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Today: Wednesday 8th August

The Bank of England is expected to react to the severity of the double-dip recession by lowering its growth forecast. Missiles have been fired by Egyptian forces in Sinai against suspected Islamic militants. And how old does a book have to be to be classed as a classic?

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: Shares in the scandal-hit Standard Chartered plummeted in London yesterday.


Doctors should try to prevent the wishes of the dead person being overridden, an article in the British Medical Journal states. Dr David Shaw, honorary lecturer at Aberdeen University, explains why he believes a family should not be allowed to change the wishes of a dead relative in donating organs.


Australia has only won four gold medals so far in the Olympic Games. As correspondent Phil Mercer reports, sporting bosses there are now reviewing the team's performances and hoping for a late gold rush.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Satellite images show increased use of heavy weapons in Aleppo, raising urgent concerns over the welfare of Syrian civilians, Amnesty International says. Guardian journalist Martin Chulov, who is in the Syrian city, reports on the continuing battle between government forces and rebels.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


The public should be helped to play a more constructive role with low-level anti-social behaviour, the Royal Society of Arts believes. Conservative politician Shaun Bailey, government adviser on youth and crime, and Paul McKeever, of the Police Federation, debate whether the police should help train the public to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The paper review.


Team GB has recorded its highest Olympics gold medal haul since 1908. Author Lynne Truss, who was one of those who had had doubts about British medal glory, gives her impressions as Team GB has reached 22 gold medals so far.

Thought for the day with The Reverend Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy says Britain's success at the 2012 Olympic Games is "incredible". Craig Burn, chief executive of Scottish cycling, and cycling commentator Simon Brotherton discuss what the impact of the seven track cycling gold medals in London could be.


The Bank of England is expected to react to the severity of the double-dip recession by lowering its growth forecast. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders give her analysis of the newsand Sir Richard Lambert, former director-general of CBI, discusses what can he thinks should be done to increase growth in the British economy.

What are the options for a retiring athlete? Emma Mitchell, performance lifestyle adviser for the English Institute of Sport, and the former triple jumper Ashia Hansen, discuss life after sport.

The price of shares in British bank Standard Chartered has fallen sharply after financial regulators in New York accused it of hiding more than $250bn in illegal transactions with Iran. Economist Mehrdad Emadi gives his thoughts on whether the bank can move on from the issue.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Amnesty International has published evidence of the weight of the Syrian government attack on Aleppo, using satellite imagery. Dr Scott Edwards, who oversees the satellite technology programme at Amnesty, describes their findings.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Cycling has been a big success for Team GB on the road and on the track. Ayesha McLelland, a young BMX rider, and Julian Allen, a racer for more than 20 years, discuss Team GB's hopes of another cycling medal as the BMX events start at the Olympics.

Athletes hailing from Yorkshire have won 10 medals so far in the Olympic Games. Nick Westby, a Yorkshire Post sports reporter covering the Olympics, gives his thoughts on why the region produces so many Olympic medal winners.


Nick Hornby's novel Fever Pitch is being republished as a Penguin Classic. John Sutherland, professor of English Literature at UCL, and author Fay Weldon, debate what it should take for a novel to be classed as a classic.

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