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Today: Tuesday 14th August

Independent candidates say the rules for electing police commissioners in England and Wales put them at an unfair disadvantage against candidates representing political parties. Rail passengers are likely to be told today that some fares are to rise by more than twice the rate of inflation. Also on the programme, how do the arts help to break down international barriers?

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: Jaguar Land Rover today announces its Halewood staff are working round the clock for the first time in the plant's history, mainly to meet demand for the Range Rover Evoque.


There is another fare increase coming along on the railways with critics saying the government is allowing fares to go up three times faster than average salaries, and there are demonstrations being held at stations across the country today in protest. The BBC's Richard Westcott reports, and Richard Hebditch, director of the Campaign for Better Transport, gives his thoughts.


A group of independent candidates for the posts of Police Commissioner are planning to protest at what they say is the inherent 'unfairness' of the Police Commissioner eections. Ann Barnes, an independent candidate, explains why she disagrees with the process.

Business news with Simon Jack.


At the Scottish parliament, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit is underway, a conference mixing politicians, cultural figures and others. Arts editor Will Gompertz was there for day one to find out if culture really can provide a bridge between nations as the organisers claim.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


Germany records economic growth of 0.3% in the second quarter of the year, while France records zero growth. George Magnus, senior economic advisor at UBS investment bank, gives his reaction to the figures.

The Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, has dismissed two generals and replaced them with a new defence team. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.

The paper review.


Julie Fowlis, a folk singer who hails from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides and usually sings in Gaelic, talks about being asked by Disney to sing on the soundtrack of their film Brave, set in 10th century Scotland.

Thought for the day with Bishop Tom Butler.


After Usain Bolt won his last gold medal, in the 100 metres relay on Saturday night in which the Jamaican team set a world record, he spoke of why current tax laws are stopping him from coming to run in Britain. Glyn Bunting, a partner at Deloitte, explains what the issue is.


It is not long until voters in England and Wales get a chance to elect their own Police Commissioners, but is there any chance independent candidates will win those elections, or will it inevitably be party political candidates who triumph? Ian Johnston, an independent candidate for the Gwent Police Commissioner, and Nick Herbert, minister for policing and criminal justice, debate the issue.

Helen Gurley Brown, author of Sex and the Single Girl and editor of Cosmopolitan for 30 years, has died aged 90. Hadley Freeman, Guardian columnist and fashion writer, and Marcelle d'Argy Smith, former editor of Cosmopolitan in the UK, pay tribute to the author.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

Culture ministers from more than 30 countries are meeting in Edinburgh for two days to talk about the role of the arts and culture in relations across borders. Martin Davidson, the chief executive of the British Council and one of those involved, explains what he is hoping to achieve at the summit.


The Royal Albert Hall will see one of its strangest performances yet at the Proms with John Cage's 4 minutes 33 seconds, his famous silent work. The Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge looks back at some of the more interesting and daftest pieces of classical music.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The US defence secretary has said that Pakistan is planning to launch combat operations against militants in its tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan. Zahid Hussain, columnist for the Dawn newspaper in Islamabad and Robert Bradnock, senior research fellow in geopolitics at King's College London, discuss how this will affect Pakistani-US relations.

The government has started using the Consumer Price Index to increase public sector pensions, the state pension and other benefits, but statisticians have serious doubts about the claim that it is a more important figure than the Retail Price Index. The BBC's Jonty Bloom reports.

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