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0709 Gordon Brown's plan to scrap A-levels in favour of a new set of diplomas "risks disaster" for the education system, says a report from the University of Buckingham. We speak to report author Professor Alan Smithers and education minister Jim Knight.


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Are the Bush administration trying to set up permanent military bases in Iraq? We speak to General Jack Keane.


The commission for responsible for inspecting care homes for the elderly comes under the spotlight in the latest in Today reporter Jon Manel's series on care for the elderly.

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Have you ever bought a dacey or been bitten by a guggy? To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Oxford English Dictionary, the English Project are launching a campaign to collect the secret vocabulary used by families in homes around the UK.

Thought for the Day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

Rural firms could be almost twice as successful if they had the same access to funding and technical support as their urban counterparts according to a report by the Commission for Rural Communities. We speak to its author Stuart Burgess.


Coal may not seem an obvious subject matter for a new oratorio, but "Carbon 12" does just that. The Welsh National Opera are performing the work which incorporates two hundred performers including choirs and a brass band from Welsh mining communities.

Sport from Garry Richardson.


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Would you trust a robot to look after your child? Noel Sharkey, a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Sheffield University and Professor Yorick Wilks from Oxford University's Internet Institute discuss robo-carers.



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