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Today: Friday 20th April

A couple acquitted of murdering their baby son - who had severe rickets - have called for an inquiry into two London hospitals responsible for his care. The final preparations for the Bahrain Grand Prix are going ahead, despite threats of protests by democracy campaigners. And also in the programme, what changes in our weather mean for butterflies.

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 Anya Hindmarch, the fashion accessories designer.


Mechanics from the Force India Formula One team have been forced to flee the country as petrol bombs were hurled over their vehicle during anti-government protests in Bahrain. Zayed al-Zayani, chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, explains why he believes it is right to hold the race.

The apparent murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in China last November has precipitated the country's biggest political crisis in years after the wife of a top Chinese politician was arrested as a suspect. The BBC's Martin Patience has spoken to a senior Chinese journalist who has given an account of how this extraordinary scandal unfolded.


A couple acquitted of murdering their baby son have called for an inquiry into two London hospitals responsible for his care after it was later established he had severe rickets which was the cause of a fractured skull. Stephen Nussey, professor of Endocrinology at St Georges Hospital in London, explains what rickets is.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The extremist cleric Abu Qatada could be released on bail within two or three weeks, if he is not deported. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw has the details.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Chancellor George Osborne is facing demands from the IMF to stump up more cash to help it safeguard countries from the Eurozone debt crisis. Ngaire Woods, professor of International Relations Oxford University, and Mark Reckless, Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood and former economist, discuss whether the UK should contribute more.

Paper review.


In recent years, biologists have sought to show how human behaviour, culture and civilisation, are reflected in our genes, and to show how these evolved. One of the leading thinkers in the field, Professor Edward Wilson, tells the Today programme's Sanchia Berg what he believes is wrong with the current .

Thought for the day with the novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.


This week a report commissioned by MPs concluded that internet providers should do more to help parents prevent their children from viewing pornography. Dr Brooke Magnanti, previously known as Belle Du Jour and author of The Sex Myth: Why Everything We're Told is Wrong, and Claire Perry, MP for the Devizes constituency, who commissioned a report for the Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection, discuss our attitude to porn.


A couple acquitted of murdering their baby son have called for an inquiry into two London hospitals responsible for his care. Rohan Wray and his wife Channa, from Islington in north London, were accused killing their four-month-old son Jayden in July 2009. Doctors alleged he had been abused, but a pathologist later established he had severe rickets. The Today programme's Andrew Hosken's has been speaking to the family and Jenny Wiltshire, the family's lawyer, explains why they believe doctors should consider the possibility of rickets in similar cases, at an earlier stage.


This week the wives of the German and British ambassadors to the UN released a video urging Syria's first lady to help end the bloodshed in her country. Simon Sebag-Montefiore, historian and author of Monsters: History's Most Evil Men and Women, and Jane Kinninmont, senior research fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Programme, discuss how the wives of autocratic leaders managed to change the course of history in the past.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Almost every minute of your day you are adding to the world's vast reservoir of "big data" when you buy something, travel somewhere, read a webpage, or communicate with someone else using a phone or email. The rewards are huge for companies that can analyse this data and better predict our buying habits and behaviour. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports on whether this is a sort of new industrial revolution and James Murray, European vice-president of Splunk, a big data company, explains why data is big business.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The charity Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology have released research showing that some very rare species of butterfly bucked the trend of recent years and increased their populations dramatically in the last year. Dr Marc Botham from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology explains why.

It is the last day of campaigning for the first round of the French presidential elections and President Nicolas Sarkozy is still trailing in the opinion polls to his socialist opponent Francois Hollande. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reports.

Think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs are suggesting that the government can save money by closing a whole department, picking out the funding of museums in particular. Mark Littlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Maurice Davies, policy director at the Museums Association, debate such a measure.

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