The human rights organisation, Reprieve UK, is threatening to take legal action against the government unless it bans the export of
two drugs used in executions.
BBC reporter Andrew Hosken explained the situation.
The question of how to teach history in schools is a topic that concerns the coalition as well as this morning's guest editor, Colin Firth. The historian Tariq Ali and Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University, debated
the right way to teach the past.
The human rights organisation, Reprieve UK, wants the government to stop two drugs that are manufactured in Britain
from being exported for use in US executions.
Guest editor Colin Firth commissioned BBC reporter Andrew Hosken to find out more.
Over the last four decades, aid to Africa has quadrupled from around $11bn dollars a year to $44bn , according to the UN. Guest editor, Colin Firth, has long supported the work of Oxfam, but was keen to hear the BBC's Mike Thomson report on the arguments against aid. Chief Executive of Oxfam, Barbara Stocking,
responded to claims that aid can cause more harm than good.
In this time of austerity, the coalition government refuses to cut international aid, pointing to its conviction that aid agencies do valuable work. Guest editor Colin Firth asked the BBC's Mike Thomson to investigate the effectiveness of humanitarian aid
through the prism of Sierra Leone in West Africa,
which has received more than £100m in UK aid since the end of its civil war.
Today's guest editor, Colin Firth, was keen to hear some poetry on his programme. The young poet Haroon Anwar, who won a performance poetry competition for under-16s run by The Poetry Society Slambassadors,
recites Western Child.
Colin Firth became a household name playing Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and continued with a string of films including Bridget Jones's Diary.
Justin Webb spoke to him about his experience
and how he had approached the task of guest editing.
ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR
Colin Firth, Bafta winner and Academy Award-nominated actor, has starred in films including A Single Man, Mamma Mia and Love Actually. His latest film is The King's Speech.
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