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Today: Monday 11 August 2008

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Where you live matters in determining what drugs you get as a cancer patient, a group called the Rarer Cancers Forum says. Penny Wilson-Webb, chief executive of the forum, discusses what disparities there are.

Reports that have emerged from its South Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali, suggest that conditions have been terrible for people there during the last few days of conflict. Maia Kardava, of the Red Cross, explains the humanitarian problems.

Teenagers should study three separate science subjects unless they opt out, The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says. Richard Lambert, director general of the CBI, discusses how schools can promote science more effectively.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Sports news with Mike Sewell.

Negotiations between the water companies in England and Wales and their regulator OFWAT will begin. Some companies are expected to want price rises above the general rate of inflation. Elliot Morley, of the All Party Parliamentary Water Group, and Pamela Taylor, of Water UK, discuss how high prices could get.

Today's papers

There will be a poignant farewell to Edinburgh from 80 members of the Georgian State Ballet who'll be trying to get home not knowing what they'll find. They've been dancing to audiences at the Edinburgh International Festival. Nina Ananiashvili, artistic director and renowned dancer, talks to James Naughtie about trying to find to contact families back home between performances.

Great Britain has won its first gold medal in women's swimming for 48 years. Steve Parry, who won bronze in the Athens Olympics in 2004, discusses the success in the pool.

Thought for the day with The Reverend Angela Tilby, of St Benet's church in Cambridge.

The Conservatives would make major changes to tighten the laws on bail in England and Wales, they have said. The Bail Act would be modified to include a strong presumption against granting bail to people charged with murder. Nick Herbert, the shadow justice secretary, and Sally O'Neill QC, of the Criminal Bar Association, discuss the proposals.

Georgia says it continues to be bombarded by Russian air strikes, despite its offer of a ceasefire. Georgi Bardidze, Georgian charge d'affaires in London, and Dmitri Peskov, a spokesman for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, discuss the situation.

The chef Rick Stein says that cookery should be classed as an art. He discusses this idea with the food critic Tom Lubbock.

Sports news with Mike Sewell.

Salim Hamdan, Osama Bin Laden's driver and body guard, could theoretically be a free man in January after being given a sentence of 66 months, 61 of which he has already served. This was the result of the first full war crimes tribunal on the US naval base of Guantanamo Bay. Correspondent Kim Ghattas, who spoke to one of the jurors, reports from Washington.

Isaac Hayes, the Oscar-winning American soul singer, has died. He was 65. Tim Sampson, of the Stax Museum of American Soul, speaks about the man best known for the memorable theme music for the movie Shaft.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The author Bill Bryson, who is the current president of the Campaign for Rural England, will present a Panorama programme about our littering. He discusses his Notes on a Dirty Island.

The US strongly criticises Russian military action against Georgia, in the bitter conflict over South Ossetia, amid reports that Moscow has bombed more targets inside Georgian territory. Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall and Jim Murphy, minister for Europe, discuss the reaction by President George Bush.

The Olympics serve as a reminder that certain countries seem to have a particular association with certain sports. Matthew Syed, former British Table Tennis Olympiad and now of the Times, and Simon Kuper, of the Financial Times, discuss why a small number of countries dominate certain sports.


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