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Today: Wednesday 4th July

MPs are preparing to question Bob Diamond about rate-fixing by Barclays and whether the Bank of England knew about it. Scientists searching for the Higgs boson, the missing link in particle physics, believe they are close to confirming its existence. And also on today's programme, should we all be using seaweed to clean our teeth?

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 former Barclays' chief executive Bob Diamond appearance in front of MPs later today.

It has been suggested yesterday that Barclays had been encouraged to rig the borrowing rate by the Bank of England and by government officials. Hugo Dixon, founder and editor of the financial news website Reuters Breaking Views, shares his thoughts on the issue.

A group of religious leaders who are in favour of gay marriage will be meeting today to consider how those who want to offer same sex wedding ceremonies might do so. Canon Chris Sugden, executive secretary of the group Anglican Mainstream, explains why he is attending the meeting.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Tony Harrison, one of the most renowned British poets, explains to arts correspondent Rebecca Jones why he agreed to make a rare appearance at the Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


A report coming out today says there are too many specialist units for children with serious heart problems and some of them should be shut down. Steph Ward, whose son has a congenital heart condition, and Professor Ian Kennedy, who led the report, debate the issue.

The paper review.


A vote will be held today in the Scottish Premier League to determine whether Glasgow Rangers should be allowed to stay in the league. Roddy Forsyth, BBC commentator and Scottish football expert, and SPL chairman Neil Doncaster, discuss how the vote could affect Scottish football.

Thought for the Day with Akhandadhi Das - a Vishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

Scientists at Cern are to deliver the latest results in the search for the Higgs boson. Professor Jim Virdee, head of physics at Imperial College, and Professor Jon Butterworth, head of astronomy and physics at UCL, discuss how the Higgs boson compares to scientific achievements like the discovery of DNA.


MPs are preparing to question former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond about rate-fixing by the bank and whether the Bank of England knew about it. Business editor Robert Peston and political editor Nick Robinson give their analysis, and Lord Myners, former financial services secretary, gives his thoughts on the issue.

The Today programme's Tom Feilden has the latest on the results to be delivered by scientists at Cern in the search for the Higgs boson.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Governments have failed to value the woodlands of England, according to the final report from the panel set up after the public outcry over the proposed sale of forests. The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, who headed the panel, explains the findings.

Business news with Simon Jack.

On the 30th anniversary of the death of Terrance Higgins, the charity founded in his name says UK is in a position to slash the HIV rate if concerted effort is made. Sir Nick Partridge, chief executive of the charity, explains what needs to be done.

Tom Paley, one of the great survivors of the American folk scene, has been living for the past 40 years in a small flat above a London tube station, and now aged 84 has a new album coming out. The BBC's Mark Coles went to the launch party.

Tom Feilden reports from Westminster Hall on the latest results in the search for the Higgs boson.

Professor Ngaire Woods and banking analyst Chris Wheeley discuss the role of regulators in times of banking crisis.

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