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Thursday 22nd December 2005
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Pre-Christmas New York is still in chaos.

Schools spend too much time teaching about Henry VIII and Hitler and too little time on other history subjects.

The business news with Greg Wood.

The sports news with Steve May.

Three police forces in England are announcing their merger today.

Fisheries ministers have reached a deal on fish quotas in Brussels overnight.

The insurgency in Iraq will last for at least five more years according to Sir Jeremy Greenstock.

The review of today's papers both from Britain and Washington.

After months of domestic political uncertainty, Germany is back as the political leader in Europe.

An international aid agency is warning that it may have to give up on appeals to help parts of drought-plagued Southern Africa because it has only raised a fraction of the money it needs.

Pax Christi organised a vigil in London last night for Norman Kember who had been kidnapped in Iraq twenty five days ago.

We talk to the DEFRA minister Jim Knight about the fisheries quotas agreed on in Brussels last night.

Paul Deneen and Mike Poulter, chairmen of the West Mercia and Staffordshire Police Authorities, talk about the merger of their police forces.

Business update with Greg Wood.

The chief executive of the government's qualifications and curriculum watchdog QCA, Ken Boston and Sean Lang from the historical association talk about teaching history at schools.

Sports update with Steve May.

Dr Phyllis Starkey MP and Richard Kemp from the Local Government Association discuss new developments near oil storage sites.

The novelist Frederick Forsyth and Jenny Watson of the Equal Opportunities Commission give us their thoughts on who runs Britain.

The thought for the day with Reverend Angela Tilby.

The former commissioner of the MET Lord Stevens and the former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey discuss how they have been marked by failing their 11 plus exams.

We talk to the commissioner Sir Ian Blair about the difficult year of the Metropolitan Police.

Who do our listeners think runs Britain?

Sports update with Steve May.

Tony Blair has landed in Basra to visit the British troop in Iraq.

The Russian ambassador Yury Viktorovich Fedotov tells us what Russia might concentrate on during its upcoming G8 presidency.

Business update with Greg Wood.

The Times literary editor Erica Wagner and the novelist Sebastien Faulkes discuss what the most favourite book for book clubs might be.

Do bloggers have any power?

Professor of philosophy, Anthony O'Hare and John Bangs, head of Education at the National Union of Teachers, discuss how basic subjects are being taught.
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Thought for the Day

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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!

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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