Today, 24/07/2013 In today's programme

24 Jul 2013 Last updated at 15:35

Wednesday 24 July

plans put in place to relieve pressure on A&E units in England are not good enough, MPs have said. There's concern about the effect of the hot weather on our forests. And could human beings realistically land on Mars?
  • 24 Jul 2013 08:58:21


    Our editors today were Sarah Nelson and Monica Soriano. Coming up next on Radio 4: Sir Jonathan Sacks asks What's the point of The Chief Rabbi? Have a good morning.

  • 24 Jul 2013 08:57:03


    The Design Museum in London has an exhibition devoted to technology and to the current impact of technology on design and manufacturing. Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, and Juliet Gardiner, a social historian,  discuss how keen we are to embrace new technology in our daily lives.

  • 24 Jul 2013 09:00:51


    The former governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King has accepted a post as visiting professor at New York University's Stern School of business. Pippa Malmgren, founder of Principalis, and Danny Blanchflower, economist and professor at Dartmouth College, discuss the appeal of US academia for high profile Brits.

  • 24 Jul 2013 08:48:57


    Beyonce soldiered through a concert in Montreal after her hair got caught in a fan. Neil McCormick, chief music critic at the the Daily Telegraph, and Gemma Cairney, radio presenter and former fashion stylist, reflect on other concert disasters.

    LISTEN to the discussion:
    Gemma Cairney
    @BBCr4today @BBCRadio4 @neil_mccormick that was fun, a morning tickle. Do look up Katy Perry's #concertfail with the cake. It's intense!
  • 24 Jul 2013 08:36:33


    The Government needs to recognise that the current system of calculating the local government finance settlement is deeply unfair to rural areas, Anne McIntosh, the chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, has said. Sir Barney White-Spunner, executive chair of the Countryside Alliance, and Alexandra Jones, chief executive of the Centre for Cities, debate whether those who live in rural areas are being treated unfairly.

    Alexandra Jones
    Enjoyed being on @BBCr4today at 8.30 talking about the Rural Communities report out today, listen again here"
  • 24 Jul 2013 08:24:35


    Scientists at Imperial College London have designed a concept mission to land astronauts on Mars. Professor Tom Pike, who led the design team, explains that the plan envisages a three-person crew journeying to Mars aboard a small two-part craft.

    Conor O'Loughlin
    Cost of getting to Mars "astronomical" - excuse the pun. Prof Tom Pike on @BBCr4today
  • 24 Jul 2013 08:18:36


    A cross-party committee of MPs has questioned whether NHS hospital emergency departments in England are sufficiently prepared for the pressures of next winter, with a warning that demand could become unsustainable if action is not taken quickly. Dr Clifford Mann, an A&E consultant and president of the royal college of emergency medicine, and Barbara Hakin, chief operating officer of NHS England, discuss the current issues with A&E services.

    norman smith
    Head of NHS England Dame Barbara Hakin says "real difficulty in persuading young doctors" to work in A and E @bbcr4today
  • 24 Jul 2013 07:47:48


    As we bask in a heatwave, ecologists say they have discovered that the great drought of 1976 caused permanent changes to forests. The BBC's Sian Llloyd reports and Professor Alistair Jump examines the possible impact that the heatwave could have on forests in the UK.

    Rhys Goode
    When you realise that @BBCr4today piece on wood is far more interesting that the whole BBC's coverage of #royalbaby over the last two days.
    Selina Stephen
    @BBCr4today Beech trees have trouble in droughts because their roots are so much shallower than other trees... Should mention!
  • 24 Jul 2013 07:57:27


    The film adaptation of  the TV series Alan Partridge will premiere in Norwich today. Caroline Jarrold, who chairs Visit Norwich, explains how does the city feels about being associated with a fictional failing broadcaster who lives in a Travel Tavern.

    Viv MacDonald
    Such warm affection for Norwich on @BBCr4today from Caroline Jarrold. It really is a Fine City.
    Mark Robinson
    Great to hear @BBCr4today discussing the pedestrianisation of Norwich #partridgepremiere
  • 24 Jul 2013 07:55:15


    Sarah and Justin take a look at this morning's newspaper headlines.

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