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Today: Friday 24 October 2008

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Emerging economies feel the pinch as investors move their money out, the government strategy on challenging extremism in the community under the spotlight, Alan Bennett on donating his archive and Oliver Stone on his new film about George W Bush.

Several fast-growing, emerging economies are feeling the effects of the current financial crisis, as investors worried about debt defaults take money out. Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics at Harvard, discusses the latest crisis in the ongoing financial downturn.

It is the deadline for school applications in some education authorities. Andy Hibbert, director of the Parent Organisation and John O'Farrell, author and parent governor, discuss reports that some parents are apparently getting so stressed that they are consulting lawyers.

Only 30% of women complete the 39 years of National Insurance contributions it takes to receive a full state pension, compared to 90% of men. Now the government are lowering that figure to 30 years. Ros Altman, head of the Pensions Action Group, discusses the development.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Is the money that goes to local councils to prevent violent extremism being spent properly? Zubeida Malik reports on the groups and projects in Birmingham that have been receiving part of the government's 80m fund.

The paper review.

British Airways are ending their direct flights between Manchester and New York. Simon Calder, the travel editor of the Independent, suggests the airline should be rebranded London Airways.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Lord Harries.

New immigration minister Phil Woolas has said he was brought in "to be tougher" and has caused controversy by suggesting that non-EU immigration may have to be curbed in the face of the economic downturn. He discusses the future of immigration policy.

Is a crisis of confidence now hitting hedge funds? We hear from hedge fund managers and speak to Dr Paul Woolley, who set up the Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality.

Author and playwright Alan Bennett discusses his decision to donate his literary archive to the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government is giving 80m to local councils to fight violent extremism among Muslims but questions have been raised over the way the funds are being spent in Birmingham. Communities secretary Hazel Blears discusses whether the funding is being put to the right use.

Should civil servants at the National Assessment Agency, who oversee the Sats exams, be receiving a bonus given the furore over this year's results? Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, raises his concerns over the bonus.

Oliver Stone is in London for the European premier of his new film about George W Bush. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge met the director to discuss what he really thought of his new leading man.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove

The French aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres has criticised the operation to deal with the aftermath of the hurricanes which hit Haiti in August and September. Weeks after the country was devastated, Mike Thomson reports on the continuing aid crisis in the country.

How interested are you in the results of the US election? Benedicte Pavoit, the London correspondent of French news network France 24 and Stryker Maguire, contributing editor of Newsweek, discuss a new poll which suggests that the UK is less pre-occupied with the US election than our European neighbours.



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