Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
In today's programme
With Evan Davis in London and James Naughtie in Edinburgh.
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Today's running order
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Business news with Tanya Beckett. With one year to go until the Scottish referendum, the economy could be the key issue that influences voters.
A year from today voters in Scotland will take part in a referendum which will ask them the straight question: Should Scotland be an independent country? Alistair Darling, chairman of the Better Together campaign, debates the future governance of the country.
The Health Select Committee will today give their response to the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire hospital. Dr Anna Smajdor, lecturer in ethics at the University of East Anglia, argues the dangers of focusing on compassion.
Business news with Tanya Beckett
A year from today voters in Scotland take part in a referendum to decide whether the country will be independent or not. The Today programme's James Naughtie looks back at the life of Sir Walter Scott, a writer who more or less invented the historical novel and was fervent in his 'Scottishness.'
For the first time in the history of the UK, 16-year-olds are going to have a vote, thanks to a decision by the Scottish Parliament. The Today programme's James Naughtie met some youngsters from Scotland who discussed their views on independence.
The paper review.
Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.
Today is the second and final day of the rate-setting committee of the Federal Reserve. Pippa Malmgren, founder of Principalis Asset Management, Megan Greene, chief economist at Maverick Intelligence, debate the future of the US economy.
The campaign that's going to gather speed in Scotland over the next months will one day be an important part of our history. Joining the Today programme's James Naughtie live in Edinburgh, is Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister in the SNP Scottish government.
Sir David Attenborough's new TV series will start on Friday, where he will follow the evolution of land-based mammals through 500 million years. Speaking to the Today programme's Evan Davis, David Attenborough explains how the series will be his first ever to be filmed in China.
More than 30 people have been arrested as part of a major investigation into the sexual exploitation of children and young people in Northern Ireland. The BBC ran a documentary about this subject in 2011. Chris Buckler, creator of that documentary, and David Ford, Northern Ireland's Justice Minister, discuss the recent arrests.
The German election campaign is in its final week, with opinion polls suggesting that Angela Merkel should win, although there are still question marks about what kind of coalition she might be able to form. The BBC's Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports.
Business with Tanya Beckett
Iranians have enjoyed direct access to Facebook and Twitter this week, they had been blocked for four years and it's now suddenly returned. Amir Paivar, correspondent at the BBC Persian Service, reports.
A year from today voters in Scotland will take part in a referendum which will ask them the straight question: Should Scotland be an independent country? Folk singer Karine Polwart and crime writer Val McDermid debate how independence would affect Scotland's culture.