Today, 07/01/2014 Today's running order

7 Jan 2014 Last updated at 11:24

Tuesday 7 January

With John Humphrys and Justin Webb.
  • 7 Jan 2014 11:18:38


    Clips and pictures from this morning's programme:

    Nigel Farage: Britain Should be flexible on work permits
    UKIP leader Nigel Farage tells John Humphrys Britain should "be flexible on work permits" and "realise we do have a skills shortage".
  • 7 Jan 2014 11:22:01

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    BBC Radio 4 Today
    LISTEN – @RobBonnet looks at Athletic Bilbao’s unique transfer and recruitment policy #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Coming up at 0840, our sports reporter @RobBonnet visits Spanish football team Athletic Bilbao #r4today
  • 7 Jan 2014 06:56:54

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -          Jack Lew, the US Treasury secretary, will tell Germany to buy more of its exports and embrace a deeper banking union in a speech on 7 December. Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics, analyses.

    -          A look at the general picture for UK retailers over the Christmas period, with Danielle Pinnington - managing director of Shoppercentric.



    Forecasters warn that exposed areas of the UK could see a fresh round of flooding. Karen Bosman, a watch officer at Solent coastguard, examines; plus Anne McIntosh MP - Chair of the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee - discusses whether the UK should implement water subsidies.



    Business news with Simon Jack. Tom McPhail, head of pensions research at Hargreaves Lansdown, discuss whether we should be able to ‘switch’ annuities every few years to get the best deal.



    Russia has launched one of the biggest security operations in Olympic history a month before the start of the Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Russain journalist Andrei Soldatov and Michael Payne, former marketing director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), discuss.



    A £6m fund has been launched to make better use of neuroscience in classrooms in England. Dr Hilary Leevers, head of education and learning at the Wellcome Trust and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor in cognitive neuroscience at University College London, discuss.



    Sport news with Garry Richardson. Former Manchester United player Viv Anderson discusses David Moyes’ time as manager since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.



    An inmate at a privately-run prison has claimed a disturbance that authorities say ended peacefully after a few hours was actually a "near riot". The Today programme’s Sima Kotecha reports.



    The paper review.



    The world's biggest consumer electronics show (CES) is set to open in Las Vegas. The BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports live.



    Thought for the Day, with novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.



    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has urged residents of the embattled city of Fallujah to force out insurgents linked to al-Qaeda who have taken control there. Dr Hajim al-Hassani, a former speaker of the Iraqi National Assembly, speaks to presenter Justin Webb.



    UKIP leader Nigel Farage discusses the British Social Attitudes survey, which suggests 56% of people are calling for major curbs on immigration.



    Food historian Dr Annie Gray and food critic Jay Rayner discuss science fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s predictions - made 50 years ago - of what food would be like in 2014.



    Sport with Garry Richardson. Journalist Matthew Syed discusses the psychology behind Manchester United’s poor start to the Premier League season under manager David Moyes.



    George Eustace, minister at the Department of Environment, examines whether Britain spends enough on flood defences and adaptation in the face of climate change.



    With the January transfer window open for business, the Today programme’s Rob Bonnet looks at the exceptional transfer and recruitment policy of Spanish football team Athletic Bilbao.



    Business news with Simon Jack. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders are expected to show that 2013 was the strongest year for the UK car market since 2007. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT – the UK’s car industry body – examines.



    An American government employee called Jonathan Pollard was caught spying on behalf of the Israeli authorities during the 1980s. The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly tells the story.



    Do those living in urban areas of the UK tend to underestimate how hard country life can be in flooded conditions? Simon Hart, MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, and Caroline McGinn, editor of Time Out London, debate.

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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.