Thursday 13 August 2009
Here are the details for Thursday's programme, to be presented by Gavin Esler.
Why have the French and German economies come out of recession and the economy of the UK has not? Our Economics Editor Paul Mason is in Paris.
Lynddie England became the poster-girl for American abuse in Abu Ghraib jail. Now in her first UK TV interview since leaving prison the disgraced former US soldier talks about the death threats she's received, her agony over how to tell her five-year-old son about the photographs and her refusal to accept that she did anything wrong. Watch a sneak preview here.
Professor Stephen Hawking has defended the National Health Service from attacks by the American Right, claiming that he would not be alive without it. He was speaking after Republican politicians labelled the NHS as "evil" in their effort to stop President Obama's reforms of US health care which will widen the availability of treatment but at a cost to higher earners.
And we'll be looking at the extraordinary double life of Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome. A new book about his life reveals that he was married to Trotsky's personal secretary; had close links with the Bolsheviks and at one stage was considered so dangerous that while on a visit to London he was arrested, with a view to prosecution for treason.