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Today: Tuesday 10th January

In the third and final of the Today programme's New Year leader interviews, we speak to Labour leader Ed Miliband. Also on the programme, high-speed rail, promoting good health and Universal Studios' president, Ron Meyer.

Business news with Simon Jack on a mixed outlook for UK manufacturing this year according to a survey by the British Chamber of Commerce.

Hundreds of primary schools across England that are not doing as well as they should be are being put under pressure to convert to academy status. The Department for Education says that is the best way to improve results fast, but while many schools are reluctant, one has put its head above the parapet and said no publicly. Sanchia Berg reports.

The fastest growing prison population in England and Wales are the 50s, who make up nearly 10% of the total prison population. Radio 4 documentary Dying Inside explores the experiences of elderly prisoners. Presenter Rex Bloomstein, describes what they discovered.

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is to offer to lend the Scottish government the unambiguous power to hold a legally binding referendum on Scottish independence, but only if there is a clear yes or no vote. Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Scottish MP Danny Alexander gives his thoughts.

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, is warning that Iran has moved closer to developing a nuclear weapon. Security correspondent Gordon Correra has the details. Read the news story.

Business news with Simon Jack.

New research suggests that taking an aspirin every day, which is commonly thought to reduce the risk of heart attacks, could be doing more harm than good. Kausik Ray, professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at St George's, University of London, explains why.

Republicans in New Hampshire go to the polls later in the second stage of their presidential candidate selection process. North America correspondent Jonny Dymond reports on how winning the crucial "blue collar" vote will be key to challenging Barack Obama.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The controversial £32bn HS2 high-speed rail project is expected to be given the green light by the government. Chief political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue reports on the political implications of the decision.

The paper review.

As the Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas, everyone is talking about connecting TV to the internet. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports from Silicon Valley on the future of television.

Thought for the day with the The Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

The NHS Future Forum says that health professionals in England should adapt their roles in order to promote good health by talking to patients about diet, exercise, smoking and drinking habits. Steve Field, chair of the NHS Future Forum, and Mima Cattan, professor of public health at Northumbria University, discuss whether advice can really change people's lifestyles.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said he can win the next election, but that a future Labour government would be different from the last, in the third of the New Year Today leader interviews

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Political editor Nick Robinson gives his analysis of John Humphrys' interview with Ed Miliband.

The government is expected to give permission for a new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham. Mike Thomson reports on the economic arguments for and against high speed rail. And architect of the project, Lord Adonis, responds.

Most people would be glad of a mild winter, but it is causing problems for rhubarb growers. Rhubarb grower Janet Oldroyd-Hulme explains why.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Universal Pictures will be marking its 100th anniversary this year and with the restoration of some of the studio's most significant films, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Jaws. The Today programme's Justin Webb talked to Universal Studios' President, Ron Meyer, about the state of the film industry.

The Hatchet Job of the Year award will honour the angriest, funniest and most trenchant book review of 2011. DJ Taylor, author and Hatchet Job Award judge and Joanna Biggs, assistant editor at the London Review of Books, discuss the evolution of book reviews, which now includes online criticism.


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