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Today: Tuesday 26th June

An NHS hospital trust has been formally warned it could be declared bust - in the first case of its kind. The head of MI5 has described the extent of cyber attacks on British businesses as "astonishing". And also on today's programme, should the government postpone the planned 3p rise in fuel duty?

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 Mediterranean island of Cyprus that has become the latest Eurozone economy to ask for help.


The Behavioral Insight Unit at the Cabine Office has published a report suggesting that the government should use random trials to test policies in the same way as drug companies to with new medicines. Ben Goldacre, who co-authored the report, explains what this would entail.

How vulnerable is Britain's banking system to a repeat of the IT chaos that hit RBS? Bryan Glick, editor of Computer Weekly, shares his thoughts.

Tomorrow the Queen is set to have a historic meeting with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, the deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Peter Taylor, who made a film about the Queen's last visit in 1977 for her Silver Jubilee, has been back to speak to some of the same people he met.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Jonathan Edwards, the head of MI5, has spoken about the security threats facing us, including those caused in part by the Arab Spring. The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera has more details.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Transport Secretary Justine Greening has said she will not lobby the Treasury to postpone the rise in petrol duty due in August, but said we should challenge the petrol retailers to cut the price, as the global oil price has come down considerably. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls explains why he does not agree with the government's line on the issue.

The paper review.


In Liberia it is common for 13-year-old girls to become pregnant and, because their bodies are not always ready to cope with pregnancy, they can be victim of all sorts of complications. Sarah Montague met some of the pregnant children in Bong County.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.


The Local Government Association is warning that by 2020, local councils are going to have to spend virtually all their money on adult social care and emptying the bins. Tony Travers, local government expert at the LSE, and Sir Merrick Cockell, chair of the LGA, debate the issue.


An NHS Trust has been told it may go bust with an administrator appointed to run it, a first for the health service. Chris Ham, chief executive of the health think tank, the Kings Fund, and Stephen Dorrell, chairman of the Health Select Committee, share their views on the news.

What will the Olympics' legacy be to London? Alastair Leithead reports on the Los Angeles games of 1984 which were considered to be the most financially successful and were memorable for Britain.

Are eurozone leaders approaching a deal on fiscal union and eurobonds? Former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt gives his analysis.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies reveals that the wealth of the elderly has grown faster than that of any other age group, while the amount they pay in tax has progressively fallen. Paul Johnson, director of the IFS, has more details on the report.

The Wall Street Journal is reported that News Corp are considering splitting their business between news and entertainment operations. Business editor Robert Peston has the details.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Is rap an art form that gives the street a voice? Or is it all just money, misogyny and materialism? John Sutherland, professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and Foxsports.com columnist Jason Whitlock debate the question.

The shooting down of a Turkish military jet by Syria is to be discussed by Nato ambassadors in Brussels. Selcuk Unal, a spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry, explains what position Ankara is taking on the issue.


Scientists, farmers and representatives from the food industry are to meet ministers and government officials to discuss the future of agricultural technology in Britain. The Today programme's Tom Feilden looks back at the history of the GM wars, and George Freeman MP, who is chairing the meeting, gives his view on the debate around genetic modification.

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