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Today: Friday 4th February

It has been reported in America that US and Egyptian officials are considering plans for an immediate departure for the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The risk of a woman developing breast cancer has risen to one in eight. And also in the programme; is being labelled 'eccentric' an insult or a badge of honour?

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: European regulators are calling for tighter controls on the activities of speculators in commodity markets. David Hightower of forecasting service the Hightower Report analyse the issue. US economist Jim Brown discusses the growing number of unemployed in US and one of the founders of smoothie makers Innocent, Richard Reed, is our Friday boss.

The Prime Minister is travelling to Brussels today for a special European summit where the EU's energy policy is top of the agenda. The European Commission estimates that a trillion euros will have to be spent on energy infrastructure in Europe over the next decade. Europe Correspondent Chris Morris has been to northern Germany and Denmark to found out where the money needs to go.

A survey analysing attitudes towards immigration in Europe and the US has found that in the UK two thirds of us see immigration as a problem rather than an opportunity. That is compared to around half of those in the US and other European countries. Home Affairs editor Mark Easton has been crunching the numbers.

As Nick Clegg prepares to give a speech on the economy in Rotherham later, our north of England correspondent Chris Buckler has been speaking to businesses in the area about the tough economic times they are facing. And chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym analyses the prospects for growth.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

This weekend sees the arrival of Superbowl Sunday, which will be watched by around 150 million people worldwide. This year the Pittsburgh Steelers face off against the Green Bay Packers in Dallas. Reporter Darren Fletcher looks at the life of the legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, who led his side to victory in the very first Superbowl in 1967.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Will President Murarak hold on to power in Egypt as protests continue? Today presenter James Naughtie reports from Cairo on the sense of both optimism and foreboding on the streets of the capital.

Paper review.

Communities in the Gulf of Mexico are upset over the fund set up by BP to compensate people who have lost their livelihoods during the oil spill last year. Lawyer Ken Feinberg, who administers the $20bn fund, discusses whether the fund is being managed transparently.

Thought For The Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

New figures reveal that the risk of a woman getting breast cancer in the UK has risen from one-in-nine to one-in-eight, with obesity and heavy drinking being blamed as part of the reason. However, more women are now surviving the disease. Dr Kat Arney of Cancer Research UK tells us more about their findings.

Nick Clegg will be giving a speech in Rotherham later today - talking to the green sector about re-balancing the economy. He speaks to the Today programme about the challenges of getting the balance right in tackling the deficit while also stimulating growth in the economy.

A long-lost short story by Dashiell Hammett - So I Shot Him - has been discovered by Andrew Gulli, editor of the Strand Magazine, and is published for the first time this month. He told Justin Webb how he came across the manuscript.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The role of the Egyptian army has been key in the unfolding events over the last ten days. Retired Colonel Chris Romberg, who was a defence attache at the British Embassy in Cairo, examines the actions of the military during the ongoing protests.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The verdict is expected tomorrow on the three Pakistani cricketers accused of spot fixing on their tour of England last year. The betting markets have seen massive change over the last decade - so how can the sporting authorities and the betting regulators keep their sports clean and reputations intact? Sports journalist Mihir Bose and Oliver Codrington, former head of compliance at the British Horseracing Authority, discuss the issue.

Energy is the top of the agenda at a European summit in Brussels - which David Cameron will be attending. They'll be discussing how to boost growth, reduce carbon emissions and how to pay for it all. Lord Stern, professor of economics at the LSE and author of a review of the economics of climate change, analyses whether enough is being done.

The question of consciousness - of your experience of the world - has puzzled philosophers and scientists for thousands of years. Now one psychologist believes he has found the answer. Consciousness, says Nicholas Humphrey in his new book Soul Dust, is a "magical mystery show" created by the brain, which has evolved to give animals a new reason for existing. Evan Davis spoke to him about his view of consciousness.

There are reports that the US is stepping up pressure on Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak to step down. With the latest, James Naughtie reports from Cairo.


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