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Today: Friday 8th October

Should politicians draw a distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor? How did the so-called underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab become radicalised? Why Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa is a better author than politician.

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Business news with Nick Cosgrove: Economic forecaster Ray Barrell analyses the prediction that economic growth has more than halved over the summer. And the Friday boss is Richard Evans, president of Pepsico in the UK and Ireland.

The Government is in dispute with the biggest civil service union, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), over redundancy compensation. Mark Serwotka of the PCS and cabinet minister Francis Maude discuss the redundancy terms.

The next few hours are going to be crucial in preventing the river Danube from being polluted with toxic red sludge spilt from an aluminium plant, according to Hungarian officials. BBC's Nick Thorpe reports on the clean-up operation from the banks of the river.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

How will the government measure the value of the different areas in which it plans implement its cuts? Correspondent Tim Franks considers the value of sport in the time of austerity.

The sports news with Chris Dennis.

How will the Chancellor's cuts to local authorities affect different parts of Britain? Reporter Sanchia Berg will be looking over the next few months at the impact of spending cuts on two MP's constituencies in Sheffield: Nick Clegg's Hallam and David Blunkett's Brightside and Hillsborough.

The paper review.

Gordon Gekko has been brought back to life for the sequel to the film Wall Street. A top city broker, Terry Smith, analyses how well the film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps portrays the financial sector.

The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles is being accused of running a smear campaign against the local government spending watchdog, the Audit Commission. Former communication director for the Commission, David Walker, describes why he believes Eric Pickles has tried to undermine the organisation.

Thought for the Day with The Reverend Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge.

An independent report has found no evidence that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly tried to blow up a plane on Christmas Day last year, was radicalised at the University College London, where he studied. Chairman of the UCL council, Sir Stephen Wall and James Brandon, from the Quilliam Foundation, discuss the dangers of radicalising students at UK universities.

Should politicians draw a distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor ? Mother of 10 Eileen McCoy, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Steel and Will Hutton of the Work Foundation, analyse the duties of the state.

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to share out his top jobs among the 19 Labour MPs who have been elected to the shadow cabinet. Political editor Nick Robinson gives his analysis of the likely make up of the next shadow cabinet.

The sports news with Chris Dennis.

Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has become the first Spanish-speaking author to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature for twenty years. Lord Malloch Brown, who advised Llosa in his attempted political career, discusses his politics and prose.

Local authorities have come under pressure to make major spending cuts in the next few years. Leader of Sheffield City Council Paul Scriven explains how he believes more targeted council services can save money.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Germany play Turkey at football later today, focussing attention on relations between the two communities in the country. Steven Evans reports on the attitudes to Muslims in Germany.

Man Booker nominated novel The Long Song features the story of July, a slave girl on a Jamaican sugar plantation during the years leading up to the abolition of slavery. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones speaks to the book's author Andrea Levy.

The books of the Man Booker

Labour leader Ed Miliband is deciding on a shadow cabinet that will be thrown in at the deep end as the spending review debate gets into full swing. Political commentator Anthony Howard and Matthew Taylor, former head of the Downing Street policy unit analyse how the new shadow cabinet will fare.



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