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12/02/2013

Morning news and current affairs with Sarah Montague and Evan Davis, including:

0750
There will be a new Pope in place by Easter. The last pope who was not from Europe was in year 731AD. Professor Diarmaid Macculloch, and Alfred Adewale Martins, discuss whether the new pope could be from Latin America or Africa.

0810
It was 20 years today when two 10-year-old boys murdered the toddler James Bulger in Liverpool. In an interview for Radio 4, James Bulger's father Ralph says the family's loss has been compounded by a deep sense of injustice. Winifred Robinson explains how Ralph Bulger came across.

0817
The man who shot Osama Bin Laden has spoken about the events of that night in Abbottabad in May 2011. Phil Bronstein, who conducted the interview, described "the Shooter's" account of the killing.

0821
Virginia Woolf's last unpublished work is to be released by the British Library this summer. Helen Melody, curator of modern literary manuscripts, and Professor Maggie Humm, of the school of arts and digital industries from the University of East London, analyse the significance of the unpublished work.

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John Humphrys meets John Lydon

John and John

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Tuesday 12 February

The father of James Bulger, the toddler who was murdered 20 years ago today, says the family's loss has been compounded by a deep sense of injustice. Just how many Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants are likely come to the UK later this year? And the lighter side of Virginia Woolf.

  • 12 Feb 2013 08:52:44

    0855

    The French Communist party has dropped the hammer and sickle from its membership cards. Instead the cards will feature a five pointed star to represent the European left - a loose alliance of far left parties. Traditionalists are not happy. What is the British angle on this? We ask Marc Fischer, the National Organiser for the Communist Party of Great Britain and Will Harris - a former director of marketing for the Conservative Party.
  • 12 Feb 2013 08:50:13

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    Firms are bombarding people with texts and phone calls offering them cash lump sums if they "unlock" their pensions. Simon Jack speaks to Pensions Minister Steve Webb (who himself was targeted by cold-callers) and the pensions regulator Bill Galvin.
  • 12 Feb 2013 08:16:46

    0840

    Virginia Woolf's last unpublished work is to be released by the British Library this summer. Helen Melody, curator of modern literary manuscripts, and Professor Maggie Humm, of the school of arts and digital industries from the University of East London, analyse the significance of the unpublished work.

  • 12 Feb 2013 08:37:56

    0837

    It is International Darwin Day in honour of the birthday of the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin. Tom Feilden reports on the relevance of evolutionary theory in modern medical science.

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