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Today: Monday 4th June

Why one county council wants to make it more difficult to build a wind farm. Three days of national mourning are beginning in Nigeria after a plane crashed in a crowded area of Lagos, killing more than 150 people. And also in the programme, a world without traffic wardens: what happened in Aberystwyth and why they're welcoming them back today.

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 Lesley Curwen, on news that fears are increasing over the finances of Cyprus.


The start of a public consultation on plans to compensate people whose homes are blighted by the planned High Speed rail link (HS2) has been delayed. Lord Andrew Adonis, former transport secretary, outlines possible reasons for the delays.

Malnutrition levels are rising and across west Africa and in parts of the Sahel the number of people that are facing hunger has reached critical levels. Jean-Martin Bauer, WFP Food Security analyst for the Sahel region, explains the problem.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The US government has urged China to free all those still in prison 23 years after the crackdown against protesters in Tiananmen Square. The BBC's Damian Grammaticas explains why the Chinese government considers the June 1989 events a counter-revolutionary revolt and defend their response.


There have been complaints of chaos and a parking free for all in towns like Aberystwyth because of the absence of traffic wardens. Katy Spain, parking services manager at Ceredigion County Council, outlines why parking restrictions return today for the first time in a year.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Last week the east London borough of Waltham Forest suspended its policy of re-housing people long distances away to deal with its housing waiting list. The BBC's Nicola Stanbridge met with members of some of the 14 households that they moved to Luton.

The paper review.


The Union Flag is ubiquitous again this year, decorating Jubilee street parties all over the country and emblazoned over team GB clothing. Nick Groom, the leading expert on the Union Jack, talks about the flag's past, present and future.

A passenger plane with about 150 people on board has crashed into buildings in a densely populated district of Nigeria's main city of Lagos. The BBC's Will Ross reports from Lagos.

Thought for the Day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

President Assad of Syria says his country is facing not an internal crisis but an external war, waged against it because of its support for resistance to Israel. The Independent's Patrick Cockburn considers Mr Assad's first public comments on the massacre at Houla.


Conservative-controlled Lincolnshire County Council will this week vote on stringent new guidelines for the approval of new wind turbine developments in the county. The council's leader, Cllr Martin Hill and Tim Yeo, Conservative MP for South Suffolk, debate how well windfarms and communities mix.

As a new biography of novelist Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, hits the bookstores, Sarah Montague talks to its author Maggie Ferguson and asks Mr Morpurgo why he didn't write his own life story.

It is the third day of celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Evan Davis speaks to Bruno Peek, pageantmaster of the Diamond Jubilee Beacons, who has been organising the event for the last two years.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The United Nations' Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Valerie Amos warned last week that up to 18 million people across eight west African countries are facing hunger and that the next three weeks will be crucial in delivering assistance. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell outlines the role that Britain can to play and the BBC's Mike Wooldridge explains the background to the crisis.

German choreographer Pina Bausch revolutionised dance, creating an entirely new form that she called Tanztheater, or dance theatre. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz and Alistair Spalding, artistic director of Sadler's Wells, talk ahead of a month-long season of ten works at the Barbican Centre.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The Winner Effect, a new book from Ian Robertson, Professor of Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin says that winning changes your brain, making people more focused, smarter, more confident and more aggressive. Professor Robertson and Professor Raymond Tallis, clinical neuroscientist at Manchester University, discuss the research behind the book.


Some memories of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, starting with excerpts from her own private journal.

We also hear the words of the late Conservative prime minister Harold Macmillan, and those of Keir Hardie, the founder of the Labour Party.

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