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Friday 2nd December 2005
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The government will double funds for stem cell research for the next two years.

An Australian has been hanged in Singapore for drug trafficking.

Business with Rebecca Marston.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The primary school league tables published today have reopened the debate on the government's literacy hour.

The government will scrap rules allowing local government workers to retire early.

Blair will be locked in negotiations today over the EU budget.

A review of the papers in the UK and Australia.

Yesterday in Parliament with Robert Orchard.

A reminder of the Today Programme advent calendar.

The environmental policies of European countries are being scrutinised ahead of the Montreal conference on climate change.

UKIP leader Roger Knapman and Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable discuss Britain's stance on the EU budget.

Robert Baer, former CIA agent in the Middle East, discusses "extraordinary rendition"; the alleged practice of moving US detainees to countries where they can be tortured.

Business with Rebecca Marston.

Jon Manel investigates why a play about Guantanamo can only be staged at the House of Commons if it is not billed as a play.

Garry Richardson has a cricket update.

Are primary school league tables redundant? Headmistress Barbara Jones and former Education Secretary Estelle Morris.

Thought for the Day with Rev Dr Alan Billings - Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University.

Should the reclassification of cannabis as a class c drug be reversed in light of violent crimes caused by addicts? Cliff Prior, chief executive of Rethink, and Lord Mackenzie, former head of chief superintendents.

Will Blair capitulate over the EU budget? His former EU advisor, Sir Stephen Wall and Michael Howard discuss the rebate.

Moya Ahmed of Designer  Sandwiches in Covent Garden demonstrates that environmentally friendly home grown sandwiches can taste good...

Garry Richardson has the latest cricket news from Pakistan.

Chris Martin of Coldplay, who has campaigned to "make poverty history", discusses whether a fairer trade agreement will emerge from the WTO's Hong Kong meeting.

Business with Rebecca Marston.

The Defence Secretary John Reid joins us from Basra.

French historian Claude Ribbe and Christopher Lee, author of Napoleon and Nelson, discuss whether Napoleon should be viewed as a heroic emperor or genocidal dictator.

Will the Prime Minister succeed in brokering a deal on the EU budget? Bronwen Maddox, Foreign Editor of the Times and Daily Telegraph Political Editor George Jones.
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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.

Edward Stourton interviews the President of Mexico, Vincente Fox, and Tom Shannon, the United States Under Secretary of State with responsibility for the Americas, on the Summit of the Americas in Argentina and the prospect of a free trade agreement for the region.
President Vincente Fox.
Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon.
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.
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