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News and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Yesterday in Parliament, Weather, Thought for the Day.

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Fri 25 Oct 2013 06:00

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In today’s programme...

With John Humphrys and Evan Davis.

  • 25 Oct 2013 06:58:47


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

  • 25 Oct 2013 06:53:05

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business with Simon Jack including news that later a report will show how the economy did between July and September. It is expected to have grown for a third quarter in a row - the first time that's happened since 2011. Plus, the Today programme's Friday bosses are Kari Owers, managing director of OPR PR agency in Newcastle, Noel Ruane, chief executive of Manchester's Fremont Consulting, and Christopher Nieper, managing director of clothing manufacturers David Nieper who are based near Derby.



    France and Germany want to hold talks with the US by the end of the year to settle a row over spying, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. The BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports and Lord West, security advisor to former prime minister Gordon Brown, gives his reaction.



    Business news with Simon Jack on news of whether the economic recovery is the right sort of recovery. Simon reports from a café on east London's so-called Silicon Roundabout, the hub of London's tech industry.



    In the midst of the on-going political furore over soaring energy bills, Public Health England is today urging people to use their heating this winter - and to turn the thermostat up to 21C in rooms like the living room which are occupied during the day. The Today programme examines what the right temperature is for a home.



    A senior al-Shabab commander who was the target of an abortive raid by US special forces spent time in the UK, the BBC has learned. The BBC's East Africa correspondent reports.



    Plebgate and Hillsborough are thought to have undermined public trust in the police. The BBC's Mike Thomson hears from youths at a Kids Company meeting to hear their views on the police, and Shaun Bailey, community worker and former government adviser, and Irene Curtis, president of the Superintendents Association, discuss the public’s trust in the police.



    The paper review.



    Researchers working with 'silent' child patients at a children's hospital in Toronto have developed a programme which creates music which "translates real-time autonomic nervous system signals including heart and breathing rates and skin temperature, into musical sounds". Stefanie Blain-Moraes, engineer and musician, outlines the research.



    Thought for the Day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of St James Piccadilly.



    Workers at the Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical plant  will probably learn today if the owners will agree to re-open the site, the Unite union having accepted a restructuring plan which it had previously thrown out. The Today programme's James Naughtie reports from the plant.



    France and Germany have announced they are to seek new rules for intelligence co-operation with the United States after their dispute with Washington about spying. The BBC's Frank Gardener reports and Kurt Volker, former US ambassador to NATO 2008-2009, examines news that US intelligence agencies may have been monitoring the mobile phone of the German Chancellor.



    Fuel poverty campaigners have written to Prime Minister David Cameron demanding cross-party action on the "national crisis" of cold homes. Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at Public Health England, explains his concerns.



    France and Germany want to hold talks with the US by the end of the year to settle a row over spying, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister, gives his reaction to the claims that US intelligence agencies have been monitoring phone calls.



    The BBC's 100 Women season closes today - with a conference at Broadcasting House. Kamila Shamsie, UK Pakistani author; Liliane Landor, the controller of the BBC's language services; and Cherie Blair, human rights barrister and of the Cherie Blair Foundation, discuss women's empowerment.



    Business news with Simon Jack.



    It is a year to the day since the news that ash dieback had been found in Britain's native woodland was officially confirmed. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the status quo of the ash dieback.

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