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

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Tue 29 Oct 2013 06:00

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Five diaries

An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.

Arctic Diaries

Arctic Diaries

From the leader of the Polar Ocean Challenge, an expedition circumnavigating the Arctic.

Today's running order

With James Naughtie and Evan Davis.

  • 29 Oct 2013 10:02:20

    Falling Soldier

    A 1947 recording of a radio interview with photographer with Robert Capa has been found in which he talk about a photograph that he took that went on to become one of the most famous war photographs of the 20th century. 

  • 29 Oct 2013 10:28:53


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  • 29 Oct 2013 06:53:28


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

  • 29 Oct 2013 06:47:37

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business with Simon Jack including news that top executives from the UK's six largest energy companies are expected to face serious criticism when they come before a group of MPs on Tuesday. The bosses have been called in front of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, following recent price rises. Plus - analysis on news that the oil giant BP are due to publish their third quarter results later.



    The former head of Haringey children's services has agreed a six-figure pay-out for unfair dismissal, which could cost the council up to £600,000, BBC Newsnight has reported. The former children and families minister Tim Loughton reacts to the revelation.



    A former BBC driver who was due in court yesterday in connection with alleged child sexual offences - and who was the first person to be charged under the Jimmy Saville related Operation Yewtree - has been found dead at his home. Danny Shaw, the BBC's home affairs correspondent, reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack including Bronwyn Curtis, governor at the London School of Economics, giving her reaction to the release of the Lloyds third quarter results.



    Engineers have been working through the night to restore power to 166,000 homes which were still without power on Monday night after a storm hit Britain. The BBC's Ben Geoghegan reports from Euston station and Tony Glover, director of policy at the Energy Networks Association, outlines the work that needs to be done



    The man at the centre of a dispute between managers and unions at the Grangemouth oil refinery has resigned. Eric Joyce, former Falkirk MP, gives his reaction.



    Researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital believe there may be evidence that lullabies can help sick children by reducing pain and improving their wellbeing. The BBC's health and science reporter James Gallagher outlines the findings of the study.



    Victims of crime in England and Wales are to be given a greater opportunity to speak in courts. Gill Veysee, whose son Darren was fatally stabbed by a man four years ago, and Sally O'Neill, a QC and a former chairman of the Criminal Barrister's Association, explain the extent to which they support the change.



    The paper review.



    A 1947 recording of a radio interview with photographer with Robert Capa has been found in which he talk about a photograph that he took that went on to become one of the most famous war photographs of the 20th century. Brett Rogers, director of the Photographers' Gallery in London, explains the significance of the image.



    Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.



    From December 2012 to May 2013 a tweeting Canadian astronaut captured the attention of the world with his surreal photographs of the Earth (and countries and landmarks) as viewed from space. Chris Hadfield explains that he retired last July and has just released his book An Astronaut's Guide to Life.



    The Department of Transport will today publish a report setting out the benefits of High Speed 2. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin discusses the strategic and business case for the development.



    The National Theatre is 50, and to celebrate the birthday some of Britain's greatest actors will be taking part in a gala on Saturday night. The Today programme's James Naughtie went along to rehearsals on Monday to hear from to the director of the National Theatre for the last ten years, Sir Nicholas Hytner.



    Transport is still disrupted and homes are without power following Monday morning's storm which claimed four lives. The Today programme's Tom Bateman reports from the site of a house that had a tree fall on top of it, where an emergency clear-up is underway.



    The Lobbying Bill is intended to increase transparency in political funding, but the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement will later release a report claiming that it will have a negative effect on issue-based campaigning. Baroness Mallalieu, president of the Countryside Alliance and a member of the commission, and Andrew Lansley MP, leader of the Commons, discuss the potential consequences of the Bill.



    Business news with Simon Jack including discussion of the role that cities should play in shaping our future economy.



    A new book by US journalist Malcolm Gladwell claims to change the way we think about strength and weakness, power and dispossession. The Today programme's Evan Davis hears from the author who wonders whether we misunderstand the meaning of advantages and disadvantages.



    There are already many high-speed rail networks across Europe. The BBC's Duncan Crawford reports from Paris to hear what the French think about their high-speed rail lines.



    The Asian and European sides of Istanbul will be connected underground today following the opening of a new railway tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait. The BBC's James Reynolds reports from Istanbul, Turkey.



    Executives from the big six energy firms are due to sit in front of the Energy Select Committee later to answer questions about profits and price rises. David Hunter, energy analyst at Schneider Electric, outlines how the consumer energy pricing structure works and examines whether it is fair to blame the companies for making a profit.

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