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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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Wed 20 Nov 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 John Humphrys and Justin Webb.

  • 20 Nov 2013 10:05:27

    Guest Editors

    Today has revealed who will guest edit the programme over the Christmas period. They are Monty Python star Michael Palin, ex-MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller, musician PJ Harvey, web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins.

  • 20 Nov 2013 09:53:48

    Guantanamo Bay

    Shaker Aamer is the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay. He has been there for 11 years. The BBC's Ritula Shah from the BBC's World Tonight is at Guantanamo Bay and explained to John Humphrys why he is still there even though he has been cleared for transfer.

  • 20 Nov 2013 10:12:17

    Isabella Blow

    An exhibition has opened in London celebrating the life and wardrobe of Isabella Blow, the fashion icon who discovered and encouraged Alexander McQueen among others. Exhibition curator Alistair O'Neill and fashion journalist Hilary Alexander discussed her importance to the fashion industry.
  • 20 Nov 2013 07:02:31

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business news with Simon Jack.

    - The US banking giant JP Morgan agrees to pay the biggest fine in banking history.

    - Sir John Peace, chairman of Standard Chartered, on Pakistan's economy.

    - Markets with Mike Amey from PIMCO, the global investment solutions provider.



    Defence secretary Philip Hammond has accused rebel Tory MPs of risking "serious damage" to Britain's reserve forces. John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, discusses today’s vote on an amendment to the defence reform bill.



    The Spanish ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office, after MPs heard reports that a Spanish ship had entered the Port of Gibraltar. Fabian Picardo, chief minister of Gibraltar, discusses the situation.



    Business news with Simon Jack. The UK Mail's chief executive Guy Buswell on whether they are direct competitors to Royal Mail.



    An exhibition celebrating the life and wardrobe of Isabella Blow opens at Somerset House today. Alistair O'Neill, curator of the exhibition, and Hilary Alexander, a fashion journalist, remember the former magazine editor.



    The Conservative-leaning think tank which helped shape the Tories manifesto at the last election, says much more needs to be done to help the poorest families tackle debt. The Today programme's Justin Webb reports.



    The paper review.



    The location of the UK's next City of Culture will be announced at 0745 this morning. Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay are all in the running. The BBC's art editor Will Gompertz reports.



    Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.



    The attorney general for Northern Ireland has advocated an end to Troubles-related prosecutions for events that took place before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. The BBC's Ireland correspondent Andy Martin reports. Jeffrey Donaldson, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) spokesman on “victims issues”, talks about the situation.



    A rebel vote will shortly be held on an amendment to the Defence Reform Bill which, if passed, would delay plans to replace 20,000 regular troops with 30,000 reservists. The BBC’s Defence Correspondent Caroline Wyatt, and Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond, discuss the vote.



    The Today programme’s Justin Webb announces the names of the five guest editors who will take over the programme during the festive period. 



    The largest collection of time travel stories ever assembled - The Time Traveller's Almanac - is being published. Ann VanderMeer, who co-edited the Almanac, and Ronald Mallett, Research Professor of Physics at the University of Connecticut and author of The Time Traveller, reflect on how close we are to time-travel.



    A court in Russia has ruled that nine Greenpeace activists can be freed on bail before their trial for hooliganism. The BBC’s Moscow Correspondent Daniel Sandford, and Andy Bryan, the father of Kieron Bryan - one of the nine activists involved - discuss.



    The Spanish Ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office, after MPs heard reports that a Spanish ship had entered the Port of Gibraltar. Inocencio Arias, former Spanish Ambassador to the UN, analyses this development.



    Business news with Simon Jack on the subject of whistleblowing, with Michael Woodford, the former president and CEO of Olympus.



    President Obama is meeting senators to reinforce the need to give the country’s deal with Iran a chance, and not vote for more sanctions. The BBC’s State Department correspondent, Kim Ghattas, reports.



    The location of the UK's next City of Culture was announced at 0745 today. The Today programme’s John Humphrys discusses the result with Sharon O’Connor, chief executive of Derry City Council.

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