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Today: Friday 29th June

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaks to John Humphrys about his meeting with the Queen. Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond has issued a defiant response to the growing calls for his resignation over the interest rate scandal. Also on the programme, how millions of pounds are being spent in the NHS to silence whistleblowers.

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, with the latest on new measures emerging from the Brussels summit on the future of the eurozone.

Heavy rain and flash flooding in north and central England has caused chaos. The BBC's Peter Harris and Richard Lister report.


The Financial Services Authority has said many banks have been deliberately mis-selling loan repayment arrangements, so they end up costing a fortune and even driving some people out of business. Martin Wheatley of the FSA has more details.

Business news with Simon Jack.

This evening the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will have talks in St Petersburg with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. From Moscow, the BBC's Steve Rosenberg reports on Russia's view of the conflict in Syria.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


This programme has details of payments totalling £500,000 made to a senior NHS hospital manager attached to a confidentiality agreement so strict he cannot even talk about its existence. Andrew Hosken reports.

The paper review.

A report has been produced for the government by the Royal Society of Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineers that says there are risks if fracking is not done properly. Professor Robert Mair, chairman of the committee which produced the report, explains the findings.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

Peter Hahn, of the Cass Business School, gives his analysis of the latest eurozone deal.


Can anything change the culture of risk on banks' trading floors? Peter McNamara, former head of personal banking at Lloyds, and the economist and FT columnist John Kay, debate the issue.

Former IRA commander and current Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness discusses his meeting with the Queen and the future of Northern Irish politics.


The Women's Library in East London has the oldest and most extensive collection of writing by women and about women in Europe and is facing an uncertain future. As the Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge reports, it needs a new home and if it cannot find one it will be split up.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

EU leaders look set to agree on a growth package for the struggling eurozone, but Italy and Spain want quick action to lower their borrowing costs. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt and Business editor Robert Peston report.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A preview of Gillian Clarke's new poem in honour of the inaugural Dinefwr Literature Festival in Carmarthenshire, which takes place this weekend.

A former adviser to the prime minister, Lord Wei, is suggesting that people take part in a programme of National Retirement Service as a way of both coping with a big change in life, and helping society and the economy. Ben Wright reports.


How much is enough wealth? The economist and historian Lord Skidelsky and his son Edward, a philosopher at Exeter University, who have explored that question in a book, debate the issue of wealth and morality.

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