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19 Dec 2013 Last updated at 12:53

Thursday 19 December

With John Humphrys and Mishal Husain.
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    Today's running order

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    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -       America's central bank, the Federal Reserve, has made its first big step towards removing the massive stimulus it has been providing for the US economy. Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, analyses.

    -       Ann Pettifor, director of PRIME Economics, and Brian Hilliard, economist and senior analyst at Societe Generale, discuss debt and borrowing in the UK.


    Wall Street closed at a record high on Wednesday 18 December. Simon Jack and economist George Magnus discuss.



    A search will resume on Thursday for a sailor who was swept off a small cargo ship in bad weather. Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard’s watch manager, reports.



    The Foreign Office has despatched a plane to South Sudan this morning to evacuate British citizens amid escalating violence in the country.  David de Dau, director of the Agency for Independent Media, and Dr Mareike Schomerus, from the Department for International Development at the London School of Economics, discuss.



    Business news with Simon Jack. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) is forecasting that UK house prices will rise by 8% in 2014, with rents rising by 2%. Peter Bolton King, the organisation’s  global residential director, explains.



    Business Secretary Vince Cable has ruled out a complete ban on zero-hours contracts, saying they offer employers "welcome flexibility". Mr Cable speaks to John Humphrys.



    The paper review.



    Machines are becoming increasingly more intelligent - able to see, speak and even think just like us because of so-called "deep learning". The BBC’s science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, explains.



    Thought for the Day, with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner, dean and fellow of Trinity College in Cambridge.



    Britain is in danger of being left with "hollowed-out" armed forces, the UK's top military officer has warned. The BBC’s defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports; plus Colonel Richard Williams, a former SAS commander, examines.



    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, discusses the serious questions facing the UK’s biggest police force with presenter John Humphrys.



    America's central bank, the Federal Reserve, has made its first big step towards removing the massive stimulus it has been providing for the US economy. The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston reports.



    The European Space Agency is set to launch the Gaia telescope into orbit with the task of mapping a billion stars in our galaxy. Dr Heather Campbell from the University of Cambridge and Professor Gerry Gilmore, who has led the UK's involvement in the mission, discuss.



    The Russian President Vladimir Putin is delivering his annual press conference on 19 December, and is expected to discuss the country’s relationship with Ukraine. The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall reports; plus Natalia Narochnitskaya, who has previously served as an MP for Mr Putin's party, analyses.



    Airlines are saying it is no longer necessary to switch off laptops during the landing process. David Leaumont, operations and safety editor at Flight Global, discusses.



    Business news with Simon Jack. Rangers FC is set to hold its first annual general meeting (AGM) since it announced operating losses of £14m two years ago. Joe McLean, an advisory partner with Grant Thornton, analyses.



    The initial findings of a judge into whether British intelligence was involved in rendition and the mistreatment of detainees will be published on 19 December. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, speaks to presenter Mishal Husain.



    Geologists on the hunt for precious minerals in Antarctica say they have for the first time discovered deposits of igneous rock that yield diamonds. Geologist Dougal Jerram and Dieter Helm, economist and professor of energy policy at the University of Oxford, discuss.

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