Today, 18/12/2013 Today's running order

18 Dec 2013 Last updated at 11:02

Wednesday 18 December

With James Naughtie and Evan Davis.
  • 18 Dec 2013 10:39:05

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  • 18 Dec 2013 07:00:57

    Papers

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  • 18 Dec 2013 06:59:15

    Today's running order

    Subject to change

    0615

    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -          European finance ministers are meeting to try and reach an agreement on the next stage of a banking union in the Eurozone. Kathleen Brooks, research director at Forex.com, analyses.

    -          The Federal Reserve is set to announce whether there is any imminent plan to phase out the economic stimulus they started when the US was in the eye of the financial storm. Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at the Bank of New York Mellon, and Mike Amey from Pimco discuss.


    0710

    The Foreign Office (FCO) has been accused of not doing enough to help secure the release of UK doctor Abbas Khan, before he died in a Syrian jail. Saleyha Ahsan, a British doctor who has also worked in Syria, discusses.

     

    0713

    A look at how far volunteering can ease the plight of elderly people enduring social isolation. The Today programme’s Sima Kotecha meets Sheila Breen-Rickerby, who lives alone in a small studio flat in south-west London.

     

    0719

    Business news with Simon Jack. The National Audit Office (NAO) has estimated the amount it cost taxpayers when the government returned a 6% chunk of Lloyds Banking Group to the private sector in September. Peter Hahn, a banking expert at Cass Business School, examines.

     

    0723

    Loud music is the most preventable cause of hearing loss according to the Medical Research Council. BBC Asian Network presenter Nihal discusses the issue with the Today programme’s Evan Davis.

     

    0735

    The government is set to introduce new rules that prevent migrants from being able to claim benefits within their first three months in the UK. The BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson reports.

     

    0743

    The latest window of the Radio 4 Comedy Advent Calendar, revisiting the Fast Show with Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse.

     

    0747

    Thought for the Day, with Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic Studies at New College, University of Edinburgh.

     

    0750

    A joint committee of Commons and Lords has proposed the idea of giving the vote to prisoners who have been sentenced to less than a year in jail, and to others who are nearing the end of their sentence. Nick Gibb, the Conservative chair of the committee, and Crispin Blunt, the Conservative former prisons minister, discuss.

     

    0810

    British criminal Ronnie Biggs, who took part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, has died aged 84. Biographer Christopher Pickard shares his memories.


    0815

    The Foreign Office (FCO) has been accused of not doing enough to help secure the release of UK doctor Abbas Khan, before he died in a Syrian jail. The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Paul Wood reports; plus Afroze Khan, the brother of Abbas, and Kristyan Benedict, the Syrian campaign manager for Amnesty International UK, discuss.

     

    0822

    A look at how far volunteering can ease the plight of elderly people enduring social isolation. Monica Gubbay, a 74-year-old woman who volunteers to help the elderly in her community, and Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Acevo), discuss.

     

    0832

    The company behind artificial hearts has announced it has signed a deal for a $14 million investment into expanding the technology. We hear from Matthew Green, the first ever recipient of an artificial heart in the UK; plus the Today programme’s Tom Feilden reports.

     

    0837

    Marks and Spencer says this is the last Christmas in which it will market its toys separately for boys and girls. Ruth Reinstein, a child psychologist at Sheffield University, analyses.

     

    0841

    The first female chief executive of Lloyds insurance market, Inga Beale, has said that one reason for the low number of women at the top in business is that they do not make enough small talk in the office. Nicola Mendelsohn - Facebook's vice-president for Europe, Middle East and Africa - and Heather McGregor, head of Taylor Bennett, discuss.

     

    0846

    Following the show’s look at how far volunteering can ease the plight of elderly people enduring social isolation, Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society, discusses what became of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Big Society.

     

    0850

    Business news with Simon Jack. A look at the booming African financial sector, with the BBC’s Lerato Mbele.

     

    0855

    Elizabeth Jane Howard released the fifth instalment of her million-selling Cazalet Chronicles series of novels in November. She speaks to presenter James Naughtie.

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