Monday, 8 September, 2008
Here's Simon again with more details of tonight's programme:
Good evening viewers
Airline bomb plot
The prosecution said they planned to kill 3000 people in the biggest plot since 9/11. Today a jury found 3 men guilty of conspiracy to murder but couldn't reach a verdict on whether they and 4 others were planning to blow up aeroplanes. One other man was found not guilty. We'll have the latest on the programme.
The London stock market computers crashed today - frustrating for traders desperate to correct positions after the news that the US government has moved in to bail out the two mortgage provider giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Stock markets around the world have reacted with glee. The traders perhaps think this multi-trillion dollar bail-out means the beginning of the end of the credit crunch. But is it just the end of the beginning? We assemble celebrants and Jeremiahs to work out which, presided over by Jeremy Paxman and Paul Mason.
Is having your weekly staff meeting 100 miles from the office clever politics or just a bit silly? Today the cabinet upped sticks to Birmingham for their weekly meeting, though whether this affected the quality of their musings will remain a thirty year secret. How did the folk of the Midlands react to this unique honour? David Grossman is on the case.
And the legendary Higgs Boson - an elusive particle theorised for over 40 years but never actually witnessed - is allegedly about to be tracked to its lair by CERN's atom smasher the Large Hadron Collider. What if after all that it isn't there? Is it so crucial to our understanding of modern physics that we'll need a mass bonfire of the textbooks? Susan Watts meets the eponymous Peter Higgs who may be about to look very clever - or not.
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