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Today: Wednesday 13th April

The countries involved in the military action in Libya meet today to decide what to do next. Also on the programme, the wife of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei talks about his arrest by the authorities.

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0615
Business news with Pauline McCole: Youth unemployment is expected to come under the spotlight when official statistics are published later. The chief economic adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Dr John Philpot, examines the place of young people in the job market. Randy Kroszner, former Federal Reserve governor, considers President Obama's approach to the budget deficit. And Richard Hunter, head of UK equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, looks at the markets.

0650
Ofsted are publishing a report evaluating serious case reviews, in which action to help children is not properly followed through by social workers. John Goldup, the national director for inspection development at Ofsted, and Janet Foulds, who chaired the British Association of Social Workers, debate why problems arise.

0709
MPs on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee have joined calls for the protection of the BBC World Service budget, which is facing a 16% cut as well as the closure of some language services and posts. Richard Ottaway, chairman of the committee, reflects on the benefits of the World Service and whether the cuts can be reversed.

0713
A contact group of countries and organisations that were set up to deal with the intervention in Libya are meeting in Qatar to discuss their next move. Professor Michael Clarke of the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) analyses what should be done in Libya.

0717
As more and more classified ads appear on the internet, a new source of income is badly needed for the ailing regional newspaper industry. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones considers whether struggling papers can survive without classified ad revenue.

0721
Business news with Pauline McCole.

0725
The Japanese Science Ministry says radiation levels in the seawater off the coast of the Fukushima nuclear plant are the highest since they began monitoring them three weeks ago. Tasujiro Suzuki, vice chairman of the Japanese Atomic Energy Commission, explains the threat.

0729
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0735
The first audit of the practise of bariatric surgery, in which gastric bands and bypasses are used to combat obesity, has reported a large reduction in type 2 diabetes and other health problems. Alberic Fiennes, chairman of the Data Committee at the National Bariatric Surgery Registry, and David Stout, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, discuss the wider effects of weight-loss treatment.

0740
The Egyptian public prosecutor has ordered that former president Hosni Mubarak should be detained for 15 days, following the earlier arrest of his two sons as part of an investigation into violence against demonstrators and allegations of corruption. Yolande Knell reports from Cairo.

0744
Paper review.

0746
In 1821, John Horwood became the first man to be hanged at Bristol's new jail, but he is only being buried today. His great-great-great grand niece, Mary Halliwell, explores Mr Horwood's history and why he has spent so long in a cupboard under the stairs at Bristol University, with a hangman's rope around his neck.

0748
Thought for the Day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations.

0751
On Tuesday, Baroness Ashton joined institutions such as the Tate Modern, the Guggenheim museum and many foreign governments to call for the immediate release of Ai Weiwei, the prominent Chinese artist and political dissident who was arrested for "economic crimes" on 3 April. Lu Qing, Ai Weiwei's wife, talks about her husband's arrest.

0810
As the countries leading the intervention in Libya meet in Qatar to discuss their strategy, there is growing anxiety about how to proceed in the fight to protect civilians. The BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports on the rebels' limited capabilities. And Foreign Secretary William Hague, co-chair of the Qatar meeting, explains how the group plans to end the stalemate.

0824
Police in the Hampshire village of Whitchurch have asked local shops to stop selling high-caffeine, high-sugar energy drinks to under-16s on Friday nights, after residents complained that it makes the youngsters hyperactive and rowdy. Tim Laing, professor of food policy at City University in London, and Richard Laming of the British Soft Drinks Association debate the pros and cons of fizzy drinks.

0833
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0838
Two sons of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have been arrested and are being investigated for allegations of corruption and violence, as their father is also detained. Shashank Joshi, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, examines how a prosecution might affect Egypt's future.

0841
Biofuels were once thought to be the answer to global warming, but have actually harmed the environment they were supposed to protect, according to research by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. One of its authors, Professor Ottoline Leyser of Cambridge University, outlines their conclusions.

0844
Business news with Pauline McCole.

0847
The detention of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei for what they describe as "economic crimes" has prompted protests across the Western world. Beijing correspondent Martin Patience examines reaction in the Chinese capital.

0849
Once famously described as the "great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity", the investment bank Goldman Sachs has now been immortalised as the great survivor of the 2008 crash in a new book, Money and Power. Its author, the journalist William Cohan, explains how the bank came through the economic crisis.

0854
As France leads the way in Libya and Ivory Coast, can the "cheese eating surrender monkey" label be buried for good? Christian Roudaut, Radio France foreign correspondent and author of L'Entente Glaciale, and Professor Philip Bobbitt, former adviser to the US administration, debate if the Gallic reputation is being transformed.




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