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Wednesday 4th June 2008
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0709 Barack Obama has claimed victory in the battle to be the Democratic presidential candidate.

0712 Should private firms be brought in to run failing NHS hospitals in England?

0716 The business news.

0719 Following the UN's food summit in Rome, Adam LeBor, author and critic of the UN, discusses how to deal with rogue member states.

0722 Some councils are telling cyclists they can go the wrong way down one way streets.

0728 The sports news.


0730 As part of our special series on elderly care, a 70-year-old woman agreed to act as an undercover reporter in a care home and reported on her experiences.

0740 The paper review.

0742 One of Hillary Clinton's key backers assesses her candidacy.

0745 Thought for the day with Anne Atkins.

0750 Brigadier Julian Free, who has just returned from six months as Britain's second most senior commander in Iraq, tells us why Iraq seems to be getting safer.


Barack Obama says he has secured the Democratic nomination for the US presidential election, rival Hillary Clinton refuses to concede. We examine the results of this historic night. 

0820 Should private firms be brought in to run failing NHS hospitals in England?

 Do we need a national day to celebrate Polish achievements?

0828 The sports news.


The rise in the cost of food has caused real hardship for millions of people. Could GM crops offer the solution?

The business news.

0842 The US is offering people from France's Islamic community free trips to the States in an attempt to show the French youngsters that the US is about much more than invading Iraq.

England star Paul Gascoigne was last night sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Football agent Eric Hall talks about his friendship with the footballer.

0855 Martin Green, chief executive of the association that represents care homes in England, tells us what lessons can be learnt from our investigations.
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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!

Charlotte gets the giggles.
Newsreader Charlotte Green gets the giggles after listening to the oldest recorded human voice. And here's some she had earlier.
- 28th March 2008
Jim crashes the pips
James Naughtie keeps going on and on and on until Continuity cuts him off.
- 9th January 2008
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.

Gil Scott-Heron (04/03/2008)
Life hasn't been easy for the 'god-father of rap', but as US politics gets interesting again, he's making a  comeback.
Zbigniew Brzezinski (01/02/08)
He used to be Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, and now he's advising presidential candidate Senator Obama. We hear his vision for US Foreign policy.
Sonny Rollins (26/11/07)
The legendary Jazz saxophonist talks about his time in prison, phone calls with John Coltrane, 9/11 and the ambitions of a Jazz survivor.
President Pervez Musharraf (17/11/07)
James Naughtie asks the President of Pakistan when he will lift his country's state of emergency and what he is doing to tackle Islamist Terrorism.
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