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Today: Wednesday 30th January

Today hears from Policing minister Damian Green and the Police Superintendents' Association's Derek Barnett on government plans to recruit police and army personnel at higher-ranking levels. Also on the programme, the implications of forming an Israeli government and the merits of handing over art and landmarks to corporate brands.

This is the running order for the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, as broadcast on Wednesday 30th January.

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Media captionAnn Barnes, independent PCC for Kent: "I'm in favour of getting fresh blood into the police service"

0709 Independent PCC for Kent Ann Barnes discusses government plans on army and public service recruitment.

0713 Business news with Simon Jack.

0716 An increasing number of Pakistani women are claiming they have been forcibly separated from their children in Britain, before being abandoned in Pakistan. The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar reports from the north of the country.

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Media captionRev Dr Giles Fraser: I love having organists

0721 Parish vicars who struggle to find a regular organist for services can now buy a karaoke-style machine with a vast repertoire. Rev Dr Giles Fraser and organist Robert Quinney share the impact on the church and relationships within.

0727 Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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Media captionDr Lindsay Forbes: British stiff upper lip may be a factor

0733 Research has suggested those who are reluctant to visit their doctor may be less likely to survive cancer due to late diagnosis. King's College's Dr Lindsay Forbes and Mark Flanagan of Beating Bowel Cancer join the programme.

0739 A look at today's newspapers.

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Media captionSeamus Heaney: Poetry was entrancing

0742 Where does poetic inspiration come from, and how did it start? Poet Simon Armitage and the Nobel Prize-winning Seamus Heaney talk about their own relationship with the art form.

0748 Thought for the Day with Hindu teacher and theologian Akhandadhi Das.

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Media captionDaniel Hannan: I would much rather not have any state funding

0751 Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan and the Telegraph's Dan Hodges debate the merits of state funding in the wake of revelations that far-right parties in the European parliament - including the BNP - are entitled to approximately 300,000 euros in public money.

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Media captionPolicing Minister Damian Green: Changes will mean 'better policing'

0810 Government plans are afoot to recruit police and army personnel at higher-ranking levels. Policing minister Damian Green and the Police Superintendents' Association's Derek Barnett discuss the form of direct entry.

0823 The government has announced that it may use advertisements to discourage some Romanians and Bulgarians coming to Britain. The Muslim Forum's Manzoor Mughal and Labour minister Lord Bach assess the impact of such a campaign.

0828 Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0835 Israeli election results will be certified today, with Benjamin Netanyahu being asked to try to form a government. The Knesset's Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and the UN's Michael Williams discuss where it might lead.

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Media captionAlec Shelbrook: It's trying to help the poorest in society be able to manage their money better

0842 Think-tank Demos is recommending that certain people receive state benefits via card to make it easier for them. Its deputy director Claudia Wood and MP Alec Shelbrook assess its merits.

0847 Business news with Simon Jack.

0850 Clare Gerada comments on proposals to introduce random drugs testing in the workplace.

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Media captionProfessor Will Alsop: Difficult decisions have to be made

0854 Fashion house Fendi has offered to sponsor the Trevi Fountain in Rome, which is falling into disrepair. Branding expert Rita Clifton and All Design's Prof Will Alsop discuss the merits of handing over art and landmarks to corporate brands.