensic information found on a letter sent by IS to David's mother which would help lead to identifying those involved in the execution. And he breaks down as he describes the last moments of his brother's life before he was beheaded, the brutal murder captured on video and posted on the web for the world to see.

Brothers: The David Haines Story20150201

Samantha Poling meets the brother of murdered Scottish aid worker David Haines who was beheaded by Islamic State last year. In an exclusive interview, Mike Haines talks candidly and emotionally about his brother's kidnap. He tells Sam of the secret code they used to pass messages, of the vital forensic information found on a letter sent by IS to David's mother which would help lead to identifying those involved in the execution. And he breaks down as he describes the last moments of his brother's life before he was beheaded, the brutal murder captured on video and posted on the web for the world to see.

Brothers: The David Haines Story20150201

Samantha Poling meets the brother of murdered Scottish aid worker David Haines who was beheaded by Islamic State last year. In an exclusive interview, Mike Haines talks candidly and emotionally about his brother's kidnap. He tells Sam of the secret code they used to pass messages, of the vital forensic information found on a letter sent by IS to David's mother which would help lead to identifying those involved in the execution. And he breaks down as he describes the last moments of his brother's life before he was beheaded, the brutal murder captured on video and posted on the web for the world to see.

Death Traps On Our Roads?20130527

Fiona Walker investigates if road users are being put at risk by tens of thousands of vehicles on UK roads that don't need MOTs and asks why there aren't regular checks on their roadworthiness?

Diet Or Die20130624

An investigation into the biggest consequence of Scotland's obesity epidemic - diabetes.

It's known as Scotland's silent killer. Left untreated it can lead to heart disease, amputation or death. It's also the biggest consequence of our obesity epidemic.

In The Investigation, reporter Samantha Poling examines Type-2 diabetes - a condition which affects almost than a quarter of a million people in Scotland. She hears from the doctors who treat the newly diagnosed, the medics who teach amputees to walk again and meets one young diabetic whose junkfood diet could cost him his life.

Donations, Dinners And Deals20110227

Mark Daly examines the connections between business and politics in one local authority and asks whether we know enough about Scotland's elected officials and their wealthy friends.

Mark Daly examines the connections between business and politics in one local authority.

Epilepsy In Scotland20111127

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Are people with epilepsy getting a fair deal in Scotland? The BBC can reveal new figures that show that cases of epilepsy has shot up.

The programme asks if adequate provision is being made to care for and treat this growing number.

Reporter Shelley Jofre also looks at the fact that millions of pounds are wasted every year on unnecessary epilepsy drugs.

Are people with epilepsy getting a fair deal in Scotland? Shelley Jofre investigates.

Food Banks20120429

BBC Radio Scotland Investigation: Breadline Scotland looks at how a new food bank is opening every week across the UK and there's been a rise in the number of food banks in Scotland. They work by providing a three day emergency food supply to clients, a high proportion of which are working families.

Meant as a short term, emergency measure, poverty experts here welcome the work they do but are worried they mask the truth about food poverty.

We look at the work of the food banks in Canada which started as an emergency "temporary" and short term measure in 1981 and which are now well established, and ask whether other solutions, like those being put to use in South America could be used here.

BBC Radio Scotland Investigation: Breadline Scotland examines the rise in food banks.

Gold2012062420120729

Waseem Zakir, GMS's business presenter is let loose in the Scottish hills to search for gold. Along the way he finds out what high gold prices could mean for Scotland and investigates the boom in cash for gold outlets... and finds himself being served gold on a biscuit!

Waseem Zakir is let loose in the Scottish hills to search for gold.

A special investigation from the BBC Radio Scotland team.

Hot Air20060306

Lesley Riddoch investigates why Scottish homes are so energy inefficient, despite the rising cost of energy.

She asks experts to put a value on Scotland's heat loss.

How Safe is Your Money?20140126

How Safe Is Your Money?20140126

The Investigation reveals the worst banking frauds in Scotland and asks what can be done to stop them.

How Safe Is Your Money?20141026

The Investigation returns to the subject of cybercrime and finds out how millions of crimes are being left off the official statistics.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Scotland2013080120130804 (RS)

An investigation into the big increase in inflammatory bowel disease in Scotland.

Is Music The Answer?20140223

In The Investigation this month, Pauline McLean looks at whether making music can change the lives of the most vulnerable in Scotland. She looks at a very youthful musical collaboration between Venezuela and Scotland and uncovers the lasting impression such experiences can have on our children and their development.

More Immigrants, Please2015030920150310 (RS)

Fiona Walker chairs a discussion on the future of immigration in Scotland.

The Scottish government want more immigrants, but Scots are more sceptical. And without control over immigration, what can Scotland do about it anyway? What should take priority - economic growth or public opinion? Fiona Walker chairs a discussion on what next for immigration in Scotland.

Mother And Baby Unit20120930

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The number of women addicted to drugs who are having babies in Scotland has doubled over 6 years, according to the latest available figures. It leaves society with a dilemma: should the children be taken into care or can these women be helped to become good mums?

The Investigation takes you behind the scenes of a rehab with a difference: the kids go too. You'll hear from pregnant women and mothers who're battling with addiction and how one charity is determined to help them beat their dependency....and keep the kids if they succeed.

My Daddy's In Prison20130331

Are children being punished for the crimes of their parents?

Every year in Scotland an estimated 27000 children have a parent in prison. That's more than the number of children in care. But are these the invisible children of our society?

The Investigation discovers that most authorities don't even know who they are. Are they getting the support they need or are we failing these innocent victims of imprisonment?

Never Too Old To Care20090515

480,000 Scots currently support a partner, relative or friend who cannot care for themselves. Edi Stark asks whether they are getting the credit and support they deserve.

One Million Vote2014051920140520 (RS)

Could the one million disabled people in Scotland influence the outcome of the referendum?

Could the one million disabled people in Scotland influence the outcome of the referendum? Of the people affected by recent welfare changes 80% have a disability. What the referendum campaigns must answer is will disabled people be better or worse off in an independent Scotland? Ian Hamilton travels the country to find out.

Salmon Farming20110109

An investigation into the salmon farming industry.

Salmon: A Dirty War20110130

Salmon farming is a major Scottish industry, but the battle over its environmental impact is becoming more bitter every day.

A BBC Scotland investigation uncovers new evidence about Salmon Farming's environmental record.

Stephen Magee hears how campaigners plan to put the industry under unprecedented pressure, and how this multi-million pound business believes it is doing more than ever to protect our seas and rivers.

The Investigation uncovers new evidence about salmon farming's environmental record.

Scotland Underwater20130127

In Scotland, we're no strangers to rain... But more and more often, homes are being flooded, livelihoods are being lost and people are left wondering why it's happened again. With the cost of flooding expected to more than treble in the next 20 years, questions are being raised about how Scotland copes with heavy rain. Fiona Walker investigates whether the authorities are ready for the deluge ahead or do we have to accept that sandbags are the new norm?

Scotland's Forgotten Children20130303

Mark Daly investigates claims of child abuse in Scotland's care homes.

Sex, Death And The Internet20131007

Who's really watching Scotland's children when they go online? This month The Investigation asks what happens to young people when they get intimate online often looking for their first love. Reporter Fiona Walker hears the stories of how love's first blush can often turn ugly and how blackmailers have preyed on the vulnerable, even resulting in suicide.

Who is watching Scotland's children online?

Should My Child Do Their Homework?20111030

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BBC Radio Scotland Investigates : Should my child do their Homework?

From the first days of primary school pupils in Scotland are being assigned homework.

But is there any evidence it improves their academic performance? Fiona Walker examines the surprising evidence that suggests your child might be better off leaving their homeork undone.

And hears claims that current practice might be harming the children who need help most.

BBC Radio Scotland investigates: Should your child do their homework?

Stealing Our History20120325

Scottish taxpayers are footing the bill for hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage caused by metal thieves. But it's not just empty buildings, council offices and schools that are being targeted. Metal thieves are now focussing on our heritage, stealing the lead from church roofs, pieces from open air museums, targeting sculptures in parks, gates, war memorials and even the lead in gravestones commemorating the dead from the wars. BBC Scotland investigates how our heritage is being irreparably damaged and what, if anything, can be done to stem the loss of our heritage and the theft of our history.

BBC Scotland investigates how metal thieves are damaging our heritage.

The Future Of Scotland's Bookshops.20110626

As the last of the chain booksellers changes hands again, Anne Brown asks if we've reached the final chapter for High Street bookshops.

Anne Brown asks if we've reached the final chapter for high street bookshops.

The F-word: Would Federalism Work For Scotland?20150111

After the no vote in the referendum and some discontent at the new Smith Commission powers for Scotland - what next for the UK? The latest buzzword isn't new but it is being taken seriously: Federalism. Is it time we ran the UK more like the United States or Canada with Scotland as a federal state? Fiona Walker chairs a discussion with experts and politicians to get to grips with the concept and work out if it would be any good for Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The Miracle Cure Called Pregnancy?20120527

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It seems almost too good to be true. Pain disappears, mobility returns and distressing symptoms disappear. No drugs, no medication and no painful injections. The suffering of seemingly incurable conditions like arthritis and multiple sclerosis just disappears. And this miracle "cure"? Pregnancy.

Elizabeth Quigley will be finding out just what it is about pregnancy that causes all these symptoms to disappear and why so little seems to be being done to investigate this phenomenon. Could this quirk of nature be turned into the reality of a treatment?

The Shame Of Scotland's Oil20101121

Cairn Energy is a successful Scottish Oil Exploration Company, but should we be proud or ashamed of it?

It is pioneering the process of opening up the Arctic for Oil Drilling.

But campaigners have warned its' plans put one of the world's last great wildernesses at risk.

In this BBC Scotland Investigation Stephen Magee hears claims that secrecy over safety means we can't be sure any accident would be dealt with properly.

The company insist safety is its' number one priority.

And analysts say that - if Cairn do strike oil - it could have a massive impact on the future of the Oil Industry.

Should we be proud or ashamed of the Scottish Company pioneering Arctic oil drilling?

The Slumber Games20130826

BBC Scotland investigates new research suggesting that modern technology is disrupting teenagers' body clocks, resulting in poor health and poor grades.

The Smith Commission Behind Closed Doors20141130
The Smith Commission Behind Closed Doors20141130

As decisions on the power of the Scottish Parliament reach crunch point, BBC Radio Scotland speaks to the man who got all the main political parties to agree on the future of devolution. Lord Smith takes us behind the scenes of the negotiations in an exclusive interview on how to create the new constitutional status of Scotland.

The Smith Commission Behind Closed Doors20141130

As decisions on the power of the Scottish Parliament reach crunch point, BBC Radio Scotland speaks to the man who got all the main political parties to agree on the future of devolution. Lord Smith takes us behind the scenes of the negotiations in an exclusive interview on how to create the new constitutional status of Scotland.