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Today: Friday 13th April

South Yorkshire Police could replace the "bobby on the beat" with community support officers and reserve regular officers for serious crimes. North Korea has defied the international community by launching a long-range rocket, but it exploded and crashed back to earth, soon after it blasted off. And also on the programme, Cate Blanchett talks about her latest role, philanthropy and the arts.

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 with Friday boss, Sir Peter Rigby owner, chairman and chief executive of of SCC, Europe's largest privately-owned technology company.


David Cameron arrives in Burma today in what will be the first visit by a British prime minister to this once isolated country in many decades following successful democratic elections earlier this month, a string of reforms and peace talks with most armed ethnic groups. But as calls grow to relax sanctions against Burma critics point to continuing human rights abuses there. Earlier this year the Today programme spoke to Wai Hnin, after she'd heard her father had been released from jail. The Today programme's Mike Thomson tracked down Mr Aye in Rangoon.


South Yorkshire Police says it wants to make community support officers, rather than constables, the first point of contact for the public. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, gives his thoughts on the radical proposals.


The Royal Mail has imposed a cap on the number of stamps every shop can buy to ensure it benefits from price rises later this month. George Thomson, general secretary of National Federation of sub-Post Masters, explains why.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Edvard Munch's famous masterpiece The Scream goes on display in London for one week from today, before it's sold at auction in New York next month. Sue Prideaux, biographer and author of Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream, and Professor Martin Kemp, emeritus professor of the History of Art at Oxford University and author of Christ To Coke - How Image Becomes Icon, discuss what makes this particular painting so iconic.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


According to analysis by researchers at the University of Manchester, unemployment rates among black people are higher in Britain than in the US - 3% higher for men and 2% higher for women. Reporter Zubeida Malik speaks to two unemployed black men about their experiences in finding a job while Dr Tony Sewell, of the charity Generating Genius which helps underrepresented groups get into universities, and Bonnie Greer, American born author and playwright, discuss why are the unemployment rates for black people different in the two countries.

The paper review.

North Korea has defied the international community by launching a long-range rocket, but it exploded and crashed back to earth, soon after it blasted off. Damian Grammaticus reports.

Thought for the day with Lord Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations.


Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that he is likely to push for sanctions against Burma to be eased quickly after he makes a landmark visit to the long-isolated state this week. Ben Rogers, campaigner with Christian Solidarity Worldwide and biographer of Than Shwe the former dictator, and Thant Myint-U, former UN official and historian of Burma, discuss the significance of this visit.


Radical changes are being discussed today which could affect the historic role of the police officer as South Yorkshire Police says it wants to make community support officers, rather than constables, the first point of contact for the public. Neil Bowles, chair of South Yorkshire Police Federation, explains why he thinks this will not work and David Crompton, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, outlines why they are pushing for these changes.


The actress Cate Blanchett is starring in Gross und Klein, a production by the Sydney Theatre Company, which opens tonight at the London 2012 festival at the Barbican. She and director Benedict Andrews speaks to the Today programme's Justin's Webb about the production.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The government is coming under more pressure to re-think plans to cap the tax relief on charitable donations after university vice-chancellors wrote to the chancellor asking him to rethink reforms to limit tax relief for philanthropists. Paul Clark, director of policy at Universities UK, which represents university vice-chancellors, outlines their concerns.

It is claimed that people living in Bahrain are avoiding using the country's health service, following last year's crackdown against doctors and nurses who treated political protesters. Bart Janssens, Medecins Sans Frontieres director of operations in Brussels, describes the problems there.


On Monday the trial of Anders Breivik, the man who admits to killing 77 people in a series of attacks in Norway last summer, begins. Breivik himself is expected to take to the stand all next week to give his version of events. Europe correspondent Matthew Price reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Cancer Research UK has released the latest lung cancer statistics today which shows the disease still becoming more common among women. Professor Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK's chief clinician, outlines the findings.


The death of a British businessman Neil Heywood has become central to perhaps the biggest political crisis in China for a generation. The authorities there believe he was murdered by the wife of one of China's leading politicians, Bo Xilai. All this has upset the party's plans for its once-in-a-decade reshuffle later this year. Michael Bristow reports from Beijing.

It is 100 years to the day since the founding of the Royal Flying Corps, which later became what we now know as the Royal Air Force. James Holland, author and military historian, and Air Vice-Marshal Tony Mason, former Air Secretary to the RAF and now professor at Birmingham University, look back at the history of the force.

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