Today, 23/10/2013 Live

23 Oct 2013 Last updated at 09:11

Wednesday 23 October

With Justin Webb and James Naughtie.
  • 23 Oct 2013 10:09:46


    Listen to clips from this morning's programme below:

  • 23 Oct 2013 08:10:53

    Tour de France: BBC Leeds vs Kraftwerk 

    Later today the route of the Tour de France for next year will be unveiled. The Grand Depart is from Leeds on July 5 - but the full route will be unveiled until the press conference at 11:00. BBC Leeds wanted to help organisers with its own adaptation of the classic Kraftwerk track, Tour de France.
  • 23 Oct 2013 07:43:00


    Frances Quinn has won the fourth series of the Great British Bake off, over Ruby Tandoh and Kimberly Wilson. Ms Quinn explains how it feels to have won and the judges pretzels baked by the Today programme's presenters.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's the #GBBO winner, who declared sports reporter Garry Richardson the winner of the #r4today bake off:
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's our Business presenter @simonjacktoday with the pretzels he baked for this morning's show #GBBO

    Here's our sports reporter Garry Richardson with the pretzels he's baked for this morning's show:

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's how Garry's pretzels turned out #GBBO #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's our sports reporter Garry Richardson baking pretzels for the #GBBO winner to taste this morning #r4today
  • 23 Oct 2013 07:02:31


    Here's a round-up of this morning's newspaper headlines:

  • 23 Oct 2013 06:57:23

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business with Simon Jack including news that in July the city of Detroit became the largest city in the US to file for bankruptcy, and now a hearing is taking place in the city to determine whether the it can legally declare itself bankrupt and whether doing so would violate its constitutional obligation to protect public pensions. Plus the BBC's social affairs correspondent reports that the cap on the total amount of money that a family can get in benefits does not necessarily save taxpayers money. 



    The chartered institute for housing has said that taxpayers are not, on first evidence, making savings as a result of the benefits cap. The BBC's home editor Mark Easton reports.



    Business with Simon Jack including news that last week figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that UK house prices are at record highs.



    In today's British Medical Journal, Julian Savulescu, director of the Institute for Science and Ethics at Oxford University, argues that rather than banning performance enhancing drugs in sport, we should regulate their use. Mr Savulescu and Nicole Cooke, road race champion at the Beijing Olympics, debates the use of drugs in sport.



    Scientists have confirmed that gold is found in the leaves of some plants, research in the journal Nature Communications in Australia has said. Dr Mel Lintern, from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, explains the findings.



    In an exclusive interview, BBC Radio Five Live's Richard Conway hears from Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president.



    The Affordable Care Act, which is meant to lead to all Americans having health insurance, including the poor and those with pre-existing conditions, is President Obama's signature reform. From Washington, the BBC's Nick Bryant explains that if it works President Obama will go down in history as the man who changed America.  



    The paper review.



    Frances Quinn has won the fourth series of the Great British Bake off, over Ruby Tandoh and Kimberly Wilson. Ms Quinn explains how it feels to have won and the judges pretzels baked by the Today programme's presenters.



    Thought for the Day with Lord Singh, director of the Network of Sikh organisations.



    Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has called for an emergency tax on the profits of the UK's top energy firms. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson reports and Peter Lilley, former social security secretary, gives his analysis.



    Three police chief constables are to face MPs later over their forces' roles in the "plebgate" affair. Nick Herbert, the police minister until last year, gives his reaction to the news.



    Sir Harold Evans, the former editor of the Sunday Times and then The Times, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Media Society later. Sir Harold Evans reflects on his career.



    The first term at a new Afghan officer academy begins today in Kabul. The BBC's David Loyn reports from Afghan the capital.



    One of the government's key welfare reforms, a cap on the overall amount that households can receive in benefits, may not achieve the savings that ministers expect according to the Chartered Institute of Housing. Grainia Long, the chief executive of the institute, and Mark Penning, minister at the Department of Work and Pensions, debate whether the scheme is working.



    It's day seven of Australia's bushfire crisis and the authorities say weather conditions have the potential to bring widespread destruction to the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. The Today programme hears that the Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks about the fires in a radio interview, dismissing an assessment by the United Nations that the fires are linked to climate change.



    The operator of the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant is due to make an announcement on the site's future. The BBC's Colin Blane reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack on news that six out of ten women have said they have been sexually harassed at work. 



    A devout Christian is appearing at the Court of Appeal today to argue for her right to observe the Sabbath and not work on a Sunday. Celestina Mba, a residential care worker who looks after children with autism, gives her view that an employer has a duty to "reasonable accommodate" an employee's Christian beliefs.



    A rare sea creature believed to have inspired centuries of speculation about a mariner's sea serpent has washed up on the coast of California - for the second time in a week. From California, the BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.



    Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has called for an emergency tax on the profits of the UK's top energy firms. Isabel Hardman, editor of the Spectator's Coffee House blog, and Michael White, assistant editor at the Guardian, discuss John Major's speech that he made on Tuesday.

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