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Today: Monday 20th August

Social housing in expensive areas of England should be sold off, and the money used to finance the building of new homes in cheaper areas, according to the think tank Policy Exchange. The British film director, Tony Scott, has jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles. Also on today's programme, the man who has been declared the world's deepest bass singer.

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 - South African platinum miners locked in a dispute over pay given an ultimatum, their bosses say they have got to go back to work this morning or lose their jobs.

A Chinese court has sentenced the wife of the disgraced politician Bo Xilai to life in prison over the murder of a British businessman. Shirong Chen, an analyst with the BBC China service, gives her reaction.

Hollywood director Tony Scott, famous for films including Top Gun, has died after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles, the authorities have said. Steven Gaydos, executive editor of Variety Magazine, gives his reaction.

Business news with Simon Jack.


A number of Conservative backbenchers are fed up with increases in rail fares. Mark Reckless, Conservative MP for Stroud and Rochester in Kent, explains what backbenchers think about recent announcements of further increases.

An international writers conference held in Edinburgh caused a media sensation 50 years ago, after stand-up rows between authors, explicit language and bad behaviour led to the event becoming a legendary precursor to a more liberal society. As arts editor Will Gompertz reports, the Conference is being re-staged with authors across the globe in attendance but could it have the same impact?

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Should public schools share their sport facilities with state schools? Lord Moynihan, outgoing chairman of the British Olympic Association, and Graeme Maw, director of sport at independent school Millfield, debate.

The paper review.

The University of Bath is hosting 10 events for the Paralympics and some athletes are moving in today. Penny Briscoe, performance director of the games, explains what the mood is like ahead of the Games.

Thought for the day with Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic Studies, New College, University of Edinburgh.


The United Nations observer mission in Syria has formally ended. Lakhdar Brahimi, who has replaced Kofi Annan in charge of trying to bring the warring parties together, explains what the next steps are for the UN in terms of helping solve the conflict in Syria.


Social housing in expensive areas of England should be sold off and the money used to finance the building of new homes in cheaper areas, the think tank Policy Exchange says. Zubeida Malik reports from Notting Hill, an expensive area of London which also contains a lot of social housing. Neil O'Brien, director of Policy Exchange, and Labour MP Karen Buck discuss whether this idea could change the way social housing could work.


Tim Storms, who has won the Decca Records first prize in the search for the human being capable of singing the lowest note, and voice coach Elspeth Morrison, discuss how to achieve a good bass voice.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The Ministry of Defence has given the BBC access to thousands of hours of footage shot by British soldiers in Helmand in Afghanistan, showing some of the fiercest fighting of the war so far. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports.

The White Cliffs of Dover have their very own writer in residence - Julian Baggini. He explains what he will be doing in his week at the famous landmark.


Anti-Japanese protests have taken place in cities across China after Japanese nationalists raised their country's flag on disputed islands. Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, discusses why thousands of people have taken to the streets.


New rules on what face-to-face fundraisers, also known as chuggers, can and cannot do are being implemented. Ian MacQuillin, spokesperson for the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, explains to business presenter Simon Jack that the new rules are not in response to any particular issues that were raised in the public domain.

For leaseholders of houses, security is too often lacking, the liberal think tank Centreforum says. Report author Chris Paterson discusses his belief that the leasehold system in England and Wales gives management companies too much freedom that is then abused.

Should winning a gold at the Olympics automatically get you a gong in the honours list? Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, paralympic athlete who is on the Sport Honours Committee, gives her thoughts on the ennoblement of Olympic athletes.

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