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Today: Tuesday 21 July 2009

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Young people in England should have access to much better careers advice to boost their ambitions, suggests a report into social mobility. And the Ministry of Defence has been accused of wasting millions of pounds by government auditors. The National Audit Office said £155m of spending on radio systems used in Afghanistan could not be accounted for.


The amount of care offered by the NHS in England to military veterans with post traumatic stress disorder is "a spit in the ocean", a charity says. Commodore Toby Elliott, head of Combat Stress - a charity which looks after former members of the military, explains his view that the NHS cannot cope to correspondent Angus Crawford.


The latest auction of government bonds is to take place - the first since the Bank of England indicated it would stop buying bonds under its programme of quantitative easing. Business editor Robert Peston interviews Robert Stheeman, chief executive of the UK Debt Management Office, about the effect of quantitative easing on the sale.


When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon 40 years ago, it was assumed its mission would be one small step in the continuous exploration of space. In fact, no human has been close to the moon since 1972. In the last of his special reports, science correspondent Tom Feilden looks at Nasa's plans to go back to the moon and beyond.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson will be grilled by MPs about claims the paper paid investigators to hack into the phones of public figures. John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons culture and media committee, discusses what he hopes the inquiry will uncover.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Why do so few people from poorer backgrounds end up working in a profession? Home editor Mark Easton reflects on a report by the former minister Alan Milburn which explains how young people can boost their ambitions.

Today's papers.


The events surrounding the killing of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes by police has been made into a play. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports on the attempt to recreate moment by moment what happened on that day in the 33 minutes from him leaving the house to the moment when he was killed.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations.


A 22-year-old man from east London who began binge-drinking at 13 has died after being denied a life-saving liver transplant. Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, explains the story of Gary Reinbach, who was given only a few weeks to live after developing cirrhosis of the liver.


Britain's professions have become more socially exclusive, a report into social mobility suggests. Former cabinet minister Alan Milburn, the author of the report, discusses his findings.


An ambitious experiment to follow the life histories of some of the world's oldest and tallest trees has been set up by scientists in California. Correspondent Peter Bowes discovers the problems with tracking something that lives for centuries.

Sports news with Arlo White.


The head of the army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, is said to have infuriated ministers last week by publicly calling for more troops and better equipment in Afghanistan. Today presenter Sarah Montague reports from Afghanistan and talks to Sir Richard about his last journey to Afghanistan before he retires after 40 years of service.


Despite overall crime falling by 5% in 2008/9, the fear of crime seems to go on rising. Filmmaker Roger Graef, who has tried to answer that question in a programme for BBC One, explains why people are more fearful than they used to be.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


More must be done to help military service veterans with mental health problems, a Commons Defence Committee report has found. Health minister Mike O'Brien considers whether the treatment of veterans "relies too much on luck and good intentions".


The novelist Gordon Burn has died aged 61, his agent has confirmed. He had been suffering from cancer. Burn's work explored the relationship between fact and fiction and he last appeared on the Today programme when he spoke to Jim Naughtie about his book Born Yesterday: The News As a Novel.


Universities should take into account the social background of the people who apply for courses, a report into social mobility suggests. Shaun Bailey, a youth worker and prospective Conservative party candidate for Hammersmith, and Dr Lee Elliot Major, research director at the Sutton Trust, discuss whether working class pupils should be given special consideration.



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