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03/07/2008

Presented by John Humphrys and Sarah Montague.

Including:

Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki has raised hopes of reaching a negotiated with six major powers on its controversial nuclear programme. Jeremy Bowen reports.

French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages have been rescued by Colombian government troops after being held for six years by FARC, the country's leftist rebel group. Frank Gardner reports.

Thought for the Day with Oliver McTernan, director of the NGO Forward Thinking.

New European rules on pesticides could ban 80 percent of those used in British farming, supposedly leading to reduced yields. With Dr Ian Denholm of Rothamsted Research Institute and Elliott Cannell from Pesticide Action Network.

Two American policy experts claim that Francis Ford Coppola's film The Godfather could be a metaphor and a guide for the choices facing American foreign policy in a study called A Foreign Policy You Can't Refuse. Co-author Wess Mitchell from the Centre for European Policy Analysis talks to security correspondent Gordon Corera.

Former chancellor Lord Howe discusses the results of the Conservatives' commission on tax reform. He says the UK needs fundamental reforms of tax law to simplify our tax system.

In 1965, Bob Dylan made history by plugging in his electric guitar at America's Newport Folk Festival. Next month, his son Jakob will be on the same stage, reversing the process. Is he finally stepping into his father's shoes? Mark Coles asks Jakob Dylan why he has decided to go solo.

The cultural phenomenon of Mexican wrestling is coming to the UK. Masked superstar protagonist Mystico de Juarez and Andy Wood explain the lure of 'lucha libre'.

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Thu 3 Jul 2008 06:00

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