Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
Today running order
With Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague.
(subject to change)
Business news with Simon Jack discussing how the recovery does not feel like a recovery for people in most countries, with the BBC's chief business correspondent Linda Yueh.
- The latest on the markets
- A man who has made it his life's work to unleash the potential and wealth of Africa, Professor George Ayittey, an eminent Ghanaian economist, speaks to Simon Jack. Mr Ayittey will be hosting Exchanges On The Global Economy, on the BBC World Service at 7pm on Saturday 23 November. You can listen via the Iplayer - <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01brr6f>>
- Today's Friday boss is Paul Stephenson, Managing Director of NAIM Audio
Three women have been "rescued" from a south London house, as police investigate claims they were held as slaves for at least 30 years. Draft legislation is currently going through parliament to bring in tougher sanctions for human trafficking and exploitation. James Brokenshire, the home office minister responsible for the bill, discusses the case.
There is a widening fall-out from days of damaging allegations about the former chairman of the Co-op Bank, Paul Flowers. The BBC's economics editor Robert Peston reports.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad was able to laugh off the boos he received from Australian fans on the first day of the Ashes, after he took 5-65 as the hosts were reduced to 273-8 in Brisbane on Thursday. Michael Westlake, sports editor of the Australian newspaper The Courier Mail, discusses the public reaction to Broad.
Business news with Simon Jack, on how fresh figures show the Government is having to borrow less than the Office of Budget Responsibility forecast. Kevin Daly, UK economist for Goldman Sachs, discusses how the economy is going in the right direction.
A memorial stone is dedicated in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey to CS Lewis today, 50 years since he died. The BBC's Nick Higham reports.
Today Ofgem will make an announcement on the Stock Exchange regarding electricity distribution price controls. John Moylan, the BBC's Employment & Industry correspondent, and Hannah Nixon, senior partner at Ofgem, discuss the controls on costs charged by the operators of regional distribution networks.
The paper review
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, faces manslaughter charges after the cruise ship ran aground, claiming the lives of 32 of those on board. Speaking to the Today Programme's Mishal Husain, Domnica Cemortan, who has admitted being in a relationship with the captain, and was there when the ship crashed.
Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
The Methodist Church says the allegations about the former chairman of the Co-op Paul Flowers, who is one of their ministers, has damaged the church's reputation. Councillor John Pennington, and Rev Gareth Powell, assistant secretary of the Methodist Conference, evaluate the situation.
Three women have left a south London house as police investigate claims they were held there as slaves for at least 30 years. The BBC’s Home Affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, reports. Shaun Sawyer, the chief constable of Devon and Cornwall police, and Andrew Wallis, the chief executive of the charity Unseen, discuss events.
BBC 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny discusses his top five choices of music to listen to in the morning. The Today programme’s Sarah Montague speaks to fellow presenter John Humphrys, to hear his views following his comments on November 21 on listening to blues.
There are now over half a million Syrian refugees in Jordan. Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, uncle of King Abdullah II, the country’s current ruler, discusses how this affects Jordan.
Business with Simon Jack, discussing the opportunities for London as an offshore trading hub for China. Mark Boleat, chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation, examines the potential gain.
Aid agencies in the Philippines say a major challenge for years to come will be helping people deal with the psychological impact of Typhoon Haiyan. The BBC's global health correspondent, Tulip Mazumdar, reports.
David and Victoria Beckham are giving their unwanted clothes to a Red Cross shop in Chelsea. The BBC’s Philippa Young discovers more.
As London Underground announces it plans to phase out ticket offices, automated services seem to be becoming increasingly popular. The author and futurologist Tamar Kasriel, and Henry Wallop, author of "Consumed" and journalist for the Telegraph, discuss.