Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
Presented by John Humphrys and Evan Davis.
Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA, explains why a third runway is needed to make Heathrow run more smoothly.
Danny Shaw examines whether collaboration between police forces is practical.
Chair of the LGA Margaret Eaton discusses how councils can be supported to strengthen child protection work.
President of the National Farmers Union Peter Kendall discusses the future of the UK farming industry.
Zawadi Mongane, a resident of the DR of Congo, explains how traumatic she found reliving her memories of suffering.
Kevin Connolly reports from Texas, where gun sales have risen amid fears of an imminent clampdown.
Thought for the day with the Rev Giles Fraser.
Evan Davis investigates the criticism that banks are still not lending to businesses.
Prof Jane Maher, of MacMillan Cancer Support, and Prof Steve Field, of the Royal College of GPs, discuss how palliative care can be improved.
Bishop of Reading Stephen Cottrell and philosopher AC Grayling discuss celebrating a sustainable Christmas.
Former White House advisor Pippa Malmgren and business editor Robert Peston discuss the $800bn US financial rescue plan.
Chief Constable of West Mercia Paul West says police need to be given more freedom to use their judgement.
Correspondent Jonathan Head and Harry Bedford, a passenger who was stuck at Bangkok airport for 24 hours while anti-government protesters took over, discuss the situation there.
On the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul's Cathedral, correspondent Mike Thomson reports on the £40m raised to fund its restoration.
Does British political comedy fuel an anti-politics culture? Communities Secretary Hazel Blears and political author Michael Dobbs discuss.
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