Rail fares are set to rise by an average of 6.2% leaving the commute to London too expensive for some. South African President Jacob Zuma has announced an inquiry into the violence at a mine in the north-east of the country. Also on today's programme, could genetically screening babies for traits like potential alcoholism or a disposition to violence become a moral obligation?
0709 The Commons Treasury committee takes aim at Barclays, the financial regulator, and the Bank of England over the Libor scandal and gives a withering verdict on the evidence it received from the former chief exec of Barclays, Bob Diamond. Business correspondent, Ben Thompson is in the City and gives his account.
0711 The South African President Jacob Zuma has announced there will be an inquiry into the killing by police of 34 people at a mine in the north east of the country. Another 78 were injured when they opened fire on protesting miners earlier this week. Milton Nkosi is the BBC reporter in Johannesburg.
Scientists in the United States say they have found a new family of spiders in the caves of California and Oregon - the first such discovery in North America for more than 140 years. Scientists have named it Trogloraptor or cave robber and have no idea what it eats. Writing in the journal ZooKeys, the researchers said that if such a large and bizarre spider could have gone undetected for so long, who knows what else may lurk undiscovered in that part of the world.
Curator of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences, Charles Griswold explains.
0726 Sport news with Rob Bonnet.
0733 Economists have been scratching their heads over the latest economic figures, which show that the economy has produced over 200,000 new jobs, but national output has shrunk by 0.7%. Is there an explanation for why the economy is contracting, but unemployment is also decreasing? Professor of Economics from the Stirling Management School at the University of Stirling, David Bell and economist and former government advisor, Vicky Pryce discuss.
0746 Thought for the day with the Reverend Rob Marshall.
0752 Rail fares are set to rise by an average of 6.2% leaving many who commute to London wondering whether it is worth it. The Today programme's reporter, Nicola Stanbridge investigates. Professor of Transport Studies at the University of Westminster, Peter White and former director general of ATOC, George Muir join the debate.
0810 Shocking images this week of South African police firing at a crowd has led to the president of South Africa requesting an inquiry. The BBC's Milton Nkosi has been to the Marikana platinum mine, where the shootings occurred.
0820 The study of Mandarin in British schools appears to be floundering. The number of pupils taking the subject at A-level has gone up by only 88 in the course of the year. Heads and language experts said that many of the 3,425 candidates now sitting the subject were likely to be native speakers who happen to live in the UK. Master of Wellington College, Dr Anthony Seldon and chair of the Campaign for Real Education and former head teacher, Chris McGovern discuss.
0845 A new American reality TV show has been sharply criticised by a group of Nobel peace prize winners for, as they put, "likening war to an athletic competition." NBC's Stars Earn Stripes matches up celebrities with US military personnel for a series of physical challenges, inspired by real military exercises. The BBC's correspondent, Peter Bowes reports from Los Angeles.
0848 Pussy Riot's protest has been one of the most successful ever provocations of Putin's government. But the Russian public do not have much sympathy for the band and all the public opinion polls showed support for their prosecution, says Vyacheslav Nikonov, an MP for the governing United Russia party.
0852 An Oxford academic who is an expert in practical ethics argues that genetically screening for traits like potential alcoholism or a disposition to violence and creating so called "designer babies" could be considered a "moral obligation" on parents if it leads to children being less likely to harm themselves and others. Professor Julian Savulescu, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics and director of The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and Dr Angie Hobbs, Senior Fellow, in the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Warwick join the debate.
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