Today, 18/04/2013 Live

18 Apr 2013 Last updated at 09:07

Thursday 18 April

The British government has suggested that rebels in Syria be given military help, but President Assad claims they are a front to Al Qaeda and should not be encouraged. Those investigating the Boston bombing reportedly now have a suspect. Roxy Music's Brian Eno dicsusses his latest proejct.
  • 18 Apr 2013 08:59:20


    Our editors this morning were Jat Gill and Terry O'Neill. Coming up next on Radio 4, In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg. Good morning.

  • 18 Apr 2013 08:54:07


    Tesco said this week it would pull the plug on its American venture called Fresh & Easy. It's spent £1.2 billion over six years trying to make it work but has conceded defeat. Why do British firms often struggle to crack the states? One firm which has made it, is the shirtmaker Thomas Pink. We speak to its chief executive, Jonathan Heilbron, and by the branding and retail expert Madeleine Temple who was born in the states.

    On yesterday's programme, Simon Jack detailed Tesco's US exit in the Business news:

    Robert Peston
    The cost for Tesco of pulling out of US, abandoning Fresh & Easy, is a substantial £1.2bn after tax
    We also spoke to Tesco's chief executive:

  • 18 Apr 2013 08:50:20


    The National Trust has revealed a masterplan to generate half of its power from renewable sources by 2020.  From the river Wandle, on the southern edge of London, the BBC's environment Analyst Roger Harrabin investigates the initiative.

    Roger Harrabin has written this feature on the subject for the BBC News website:
  • 18 Apr 2013 08:45:19


    A scientist who faked research data for experimental anti-cancer drugs has been jailed for three months for falsifying test results. Gerald Heddell, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) director of inspection, explains why he brought the case against Steven Eaton.

  • 18 Apr 2013 08:36:31


    In a change to our running order, we now look to Texas as police there confirm people have died after a huge explosion at a fertiliser plant near Waco. Jody Claridy, who witnessed the blast, speaks to John Humphrys.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    #Waco blast witness Jody Claridy: It knocked us out of our chairs. It felt like the whole building lifted up off the foundation #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    'Confirmed fatalities' following #Waco fertiliser plant blast, says Sgt William Swanton of Waco police #r4today
  • 18 Apr 2013 08:34:39


    Coming up after the programme this morning, Melvyn Bragg presents In Our Time.

  • 18 Apr 2013 08:28:47


    A century ago, one section of Vienna played host to Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Tito, Sigmund Freud and Joseph Stalin. Charles Emmerson, author of 1913: The World Before the Great War, and Professor Dardis McNamee, editor of the Vienna Review, provide analysis on the era.

    The Today programme's Andy Walker has written a feature on this for the BBC News website:

    John Humphrys, who cares deeply about the correct use of the English language, picked up Charles Emmerson on his use of the present tense in a historical context, which some of you picked up on:

    Sylvia Valentine
    @BBCr4today yay, Humphries standing up for the past tense!
    Gabriel Gatehouse
    Humphrys tries to stop historian from using historic present tense in interview about history. Historian ignores him. @BBCr4today
    Gabriel Gatehouse
    @AudreyCarville @bbcr4today I kind of agree with Mr Humphrys: the historic present is a pretty annoying tense
  • 18 Apr 2013 08:19:06


    Officials investigating the Boston Marathon bombings say they have found images of a potential suspect from surveillance camera footage. The Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, who was appointed America's first ever head of Homeland Security, explains that a man was seen dropping off a bag at the scene.

  • 18 Apr 2013 08:02:04


    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the West will pay a high price for what he described as its support for al-Qaeda in his country's conflict. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports and Dr Mohammed Najjar, of the Syrian National Colition, says his view is that the rebels will eventually win.

    Cara Swift
    Cara Swift @cswift2 tweeted:
    On @BBCr4today @BowenBBC in #Damascus says without decisive action in the #UN Security Council, the situation for #Syria "will be dire"
  • 18 Apr 2013 07:05:31


    Corrie Corfield is today's newsreader, and she's been back on form already this morning tweeting more arty pictures of London's skyline from Broadcasting House.

    In response to the many birdwatchers who tweet (sorry) Corrie when she's on the early shift, she pointed out that these cranes sadly "aren't the feathered variety".

    Corrie Corfield
    Cranes. Not the feathered variety. #viewfromNBH
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