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2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 April 2012

Morning news and current affairs, presented by John Humphrys and Sarah Montague, featuring:

A paper in Nature this week suggests that cosmic rays are not at all like what we thought they were like. At the same time, another paper in the Journal of Astrophysics shows that dark matter is not where it should be - and so probably is not anything like we thought it was either. In the pioneering field of astrophysics, are there any certainties or will our theories constantly be challenged? Professor John Butterworth, professor of Physics at UCL and has worked on the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, explains.

It is Record Store Day today. An annual event where independent record stores team up with musicians and record labels to bring out exclusive, one day only releases in the hope of luring music fans away from the internet and into real life record shops. This year sees special CD and vinyl releases by the likes of Abba, Bruce Springsteen and The Sex Pistols. But as Mark Coles reports the 78rpm record is making a surprise comeback too.

"IMF bailout bull" - that was the response of one Conservative backbencher to the news that the Chancellor George Osborne has committed Britain to giving the International Monetary Fund another £10bn in loans. Labour said it was "a sticking plaster response". The money is part of a £250bn global effort to boost the IMF's capacity to lend to troubled economies, including the Eurozone. Last night Sarah Montague spoke to the Chancellor who is in Washington and asked what he would say to those, not least in his own party, who do not think we should be committing this extra money.


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