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Today: Wednesday 16th November

Brodie Clark gives his first interview since quitting as head of the UK Border Force over the recent row about passport checks. Doctors are calling for a total ban on smoking in cars. And also on the programme, scientists reveal that the cheapest, most nutritious lunch.

Business news with Simon Jack on how debt worries are spreading from the periphery to the core of eurozone countries.

The government is expected to release a growth plan on how to stimulate the economy. Jeremy Warner, associate editor at the Daily Telegraph, talks about rumours that there is a plan in the pipeline to co-opt private money to boost the recovery.

Volker Kauder, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has warned Britain that it would not "get away with" looking after its own interests at the expense of Europe. The BBC's Chris Morris reports from Brussels on how Mr Kauder also insisted that the UK had responsibility for "making Europe a success".

The company conducting the first government-approved test of embryonic stem cell therapy has said it is discontinuing further stem cell work. Dr Dusko Ilic, of Kings College London, explains his concerns about the future of this type of research.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Brad Pitt's new film is based on the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by financial journalist Michael Lewis. Ahead of its UK release, Times journalist Ed Smith gives his thoughts on the movie.

The British Medical Association is calling on UK governments to ban smoking in cars, something which both the Northern Irish and Welsh governments are considering. The BMAs Dr Vivienne Nathanson and Simon Clark of the smokers' rights group Forest debate the issue.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The row between Home Office ministers and the former head of UK Border Force have still not been resolved. The BBC's Danny Shaw examines the evidence Brodie Clark gave to the Home Affairs Committee.

A review of the papers.

What is the cheapest, most nutritious lunch you can have? John Edwards of the Royal Society of Chemistry reveals the surprising answer.

Thought for The Day with Abdal Hakim Murad.

The latest labour market figures show the highest unemployment rate among 16-to-24-year-olds in two decades. Last month we heard from three young unemployed people and their search for jobs. One of them was 18-year-old Nathaniel Trill from Coventry who was made redundant from his job as a trainee engineer. After his interview on the programme he had a couple of offers of help. Zubeida Malik went back to meet him and see what became of those offers. This is an extended version of the broadcast item.

The former head of the UK Border force, Brodie Clark, gives his first interview since quitting following a row with the home secretary over a pilot scheme to relax border controls. And political editor Nick Robinson reflects on Mr Clark's words.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

K2, which is considered to be the most savage and dangerous of all the Himalayan peaks, is the subject of a series of lectures at the Royal Geographical Society - with all the climbers who have scaled the mountain invited to take part. Climbers Nazir Sabir and Doug Scott, who in 1975 became the first Englishman to climb K2, recount their memories.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Despite being November, swallows are still flying around the south coast, wasps are still buzzing and poppies are still flowering. Stephen Moss, author of Wild Hares and Humming Birds: The Natural History of an English Village, and Professor Tim Sparks, nature adviser to the Woodland Trust, discuss if we should celebrate or worry about this unsettlingly warm season.

In the third of his special reports from Afghanistan, Mike Thomson focuses on the life of children in a country which has the third-highest maternal mortality rate in the world and where around 37,000 children live on the streets.

Bloggers have come under the spotlight at the Leveson inquiry, with questions being raised about the lack of regulation in the blogosphere. Paul Waugh, editor of politicshome.com and ConservativeHome editor Tim Montgomerie discuss how free bloggers should be to say what they like.



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