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

  • News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:16 GMT, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 07:16 UK
Today: Tuesday 17th August

The Chancellor George Osborne will argue today that his efforts to cut the budget deficit will lead to a fairer and more progressive society. And can Scotland teach England anything about getting rid of mixed-sex wards in hospitals?

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 Steve Evans: Economist Michael Taylor and Midlands businessman Peter Matthews debate UK inflation, which is expected to remain well above the government's 2% target.

Decriminalising drug use could drastically reduce crime and improve health, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Physicians has said. Stephen Roles, of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, explains why believes drugs should be decriminalised and regulated.

Preston is the most dangerous place in the UK for child road safety, according to a new research. Dan Campsall, of Road Safety Analysis, looks at new data showing road casualty risks for children around Britain.

Business news with Steve Evans.

A deal has been reached between airport operator BAA and the Unite union, averting a strike which could have grounded flights over the August bank holiday. The union's Brian Boyd analyses the deal on offer.

How difficult will it be for the coalition to abolish mixed-sex wards in English hospitals? Former Scottish health minister Andy Kerr explains how the ending of single-sex wards was put into practice in Scotland.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Three and half million children in Pakistan are at high risk from water borne diseases, according to the latest figures. Former head of the UN Development Programme Lord Malloch Brown debates whether these natural disasters are in any sense preventable.

A set of Sir Douglas Bader's notebooks, dictated to his personal secretary at the end of his life, have been discovered on top of a chest of draws in Eastbourne. The pilot's stepdaughter Wendy McCleave describes what the notebooks contain.

The paper review.

Wheel clampers are to be banned from operating on private land in England and Wales, under Home Office plans to be announced today. Director of the RAC Foundation Professor Stephen Glaister and Kelvin Reynolds, director of technical services at the British Parking Association debate whether the ban will work.

The thought for the day with Reverend Dr David Wilkinson.

Will the government reopen the inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly, the government weapons expert who died in 2003 after being exposed as the source of a BBC story in the run-up to the war in Iraq? Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle and the Times writer David Aaronovitch discuss whether a full inquest into the death would put an end to conspiracy theories.

Chancellor George Osborne is to argue that his efforts to cut the budget deficit will lead to a fairer and more progressive society. He discusses whether spending cuts can bring about a fairer society.

What is the scale of Russian spying activity in Britain? Professor Peter Hennessy explains how, investigating the issue for a Radio 4 documentary, he found the same level of Russian intelligence staffing in London as at the time of the cold war.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

A suicide bomber has blown himself up outside an army recruitment centre in Baghdad killing at least 40 people. Hugh Sykes reports.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Physicians says that crime could be reduced and the health of many people improved if the drugs laws were reformed. Professor Sir Ian debates drug decriminalisation with former head of crime at Strathclyde Police Graeme Pearson.

Business news with Steve Evans.

The Battle of Britain entered its most critical phase 70 years ago this week. In the second of five reports, Sanchia Berg talks to Ronald Tooke, who was then a young engine fitter for one of the front-line hurricane squadrons.

The leader of the UK Independence Party, Lord Pearson, has resigned after admitting that he is not up to the job. Former party leader Nigel Farage debates whether he might consider running for the job.

The British Museum has become the centre of a plot of the popular manga comic books in Japan. The museum's Nicole Rousmaniere explains how the collaboration came about.

The coalition has announced the appointment of former Labour Health Secretary Alan Milburn to lead a task force aimed at improving social mobility. Author Peter Saunders and Nicola Smith, of the Trade Union Congress, discuss whether government policies can level social inequalities.


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific