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

2 hours, 31 minutes

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Thu 31 Oct 2013 06:00

Saving lives at sea

Saving small children at sea – MSF migrant rescue diary

The diary of MSF doctor Erna Rijnierse aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean.

Today's running order

With John Humphrys and Sarah Montague.

  • 31 Oct 2013 11:26:17


    Listen to clips from this morning's programme below:

  • 31 Oct 2013 07:46:57


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

  • 31 Oct 2013 06:54:42

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business news with Simon Jack including Otilia Dhand, Vice President of Teneo Intelligence, on news that Slovenia may become the next eurozone country in need of a bailout. Richard Hunter, Head of Equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, assesses the markets; and the BBC's chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports from Italy on the latest European unemployment figures.



    For the first time in our history cameras will be allowed to broadcast proceedings in the Court of Appeal. Shailesh Vara, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, talks about the impact of the new legislation.



    The World Health Organisation has confirmed there are at least 10 cases of polio in Syria. Elizabeth Hoff, head of the World Health Organisation, explains the reasons for the first outbreak of the disease in the country in 14 years.



    Business news with Simon Jack, including discussion with Anna Walker, chair of the Office of Rail Regulation, about the prospects for the UK's rail network over the next five years.



    A delegation from the European Parliament is in Washington seeking an explanation for the National Security Agency's surveillance of European citizens. The BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell analyses how the spying row is seen by Americans themselves.



    A report seen by the Today programme exposes the inequality in arts funding between the regions. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz hears from Adrian Vinken, Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England.



    The paper review.



    The annual list of Twitter's most influential Britons has been published. Following pop stars and the Prime Minister, Piers Morgan comes in in seventh place. He talks about the influence of Twitter.



    Thought for the Day with John Bell of the Iona Community.



    The Energy Secretary Ed Davey will be making his annual statement to the Commons later. He speaks to the Today programme about a proposed annual review of competition and prices among 'big six' energy companies, and the controversy surrounding green taxes.



    The United Nations has confirmed the first outbreak of polio in Syria for 14 years, claiming babies and toddlers as its main victims. David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee, explains the response to the outbreak.



    A group of MEPs will conclude their visit to Washington to get answers about NSA surveillance of European citizens later. Axel Voss, member of the CDU and German MEP for the European People's Party group, is part of the delegation.



    It is 40 years to the day since the seminal historical TV series 'The World At War' was first broadcast, narrated by Laurence Olivier. Director David Elstein recalls the making of the programme, and Joanna Bourke, professor of history at Birkbeck, analyses its impact.



    A new Royal Charter governing the regulation of the press has been granted, establishing a body to oversee a new regulator set up by the industry. Author Joan Smith gives the reaction of Hacked Off, an organisation representing victims of phone hacking.



    Business news with Simon Jack, who is joined by Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT Group PLC, to discuss their latest results.



    As Greece faces an economic crisis, it is also struggling to cope with an increase in the number of immigrants and refugees from war-torn and poverty-stricken areas. BBC Athens correspondent Mark Lowen explains the impact on the country.



    For the first time in our history cameras will be allowed to broadcast proceedings in the Court of Appeal. Court artist Julia Quenzler discusses what goes on in court, and how the new legislation will affect her profession.

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