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Today: Wednesday 8th June

Are energy prices set for steep increases? Plans to halve the sentences of offenders in England and Wales who plead guilty early could be scrapped. Also on today's programme, the bin camera designed to shame you into recycling.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: The 12 member nations of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are gathering in Vienna. Julian Lee, senior energy analyst at the Centre for Global Energy Studies, explains why the oil cartel is now facing deep divisions. And Tom Hadley of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation examines Britain's job sector. Download the podcast

Home Secretary Theresa May is announcing plans to create a National Crime Agency, a new organisation to tackle serious and organised crime in the UK. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw considers whether it really will reduce the threat from drug gangs, fraudsters and human trafficking. And Peter Neyroud, former head of the National Police Improvement Agency, explains whether this is Britain's answer to the FBI.

Plans to halve the sentences of offenders in England and Wales who plead guilty early could be scrapped. Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, gives her analysis of the changes to the justice system.

There are reports that the Syrian army is preparing to attack the town of Jisr al-Shughour, following the deaths of a number of soldiers and police in recent days. One resident of the town describes the situation.

CCTV cameras are being placed in student bins in a drive to change young peoples' attitudes towards recycling. Fiona Trott reports from Newcastle, where researchers have been installing cameras and uploading pictures of bad bin habits to social networking sites.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A new campaign being launched this morning will aim to help doctors and parents spot the symptoms of brain tumours in children, the leading cause of cancer death in youngsters. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on why the signs are sometimes difficult to spot.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Nato defence ministers are meeting in Brussels to decide what more can be done to remove Colonel Gaddafi from power in Libya. David Loyn speaks to the head of rebel intelligence. And Professor Julian Lindley-French of the Netherlands Defence Academy, also an adviser to Nato, assesses the current state of the Libyan conflict.

Paper review.

Why do sensible people sometimes believe the most unlikely conspiracy theories? The columnist Jonathan Kay, author of Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground, explains this growing political and social phenomenon.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The government is setting out plans to create a new body called the National Crime Agency, designed to fight serious and organised crime in Britain. Home Secretary Theresa May responds to criticisms that there will be no change of direction from the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which she plans to abolish.

The government appears to be retreating on some of its plans to change sentencing policy in England and Wales. Former Conservative leader Lord Howard outlines whether this potential u-turn marks a significant setback for Justice Secretary Ken Clarke's liberal thinking.

We are being warned that a hike in energy prices by Scottish Power is expected to be the first of many to hit Britain this year. The BBC's Robert Peston analyses if power companies are playing fair. And the MP Tim Yeo, chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, looks at whether Britain's commitment to carbon reduction is driving high prices.

The design of the torch for the London Olympics will be unveiled today. Michael Czerwinski, public programme manager at the Design Museum, and Mary Beard, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, debate the best way to represent sporting glory.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that the name of a benefit has a significant effect on how it is spent. Its director Paul Johnson looks at the example of how pensioners spend their Winter Fuel Allowance. And Gerry Stoker, author of Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think, reflects on whether this information could help governments influence our behaviour.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Once at the forefront of British culture, the Institute of Contemporary Arts has floundered financially in the last decade, only narrowly escaping a collapse of funding. Will Gompertz has been speaking to its new director, Gregor Muir, who promises to re-position the ICA once more at the centre of the arts community.

The world's largest submarine rescue exercise is underway off the coast of Spain, with a Russian submarine taking part for the first time. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford was given rare access to ride an American rescue vehicle to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.

Is it sensible for the prime minister to side with critics when government policies get shot down?Times columnist Rachel Sylvester and Tim Montgomerie, editor of the ConservativeHome website, discuss whether David Cameron has been hanging people out to dry.



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