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11 Dec 2013 Last updated at 11:42

Wednesday 11 December

With Evan Davis and Justin Webb.
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    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -          Regulators have voted on the Volcker rule, which aims to prevent banks betting their own money in the markets. Bill Blain, chief strategist at Mint Partners, analyses the outcome.

    -          A new survey by Business Birmingham suggests foreign investors are being put off the UK because it has an over-reliance on London. Alexandra Jones, chief executive of the Centre for Cities think tank, discusses.


    Health and science ministers from the world's leading economies are in London for the first G8 Dementia Summit on 11 December. The BBC’s Tom Feilden reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack. The quarterly FTSE review is taking place, with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) set to reshuffle companies based on the size of their market capitalisation. Richard Morley, assistant director of Brewin Dolphin, examines.



    Two rare Peter Sellers films, Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia Is Good You, are to be screened at the Southend Film Festival in May 2014. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz has the details.



    Universities UK has issued guidance on whether it’s right for Islamic speakers to segregate male and female students. The Today programme’s Justin Webb reports.



    The paper review.



    An image of Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and the Danish Prime Minister taking a photo of themselves in the stands at the Mandela memorial has made headlines. Karl Erik Stougaard, online managing editor of the Danish newspaper Politiken, and Sir Tony Brenton, former British ambassador to Russia, discuss.



    Thought for the Day, with the writer Rhidian Brook.



    Ofsted's annual report is expected to say that "a poverty of expectation" and the tolerating of minor disruption in the classroom, are holding English schools back. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s chief inspector, speaks to presenter Justin Webb.



    The government says it wants to double the funding for dementia research in the UK by 2025. The Today programme’s Tom Feilden reports; plus Prof Simon Lovestone, professor of Old Age Psychiatry at King's College London, discusses.



    After the English Touring Theatre company came on the Today programme in September to ask for the nation’s favourite plays, the results are in. Rachel Tackley, the company’s artistic director, announces the findings.



    The government's flagship free school programme will cost at least three times the sum originally allocated, the public spending watchdog has found. Chair of the Independent Academies Association, Nick Weller, talks to presenter Justin Webb.



    Poor supervision of midwives led to the deaths of three babies and a mother at a Cumbria hospital, a report has found. Jackie Smith, chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, joins presenter Evan Davis.



    Business news with Simon Jack. A report from the Campaign for Better Transport claims that 47% of local authorities in England and Wales have reduced their support for buses in 2013. Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset County Council, discusses.



    The population of Lebanon has grown by a quarter since the start of the Syrian civil war, as refugees have fled into the country. Father Simon Faddoul, president of Caritas Lebanon, analyses.



    The supervolcano that lies beneath Yellowstone Park in the US is far larger than was previously thought, scientists report. Dr James Farrell, from the University of Utah, explains.

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.