Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
Today's running order
With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
HighlightsListen to clips from this morning's programme below:
Today's running orderSubject to change
Business news with Simon Jack on the prospect of job cuts at Britain's shipyards.
Job losses are coming at three shipyards run by BAE Systems, where work depends on orders from the Ministry of Defence. Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth Council, evaluates the situation.
A special task force has been put together to find the man who had been tagged, but managed to escape disguised as a woman wearing a burka. The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner reports.
The British ambassador in Berlin, Simon McDonald, has been asked by the German government about the reports on intelligence-gathering from his embassy. Jan Albrecht, a Green MP in the Reichstag and a campaigner on data protection, discusses the request.
Business news with Simon Jack.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meets today, ahead of Thursday's announcement on interest rates. The BBC’s economics editor Robert Peston reports and Andrew Sentence, a former MPC member, analyses the possible outcomes.
Details have emerged of how nine US skydivers and two pilots escaped as their planes crashed in mid-air, turning one of the aircraft into a "fireball". The Today Programme's John Humphrys spoke to one of the survivors, Mike Robinson.
The mayor of Canada's biggest city, Toronto, has admitted that he once took crack cocaine. Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star, discusses the situation.
Thought for the day with Lord Singh, director of the network of Sikh organisations.
The BBC has learnt that major job losses will be announced later this week in shipyards across the UK. The BBC's political correspondent Nick Robinson reports and Johann Lamont, leader of the Scottish Labour party and the local MSP for the Govan shipyard, evaluates the future of the country's shipyards.
An NHS hospital trust in Essex has been reported to the police, after staff said they were being pressured to change data about waiting times for cancer patients. Christina McAnea, Unison's national secretary for health, analyses the findings.
Voters in the US are heading to the polls in the first major round of elections since President Barack Obama won a second term a year ago. The BBC's north America correspondent Mark Mardell reports.
Two 18th Century paintings known as the first representations of a Kangaroo and Dingo, will remain in the UK. The BBC's arts correspondent Will Gompertz and Christine Riding, senior curator, discuss the paintings’ relevance.
The M23 rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo says it is ending its insurgency, hours after the government claimed military victory. Stephanie Wolters, Great Lakes region specialist at the Institute of Security Studies in Johannesburg, and Russell Feingold, US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, debate the future of the country.
Business news with Simon Jack
Oliver Stone's controversial Hollywood classic JFK, documenting events surrounding the assassination of President John F Kennedy 50 years ago, is being re-released in American cinemas. The BBC's Tom Brook reports.
Is there an alternative to the state and what would society look like if the state did not exist? Joining the Today programme's James Naughtie is Dominic Frisby, who has written a book Life After State, where he argues the state should be removed and Neal Lawson, chairman of Compass.
As we look towards the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I next year, the Quakers are celebrating the men who refused to fight. Jane Dawson, from Quakers in Britain, talks about the men who were given “white feathers”.