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Today: Tuesday 28th August

David Cameron is under more pressure from his own party to push for a third runway at Heathrow, a senior backbencher says he should show if he is a "man or a mouse". A study suggests that people who start taking cannabis as teenagers risk permanent damage to their intelligence. Also on today's programme, a tribute to Sir Ludwig Guttman, the neurologist who founded the Olympic Games, from one of his patients.

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: Visitors from the Troika, the European Union, European Central Bank and the IMF, are in Lisbon today to check whether Portugal is keeping to its scheduled reforms.


The transport secretary Justine Greening is facing Virgin Trains' bid to derail the West Coast mainline franchise signing by its rival First Group. Douglas McNeill, transport analyst at Charles Stanley stockbrokers, and Sim Harris, managing editor of Railnews, debate the West Coast franchise bid.

The government is considering adopting a system where pay of people like teachers and nurses is linked to the cost of living, and private sector pay, in the area where they live. The BBC's Mike Sergeant has more details on the report on public sector pay which is being written up, and Carol Propper, professor of Economics at Bristol University, gives her thoughts on the proposal.

Business news with Simon Jack.


The Republicans' battle plan against Barack Obama will be laid out at their convention in Tampa, Florida, this week. The pollster Frank Luntz, in Tampa, shares his thoughts on where the campaign will be concentrated.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


Using cannabis as a teenager can cause a permanent and irreversible drop in IQ according to a study of 1,000 people in the New Zealand town of Dunedin. Professor Terrie Moffitt, from the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London, gives her analysis of the findings.

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The Paralympic torch arrives at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire today, at the hospital where the idea for the games was born. Philip Lewis, an Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist in table tennis, and a patient of Sir Ludwig Guttman, pays tribute to the neurologist who founded the Olympic Games.

Thought for the day with Reverend Professor David Wilkinson.

The government of Mali in west Africa is calling on the international community to help it defeat Islamist extremists who have taken over two-thirds of the country. In the latest in a series of special reports, Today's Mike Thomson has had very rare access to the Mali Army, which is attempting to regain control from extremists.


David Cameron is under more pressure from his own party to push for a third runway at Heathrow after the senior Conservative Tim Yeo said he should show if he is a "man or a mouse". Justine Greening, the transport secretary, gives her reaction to Mr Yeo's comments and the debate over the third runway.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


Matthew Hancock, Conservative MP and former chief of staff to George Osborne, and Dr Evan Harris, vice chair of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee, debate the government's idea to pay public sector workers more in high pay areas and less in low pay areas.

The parents of American peace activist Rachel Corrie who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer have lost their claim for compensation this morning. Jon Donnison reports from outside the court in Israel.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Inspectors from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF are in Portugal today, to see how the government is doing in keeping to the terms of its 78bn euro bail-out. Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt reports.

New rules are coming into force that will allow patients to compare their access to medicines and to see which health authorities are giving the most access to treatments recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Roger Taylor from Doctor Foster, and David Stout, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, debate the changes.


Learning an instrument is difficult enough, but to do it entirely on your own without teachers and to be scared for your life if you're seen with a western instrument in public, is rather different. David Sillito went to meet the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq as they prepared for one of their first concerts tonight at London's Southbank.

Peter Reynolds, leader of Cannabis Law Reform, and Peter Stoker, Director of the National Drug Prevention Alliance, debate the study which found that heavy cannabis users who start taking the drug as teenagers run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ.

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