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3 Sep 2013 Last updated at 10:32

Tuesday 3 September

With James Naughtie and Sarah Montague
  • 3 Sep 2013 06:55:34


    Business news with Simon Jack, including why Microsoft is buying Nokia.



    The number of people who have now fled the fighting in Syria has reached two million, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency. Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the UN High Commission for Refugees, discusses the current situation.



    Today is the second reading of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trades Union Administration Bill, which aims to bring greater transparency to politics. The Today programme’s correspondent Tom Bateman reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack



    In Washington, the Obama administration is lobbying to secure domestic support for action in the Syrian crisis. The Today programme’s Justin Webb, and the Congress correspondent of the New York Times, Jonathan Weismann, evaluate the situation.



    Nearly half the primary school districts in England will be short of places for pupils two years from now, according to local authorities. Bob Garton, head of Gascoigne Primary in Barking, east London, and Councillor David Simmonds, chair of the LGA's children and young people board, debate the issue.



    The newspaper review.



    In Washington, the Obama administration is lobbying to secure domestic support for action in the Syrian crisis. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.



    The broadcaster, David Jacobs, has died at the age of 87. His career spanned 60 years, during which he presented some of the most popular series on radio and television, including Jukebox Jury. BBC Radio 2's Tony Blackburn pays tribute.



    Thought For The Day is from Reverend Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.



    A new bill is being proposed in Parliament today to create greater transparency in lobbying. Joining the Today programme’s Sarah Montague are Andrew Lansley, Leader of the House of Commons, and Alexandra Runswick, director of the pressure group Unlock Democracy.



    The number of Syrian refugees who have fled abroad has passed the threshold of two million, and with no sign of the exodus ending, the BBC’s foreign correspondent James Reynolds, reports from Hatay, which is just across the border in Turkey.



    The parking bays under the new “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper in the City of London have had to be suspended, after someone's car melted under its reflection. The Today programme’s science correspondent Tom Feilden reports. Jonathan Glancey, an architecture critic and writer, shares his opinion about the skyscraper.



    The number of people who are working part-time is rising. There are now eight million in Britain, a figure that has been growing steadily since the start of the recession in 2008. Nicola Smith, chief economist at the TUC, and Emma Stewart, director of the Timewise Foundation, evaluate the findings.



    Business news with Simon Jack



    The Office of National Statistics has started a consultation on whether the census should change or be scrapped completely, or should the population be monitored in other ways. Professor Jane Falkingham, director for the centre for population change, analyses the future of the census.



    An American swimmer Diana Nyad has swum from Cuba to Florida, the first person to do so without a protective shark cage. Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE, a long distance swimmer, discusses the dangers faced by the swimmer, including jellyfish and stingrays.



    The announcement earlier this summer that NHS Direct is to withdraw from the 111 urgent care phoneline in England has raised questions about competitive tendering and fragmentation in the health service. The BBC's health correspondent Jane Dreaper reports.

Arctic Diaries

Arctic Diaries

From the leader of the Polar Ocean Challenge, an expedition circumnavigating the Arctic.

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Five diaries

An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.