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Wednesday 30th 2007
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0712 David Cameron is said to have once described himself in private as the "heir to Blair". In a speech the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne suggested that on public service reform the new Conservatives - and not Gordon Brown are the true heirs to Blairite style thinking. Mr Osborne joins us.
0715 Business News with Greg Wood.
0717 The first study to rank countries around the world according to their peacefulness is launched today. Steve Killelea is the entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Peace Index.
0720 Five British men including four security guards are still missing in Baghdad. We speak to Duncan Bullivant, Chief Executive of Henderson Risk Group
0725 Sport News with Garry Richardson.

0730 - 0800
0730 The second of our special series on Russia. While the Russian middle class has grown, so has the gap between rich and poor. Bridget Kendall was based in Moscow during the collapse of the old Soviet Union - and reports now from Nizhny Novgorod.
0735 Today's papers.
0740 Research being conducted at the University of Hertfordshire suggests that robots can help children with autism form relationships. We speak to Dr Ben Robins who is leading the team.
0745 Thought for the Day with Martin Palmer, Director of an International Consultancy in World Religions.
The owner of Stansted airport, BAA wants to increase the number of flights and passengers and later this morning the issue goes before a public inquiry. We hear from Evan Davis, our Economics Editor, Chris Goater from the Airport Operators Association and Brian Ross from the Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign.

0800 - 0830
0810 The news of the abduction of five British men has posed the question is anywhere safe in Baghdad? We ask Iraq's foreign minister Hosni Zebari. We are also Heinrich Matthee who works for the private security firm Control Risks and by Canon Andrew White, the Anglican Vicar of Baghdad.
0820 Tom Feilden reports on the political creed known as Freeganism which is based on the conviction that pretty much ever area of economic activity is based on some form of exploitation.
0827 Sports Update with Garry Richardson.

0830 - 0900
0830 Yesterday the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith made clear that Andrei Lugovoy would not be swapped for Boris Berezovsky, the London-based Russian critic of the Putin government.
0835 Business Update with Greg Wood.
0840 We continue our discussion on Freegonism and are joined by Kevin Hawkins the director general of the British Retail Consortium.
0845 The row over Channel 4's decision to show a picture of Diana Princess of Wales when she was close to death has re-ignited that most difficult of taste debates. We discuss this with Chris Boot is a former editor at the photographic agency Magnum and Tony Walter who's written a book called the Mourning of Diana.
0850 Mr Blair's farewell tour of Africa arrives in Sierra Leone today. But despite the war ending there are worries about the fledgling democracy. We speak to Simon Schama of Columbia University in New York and Jean Mackenzie, who is Afghanistan Country Director for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.
0855 It would help tackle the problem of climate change if people ate less meat, according to a leaked email from a government agency to a vegetarian campaign group. We speak to Liz O'Neal from the Vegetarian Society and Peter Kendall.
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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

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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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