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Today: Friday 28 August 2009

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A US woman found after being abducted as a girl in 1991 gave birth to two children fathered by her alleged kidnapper - the first when she was 14. And English holidaymakers are turning to drink on their breaks with the average adult consuming eight alcoholic drinks a day, a survey suggests.


The UK population grew by 408,000 in 2008 - the biggest increase for almost 50 years, according to the Office for National Statistics. Professor John Salt, of the migration research unit at University College London, considers whether any forecasts for the way population changes can be accurate.


James Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, is to address the Edinburgh television festival. Media correspondent Torin Douglas reports on Mr Murdoch's James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, 20 years after his father gave the same keynote address.


The US special envoy to Afghanistan has held an "explosive" meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the country's election, the BBC has learnt. Michael Semple, former deputy head of the EU mission to Afghanistan, considers whether a second-round run-off could make the election process more credible.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.


The costs of dealing with the effects of climate change will be far higher than current estimates, a new analysis suggests. Lead author Martin Parry, a visiting research fellow with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, discusses whether governments will be willing to invest £300bn a year to cope with climate change.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A US woman found after being abducted as a girl in 1991 gave birth to two children fathered by her alleged kidnapper - the first when she was 14. Correspondent Rajesh Mirchandani reports on how Jaycee Dugard was kept isolated for so long.

Today's papers.


Detainees in Iran have been raped and tortured to death in prison since the election, an opposition leader has alleged. Correspondent Jon Leyne reacts to the claims made by Mehdi Karrubi and reports on the validity of confessions made by some senior opposition figures while on trial.

Thought for the day with John Bell, of the Iona Community.


Around 20 years ago, media mogul Rupert Murdoch predicted a future for television in which fibre optic cable would link users to an on demand world with almost limitless content and high definition pictures. Broadcaster Andrew Neil, founding chairman of Sky TV, and Dawn Airey, chief executive of Five, discuss how television has changed over the last 20 years.


The standard of care delivered in some of our hospitals and nursing homes would shame a third world country, correspondence to the programme says. Nurses Bob Purcell, "Rachel" and Maureen Hamilton discuss their profession following a report into NHS care.


An updated version of the wartime classic Make Do And Mend has been issued for today's recession-hit generation. Pamela Caff, who contributed to the book, and author Rose Prince discuss whether there is a limit to the practical household uses for white vinegar and whether a stitch in time really does save nine.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A US woman found after being abducted as a girl in 1991 gave birth to two children fathered by her alleged kidnapper, police say. Sam Stanton, a reporter on newspaper the Sacramento Bee, tells the remarkable story of Jaycee Dugard who, according to the police, was kept in a "hidden backyard within a backyard". Criminal psychologist Dr David Holmes, of Manchester Metropolitan University, discusses the mental state of the alleged kidnappers.


General Sir Richard Dannatt is due to hand over his post as Army chief to Gen Sir David Richards. Former defence secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Major General Patrick Cordingley, commander of the Desert Rats in the first Gulf War, discuss the challenge facing Gen Richards.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.


Before digital cameras, the click and whirr of a Polaroid camera was one of only a few ways to see photos instantly. Despite Polaroid no longer making film, a group calling themselves the Impossible Project are trying to reintroduce it. Correspondent James Fletcher considers whether there is still a market for analogue film in a digital age.


Iranian state television will show more defendants sitting in rows in a courtroom in Tehran as they face trial for taking part in a plot to undermine the Islamic Republic. Mansour Farhang, revolutionary Iran's first ambassador to the UN, considers whether Iranians would be surprised by allegations that these defendants have been tortured.

John and Justin's review
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