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Today: Thursday 26th April

We'll be interviewing the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, as part of our leader interviews. Judges at an international court are due to deliver their verdicts this morning in the war crimes trial of the former Liberian leader Charles Taylor. And also on today's programme we talk to Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, on his new solo album.

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 reaction to the UK's first double-dip recession since the mid 1970s.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told MPs he "strictly followed due process" in the way he handled a controversial BSkyB takeover bid by News Corporation. John Bridgeman, the former director of the Office of Fair Trading explains why he is highly critical of the way the BskyB process has been handled. Robert Peston, the BBC's business editor, sums up what we heard from Rupert Murdoch yesterday and what we may hear today.

According to the polls the Liberal Democrats are set a rough time in next week's local elections. The BBC's political correspondent, Ben Wright, reports from Cardiff where they've run in coalition with Plaid Cymru for the past four years to get a snapshot of how the parties are performing there.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is calling for a change in the law so police officers can be forced to be interviewed by investigators when someone has died after being shot by the police. Simon Cox from Radio 4's The Report outlines the reasons behind this call for change.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


The UK is now in a double-dip recession for the first time since the 1970s, the Office for National Statistics said yesterday. DeAnne Julius, former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member and chairman of the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House, and Vicky Pryce, economist and former senior government adviser discuss whether the government is doing all it can to get the economy growing again.

Paper review.

People living in London and on council house waiting lists are being offered accommodation outside the city. Grainia Long, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and Mark Easton, the BBC's home editor, explain the impact that this is having on the supply of cheap labour in the capital.

Thought for the Day with Rhidian Brook, the writer.


There are now more than seven billion people living on the planet, and population growth is one of the key drivers of resource depletion, fuelling price rises and environmental degradation around the world. The Today programme's Tom Feilden reports on the challenge population growth represents and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir John Sulston outlines the Royal Society's is major new report "People and the Planet".


As part of our party leader interviews, Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, speaks to the Today programme's Evan Davis ahead of the local elections on 3 May.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Johnston Press, one of the biggest regional publishers, reported its results yesterday and predicted that more papers would disappear in the next few years. But local daily and weekly newspapers are part of our lives. The Today programme's Jim Naughtie asks what is happening to them?


Jack White, former front man with America's The White Stripes has just released his debut solo album to near unanimous rave reviews. He spoke to the BBC's Mark Coles about new the album.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The verdict in the trial of the former Liberian President Charles Taylor is being read in The Hague today. His alleged crimes were committed in Liberia's west African neighbour, Sierra Leone. The BBC's International Development Correspondent Mark Doyle covered the war in Sierra Leone and has returned to report on the case.

The Design Council are launching a number of innovations designed to help people with dementia. Mat Hunter, chief design officer at the Design Council, and Lizzie Ostrum, one of the team behind one of the devices, talk about how the designs can give more freedom to people with dementia.

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