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Today: Wednesday 14th December

The government is to review laws on domestic violence. Research suggests more than 20,000 people with diabetes are dying unnecessarily each year in England. And also on the programme, does Scott of the Antarctic deserve his hero status, a 100 years on from losing the race to the south pole?

Business news with Simon Jack on news that banks are depositing money in the European Central Bank as fears grow that the banking system is in trouble.

With 65,000 children in care, adoption is high on the political agenda. But as a Panorama special reports tonight, children must wait an average two years, seven months for a permanent family. Roger Graef is executive producer of The Truth About Adoption and describes how they have been following six children in Coventry waiting to be adopted.

According to figures from the NHS Information Centre, there are 24,000 avoidable deaths from diabetes each year in England with women aged 15 to 34 particularly at risk. Dr Bob Young, consultant diabetologist at Salford Royal Hospital, works on the National Diabetes Audit and outlines the biggest factors involved.

Who knew what at News International about the extent of phone hacking at the News of the World? The Media show presenter Steve Hewlett explains what has been learned from their interview with Neville Thurlbeck, the former chief reporter at the News of the World.

Business news with Simon Jack.

There is speculation in the papers that government plans to reform the system of funding for elderly care could be delayed by 10 years to 2025. Andrew Dilnot, former chairman of the Independent Commission for Funding of Care and Support, says such a move would be a "betrayal of people's trust".

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The UK's monthly unemployment figures are likely to bring more grim news after last month's figures showed unemployment rose to more than 2.6 million in the three months to September. Nick Pearce, director of the Institute for Public Policy Research and a former head of Number 10's policy unit and Neil O'Brien, director of Policy Exchange, discuss what can be done to get more people into work.

A look at today's papers.

It is 100 years to the day since Norwegian Roald Amundsen claimed victory in the race to the South Pole, beating Captain Scott. But as science correspondent Tom Feilden reports, Amundsen's achievement is still overshadowed by Scott's controversial legacy.

Thought for The Day with Mona Siddiqui.

Alex Salmond has challenged David Cameron on his decision to veto agreement in the European Union. He explains why he believes Scotland needs a voice at the top table in Europe when national interests are being discussed.

The government is to review the laws on domestic violence and examine if the definition should be widened to include under-18s and psychological abuse. Vicky, who lived in a abusive relationship for a decade, describes her experience. And Diana Barran, chief executive of Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) and Carmel Napier, Chief Constable of Gwent Police, discuss tackling domestic abuse.

Police are continuing to investigate a shooting and grenade attack in the Belgian town of Liege. The BBC's Matthew Price reports.

Following a counterculture is vital to creating companies that will revolutionise an industry, says Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple. He spoke to the Today programme's Evan Davis for a BBC 2 programme about his former business partner, Steve Jobs, who died in October this year.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Lawyers representing the families of thousands of people who died in a cholera epidemic in Haiti say they intend to sue the United Nations for financial damages that could amount to several billion dollars. International Development correspondent Mark Doyle has travelled to Haiti to examine the case.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Barack Obama is to make a speech at Fort Bragg in North Carolina about the final withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a former assistant defence secretary, gives his thoughts.

Author Alexander McCall Smith mentioned on Twitter that he was finding it "painful" getting rid of books and asked for any advice about how to arrange his shelves. He goes through some of the responses he received and gives his own tips on bookshelf management.

In Egypt's parliamentary election, the big surprise in voting so far has been the success of the hardline Islamist Salafists. Jon Leyne hears from Egyptians who have mixed views on the party.

The co-founder of Apple Steve Wosniak told this programme that structured societies tend to stifle the kind of innovation that helps create hi-tech heaven. Alex Halliday of SocialGo, which is part of a group of hi-tech firms in London and David Rowan, editor of Wired magazine, discuss whether this is true of Britain and if so, what are the implications?


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