Today Weekdays 6-9am and Saturdays 7-9am

  • News Feeds
Page last updated at 05:52 GMT, Saturday, 30 July 2011 06:52 UK
Today: Saturday 30th July

Colonel Gaddafi has said the murder of Libya's rebel military commander is proof that the opposition is incapable of running the country. And also in today's programme, we speak to the British explorer currently rowing to the magnetic North Pole.

To speed up the loading time for this running order, we have replaced the audio with links. To hear the reports, interviews and discussions, just click on the links.

Get in touch via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

Paper review.

The latest attempted resolution to the US debt crisis has failed. Correspondent Paul Adams reports. Read the news story.

The Science Museum has opened an exhibition exploring how the creation of synthetic sound began. The BBC's Beth McLeod has been to the exhibition to take a look.

According to a report from the Commons Treasury Select Committee, there is considerable dissatisfaction among the public and tax professionals with the service provided by the HMRC. Labour MP George Mudie, a member of the committee, outlines where the tax office is going wrong.

In a never-before attempted feat, British arctic explorer Jock Wishart is bidding to row to the magnetic North Pole. He explains his mission to James Naughtie while his crew fend off icebergs.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Tahrir Square in Cairo was again filled with demonstrators yesterday, but the protests were dominated by Islamist groups, not the secular protesters who led the revolution. Jon Leyne reports from Cairo and General Sameh Saif el Yazal, from the Al-Gomhouria centre of political and security studies, considers the significance of the protests.

Paper review.

Westminster council looks set to approve plans to introduce Sunday and weekday evening parking charges in some areas of central London, in what it says is a bid to control traffic flow and extend parking for residents. Local government correspondent Mike Sergeant reports on opposition to the measures.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Joel Edwards.

How useful is the "blue-sky thinking" espoused by the prime minister's strategy director Steve Hilton, to government policy? Jesse Norman MP, author of a book on the Big Society, and John Major's former press secretary Sheila Gunn debate whether policy ideas should be radical or reserved.

Would cutting taxes give the economy the lift it needs? Kitty Ussher, director of think tank Demos and a former treasury minister, and Conservative MP John Redwood, assess whether lower taxes would lead to a stronger economy.

The UK Anti-Doping organisation caused controversy this week by suggesting that the rules on recreational drugs in sport should be relaxed for the Olympics. Times columnist and former table tennis player Matthew Syed, who competed in two Olympics, and Michele Verroken from the consultancy Sporting Integrity, consider the morality of drugs in sport.

In a bid to explain the enormity of Anders Breivik's crimes, many have described the actions of the Norway killer as "evil" . But as religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports, some are warning against the classification of his actions in such a way.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Are there signs that the UK's strategy in Libya is coming apart at the seams? Ian Pannell reports from the country, and Telegraph columnist Con Coghlin and Richard Ottaway MP debate a difficult week in the conflict.

Paper review.

Is there any way out of the impasse between Democrats and Republicans over US debt-reduction plans? Political scientist and author Francis Fukuyama explains how an "ideological rigidity and polarisation" that means the battling politicians "can't even begin a rational discussion".

According to research carried out by Blondie drummer Clem Burke, drumming is very good for you. Clem and Gloucestershire University's Dr Steve Draper explore why the physical demands of drumming can promote physical and psychological wellbeing.


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific