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20/06/2013

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 June 2013

Morning news and current affairs with Sarah Montague and Justin Webb, including:

0750
Children who live in the country or in coastal towns in England do less well at school than those who live in the big cities, Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said. Professor Chris Husbands, director of the Institute of Education at the University of London, and Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, discuss why rural areas and coastal areas are doing so poorly.

0810
The government has a duty to explain the benefits of genetically modified crops to the British people, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is to say in a speech today. The BBC's science editor David Shukman reports and Owen Patterson, the Environment Secretary, outlines what he will announce.

0819
Authors who write for teenagers should include realistic sex scenes so that young people don't learn everything they know from online pornography, the new children's laureate Malorie Blackman has argued in an article in the Telegraph. The author Philip Pullman gives his view.

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The environment secretary will use a speech today to argue that GM technology can help feed the world in the future. And according to Ofsted, children who live in the country do less well at school than those who live in the big cities. With Justin Webb and Sarah Montague.

  • 20 Jun 2013 09:00:02

    0900

    Our editors this morning were Andrew Bryson and Sareen Bains. Next on Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg presents In Our Time. We're back tomorrow from 0600. Thanks for listening.

  • 20 Jun 2013 08:58:09

    0854

    UN demographic experts predict global population will reach 10bn by the end of this century but a new book written by Professor of geography, Danny Dorling, called Population 10 Billion casts doubt on ever increasing population growth and predicts we will cope better than many fear with more of us on the planet. Professor Dorling, at Sheffield University, and Georgina Mace, Professor of Conservation Science at Imperial College London, discuss how the world will cope with the rising population.


  • 20 Jun 2013 08:44:23

    0844

    According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation a couple with two children living in a remote hamlet need more than £70 a week more than their urban counterparts to get by. The Today programme's correspondent, Mike Thomson reports from the Cotswolds town of Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.


  • 20 Jun 2013 08:27:32

    0827

    Authors who write for teenagers should include realistic sex scenes so that young people don't learn everything they know from online pornography, the new children's laureate Malorie Blackman has argued in an article in the Telegraph. The author Philip Pullman gives his view.


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