A rundown of stories from Tuesday 20 August including programme highlights and comment.
Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
In today’s programme...
With James Naughtie and Evan Davis.
Today's running order
Subject to change
Business news with Simon Jack on news that one of two of the biggest mining companies, Glencore Xstrata, will publish half year figures later.
The Egyptian authorities have detained the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, continuing the round-up of its leaders. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Cairo, and Amr Moussa, former secretary general of the Arab League; founding member of the National Salvation Front, gives his analysis on Egypt's future.
Business news with Simon Jack.
Research from University College London suggests how the performers behave during classical recitals might influence the audience's assessment of their music. Dr Chia Jung Tsay, assistant professor in management science and innovation at the university outlines what the study found.
According to the latest employment figures, more than eight million people in Britain now work part time, a figure that has been growing steadily since the recession began in 2008. The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports.
The debate over fracking has been inflamed by the protests, and arrests, near Balcombe in, Sussex, where Cuadrilla has a test drilling site. The Green MP Caroline Lucas speaks about being arrested by the police on Monday.
The paper review.
The first official photographs of Prince George have been released. The BBC's royal correspondent Nick Witchell reports, and Fiona Rogers, photographer and cultural and education manager at the international photo agency Magnum Photos, discusses the way the pictures were taken.
Thought for the Day with Canon Angela Tilby of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.
Using the Terrorism Act to detain the partner of a Guardian reporter who wrote about US and UK security services was "legally and procedurally sound," Scotland Yard has said. The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Saw outlines the case and Henry Porter, novelist and Observer columnist, gives his analysis.
Labour still leads the Conservatives in the polls, although the lead has been shrinking and throughout the summer there's been a steady stream of criticism of Ed Miliband leadership and the state of the party. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik reports and David Blunkett, senior minister throughout the Blair-Brown years, examines what Labour needs to do to rally support.
The boy band One Direction will be walking down the red carpet later at the premiere of a documentary about their lives, in Leicester Square. The Today programme's Sima Kotecha reports and Hunter Davies, who wrote the only authorised biography of The Beatles, and Ruth Barnes, music reporter on Amazing Radio and BBC 6 Music, discuss whether it is it too early to assess the band's cultural significance.
New figures released by the Chartered Management Institute reveal that female executives are on average given bonuses half the size of those awarded to their male counterparts. Ann Francke, chief executive at the institute, and Louise Peacock, deputy women's editor at the Daily Telegraph discuss the issue.
Business news with Simon Jack.
The regulator of commercial radio, Ofcom, is considering a request to block a big take-over of a British radio station because the media group which has bought it publishes a controversial magazine in Germany. The BBC's Steve Evans reports from Berlin.
The age restrictions on jurors could be lifted under plans announced on Tuesday - with jurors able to serve up to the age of 75. It comes after the retirement age for judges was lowered to 70. Retired Judge John Samuels, and Cheryl Thomas, professor of judicial studies at University College London, debate the efficacy of the change.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said on the programme on Monday that: "What is happening now in the Middle East is the most important event so far of the 21st century, even compared to the financial crisis we have been through and its impact on world affairs." Rosemary Hollis, professor of Middle East politics at City University, and the historian Antony Beevor assess Mr Hague's statement.