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Today: Saturday 2nd 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 Baroness Shirley Williams, a senior Liberal Democrat politician. Some of the items in this running order are longer versions of those broadcast on the programme.


At least 88 people have been killed in northwest Pakistan by a suicide car bomb at a volleyball tournament. Scores of people are said to have been wounded in the attack, which happened in the town of Lakki Marwat, near the Afghan border. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports on the attack.


The freed British hostage, Peter Moore, has returned to the UK from Iraq, where he spent more than two and a half years in captivity. His flight was met at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire by Foreign Office staff who took him away for a private reunion with his family. Diplomatic Correspondent Caroline Hawley discusses the ongoing speculation over where Peter Moore was held captive.


It is 20 years since the end of the Cold War and yet there are still 23,000 nuclear warheads in the world, 90% of them held by the US and Russia. Our guest editor Shirley Williams is worried by the risk that nuclear arms still pose to the world. She discusses the problem with Lord Hannay, a former British Ambassador to the United Nations, and Gareth Evans, the former Australian foreign secretary who is now co-chairman of the International Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Commission.


Our guest editor, Shirley Williams, a practising Roman Catholic, is interested in the future of her Church. She spoke to the former head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who has a new post to help appoint new bishops.

The Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


After the financial turmoil of the past 18 months there are some signs that economies around the world are returning to growth. One of the current debates that has emerged from the financial crisis is whether there should be a tax on financial transactions - a so-called Tobin Tax - named after the American economist, James Tobin. Shirley Williams, who is in favour of such a tax, spoke to FSA chairman Lord Turner. She asked him why he thinks some countries, such as Germany and France, are supportive of a transaction tax while in others, including the the UK and the US are opposed to it.

The paper review.


The classical pianist and composer Stephen Hough has become one of the most in-demand musicians in the world. A friend of our guest editor Shirley Williams, she went to a rehearsal room in the Royal Festival Hall in London to hear him play and to ask him about the relationship between a concert pianist and their audience.

Thought for the day with the Dr Farhan Nizami, Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.


Policymakers in the US think one of the biggest threats to their security comes from the UK. That view has been supported by the fact that the Nigerian who tried to blow up a plane on Christmas day was a student in London for four years. Usama Hasan, a senior lecturer in engineering at Middlesex University and an imam at Tawhid Mosque, discusses whether US Muslims are more integrated in the US than in the UK.


According to one poll published last year, public trust in politicians has reached an all-time low. When asked, 82% of voters said they did thought politicians did not tell the truth. After a lifetime as a politician, the issue is close to the heart of our guest Editor Shirley Williams. She discusses trust in politics with former Prime Minister Sir John Major.


A Somali man has tried to kill the Danish cartoonist whose drawings of the Prophet Muhammad caused worldwide protests in 2006. The attacker, who had a knife, was shot and killed by police in Kurt Westergaard's home. Thomas Book-Anderson, a news presenter from the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, describes the attack.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Iran seems intent on pushing ahead with its nuclear programme, risking sanctions by allowing the possibility of a deal to lapse yesterday. But since countries like Pakistan and India have nuclear weapons why shouldn't Iran? Our guest editor this morning Shirley Williams advises the PM on non-proliferation and it is a subject she wanted to address. Former Defence Secretary Des Browne, discusses the threat posed by nuclear weapons.


British theatre appears to be one of the few businesses to be largely unaffected by the recession. Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones has been finding out about our love for the theatre.


Guest editor Shirley Williams believes that the media celebrates the achievements of individual women when it comes to sporting triumphs but does not give enough space to the achievements of women's team sports. Lynne Truss, author of Get Her Off The Pitch! and a former sports journalist, discusses why we seem to enjoy watching men's rather than women's team sports.


Rail fares have risen by an average increase of 1% - the lowest since rail privatisation in the mid-1990s. Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, discusses the new fares.


Guest editor Shirley Williams discusses what she hoped to achieve editing the programme.



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