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19th August 2004
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If listening back to the programme IN FULL via the orange link on the top right-hand side of this page ('iPlayer'), you may notice some sections of audio are missing. This is to meet our copyright obligations during the Olympic Games. However all individual items (excluding some Olympic material plus sport / news bulletins) will continue to be available in the Audio Running Order below.

The clean up has begun after landslides in central Scotland. Colin Blane.

There's evidence that abused children who have been taken from their homes by social workers are harmed again once they return home. Karen Allen.

The business news with Greg Wood. Audio will be inserted shortly.

It is as predicted ... more A-level passes. Kim Catcheside.

The Americans have shot and killed two detainees during a disturbance at Abu Ghraib prison. Nick Childs.

What caused the disturbance at Abu Ghraib? Alastair Leithead in Baghdad.

Things are getting worse at British Airways. Stephen Cape.

A look at the newspapers in the U.K and Israel.

Students are rejecting some traditional subjects at A-level. Dr Paul Danielson, the director of Strategy for the Institute of Physics, and Susan Heyday, curriculum manager for the Association of Colleges.

Are social services allowing abused children to be sent back to unfit parents? Dr Alison Kemp of Cardiff University.

How is the fighting in the Iraqi city of Najaf affecting the city's ordinary people? Kylie Morris found out.

Did Muqtada al-Sadr offer to leave the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf? We talked to Dr Mowaffak al Rubaie, Iraq's Security Minister.

There have been a record numbers of passes again at A-level. Are exams getting easier? Kim Catcheside.

The Met police may follow British Airways' example of offering a bonus to employees for limiting their sick days. But unions are not happy about it. Nicola Stanbridge.

Holiday chaos? The GMB and the transport workers union are planning strikes over the bank holiday weekend. Ed Blissett, the GMB's senior officer for aviation, and Mike Street, the director of operations at BA.

Two Abu Ghraib prison detainees have been shot and killed by Americans during a disturbance. Lt Colonel Barry Johnson, spokesman for detainee operations on behalf of the Joint Task Force.

With some subjects disappearing from GCSE lists, we've asked a several prominent figures to give us their thoughts on what could replace them. Novelist Jilly Cooper and the writer Marek Kohn

At a specially convened Likud meeting this week, a majority rejected Arial Sharon's attempt to form a coalition with the Labor party. Naomi Blumenthal is a Likud member of the Knesse and Ephraim Sneh of the Labor party.

Schools minister David Miliband denies that A-levels have become easier but Bill Midgley, president of the British Chambers of Commerce, and Delyth Chambers, of the Russell Group and Birmingham University's director of admissions, beg to differ.

Henry Watson Fowler is going to be honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque. The authors Alec Hamilton and Tony White.

The government in Dublin plans to move more than 10,000 staff out of the capital and into towns around the country. But many oppose the idea. James Helm. Sir Michael Lyons is the director of Birmingham's Institute of Local Government Studies

Greg Wood with a business update.

The return of the Alphorn. Gavin Henderson, the Artistic Director of Dartington Summer School of Music. Henrietta Harrison and appalled listener John Wates.

Is it time to look at changing the criteria for university admission? Phil Willis, the Liberal Democrats' education spokesman.

What about those who didn't pass their A-levels? National Youth Theatre director Paul Roseby says it's not all bad.

How important is academic success? The philosophers A.C Grayling and Alain de Botton.
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The Blunder Clips

Some of Our Less Memorable Moments
These infamous sound clips have risen from the Today vaults again to haunt our newsreaders and presenters. Enjoy!

When the technology fails John and Jim have to Ad-Lib...
Jim introduces a very strange sounding 
'Yesterday in Parliament' package.
 - 23th July 2004
Paul Burrell sings opera?
Sarah cues in a very odd sounding Paul Burrell clip.
 - 25th October 2003
Is that Alec Stewart?
Garry Richardson interviews an Australian cricket fan masquerading as England star Alec Stewart.
- 7 January 2003
Sarah decides it's her turn - and interrupts Allan's discussion
-7 June 2002
Where am I?
It's not always easy to remember ... Sarah forgets where she is
- 20 May 2002
Studio invasion
Jim is besieged by his friends in the studio
- 15 December 2001
Jim attempts to interview Gruff Rhys of 'Super Furry Animals'.
John gets a little confused as to which Greg he has on the programme
Garry Richardson waits and waits and waits for Brendan Foster.
Laughing matter
What is Charlotte Green giggling about?
John and Jim share a joke about the weather?
Wrong guest
Sue and the wrong guest
The Extended Interview

We don’t always have time to play the whole interview on air. Listen to the extended interview here, exclusive to the Today website.

Tony Blair speaks to Jim at the British Embassy in Washington, following his controversial Rose Garden press conference with Bush. The Iraq war, the Middle East and the first hints of an EU constitution referendum u-turn. (17/04/04).
Jim Naughtie interviews the Nigerian High Commissioner in Britain, Dr Christopher Kolade, about the recent increase of religious violence in Nigeria.
John Humphrys interviews Prince Hassan of Jordan on the critical situation in Iraq.
Jim Naughtie interviews Bob Woodward. First Watergate, now a controversial book into events in the White House pre-Iraq war.
Sarah Montague interviews Paul Burrell.
The former royal butler denies betraying Diana, Princess of Wales, insisting his controversial new book was "a loving tribute".
General James L. Jones
During his visit to  London - the Supreme Commander of Nato talks to James Naughtie about the threat posed to NATO by a stronger EU military force.
Hillary Clinton talks to James Naughtie
Her questions surrounding the White House handling of the Iraq war, plus her years with Bill in that stately building.
Mark Coles interviews Damien Hirst
......about his new exhibition in the small Slovenian capital Ljubljana, including drawings from his teenage years.
James Naughtie interviews Hans Blix:
Hans Blix says allies had motivations other than WMDs for going to war - 6th June 2003.
Michael Jackson complaint
Los Angeles based psychiatrist, Dr Carol Lieberman, tells us why she’s complained to child protection authorities about Michael Jackson.
Saudi ambassador on war
Zubeida Malik talked to Prince Turki Al Faisal - the new Saudi Ambassador to Britain before the war in Iraq
Jackie Elliott
Robin Aitken's interview with Jackie Elliott before he was executed
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