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Today: Friday 2nd December

Would an idea to negotiate public sector pay locally lead to workers in the north being paid less than those in the south? The watchdog which inspects care homes and hospitals in England has been accused of a catalogue of failures. Also on today's programme we celebrate the enduring appeal of the rock band T-shirt.

Business news with Simon Jack on news that the European Central Bank is prepared to play a bigger role in solving the eurozone crisis.

Mammal experts from across Europe are visiting Britain this weekend to discuss the situation facing a group of mammals called mustelids, which in the UK includes otters, badgers, polecats, pine martens, stoats and weasels. Marina Pacheco, chief executive of the Mammal Society explains their concerns.

People living in Scotland and London are less likely to support cuts to immigration than elsewhere in Britain, according to a survey by Oxford University's Migration Observatory. Dr. Scott Blinder explains their findings.

The National Audit Office has found that the Care Quality Commission completed fewer than half of its planned inspections during a six-month period last year. Laura Brackwell of the National Audit Office wrote the report and explains their findings. Conservative MP Stephen Dorrell, chair of the Commons health select committee, explains his concerns.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Science Museum is showcasing the latest in robot design, including robots that learn by talking to humans. Katrina Nilsson of the Science Museum tells reporter Tim Muffett why some people might find human-like robots "creepy".

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The Financial Policy Committee, which is tasked with regulating the City, has said that banks should keep lending, but if they needed more cash to build up their reserves they should cut dividends and bonuses. Angela Knight, of the British Bankers Association, gives her response and former City minister Lord Myners talks about how realistic it is to expect banks to fall into line.

The paper review.

The unusual winner of the 2011 Guardian First Book Award was a non-fiction book about cancer, written by an oncologist. Siddhartha Mukherjee talks about his winning book The Emperor of all Maladies.

Thought for The Day with Lord Harries.

The High Court is to decide whether a town council in Devon should be allowed to say prayers before meetings, after a complaint from an atheist member of Bideford Town Council, who claimed that saying prayers was a breach of human rights legislation. The National Secular Society's Keith Porteous Wood and Mike Judge from the Christian Institute discuss the implications of the case.

In his Autumn Statement, the chancellor asked pay review bodies to "consider how public sector pay can be made more responsive to local labour markets", which could mean scrapping national pay rates for public sector workers and negotiating them locally. Unions fear that would lead to public sector workers in the north being paid less than their equivalents in the south. Northern TUC regional secretary Kevin Rowan and James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North-east Chambers of Commerce, discuss whether the idea is workable.

An auction in Hollywood of singer and actress Debbie Reynolds' film costumes earlier this year raised £13m and now she is about to auction off her collection of hundreds of the most recognisable movie costumes and artefacts. The BBC's Peter Bowes went to meet her to reminisce.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe is working towards setting up a "fiscal union", in an effort to resolve the eurozone's debt crisis. Read the news story

Spending watchdog The National Audit Office has criticised the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which is responsible for inspecting hospitals and care homes in England, after finding that it failed to carry out half of its planned inspections in a six month period last year. Chief Executive of the CQC Cynthia Bower gives her response.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The birth last July of South Sudan, the world's newest nation, was marked with wild celebration following two decades of civil war. Since then there has been renewed fighting around the province of South Kordofan. The head of the Episcopal Church in Sudan, Archbishop Daniel Deng, described the current situation to the Today programme's Mike Thomson.

US Attorney General Eric Holder has been under pressure from Republicans over his handling of Operation Fast and Furious, a scheme in which US agents allowed illegal guns into Mexico with the aim of tracing them to major drugs and arms dealers. Malcolm Beith, an expert on the Mexican drugs wars and author of the The Last Narco, describes the operation.

Liver specialists in the north east of England say they are fighting an alcohol related liver disease epidemic, with the latest figures suggesting there has been a 400% increase in the number of people in their early 30s admitted to hospital since 2002 compared to the national average of 61%. Colin Shevills, director of drink awareness group Balance, carried out the research and explains what they found.

BBC 6 Music are inviting their listeners to wear their old rock band T-shirts to work. Jude Rogers, Guardian music writer and creator of the mybandtshirt blog, talks about the enduring popularity of wearing your musicians on your sleeve.



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