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Today: Wednesday 30th May

The UN Security Council meets today to consider its next steps to address the crisis in Syria, after its envoy Kofi Annan said the country had reached a tipping point. The Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman talks to Evan Davis about austerity and growth. And also on today's programme, how our views on royalty have evolved since the 1980s.

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 news that Spain's central bank governor has stepped down.

It's the final day of campaigning before Ireland holds a referendum tomorrow on whether to ratify the European fiscal treaty. Europe Correspondent Chris Morris reports from Dublin.


The American Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman was at the LSE last night attacking in a lecture the British government for its austerity policy. His lecture was called "Austerity thy name is vanity". Evan Davis speaks to one of his opponents, the historian Niall Ferguson.

The Advertising Standards Authority is 50 years old today and to celebrate it is putting out a list of the ten most complained about ads. Graham Hinton, chairman of the ad agency Splash Worldwide, gives his view on the power of offensive ads.


Business editor Robert Peston has been speaking to Lord Browne about what his life was like as a young, gay, BP executive in the 1960s.


Alan Milburn, the government's independent reviewer of social mobility, speaks to Evan Davis about his report published today on access to the professions.

The paper review.


Seventy-five years ago, three researchers began a project to study the lives of people in Britain, calling it Mass Observation. In his second report, the BBC's Allan Little looks back to the Royal Wedding of 1981 and the public's relationship with the monarchy.

Thought for the day with Canon Angela Tilby.

A group of MPs is suggesting that there should be self-esteem lessons in school as they believe kids as young as five worry about their size and appearance. Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson and head teacher Sean O'Regan debate the issue.


The UN Security Council meets today to consider its next steps to address the crisis in Syria, after its envoy Kofi Annan said the country had reached a tipping point. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN commissioner for Human Rights, explains how the UN is likely to proceed.


The Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman speaks to Evan Davis following his withering attack on the British government's economic policy.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The universities claim that Britain stands to lose billions of pounds of exports as a result of the government's immigration crackdown. Nicola Dandridge, CEO of Universities UK, explains why they are urging the government to take students out of the immigration figures.


Holocaust survivor Ziggy Shipper, who will be meeting the England football squad tomorrow ahead of their visit to Auschwitz, explains what the players can expect to learn.

Business news with Simon Jack.

After months of intense campaigning, the former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, has finally secured the Republican nomination for this November's presidential election. The BBC's Paul Adams has been finding out what Mormons themselves make of this moment.


Computers could soon be used to automatically read their users' emotions and gauge public opinion, according to a piece in the New Scientist magazine.

Dr Rana El Kaliouby, a research scientist at MIT, explains how this could work.


Former cabinet secretary Lord O'Donnell and David Morley, senior partner at Allen & Overy, discuss the role of professions in promoting social mobility.



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