Today Weekdays 6-9am and Saturdays 7-9am

  • News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:34 GMT, Wednesday, 30 June 2010 07:34 UK
Today: Wednesday 30th June

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is to outline plans to reduce the number of prisoners in England and Wales. And medical researchers have doubled their estimate of the number of people with the brain condition, Huntington's disease.

To speed up the loading time for this running order, we have replaced the audio with links. To hear the reports, interviews and discussions, just click on the links.

Get in touch via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

Business news with Adam Shaw: Scottish Widows' Richard Dunbar explains the global tumble in the stock markets. Brian Caplan, editor of The Banker magazine, explains why British banks are still among the strongest in the world. The chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Paul Everitt, outlines why the government still needs to support the industry.

The British Medical Association is expected to call for mandatory English language and clinical competence tests for all doctors from abroad . Andrew Hosken reports on the tragic events that led to the demand for scrutiny of foreign physicians.

Medical experts say that the genetically inherited brain condition Huntington's disease is at least twice as common as was previously thought. Sir Michael Rawlins, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Professor of Neurophysiology at the University of Columbia, Nancy Wexler, examine the implications of the findings.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will today call for reform of the penal system. Mr Clarke will criticise the rise in the prison population and call for improved rehabilitation. Home editor Mark Easton assesses the significance of the announcement and the political history of sentencing.

The government will announce its vision for the future of the motor industry and is expected to move away from the current level of support it provides. Richard Parry-Jones, former group vice president of the Ford motor company, discusses the effect of reduced government funding on the greening of the industry.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The legal ruling on whether to allow a parent relocating abroad to take their children and leave their former partner behind is being discussed today at the Centre for Family Law and Practice's international conference. Legal affairs analyst Clive Coleman outlines the law as it currently stands, and appeal court judge Lord Justice Thorpe discusses what changes should be made.

The paper review.

England might be out of the football World Cup but the country's enthusiasm for collecting football stickers appears undiminished. The Guardian journalist and fanatical World Cup sticker collector John Crace reflects on the public's continuing fascination with stickers.

Thought for the day with Oliver McTernan, director of the NGO, Forward Thinking.

The climate change committee has reported that climate change policies are likely to fail unless the government swiftly turns its ideas into action. The committee's chairman Lord Turner discusses the UK's shortfall in meeting climate change targets.

The government will today announce a reform of the penal system. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke outlines the proposed measures.

As the US digests the arrest of 10 alleged members of a Russian spy-ring who lived as US citizens, correspondent Laura Trevelyan visits the town of Yonkers, home to one of the couples charged over the alleged conspiracy.

The 95 residents of Britain's first "green" island, Eigg, are being asked not to use kettles, toasters or other kitchen appliances after uncharacteristically mild weather caused a critical shortage of power. In 2008 Eigg's islanders turned to wind and rain to provide all their electricity. Maggie Fyffe, Secretary of the Eigg Heritage Trust, explains how the island is powered.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Fifty years ago today the Democratic Republic of Congo gained its independence. Correspondent Mike Wooldridge reflects on the country's recent history. Former UN deputy general secretary Lord Malloch-Brown and Chatham House's Dr Muzong Kodi discuss why the country has failed to develop.

Business News with Adam Shaw.

A string of violence against musicians is unravelling in Mexico, with the country mourning its seventh brutally murdered folk singer in three years. Sergio Vega, a prolific big band musician known as El Shaka, was shot by a truck driver who followed him on his way to a concert in Sinaloa at the weekend. Paul Garner, Professor of Spanish at Leeds University, comments on Mexico's growing gun violence.

Although England is out of the World Cup, an Englishman could be chosen to oversee the final. Former Premiership and World Cup referee Graham Poll describes the pressures faced by referees in big sporting events.

What is the best way to rehabilitate offenders? Chief executive of St Giles Trust Rob Owen, and director of right-leaning think-tank Civitas, David Green, discuss how to strike the right balance between community sentencing and custodial sentences.


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific