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Business news with Simon Jack.
- The BBC’s Samira Hussain speaks to some of America's 4 million long-term unemployed.
- Mike Amey, managing director at Pimco, analyses the effect that a slowdown of quantitative easing can have on the markets.
- Simon Bazalgette, group chief executive officer of The Jockey Club, discusses his business as part of the Friday Boss series.
The vice-president of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, has said that the UK government is guilty of fuelling fears about EU migration. Conservative MP Mark Reckless discusses.
Former foreign secretary Jack Straw is one of five British parliamentarians to go on a five-day tour of Iran. Mr Straw speaks to presenter Evan Davis.
Business news with Simon Jack. A "record” amount of online shopping was done in December 2013, says the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Helen Dickinson, director general of the BRC, analyses.
African leaders are meeting in Chad to try to find a way to end the violence in the Central African Republic, where almost a million people have fled their homes because of sectarian violence. The BBC’s Paul Wood reports.
The government "botched" the privatisation of Royal Mail, short-changing taxpayers by hundreds of millions of pounds, Labour has said. The BBC’s Robert Peston reports; plus Michael Fallon, minister for business and enterprise, speaks to Evan Davis.
The paper review.
Martin Scorsese's latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, is being sold as an exploration of the dark side of modern capitalism. The BBC’s business reporter Justin Rowlatt meets the film's star, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Thought for the Day, with the Rev Giles Fraser.
Government plans have led to questions over who should bear the cost of maintaining landscaping features in new housing developments designed to defend against flooding. The BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin reports; plus Richard Ashley, emeritus professor of urban water at Sheffield University, discusses.
The House of Lords will debate a bill on 10 December that would allow a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU in 2017. Lord Dobbs, who is sponsoring the bill in the Lords, speaks to presenter Evan Davis, before Lord Mandelson gives his view.
Nicola Triscott, Director of the Arts Catalyst, and Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science at Birkbeck College, discuss who owns the moon.
The Daily Telegraph is claiming that proposed changes to the criteria for the approval of new drugs by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) could lead to older people being denied access to new treatments. Sir Andrew Dillon, chief executive of NICE, speaks to presenter Mishal Husain.
Richard Parry Jones, co-chair of the Automotive Council, examines the predictions made by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, 50 years ago, about the car industry.
Business news with Simon Jack. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme has been set up by the UK Government. David Frost, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, examines.
The nominations for the 2014 Brit Awards were announced on 9 December. Singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who will be presented with the Brits Critics' Choice award at the event, speaks to Evan Davis.
Labour's Ed Balls has indicated he might be willing to work with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in coalition, saying he has "no reason to doubt his integrity". Steve Richards, chief political commentator at The Independent, and Isabel Hardman, assistant editor at The Spectator, discuss.