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Tuesday 13th June 2006.
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0709
The International Committee of the Red Cross is to make a special unscheduled visit to Guantanamo Bay in the wake of the three suicides which took place there at the weekend. We have been speaking to Vincent Lusser, Deputy Head of media relations at the ICRC in Geneva.

0712
What are British troops doing in Afghanistan? We talk to Major General Patrick Cordingly about what appears to be a British counter-terrorism operation, rather than the reconstruction job which was said to be it's main purpose.

0715
A BBC investigation has shown that for almost two years the Revenue was paying tax credits to immigrants who were not entitled to them. David Laws is the Liberal Democrats' spokesman on work and pensions.

0717
The business news with Greg Wood.

0720
Closed-circuit television footage from the rural payments agency office in Newcastle has apparently revealed an office culture that included break dancing contests in office hours, drug taking and other activities. This is the agency that's being criticised for for the slowness of payments being made to farmers. Peter Kemp is president of the NFU

0722
Yesterday we reported that the Home Secretary John Reid was considering a slogan urging us all to stop moaning and take action to tackle anti-social behaviour. One of our listeners, Richard Davies, did just that.

0725
The sports news with Steve May.

0730
Humeya Kalam, the sister of the two brothers who were arrested and released without charge following the police raid in Forest Gate, speaks to us this morning.

0740
In January, the Culture Minister David Lamy wrote to local councils urging them to keep their libraries open, but in the months since then the number of libraries facing closure has steadily risen.

0745
Thought for the Day with Dr Indarjit Singh, Editor of the Sikh Messenger.

0750
The Defence Secretary Des Browne speaks to the programme about the difficulties British troops are facing in Afghanistan.

0810
The attorney general is understood to be unhappy with John Reid's attack on the sentencing of a man who abducted and sexually assaulted a girl of three. We talk to Margaret Moran, a Labour member of the Home Affairs Select committee and Sir Oliver Popplewell, a former high court judge.

0820
The Tory Torch of Freedom will not be passed to a new generation. The logo which was introduced in 1983 is being scrapped. Iain Dale used to be David Davis's right hand man, and Marcel Knobil is the founder of Superbrands.

0826
The sports news with Steve May.

0830
We have been speaking to the Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, who has been in California meeting the heads of high tech companies. He wants to know if Britain could emulate the success of Stanford graduates who have set up companies like Google and Yahoo.

0840
The business news with Greg Wood.

0842
The first exhibition to span the entire career of Howard Hodgkin opens at Tate Britain in London tomorrow. He famously dislikes talking about his art, but he gave a rare interview to our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones.

0845
We speak to the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesman, Nick Clegg, about John Reid's comments on sentencing.

0850
The current debate about the environment is being held by and for middle-class white people, with non-white communities excluded and overlooked, according to some ethnic community leaders.

0855
Life for Heather Mills McCartney has changed since her marriage broke and there has been a lot of newspaper coverage about her past life. The former Guadian editor Peter Preston, and Max Clifford, the publicist, discuss the way she has been treated.
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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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