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Friday 15th June 2007
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07:10 The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has written to the European Union's leaders with ideas for a agreeing a new treaty prior to the summit next week. We speak to our Europe Editor Mark Mardell, and Mark Francois MP, the Conservative spokesman on Europe.
07:15 Britain has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies and sexual infection in Europe, due to the promiscuity of celebrity culture, drink and drugs according to a new report. We speak to Anne Weyman, Vice Chair of the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV which produced the report.
07:20 The Home Affairs Select Committee has produced a report which states that young black people are much more likely to be arrested and imprisoned than their white peers. We speak to our Social Affairs Correspondent Kim Catcheside.
07:25 Business News with Greg Wood.
07:27 Sports News with Garry Richardson.


0730 - 0800

07:30 Unemployment figures out earlier this week showed a rise in economic inactivity, which has raised fears about the labour market. Our Economics Editor Evan Davis, Frank Field the former Welfare Minister, and Lord Desai the former LSE Economist, explain more.
07:40 Today's papers.
07:43 A report in the Lancet has painted a very grim picture of what drink is doing to Russia. Our Moscow Correspondent James Rodgers explains more.
07:45 Thought for the Day with The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks.
07:50 Last week a female journalist was murdered in Iraq. Sahar Al-Haidari was killed in an ambush by the Ansar al Sunna Group who stated that they had murdered Al-Haidari as they believed she "distorted the reputation of the Mujahadeen." We speak to her husband, Hassan Mustafa An-Naqeeb and Zuhair al Jezairy, Editor in Chief of Aswat al Iraq, the newsagency where she worked.


0800 - 0830

08:10 Hamas says it is in control of Gaza this morning, after the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas from Fatah, last night declared a state of emergency. We speak to our Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen and to Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General. We also speak to Brigadier Meir Elran of the Jafee Centre for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, to ask how Israel may respond to these events.
08:20 A new 'circus' opera, "Monkey: Journey To The West" will receive its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival later this month. It is based on the classic 16th century Ming Dynasty epic about the Monkey King's journey towards enlightenment. Our reporter Mark Coles, went to meet those involved with its making.
08:25 Sports Update with Garry Richardson.


0830 - 0900

08:30 The task force charged with coming up with ideas for Conservative policy on inner cities, produces its first report today. We speak to Michael Heseltine who chairs the task force.
08:35 The number of young black people in the criminal justice system is a "serious crisis", the Commons Home Affairs Committee reports today. We are joined by Shaun Bailey, Director of youth charity My Generation, and Camilla Batmanghelidf who runs the charity Kids Company in Peckham, south London.
08:40 Business Update with Greg Wood.
08:45 The fighting between Hamas and Fatah this week has caused a state of emergency in Gaza. We speak to Respect MP George Galloway, who has had a long standing involvement in Palestinian politics.
08:50 Can technology meet the climate change challenge presented by the increase in air travel? The Economist magazine this week argues that even though the number of passenger journeys is expected to rise from 2 billion to 2 and a half billion by 2010, that it could be done without damage to the environment. We are joined by Charles Miller of Greener by Design and Dr Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

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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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