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Friday 29th December 2006
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0709
Our Guest Editor Rowan Williams on why the "moral and practical flaws of invading Iraq have put our troops' lives at risk".

0716
The Sizewell A nuclear power station in Suffolk and the Dungeness B station in Kent are due to shut down on New Year's Eve. Michael Buchanan reports.

0718
A moment of calm.

0720
Business News with Ed Warner

0725
Everyday this week we are looking at one of the 6 shortlisted laws in our Christmas Repeal. Today we discuss the Act of Settlement.

0727
Sports News with Will Schindler.

0730
We are joined by Health Minister, Ivan Lewis to discuss how members of the government, including himself, are campaigning against hospital unit closures.

0732
Guest Editor Rowan Williams asked Sanchia Berg to report on the homeless people who go unnoticed.

0740
A moment of calm.

0745
Thought for the Day with Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

0750
Rowan Williams asked us to report on the work of Professor Mohammed Yunus who won the  Nobel Peace Prize this year for founding the Grameen Bank. We speak to Professor Yunus and asked him how the Grameen Bank works.

0755
Sinn Fein could finally be about to give its support to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. We speak to Sinn Fein's chief negotiator Martin MacGuiness.

0810
The Archbishop of Canterbury tells us why the Trident missile system and its implicit threat of mass slaughter is immoral.

0817
Saddam Hussein's lawyer claims the former dictator has been  handed back to the Iraqi government by US forces. Peter Greste reports.

0820
A moment of calm.

0825
Should obituaries be a warts-and-all account or more tactfully respectful of the dead?

0830
Sports Update with Will Schindler.

0835
Rowan Williams, patron of The Good Childhood Inquiry, asked us to explore whether we are rushing children too quickly into becoming adults and consumers.

0845
Business Update with Ed Warner.

0850
Archives released today under the 30 year rule include the Prime Minister's private notes from some of the most important cabinet meetings of the last 50 years. Sanchia Berg reports.

0855
Edward Stourton asks our Guest Editor the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, what he had wanted to hear on the programme and why.
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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.
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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