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Today, 30/05/2013 In today’s programme...

30 May 2013 Last updated at 11:02

Thursday 30 May

The UK is to be taken to the European Court of Justice over its alleged failure to correctly assess whether immigrants are entitled to benefits. Changes to planning rules will mean more betting shops on the high street. And we speak to the V&A museum's new "Game Designer in Residence".
  • 30 May 2013 08:57:41


    Our editors today were Adam Cumiskey and Sareen Bains. Thanks for all your feedback this morning, the feminism debate in particular got a huge reaction from you on Twitter. Coming up next on Radio 4: In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg:

  • 30 May 2013 08:56:06


    Children could be banned from buying food from chip shops before 5pm, in a move to tackle obesity. Dr Aseem Malhotra and John Wild debate the proposals.

  • 30 May 2013 08:54:25


    For the first time in many years Iraqi artists who live and work in the country are being represented at the Venice Biennale. They want to counter the negative impression of their homeland. Our arts editor Will Gompertz has been to the pavilion speak to one of the artists who grew up in a family of shepherds in the remote hills of the kurdistan region, Jamal Penjweny.

    Scientists in California have developed what is being called a "virtual shrink", a computer programme which interacts with patients who might be depressed or soldiers who might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The BBC's correspondent Alastair Leithead reports from California.


    We have been told for years the cashless society is on its way. Cash accounts for half of all transactions but newer forms are muscling in and the changes are more profound than just "sticking it on the plastic". Eden Zoller, consumer analyst at technology consultancy firm Ovum, speaks to Simon Jack.

  • 30 May 2013 08:36:51


    It seems that most sexual predators are and have been men, and if the world is a violent place, it is men who do most of the killing. Beatrix Campbell, who is currently writing a booked called the End of Equality, Laurie Penny, contributing editor at the New Statesman, and Tim Samuels, a documentary maker and presenter of Men’s Hour on 5live, discuss what is wrong with men.

    "Society can't let go of this violent powerful dominant stereotype that has actually never applied to the majority of men"
    - Laurie Penny

    "Men have undergone an enormous journey. In the last 50 to 100 years we have become more emotionally articulate."
    - Tim Samuels

    "Men appear to want to rule the world, to rule each other and women."
    - Beatrix Campbell

  • 30 May 2013 08:32:06


    We've just heard that a man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Georgia Williams. The teenager from Shropshire, who has been missing since Sunday.

  • 30 May 2013 08:19:43


    The V&A museum in London has appointed a game designer in residence, who over the next six months will design a game that uses the V&A collections. Game The new designer in residence, Sophia George, who is only 22 but won the BAFTA One to Watch award, and Iain Simons, co-founder of the National Videogame Archive and director of the Games City Festival, discuss the new role.

    I'm really excited to see what I can become inspired by. I definitely want whoever plays my game to see those inspirations and maybe create some kind of 3D world that people can explore.
    - Sophia George

    Benjamin Green
    Fabulous to hear the news that the V&A have installed a game designer, also great to hear @iainsimons on @BBCr4today!!
  • 30 May 2013 08:12:18


    The UK is to be taken to the European Court of Justice over its alleged failure to correctly assess whether immigrants are entitled to benefits. Adam Weiss, the legal director of the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe centre, and Peter Lilley, the former secretary of state for social security, discuss news that the European Commission has accused Britain of discriminating against nationals from EU member states who have been living and working in the UK.

  • 30 May 2013 08:12:35


    Thank you for all your feedback so far this morning. Please keep your comments coming using the hashtag #r4today on Twitter.

    If you missed this morning's Tweet of the Day before the programme, remember you can listen online via BBC iPlayer:

  • 30 May 2013 07:50:13


    New rules designed to reinvigorate the high street could see them overrun with betting shops and payday loan companies, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. Sir Merrick Cockell, who chairs the LGA, and the Liberal Democrat Local Government Minister Don Foster, discuss news that the Government is cutting red tape from today in a move to return redundant buildings to productive use on the recommendation of retail guru Mary Portas.

    “Boarded up empty shops are leading to a cycle of decline” – Don Foster

    “Today’s planning changes should be a good thing, but it could go badly wrong with unintended consequences” – Sir Merrick Cockell

    Vincenzo Rampulla
    Interesting & important debate on @BBCr4today on how local people/councils can influence their high streets. #localgov
  • 30 May 2013 07:56:28


    The military chief of the main umbrella group of Syrian rebels, the Free Syrian Army, has accused Hezbollah fighters of "invading" Syria in a BBC interview.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    The one power in the (middle east) able to control Hezbollah was Syrian regime... Now it's probably Russia via Iran: @rallaf #r4today
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