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Today: Saturday 18th June

The leader of one of Britain's biggest unions has warned that industrial action by public sector workers over pensions could rival the General Strike of 1926. Figures show twice as many soldiers have applied for voluntary redundancy as the army was expecting. And later on the programme, the former chancellor Alistair Darling on the financial crisis in Greece.

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At least 18 people in Syria are reported to be dead following violent demonstrations on Friday. Kim Sengupta of The Independent managed to get into Syria three times during the past week and describes the situation.

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The backbench MP Philip Davies sparked outcry yesterday, after he told the House of Commons that the minimum wage may be a hindrance to disabled job seekers. The BBC's Mark D'Arcy examines his comments.

The script of the first-ever episode of BBC Radio 4's The Archers will later be auctioned off by Charles Collingwood, better known as Brian Aldridge. He explains why it is so important to fans, more than 60 years on.

Next week, Brits who missed out on Olympic tickets, two thirds of those who tried, will get a second chance with another round of sales. David Spiegelhalter, professor of the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University, suggests how future ticketing could be improved.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

How close is Greece to total collapse, or even revolution? Chris Morris reports from Athens on the feeling among the Greek people.

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In 1941 Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland, apparently on a mission to try to end the war, where he was caught and questioned. Stephen McGinty, author of a new book on that interrogation called Camp Z: The Secret Life of Rudolph Hess, and Clive Fairweather, who was second-in-command of the SAS squad who guarded Hess in Berlin's Spandau Prison, discuss the significance of those events.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

With the news of impending strikes in the public sector this summer and autumn, questions have been raised about how unions can best achieve their aims. Richard Balfe, former Labour MEP who defected to the Tories and was appointed by David Cameron to liaise with the unions a few years ago, and Roger Seifert, professor of industrial relations at Wolverhampton Business School, discuss whether walking out really works.

Greece's national debt is going to be rolled over, requiring holders of Greek bonds to keep holding them for slightly longer, and avoiding a default that could damage Europe's banks. Business editor Robert Peston analyses the position for Greek investors. And former chancellor, Alistair Darling, who signed the first emergency euro bailout for Greece, examines whether this is the right decision.

The first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond is furious that the relatively new UK Supreme Court has the power to deal with human rights cases north of the border. Cameron Ritchie, the president of the Law Society of Scotland, and BBC's Scotland political editor Brian Taylor outline Mr Salmond's objections.

Later today, President Obama will take on the Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner in a golf match. BBC Radio's John Murray reports from the Congressional Country Club in Washington, on why golf is the game of American politics.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The leader of the biggest public sector union, Dave Prentis, says Britain should prepare itself for the biggest strike since the General Strike of 1926 if the government fails to back down over its cuts in the public sector, specifically to pensions. Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, considers if Mr Prentis speaks for the union movement as a whole.

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The author Sir Terry Pratchett, who has Alzheimer's, has said that he wants assisted suicide to be made legal in Britain. Professor Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, who is a harsh critic of the method, gives her reaction to the recent debate.

How do you turn around a failing school? Professor Bernard Barker of Leicester University, and Trevor Averre Beeson, a former head who runs a private company that specialises in turning around schools, debate Education Secretary Michael Gove's plan to convert 200 under-performing schools into academies.

The political week has been fraught with questions over the leadership of Ed Miliband and David Cameron, suggestions that Nick Clegg is on the up, and the return of figures such as Tony Blair. Peter Oborne, chief political commentator at the Daily Telegraph, and Mehdi Hasan, senior editor of the New Statesman and co-author of a new book entitled Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader, discuss where the week has left us.



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