Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio


Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Yesterday in Parliament, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Fri 31 Jan 2014 06:00

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.

Friday's running order

With Sarah Montague and John Humphrys.

  • 31 Jan 2014 11:35:50

    Programme highlights

    Sima Kotecha and Dave Thompson look at how London gangs are spreading across the UK.

  • 31 Jan 2014 06:11:12

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    The Welsh government is funding the first drug testing service where members of the public can send substances, even if they are illegal, to find out what is in them. The BBC’s Steve Holden discovers more.



    The paper review.



    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -       Erik Britton, a director at Fathom Financial Consulting, looks at “shadow banking”.

    -       Prof Tim Congdon, an economic adviser to the last Conservative government, assesses claims from entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson that RBS has been acting like a "vampire" that sucks cash out of businesses.

    -       Russell Clark, managing director of Wolf Minerals, discusses how the company is set to produce around 4% of the world’s tungsten by exploiting deposits under Devon moorland.



    The Metropolitan police has told the Today programme that they are increasingly seeing London gangs setting up 'franchises' in other parts of the country. The BBC’s Sima Kotecha reports.



    Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to press French President Francois Hollande to back European Union reform as he hosts a UK-France summit. The BBC’s Chris Mason updates us.



    New figures show wide variations in the way police record and classify rape allegations across the 43 police forces in England and Wales. The BBC’s Danny Shaw investigates.



    The paper review.



    Alicia McCarthy looks at Yesterday in Parliament.



    Andrew Morris discusses his "20 miles more" campaign, which aims to get HS2 to stretch to Liverpool.



    Can you turn information into music? So instead of looking at a spreadsheet or graph you could listen to it what it sounds like? Domenico Vicinanza from the Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE) discusses.



    The environment secretary is warning of further flooding for parts of the UK, with those in affected areas urged to heed Environment Agency advice. The BBC’s Anna Holligan brings us the latest.



    US student Amanda Knox says she is "frightened and saddened" after a court in Italy reinstated her guilty verdict for the 2007 murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher. The BBC’s Alan Johnston reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack. Paula Vennells, chief executive of the Post Office Ltd, discusses its future.


    Some 100,000 high-earning parents still have not submitted a self-assessment tax return, with the deadline at midnight tonight. Ruth Owen, director general of personal tax at HMRC, analyses.



    There are so many French people living in Britain these days that London counts as France's sixth biggest city. Today’s Tom Bateman has been talking to some of the 400,000 French citizens living in the city, finding out why they have decided to stay.



    Founder of Glastonbury music festival, Michael Eavis, discusses the impact and reasons behind recent flooding in Somerset.



    The paper review.



    20% of the music on the streaming site Spotify has never been listened to by any of its users. BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney looks at a new service that aims to change that, called Forgetify.



    Thought for the Day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of The Tablet.



    Nadege Alezine, editor-in-chief at Be A Londoner, and Aurore Hochard, co-founder of Taskhub, debate the current economic differences between France and the UK.



    The Metropolitan police has told the Today programme that they are increasingly seeing London gangs setting up 'franchises' in other parts of the country. The BBC’s Sima Kotecha reports, plus Dave Thompson, lead for gangs at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), speaks to John Humphrys.


    France has decided this week that in future all married women will be addressed by their maiden name in official correspondence unless they specifically request otherwise. Dr Rachel Thwaites, from the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of York, and journalist Daisy McAndrew discuss.



    Prof David Bewley-Taylor, director of the Global Drug Policy Observatory at Swansea University, and Xenia Dormandy, US foreign policy expert, debate what has become of the United States’ tough stance on drugs.



    Business with Simon Jack. Microsoft's board is said to be preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company's enterprise and cloud chief, its chief executive officer. Larry Magid, technology analyst for the website CNET, analyses.



    Actress Scarlett Johansson has quit as an ambassador for Oxfam amid a row over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the occupied West Bank. The BBC’s Kevin Connolly discovers more.



    What does masculinity look like in the 21st century? Rapper Akala and Martin Daubney, former editor of Loaded magazine, debate.

See more live updates