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22/08/2017

News and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Tue 22 Aug 2017 06:00

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0650
Do you reach for the pesticide at the first sign of a nibbled leaf in your garden? Well, relax. The Royal Horticultural Society says it's time to embrace bugs - caterpillars, butterflies, woodlice and weevils - to create a healthy garden. Dr Andrew Salisbury is principal entomologist at the RHS.     

0655
A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Ken Cheng is the comedian and winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe.

0710
As Chancellor, George Osborne created the Northern Powerhouse concept. Now he's campaigning to ensure his successor at the Treasury is equally committed to the project. He joins us on the programme.

0720
Car giant Ford has announced a new scheme this morning to encourage more of us to scrap our older, more polluting diesel and petrol cars. Andy Barratt is the managing director of Ford in Britain.

0730
How has life changed over the 60 years that the Today programme has been on air? Today we look at how farming has evolved.

0740
Brian Aldiss, one of Britain’s most revered and respected science fiction writers – died yesterday at the age of 92.  Neil Gaimon is a best-selling author and one of the top writers in science fiction.

0750
The government is setting out how it plans to handle cross border disputes after March 2019. David Liddington is the justice secretary.

0810
President Donald Trump has said a hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill. He said his original instinct was to pull US forces out, but he now wanted to avoid the mistakes made in Iraq. Clare Lockhart is the CEO of the Institute for State Effectiveness and co-author with Ashraf Ghani, now president of Afghanistan, of Fixing Failed States.

0820
The Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard became a publishing phenomenon with his autobiography and fiction series entitled My Struggle. It has been translated into over 30 languages around the world. Our correspondent Nicola Stanbridge reports.

0830
The United States and South Korea began long-planned joint military exercises on Monday, heightening tensions with North Korea which called the drills a "reckless" step toward nuclear conflict. Congressman Changwon Pyo is a member of the National Assembly for the ruling Democratic Party of Korea.

0835
How has life changed over the 60 years that the Today programme has been on air? Today we look at how farming has evolved. Peter Kendall is former president of the National Farmers’ Union and an arable farmer in Eyeworth, East Bedfordshire.

0840
In April 2017, at the height of the Iraqi offensive against ISIS, illustrator George Butler spent a month drawing in Iraq and Mosul where he witnessed and drew life in some of the liberated areas of west Mosul despite the abhorrent conditions. He joins us on the programme.

0850
A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Katy Brand is the comedian currently performing I Could’ve Been an Astronaut at the Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe and Kate Copstick is the senior comedy critic at The Scotsman newspaper.

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