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3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 10 July 2008

Presented by Evan Davis and Edward Stourton.


Over 1,000 former members of the armed forces are homeless. A military charity is setting up a cafe to train veterans who have fallen on hard times and to help them get jobs in catering. Angus Crawford reports.

The amount of oil reserves still available is being underestimated, the Royal Society of Chemistry believes. Chief executive Dr Richard Pike claims that he can prove his theory using only dice.

House prices are falling in Northern Ireland faster than anywhere else in Britain. Chris Buckler reports from Belfast.

A nightclub opening in the King's Cross area of London is using its dance floor as an energy source. Surya lays claim to the title of the world's first eco disco. Colin Paterson reports.

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

As Barratt announces 1,200 job cuts, Housing minister Caroline Flint says she wants to see more homes built.

The Blue Nile, one of the world's least prolific bands, are making a new album. Nicola Stanbridge visits Glasgow to meet them.

Gordon Brown has compared himself to literary character Heathcliff in this week's New Statesman. Juliet Barker and Quentin Letts discuss whether this is a wise choice.

Many problems could be solved by nudging the public into doing certain things, a new book suggests. Richard Thaler, author of Nudge, talks about how the obesity epidemic could be solved by changing the size of plates and how signs on the road have saved his life a number of times.

Jon Manel continues his investigation into care for the elderly with a report on how complaints are treated in an area where evidence can be very hard to provide.


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