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15 Oct 2013 Last updated at 06:10

Tuesday 15 October

With John Humphrys and Sarah Montague.
  • 15 Oct 2013 07:08:31

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business news with Tanya Beckett on reports that US Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a potentially-disastrous default. Plus, the Irish government is set to unveil another round of spending cuts.


    The new chief inspector for adult social care sets out her priorities later - including awarding ratings to every care home by 2016. Steve Sollars, whose son Sam was a resident at Winterbourne View between 2008 and 2010, reflects on the standard of care he received.


    Scotland Yard has said it believes whoever took Madeleine McCann in Portugal six years ago had planned it well in advance. The BBC's Tom Burridge reports.


    Business news with Tanya Beckett on news that the competition regulator has published its report into the Big Four accountancy firms.


    US Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a potentially-disastrous default. North America editor, Mark Mardell, explains the situation from Washington.


    The singer Charlotte Church is the latest singer to complain about the over-sexualisation of young female pop stars. She says that she had first-hand experience of the manipulation that comes from being thrust into the limelight as a child star.


    When the world financial crisis was at its peak, Greece was seen as the greatest threat to the future of the euro and, potentially, to economies around the world because of the knock-on effects. The Today programme's John Humphrys reports that European finance ministers are meeting in Luxembourg later and Greece is not even on the official agenda.


    The paper review.


    The National Theatre is to unveil who will take over from Nicholas Hytner as its new head. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz reports.


    Thought for the Day with Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies at New College, University of Edinburgh.


    While newspapers are reported to be in crisis, the website Buzzfeed has trebled in size in a year, and it is making money. Jonah Peretti, founder and chief executive of Buzzfeed, and Chris Blackhurst, group content editor at the Independent, discuss the website's success.


    Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have said they had an "overwhelming response" to an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme. Mark Williams-Thomas, criminologist, former police detective and child protection expert, gives his analysis on the investigation.


    Hidden cameras and mystery-shopper exercises may form part of a revamped inspection regime for care homes and domiciliary care in England next year. Chief inspector of adult social care, Andrea Sutcliffe, explains the idea.


    Mo Farah may be one of the greatest long distance runners ever, but he still gets pulled aside by US customs every time he goes back to his home in the US.  Mr Farah tells the Today programme's Sarah Montague about what comes with being called Mohammed when he speaks about his autobiography, Twin Ambitions.


    In Syria, the opposition forces are fighting for supremacy. The BBC's Paul Wood reports that several brigades of the Free Syrian Army have gone into alliance with al-Qaeda's Syrian subsidiary and the rest of the leadership of the FSA now believe that they need to defeat the Islamist groups to retain control of the fight against President Assad.


    Business news with Tanya Beckett on news the Chancellor is expected to sign a deal in China which could see a Chinese state company, the Chinese General Nuclear Power Group, invited to become a co-investor in the Hinkley Point reactor in Somerset.


    Six years ago astronomers launched a new "citizen science" project on this programme known as Galaxy Zoo. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden looks at the current craze for involving amateurs in research projects, and asks whether it is real science or just good PR.


    A new book about one US President is causing quite a stir for the current one. Obama, it is said, could learn quite a bit from the president inaugurated 100 years ago this year, Woodrow Wilson. A. Scott Berg, author of Wilson, discusses his book.


    If England beat Poland later they are guaranteed a place in the World Cup in Brazil next June. Daniel Kawczynski, a Conservative MP who came to the UK when he was six, and Alicja Kaczmarek, who and founded the Polish Expats Association, discuss which nation's football the UK's Polish residents should support.


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