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

  • News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:10 GMT, Wednesday, 22 September 2010 07:10 UK
Today: Wednesday 22nd September

An NHS watchdog says many of the most vulnerable pregnant women in England and Wales are missing out on vital antenatal care. The National Audit Office is to be given full access to the BBC's finances. And we speak to Ingrid Betancourt who was held captive by FARC guerrillas in Columbia for six years.

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 Nick Cosgrove: Baroness Jo Valentine of the lobbying group London First examines the growing unease within the business community about the government's cap on immigration. Former Governor of the US Federal Reserve System, Randy Kroszner, analyses the Reserve's indication that it is considering a second round of emergency quantitative easing to pump money into the faltering US economy.

The Business Secretary Vince Cable is due to launch an attack on unfettered capitalism in his speech today at the Liberal Democrat conference. Correspondents Nils Blythe and Norman Smith examine the business community's reaction to the speech plans.

Russia is pushing hard to dominate the Arctic region, which is thought to hold a quarter of the world's undiscovered reserves of oil and gas. Moscow correspondent Richard Galpin reports on how Russia regards the region.

Researchers in Colorado have been trying to discover whether the Biblical story of parting of the Red Sea. Atmospheric researcher Carl Drews has run computer models in the Eastern Nile Delta.

The Business Sectretary Vince Cable is due to launch an attack on unfettered capitalism in his speech today at the Liberal Democrat conference today. Business editor Robert Peston analyses the reaction to Mr Cable's speech.

On its final day, the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York is assessing the progress on achieving the eight millennium development goals aimed at tackling poverty and disease in the developing world. Author Philip Vernon and Justin Forsyth of Save the Children discuss whether the goals are likely to be met in the next five years.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Have the Liberal Democrats changed since they got into power? Chief political correspondent Norman Smith reports on the recent rise in popularity of the party.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has signalled that significant changes are ahead in the criminal justice system. Two criminal justice experts from each side of the Atlantic, filmmaker Roger Graef and the Harvard professor of Criminology Christopher Stone, discuss some of the possible changes that could be made.

The paper review.

Business Secretary Vince Cable will use his speech to the Liberal Democrat conference today to launch an outspoken attack on unrestrained capitalism. He explains his plans to shine a light on what he describes as the murky world of corporate behaviour.

Thought for the Day with the chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says that hundreds of thousands of women and their babies in this country are at risk because of a lack of antenatal care. Dr Gillian Leng of NICE outlines the danger for pregnant women in England and Wales.

The Business Secretary Vince Cable has annoyed the CBI with his plans to launch an outspoken attack on unrestrained capitalism. Former Trade minister Digby Jones and Garry Wilson, of the private equity firm Endless, discuss Mr Cable's intentions to give shareholders a greater say in how companies are run. Political editor Nick Robinson outlines the potential fall-out from the speech.

In 2002 the Colombian presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, was abducted by Marxist Farc guerrillas and held captive for six years. She has now published a book about her experiences. James Naughtie talks to her about the difficulty of writing about the ordeal.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Lord Turner, chairman of the Financial Services Authority, has called for an end to the "demonization" of well-paid financiers. He outlines his belief that new restrictions on banks will impact on their ability to lend.

Liverpool is the city where the idea of the Big Society was born and re-launched after the election. Justin Webb examines how the city, reliant on a large public sector, is reacting to the new politics of cuts and community.

The National Audit Office (NAO) is to be given full access to the BBC's finances. Presenter of the Media Show on Radio 4, Steve Hewlett, analyses whether the NAO's involvement will compromise the corporation's independence.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

With the government currently reviewing its sentencing policy, the programme is exploring some of the key themes in criminal justice this week. North America correspondent Kevin Connolly examines what lessons New York City can give to the UK government.

Historian Michael Wood's new BBC TV series explore English history through the prism of a small village called Kibworth in Leicestershire. He explains how focussing on "micro-history" can give us a better picture of the impact of grand events on individual lives.


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific