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Today: Tuesday 31st July

The government's strategy for improving internet broadband has been criticised as "misguided" by a parliamentary report. A top Chinese swimmer is at the centre of a doping controversy at the Olympics after an American coach suggested her performance could not have been achieved without performance-enhancing drugs. And also on today's programme, what the world might look like once there are ten billion of us living on it.

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 Lesley Curwen: the US Senate Commerce Committee is to vote today on a bill that would make it illegal for American airlines to comply with a European Union law on carbon emissions.


India was rated the worst country in the G20, to be a woman, according to an international poll of gender experts, conducted by the Thompson Reuters Foundation. Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from Delhi to find out whether things really are as bad as they seem.

According to a committee of the House of Lords, the strategy to roll out broadband in the UK is the wrong one. Lord Inglewood, who chairs the House of Lords Communications Committee, and Liv Garfield, chief executive of BT Open Reach, debate the issue.


Which is more important for Team GB athletes: the support from home or the pressure to win? Professor Kathleen Ginis of McMaster University in Canada has done some research on this subject among Canadian ice hockey teams, and she explains how in some circumstances a home advantage can turn against you.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.


An artist from Philadelphia has been given an official exhibition in Edinburgh after taking tens of thousands of photographs in the city but not of the usual attractions. Colin Blane has been finding out why Bob Reinhardt has spent the last ten years in Edinburgh's graveyards.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet, live from the Olympic stadium.

The Syrian city of Aleppo is enduring a ferocious battle between rebel forces and the Syrian army. The BBC's Richard Galpin and Sausan Ghosheh, spokeswoman for the UN mission in Damascus, give their analysis of the situation.

The paper review.


The computational scientist Stephen Emmott who has teamed up with the Royal Court Theatre to devise a one-man-show that's part interactive performance and part lecture with the aim to try and understand what the world will be like when the world's population is projected to rise to 10 billion by the end of the century speaks to the Today programme's Tom Feilden. He said: "He spoke of an "unprecedented planetary emergency" and the need for "radical behaviour change"."

Thought for the day with Yunus Dudhwala.

A top Chinese swimmer is at the centre of a doping controversy at the Olympics after an American coach suggested her performance could not have been achieved without performance-enhancing drugs. Sport editor David Bond and the BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing, give their analysis of the situation.


The government's strategy for improving broadband in the UK has been criticised as "misguided" in a parliamentary report. Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications & the Creative Industries, responds to the criticism. He said: "We do have the most competitive market in Europe... the rest of Europe looks to us as leaders in this."

Author Jilly Cooper pays tribute to the Irish writer Maeve Binchy who has died aged 72.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet, live from the Olympic stadium.


The Office of Fair Trading is looking at the takeover by the biggest commercial radio group in the country, Global Radio, of the Guardian Media Group's radio interests, for £70 million. The independent radio consultant Grant Goddard and Trevor Dann, former chief executive of the Radio Academy, debate the future of commercial radio.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.


The data from the Bank of England yesterday indicated that new mortgage applications fell in June, to their lowest point for over a year. Estate agent Henry Pryor, and Linda Yueh, Bloomberg economics editor, discuss house prices.

Who was Sgt. Talaiasi Labalaba, an SAS trooper who played a crucial role in the 1972 Battle of Mirbat? Pete Winner, one of his colleagues, describes a real-life hero the public know little about but who has been held in high esteem ever since he died in battle aged 30.

Peter Cochrane, former chief technical officer at BT, shares his thoughts on the government's broadband strategy.

Plans for overhauling the family court system in England and Wales are published this morning. Christina Blacklaws, director at the Cooperative Legal Services, and Sally Gore, family law barrister, debate the proposals.

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