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Today: Monday 25 May 2009

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Three years after carrying out its first nuclear weapon tests North Korea has announced that it has conducted a second more powerful atomic test. And there are fears that senior RAF staff could be at risk of blackmail after the loss of highly sensitive vetting records.


The government has kept secret the loss of confidential RAF records that may leave individuals vulnerable to blackmail. The BBC has found that highly sensitive files on RAF personnel were lost, including details of debt, extra marital affairs and drug abuse. Richard Bilton, reporter for the BBC Two programme Who's Watching You?, which uncovered the loss, discusses what this means for the Ministry of Defence.


North Korea has conducted a second nuclear test, according to news sources in the capital of South Korea. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has convened an emergency meeting to address the growing nuclear threat of the North. Expert in North Korean politics at Leeds University, Aidan Foster-Carter, discusses the latest development in the country

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The Health Secretary Alan Johnson has called for a referendum on the way voters choose MPs at Westminster. His suggestions are welcomed by campaigners at the Electoral Reform Society. Its chief executive Dr Ken Ritchie discusses why a change in politics can only come through a fundamental re-think of the electoral system.


Scientists studying animal behaviour have amassed growing evidence that animals have a sense of morality. Recent research suggests that species ranging from mice to primates are governed by moral codes of conduct in the same way humans are. Professor Marc Bekoff, ecologist at the University of Colorado, explains why our long standing assumptions on animal morality have been flawed.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Oldham council is planning to use controversial new measures to clamp down on binge drinking. Pubs running promotions will have to pay for extra police as well as ensuring customers form orderly queues and order only two drinks per person. The Mayor of Oldham, Jim McArdle and Mark Hastings from the British Beer and Pub Association discuss whether the tactics will tackle the problems associated with binge drinking.

Today's papers.


As he drives around the EU ahead of European Parliamentary elections in June, Europe Correspondent Jonny Dymond reports from Poland to gauge how the country has changed since joining the EU.


Over the years, the programme has reported on many conservation surveys and experiments, and the organisations involved have almost always reported a good response from listeners. Now, one of these projects has been so successful it has been turned into a scientific paper - meaning listeners are, indirectly, published researchers. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports from the British Trust for Ornithology headquarters in Thetford.

Thought for the day with the religious commentator Clifford Longley.


It is assumed that the Pakistani army will eventually defeat the Taliban and gain control of Mingora, but what then? The Taliban has been beaten militarily numerous times in the past, but the ideology has remained. Pakistan specialist at Chatham House Dr Farzana Shaikh and BBC foreign correspondent David Loyn discuss Pakistan's current strategies for dealing with the Taliban in the Swat valley.


North Korea has staged its second underground nuclear test, leading to widespread condemnation from the international community. Correspondent John Sudworth reports from South Korea on the underground explosion, which seismologists say measured 4.5 on the Richter Scale, and foreign office minister Bill Rammell discusses how the international community should react to the test.


While some commentators claim that there will be an economic recovery as early as December this year, one of the world's most influential economists, Professor Robert Shiller, has warned that we should treat the latest stock market bounce with caution. Professor Shiller discusses his predictions for the future of the economy.


The Italian art world is debating whether a small wooden statue of Christ is a true Michelangelo. The statue, which depicts Christ on the cross, has been bought by the Italian government for £2.5m. BBC reporter Duncan Kennedy examines the evidence from Naples.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Senior Anglican leaders have called for voters to boycott the British National Party at next month's elections. But to what extent should religious figures comment on party politics? Religious commentator Reverend Giles Fraser, Conservative MP Anne Widdecombe and Constitution expert at Oxford university, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, discuss whether the church should have a place in political debate.


Men who have daughters become more left-wing and more likely to vote Labour or Liberal Democrat, according to a new study. Andrew Oswald, professor of economics at Warwick University, discusses whether daughters soften their father's politics.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Arsenal football club's Russian superstar Andrei Arshavin earns approximately £80,000 a week, but is reported to have been unpleasantly surprised by the new 50p tax rate. Sports writer Will Buckley and Mike Warburton, tax partner at accountants Grant Thornton, discuss whether the top tax rate could drive away foreign players from the premier league.


Prominent US economist Professor Robert Shiller has warned of the dangers of unbridled optimism in the face of recession. But other commentators have been keen to mark the first signs of economic recovery. Times columnist, Anatole Kaletsky, and Mark Swift from manufacturers association EEF discuss their own economic forecasts.


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