Today, 27/07/2013 In today's programme

27 Jul 2013 Last updated at 08:51

Saturday 27 July

There's been serious violence in Egypt during the night. Spanish police are still trying to talk to the driver of the train that crashed, killing 78 people. And remembering the cultural Olympiad.
  • 27 Jul 2013 09:01:03


    This week the royal baby was born, named and photographed by the world's media. But on Monday, after Kensington Place had announced that the Princess of Cambridge had gone into labour, the media had little to report until his birth nine hours later. Gyles Brandreth, writer and broadcaster, and Jennie Bond, television presenter and former BBC royal correspondent, discuss the art of filling for time.

  • 27 Jul 2013 09:00:08


    The latest economic figures suggest that the UK may well be on the path to a recovery, of sorts. What does that mean for the politicians making their plans for the 2015 election?  Lord Norman Lamont, former chancellor, and Deborah Mattinson, co-founder of Britain Thinks and a former pollster to Gordon Brown, discuss.

  • 27 Jul 2013 08:38:51


    Clashes in Egypt between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and those of the new government have left at least two people dead in Alexandria, with reports of about a dozen people injured in Cairo, according to state media. General Sameh Saif Al-Yazal, director of the Egyptian Institute for Strategic Studies, and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, consider the current unrest in Egypt.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    The violence has to stop in Egypt otherwise this is all going to get a lot worse says UK Foreign Minister @AlistairBurtFCO #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Army snipers in #Cairo were ‘on the rooftops picking protesters off… blood is everywhere’ Muslim Brotherhood's Gehad El-Haddad #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    #Egypt Muslim Brotherhood supporters are killing between 15 and 20 people every day says retired General Sameh Seif-Elyazal #r4today
  • 27 Jul 2013 08:36:14


    Some of the world's largest online search engines are considering options for countering child pornography on the internet. John Carr, member of the executive board of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety, explains the options.

  • 27 Jul 2013 08:17:20


    One year on from the London 2012 Olympics, many are looking back to its legacy, but what is the legacy of its arts strand - the Cultural Olympiad? BBC arts correspondent David Sillito explains the Cultural Olympiad's role in the Olympics and Ruth Mackenzie, former Director of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad, explains her view of the Olympics' arts legacy.

    Herluin Capelle
    Ruth Mckenzie: Cultural Olympiad "put Hadrian's Wall back on the map" Really!!!! When did it go missing? #r4today @BBCr4today
    @BBCr4today As expected @ruthmackenzie namesThe Proms, Hockney, Emin and Radio1 weekend, all of which would have happened anyway #waste
    Patricia C Byron
    Rather loved #DavidLee's rant on @BBCr4today on the opportunity which was wastedin the Cultural Olympics Spot on Mr Lee #thejackdaw
  • 27 Jul 2013 08:06:26


    The latest economic figures suggest that the UK may well be on the path to a recovery, of sorts. Deborah Hey-Smith, a former teacher, and Camile Ade-John, who runs a social enterprise, spoke to the Today programme in a panel in Birmingham about the economy in 2012 and return to the programme to speak about whether their situations have changed.

  • 27 Jul 2013 07:46:58


    Malians are set to go to the polls on 28 July to vote in presidential elections, which are considered crucial for the West African nation's return to constitutional rule and stability. It is hoped the elections will end months of political crisis which started when soldiers overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure in March 2012, allowing separatist rebels and Islamist militants to seize the north of the country. Foreign correspondent Alex Duval-Smith reports from Mali and Rokia Traore, a Malian singer and songwriter, explains her view of the situation.
  • 27 Jul 2013 07:40:15


    Sunday will mark 80 years since Sheila Borrett appeared on the BBC as the first female national radio announcer. A large number of complaints prompted her departure after just three months. Dr Kate Murphy, Senior lecturer at the media school at Bournemouth University and a former producer at Radio 4's Women's Hour, examines the momentous event in broadcast history.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's Dr Kate Murphy from Bournemouth Uni who came in to talk about pioneering BBC announcer Sheila Borrett #r4today
  • 27 Jul 2013 07:38:04


    Westminster Council has been trying to deal with Romanian Roma rough sleepers who it says are abusing EU rules by coming back soon after being moved on from the Marble Arch area of London. The Romanian authorities are sending eight police officers in September to help the Metropolitan Police with enforcement. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik reports.

  • 27 Jul 2013 07:35:00


    The cost of insurance - which has been shooting up over the years - is starting to come down. Restrictions on whiplash claims are thought to be one of the reasons behind a sharp drop in the cost of car insurance premiums. Edmund King, president of the AA, explains the impact of government reforms on the insurance industry and its effects for consumers.

    Magapanthus Smith
    @BBCr4today: BBC News - Car insurance prices 'falling at record rate'” But doubled since 2007
    colette hall
    @BBCr4today @EvanHD my car insurance down to <£900 from >£2000 last year - 19 yr old son accounts for most of it
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