Labour says MPs must be given the chance to examine the government's decision to award the West Coast Main Line franchise to First Group; we talk to Richard Branson. What is the secret to curing the serial procrastinator? And, should Heathrow get a third runway?
0713 Mitt Romney will be formally adopted as the Republican candidate at the party's convention in Tampa. Florida this week - it should happen today but the opening session has been canceled because of an approaching hurricane. With the opinion polls suggesting he and Obama are neck-and-neck, this is his opportunity to convince America he should be their next president. But, as the BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell reports, he has to balance pleasing his party, and appealing to swing voters.
0718 Business news with Simon Jack.
0721 A new Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) report argues that Sweden shows that free market reforms are economically beneficial and that an expansive welfare state is economically damaging and not the key factor in producing positive social outcomes. Is it true that our view of Sweden's success is a myth? The IEA's Mark Littlewood and Nick Pearce, of the think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, debate.
0726 Sports news with Rob Nothman.
The drought in one part of West Africa has become so bad that nearly five million people are facing severe food shortages in one country alone. In Mali, two-thirds of the country has been taken over by Islamists, some of whom have links with al-Qaeda. A new unity government announced last week might have ended months of fractious rule after an army coup in March; but with pressure building for military action to retake the north, and food supplies at rock bottom, most people simply have their eyes on survival.
Our correspondent Mike Thomson reports from Mali.
0740 Paper review.
0743 Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82. In 2009, we marked 40 years since the astronaut became the first man to set foot on the moon by hearing from people about what it meant to them at the time, we can return to another of those thoughts, by Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal.
0744 Do you find it hard to get things done? Do you leave tasks to the very last minute? Apparently you are not alone. One in five of us procrastinate to such an extent that it damages our careers, our health and our relationships - according to Professor Joseph Ferrari of DePaul University. It is the subject of a documentary on Radio 4 tomorrow, in which the writer Rowan Pelling meets fellow sufferers and experts to see if there is a cure for her lifelong problem. Also on the programme is Cary Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School.
0748 Though for the Day, with Rev Prof David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham University.
0821 The man who did most to defeat the Germans was the Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov. He masterminded the defeat of the Nazis at Stalingrad - the battle that began 70 years ago this month, and one of the key turning points of the Second World War. Zhukov is still a hero in Russia, there was a 12-part television drama about him in Russia this year. And a new book, Stalin's General, looks at his rollercoaster life in the Soviet Union. Its author, Geoffrey Roberts, reflects on Zhukov's life and times and what they say about Stalinist Russia.
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