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Saturday 31st May 2008
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0709 The government's latest ideas for discouraging people from smoking are published today.

0712 Today a committee of Democrats will decide what to do about disputed votes in Michigan and Florida.

0715 Today's papers.

0723 Our towns and cities need to be reshaped and become greener, according to the government's urban design advisers.

0725 Investigations are underway in New York after a crane collapsed and crashed into an apartment building.

0727 Sport with Rob Bonnet.


0730 We speak to the Conservative's Peter Ainsworth about his claim that tackling climate change remains a top priority for his party.

0735 Today's papers.

0737 The RSPB has announced that a family of black-winged stilt chicks are hatching in Britain for the first time for 20 years.

0745 Thought for the Day with Brian Draper.

0747 Network Rail is closing parts of the West Coast Main Line this weekend. Closures are likely almost every weekend for the rest of the year.

0750 Reporter Andrew Hosken speaks a mother whose six children were once victims of abuse but has since managed to rebuild her life thanks to a pioneering scheme.


0810 As the government suggests new ways to persuade people to give up smoking, we speak to Christopher Ogden, director of the Tobacco Manufacturers Association and Health Minister Dawn Primarolo.

0815 The latest on the stabbing of a six month old baby in South London.

0820 An online musical laboratory is trying to find out how different sounds affect listeners, we find out how it works.

0825 Sport with Rob Bonett.


0830 We speak to a Deputy Mayor for London, Ray Lewis about how the new administration plans to tackle knife crime.

0835 On Monday night the Parliamentary Labour Party will meet for the first time since the Crewe and Nantwich by-election. Can the party recover it's fortunes.

0840 Today's papers.

0843 The cricket Indian Premier League Final is tomorrow night. We hear from our Sports Editor.

0850 Clive Sinclair has writen a book about the Wild West. We ask him to compare its heroes with todays Presidential candidates.

0855 Fans of EMO are having a demonstration in London today to protest at what they say is a demonisation of their music.
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Thought for the Day

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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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