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Today: Friday 4th May

Labour has gained control of more than 20 councils after heavy losses for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in the local elections. Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman and Foreign Secretary William Hague give their reaction. And also on the programme, why short sightedness in young adults may be linked to a lack of bright sunlight.

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 National Institute of Economic and Social Research's announcement that Britain's recession is without precedent.


The BBC's Hywel Griffiths and Liberal Democrats' President Tim Farron, on the Lib Dem results in the local elections.

Lord Teverson, chairman of the EU Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, on whether Germany should contribute more to European defence.

Business news with Simon Jack

The BBC's health correspondent, Adam Brimelow, reports from South London where a new approach to looking after people with severe dementia is being trialled.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet

The BBC's chief political correspondent Ben Wright and John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, discuss the night's political action as votes are counted across the country.

The paper review.


Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's iconic opera Einstein on the Beach is being performed in Britain for the first time at London's Barbican. Arts correspondent David Sillitoe went to meet the creators of the 5-hour piece.

Thought for the Day with Anne Atkins - Novelist and Columnist.


The final of Euro 2012, that is due to take place in Kiev, Ukraine, may go elsewhere due to the behaviour of the country's President. Oleg Voloshyn, spokesperson for the Ukrainian minister of Foreign Affairs, explains the situation.


The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson has the overview of the night's local election results and Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman and Foreign Secretary William Hague give their reaction to the count.

Alastair Leithead reports from the Coloma Valley in Northern California where one of the most important meteor strikes in a generation has triggered the second treasure hunt in 150 years: a meteor rush.


Labour MP Tom Watson, who is on the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee investigating the phone hacking scandal, defends the "not a fit person" assessment of Rupert Murdoch which has divided the committee.

Voters in 10 English cities have held referendums on whether to have a directly-elected mayor. So far Nottingham, Manchester, Coventry and Bradford have all rejected the idea. Elected mayor in Hartlepool Stuart Drummond gives his reaction.

Business news with Simon Jack.

What is the best year in the history for literature? Sarah Churchwell, professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia, and John Sutherland, emeritus professor of Modern English Literature at UCL, discuss the question.

Steve Richards of the Independent and Isabel Oakeshott, of the Sunday Times, discuss the local election results.

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