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Today: Wednesday 30th December

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to offer transcripts for our programme interviews. Today is broadcast live and the running order is subject to change.

Today's programme is guest edited by the former England captain Tony Adams and some of the items in this running order are longer versions of those broadcast on the programme.

President Obama has criticised US intelligence services over missed opportunities to foil the plot to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day. And Gordon Brown is preparing to deliver an upbeat New Year message on the economy.


Officials in Yemen are preparing for air strikes on al-Qaeda targets, according to US television networks. The Yemeni Government confirmed that the Nigerian suspect of an attempted Christmas Day bomb plot lived in the country for several months this year. BBC Arabic Reporter Khalid Ezalarab reports from Yemen.


A campaign to identify and protect hundreds war memorial playing fields, named in the aftermath of those who died in the two great wars, is to be launched by Fields in Trust. The organisation works to protect and improve sports fields across the UK, and is close to the heart of Today's guest editor, Tony Adams. Alison Moore-Gwyn, the organisation's chief executive, discusses the new scheme.


A £1m prize is being offered by the Conservative party to encourage the public to participate in government. To win the prize you must create an online platform to be used by a future Tory government. Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, and James Harkin, author of Cyburbia, a critique of our obsession with the internet, debate the online platform.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Today's guest editor Tony Adams began his career as an apprentice footballer during the 1980s, at the same time as Kate Hoey MP was an education advisor at Arsenal. Mr Adams and Ms Hoey look back on Arsenal more than 20 years ago.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Iran has accused western countries of organising opposition protests in the country, as authorities continue their crackdown on opposition movements. Ben Wallace, chair of the All Party Group on Iran, analyses the accusations.


Today's guest editor Tony Adams was part of the hit-making team that made All the Way, England's football anthem for the 1988 European Championship. Unfortunately the team were not so lucky on the pitch. BBC 6 Music presenter Gideon Coe looks back on sporting songs.

The paper review.


Former prime minister Jim Callaghan broke the "iron law of Whitehall", it has been revealed. Files released at the national archives today show that Mr Callaghan ordered his secret nuclear papers to be handed over to the new prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. Correspondent Sanchia Berg reports from the national archives.

Thought for the day with Reverend Michael Sanders, Tony Adams' local vicar and priest for nine Cotswold country churches.


Are sports stars more likely to develop an addiction than the rest of the population? Following a public battle with alcoholism and a short spell in prison for drink driving, our guest editor Tony Adams founded the Sporting Chance Clinic to provide a place for sportsmen and women to deal with their addictions. Sports presenter Rob Bonnet investigates addictions in sport.


US President Barack Obama has criticised US intelligence agencies for systematic failures that allowed a known extremist with explosives to board a US-bound plane last week. Mr Obama said he considered the intelligence and security failures to be "totally unacceptable". Michael Scheuer, a former senior CIA officer, examines the president's reaction.


Newcastle United footballer Joey Barton has rarely been out of the headlines. Sentenced to six months in prison for a vicious assault on a 16 year old teenager, and involved in numerous brawls with other footballers, the former bad-boy of football appears to have turned his career around. Mr Barton is now involved with Sporting Chance, a charity founded by Today's guest editor, Tony Adams. Today presenter Sarah Montague spoke to Mr Barton about his reputation.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Margaret Thatcher found her first few months in power extremely frustrating, according to newly released national archive documents. The Times' Peter Riddell and a senior fellow at the Institute for Government, discusses the revelations.


Can football managers learn anything from successful business leaders? Today's guest editor Tony Adams, business editor and Arsenal fan Robert Peston and professor of economics at Cass Business School Stefan Szymanski, examine football managers' business acumen.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The relationship between a football club, its players and the fans is often impenetrable. Guest editor Tony Adams, comedian and writer Alan Davies, and editor of the New Statesman, Jason Cowley, discuss the bond.


Today's guest editor Tony Adams discusses his experience of editing the programme.



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