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Today: Wednesday 25th May

President Obama is preparing for talks with David Cameron and an optimistic speech on foreign policy. Flights in Scotland are getting back to normal as the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland drifts away from the UK. Also on today's programme, looking back at the career of Oprah Winfrey, as her chat show comes to an end.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: China and Russia say Europe's push to hold on to the International Monetary Fund's top job is "obsolete". Lord Desai, former London School of Economic professor, considers what impact a non-European IMF boss would have. Muhammad Yunus, head of the Bangladeshi microlending bank Grameen, reflects on why he was forced out of business. And James Close, government services partner at Ernst & Young, explains why the UK has become so attractive to foreign investment. Download the podcast.

The NHS Confederation, which represents 95% of the trusts and other organisations in England's health service, has said it will give qualified support to the government's plan to increase competition in the NHS. Mike Farrar, its chief executive, gives his reasons for favouring certain amounts of private sector involvement.

It is still possible that ash erupting from a volcano in Iceland could cause disruption to half term travellers. Clive Oppenheimer, a volcanologist at Cambridge and author of Eruptions That Shook The World, examines the long term threat.

This afternoon, President Obama will go to Westminster Hall to address both houses of parliament. Paul Glastris, a former speech writer for President Clinton, breaks down the key elements of a good speech. And Colleen Graffy, former deputy-assistant secretary of state in George W Bush's second term, looks at whether the speech is really aimed at Britain or the US.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

New figures reveal that last winter's flu outbreak lead to the death of more than 600 Brits, most of them younger people. David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the Department of Health, discusses whether increased vaccination is the best way to tackle the illness.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

US President Barack Obama, who is visiting Britain this week, will today make an historic speech to both houses of parliament in Westminster Hall. Sir Christopher Meyer, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, and Henry Kissinger reflect on the president's foreign policy.

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After 37 years, the Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of George Davis, the minicab driver found guilty of armed robbery in 1974. The BBC's Sanchia Berg spoke to him about the struggle to clear his name.

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, an ordained Buddhist.

Are we over-reacting to the latest volcanic ash cloud? Transport correspondent Richard Scott analyses the data that a plane sent up by British Airways may have recovered. And Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, considers Europe's vastly different policies towards the ash.

It is predicted that Barack Obama will be upbeat and focus on the future when he makes a speech to the houses of parliament. Political editor Nick Robinson looks ahead to the meeting between Obama and Cameron. And the foreign secretary William Hague outlines the reality of the newly-termed "essential relationship" between the UK and US.

The Only Way is Essex, ITV2's latest reality soap opera, picked up a Batfa on Sunday. Tony Wood, creative director of The Only Way is Essex and Geordie Shore, and Julia Raeside, the Guardian's TV critic, debate the growing trend of "structured reality" in TV programmes.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has repeated a desire for internet regulation at a meeting in France of some of the world's biggest technology tycoons. Rory Cellan-Jones reports on whether it is actually possible to police the web.

A conference exploring ways to develop British manufacturing will be held at Cranfield University today. Sir Alan Rudge, chairman of the ERA Foundation which funds and advises technology research, and Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management, debate if more manufacturing can heal our economy or simply serve to denigrate the UK's world-leading financial services sector.

Today is the 100th anniversary of Ernest Rutherford's first description of the structure of the atom, a step that paved the way for a scientific revolution. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on why such a pivotal moment in history has had such muted celebration.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

David Brooks has returned from a trip to the UK with a new found love for British politics. The influential US commentator debates the merits of UK politics with UK commentator Peter Oborne.

Later today, fans around the world will watch the last issues of Oprah Winfrey's classic TV reality chat show, which set the benchmark and format for so many others. Britain's own Trisha Goddard looks back on Oprah's sparkling TV history.



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