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Today: Thursday 17th May

A big investment at the Vauxhall car plant at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire will save more than two thousand jobs and create hundreds more. Former chancellor Lord Lamont gives his view on the dangers of a breakup of the eurozone. And Simon Cowell speaks to Jim Naughtie in an exclusive broadcast interview.

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 Facebook's announcement of its public share price.

The European Central Bank has stopped lending to some Greek banks on favourable terms in the light of the political crisis in Athens. The BBC's Athens correspondent Mark Lowen has been finding out what the Greeks are doing to safeguard their savings.

The BBC's Science Editor David Shukman ventures out to the stormy waters off the Orkney Islands where a new system for harnessing tidal power is being tested.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Nicholas Crace, at 83 years old, has become the oldest person to donate a kidney in the UK - he has donated it to someone he doesn't know.

He explains to Sarah Montague why he decided to be an "altruistic donor".

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

It should be announced today that 2000 or so people who work at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire will keep their jobs. Business Secretary Vince Cable gives his view on the news.

The paper review.

Simon Cowell speaks to Jim Naughtie from his home in West London in an exclusive broadcast interview.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

More people should be prescribed statins to prevent heart attacks and strokes, according to new research.

Professor Colin Baigent, a consultant in Public health at Oxford University and one of those behind the study, explains the findings.

The German government has been trying to persuade the Greek people that next month's election is simple: yes or no to the euro.

Justin Webb has been to the German region of North Rhine Westphalia where the euro debate is in a state of flux. And former chancellor Lord Lamont discusses the dangers of a breakup of the Eurozone.

An anthology of poetry written by members of the Taliban is being published.

Felix Kuehn, who co-collated the anthology, and Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, discuss the ethics of such a publication.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

General Motors has signalled that the Ellesmere Port factory in North-West England will be saved, along with 21,000 jobs. Former Chief Operating Officer Sir Nick Scheele talks about the reasons behind the success of the plant.

All eyes are on Greece, but what are the circumstances that created the euro crisis? Business editor Robert Peston discusses the causes.

Business news with Simon Jack.

At the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968, two black athletes made a significant political statement by bowing their heads and raising their fists on the podium in a symbol of black power.

One of the men, John Carlos, met our sports correspondent Tim Franks.

Lorraine Heggessey, former chief exec of Talkback Thames which produces X-Factor, and Guardian TV critic Julia Raeside, give their analysis of Simon Cowell's interview on the Today programme.



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