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2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 18 May 2013

Morning news and current affairs with Justin Webb and John Humphrys:

The inquest into the poisoning of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko may have to be abandoned because the judge in charge of it has ruled that any evidence involving Russia will have to be kept secret. The BBC's Steve Rosenberg reports and Annie Machon, former MI5 officer, explains that interested parties now have 14 days to challenge the decision.

How do we stop children in the care of the state from being abused and from having a rough start in life made worse? Jamie (not his real name), a care home manager, explains what it is like working with these children and why they need to be protected.

A campaign which warns women about "sleepwalking into infertility" is being launched today. Kate Garraway, a TV presenter, and Rosamund Urwin, an Evening Standard columnist, discuss whether women are already acutely aware of their ticking biological clocks.

This week fire-fighters took seven hours to rescue a woman from her flat that was so stuffed with junk that it spilled onto pavement when they broke in via an upstairs window. Jasmine Harman, a TV presenter whose mother is a hoarder, and Ian Sparks, who used to hoard newspapers in his bedroom which left him living in cramped, confined conditions, discuss the impact of living with unmanageable amounts of clutter.

How did the recession impact on people's lives in the UK? The Today programme's John Humphrys hears from people from Slough who reflect on their experiences over the last five years.

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Saturday 18 May

Head teachers will debate a motion of no confidence in the government's education policies today at their annual conference in Birmingham. The widow of the former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has accused Britain of undermining the inquest into her husband's death. Should women have children earlier

  • 18 May 2013 09:02:38


    That's it from us today. Thanks for listening. Next up, Saturday Live.
  • 18 May 2013 08:32:20


    The last week has seen juries give their verdicts on two appalling cases: the Oxford Grooming case and the murder of Tia Sharp. For anyone reading the papers who watching the news, the details of the case were very disturbing. For a juror, they have to see, listen and think about all of that evidence. Peter Gibson, volunteer Director at the Central London Samaritans branch, and Dr Noelle Robertson, clinical psychologist at the University of Leicester, discuss the impact that being a juror can have on mental health.

  • 18 May 2013 08:32:48


    A look at the morning's papers.

  • 18 May 2013 08:29:00


    How did the recession impact people's lives in the UK? The Today programme's John Humphrys hears from people from Slough who reflect on their experiences over the last five years.

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