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Tuesday 23rd August 2005
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James Westhead reports on whether the government is closer to meeting targets for primary school literacy.

Israeli soldiers have started evicting Jewish settlers from the West Bank. James Reynolds has the details.

People who opted out of the state pension into a personal scheme are worse off. More from Greg Wood.

Andrew Flintoff makes the World XI Test and one-day cricket squads. Steve May has more.

Mike Wooldridge in Baghdad with an update on the Iraqi constitution negotiations.

Is ex-chancellor Ken Clarke about to throw his hat into the ring to be Tory leader? Norman Smith reports.

The head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission is to report on the investigation into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes. Neil Bennet reports.

Stephen Cape looks at the ongoing crisis at British Airways' main food supplier, Gate Gourmet.

A review of today's papers in the UK and South Africa.

EU states have sent fire-fighting aircraft to help Portugual battle the wildfires sweeping the country. Paul Henley has the latest.

Weeks after the devastating tornado, Bob Walker visits Birmingham, where people are complaining about a lack of interest in their plight from the media.

Are our Asylum laws fair? We speak to the lawyer of an asylum seekers family facing eviction  from their home after a Home Office hearing.

Jeff Randall looks at the ongoing catering crisis threatening British Airway. Labour MP Alan Keen gives his his view on the dispute.

Iraq's national security advisor Dr Mowaffak al-Rubaie on his country's forthcoming draft constitution.

UK housebuilder Persimmon delivers its verdict on the UK housing market. Greg Wood has the business news.

Israeli Legislator Arieh Eldad, of the ultranationalist National Union party on the Gaza withdrawal.

Steve May with the latest sports news.

Will controls on Chinese imports  leading to a shopping crisis on the high street? We speak to Antonia Mochan of the European Commission.

Our greatest paintings poll: Today it's the turn of the  Leaving of England by Ford Madox Brown.

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins.

Could Kenneth Clarke and David Cameron be the dream ticket the Tories are looking for? We ask Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine.

Jay Garner, the US General who ran Iraq's first occupation administration tells us why he thinks his government's wrong to try and rush things in Iraq.

We remember Dr Robert Moog, the man who transformed pop with his most famous invention, the electronic synthesiser.

The English Surfing Federation wants more funding for its professionals. Steve May has the sports news.

John Irving - described by many as the "Dickens of his day" - talks to us about his new book, which has prompted rather different comments.

Greg Wood with a business news update.

Ex-IRA prisoner Brendan Hughes wants Northern Ireland's Maze prison to be a memorial site. Historian Tristam Hunt and David Ervine of the Progressive Unionist Party discuss.

Hear why the opera the Death of Klinghofer is causing such controversy ahead of its first UK premiere this evening.

Anti-war protester Mimi Evans and Jane Caughman, whose son was killed in Iraq last year, share their views on Iraq.
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Some of Our Less Memorable Moments
These infamous sound clips have risen from the Today vaults again to haunt our newsreaders and presenters. Enjoy!

Can of what John?
John gets confused over the expression, 'opened a can of worms.'
- 18th March 2005
What is our website and email address John?
John gets confused about all this modern technology and it's David Blunkett Jim!
- 22 December 2004
Who's reading the news Sarah?
Sarah introduces a guest newsreader. And it's catching, as Nick Clarke of the World at One demonstrates
- 4/5th October 2004
The boy who likes to say YES!
Sports presenter Steve May is left trying desperately to get his seven year old guest to say something other than yes!
- 23rd September 2004
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
Sarah decides it's her turn - and interrupts Allan's discussion
-7 June 2002
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?
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.

50th anniversary of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.
The uncut interview with Sir Peter Hall, the first director to stage the play in 1955, with the last surviving member of the original main cast, Timothy Bateson who played 'lucky', and playwright Ronald Harwood.
Jim Naughtie speaks to the Archbishop of Kaduna, Josiah Idowu Fearon, about the Anglican Church in Africa and tensions between Christians and Muslims. (25/05/05)
Edward Stourton interviews Monsignor Charles Burns, a retired head of the Vatican's Secret Archives, in Rome about the funeral of the Pope John Paul II.
Part 1
Part 2
First BBC interview of Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay detainee. Mr Begg speaks to our reporter Zubeida Malik about his ordeal and how he continues to campaign for five Britons still there to be freed.
Justin Webb interviews Walter Cronkite who pays tribute to Dan Rather, a 73 year old news presenter in America whose is retiring after 24 years.
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.
Saudi ambassador on war
Zubeida Malik talked to Prince Turki Al Faisal - the new Saudi Ambassador to Britain before the war in Iraq
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