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Today: Tuesday 24 February 2009

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The Royal Mail pension fund is in danger of collapse if ministers do not press ahead with plans to sell a stake to a private company, trustees say. And the UK saw a 74% rise in diabetes cases around the start of this decade, linked to growing obesity rates, experts warn.

A British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay for more than four years has said he is "extraordinarily happy to be home" in the UK. Security correspondent Gordon Correra reports on the story of Ethiopian-born Binyam Mohamed. Labour MP Mike Gapes, chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, discusses if UK authorities were involved in the alleged torture of Mr Mohamed.

The US government could be on the verge of owning as much as 40% of the bank Citigroup, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. North America editor Justin Webb considers if US politicians are ready to accept such radical measures.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Today programme website is launching an interactive map to gauge how the early signs of spring are appearing around the country. Science reporter Tom Feilden explains why statistics show that spring has sprung earlier and earlier over the last 30 years.

Oxford's Corpus Christi College team have triumphed over Manchester University to be crowned winners of University Challenge. Gail Trimble scored two-thirds of her team's 1,200 points before the final, making her the top points scorer in the programme's history. She discusses if her performance was an "intellectual blitzkrieg".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

British mosques are letting down young Muslims, making them more susceptible to extremist influence, a counter-terrorism think tank says. Author of the survey Ed Husain, of the Quilliam Foundation, and Seyyed Ferjani, chairman of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, discuss if foreign imams who do not conduct lectures in English engage effectively with young British Muslims.

Today's papers.

The UK recession is now affecting most sectors of the economy and all regions of the country. Over the next 12 months, the Today programme will be following four people who have been made redundant. Reporter Sanchia Berg meets Alan South, who worked in the City of London for 30 years before he lost his job.

Thought for the day with ReverendDrGilesFraser,VicarofPutney.

After large stakes were taken in banks by governments both in the UK and the US, a New York Times editorial has argued for the nationalisation of US institutions. Peter Hahn, of Cass Business School, and Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, discuss if banks should remain in private hands.

Government proposals to sell off part of the Royal Mail will be introduced in Parliament. Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Peter Hain, who objects to the sale, discusses the possible consequences for the postal service.

GPs in England are failing to help people with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, a report warns. Constance Barter, who has just turned 16 and has suffered from anorexia, and her mother Sarah discuss what it is like to live with the disorder. Dr John Morgan, a consultant psychiatrist at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, describes the problems faced by those trying to treat anorexia.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A woman who spent a night in the cells after refusing to carry on giving evidence during a rape trial in Edinburgh has told the BBC she wishes she had never agreed to be a witness. Labour MSP Margaret Curran discusses how witnesses in sexual offence cases should be treated.

Around 3,000 shopping trolleys are abandoned in canals and rivers each year, costing 150,000 of public money to recover, British Waterways estimates. Reporter Mike Thompson goes on the search for dumped trolleys and Jane Milne, business environment director of the British Retail Consortium, discusses who should be responsible for recovery costs.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Postal workers prepare to demonstrate in Westminster as the row grows over plans to sell off 30% of Royal Mail. Postal minister Pat McFadden discusses what can be done to help the postal service.

The band U2 are to release their 12th studio album. Radio 4's Front Row programme has been to meet the band at their rehearsal rooms in Dublin. Front Row presenter John Wilson's talks to singer Bono about the band's new recordings.

Different genders appreciate art differently, a new study has found. Art critic Richard Cork and Louisa Buck, of the Art Newspaper, discuss if women are more aware of events going on around them.


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