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Today: Thursday 16th September

The first state visit to Britain by a Pope begins in Edinburgh later this morning with tens of thousands expected to line the streets. And live in the studio the Women's Institute answers to Girls Aloud.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Retail market analyst Neil Saunders examines whether the high street should expect a new era of consumer austerity, as claimed by the boss of the retail chain Next. And reporter Philippa Busby goes to Lewes to find out how the idea of an alternative currency is boosting their economy.

A Chinese investigative team is to go to Japan to find out why a panda on loan to a Japanese zoo died. Author Henry Nicholls describes how the highly sensitive issue is straining the already difficult relations between the two nations.

The US envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, has said progress was made on the thorny issue of Jewish settlements built in the West Bank in the current peace talks. Middle East Correspondent, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, has been asking Palestinians in Nablus and Israelis in Tel Aviv what they expect from the latest attempt to revive the peace process.

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Edinburgh this morning to the start of his four day state visit to Britain. James Naughtie describes the mood in the city ahead of the visit.

Does Britain's military need to order a replacement for Trident nuclear missile submarines over the next few years? Former naval officer Lewis Page analyses what impact the delay of the replacement would have on Britain's defence ability.

Ed Balls might at one time have been viewed as Gordon Brown's natural successor and seems to have been the most successful of the Labour leadership candidates in landing blows on the coalition. Political correspondent Norman Smith joined him to find out if these successes gave him any chance of winning the leadership campaign.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Only five universities in Britain are now ranked in the top fifty in the world, according to a league table published by the Times Higher Education magazine. President of Universities UK Professor Steve Smith examines why British institutions appear to have fared less well than in previous years.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will receive the Pope at Lambeth Palace tomorrow in a fraternal meeting of the leaders of the two Christian denominations. Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, Reverend Dr Giles Fraser discusses the Anglican community's reaction to the Pope's trip.

The paper review.

Five women from across the country have been chosen to sing for the Women's Institute, with a record deal already in the bag. The five, called The Harmonies, join Sarah Montague in the studio.

Thought for the Day with the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

The government is considering postponing the decision on replacing Britain's Trident nuclear submarines until after the next election. Liberal Democrat's Sir Menzies Campbell and Bernard Jenkin, Conservative member of the Defence Select Committee, discuss the move.

During his visit to Britain, Pope Benedict XVI aims to tackle what he sees as the dangers posed to the British society by its rapid secularisation. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott outlines the Pope's belief that the Church must no longer be excluded from the national debate. Former Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, philosopher Professor AC Grayling and professor of Islamic studies Mona Siddiqui debate how the British public will receive the Pope's attack on secularism.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

More than half of providers of cosmetic surgery do not have the right equipment to do it safely, according to a recent report. Consultant plastic surgeon Kevin Hancock outlines how cosmetic surgery providers could be regulated more closely.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Pope Benedict is due to arrive in Edinburgh in a couple of hours time at the start of his state visit. James Naughtie talks to historian Tom Devine, Prof Patrick Riley and writer Harry Reed about the history of Scottish sectarianism.

Should airlines embrace new saddle-style seats which hold passengers in a semi-standing position? Environment analyst Roger Harrabin examines how budget airlines view the idea.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England is calling for a revival of the habit of bringing empty bottles back to the shop to collect the deposit. The campaign's Samantha Harding and Bob Gordon of the British Retail Consortium debate whether the scheme would cut litter on the streets.



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