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Today: Monday 11th October

The Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes a report today describing Britain as tolerant and open-minded but it also shows that long-standing inequalities remain. We talk to the Commission's chairman Trevor Phillips. And the author PD James wins an award for her interview with the BBC director general.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Investment director at Williams De-Broe, Laura Lambie and Nick Seddon, of the think-tank Reform, discuss the effectiveness of the government's spending powers. The director-general of the CBI, Richard Lambert, urges banks to develop new sources of finance to help small and medium size businesses. And marketing consultant Chris Green examines Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system.

An inquest will begin today into the 2005 suicide bomber attack on London. Anglican vicar and author Julie Nicholson describes the importance of the inquiry for families who lost loved ones in the attack.

The Today programme will be exploring the theme of fairness throughout this week. Philosopher Dr Angie Hobbs explains what fairness means to different people.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Two pilot schemes aimed at significantly reducing the number of people on Incapacity Benefit are to be launched today in Burnley and Aberdeen. Employment minister Chris Grayling and Richard Hawkes, of the disability charity Scope, discuss the new scheme.

The sports news with Chris Dennis.

Last week's inquest into the shooting of the suicidal lawyer Mark Saunders has raised questions about the rules for the armed police. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw and Lord Blair, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, examine the public responsibility of the police force.

Paper review.

The Tate Modern art gallery in London opens a new exhibition today created by a Chinese artist behind the Olympics Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing. Arts correspondent Will Gompertz went to see the artist's display of replica sunflower seeds.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Dr Colin Morris, a Methodist Minister.

Lord Browne's report on the funding of higher education in England is expected to argue that the current fee cap should be removed. Professor Michael Arthur of Leeds University and Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams analyse the impact of higher university fees on the affordability of higher education to England's students.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes a report today describing Britain as tolerant and open-minded but it also shows that long-standing inequalities remain. The Commission's Trevor Phillips says Britain faces the danger of a society divided by the barriers of inequality and injustice.

The winner of the Man Booker prize for fiction will be announced tomorrow night. The novelist Howard Jacobson describes his nominated book's themes of male friendship and Jewish identity.

The sports news with Chris Dennis.

The businessman Sir Philip Green reveals the results of his review later today into all government spending. Business editor Robert Peston previews the report's expected conclusions.

Nelson Mandela is set to publish a collection of his private documents tomorrow. Africa correspondent Andrew Harding has been delving through the papers of this most private of public figures.

The last of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers, HMS Duncan, is launched today on the River Clyde in Scotland. BBC's James Cook is at this final traditional launch, where the ship rolls down the slipway.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The author PD James has won an award for her Today programme interview with the BBC's director general, Mark Thompson. History professor Peter Hennessy was on the judging panel and he explains why the judges were impressed with the interview.

The full extent of the government's budget cuts will be set out next week. Former shadow Home Secretary, David Davis and shadow health minister Emily Thornberry discuss the fairness and efficiency of the proposed cuts.



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