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Today: Wednesday 9th May

Nine men are to be sentenced for sexually exploiting underage girls in Greater Manchester. A self-defence expert says he's been banned from Britain by the Home Office. And also on today's programme, why sports stars find retirement their greatest challenge.

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 growing number of company bosses facing shareholder revolts.


The Children's Commission says the grooming of young girls for sex is a crime going on in every community, not just the Asian community.

The Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz explains the problem.


The government is to set out in the Queen's Speech how it plans to give shareholders more power to control executive pay.

Vas Kolesnikoff, chief executive of the Australian Shareholders' Association, explains how similar legislation was introduced last year in Australia.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Peter Taylor speaks about his exclusive report on Newsnight, with secret CIA video tapes that show the waterboarding of al-Qaeda detainee Abu Zubaydah.


Julia Donaldson, writer and Children's Laureate, pays tribute to Maurice Sendak, the creator of Where the Wild Things Are, who died yesterday.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


Sanchia Berg reports on the delays and complications to the education secretary's pledge to privately fund the rebuilding of the most dilapidated schools in England.

The paper review.

John Humphrys speaks to Tim Larkin, the American who wanted to come to the UK to conduct a series of seminars on self defence but has been excluded from the country because, according to the UK Border Agency, his presence is not conducive to the public good.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.


The government has again defied an order to make public its own assessment of the risks from its massive changes to the NHS. The Labour MP John Healey and Health minister Lord Howe, discuss the issue.


How have the Asian community reacted to the conviction of nine men who groomed girls for sex? Martin Narey, the former chief executive of Barnardo's, and Labour MP Keith Vaz discuss whether there is a racial issue at play.

Political editor Nick Robinson on what pledges we are likely to get from the coalition in the Queen's Speech today.


Dr Eric Smith, deputy director for the James Webb Space Telescope at Nasa, on plans to build a space telescope that's bigger and better than the Hubble.

Sport news with Garry Richardson

Conservative MP Patrick Mercer explains why he thinks the government is wasting precious time on its pledge to improve dilapidated schools.


Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and Badminton player Gail Emms discuss the psychological and physical impact retirement can have on sportsmen and women.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Today programme is asking listeners to come up with designs for a radio to celebrate the programme's return to Broadcasting House and raise money for Children in Need. Nicola Stanbridge has been to a testing lab to find out more about "inclusive design".


Professor Lesley Yellowlees, the Royal Society of Chemistry's president-elect, on why she believes Great Britain is half a century behind the United States when it comes to opportunities for women in science.


What can governments truly do to get the economy moving at times like this?

Mark Littlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Iain Mulheirn, director of the Social Market Foundation, debate growth.

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