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Today: Tuesday 28th June

The government is proposing to increase competition between universities in England. A two-day general strike against public spending cuts in Greece has begun, a day before the country's parliament votes on austerity plans. Also on today's programme, we ask the justice minister about what Jack Straw described as the "racket" in insurance claims.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Ray Boulger of the mortgage advisers John Charcol analyses the threat of a "tsunami" of home repossessions as interest rates start to rise. Williams De Broe's Laura Lambie looks at the markets. Richard Parry Jones,of the Automotive Council, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the UK car industry. And Carl Gilleard, of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, talks about how recent graduates have fared in the job market. Download the podcast

The BBC has learnt that hospitals in the rebel-held area of eastern Libya are running short of medical supplies, with some patients dying from a lack of life-saving medicines. Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall reports from Benghazi where a medical crisis is looming.

Former Justice Secretary Jack Straw sparked outcry yesterday, when he revealed on the Today programme the enormous number of drivers encouraged to make phoney insurance claims for whiplash injuries each year. Stuart Matthews, a consultant trauma surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, explains what whiplash really is, and why 1200 motorists claim to be suffering from it every day.

A group of Welsh doctors has challenged the British Medical Association's proposal to move to a system of presumed consent in organ donation, where people opt out rather than opt in. Dr Vivienne Nathanson, BMA director of professional activities, and Dr Sharon Blackford, a dermatologist who works in Swansea, debate the objection and why Welsh ministers are so keen to push forward presumed consent in Wales.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

With sales of ebooks, downloads and audio books on the rise, is the end of the traditional bookshop finally in sight? Arts editor Will Gompertz asks what, dear reader, is the future of the book?

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government is planning to increase competition between universities in England, in a bid to ensure students get value for money with the new fees regime. David Willetts, minister for universities and science, explains the proposals.

Paper review.

A number of British cities have begun trialling a popular American system of dealing with alcoholics, in which shelters called wet houses are set up for chronic users to live and carry on drinking. Correspondent Paul Adams reports on the controversial practice from Minneapolis, where the idea first emerged.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

A two-day general strike will bring Greece to a standstill today, as people take to the streets in protest of austerity measures being debated in parliament. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reports on the commotion. And Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, examines the current options open to the Greek government.

The information commissioner has promised to look into the insurance industry's opaque trade in the personal data of motorists, after the former justice secretary Jack Straw yesterday revealed the sector's "dirty secret". Today reporter Andrew Hosken has been looking into the practice which has been the subject of two government inquiries. And Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly considers the best way to sort the system out.

Kevin Spacey will take to the stage as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, in a production of Shakespeare's Richard III which is directed by Sam Mendes at the Old Vic in London tomorrow night. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones spoke to the pair, who are working together for the first time since the Oscar-winning film American Beauty, 12 years ago.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government's higher education white paper is due to be published today, with plans to increase competition in the sector. Shadow business secretary John Denham reacts to the proposals.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Blue Peter will be broadcast for the last time from Television Centre today and its famous garden will have to be recreated on a studio roof at the BBC's new complex in Salford. Time for a quick pause for reflection on the passing of a little piece of history.

A group of mathematicians are campaigning for the constant, pi, to be replaced by something they are calling tau. Marcus Du Sautoy, mathematics professor at the University of Oxford, explains why.

Doctors are being urged not to protect the confidentiality of adult patients if it risks the welfare of a child, and to refer more cases of potential abuse to authorities. Joanna Nicolas, a child protection consultant, explains why doctors need to do more talking with parents themselves.

Can new technology and the internet eventually help prevent terrorism and gang violence? Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports from Dublin on Google Ideas' ground-breaking Summit Against Violent Extremism. This item contains descriptions which some people may find disturbing.

More people from Britain and Ireland fought in the Spanish Civil War than previously thought, according to documents at the National Archive. James Cronan of the National Archive and Ken Loach, director of Land and Freedom, discuss why Brits were so intent on fighting for the republic.



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