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Today: Monday 14th November

A new survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development suggests unemployment is set to rise. Mike Thomson reports on the security situation in Afghanistan. Also on today's programme, what happened when Justin took a pottery lesson from writer and artisan Edmund de Waal.

Business news with Simon Jack on investors in the bond markets who will pass their verdict this morning on the situation in Italy.

The US public service broadcaster PBS has conducted a survey of British views on the media following the phone hacking scandal. Richard Kingsbury, General Manager of PBS UK, reveals the findings.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has announced it predicts "a slow painful contraction in the labour market". Gerwyn Davies, who wrote the CIPD report, explains the situation.

Supporters of president Assad have attacked the embassies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey after the Arab League's decided to suspend Syria. Salman Shaikh, director of the Doha centre for the independent think tank the Brookings Institution, gives his views on whether the Arab League will continue to apply pressure to Syria's government.

The Commons environmental audit committee has accused the current government of trying to water-down EU standards on air quality instead of tackling the problem. The Labour MP Joan Walley, who chairs the cross-party committee, explains the issue.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Lenny Henry is one of Britain's best known comedians, but two years ago, at the age of 51, he took everyone by surprise by making his stage acting debut, playing Othello, and then going on to win the Evening Standard outstanding newcomer award. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports from the National Theatre where the comedian is now tackling Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet

Now that Silvio Berlusconi is no longer Italy's prime minister, and has been replaced by Mario Monti, is Italy on the path to recovery? Paolo Guzzanti, an independent socialist MP in Rome, and the former editor of the Financial Times, Andrew Gowers, give their thoughts on Mr Monti's chances of success.

A review of the papers.

Ronald Reagan's film career set him on a path that ended in political glory. David Willis reports from Los Angeles where the motion picture industry is honouring the former president's film career while somewhat shunning the politics.

Thought for The Day with The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The Leveson Inquiry into the issues arising from the News of the World scandal is to start hearing from the victims of phone hacking. Associate Editor of the Sun Trevor Kavanagh and Roy Greenslade, professor of Journalism at City University, debate the current state of the UK press.

Pessimism about the UK economy seems endemic, and the latest report by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development has only added to the gloom, saying that its survey of businesses suggests that many of them are stuck in a "wait and see" frame of mind, and are reluctant to invest. Mark Hoban, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, assesses the state of UK employment.

Confessions of an Advertising Man, the book by adman executive David Ogilvy which revolutionised the industry 60 years ago, has been re-published. Nicola Mendelsohn, President of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, and Sir John Hegarty, founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, debate how his approach to advertising has shaped our society.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

A decade ago, coalition forces arrived in Afghanistan with the aim of dismantling al-Qaeda and prevent its followers from using the country as a base. Since then, the violence has got worse rather than better, particularly for ordinary Afghans. The Today programme's Mike Thomson begins a series of reports from Afghanistan with a look at the security situation in the country.

In his newest book The Pot Book, writer and artisan Edmund De Waal charts the history of pottery and ceramic ware from the third millennium BC to the present day. Justin went to the potter's South London studio to try his hand at pottery under Edmund's expert tuition.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, says that the Labour Party is opposed to any further "transfer of power" to Brussels. The shadow foreign secretary explains why the party has departed from its traditional position on Europe.


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