Today, 28/10/2013 In today’s programme...

28 Oct 2013 Last updated at 07:18

Monday 28 October

With James Naughtie and Evan Davis.
  • 28 Oct 2013 07:00:53

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business news with Simon Jack. A group of economists from EY, formerly Ernst & Young, have found that the economy is growing, but is it the right sort of growth?



    The worst storm in five years is forecast to hit England and Wales on Monday morning. "St Jude" is expected to bring heavy rain, high winds and the threat of flooding and travel chaos. Paul Davies, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office analyses what we know so far.



    The British security firm, G4S, has been accused of "shocking abuses" at one of South Africa's most dangerous prisons. The authorities have temporarily taken over the running of Mangaung prison, the BBC's Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports. 



    Business news with Simon Jack.



    US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has died at the age of 71.  The BBC's arts correspondent Colin Paterson looks back at his life.



    Countrywide violence in Iraq, often fuelled by sectarian divisions between Shia and Sunni Muslims, has reached its highest level since 2008. Almost 1,000 people were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in September alone, according to the UN. The former Iraqi prime minister, Dr Ayad Allawi gives his assessment of the current situation.



    The paper review.



    There are warnings of rush-hour travel disruption as the worst storm in five years is forecast to hit England and Wales. Paul Watters, head of roads and transport policy at the AA and Robin Gisby, managing director for network operations at Network Rail with the latest travel development updates.



    Thought for the Day with Rev Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College at Durham University.



    The Chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, which advises the Financial Conduct Authority, says that too much time is spent getting hysterical about the evils of payday loans and ignoring other issues with the credit card industry. Sue Lewis explains her defence of payday loans.



    St Jude, the worst storm in five years, was forecast to hit England and Wales last night. The Met Office warned of winds gusting up to 80mph in southern Britain, although the storm is expected to pass quickly. BBC Correspondents around the UK report on the impact of the storm and we get the latest from those who have been affected.



    US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has died at the age of 71. The bassist Herbie Flowers, a session musician on the song Perfect Day and music journalist Charles Shaar Murray look back over his influential career.



    According to the last British Crime Survey, anti-social behaviour is falling. There has been a 30% reduction in anti-social behaviour but public perception of its prevalence remains high. Deputy Chief Constable Simon Edens outlines his view that while anti-social behaviour has a broad remit, it's important people don't become "intolerant to normal child-like behaviour".



    Business news with Simon Jack.



    According to Tony Blair, in order to bring warring parties together you have to genuinely understand why they feel as strongly as they do. Can having a greater degree of empathy lead to success in peacemaking? Roman Krznaric, author of ‘Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution’ and Martti Ahtisaari is a former President of Finland and Founder of Crisis Management Initiative discuss the role of empathy.



    Business news with Simon Jack.



    Amid sectarian bombings and tensions across Iraq, the regional government of Kurdistan is gradually strengthening its autonomy, issuing its own visas and exploiting its own oil and gas reserves. A century after they lost out at the Treaty of Versailles, are the Kurdish people moving towards the old dream of independence? The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly investigates.



    Gardening, DIY and car maintenance can prolong life and reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems, irrespective of formal exercise, according to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine today. Elin Ekblom-Bak, the lead author on the study and garden designer and writer Mary Kenny discuss the findings.



    The worst storm in five years is forecast to hit England and Wales, named after St Jude, the patron saint of lost causes. Michael Fish, former BBC weatherman and Minister at the Department for Transport Robert Goodwill analyse the latest reports of disruption across the country.