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Today: Friday 20 February 2009

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FBI agents have found the Texan billionaire, Sir Allen Stanford, and served him with court papers accusing him of massive investment fraud. And a report says primary school children in England are getting a deficient education because teachers are concentrating too much on maths, English and testing.

The FBI has traced the missing Texas financier and cricket entrepreneur Sir Allen Stanford and served civil papers on him. Howard Meyers, former attorney with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, discusses whether the authorities are losing the battle to protect investors and markets.

Primary school children are missing out on a broad and balanced education because of an excessive focus on numeracy and literacy, a report by the Cambridge Primary Review concludes. Director of the review Professor Robin Alexander explains why the limited curriculum is proving so damaging.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides is facing a population crisis. An island-wide ballot will decide whether to confer national park status on the island in an attempt to solve the problem. Correspondent Huw Williams talks to local residents about their hopes for the future.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A leading Muslim peer says cultural sensitivity has prevented politicians from discussing the issue of polygamy in the UK. Baroness Warsi says we need to consider registering all religious marriages, including Islamic ceremonies. Zubeida Malik investigates the problem of polygamy in Britain.

Today's papers.

A recent TV commercial has been hailed as proof that the internet has taken over as the key site for advertisers. Since airing on Channel 4, the "viral" advert has spread across social networking sites and the blogging community. Star of a viral advert Matt Harding talks to reporter Jack Izzard about the explosion in "interesting advertising". Advertiser Matthew Golding, who is set to create a viral for the Today programme, explains why this form of marketing is the future of the industry.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad - Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

Last month the government announced a package of measures to help small businesses gain access to credit. But many still complain they cannot get access to new funds. The small business finance forum is meeting to address this problem. Steve Cooper from Barclays Bank and Andrew Cape from the Federation of Small Businesses discuss who is to blame.

The missing tycoon Sir Allen Stanford has been found in Virginia and served with official papers by FBI agents. He stands accused of $8bn fraud but is yet to be arrested. Business correspondent Greg Wood talks about the implications for Antigua and Congressman Dennis Kucinich discusses why authorities in the US did not discover the case earlier.

As the Oscars approach, so do another set of emotional acceptance speeches. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones looks at memorable speeches from the past and what to expect from this year's stars.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

UK politicians have failed to deal with the issue of polygamy, a leading Muslim peer has claimed. Chairman of the Muslim Forum Manzoor Moghal and Professor Haleh Afshar, of York University, discuss if it is time for policy makers to look into the possibility of registering all religious marriages to try to stop men from marrying more than one wife.

Primary school education in the UK is failing to deliver a balanced education to children due to an overemphasis on maths and English, a major report concludes. Education minister and Labour peer Baroness Morgan discusses what needs to be done to address these imbalances.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

It is now 100 years since the founder of the Futurism movement Filippo Marinetti published the Futurist Manifesto. In it, Marinetti eschewed the past in favour of the power, speed and technology of the industrial age. Writer Tom McCarthy and gallery director Roberta Cremoncini discuss why futurism has been fundamental to European modern art.

Senior executives from the England and Wales Cricket Board are meeting at Lords to discuss their dealings with Sir Allen Stanford. Chairman of the ECB Giles Clarke is now facing calls for his resignation. Sports editor Mihir Bose discusses what this will mean for cricket in the UK.

Gordon Brown is embarking on a mini-tour of EU capitals to negotiate the terms of a multinational regulatory system on tax and banking before the G20 summit. John Christensen, of the Tax Justice Network, and lawyer Jay Krausse, of Withers Worldwide, discuss whether such a system will help address the complex financial problems we are facing.



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