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Today: Thursday 6th October

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple who brought the world the iPhone and the iPad, has died. Sarah Palin has said she won't be joining the race for the US presidency next year. And also on the programme, is Preston Bus Station an architectural gem or eyesore blocking development?

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Business news with Dominic Laurie on the latest decision on interest rates and a slowdown on take home pay.

A number of specially-commissioned poems to be unveiled in the London Olympic Park will be announced as part of National Poetry Day. William Sieghart, founder of National Poetry Day and Poet-in-Residence Jo Shapcott explain the concept.

The co founder of Apple, Steve Jobs has died aged 56. Phillip Elmer-DeWitt writes the Apple column at and tells us what kind of a man he was.

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee makes its monthly decision today on monetary policy. Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research describes the impact of policy decisions such as quantitative easing.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Afghanistan has received more than £21bn in aid, that is £40m a week, in the ten years since the US led Britain and other countries into the invasion of the country. The BBC's David Loyn finds out where the money has gone.

Law firms can now be operated by supermarkets or banks whereas in the past they could only be owned by lawyers. Jonathan Gulliford, sales director for Co-operative Legal Services says they plan to be one of the first groups to take advantage of the new rules and honorary secretary of the solicitors Sole Practitioners Group Clive Sutton gives his thoughts on the change.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The leader of Israel's opposition, Tzipi Livni, is in London for talks with William Hague. Rosemary Hollis, professor of Middle East policy studies at City University analyses the issues confronting someone who would like to be prime minister of Israel and Tzipi Livni describes her position.

Paper review.

A play opens at Hampton Court Palace which looks at the way court jesters came to prominence under Henry the eighth and reveals many of them were actually people with learning disabilities. The BBC's Tom Bateman has been finding out what history tells us about the treatment of people with disabilities.

Thought for the Day with Rev Rosemary Lain-Priestley, Dean of Women's Ministry in central London.

The Director General of the BBC Mark Thompson is expected to announce significant cuts and job losses when he announces how the BBC intends to make savings of 20%. David Elstein, former chief executive of Channel 5 and Lorraine Heggessey, former controller of BBC One, discuss whether it is possible to protect services.

For the first time in months, there is genuine suspense today, over the regular decision of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee on whether to implement more quantitative easing: the policy of creating and spending money to stimulate the economy. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders describes the effect of QE so far, Dr Andrew Sentance, former member of Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee warns against reacting too quickly and former chancellor Alistair Darling gives his thoughts on whether it is a good idea.

Steve Jobs became one of the best-known names in American business, famous for such products as the iPod, iPhone and the iPad. In the wake of his death, editor of Wired magazine David Rowan and cultural historian Bryan Appleyard of The Sunday Times reflect on Steve Jobs' life.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

There has been a major development in stem cell research which indicates it may now be possible for stem cells to be created with your own genes reducing the risk of your body rejecting them. Professor Roger Pederson directs the Medical Research Council Stem Cell centre at Cambridge and Emily Jackson of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority discuss how significant this is.

During the summer in Syria, a woman who was reported to have been beheaded and mutilated by state security agents has now turned up on Syrian state television. Nadim Houry, director of Human Rights Watch in Beirut, was with the woman's family when the body was originally identified.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

German prosecutors say they have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of former Nazi death camp guards under a new precedent set by the conviction of 91 year old U.S. autoworker who served as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Dr. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre is leading the investigation.

In his speech at the Tory Party conference, David Cameron referred to an EU directive about whether people with diabetes should be allowed to drive, something which he saw as "pointless new regulation". Simon O'Neill, director of care and advocacy at the charity Diabetes UK explains what the prime minister was referring to.

Preston Bus Station, once the largest bus station in the world, it is slated for demolition as part of a redevelopment scheme despite being on the list of endangered cultural sites by the 2012 World Monuments Watch. Erica Avrami, director of World Monuments Watch, leader of Preston City Council Peter Rankin and architectural historian and caseworker Christina Malathouni debate whether it should stay or go.


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