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  • Paddy Ashdown on Cameron's TV debate decision

    Thu, 5 Mar 15

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    The Prime Minister has turned on the broadcasters trying to find a formula for televised election debates. David Cameron has said he will only take part in one; it must be with all the other parties. It also has to take place before the campaign proper begins in April, the consequence being that there's now great doubt about whether we'll see a debate at all. Paddy Ashdown chairman of Liberal Democrats election campaign thinks he's running away.

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  • Thursday's business with Tanya Beckett

    Thu, 5 Mar 15

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    Featuring China's economic growth prospects and UK buy-to-let lending.

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  • Secret references in paintings

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

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    The artist who painted an official portrait of Bill Clinton has revealed that he worked a secret reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress (the stains on which proved the pair had had sexual relations) into the artwork. Nelson Shanks, who also painted portraits of Princess Diana and Pope John Paul II, says the shadow cast in the portrait is supposed to be of Lewinsky. Shanks says the Clintons know about it and are trying to get it removed from the National Portrait Gallery. Daphne Todd is a former president of Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Georgina Adam is editor-at-large of the Art Newspaper & Financial Times columnist.

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  • The threat facing China's elephants

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

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    Prince William is spending the last day of his visit to China in the South Western province of Yunnan home to wild Asian elephants. The Prince is known for speaking out about the threat to the African elephant, particularly because of the ivory trade, which campaigners would like China to ban. The BBC's China Editor Carrie Gracie reports on the different threat facing the Asian elephant.

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  • George Osborne on living standards

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

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    Average household incomes are back to the levels they were at before the financial downturn struck, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found. The recovery in living standards has been much slower than after previous recessions and changes to spending patterns suggest that people think their income prospects have taken a permanent hit, the IFS warned. Younger people, people on higher incomes, and people without children tend to have come off worse than those in other groups in recent years, according to the findings. George Osborne is Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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  • Wednesday's business news with Simon Jack

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

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    Featuring a look at Eurozone growth and a look ahead to ITV's results.

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  • Alan Mullery remembers 'showman' Dave Mackay

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

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    Alan Mullery has paid tribute to his former team mate Dave Mackay who has died aged 80. Speaking to the programme Mullery remembered the gentleman player who never got sent off and would juggle coins with his feet. "He was the king, he was the best at what he did... he would balance coins on his knees, on his feet and flick them on his head and drop them into his top pocket; he was a showman all the way through," he said. The tribute starts with Mackay discussing his career.

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  • Mel Brooks' 'introspective retrospective

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

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    Mel Brooks will be in London later this month for his first ever solo London show. Brooks was unfortunately too busy to do an interview with the Today programme, but he's been speaking to his old friend Alan Yentob, the BBC's Creative Director and describe his one man show. "It's an introspective retrospective, I tell near truths all evening," he said. Yentob also asked him about his career as an entertainer in the so called 'Borscht Belt' - or 'Jewish Alps' - the mountains of upstate New York, where Jewish New Yorkers flocked for their holidays from the 1920s until the 70s.

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  • Tuesday's business with Simon Jack

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

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    Featuring corporate governance changes needed in the UK fund management industry and China's richest man.

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  • Graham Gooch

    Mon, 2 Mar 15

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    Speaking to the Today Programme's Jonathan Legard is former England captain Graham Gooch, who discusses the liklihood of Kevin Pietersen returning to the England team.

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