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15/11/2013

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 15 November 2013

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With Justin Webb and Sarah Montague.

  • 15 Nov 2013 11:06:22

    Highlights

    Listen to clips from this morning's programme below:


  • 15 Nov 2013 07:15:07

    Today's running order

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    0615

    Business news with Simon Jack.

     

    0709

    The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) takes place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, today, where the formal section of the summit begins with an opening ceremony. Speaking to the Today programme’s Justin Webb, the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson tells us what David Cameron hopes to gain from his trip.

     

    0712

    The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has acknowledged that the UN has let down survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, by acting too slowly in its aid effort. The BBC’s Rajesh Mirchandani reports.

     

    0715

    Business news with Simon Jack.

     

    0718

    A fifth person in nine days has been killed while cycling on London's roads. Atholl Noon, section manager for transport, planning and modelling at SKM Colin Buchanan, analyses what can be done to minimise the risks to cyclists.

     

    0739

    The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) takes place in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Today the formal section of the summit begins with an opening ceremony. The BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins reports. Joining the Today programme's Justin Webb, is UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.

     

    0742

    Glossy women's magazines are "airbrushing away women's interest in technology", and fostering a belief that it's not as cool as fashion, cosmetics and men, according to an article in the Guardian. Belinda Parmar, founder of Little Miss Geek and CEO of Lady Geek, and author of the article, and Lindsay Frankel, assistant editor of Glamour Magazine, debate the issue.

     

    0747

    Thought for the Day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

     

    0755

    One of the largest ever consultations among Catholics worldwide is under way, with details being announced later today on the questions set to be asked in the initiative. Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, discusses the initiative.

     

    0810

    The government is being accused of a U-turn after announcing substantial changes to GP contracts in England. Joining the Today programme's Sarah Montague is Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

     

    0820

    In his new autobiography, the notorious hard man and convicted rapist "Iron" Mike Tyson reveals the books he chose in order to improve his reading skills in prison - Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Alexander Dumas. Erwin James, Guardian columnist and convicted murderer, and Pat Winslow, writer, discuss if literature can play a role in reforming prisoners.

     

    0830

    This week the European Commission added Germany to the list of countries it is monitoring,  because of concerns over macro-economic imbalances. Ralph Brinkhaus, an MP from Angela Merkel's party the CDU in the German Bundestag, and Prof Mariana Mazzucato, professor of Economics at University of Sussex, debate the inclusion of Germany to the list.

     

    0840

    Time travel has long fascinated film makers and authors, with the scope to see what will happen, producing classic stories that have enthralled generations. Ann VanderMeer, who co-edited the Almanac, and Ronald Mallett, author of The Time Traveller, discuss the popularity of the genre.

     

    0845

    Business news with Simon Jack

     

    0850

    Christopher Lee's new book looks at what the British monarchy will be like in 100 years’ time. Mr Lee, historian and writer of the BBC Radio 4 series This Sceptred Isle, evaluates the future of the monarchy.

     

    0855

    The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has acknowledged that the UN has let down survivors of Typhoon Haiyan by acting too slowly. Dr Jimmy Whitworth, head of international activities at the Wellcome Trust, and Dr Tom Mitchell, head of climate change at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), analyse the UN's response to the disaster. 

     

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