A rundown of stories from Wednesday 10 April including programme highlights and comment.
Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
In today's programme
A new report suggests Afghanistan could descend into a civil war within a few years of the withdrawal of British and American forces. The chief executive of HBOS has apologised for the way he ran his bank and offered to give up his knighthood. And how long should it take to complete a crossword?
0900Thank you for helping #r4today to trend on Twitter this morning. We appreciate all your comments and feedback. Our editors today were Andrew Bryson and Sareen Bains. Next on Radio 4: James Naughtie presents The Man Who Made Scotland. Good morning.
0855Parliament meets today to pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher but not every MP is planning to atttend. We speak to Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley, who won't be there, and Connor Burns - the Conservative MP for Bournemouth West.
Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, and John Henderson, crossword setter for the Guardian, discuss how long it should take to complete a crossword.
0841A protest at a trade fair in Hanover which was attended by the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel saw pictures of the demonstration by a group called FEMEN splashed across newspapers and television screens around the world. The reason for such massive coverage was the fact that the women were topless. John Humphrys speaks to Alexandra Shevchenko is the leader of the FEMEN branch in Germany.