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Today: Wednesday 8 October 2008

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Taxpayers are expected to be committed to £50bn of risk to bail-out high street banks. Sir George Cox, former senior independent director of Bradford and Bingley, discusses whether taxpayers should be worried about taking on such a huge cost.

A "tool kit for schools on preventing extremism" is being launched by the government. The idea is to train teachers in ways of spotting and preventing extremism in their pupils. Anthony Glees, professor of security and intelligence studies at the University of Buckingham, says it treats British Muslim school children differently from non-Muslim children.

Business news with Adam Shaw

People will start starving to death unless we exploit GM technology and the poorest farmers in Africa should be given the technology, a GM expert says. Dr David Dennis, professor emeritus at Queens University in Ontario, says the risks from GM crops are small and infinitely preferable to mass starvation.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Chancellor Alistair Darling has announced the rescue plan to restore confidence to the British banking industry. Business editor Robert Peston looks through the finer points of what has been proposed.

Will the £50bn bail-out of British banks work to stabilise the economy and increase confidence in the banking sector? Terry Smith, chief executive of money brokers Tullett Prebon, and Hugh Osmond, director of life insurance firm Pearl Group, discuss whether the plan will get wholesale markets moving again.

Today's papers.

Before the winner of the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker, is announced, each nominated author will speak to the Today Programme. In the first of six interviews, arts correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to Linda Grant, author of The Clothes on Their Backs.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

Details of the £50bn bail-out of British banks have been released. Shadow chancellor George Osborne gives his opinion on the rescue plan, and discusses whether Alistair Darling had any other option.

The British government has disclosed a rescue package for the country's finance industry. Chancellor Alistair Darling says the banking system has not been working, but this package will help banks to restructure.

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have clashed in their second televised debate. North America editor Justin Webb reports on who got the upper hand.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Will the government's plan to part-nationalise the banking industry ease the crisis of confidence? Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics, and political editor Nick Robinson discuss the plan.

Has the International Criminal Court succeeded in its goal of prosecuting those accused of the gravest crimes? World affairs correspondent Mark Doyle reports on the 10th anniversary of the court and ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo discusses the prosecutions he hopes to bring in the future.

World War I veteran Len Smith made daring trips into No Man's Land to make sketches of enemy positions which were then used to plan military strategy. His story and his drawings are to be made public for the first time. His great nephew Dave Mason, and historian Christy Campbell, discuss the man who always said he "would rather have a WC than a VC".

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Chancellor Alistair Darling has proposed a rescue strategy in an attempt to stabilise the banking industry. Former Chancellor Lord Norman Lamont, and Jon Moulton, Managing Partner of Alchemy Group, discuss the details of Mr Darling's proposals.



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