Paddington creator Michael Bond talks to Today
In today's programme
With Sarah Montague and John Humphrys.
Labour state they would get rid of the spare room subsidy, what they call the bedroom tax, if successful in the next election. The BBC's political correspondent Ben Wright reports.
The people of Germany go to the polls tomorrow to vote for their next Chancellor. The outcome will play an important part in British politics, as David Cameron tries to renegotiate our relationship with the European Union. The BBC’s Berlin correspondent Steve Evans reports.
Serving cabinet ministers and other experienced politicians share their secrets and recall moments when they wish they had done things differently, in a new radio 4 documentary to be broadcast tonight. Anne McElvoy, presenter of the programme, will discuss the revelations she heard.
Maria Damanaki, the Greek EU Commissioner says the Greek government is under-estimating the seriousness of the rise of the "Neo Nazi" Golden Dawn Party. Ms Damanaki joins the Today Programme's John Humphrys to voice her concerns.
Labour will confirm today that it will get rid of the spare room subsidy, if the party won the next election. Hillary Benn, shadow secretary for Communities & Local Government, analyses the proposed changes.
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Yesterday the Today programme asked listeners for ideas of what might show whether the economy is starting to recover. One suggestion was the demand for shoes to be re-soled. Lee French, a cobbler for 26 years, explains how he's benefitting from the economic downturn.
The Niqab, a muslim face veil, has been in the news of late including a court ruling over whether a defendant could wear it in court or not, and a Home Office minister calling for a national debate. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik reports.
The UKIP annual conference, which began yesterday, has so far been overshadowed by remarks by the party's defence spokesman Godfrey Bloom, when he referred to women derogatively. The UKIP leader Nigel Farage discusses the party's conference.
To commemorate retailer Laura Ashley's 60th anniversary, the Bowes Museum in County Durham are hosting an exhibition, featuring 93 classic Laura Ashley dresses from the first half of the 1970s. The BBC's entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson reports.
Reports suggest that it's inevitable that Angela Merkel will win the election. The BBC's Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from the Chancellor's final rally in Berlin. Stefan Kornelius, Ms.Merkel's authorised biographer, explains why he thinks she will succeed.
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This week, the Metropolitan Police arrested four Britons returning from Syria suspected of terrorism offences. Paul Wood, the BBC's Middle East correspondent, reports.
On Thursday's Today programme, horror writer Stephen King told the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz that he can't remember the last time he heard anyone scream at a horror film. Rosie Fletcher, associate editor at Total Film, and David Holmes, senior lecturer in psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, debate if it's now harder to scare the public through film.
Gordon Brown's one time spin doctor Damian McBride has revealed in his memoirs that he routinely used smear campaigns against cabinet ministers, during Brown's bid to replace Tony Blair as premier. Michael Cockerell, broadcaster and journalist, and Professor Lin Foxhall, professor of Greek archaeology and history at University of Leicester, analyse Mr McBride's revelations.