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Today: Friday 17th August

Police believe the Moors murderer, Ian Brady, may have revealed information about where one of his victims, Keith Bennett, is buried. The Department for Education has apologised for giving inaccurate figures about how many school playing fields in England have been sold since the general election. Also on today's programme, high rents, high prices but low confidence, what is wrong with the housing market.

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: Is the eurozone to blame for Britain's record trade deficit?

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London having been granted asylum. Presenter James Naughtie went to speak to a group of supporters of the Wikileaks founder. Claes Borgstrom, lawyer for the two Swedish women who are making sexual assault complaints against Julian Assange, gives his reaction.

The Moors Murderer Ian Brady has told one of his prison visitors where he buried Keith Bennett, Manchester police say. Dr David Holmes, a criminal psychologist familiar with the case, discusses the arrest of a woman in south Wales on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body.

Business news with Simon Jack.

There are "weaknesses" in the contract between the Department for Work and Pensions and Atos, the private firm that is paid to carry out assessments on people to see if they are fit to work, the National Audit Office (NAO) says. Labour MP Tom Greatrex, whose questions prompted the comments from the NAO, explains his concerns.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Department for Education has apologised for giving inaccurate figures about how many school playing fields in England have been sold off since the general election. David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association's Children and Young Person's Board, gives his thoughts on the issue.


Mayor of London Boris Johnson has stirred up support on the Conservative backbenches with his call to the government to "stop pussy-footing around" and kickstart the economy by a mixture of infrastructure projects and deeper spending cuts in other areas. David Ruffley, a Conservative member of the Treasury Select Committee, shares his thoughts on Mr Johnson's comments.

The paper review.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation started a competition called "Reinventing the Toilet Challenge" to find an alternative to the flush toilet, with basic sanitation a large problem in the developing world. The BBC's Alastair Leithead went along to see who won.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.


The number of houses being built is falling, figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show. Housing starts were 10% down on the previous quarter, against the background of increasing rents. David Orr, of the National Housing Federation, and housing minister Grant Shapps, debate how to improve the housing market.


Moors Murderer Ian Brady may have revealed to a prison visitor the location of the body of the only one of his victims not to have been found, police believe. Correspondent Hywel Griffith reports on the case of Keith Bennett, who was 12 when he was killed nearly 50 years ago. Documentary maker Paddy Wivell, who is making a programme about Brady, David Kirwan, a solicitor acting for Keith's mother Winnie Johnson, discuss what this revelation could say about the Moors murderer's mentality.


Julian Assange fears that if he is sent to Sweden it may lead to him being sent on to the US to face charges relating to Wikileaks. Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, who is regularly in touch with Mr Assange, explains why he believes a fear of extradition to the US is a valid one.


A Spanish version of Ruddigore, a comic opera written by the British duo Gilbert and Sullivan, is being performed. Reporter Tom Burridge visits a group of theatre students from Barcelona during rehearsals, who are the ones performing the adaptation.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

A verdict in the trial of three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot is due shortly. Steve Rosenberg reports on the case, caused by an arrest in March after performing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral. Robert Service, professor of Modern Russian History at St Antony's College, Oxford, discusses the direction in which Russia is heading under President Putin.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A man is facing eviction from his allotment in Hastings because the he has broken allotment rules by growing fruit trees instead of vegetables, Donna McDaid, secretary of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, discusses whether allotments can tell people what to grow.

Ian Brady's mental health advocate Jackie Powell has been arrested on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body. Mental health and human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff explains the difference between a lawyer and a mental health advocate.

The decision to grant the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, political asylum was taken high up in the Andes, in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito. The BBC's Will Grant has travelled to Quito to find out what people there make of the country's president Rafael Correa's decision. Nick Caistor, who writes for research publisher the Latin American Bureau, discusses why Ecuador has chosen to take this course of action.

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