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Today: Saturday 13th August

The former police chief credited with breaking gang culture in American cities has agreed to come to Britain to advise David Cameron. Also in the programme, why musical comedy is finally taking to the Proms stage.

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A review of the papers.

0712
Bill Bratton, who transformed policing in New York and Los Angeles and dramatically cut the crime rate on both cities, is coming to Britain next month to advise the government. Political correspondent Peter Henley examines his track record on combating gang crime.

0714
Cuba's former communist leader Fidel Castro turns 85 today. Our correspondent in Havana Michael Voss looks at his influence on Cuba today.

0718
The Italian cabinet has approved an austerity budget aimed at tackling the country's budget deficit following concern that the Eurozone debt crisis could spread. David Willey is our Rome correspondent.

0722
On yesterday's programme Sheldon Thomas, a former gang member, contrasted the coverage of this week's looting with the dozens of murders in London's deprived neighbourhoods in recent years that have barely been reported. Nicola Stanbridge went back to Tottenham to meet one woman affected by gun crime.

0726
Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

0732
Hillary Clinton has spoken out against President Assad, stating that Syria would be better off without him and that he has lost the legitimacy to lead. Jim Muir has been following events from Beirut, and former foreign office minister Kim Howells examines the UK's options.

0738
A review of the papers.

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It is 50 years to the day since the Berlin Wall was built and separated east and west. Our man in Berlin today, Steve Evans, has talked to two people who remember the day, one from each side.

0745
Thought for the day with Vishvapani, an ordained Buddhist.

0749
A member of yesterday's panel David Allen - Tottenham resident and member of the local Conservative Party - said one of the causes of this week's riots was the "feminisation" of schools. Sir Michael Wilshaw, principal of Mossbourne community Academy in Hackney, east London, and Harriet Sergeant from the Centre for Policy Studies, author of a report from the think tank called "wasted: the betrayal of white working class and black Caribbean boys", debate the issue.

0810
150,000 people have signed an online petition calling for rioters to be prevented from claiming benefits, meaning it will now be debated in parliament. James Clappison, Conservative MP for Hertsmere in Hertfordshire and Tony Lloyd, Labour MP for Manchester Central, discuss whether or not this is a knee jerk reaction to this week's problems.

0816
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny's damning comments on the Catholic Church mark quite a change in the country's previous unquestioning acceptance of the Vatican and its structures. BBC correspondent Andy Martin has been to the west coast of Ireland to see if Kenny's comments ring true at grassroots level.

0823
Former Today presenter, TV quizmaster and journalist Robert Robinson, has died aged 83. Nick Higham looks back at his life.

0826
Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

0831
Economic worries have been overshadowed by this week's riots, but major problems remain for the UK's economy with the severe difficulties faced in the Eurozone and the US. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne George Osborne outlines the government's attitude to the latest crisis surrounding the euro and defends cuts to police budgets.

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The BBC will hold its first-ever comedy Prom tonight, hosted by Tim Minchin, amid talk that musical comedy is making a revival. Kit Hesketh-Harvey, one half of Kit and the Widow who are performing later this evening, and Mitch Benn, the comedy songwriter currently playing at the Edinburgh Festival, discuss.

0850
Some heroes have emerged from this week. Tariq Jahan, whose son Haroon was one of those mown down by a car during the riots in Birmingham on Wednesday night, and Father Rob Wickham, Anglican rector of Hackney, tell us their stories.




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