London, the "Big Smoke," is the capital of the United Kingdom and the second largest city in Europe. From Brixton to Big Ben and Bethnal Green to Heathrow, there is always something brewing in the "Great Wen."
Samuel Johnson is quoted too often for writing that "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life," but the truth is that the British capital exhausts several million men and women - workers, tourists and the unemployed alike - on a daily basis. The city's comprehensive Underground moves 1.3 billion passengers per year over 402 kilometers of track, for just one metric of London's massiveness. And the 8.5 million people who call greater London home always have something to complain about – except having nothing to do.
Britain begins the process of leaving the European Union on March 29+++Terror in London leaves the British capital on a severe alert level but parliament stands defiant+++Washing money on a global scale. How up to 80 billion dollars has churned through Europe, the US and China from the Russian elite.
Lawmaker Tobias Ellwood, who tried to save the officer killed in Wednesday's attack in London, has been appointed to the prestigious Privy Council. Constable Keith Palmer was one of four people killed by Khalid Masood.
On this week's show: Terror in London leaves the British capital on a severe alert level but parliament stands defiant - Remembering the victims of the Brussels attacks - The Global Laundromat - The Pulse of Europe - The life and legacy of Martin McGuinness - A call to put people first in Ukraine- The rocky road to the French elections - Why the far right barely figures in Spain
Londoners and visitors joined in solidarity in a vigil on Trafalgar Square to commemorate the victims of a terrorist attack near the British Parliament. The violence claimed four lives and left some 40 people injured.