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Today: Thursday 26th January

Lord Mandelson on globalisation and inequality. Is there a link between Vitamin D deficiency and sudden infant death syndrome? And also on the programme, the US presidential candidate who wants to establish a permanent base on the moon.

Business news with Simon Jack on further negotiations to try and avoid a Greek default.

The number of people dying from heart attacks has halved in just under a decade according to a new study. Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation which funded the study, outlines the reasons behind the fall in numbers.

Ahead of a meeting of Sudan and South Sudan's presidents, Dr Sara Pantuliano, of the Overseas Development Institute - who has worked on Sudan for 20 years - gives her analysis of the current situation in the region.

The UK Border Agency has been criticised by the Home Affairs Select Committee for the way it manages the forced removal of failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants from the UK. Emma Ginn, co-ordinator of the charity Medical Justice, outlines their concerns over inappropriate behaviour towards detainees.

The anger at bankers' bonuses which erupted at the beginning of the financial crisis, seems to have grown into a more general malaise about the pay gap between the richest and the rest of society. Business editor Robert Peston has been testing the mood at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where some of the world's richest people have gathered.

The Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police, Tony Melville, says his force is heading towards a "cliff edge" because of budget cuts and a freeze in the amount raised for policing through council tax. He tells the Today programme's Evan Davis about his concerns.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Police in Suffolk are searching for a prisoner who escaped after two guards escorting him to hospital in Bury St Edmonds were threatened at gunpoint by another man. The BBC's Lisa Hampele reports.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Vitamin D deficiency, which causes childhood rickets, is a growing problem in Britain. But a new theory suggests a lack of the vitamin could also be behind the phenomenon of Sudden Infant Death and possibly miscarriages of justice involving allegations of child abuse. The Today programme's Andrew Hosken has been investigating.

The paper review.

Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich called on Wednesday for a base on the moon and an expanded federal purse for prize money to stimulate private-sector space projects. Andrew Coates, professor of physics at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, explains if this is a realistic goal.

Thought for the day with the novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.

Scientists at Oxford have developed a brain stimulation technique that improves academic performance by zapping the brain with an electric current. The Today programme's Tom Feilden reports and Barbara Sahakian, a professor at Cambridge University specialising in neuroscience and neuroethics, explains why she is cautious about the findings.

In a report for the Institute for Public Policy Research being launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, former EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson argues for the need to re-evaluate the rules governing globalisation. Business editor Robert Peston reports from Davos while Lord Mandelson outlines his concerns about global inequality.

The people of Douma were among the first to join the uprising after it started in Syria in March last year and since then many have been killed, including 12 last weekend. It is also where the so-called Free Syrian Army, made up mainly of defectors from President Assad's forces, has been established. Middle east editor Jeremy Bowen managed to gain access to the area.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

In less than a decade the number of people in the UK dying from heart attacks has halved. Dr Charles Knight of the British Cardiovascular Society is a consultant cardiologist at the London Chest Hospital and analyses the factors that have contributed to what he calls "excellent news".

Business news. Subway's founder and president, Fred De Luca, talks with the Today programme's Simon Jack about the success of franchising, signposting calories and the inequalities of the tax system.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to publish its climate change risk analysis for the UK , looking at the dangers to crops, flooding, health and water resources. Science editor David Shukman has the details.

The UK gives Pakistan about £200m in aid each year and the Department for International Development has told the BBC that women and girls will be the focus of "everything it does" in the country as the country introduces new laws aimed at helping protect women. Aleem Maqbool reports from Punjab province where cases of brutality against women are commonplace.

The Scottish government has proposed that the question it puts to Scots in the independence referendum is this: "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?" Professor Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: Science and Practice, analyses if the wording of the question is fair.

Have the constraints forced on the world by the dire economic circumstances of the last few years proved an incentive to designers and architects? Paola Antonelli, senior curator of art and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, examines if this is the case.


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