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History in the making

Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
The Politics Show

Barack Obama
Barack Obama - writing history

Hello again...

As I write this, I am waiting to fly back from Washington after a simply astonishing week.

I spent election night reporting from a coffee house in Culpeper, Virginia.

A town ravaged 150 years ago by the bloody civil war battles over the abolition of slavery but where on Tuesday night people sat and watched, as America elected its first black president.

And in the tears of the crowds who gathered across the United States - and across the world - a recognition of the sacrifices made for civil rights 40 years ago that made the election of Barack Obama possible.

Honouring the dead

The Cenotaph
Sir Edwin Lutyens' Cenotaph, completed in 1920 - a focal point of commemoration for decades

On Sunday, crowds will gather at the Cenotaph, and at war memorials throughout the UK to honour the hundreds of thousands who made their ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

This year, members of the Territorial Reserves who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan will also be honoured among the dead.

For our Remembrance Sunday programme, we'll look at the future of the Armed Forces - and whether the Territorial Reserves could play a greater part in the future of defence.

I'll talk live to the Conservatives' Shadow Defence Secretary, Liam Fox.

Healthy towns

Two thirds of adults and a third of children in the UK are overweight.

And the government estimates that, if things stay as they are, by 2050 almost nine out of ten adults and two thirds of children will have weight problems.

This epidemic of obesity costs the NHS millions of pounds - contributing to higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Two fat men
Just waist-ing away...

So the government's hatched a plan: "healthy towns".

No, not new building on green field sites, but more money for existing towns that have ideas on how to get their chubbier citizens fit and lean.

Paola Buonadonna's got on her bike (literally) to bring you a sneak preview of one of the first towns to get the new healthy status.

But is it the role of the state to get us off the sofa and down the gym?

Or, if our bodies are our temples, shouldn't we start worshipping them ourselves - so to speak?

I'll talk to the Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, a self-confessed "smart Alan", who runs, walks, plays tennis, and eats his five daily portions of fruit and veg.

Politics Max

Politics Max
Politics Max - on your case...

And Max has been to Wales to meet Rose-Mary.

She's a carer who's spent the last 23 years looking after her son who has Down's and now her husband who's become too ill to work.

She thinks it's unfair that, while the hours she spends caring have doubled, her caring allowance has stayed the same.

And when she hits retirement age in a couple of years' time, she'll lose the allowance altogether.

Max has brought her to Westminster to see if the people behind the policy have any answers.

It's a packed programme. We'll be on straight after the Cenotaph - at the slightly later time of 12.10.

See you then.

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