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Tue 15 Sep 2015 06:00

Tuesday 15th September


The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has released a draft plan to improve air quality in the UK, alongside a consultation on the topic. The proposed ‘clean air zones’ could mean the end of diesel cars in city centres, according to Lord Drayson.


The chief executive Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has resigned a week before a care watchdog report is published. This is the latest in a string of resignations amid growing financial problems in hospitals. Chris Ham reports.


MPs will today debate George Osborne's proposal to make changes to the tax credits system. Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the potential impact on lower income households.


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has warned that the public are at risk given the current assessment of the mental health of prospective gun owners. Stephen Otter from HMIC discusses.


Australia is set to have its fourth prime minister in two years after Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott as leader of the ruling Liberal Party in a secret ballot on Monday. Samantha Maiden is the national political editor for the News Corp Sunday papers in Australia.


Today, veteran radio DJ Paul Gambaccini releases his memoir of the year he spent under investigation by the Met Police’s Operation Yewtree, before he was exonerated of the allegations. He joins us in the studio this morning.


Personal digital assistants like Siri on the iPhone are still far from perfect but they are multiplying in number. Simon Jack reports from Seattle, where Microsoft’s version, Cortana, is about to be bundled with the latest version of Windows.


New laws came into force in Hungary overnight allowing police to arrest and charge migrants entering the country illegally. Gyorgy Schopflin is the Hungarian MEP for Fidesz.


Today MPs will debate welfare spending in the form of tax credits, Gordon Brown's big idea to help people on very low wages. Zoe Conway reports and Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead, is in the studio.


Is the golden age of the Rom Com over? Screenwriter for the British rom-com ‘Man-Up’ Tess Morris and programmer for the BFI’s ‘Love’ Season, Rhidian Davis, discuss the future of rom coms in modern cinema.


Veteran radio DJ Paul Gambaccini spent a year under investigation by the Met Police’s Operation Yewtree before being cleared of allegations. He has written a memoir about that year.


Despite huge advances in artificial intelligence, machines have not yet usurped humans. Why not? Tom Feilden reports the answer may have to do with one of our most fundamental qualities: consciousness.


How much is there still to be learnt from the Holocaust? Timothy Snyder’s new book ‘Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning’, offers a new explanation of the Nazi genocide.


Following Jeremy Corbyn’s victory, how likely is it that we will see another rank outsider become leader of their party in the future? Jim Waterson is the deputy editor of Buzzfeed and Jean Seaton is the official historian of the BBC.

All subject to change.


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