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Thursday 7th June 2007
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07:10 A BBC investigation has found that a Saudi Prince received a billion pounds in secret payments from BAE Systems, with authorisation from the British government. Labour MP Roger Berry, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee that scrutinises our arms exports, joins us.
07:13 Home Secretary John Reid will be announcing new anti-terrorist measures at lunchtime today. What likelihood is there that these will get backing? We hear from our correspondent Iain Watson, and we speak to Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats Home Affairs spokesman.
07:20 Business News with Greg Wood.
07:23 On the 28th October this year, Today will be 50 years old. We are asking for the people who share our birthday to get in touch so that we can build up a picture of the last fifty years, through their eyes. Dorothy Sheridan, Director of the Mass Observation Archive, explains what we can learn from such exercises.
07:26 Sports News with Sonia McLaughlan.

0730 - 0800

07:30 Is carbon trading really the way to confront the threat of global warming? The Week Magazine is organising a series of debates on the issue of climate change. We speak to two of its participants, James Smith, Chairman of Shell UK, and Professor Tom Burke, Imperial and University Colleges London.
07:35 Today's papers.
07:40 A new list of plants and insects which need protecting is going to be released. We speak to our reporter Sarah Mukherjee.
07:45 Thought for the Day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, University of Glasgow.
07:50 Interest rates may go up again today in the reaction to a slip in the market yesterday. Lord George, former Governor of the Bank of England, explains more.

0800 - 0830

0810 The BBC's Panorama programme has found evidence that hundreds of millions of pounds in secret payments have been passed from BAE Systems to a Saudi Prince, with the knowledge and authorisation of the Ministry of Defence. We speak to our Business Editor, Robert Peston, and to Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Defence Secretary. 
08:15 The Home Secretary John Reid will be outlining proposals for a new counter-terrorism bill later in the Commons today. We speak to Lord Carlile, independent reviewer of anti-terror legislation and Joshua Rozenberg, Legal Editor of the Daily Telegraph.
08:26 Sports Update with Sonia McLaughlan.

0830 - 0900

08:30 Peter Hain, Cabinet Minister, believes the Labour Party has lost support because it has been careless, indifferent and offensive to its natural supporters by chasing headlines in the right-wing press.
08:40 Business Update with Greg Wood.
08:45 President Bush has been sending more troops to Iraq, despite much opposition. Today, Mr Bush's own "war adviser", General Douglas Lute, will tell Congress that he was one of those who was sceptical about it. We speak to Brigadier General Kevin Bergner from the U.S army.
08:55 In Australia,a landmark deal has been struck between aborigines, and a local gas refinery which wants to offset some of its carbon emissions. Our reporter Andrew Harding explains.

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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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