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Today: Wednesday 11th May

Sweeping changes are being proposed to the laws on social care for adults in England and Wales. Also on today's programme, we speak to the British journalist who was captured and locked up in Syria.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: There are big changes coming at HSBC Bank. Peter Thal Larsen, assistant editor of Reuters', looks at how the bank weathered the financial crisis and what it must do to meet shareholders' concerns. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones analyses Microsoft's decision to buy the internet videophone service, Skype. And Ronnie Fox, employment law specialist at Fox Lawyers in London, considers government plans to redress the limit of compensation paid out in employment tribunals. Download the podcast.

The speed at which you age physically could be affected by how well-educated you are, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation. Andrew Steptoe, professor of psychology at London University and author of the report, explains the theory.

The situation in Syria remains difficult to report on because the government has banned foreign journalists from going into the country. The Times' chief foreign correspondent, Martin Fletcher, explains how he was caught and detained after pretending to enter Syria as a tourist.

The system used to care for people when they get older is too complicated and must be reformed, according to officials. Andrew Harrop of Age UK explains why he believes there is a disaster waiting to happen in the future of social care.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

It is one year since the coalition was formed, but after a string of rows over health, AV and tuition fees, can the partnership between Lib Dems and Conservatives really last for another four years? Chief political correspondent Norman Smith reports on whether the rose garden is still blooming.

Police are to be given new powers to fine careless drivers on the spot, rather than taking them to court, as part of a government strategy to make Britain's roads safer. President of the AA Edmund King explains what more we could do to prevent deaths on our roads.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Ahead of a national day of action, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Greece may have to default on its debts, needing further financial aid to the tune of 50 billion euros. The BBC's economics editor, Stephanie Flanders, analyses the potential fallout. And Vassilis Xenakis, a Greek public sector union leader involved in organising the day of action, gives his reaction to the crisis.

Paper review.

Nato warplanes have launched another round of attacks on Tripoli, once again targeting Gaddafi's family complex. Christian Fraser reports from the Libyan capital.

Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

Fresh allegations have been made against football's governing body, Fifa, and the way in which Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in 2022. Sports editor David Bond looks at the latest claims of corruption. And Alec McGiven, head of England's bid to host the 2006 World Cup, offers his take on the situation.

The Law Commission is proposing changes to the way in which elderly people are cared for in England and Wales, after a report into the current system revealed major inefficiencies. Sanchia Berg reports on the complicated nature of most cases. Frances Patterson QC, public law commissioner at the Law Commission, and Andrew Dilnot, chairman of the Commission in Funding of Care and Support, debate if a change in legislation would improve social care.

Police are to be given new powers to fine careless drivers on the spot, rather than taking them to court, as part of a government strategy to make Britain's roads safer. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, sets out the measures.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

This week, Today's Tom Feilden has been reporting from inside Broadmoor, with rare access to the high-security hospital and the work being done in extreme cases of mental health care. Professor of psychiatry at the University of Manchester, Louis Appleby, who is also a director for Health and Criminal Justice, and Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, discuss the future of secure hospitals and the treatment they can offer.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The UN and the Commission for Global Road Safety are today launching a Decade for Action on Road Safety, in a bid to reduce the number of people killed yearly in road accidents around the world. Professor Ian Roberts, of the charity Roadpeace, says the proposals do not go far enough. And Lord Robertson, chairman of the Commission for Global Road Safety, promotes the plans.

Is performance ever really related to talent? Times writer columnist Matthew Syed, who has written a book called Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice, and Professor Peter Saunders of the think tank Civitas and the author of Social Mobility Myths, debate the myths which keep our society ticking.

The Government Car Service has long been one of most secretive parts of the state but, in a Radio 4 documentary this morning, four of the longest-serving drivers have shared their stories for the first time. Political correspondent Ben Wright reports.

A new film sheds light on the importance of West Indian cricket to black people in South Africa living under apartheid, as well as those who emigrated to the UK from the Caribbean. Former Windies player, Colin Croft, who played on the South African rebel cricket tour, and Darcus Howe, the broadcaster and journalist, who was involved in the Brixton riots of 1981, discuss the wider impact of the team's success.


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