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30/08/2017

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

3 hours

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Wed 30 Aug 2017 06:00

Today's running order


0650
According to a new report, attitudes towards race, faith and belonging have become increasingly polarised since 2011. Rosie Carter is the researcher for Hope Not Hate.

0655
A new industrial strategy is published today on life sciences – the application of biology and technology to improving our health. Jackie Hunter is CEO BenevolentBio.

0709
Theresa May begins her first visit to Japan as Prime Minister. A post-Brexit bi-lateral trade deal, defence cooperation and the threat posed by North Korea will be among the issues Mrs May will discuss with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the three day trip. Tomohiko Taniguchi is special advisor to Shinzo Abe.

0715
The Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has resigned after less than two years in the job. David Torrance is a columnist for The Herald.

0720
According to a new report published today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the choice and availability of affordable products for consumers is at risk without additional agreements and investment to supplement a customs deal. Helen Dickinson is chief executive of BRC.

0725
The mayor of Houston in Texas has ordered a night time curfew in the flood-hit city, in an effort to stop looting. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by the flood waters. Our correspondent Nada Tawfik reports.

0730
How has life changed over the 60 years that the Today programme has been on air? Today we look at our attitude to disabilities. Melanie Reid is a Times columnist and Peter White is a BBC Radio 4 presenter.

0740
From Friday parents in England will be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare if both parents work and they do not earn more than £100,000 a year each. However, many nurseries have criticised the new system saying it will be poorly funded and will offer only limited places. Today’s Zoe Conway reports.

0750
According to a government-commissioned strategy report, Britain should invest hundreds of millions of pounds to high-risk “moon shot” projects in the hope of creating “two or three entirely new industries over the next 10 years”. Professor Sir John Bell is regius professor of medicine at the University of Oxford.

0810
The UN Security Council denounced North Korea's latest missile test, unanimously demanding that Pyongyang halt the program after a rocket was fired over Japan into the Pacific. The American ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the US “will not allow their lawlessness to continue”. Max Baucus is the former US ambassador to China.

0820
A Hollywood film is to be made of little known war hero Pino Lella’s life.  91-year-old Lella was 17 when he risked his life to smuggle Jews out of Mussolini’s Italy, before spying on the Nazis while employed as a driver for a German general. Mark Sullivan is the author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky and Michael Lella is the son of Pino Lella.

0830
The Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has resigned after less than 2 years in the job. Today’s Jim Naughtie reports.

0835
Lord Harris’ life is classic rags to riches. The boy who left school at 15, became a multi-millionaire and later an educationalist, putting his name to a chain of academies that operate in London and beyond. The book of his life, Magic Carpet Ride, is published tomorrow and he joins us on the programme.

0840
A new industrial strategy is published today on life sciences – the application of biology and technology to improving our health. Susan Lea is the professor of microbiology at Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University and professor Dame Nancy Rothwell is the neuroscientist, president and vice chancellor of the University of Manchester.

0845
The mayor of Houston in Texas has ordered a night time curfew in the flood-hit city, in an effort to stop looting. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by the flood waters. Nina Lam is the professor of environmental sciences at Louisiana State University.

0850
How quickly can countries slide towards war? On Monday evening North Korea fired a missile over the northern part of Japan. It is not the first time this has happened – but in the light of the furious comments from President Trump earlier this month it feels very serious. Tom Tugendhat is the Conservative MP and chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Margaret Macmillan is the professor of international history at the University of Oxford.

 

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