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Presented by Evan Davis and James Naughtie.

Correspondent Quentin Sommerville examines US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's first overseas tour.

Correspondent Kevin Connelly discusses if human rights campaigners will be disappointed with Barack Obama's decision that detainees held by the US in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.

Vice-chairman of Progress Chris Leslie discusses if consumers could help the UK out of the economic slump.

Correspondent Ian Pannell reports on the US strategy to provide weapons to villagers in Afghanistan.

Prof Iain Begg of the London School of Economics discusses why thousands of people will attend a march to protest about pay and pensions.

Reporter Jack Izzard explains The National Fund, founded more than 80 years ago, which amassed 280 million pounds but has now been dormant for decades.

Hillary Clinton has marked her first overseas visit as US Secretary of State by calling for a deeper partnership with China. Authors James Kynge and George Walden discuss the problems facing the Chinese government.

Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and terror legislation expert Lord Carlile discuss if Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed poses any risk to the UK.

Editor Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and critic Philip Hensher discuss the publication of the first volume of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's letters.

Former Downing Street adviser Paul Sinclair and Matthew Taylor, former head of the Number 10 policy unit, discuss if Harriet Harman could run for leader of the Labour Party.

Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones looks at some of the best examples of adapted film works, from Gone With The Wind to Ben-Hur.

Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym dissects another extraordinary week for the economy.

The National Gallery is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first ever television documentary to be broadcast in colour in the UK. Historian Dr Jonathan Conlin and documentary maker Laurence Rees discuss the 1969 BBC Two series Civilisation.

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2 hours

Last on

Sat 21 Feb 2009 07:00

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