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Business Secretary Vince Cable has defended a leaked letter in which he accused the government of lacking a "compelling vision" for economic recovery. Mitt Romney, the US Republican presidential frontrunner, has failed to deal a decisive blow to his challengers. Also on the programme, 60 years of the New Musical Express.

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 a fall in global stock markets ahead of a deadline for Greece's private sector creditors to agree to losses.


The BBC has obtained a letter written by Business Secretary Vince Cable to David Cameron and Nick Clegg in which he says that the government lacks a "compelling vision" for UK economic and industrial policy. Steve Brittan, managing director of BSA machine tools and vice-president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, explains why he agrees.

The attorney general is to examine whether the Met police officer leading the phone hacking inquiry has prejudiced any future trials as a result of evidence she gave to the Leveson Inquiry last month. Legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman and Steve Hewlett, presenter of BBC Radio 4 Media Show, have the details. Read more

The Somali militant group, Al Shabab, has been severely weakened in recent weeks, with the Al Shabab stronghold of Baidoa was recently captured by Ethiopian troops fighting alongside Somali soldiers. East Africa correspondent Will Ross reports. Watch the video report


The man who first blew the whistle on convicted fraudster Allen Stanford has said that it was admirable how he managed to build the image and make everyone believe he had money when he was probably the "poorest man on the planet".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

In the US, Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential primary in Ohio. The Today programme's James Naughtie has the latest from Washington. Latest Super Tuesday results

Paper review.

One of the last male preserves in the film business in Hollywood is the almost exclusive use of men to provide voiceovers for movie trailers. Big, deep, resonant voices have for decades alerted movie-goers to coming attractions. Recently, female voice-over artists have been trying to get in on the act but without much luck. Tom Brook reports from Los Angeles. Watch the online video.

Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das - a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.


The World Health Organization should make dementia a top world health priority along with cancer, lung disease, diabetes and chronic heart disease, according to a leading global health expert. Professor Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, explains why he is calling on world leaders to sign up to an action plan on dementia.


The BBC has obtained a letter written by Vince Cable to the prime minister and deputy prime minister in which he suggests that the Royal Bank of Scotland might be broken up and part of it used as a vehicle to lend to British businesses. Former chairman and CEO of RBS, Sir George Mathewson, gives his response to the suggestion. And political editor Nick Robinson analyses the political implications of the leak.


The iconic weekly music magazine NME, the New Musical Express, is celebrating its 60th birthday. Music broadcaster Mark Coles, an NME reader since he was 13, looks back at the magazine's history.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Results continue to come in for the contest to be the US Republican party's candidate in November's presidential election. The Today programme's James Naughtie picks over the bones of Super Tuesday with Matt Lewis, a conservative commentator with the Daily Caller, and Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent with the New Yorker.

Business news with Simon Jack.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Asian defence spending is likely to overtake Europe's this year. General Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the Defence Staff, and Bronwen Maddox, editor of Prospect magazine, discuss the consequences.

A lasting and beneficial legacy has been one of the key planks of London's Olympic plans but it is also one of the hardest to deliver. In the first of a series of special reports from former host cities, sports editor David Bond has been to Sydney, which held a spectacular games back in 2000.

Pre-budget coalition negotiations are still taking place over a possible compromise of dropping the 50p tax band and introducing a mansion tax. John Kay, economist and columnist for the Financial Times, and Rick Nye, director of the polling group Populus, discuss whether taxing wealth as opposed to income is good idea.

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