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Today: Wednesday 15th June

Britain's banks are to be ordered to ring-fence their high street branches to give them greater protection in a crisis. Civil servants belonging to the PCS union are expected to join other public sector workers in staging co-ordinated strikes. Also on today's programme, the cultural life of a prisoner of war.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: The Chancellor George Osborne is expected to give the green light to radical changes in the way our biggest banks are organised and regulated. Alistair Milne of Cass Business School, and author of the Fall of the House of Credit, considers how the proposals will impact British banking. Tim May of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers analyses the FSA's warning that we are receiving poor financial advice. And health economist at Laing and Buisson, William Laing, talks about the future of the struggling care home provider Southern Cross. Download the podcast

An ancient Buddhist site discovered near Kabul in Afghanistan, which dates back to a time before Islam arrived in the country, is under threat from a Chinese mining venture. Kabul correspondent Quentin Sommerville was given rare access to the site.

In his annual Mansion House speech, the Chancellor George Osborne is to say that banks should ring-fence their retail operations in order to keep them separate from the riskier investment side of their business. Business editor Robert Peston previews the strategy.

New research suggests that more children are streamed by ability in British primary schools than previously thought. Professor Susan Hallam of the Institute for Education at the University of London who lead the research, and former chief inspector of schools Sir Chris Woodhead, now chairman of Cognita, debate the benefits of streaming.

The familiar refrains of the early morning shipping forecast has been put to music by composer Cecilia McDowall.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Patients are dying and remaining ill unnecessarily because not enough funds are being spent on surgical research, according to the Royal College of Surgeons. Professor Norman Williams, president elect of the RCS, explains why Britain is lagging behind in surgical techniques.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A crisis meeting between government officials, banks and landlords will be held today to decide the future of the struggling care home provider Southern Cross. Andrew Hosken reports on the possibility of a solution. And Keith Lewin of Brunswick LLP Solicitors assesses the risks involved in slashing rents.

Paper review.

A photo session held at a hospital yesterday for David Cameron and Nick Clegg was disturbed by a shouting man, who turned out to be an angry surgeon. John Major's press officer, Sheila Gunn, looks at the problems and pitfalls of political photo ops.

Thought for the day with Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow.

The Chancellor George Osborne will tonight propose the separation of the retail and investment arms of British banks. Former chancellor Lord Lawson and Angela Knight, chief executive of the British Bankers' Association, assesses whether ring-fencing high street branches will protect the sector from further crisis.

Civil servants from the PCS union look certain to vote in favour of a strike today, potentially joining two other teaching unions who are promising to walk out over public sector pensions. Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS, and Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude debate why a momentum for industrial action appears to be building.

A new book sheds light on the creativity of Allied POWs during WWII. The author Midge Gillies and John Lowe, who was a prisoner of war in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan, discuss a new view of POWs that provides a rare picture of life behind barbed wire.

Pakistan has arrested five people suspected of being informants who who fed intelligence about Osama Bin Laden to the CIA. Aleem Maqbool reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

US President Barack Obama has called on the leaders of northern and southern Sudan to stop fighting, as conflict in disputed border areas threatens the peace agreement. Kouider Zerrouk, spokesperson for the UN mission in Sudan, who is based in Khartoum, describes the "ongoing bombardments." And Sudan expert Douglas Johnson, author of The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars, looks at the crisis unfolding in the region, which has now forced thousands of people to flee.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The composer Cecilia McDowall has set the shipping forecast to music. But it is not the first time this has been done. Listen to a short medley of past tunes.

Over the weekend, hundreds of migrant workers rioted close to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. Beijing correspondent Martin Patience reports on the thousands of mass incidents breaking out as the pressure builds across China.

Egypt's largest Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, announced this week that it is forming an alliance with one of the country's oldest liberal groups, the Wafd Party, a union that could prove to be a powerful force in the September election. Dr Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, a senior figure in the Brotherhood who has declared himself a presidential candidate, describes what an Egyptian parliament could look like.

The international T2K neutrino experiment, based in Japan, will announce findings this morning that could bring scientists closer to resolving where matter in the universe really came from. David Wark, a professor of physics at Imperial College who lead the UK side of the experiment, outlines one of the biggest mysteries in fundamental physics.

Andy Murray won the Aegon Championships at Queen's Tennis Club this week, despite being in pain during his last few matches. Former England fast bowler Angus Fraser, director of cricket at Middlesex, and Dr Tom Crisp, a sports physician and former member of the British Olympic medical team, discuss whether pain is merely a part of sport, and how much is too much.



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