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Today: Wednesday 18th July

A report by the government's "troubled families" unit says abuse and violence pass "from generation to generation". The Treasury is offering to underwrite loans, totalling up to £40bn, to speed-up infrastructure projects. And also on today's programme, how Shakespeare gave hope to Nelson Mandela and his friends when they were in prison.

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 central bankers who took their turn in the Libor fixing hot seat on both sides of the Atlantic.

The government has promised a new scheme aimed specifically at "troubled families", but will local authorities be able to afford it? Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of the Local Government Association, shares his thoughts on the issue.

A committee of MPs has criticised the government for a lack of leadership in its road safety policy. The Transport Select Committee's chair Louise Ellman shares her thoughts on what the government needs to do.


We text more than we chat on the phone, according to a survey by the telephone regulator Ofcom. Gareth Beavis, mobile devices editor for TechRadar, shares his thoughts on the significance of the findings.

Business news with Simon Jack.

People who buy personal pensions are being misled about their costs according to a report from the Royal Society of the Arts. The author of the report, pension fund manager David Pitt Watson, explains the findings.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


Former Olympic security co-ordinator Tarique Ghaffur shares his thoughts on the G4S security fiasco.

The paper review.


A copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare which the inmates of South Africa's notorious apartheid-era Robben Island prison read clandestinely and which became known as the "Robben Island Bible" is one of the prize exhibits in a major exhibition at the British Museum called Shakespeare: Staging the World. Mike Wooldridge reports.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest.

The government is launching a new initiative today in the hope of injecting some growth into the economy, by putting up £50bn in guarantees for projects that are in the national interest, and that are within 12 months of starting. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders has more details, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander explains how the scheme will work.


Winifred Robinson reports on what constitutes "a troubled family", and Louise Casey, head of Troubled Families Policy, shares her thoughts on what the government can do to solve the problem of abuse and violence which is passed on "from generation to generation", according to a report.


HSBC has been accused of allowing clients linked to Mexican drug gangs, al-Qaeda and rogue regimes such as Iran, North Korea and Burma to move money around the world with little or no scrutiny. David Jackman, the former head of ethics at the Financial Services Authority and now the Director of the Ethics Foundation, tells the programme how banks allow the people they employ to think this is acceptable.

Sport news with Garry Richardson


Research in the medical journal the Lancet says lack of exercise is killing as many people around the world as smoking or obesity. Dr I-Min Lee, the author of the report, explains what needs to be done to solve the problem.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A London artist has created an alternative Olympic souvenir - a record called "The Sounds of Making in East London" that captures the unique character of the area hosting the games through sound recordings of the many craftspeople and artists based there. The BBC's Beth McLeod went to find out more about the project.

Lord Waldegrave, former Cabinet Minister and author of an opinion piece in the Times warning the Tory party against falling unreservedly in love with the free market is in conversation with Dominic Raab, Conservative MP for Esher and Walton and member of the Free Enterprise Group.

The latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, has been released. Film studios are increasingly drawn to sequels (& prequels). Disney spent 80% of its production budget on such franchises last year compared with 40% the year before. It may make financial sense but is it lazy - and rather boring - filmmaking? Film maker Rebecca O'Brien and Nikki Baughan, editor of Moviescope magazine, discuss.

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