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Today: Monday 18th June

New Democracy have narrowly won the Greek general election, saying the country has chosen to stay on the European path. A parliamentary report is highly critical of the level of protection given to vulnerable children in care homes. And also this morning, the cows that listen to the Today programme.

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Business news with Simon Jack, live in the City of London with the latest reaction to the Greek elections.


From this morning five and six year-olds across England will be taught to read through phonics. Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, and Greg Wallace, executive principal of the Best Start Federation of primary schools in Hackney debate the issue.

Europe editor Gavin Hewitt and French socialist MP Axelle Lemaire, give their reaction to the Greek and French election results.

The government is to announce that it is spending a billion pounds on nuclear reactors to power a new generation of nuclear submarines. Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey gives more details of the scheme.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say that increasing obesity could have the same impact on global resources as an extra billion people living on the planet. Professor Ian Roberts, who led the research, explains how they calculated the findings.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Once again the people of Greece have failed to give a single party the votes they need to form a government but there almost certainly will be a coalition and the government that results from it will support the terms of the bail-out deal imposed by the European Union. The BBC's Chris Morris reports from Athens.

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A survey for the RSPCA has found that an overwhelming majority of farmers with animals sing to them or play them music or speech. David Tory, a dairy farmer who chooses Planet Rock, discuss the benefit of sound for animals.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Priest-in-charge of St Mary's, Newington.


A damning report says children who go missing from care in England are being systematically failed and put in great danger by the professionals who should protect them. Labour MP Ann Coffey, who chairs the All party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children, and Cllr David Simmonds, chair of the Children and Young People Board, debate whether the state has failed children in care.


The people of Greece have not voted to put in power a party that would have torn up the bail-out agreement on which the country's future in the euro depends. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, of the Greek New Democracy party, and Dr Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of the CDU parliamentary group, discuss what the results mean for the future of Greece and the rest of Europe.


The extraordinary life story of Nelson Mandela has been turned into an opera, Mandela Trilogy, which dramatises the defining moments that shaped South Africa's first post-apartheid president. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been speaking to people behind it.

Sport new with Rob Bonnet.


A report from the London School of Economics claims that there is shocking discrimination against mentally ill people. Lord Layard, who chaired the panel that issued the report, explains why sorting out treatment and care would benefit everyone.

Syriza politician George Stathakis gives his reaction to the Greek election result.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The crime-writer Julia Crouch, who has become the UK's first ever writer in residence on a train after she was commissioned to write a story on a train from London to Harrogate and back, and Andrew Martin who's author of the Jim Stringer novels, which feature a young railwayman turned policeman, discuss books and trains.

If the US Supreme Court overturns Barack Obama's signature legislation on health care, and many think it will do exactly that in a ruling that has to come by the end of the month, some commentators believes it could cost him the presidential election. North America editor Mark Mardell reports.


What does the euro crisis tell us about the resilience of European democracy and co-operation? Miri Rubin, professor of European history at Queen Mary University of London, and historian Laurence Rees discuss what history can teach us about the dangers of an economic crisis and whether European unity is really possible.

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