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4 Sep 2013 Last updated at 08:34

Wednesday 4 September

With Sarah Montague and Justin Webb
  • 4 Sep 2013 09:33:28

    0850

    A new book, A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s, explores the cultural and political changes that happened under John Major and Tony Blair. The book’s author, Alwyn Turner, and James Brown, founder of Loaded magazine, analyse what the era brought to society.

    Buddy Hell
    No, post-war consensus didn't 'collapse' in 1990s. It was ripped up by Thatcher. Loaded was nadir of decade. #R4Today

     

    0820

    The family of writer Agatha Christie have commissioned author Sophie Hannah to write the next instalment of the famous Poirot series. Matthew Pritchard, Agatha Christie's grandson, explains to the Today programme’s Sarah Montague why the family decided to resurrect the character.

    notanna1AnnaNotaro
    Yippie! MT@BBCr4today: Author Sophie Hannah, a thriller writer, says of new Hercule Poirot novel "I have written a detailed plan.. #r4Today"

    0840

    Fifty years ago this week two Cambridge scientists published a paper that proved the Earth moves horizontally, proof that founded plate tectonics, the grand unifying theory that underpins all modern geology. Dr Roy Livermore, geophysicist at the Open University, explains how these great British scientists are being forgotten.

    Jayarava Attwood
    @BBCr4today Hell yes. Plate techtonics is hugely important. #r4today

    0830

    One of the world's leading economic think tanks, the OECD, has doubled its forecast for Britain's growth this year. Rachel Reeves, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the treasury, and David Gaulke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, evaluate the findings.

    Sam Sussex
    Rachel Reeves says #Labour wants Councils to pay their employees a #Living Wage, presumably funded by an increase in Council Tax #r4today
    Susan Thorne
    #r4today a living wage is most important to a fair and better society.

    0750

    People in receipt of benefits (excluding pensioners, the sick, carers) should, after two years, have to do 30 hours of community service a week or get their benefits cut entirely, according to a report for the Taxpayers' Alliance. Chris Philp, author of the report, and Joanna Long, member of the campaign group Boycott Workfare, debate the plans.

    Emma Ritch
    Joanna Long from @boycottworkfare was excellent up against Taxpayers Alliance on #r4today. Continue to be bemused that TPA taken seriously.
    Ted
    Ted @notBloss tweeted:
    The Taxpayers' Alliance need to start paying tax before they lecture the rest of us about putting benefit claimants on workfare. #r4today
    J Warner
    #r4today #taxpayersalliance don't care about winning arguments. They just want to divert our attention from the real culprits.

    0810

    President Barack Obama has won backing from key US political figures on his plans for a military strike on Syria. The Today programme’s Justin Webb is in Washington, and has been speaking to former senator Richard Lugar and Congressman Kurt Schrader.

    Jayarava Attwood
    @BBCr4today Not the first time USA has interfered in Syria! 1949, 1957. What's changed? #r4today
    Simon Drage
    America may have done "more than it's fair share of boots on the ground" sadly peace doean't always result from this see Iraq #R4Today
    Dave Robinson
    Perhaps a UN resolution that further use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated? #justsaying #R4Today #commonsense

    0712

    Security at UK borders is being compromised because staff are under pressure to reduce queues at passport control, according to of the National Audit Office, which examined the performance of the Border Force. The director of the National Audit Office, Louise Bladen, discusses the findings.

    Steve Brooks
    #r4today Having laid off border agency staff the government is surprised to find fewer workers = less work done.

    0750

    People in receipt of benefits (excluding pensioners, the sick, carers) should, after two years, have to do 30 hours of community service a week or get their benefits cut entirely, according to a report for the Taxpayers' Alliance. Chris Philp, author of the report, and Joanna Long, member of the campaign group Boycott Workfare, debate the plans.

    Ozoda
    Ozoda @OzodaM tweeted:
    You will not help people find jobs or improve their well-being by humiliating them #communityservice #R4Today
    JozaBoza
    JozaBoza @JozaBoza tweeted:
    @BBCr4today Thanks for that Joanna Long - community service is degrading? I'll just stop volunteering now shall I? #r4today
    David Hendy
    #r4today If the "community" has work that needs to be done then why not pay people a living wage to do it? TPA want pool of slave labour.
    PersonsRepublicofIan
    #r4today Working in food banks for free in exchange for dole money. Welcome to life in the world's 6th richest country (IMF, 2012).
    Ozoda
    Ozoda @OzodaM tweeted:
    You will not help people find jobs or improve their well-being by humiliating them #communityservice #R4Today
    John Coventry
    What I don't get about workfare is that if there's 30hrs a week of work to be done why can't they pay a living wage for it? #r4today
    Mel Gomes
    I am sure @BBCr4today know, but like most taxpayers, the odious Taxpayers Alliance doesn't speak for me. #r4today

    0741

    2013 is set to be a “mast year”, where nature decides to produce a bumper crop of conkers, acorns, beechnuts, blackberries and a wide variety of other forest fruits and seeds. The Today programme’s science correspondent Tom Feilden reports.

    Rick Jones
    Isn't seed/nut/fruit production related to the pollination/setting conditions here it wasn't windy when they were in blossom? #R4Today
    M E B
    Tom Feilden was right about the bumper year for #acorns . #r4Today . Masses on the oaks in the #newforest @bbcr4today.

    0733

    President Barack Obama has won backing from key US political figures on his plans for a military strike on Syria. The Today programme’s Justin Webb is in Washington, and he spoke to former US secretary of state Dr Henry Kissinger about the latest developments.

    Andy
    Andy @soukici tweeted:
    I'm always slightly amazed that Henry Kissinger is still alive. He's such an historical figure. #R4Today

    0615

    Business news with Simon Jack, including a new report which suggests there is no lending crisis for small businesses.

     

    0709

    The Associated Press have interviewed the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin about Syria and other issues. The BBC's Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford reports.

     

    0712

    Security at UK borders is being compromised because staff are under pressure to reduce queues at passport control, according to of the National Audit Office, which examined the performance of the Border Force. The director of the National Audit Office, Louise Bladen, discusses the findings.

     

    0716

    Business news with Simon Jack

     

    0720

    The French National Assemby will debate military action in Syria amid growing calls for a vote, as in Britain and the US. The BBC's Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from Paris.

     

    0723

    For the first time scientists have established a timeline for the origins of ancient Egyptian civilisation. Dr Michael Dee, from the research laboratory for Archaeology at the University of Oxford, is lead author of the report.

     

    0733

    President Barack Obama has won backing from key US political figures on his plans for a military strike on Syria. The Today programme’s Justin Webb is in Washington, and he spoke to former US secretary of state Dr Henry Kissinger about the latest developments.

     

    0738

    The paper review

     

    0741

    2013 is set to be a “mast year”, where nature decides to produce a bumper crop of conkers, acorns, beechnuts, blackberries and a wide variety of other forest fruits and seeds. The Today programme’s science correspondent Tom Feilden reports.

     

    0747

    Thought For The Day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

     

    0750

    People in receipt of benefits (excluding pensioners, the sick, carers) should, after two years, have to do 30 hours of community service a week or get their benefits cut entirely, according to a report for the Taxpayers' Alliance. Chris Philp, author of the report, and Joanna Long, member of the campaign group Boycott Workfare, debate the plans.

     

    0810

    President Barack Obama has won backing from key US political figures on his plans for a military strike on Syria. The Today programme’s Justin Webb is in Washington, and has been speaking to former senator Richard Lugar and Congressman Kurt Schrader.

     

    0820

    The family of writer Agatha Christie have commissioned author Sophie Hannah to write the next instalment of the famous Poirot series. Matthew Pritchard, Agatha Christie's grandson, explains to the Today programme’s Sarah Montague why the family decided to resurrect the character.

     

    0830

    One of the world's leading economic think tanks, the OECD, has doubled its forecast for Britain's growth this year. Rachel Reeves, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the treasury, and David Gaulke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, evaluate the findings.

     

    0840

    Fifty years ago this week two Cambridge scientists published a paper that proved the Earth moves horizontally, proof that founded plate tectonics, the grand unifying theory that underpins all modern geology. Dr Roy Livermore, geophysicist at the Open University, explains how these great British scientists are being forgotten.

     

    0842

    Business with Simon Jack

     

    0845

    President Barack Obama has won backing from key US political figures on his plans for a military strike on Syria. Major General Eitan Ben Eliahu, former head of the Israeli air force, considers how Israel may react if dragged into the Syria conflict.

     

    0850

    A new book, A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s, explores the cultural and political changes that happened under John Major and Tony Blair. The book’s author, Alwyn Turner, and James Brown, founder of Loaded magazine, analyse what the era brought to society.

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