Today, 24/05/2013 Live

24 May 2013 Last updated at 10:11

Friday 24 May

The former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Ian Blair, on whether the death of Drummer Lee Rigby could have been prevented. There are calls for sex education to include teaching children about the impact of pornography. And is it best to quit while you're at the top of your game?
  • 24 May 2013 08:59:41


    Our editors today Andrew Bryson and John Shields. From everyone in the Broadcasting House news room, have a good morning.
    Corrie Corfield
    Another early morning in newsroom. #dontlookdown
  • 24 May 2013 08:57:20


    When young men or women commit terrible deeds in pursuit of some perverted ideal we talk about them having been radicalised. Jahan Mahmood, who works with young British Muslim men, and Shiraz Maher, senior fellow at the international centre for study of radicalisation at King's College London, how young people become radicalised and if that is the right word to use.

  • 24 May 2013 08:52:08


    According to a book published next week, The Numbers Game, analysing data from football games can reveal some surprising truths about the best way to play the game - some of which run counter to the prevailing beliefs held by clubs and fans. Chris Henderson, a social scientist, football analytics pioneer and co-author of The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong, and Alison Kervin, sports editor at the Mail on Sunday, examine the information that book will reveal.

    "We are at the dawn of football's data revolution. From passes completed ratios to average transfer fees, we are blitzed by statistics - but mostly they only confuse and hide the real story."
    - from The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong
  • 24 May 2013 08:50:38


    Groups of youths have burnt down a restaurant, torched more than 30 cars and injured three police officers in a fourth night of riots in suburbs of the Swedish capital. The BBC's Steve Evans reports from Stockholm.


  • 24 May 2013 08:32:39


    Should the justice system re-think the way it handles young witnesses in sexual abuse cases in light of the Savile and sexual grooming scandals? Alan Wardle, head of public affairs at NSPCC, and Sally O'Neill QC, former chair of the Criminal Bar Association, discuss what whether more stringent provisions need to be made for child witnesses in court.

    "The problem with pre-recording cross examination is that in practical terms you don't always have the necessary evidence in time which means you might end up in the worse situation of having to have another interview.
    - Sally O'Neill QC

    "Unless the system looks again to see how witnesses are treated, we're in a real danger that people will not come forward in future."
    - Alan Wardle, NSPCC

  • 24 May 2013 08:34:23


    Coming up after the Today programme this morning, Kirsty Young's castaway on Desert Island Discs is Alice Walker.

  • 24 May 2013 08:24:58


    Samuel Beckett's play Not I, which includes a disembodied mouth speaking in darkness, is back on at the Royal Court in London. The BBC's arts correspondent, Tim Masters, reports.

  • 24 May 2013 08:17:25


    The film director Steven Soderbergh has announced that he is quitting movies. Sarah Churchwell, professor of American literature and public understanding of the humanities, and Ed Smith, author of Luck and writer for the Times, discuss the notion of quitting while at the top of one's career.

    Niall Slynn
    @sarahchurchwell @bbcr4today I agreed with you Sarah, I think we can expect Steven Soderbergh eventually back making films 'differently'.
    Soderbergh has discussed his retirement during an interview with Deadline:

  • 24 May 2013 08:08:09


    Preventing the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks would have been "incredibly hard", an ex-senior intelligence officer has said. Ian Blair, former commissioner of the metropolitan police, examines police performance with regards to the Woolwich attack.

    "It's important for the public to know that the police and security services are operating properly."
    - Ian Blair

    Lord Blair on no. of armed police: “Can always argue there ought to be more. So far...the balance has broadly been right” #r4today #woolwich
  • 24 May 2013 07:50:20


    News summary with Corrie Corfield, who's been debating with the news editors about the wording of one story in the bulletin:

    Corrie Corfield
    Having discussion with Editors about use of word theft rather than heist. This is the sort of thing that gets all of us at #R4 excited :)
    Corrie Corfield
    Heist is rather Hollywood, theft is difficult to use when you have thieves in the same sentence. This debate could rage for a while : )

    There was drama in the office this morning as John discovered his breakfast bowl had been stolen from his desk drawer:

    Simon Jack
    John Humphry's personal breakfast bowl kept in a special drawer-known only to a few- has been stolen! This baffling crime has stumped us all

    Fortunately Corrie came to the rescue:

    Corrie Corfield
    @simonjacktoday Have found a wee bowl in Newsroom kitchen area. I'll bring it up for John along with my summary : )
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