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Friday 30th December 2005
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From today unmarried couples will, for the first time, be able to adopt children together.

Charles Kennedy's New Year message has failed to silence the rumblings over his leadership.

The business news with Rebecca Marston.

The sport news with Steve May.

Palestinian TV reported yesterday that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has called for the release of the three Britons kidnapped in Rafah.

A strike on London Underground tomorrow looks certain to go ahead after the unions refused new talks at ACAS.

It must be one of the most heavily previewed snow storms in recent history, but have the blizzards happened?

A look at today's papers in Russia and in Britain.

A year after the tsunami and most people have moved into temporary shelters  while building permanent homes has been painfully slow.

Today's guest editor David Blunkett asks what happens after the news agenda moves on from some of the big stories of 2005.

Felicity Collier talks about the huge changes to adoption laws.

Diana Bhutto, speaks regarding the lack of news surrounding the kidnapped aid worker and her parents.

business update with Rebecca Marston.

Guest editor, David Blunkett looks at carers such as Richard, who work through the holidays. We are joined by Professor Ian Philp and Sian Nicholas.

Does British manufacturing have a future?  Our guest editor David Blunkett investigates.

Today's guest editor David Blunkett asked us to look at the tradition of Northern carol singing.  So we asked expert Dr Ian Russell's for some help.

Thought for the day with Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.

Bobbie Law tells us more about the almost certain Tube strike that will go ahead on the busiest night of the year. 

Today's guest editor David Blunkett is keen to examine the relationship between politics and the media.  So he decides to interview our very own John Humphrys.

David Blunkett, guest editor decides to commission a poem for the programme in the style of the late Philip Larkin.

Does the long term decline of manufacturing's significance to the economy actually matter? Dr Madsen Pirie and Mark Swift discuss.

business update with Rebecca Marston.

Who runs Britain?  We hear from some listeners.

Today's guest editor David Blunkett shadowed a newspaper reviewer to find out how today's paper review is put together, and he finds out how the stories are selected.

What is it to be English?  Billy Bragg and Roger Scruton join us to find out.

David Blunkett reflects on his guest edit.
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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 who 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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