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Afghanistan is once again dominating the news agenda. With more than 200 deaths among British service personnel in the country, Evan Davis asked the Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth about Britain's timetable for withdrawing its troops and whether they are coping with the mounting casualties.

Later in the programme, the journalist and military historian Sir Max Hastings and Professor Bernd Greiner discussed if any parallels can be drawn between the "asymmetrical" warfare in the Vietnam war and the war in Afghanistan.

The leading cancer specialist Karol Sikora has joined the debate on the NHS which has been stirred up by the ongoing debate in the US over President Obama's health care reform plans. He discussed his view that health systems like those in the UK are "doomed" with Dr Michael Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance.

As the triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt claims a new world record in the 100m sprint at the World Championships in Berlin, Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run the four-minute mile, gave Ed Stourton a fascinating insight into the work that goes into breaking a world athletics record.

The Department of Transport is launching the first nationwide campaign to target drivers who take drugs. A series of adverts costing more than £2m highlighting the dangers of drug driving. The Transport Secretary Lord Adonis and criminal solicitor Rob Brown discussed whether the adverts will be a deterrent.

Is the truth out there? As official UFO files are released online by The National Archives, including papers relating to the Rendlesham Forest sightings and the MoD's final position statement on the incident, the National Archives' consultant Dr David Clarke explained what the newly-released records tell us.

In the wake of the Westminster expenses scandal, the journalist and former MP Martin Bell and former Church of England envoy and hostage Terry Waite are considering putting together a field of candidates to stand against a number of MPs at the next election. Mr Bell explained their plans to clean up politics.


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