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Nissan is to build a new compact car at its Sunderland plant, creating up to 2000 jobs - does it mean the government's industrial policy is working? James Naughtie reports from Ohio on Super Tuesday, as ten US states vote for their Republican presidential candidate. Also on the programme, when is it acceptable to boo at the theatre?

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack, on news that the UK's car industry is to receive a boost with a new Nissan plant to be built in Sunderland.


Business Secretary Vince Cable and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband will both give speeches today at the conference of the manufacturers' organization the EEF. Richard Wilson, CEO of computer games body TIGA, analyses the UK's industrial policy.


In a new government approach to those leaving prison, ex-offenders will now get benefits immediately and will be put on a work programme as a way of helping to prevent re-offending. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik asked two recently released ex-offenders whether they think it will work.

The business news with Simon Jack.

A report from the legal profession's watchdog is urging lawyers to be upfront about their costs from the start of their work. Chief Legal Ombudsman Adam Sampson, outlines what their investigation found.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


It is Super Tuesday in the US Republican presidential nomination campaign with primary elections in 10 states. If Mitt Romney wins he takes a big step towards the nomination. If not, he faces a long slog against Rick Santorum through the spring and into the summer. The Today programme's James Naughtie reports from Ohio, where the election may turn.

Paper review.


A new book, The Life of Slang, aims to provide a comprehensive international history of slang, highlighting a surprising continuity in attitudes and usage through the years. Author Professor Julie Coleman and Kathy August, deputy chief executive of the United Learning Trust, discuss the use of slang in modern life.

Thought for the day with the Canon Angela Tilby of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.


The BBC, ITN, the NUJ and Sky are all planning to appeal against a court order to hand over footage of Dale Farm in a judicial review. John Battle, head of compliance for ITN, and chief constable Andy Trotter of the Association of Chief Police Officers, discuss whether it is right or unreasonable that the police request the media to assist in police investigations.


Vince Cable and Ed Miliband will both give speeches at the conference of the manufacturers organization, the EEF, today. Nissan is to announce that it is to make a £125m investment in its plant at Sunderland from 2013 creating 2,000 jobs with the help of a government grant. Mariana Mazzucato, professor of economics and chair in science and technology policy at the University of Sussex, analyses what a successful industrial policy look like. And Business Secretary Vince Cable sets out his vision for UK manufacturing.


A recent performance of the Royal Opera House's production of Rusalka was met with boos during the curtain call. The Observer's Hephzibah Anderson and Michael Simkins, author and actor currently appearing in Yes Prime Minister, debate whether booing is ever a legitimate critical response to a live cultural event.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The United Nations is expected to say that more than two billion people in the world have better water than they did two decades ago - one of the first millennium development targets to be met. International development correspondent David Loyn has the details, while Margaret Batty of the charity WaterAid reflects on whether a world where everyone has safe water to drink is achievable.


The government is launching a scheme in which ex-offenders will receive benefits and help into work straight after leaving prison. Employment Minister Chris Grayling outlines how the government hopes the move will reduce re-offending.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The British Ambassador to Syria Simon Collis has told the Times that the military in the country is demoralised and overstretched, and the economy is collapsing. The BBC's Paul Wood describes the scene in the city of Homs.

It was 50 years ago this month that the Royal College of Physicians launched its landmark report, Smoking and Health, which was published at a time when 70% of men and 43% of women smoked. The report set out evidence that smoking causes lung cancer and other diseases. Health correspondent Dominic Hughes looks at changing attitudes to smoking over the past half century.

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