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Today: Saturday 28th August

Taleban militants have launched attacks on two NATO bases in eastern Afghanistan. And a former Home Office adviser has said claims that prison is less effective than community sentences are a "convenient fiction".

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Suspected Taliban insurgents have attacked two coalition allied bases in eastern Afghanistan, Nato forces say. Correspondent Quentin Sommerville reports on the attacks.

Cancers of the food pipe in Britain have doubled in men over 25 years, figures from Cancer Research UK show. Professor Janusz Jankowski, the Sir James Black Professor of Gastrointestinal Biology at Queen Mary, University of London, outlines the research.

The paper review.

Some feared the city of New Orleans would not be able to survive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Andy Gallacher reports from the city five years after the disaster.

As the bank holiday traffic hits the roads, is there anything drivers can do to prevent traffic jams occurring? Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author of The Wavewatchers' Companion, explains how waves might hold the answer.

The sports news with Chris Dennis.

On this programme yesterday Education Secretary Michael Gove again trumpeted the government's plans to introduce a "pupil premium" to make sure schools in disadvantaged areas get more money. Times columnist Philip Collins, a former adviser to Tony Blair, gives his analysis of the policy.

The paper review.

BBC Director General Mark Thompson has used his Edinburgh TV festival speech to hit back at the corporation's critics. He accepted the need for "radical change" in the corporation but rejected calls for the licence fee to be cut. Media Correspondent Torin Douglas reports on the speech.

Fewer and fewer adults are using public libraries, some of which are now faced with closure. Should we try harder to save them and to reverse the trend? Arts Editor Will Gompertz reflects on the future of our library system.

The thought for the day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

Should the peer review system for academic papers be opened-up online? Tracey Brown, managing director of Sense about Science and stem cell scientist Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, debate the decision by a prestigious US journal to let the online community have their say on the articles they publish.

Niger, the poorest nation in the world, has been hit by floods and famine, just five years after a food crisis brought on by drought and a locust infestation. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell discusses whether the UK's international aid effort strikes the right balance between prevention of crises and the alleviation of their effects.

The far right English Defence League and an anti-fascist group have been banned from marching in Bradford. Demos counter-terrorism specialist Jamie Bartlett and director of the group Hope not Hate Nick Lowles debate whether banning the marches is the right approach.

Last of the Summer Wine, the world's longest-running sitcom, is breathing its last. Reporter James Alexander has been to find out what happens when the summer wine finally runs dry.

The sports news with Chris Dennis.

BBC Director General Mark Thompson has set out his stall for the future of the corporation in a his speech in Edinburgh. He argued that the BBC was committed to "radical change" , not least on the question of curbing top salaries. Radio 4 Media Show presenter Steve Hewlett and BBC Chief Operating Officer Caroline Thomson discuss the speech.

The paper review.

Victor Bout, an alleged Russian arms dealer once described by Peter Hain as "a merchant of death", is facing extradition from Thailand to the US where he is accused of conspiring to supply weapons to rebels in Colombia. Mr Bout denies being, or ever having been, an arms dealer. International development correspondent Mark Doyle reflects on Victor Bout's life.

French-Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard is to be awarded Hollywood's highest honour - an honorary Oscar. That is, if they can find him. Observer Film Critic Jason Solomons discusses the mystery of the director.

Have today's young people been dealt a bad hand by the older generation? Shiv Malik, one of the authors of Jilted Generation: How Britain has Bankrupted Its Youth, and sociologist Professor Frank Furedi debate the battle of the generations.



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