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Today: Thursday 14th July

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gives his response to the phone hacking scandal. The number of animals being experimented on has risen. Also on today's programme, Evan Davis challenges Grand Master Nigel Short to a game of chess.

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Business news with Adam Shaw, looking at US credit ratings and Rupert Murdoch's future in the UK media. Download the podcast

There needs to be a major culture change in maternity services with more births supervised by midwives and fewer babies delivered in hospitals by doctors, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dr Tony Falconer, president of the RCOG, explains the need for a radical shake up.

An explosion on an industrial estate in Lincolnshire has left five men dead and another seriously injured, with local reports that the men may have been brewing alcohol illegally. Sarah Sturdy reports. And Mike Gilbert of Boston Borough council comments on illegal brewing in the area.

Four in ten people can now expect to have some form of cancer in their lifetime, with survival rates also improving so that many more people are living with the illness. Mike Hobday, head of policy Macmillan Cancer Support, unpicks the figures.

How has the hacking scandal been picked up in the United States, and what impact is it having on Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation? Washington correspondent Jonny Dymond reports on US ripples of discontent. And business editor Robert Peston looks at Murdoch's position in the UK.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Greece's debt was further downgraded yesterday by one of the major credit agencies. Chantal Hughes, spokesperson for the European commissioner responsible for internal markets and financial services, looks at the reliability of ratings and how seriously we should take them. And Martin Winn, spokesman for Standard & Poors sets out the argument for listening to them.

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A new documentary, Bobby Fischer Against The World, charts the success and mental illness of chess world champion Bobby Fischer. Evan Davis challenged the British Grand Master Nigel Short to a game, and found out why chess and insanity so often go hand in hand. Watch the video

Thought for the day with the writer Rhidian Brook.9537955

More experiments are being carried out on animals in the UK each year because of an increase in the use of genetic modification, according to official figures. Professor Dominic Wells from the neuromuscular disease group at the Royal Veterinary College, and Michelle Thew, of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, debate animal testing.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has withdrawn its controversial bid for BSkyB, with public inquiries into hacking, the press, privacy and regulation set to go ahead. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gives his reaction to the developments.

While they usually work together, the latest exhibition by Jake and Dinos Chapman at White Cube gallery is the brothers' individual work. The brothers showed Sarah Montague around the exhibition.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Three explosions in India's commercial capital Mumbai have killed 17 people and injured 81, in what is being described as a co-ordinated terrorist attack. Jason Burke, south Asia correspondent of the Guardian and expert on Islamic militancy, reflects on the impact of the bombing.

The most senior judge in England and Wales, Judge Judge, has hit back at critics, insisting that in times of crisis the public turn to judges to restore order. Legal correspondent Clive Coleman analyses the comments.

A new rendition of the idiosyncratic British hit, the Floral Dance, is coming to this year's Durham International Brass Festival, in celebration of the song's centenary. The BBC's Nicola Stanbridge met its maker, the ambient musician Scanner, to find out why this version will be so special.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

UK unemployment dropped by 26,000 in the three months to May, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders explains why the headlines may conceal a deeper economic problem.

Is the British establishment willing or able to change following the phone hacking scandal? Writer, film maker and criminologist Roger Graef, Michael Cockerell who makes documentaries about politicians and the media, and Elinor Goodman, former political editor of Channel Four News, look ahead to change.



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