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Today: Wednesday 8 April 2009

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The Liberal Democrats are demanding a criminal inquiry after video footage of the G20 protest showed a police officer pushing over a man who later died. And Prime Minister Gordon Brown is promising this month's Budget will plot a "green" route to economic recovery.


A powerful aftershock has hit central Italy, nearly two days after a major earthquake caused severe damage. Correspondent Dominic Hughes talks to a spokesman from Save the Children about the 5.5-magnitude tremor. Agostino Miozzo, spokesman for Italy's Civil Protection Agency, discusses the plan for rebuilding the area.


Is the worst of the financial crisis over? Reporter Jack Izzard visits the London suburb of Bexleyheath to test the economic temperature and considers whether the "green shoots" of recovery can be seen.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Religious groups should fund their own presence in UK hospitals and save the NHS some £40m per year, the National Secular Society (NSS) suggests. Paul Mason, a chaplain at a London hospital, and Terry Sanderson, president of the NSS, discuss if money would be better spent on nurses or cleaners.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Outlawing low-price alcohol is essential to tackle the nation's problem drinking, many doctors and nurses believe. Professor Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance and Gavin Partington, spokesman for the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, discuss if increasing the cost of alcohol would curb binge drinking.


The charity Oxfam is to publish a new report about the recession and poverty in the UK. Home affairs editor Mark Easton explains the details of the report and the questions it raises about the current domestic tax and benefit policy.

Today's papers.


Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras has been awarded BBC Music Magazine's Disc of the Year award for his latest recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He discusses his recordings of Mozart's last four symphonies which were called "a model of freshness and insight" by judges.

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


The FTSE 100 index of leading shares has risen by over 10% in the last month. Economist Howard Archer, of IHS Global Insight, and Andy Brough, manager of the Schroder UK Mid 250 Fund, discuss if this - and a number of other indicators - show that the economy is showing signs of recovery.


The Liberal Democrats are calling for an inquiry after footage showed a police officer at the G20 protests pushing a man who later died. Correspondent Rory MacLean, Liberal Democrat justice spokesman David Howarth and Peter Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, discuss the footage.


Oxfam is to launch a policy that details how the government could use the current economic turmoil as an opportunity to create a more "equitable, sustainable society". Cabinet Office minister Liam Byrne and Jill Kirby, director of the Centre for Policy Studies, discuss if charities should engage in political campaigning or concentrate their efforts on helping people in need.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Two brothers have been charged with attempted murder over an incident which left one child with serious head injuries and another with knife wounds. Joanna Nicolas, a social worker and child protection trainer, and Sue Berelowitz, deputy children's commissioner for England, consider if this incident is an example of "Broken Britain".

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Could the literary classic Pride and Prejudice be improved by zombies? A new version of the novel endows the Bennet sisters with martial arts skills to battle the lumbering undead. Writer of the adaptation Seth Grahame-Smith discusses how he went about rewriting Jane Austen.


Colette Aram, 16, was found strangled in a field near Keyworth in Nottinghamshire 25 years ago. Flora Watkins reports on the police announcement that they have arrested a man in connection with the case.


Oxfam is warning that the economic downturn is creating more poverty in the UK, making life tougher for the fifth of the population already struggling to get by. Professor John Hills, director of the ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, discusses the history of dealing with poverty during a recession.


Did football change forever on May 26 1989? Arsenal faced Liverpool needing to win by two goals to take the league title. Anything less and it belonged to Liverpool. Author Jason Cowley discusses if this game marked the end of an era with sports writer Colin Shindler.



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