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Today: Saturday 7th April

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Bahrain to demand the release of a human rights activist. The Chancellor George Osborne has said he would be happy for the government to consider publishing the tax returns of ministers. And, is there anything a wrong with dining alone in a good restaurant?

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

Should the Metropolitan Police be doing more to combat racism in the force? A week of accusations and revelations ended up with some figures released by Channel 4 news, obtained in a Freedom of Information request. The BBC's Andy Moore has been looking over them.

The Chancellor George Osborne has told the Daily Telegraph that he is very happy for the government to consider publishing the tax affairs of all ministers. The BBC's political correspondent Alan Soady tells us more.

The two biggest teaching unions are holding their annual conferences this weekend and have used the chance to attack the government's academy school programme in England. The BBC's education correspondent Gillian Hargreaves reports.

With Britain experiencing a prolonged spell of low rainfall and now hosepipe bans, we take a look back to the great drought of 1976. Also on the programme is Andy Beckett, journalist, historian and author of When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies.


The Pope presided over a Good Friday procession around the Colosseum in Rome yesterday. He also made some comments about the economic crisis gripping much of the world. The BBC's correspondent in Rome, David Willey, explains.
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

When 77-year-old Dimitris Christoulas shot himself this week in Athen's central Syntagma Square, his suicide sent shockwaves across Greek society. Suicides have become an all too common occurrence in Greece but Dimitris was a committed protester who had battled against the government's austerity measures. How has his suicide resonated in Greek society? Christina Daliatsatou, a retired bank executive in Athens and Ioanna Bavlourou, a Greek primary school teacher, debate.

Paper review.


The US company that makes Barbie dolls is releasing a special set of William and Kate dolls today to mark their first wedding anniversary, which was last year on 29 April. Is this kind of memorabilia ever likely to be worth anything? Tracy Martin, from Stacey's Auctioneers in Essex, a collectibles expert there, and James Grinter, from Reeman Dansie's Auctioneers who specialise in Royal memorabilia, discuss if these products are tat or potential heirlooms.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser.


Much has been made over the last week of Burma's march towards democracy following Aung San Suu Kyi's election victory. But the country's much trumpeted democratic reforms have done little to help Burma's Muslim Rohingya people, who have been described as among the most persecuted on earth. Now denied citizenship, they cannot travel without special permits and are frequently stripped of their homes and land. They are forbidden from having more than two children and any who marry without permission face long jail terms. The Today programme's reporter, Mike Thomson, has the latest in his series of reports from Burma.


Across Bahrain, anti-government protesters wore the mask of campaigner Abdulhadi al-Khawaja yesterday, who has been moved into hospital due to his hunger strike which has so far lasted 58 days. Mr Khawaja and seven opposition leaders were sentenced to life in prison in June last year after being convicted of anti-state crimes. It comes as more voices call on Formula One to reconsider the Bahrain Grand Prix due to take place on the 22 April. Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, the BBC's Kevin Connolly; Damon Hill, former Formula One world champion and Sheik Salman Al-Kalifa, chief executive of the Bahrain International Circuit which hosts the Grand Prix, examine if the race should take place.

Is the system of oversight on our secret services robust enough to ensure that there is a correct balance between civil liberties and protecting national security?

Kim Howells, former chair of the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, and former foreign office minister, and Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, examine this issue.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


In 1999, the Metropolitan Police was accused of institutional racism. The Met is caught up in a number of new racism cases, not so much institutional, but more individual. We hear from a couple of young people - Reggie Oliver, a football coach to local youths and Junior Gaba, an A-Level student from Catford. Also on the programme is Nick Mason, who is involved in a charity trying to combat gangs; but is also an external board member on the Met's Children and Young People Strategy Board.

Paper review.

The influx of cane toads are driving Australians mad. The toads have just started their annual cull, but nobody thinks it is going to have any real effect as the toads continue their relentless march south from Queensland into New South Wales, eating practically everything in their path. The BBC's Duncan Kennedy has been looking at the problem.

The NUT will put forward its motion against a five-term year, saying "proposals to change the working day and year are based on very spurious evidence" and refuting the misconception that more teaching automatically leads to more learning. Education Secretary Michael Gove is leading the idea of reform, saying he is concerned some children forget everything they have learned over the long holidays. Kevin Courtney, is the deputy general secretary of the NUT and Andrew Haldenby, director of the think tank Reform.


Is it getting easier to dine alone in a restaurant?

Restaurateur Russell Norman discusses the etiquette of solo dining with Rose Prince, food writer at the Telegraph.


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