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Tuesday 24th April 2007
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Today's briefing hour: Catch up on the day's news, sport and business.

In a shock verdict Joji Obara has been acquitted of all charges related to Lucie Blackman's murder. Chris Hogg reports.

We speak to Norman Baker, one of the MP's who tried to block a Bill that would exempt the Commons and the Lords from the Freedom of Information Act.

Robert Peston gives us an update on the take over of high street store Boots.

Business News with Greg Wood.

Our reporter Tom Fielden looks into the rights of robots and whether the android equivalent of Watt Tyler may be about to lead a robots revolt.

Sports News with Steve May.

We hear from the former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf about is concerns surrounding the new Ministry of Justice that will come about as part of the splitting up of the Home office.

Today's Papers.

We speak to Heston Blumenthal, chef-proprietor of the Fat Duck at Bray which has been voted number 2 in a competition to find the best restaurant in the world.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Tom Butler, the Bishop of Southwark.

New research shows that the death rate during major heart surgery drops when the public can gain access to relevant data on their operation. We speak to Ben Bridgewater, author of today's report published in the British Medical Journal.

We speak to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs Lord Falconer about the Government's plan to split the Home office in half and create a Ministry of Justice.

Entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne has said that over-weight people work less efficiently. Is this true or fair? We are joined by both Mr Bannatyne and Vicki Swinden, founder of the website Fat is the New Black.

Sports Update with Steve May.

David Willey reports from Accra where performers from La Scala, Milan, are performing for the first time as part of celebrations marking 50 years of independence in Ghana.

Six men have been arrested this morning by the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command. They include Abu Izzadeen, also known as Omar Brooks, who heckled John Reid last year.

Business Update with Greg Wood.

The death of Boris Yeltsin - Russia's first democratically elected President - marks the end of an era of tumultuous change in Russia. We are joined by Bridget Kendall who was our Moscow correspondent during the early nineties as Yeltsin came to power.

Ten years ago Alec Holden placed a bet of £100 on himself that he'd make it to the age of a 100. Today, as well as his telegram from the Queen, he'll be picking up his winnings of £25,000.

A debate held at the Science Museum tonight will look at whether robots will ever gain similar rights to humans. We speak to Professor Noel Sharkey and Professor Alan Winfield who will both be taking part.
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Thought for the Day

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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.
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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