A ceasefire has come into effect in Syria though there's scepticism about the regime's pledge to honour it. A survey of charities has revealed overwhelming concern that changes to tax relief will lead to a drop in donations from wealthy benefactors. And also on the programme, William Boyd will write the next James Bond novel, he joins us in the studio.
US Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination, leaving the field open for his rival Mitt Romney, a man who has divided the Republican party. Jonathan Haidt, professor of social psychology at the University of Virginia and author of the book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, reflects on
why American politics is currently so divided?
Syria's government has announced it will cease military operations from today in line with plans by Kofi Annan for a ceasefire after political negotiations to end the bloodiest crisis of the Arab spring. Ausama Monajed, spokesman for the opposition Syrian National Council,
outlines what next for the opposition movement.
0712 David Cameron has delivered a speech in Indonesia overnight in which he said Islamic extremists must be stopped from undermining fledgling democracies. Deputy political editor James Landale has the details of the prime minister's visit.
0716 Business news with Simon Jack.
Two Budgens stores in North London have come up with a novel way of encouraging customers to donate to charity by selling blocks labelled "hope" which shoppers can buy along with their groceries with the proceeds go to the Alzheimers Society. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik speaks to shoppers about the move. While Andrew Thornton, owner of the Budgens branches involved, and Julian Baggini, philosopher and editor-in-chief of The Philosopher's magazine,
discuss whether an initiative like this can change the way we think about donating money.
0747 Thought for the day with the writer Rhidian Brook.
The row over the impact on limiting tax relief on philanthropic rumbles on as ministers say the change will prevent abuse of the tax code by wealthy people while charities have said it will deter donors and lose them millions of pounds.
Marcelle Speller, founder and chief executive of localgiving.com
- a website which links small charities and community projects with philanthropists, and Alex Henderson, tax partner at the accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, discuss the reforms.
A ceasefire has come into effect between the government and opposition forces in Syria -- under a peace plan negotiated by the international envoy, Kofi Annan. World affairs correspondent Fergal Keane reports from the Syria/Turkey border while Syrian foreign ministry spokesman
Jihad Makdissi responds.
The Booker nominated author, William Boyd, has been asked to write the new officially sanctioned James Bond book.
He speaks to the Today programme
about following in the footsteps of authors like Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks who have both written new Bond books since the death of his creator, Ian Fleming, in 1964.
0826 Sports news with Jonathan Legard.
A lead story in The Times today - based on a Freedom of Information Act request - reveals hundreds of thousands of people are discharged overnight from hospital in England. Dr Mark Porter, chair of the BMA Consultants Committee and a consultant anaesthetist in a maternity unit,
gives his reaction.
0837 Business news with Simon Jack.
0840 A new book which looks at how victims of traumatic events often respond positively to what has happened to them explores how in many cases, rather than ruining their lives, the victims are spurred on to benefit from what has happened to them. Stephen Joseph, author of What Doesn't Kill Us and professor of psychology, health and social care at University of Nottingham, and Michael Patterson, who lost both his arms in an attack by the Provisional IRA while serving as an officer with the RUC in 1981, discuss people's behaviour after devastating events.
With the London Olympics only a few months away attention has already turned to what kind of legacy will be left behind. Barcelona, which hosted the games back in 1992, has been hailed as the Olympics that set the standard. As part of a series on former host cities,
sports editor David Bond reports.
0851 School staffrooms may soon be a thing of the past as ministers consult on how to free up schools from over-prescriptive building rules which currently includes providing teachers with "accommodation for use by the teachers at school, for the purpose of work and for social purposes". Tim Loane writer, actor and director of Channel 4's Teachers, and Francis Gilbert, teacher and author of I'm a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here!, discuss the potential effects of scrapping staffrooms.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.