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Today: Thursday 29th March

The police watchdog has called for a change to the law which would allow an inquest to take place into the death of Mark Duggan who was shot by officers in north London last summer. A jury in Florida has found a teenager guilty of murdering two British tourists last year. And also on the programme, we delve into the archive of the prolific journalist, novelist and screenwriter Keith Waterhouse.

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 the creation of a development bank, along the lines of the World Bank, by the fast-emerging nations known as the Brics.


The government should drop its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on aid according to a report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. Lord MacGregor, chairman of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, and Lord Ashdown, president of Unicef UK, talks about whether it is wrong to prioritise the amount spent, rather than results achieved.


The Independent Police Complaints Commission is calling for a change in the law so is can provide "meaningful" information about the circumstances in which people die at the hands of the state after a coroner was told that it may never be possible to hold an inquest into the death of a man whose shooting by police in north London triggered last summer's riots. Lord Carlile QC, Liberal Democrat peer, shares his insights.


One in seven international military fatalities in Afghanistan this year has been caused by Afghan soldiers turning their arms on the men who thought they were comrades. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, who is visiting Afghanistan, examines the future for the British military in the country.

Business news with Simon Jack.

An American teenager, Shawn Tyson, has been found guilty of shooting dead two British tourists in Florida in April last year. Tyson, was 17 when he murdered 25 year-old James Cooper and 24 year-old James Kouzaris after they'd became lost and walked into a housing estate in Sarasota. A friend of the pair, Joe Hallett, read out a statement in court - addressing Shawn Tyson directly - and described his friends as two of the good guys in life.

A British scientist and author is to be awarded one of the world's most prestigious science prizes for women in Paris tonight. Professor Frances Ashcroft, Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, discovered the missing link connecting an increase in the blood sugar level to secretion of the hormone insulin and reflects on being named 2012 European Laureate at the 14th annual L'Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Awards.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

According to a report by the British Academy, the UK's national academy for the humanities and social sciences, performance league tables for schools, universities and police forces should be accompanied by prominent warnings to highlight their technical limitations. It also suggests that comparative rankings should not be published. The report's author, Harvey Goldstein, Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Bristol, outlines its findings.


The paper review.


Journalist, columnist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter- Keith Waterhouse was a British one-off with Billy Liar and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell being two of his most famous works. Now this summer, more than two-and-a-half years after his death, the British Library is to display parts of his prolific output as part of a wider exhibition, Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands . The Today programme's Andrew Hosken went to see it. While Jaci Stephen, a friend of Waterhouse and fellow columnist at the Daily Mail, describes his character.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.


Following criticisms of the budget as "a budget for the rich", the "dinners for donors" scandal, the "pasty tax" and comments about stocking up on petrol, it is a difficult time for the government. Tim Montgomerie, editor of ConservativeHome.com and Phil Collins, a former adviser to Tony Blair, discuss.


The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC) is calling for a change in the law so they can provide "meaningful" information about the circumstances in which people die at the hands of the state. This comes after it it emerged that an inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, who was shot by police in Tottenham last August, may never take place because details of the police operation might have to be kept secret. Carole Duggan, Mark Duggan's aunt, gives her reaction to the IPPC statement while Matthew Ryder QC reflects on balance of protecting security and keeping the public informed.

A recent US opinion poll showed that a majority of Americans think they should pull out of Afghanistan but Defense Secretary Leon Panetta responded by stressing the importance of continued implementation of their strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan regardless of what the public says. North America editor, Mark Mardell, assesses the pressures this exerts on President Obama.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The government is urging people to be prepared, but not panic buy petrol, in case a strike by fuel tanker drivers goes ahead. Roads minister Mike Penning outlines the government's advice for motorists.

Earlier this month, a report into family courts and expert witnesses revealed 90% were not practising psychologists but appeared to earn their livings, wholly or partly, from writing reports for social workers. Camilla Cavendish, Times columnist and family court campaigner, and Nicholas Cusworth QC, chair of the Family Law Bar Association, discuss what this reveals about the openness of courts.


Business news with Simon Jack. Peter Shakeshaft, founder of wine investment firm Vin-X, reflects on how wine can be a good investment for people with ISA accounts.

More than one in ten organisations that are losing 100% of their core funding from Arts Council England this week are closing as a result, according to a survey by The Stage newspaper. Arts editor Will Gompertz has the details.

Scientists have begun field trials of a genetically modified variety of wheat that has been designed to reduce the damage done by aphids. Professor John Pickett of Rothamsted Research outlines how these new experiments will work.


A row over David Cameron's "pasty tax" this week has highlighted how food can be dangerous ground for a politician. Simon Hoggart, sketch writer for the Guardian, and Edwina Currie, former Conservative minister, discuss if this may be because food is so wrapped up in British notions of class.

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