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Today: Saturday 23 August 2008

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US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is set to reveal his vice-presidential running mate ahead of a rally in Illinois. Unconfirmed US media reports say Senator Joe Biden is Obama's choice, but he has not yet announced this. Correspondent Jonathan Beale reports from Washington.

Coalition forces have carried out an air strike in the Herat region of western Afghanistan, killing 30 Taleban militants, the US military says. Grace Ommer, country director for Oxfam in Afghanistan, says that humanitarian access is being restricted.

Today's papers.

The world's top central bankers and economists are meeting in the American mountain resort of Jackson Hole in Wyoming. The credit crunch and what to do about it is the single topic on the agenda. Correspondent Lesley Curwen interviews C. Fred Bergsten, of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

China's success in the Beijing Olympics was meant to rejuvenate morale in a country that is often seen as suffering decades of humiliation at the hands of foreign powers. Quentin Sommerville reports on whether this strategy has been successful.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

More than 100,000 Pakistani troops have been sent into the north-western frontier regions of Pakistan to deal with an insurgency that's driven a quarter of a million people from their homes. Correspondent Owen Bennett-Jones interviews Major General Athar Abbas about how long this campaign could go on and Edward Luttwak, American military strategist and historian, explains the situation in the region.

Today's papers

A team of archaeologists have saved a Bronze Age building from the sea on the Shetland island of Bressay. Tom Dawson, of St Andrews University and leader of the team, discusses how this was done.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

A memory stick has gone missing with details of the personal data of thousands of criminals. Home Office Minister Tony McNulty explains how this information went missing.

The Olympics flag will pass to London at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games. London Mayor Boris Johnson will take the flag in the ceremony. He says that he is "absolutely determined" that the 2012 Games will be under budget, and "just as fantastic" as the 2008 Olympics.

Workers dressing-up in period costume can bring an air of authenticity to stately home visits but the idea is dividing opinion among visitors. Historian Adam Hart-Davis and Tim Dowling, of the Guardian, discuss whether a costume can make the experience more realistic.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Growth in the UK economy, after 63 successive quarters, has officially stopped. The economy was static for the second quarter of 2008. Former Conservative chancellor Norman Lamont and the Liberal Democrats' Treasury spokesman Vince Cable discuss what this means for Gordon Brown and Labour.

Today's papers.

US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has announced that Joe Biden will be his running mate in November's election. Bill Barnard, chairman of Democrats abroad in the UK, gives his view on the decision.

Barack Obama's coronation at the Democratic Convention will take place as a hugely significant moment in the story of race in America. Stephen Carter, a black law professor at Yale, and David Lammy, black MP and Labour minister, discuss the black upper-classes.

It's been a golden Olympics for Britain but there are still some areas where Great Britain could improve. Jon Manel reports on the lack of success in the throwing events, and how children are being encouraged to take part in the hope for an Olympic champion in the future.

Has the age of the sitcom passed? Ever since The Office, a new kind of comedy without a live audience, the traditional sitcom has become less common. David Liddiment, former director of programmes at ITV and a BBC trustee, and Andrew Newman, head of comedy at Channel Four, discuss whether sitcoms are still commercially viable.


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