Today, 08/06/2013 Live

8 Jun 2013 Last updated at 08:53

Saturday 8 June

Nelson Mandela is in a "serious but stable condition" in hospital with a lung infection. The creator of the world-wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned that secret monitoring of the internet by intelligence agencies threatens the "very foundations" of democracy. Plus the power of zombie stories.
  • 8 Jun 2013 08:52:41


    Zombies are lurking all around popular culture these days - in books, video games, TV series, and most recently in Brad Pitt's latest film World War Z. The latest edition of Philosophy Now magazine is devoted to the monsters. Rick Lewis, editor of Philosophy, and Naomi Alderman, author and games writer, discuss if culturally, do zombies have something profound to tell us?

    Cllr Jeff Fletcher
    Quote of day if not week on#r4today *there are a lot of zombies around in philosophy today*. Sounds a lot like the Dept I studied in.
    Philip C James
    Zombies are the acceptable, politically-correct target for our urge 2 destroy/splat/gun down, #r4today. Killing lots of humans is frowned on
  • 8 Jun 2013 08:45:00


    Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine were all carved out in the deals that followed the collapse of the Ottoman empire in the early years of the last century. The chief negotiators from Britain and France were Sir Mark Sykes and Georges Picot, the diplomats who drew the lines and created British and French-administered areas. Dr Eugene Rogan Dr Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford, and Bronwen Maddox, Editor of Prospect Magazine, analyse how long the agreement can go on for.

  • 8 Jun 2013 08:32:15


    President Obama has stated "you cannot have 100 per cent privacy and 100 per cent security and no inconvenience." That's how  he has responded to the latest spying drama that is sweeping across the US and it has now reached our shores. Gordon Correra, the BBC's security correspondent, explains the threat to the UK. Shami Chakrabarti, director of the British civil liberties advocacy organisation Liberty, and Kim Howells, Labour MP, examine The Guardian's report earlier this week that America's spy agencies have been eavesdropping on the internet in a massive operation called Prism.

    Shyama Perera
    Govts do each other's dirty work to circumvent the law #R4today Pockets of citizen freedom insufficient protection from Internet snooping.
  • 8 Jun 2013 08:26:37


    The Return of Colmcille, is a weekend-long celebration of the saint and the city of Derry, involving 800 local people taking to the streets to tell the story of the saint Colmcille. It was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce as part of Derry's 2013 City of culture. The BBC's arts correspondent Will Gompertz joins us from the banks of the Foyle in Derry.

    Mary McKenna
    Great to hear some publicity about #CityofCulture #Derry on #r4today prog this morning - yerman Colmcille is back! #Derry2013
  • 8 Jun 2013 08:22:07


    The leaders of the two most powerful countries on earth are in California on day two of their first summit. Beijing has unleashed a propaganda blitz to promote President's Xi new slogan - the China Dream. The BBC's China correspondent Martin Patience reports.

    jezza @jezza59 tweeted:
    #r4today Chinese pop music will NOT dominate the rock-charts.
  • 8 Jun 2013 08:07:02


    This week pro-Assad Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, recaptured the strategically important town of Qusair, close to the Lebanese border. Lyse Doucet, our chief international correspondent, and Lord Malloch Brown, a former UN deputy secretary general, discuss if this signifies a change in the power play between Assad and the rebels.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    #Syrian govt forces now pushing forward to Homs and looking to consolidate control around Damascus @LyseDoucet #r4today
    Kate Nicholl
    UN says half of Syria will be displaced by the end of the year. #r4today
  • 8 Jun 2013 07:56:50


    There has been a series of more positive economic figures out this week. The services sector put in a strong performance, according to the Purchasing Managers Index survey, the best since March last year. Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Megan Greene, chief economist at Maverick Intelligence, examine the current upturn in the economy.

  • 8 Jun 2013 07:54:31


    A man has been arrested in western Afghanistan for the rape and murder of a girl who was only two and a half years old. The BBC's Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn reports.

  • 8 Jun 2013 07:53:03


    David Cameron will today host a meeting of governments, business leaders, scientists and NGOs in London aimed at tackling malnutrition in developing countries. Ian Birrell, contributing editor to Daily Mail and a former Cameron speech writer, and Justine Greening, International Development Secretary, discuss the effect today's meeting will have.

  • 8 Jun 2013 07:50:26


    There is a festival of cartography in London today - the biggest antique map fair in Europe, where you can buy charts and maps from all over the world, some of them dating back four hundred years. It's all happening at the Royal Geographical Society. Tim Bryars is one of the co-organisers.
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