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Today: Monday 14th March

There's been another big explosion at the nuclear power plant damaged by the Japanese earthquake. Also in the programme, are the official youth unemployment figures wrong, and if so, how many young people are really out of work?

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Business news with Adam Shaw. Seijiro Takeshita, director of Mizuho Financial Group, looks at the effect the earthquake has had to the Japanese stock market and central bank, Euan Stirling, Investment Director at Standard Life Investments, looks at the markets, and David Sayer, Global Head of Retail Banking at KPMG, discusses the current state of the banks.

A new documentary tells the story of the venture capitalists in Silicon Valley who took the risks on ideas such as the silicon chip and genetic engineering. Its executive producer Paul Holland explains the idea behind the film.

A second explosion has hit the nuclear plant in Japan that was damaged in Friday's earthquake, as the government evacuate the area. Former adviser to the UK government on nuclear safety Sir Christopher Busby examines the implications of the explosions.

A report has played down fears of a "lost generation" due to youth unemployment. John Philpott, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, who published the report, explains why.

Japan is mobilising a massive rescue operation as it struggles to come to terms with the worst natural disaster in living memory. Sayaka Matsumoto of the Japanese Red Cross and Matthew Wingate of Save the Children, attempt to assess the scale of the humanitarian crisis.
Business news with Adam Shaw.

The former president of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, has told the BBC he was never told that Britain disapproved of torture nor that it insisted that other countries should not carry it out on Britain's behalf. BBC journalist Peter Taylor, who interviewed him, outlines the British response to his claims.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The terrible devastation caused by the tsunami in Japan is now being seen on the ground as the clear up begins. Today reporter Andrew Hosken has been to Sendai to witness it first hand.

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Rescue teams from around the world have descended on Japan to help in the search for survivors. Roy Wilshere, from the UK International Search and Rescue Team, outlines its response to the disaster.

Thought for The Day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the network of Sikh organisations.

Six leading health organisations say they cannot back the government's Alcohol Responsibility Plan which is launched tomorrow. Dr Vivienne Nathanson of the British Medical Association, and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, debate the proposals.

The Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, says the country is facing its worst crisis since the Second World War as it struggles to cope with a nuclear emergency and the devastation caused by Friday's earthquake and tsunami. Today presenter James Naughtie reports from Sendai City.

A book outlining the death of the highest-ranking British officer to be killed in action since the Falklands, Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe, is to be published this week after the original run was destroyed by the MOD. It author, Toby Harnden, explains the ministry's objections to his original work.

A Japanese nuclear plant, stricken by Friday's quake and tsunami, has been hit by a second explosion, while a third reactor has lost its cooling system. The BBC's Chris Hogg describes the current situation in Tokyo.
Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Rebel forces are withdrawing from Brega, a town less than 150 miles from Benghazi, as Colonel Gaddafi strengthens his grip on Libya. The BBC's Jon Leyne reports from the oil town, and Foreign Secretary William Hague explains if the international community is prepared to intervene.

The Japanese city of Sendai has been badly hit by the earthquake and resulting tsunami, with sections of the town completely obliterated. The Today programme's Andrew Hosken reports from what is left of the city.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A new tv comedy, beginning tonight, takes a satirical look behind the scenes at the organisation of the Olympic Games. Its lead actor, Hugh Bonneville, and cultural commentator Stephen Bayley, discuss if the spoof is an accurate depiction of the build up to London 2012.

Japan's ambassador to the UK has said that Japan has been "devastated" by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck on Friday. Keiichi Hayashi told Today presenter James Naughtie that his nation had been "humbled and awed" by the power of nature.



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