Today, 19/07/2013 In today's programme

19 Jul 2013 Last updated at 10:05

Friday 19 July

The government says the London Olympics have proved to be a success story for British business. Half a million cancer patients get long term illnesses as a result of their treatment, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. And the artist Nick Franglen’s sound art at Latitude festival.
  • 19 Jul 2013 09:37:08


    That's it from us today. We'll be back at 0700 tomorrow, thanks for listening. Next up on Radio 4, Val McDermid on Desert Island discs
  • 19 Jul 2013 09:04:56


    Private equity firm Bain Capital has bought a majority stake in the Government-owned blood products company Plasma Resources UK.
  • 19 Jul 2013 09:00:35


    At Latitude festival in Suffolk the artist and musician Nick Franglen, who has worked with Blur, Pulp and Bjork, will leave more than 50 radios, each tuned to a different station, running continuously in a tent. The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been to hear what is going on.

    What else is going on at Latitud4e festival? READ more here:
  • 19 Jul 2013 09:03:08


    Three Russian judges have freed the opposition leader Alexei Navalny who was jailed yesterday for five years. The BBC's Moscow Correspondent, Daniel Sanford reports.
  • 19 Jul 2013 08:37:37


    From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Today programme business presenter Simon Jack gauges the mixed moods among Brazilians about their country hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

  • 19 Jul 2013 08:31:31


    Palestinian leaders have been meeting in Ramallah in the West Bank to discuss a possible revival in peace talks with Israel, brokered by the United States. Dennis Ross, former special assistant to President Obama on the Middle East and long-time peace process negotiator, outlines the difficulties in conduction negotiations in the region.

  • 19 Jul 2013 08:17:29


    The weather has been hot for days now in the UK and according to the forecasts it will continue to be so. Paul Simons, who writes about weather for the Times, and Dr Charlotte Wildman, a historian University of Manchester, discuss how unusual this weather is and whether it changes who we are.

    Deborah Henley
    London's too sunny? @BBCr4today I love it. We Brits really are obsessed with the weather, it runs our moods #r4today
    We've asked listeners to tweet us pictures of the weather where they live...
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Parts of the UK are still experiencing a #heatwave but not everywhere. Send us your #weatherpix from where you live #r4today
    Here are some of the best ones:
  • 19 Jul 2013 08:01:13


    The UK economy has seen a £9.9bn boost in trade and investment from hosting the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, research suggests. The BBC's economics editor Stephanie Flanders provides analysis and Business Secretary Vince Cable explains how the figures were drawn up.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    There isn't really an effort to say what would have happened anyway, without #London2012 in #olympiclegacy figs says @BBCStephanie #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    2012 Olympics were a key catalyst in making big UK inward investment decisions real - Business Sec @vincecable #olympiclegacy #r4today
    The Guardian has reported that Lord Coe, Former 2012 chairman, has said he will step down as Olympic legacy ambassador and calls for a 10‑year legacy plan:
    Here's what you thought:
    Will Jennings
    @BBCr4today @BBCStephanie Most Olympic economic impact assessments are non-falsifiable rhetoric
    NB: #Olympics "came in under budget" because it was doubled then doubled again. Similar rules apply in reverse to its "legacy" @BBCr4today
    Karen Ingala Smith
    Vince Cable defending report on the benefits of the Olympic Games & selling blood doesn't even sound like he believes it himself @BBCr4today
    Alex Barrett
    @BBCr4today @BBCStephanie If BritGov administration stopped spinning statistics they'd have nothing to say at all.
  • 19 Jul 2013 07:57:32


    Detroit, a city that is a metonym for the American motor industry, has gone bankrupt. Nancy Kaffer, a columnist at the Detroit Free Press newspaper, outlines what has led to the economic difficulties.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    BBC News - #Detroit becomes largest US city to file for bankruptcy
    Loz Kaye
    Loz Kaye @LozKaye tweeted:
    Interesting points being made about Detroit + effect of abandoned buildings on @BBCr4today . UK take note...
  • 19 Jul 2013 07:45:42


    Thought for the Day with the Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

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