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Today: Friday 1st January

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 musician Robert Wyatt and some of the items in this running order are longer versions of those broadcast on the programme.

The sound of Britain's amateur choirs is scattered throughout the programme. Listen to some of the choir music sent into the programme using the link below.


The Director of the CIA Leon Panetta has confirmed that all seven of the people killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday worked for the CIA. The Taliban have said that one of its fighters had infiltrated the Afghan army to carry out the attack. Former CIA operative Bob Baer and Kabul correspondent Peter Greste discuss what it will mean for intelligence operations in the country.


2009 has not been a good year for politicians. Many of them are likely to face the wrath of their electors over their expense claims when they go out canvassing for votes at the forthcoming general election. But amid the controversy, guest editor Robert Wyatt believes the work of honest, industrious MPs is going largely unreported. Political correspondent Norman Smith discussed the issue with the former MP Tony Benn and Chris Moncrieff, who has worked in the Westminster lobby for the Press Association for more than 40 years.

The business news with Adam Shaw.


From today a single regulatory body will for the first time oversee the entire legal services sector. The chairman of the new Legal Services Board, David Edmonds, discusses what difference the body will make.

The Sports news with John Myers.


It has not been a good year for democracy in the small Central American country of Honduras. One of the great political sagas of 2009 concerned the fate of elected president, Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup. Guest editor Robert Wyatt wanted to know whether last year's political upheaval in the country had echoes of an earlier age. Correspondent Stephen Gibbs reports from the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

The paper review.


Guest editor Robert Wyatt is interested in whether Britain's high streets have been overrun by chain stores. Paddy O'Connell visited the streets of Croydon with Mark Steel, who has toured hundreds of town centres for his Radio 4 series Mark Steel's In Town.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.


Alcohol is creating an "unsustainable burden" on the NHS according to a report from the NHS confederation and the Royal College of physicians. The managers and doctors say that treating alcohol related conditions in England now costs over £2.7bn a year and they warn the increasing costs could cripple NHS hospitals. NHS Confederation director of policy Nigel Edwards discusses the scale of the problem.


The new year has closed a year in which the economy contracted by almost 5%. Director General of the business organisation the CBI, Richard Lambert, discusses the risks and opportunities for the UK economy in 2010.


Guest editor Robert Wyatt has been in the music industry for more than 40 years. Having worked with so many people over the years, he was keen to explore what makes a good musical collaboration. Wyatt and Specials founder member Jerry Dammers discuss what they look for in musicians they work with.


Guest editor Robert Wyatt is an admirer of the work of the writer John Berger. For his programme he asked him for an alternative Thought for the Day.

Sports news with John Myers.


How should the international community react to Iran's decision not to take up an international offer for Russia or France to enrich uranium for the country? Bronwen Maddox of the Times and Con Coughlin of the Telegraph discuss how the UK should handle Iran.


Is Yemen the country to watch in the New Year? Yemen expert Philip McCrum, of the Economist's Intelligence Unit, discusses what is it about this Arabian state which causes such concern.

The business news with Adam Shaw in poem form.


Guest editor Robert Wyatt is concerned about life in our town centres. Candida Lycett Green, columnist for the Oldie Magazine and author of Unwrecked England, discusses whether our high streets are under threat.


Guest editor Robert Wyatt discusses his stint at the helm of the Today programme.



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