Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
In today's programme...
With Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague.
PapersHere's a round-up of this morning's newspaper headlines:
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Business news with Simon Jack on news that the partial shutdown of government is into its tenth day and the deadline for raising the debt ceiling - the amount the federal government can borrow to pay its bills - is just a week away. Plus, news that Royal Mail's shares will be priced at 330p, valuing the whole of Royal Mail at £3.3bn, the BBC has learned.
The BBC has learned that Royal Mail shares will be priced at 330 pence when they go on sale - the maximum possible under the terms of the flotation. The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston gives his analysis.
Researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Unit, who last year identified a major pathway leading to brain cell death in mice, have used an orally-administered compound to block the pathway, and prevented neuro-degeneration. Professor Giovanna Mallucci, neurologist at the University of Leicester who led the research, outlines what the study found.
Business news with Simon Jack.
For the first time in a few years the police service of Northern Ireland is recruiting. Andy Martin, the BBC's Belfast correspondent, reports.
The Home Secretary Theresa May told the Conservative Party conference last week that she would make it harder for illegal immigrants to appeal against deportation. The BBC's home affairs editor Mark Easton reports.
The United States has completed a review of its military aid to Egypt, sparked by the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi back in July. Aaron David Miller, a former adviser in the US State Department, and Ayman Salama, a retired general in the Egyptian army, give their reaction to the news.
The paper review.
It is "Super Thursday" in the publishing world - the day when publishing houses put out some of their best titles for the Christmas market. Will Gompertz, the BBC's arts editor, examines whether there is still a place for big releases of in print in a market increasingly dominated by e-books.
Thought for the Day with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner, dean and fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
The last major deployment of British troops in Afghanistan take over from their colleagues today, and when they leave in six to nine months’ time it will pretty much be the end of Britain's involvement in the country. Dr Margaret Evison, whose son, Mark, was killed on patrol in Afghanistan in 2009, reflects on the campaign.
New immigration laws to deter illegal immigrants from coming to the UK will be announced by the Home Secretary today. Paquita de Zulueta, a GP who has worked in the NHS for 30 years, and Home Secretary Theresa May discuss the new tougher laws that will be put into place.
Some of the biggest firms in the construction industry have said that they will set up a fund to compensate workers who were blacklisted from working on building sites. The BBC’s Industry correspondent John Moylan explains how the blacklist was uncovered following a raid by the Information Commissioner's Office in 2009.
The last sizeable British force to go to Helmand in southern Afghanistan begin their deployment late. Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn who was with the very first patrol in Helmand in January 2006 and has been there almost every year since, reports on what Britain will leave behind.
It is "Super Thursday" in the publishing world - the day when publishing houses put out some of their best titles for the Christmas market. Waterstones' chief executive, James Daunt, and Alex Heminsley, the author and critic, discuss how much life remains in the market for the traditional paper book
Business news with Simon Jack.
What makes a good spin doctor - reat negotiation skills, a strong character and a well-fitting suit? Former spin doctor Lance Price and actor Pilou Asbaek, who plays the troubled spin doctor Kasper Juul in the Danish political drama Borgen, discuss the art of relaying political rhetoric.
There is a book being published today about what atheists can learn from the practice of religious faith. Author of the book, Matthew Kneale, and co-founder of the Sunday assembly A Godless Congregation, Pippa Evans, discuss whether learning about religion encourages a celebration of the richness of religious belief.