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Today: Thursday 3rd May

The governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, speaks to Evan Davis following his Today lecture. Unions have criticised the terms of the deal which allowed a private firm to take over a debt ridden NHS hospital. And also on today's programme, the Conservative MP Louise Mensch gives her view on twitter and abuse.

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 Sir Mervyn King's speech at the Today programme lecture last night


Business journalist Baroness Patience Wheatcroft gives her reaction to Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King's Today programme lecture.

Europe Correspondent Matthew Price reports from the northern city of Thessaloniki in Greece ahead of the general elections.

Business news with Simon Jack

HMRC has been wrongly fining thousands of people. Paul Lewis of Radio Four's Money Box has the latest.

Sport news with Garry Richardson


Does cross-pollination of GM and organic crops imply contamination? Tom Feilden reports and Lord Krebs, former chair of the Food Standards Agency, debates the issue with Pete Riley, campaign director of GM Freeze campaign.


It has been reported that blind Chinese dissident Chuan Guancheng has left the US embassy where he had been in hiding. Keith Richburg from the Washington Post gives his view on the situation.

The paper review


Why are some people more affected than others by certain sounds? Izzy Thomlinson, the 18-year old amateur scientist who asked the question and is a finalist in the search for the Radio 4 Amateur Scientist of the year, discusses the question with her mentor Professor Trevor Cox, professor of acoustic engineering at Salford University.

Thought for the Day with Rhidian Brook, the writer.


Is Twitter facilitating a level of abuse that is unacceptable? Conservative MP Louise Mensch, who has over 50,000 followers on Twitter, debates the issue with Chief Constable of Cumbria Stuart Hyde, lead on e-crime prevention for the Association of Chief Police Officers.


The governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King renewed the push for bank reform during his speech at the annual Today programme lecture last night. He explains his speech to Evan Davis.

Sports news with Garry Richardson


The first NHS general hospital to be run by the private sector, Hinchingbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire, has been asked to make "eye-watering" savings to pay off its debts. Circle chief executive Ali Parsa and Christina McAnea, head of health at Unison, debate the issue.

Guy Gagen, the combined crops officer of the National Farmers Union, speaks about the problem of rain for farmers.

Business news with Simon Jack

Mike Thomson speaks to French ethnologist, Francois Bizot, one of the few people to have escaped one of Pol Pot's death camps in Cambodia during the 1970's.

Dr Craig Lowrey, a consultant to Utilities Exchange, on the need to reform the electricity industry.


Dylan Grice, global strategist at Societe Generale, and Professor Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, give their analysis of Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King's interview this morning and his speech last night at the annual Today programme lecture.

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