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Saturday 15th April 2006 
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Where does the investigation into honours go next?

The Pope's Good Friday procession was last night. We speak to Catherine Pepinster, the editor of the Catholic weekly The Tablet.

Environmental activists claim that the anti-roads protests in the 1990s led to a huge increase in the cost of road building. Now there are stirrings of a similar campaign against airport expansion at Heathrow. Hear our report.

This week the Home Secretary won his appeal against a ruling which prevented the deportation of failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers. We talk to Harris Nyatsanza, a Zimbabwean seeking asylum in this country.

According to the New Economics Foundation at midnight today (the 105th day of the year) this country ceases to be self-sufficient. We speak to Alex Singleton, of the Globalization Institute, and Andrew Sims, policy director of the New Economics Foundation and lead author of the report.

A look at the papers.

Hear our report on America's immigration issues. Our reporter Jamie Coomarasamy went to the Mexican city of Huejotzingo to examine the effects of Hispanic migration on the communities that are left behind.

Thought For The Day with Elaine Storkey.

Norman Kember, the British hostage now back from Iraq, has given his first broadcast interview to our colleague Fergal Keane. The interview will be broadcast in full after this programme, on Radio Four, but Fergal is here now.

Hear the latest on the "cash for honours" affair, focussing for the moment on academy schools. How are they funded, by whom, and for what purpose? We speak to Sir Peter Vardy, multi-millionaire car dealer who has poured a great deal of money into the Emmanuel Schools Foundation. He is also an evangelical and a supporter of creationist theory.

Hear a selection of our listener's letters and emails.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

We speak to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, about Pope Benedict's Good Friday meditations.

Silvio Berlusconi is still refusing to concede the Italian election to Romano Prodi, though there no longer seems any doubt that a leftist coalition will be able to form a government. We're joined now by Emma Bonino, former European commissioner and leader of a new coalition of the liberal left in Italy.

90 years ago the battles of Verdun and the Somme devastated Europe's youth. A book published this spring called 'The 1916 Experience' contains rare recordings of some of those who survived. Hear our report.

The controversy over City Academies and "cash for peerages" inevitably raises questions about the value of philanthropy and the motives of those who give money with the public good apparently in mind. We are joined by Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist, and by Charles Handy, the author of 'New Philanthropists'.
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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.

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.
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.
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