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Thursday 1st June 2006.
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Today's briefing hour: Catch up on the day's news, sport and business. 
0600-0630
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0709
John Prescott is giving up his much loved, grace and favour home, but will it be enough to quell the sniping? 

0713
Rain, drought orders, leaking pipes, and huge profits?  Andrew Hosken is looking into the state of the Water industry.

0718
Business news from Greg Wood.

0722
The latest deadline for a peace agreemant in Darfur has passed overninght as two rebel groups still refuse to compromise.

0727
While the United Nations Security Council meet today in Vienna to finalise what they hope will be a tempting offer, Prof Nasser Hadian of Tehran University explains how Iran will react.

0730
The sports news with Steve May.

0735
James Naughtie is assessing the political climate in Washington where the Bush administration has surprised the world by agreeing to talks with Tehran.

0743
Numbers of Girl Guides are in decline because employers make it too difficult for people to have volunteer commitments.

0748
Thought For The Day with the Reverend Joel Edwards.

0753
Goerge Osborne may believe our taxes are too high, but does he intend for the Conservatives to cut them?

0810
We speak to David Milliband, the environment secretary about what he plans to say to water industry bosses and also about John Prescott's decision to give up his grace and favour home, Dorneywood.

0820
Why has Angela Carter suddenly become quite so fashionable again?

0826
Sporting news from Steve May.

0830
In America, stem cell research is such an emotive, political issue, that they are falling behind in development and research. Congressman Michael Castle is in the UK with a bipartisan group to discuss our approach to the topic.

0835
Greg Wood has the business news.

0840
Two books have been written with very similar titles; Melanie Phillip's "Londonistan" and Gautam Malkania's "Londonistani".  Each looks at multiculturalism in this country in the wake of the London bombings, but reach very different conclusions.

0845
According to documents released today from the National Archive, government officials attempted to withold pensions from pilot's widows if they had died practising illicit "aerobatics" during WWII.

0850
How should a democracy sustain a sense of connection between the voter and their government? Gerry Stoker, is professor of politics at the University of Manchester, wrote Why Politics Matters, and Geoff Mulgan, formerly the Prime Minister's Head of Policy and now Director of the Young Foundation, has produced Good and Bad Power, the Ideals and Betrayals of Government.
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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.
Waiting
Garry Richardson waits and waits and waits for Brendan Foster.
Waiting
Garry Richardson waits and waits and waits for Brendan Foster.
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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