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Monday 3rd April 2006 
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0709
Why some doctors think we should pay for NHS treatment in future. Christopher Lees is a consultant in Obstetrics and Foetal Maternal Medicine.

0712
The government launches the Serious Organised Crime Agency - SOCA - today. Nick Herbert speaks on police reform for the Conservatives.

0719
The business news with Greg Wood.

0721
President Bush has promised to try to push through legislation giving legal status to some of the millions of illegal immigrants working in the US. James Coomerasamy reports from a suburb of Los Angeles, where 97% of the community is Hispanic.

0724
An inquest is opening today into the death of James Miller, the British film maker who was killed in Gaza nearly three years ago - his sister Anne Miller speaks to the programme.

0728
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0734
As large swathes of the South East face a hose-pipe ban,should the region be drawing water down from the North?

0744
A celebration to mark the centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth.

0749
Thought for the Day with Revd Rosemary Lain-Priestly.

0752
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, warns, if CO2 emissions continue to rise at current levels global temperatures will rise much higher than had previously been predicted. The chairman of the IPCC, RK Pachauri, joins us.

0810
Home Secretary Charles Clarke on the launch of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed Britain's FBI.

0823
Has religion replaced politics as the mainspring of thriller writing?

0828
sports update with Garry Richardson.

0833
Daniel Barenboim, who is this year's Reith lecturer, on why music should be more important in people's lives.

0842
business update with Greg Wood. 

0845
The Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is facing a legal action in the High Court for refusing to intervene over proposals for a gravel quarry in Nottinghamshire.

0852
Should we get rid of our traditional political parties? Peter Hitchens, columnist of the Mail on Sunday and Anne McElvoy, the Executive Editor of the Evening Standard.

0856
A selection of emails in response to our report on Saturday about a replacement for the UK theme on Radio 4 in the mornings.
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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
Interruption
Sarah decides it's her turn - and interrupts Allan's discussion
-7 June 2002
Waiting
Garry Richardson waits and waits and waits for Brendan Foster.
Laughing matter
What is Charlotte Green giggling about?
Weathermen
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.

Don De Lillo Interview
The American writer Don de Lillo who wrote Underworld and is one of the biggest figures in modern American literature - has become a classic. A Penguin classic. A great accolade, but usually one reserved for the dead. John interviewed him and asked what it's like to be thought of as a "classic"?
Mouloud Sihali Interview
Mouloud Sihali from Algeria, North Africa, is one of the suspected terrorists that the Home Secretary wants to deport back to Algeria. Based on secret intelligence and police investigations, the Home Secretary has deemed Sihali a threat to the Nation's security. Last year Mouloud Sihali was found not guilty of being a part of a so called released Ricin plot.
The nominations for the Oscars were announced yesterday, and The Constant Gardener is tipped for a place on the shortlist. It stars Ralph Fiennes who picked up an Evening Standard Film Award this week for his role in the film. Polly Billington spoke him and to the author, John le Carre, about the film and its chances at the Oscars. (31/01/06)
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.
(08/04/05)
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.
(10/03/05)
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.
(19/05/04)
John Humphrys interviews Prince Hassan of Jordan on the critical situation in Iraq.
(03/05/04).
Jim Naughtie interviews Bob Woodward. First Watergate, now a controversial book into events in the White House pre-Iraq war.
(20/04/04).
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.
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