Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
Thursday 20 June
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.
0900Our 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.
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.
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.
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.