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Today: Friday 21st September

Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, speaks to John Humphrys as their annual party conference begins in Birmingham. MPs say G4S is entirely responsible for failing to provide enough security staff for the Olympics, and should not receive its management fee. Also on the programme, Justin Webb reports from the United Sates, on how divided the country is ahead of November's election.

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, including Friday Boss with Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, on how he has revived the brand popular in the 1970s and 1980s.


MPs on the home affairs select comittee have laid into the security firm G4S over their performance before the Olympics. Keith Vaz, the comittee's chairman, explains why he believes the firm should pay back their management fee.

Young people are giving less and less to charity, according to research by the Charities Aid Foundation and the University of Bristol. Sarah Smith, professor of economics at Bristol University who oversaw the research explains why that could be.


One of the most famous museums in the world - the Louvre in Paris - is opening a new wing this weekend dedicated to the arts of Islam, on the same day that France is shutting down its embassies in Islamic countries because it is afraid of attacks by Muslim extremists. The BBC's Razia Iqbal reports from Paris.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The party conference season is starting with the Liberal Democrats this weekend and Ukip today. Some commentators say Ukip could actually do better than the Lib Dems. Peter Kellner, president of YouGov, gives the polls' take on that suggestion.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The rough edges of American politics were on display again yesterday with scuffles in Florida between supporters and opponents of the Republican challenger for the presidency Mitt Romney. Scuffles that some Americans might see as the symptom of a deep and worrying sickness in their politics, as Justin Webb has been finding out in Florida.

The paper review.


University Challenge turns 50 today. Jeremy Paxman, who currently presents the quiz programme, speaks to John Humphrys.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The German satirical magazine Titanic is known for its controversial covers, and it is planning an issue on Islam later this month amidst the wave of protests across the Middle East over a video made in the US that mocks Islam. The magazine's editor-in-chief Leo Fischer, and Fatima Mullick of Quilliam Foundation, debate the recent protests.


The Tories are worried that the UK Independence Party will cause them serious damage at the next election and some say they will even push the Lib Dems into fourth place. Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, speaks to John Humphrys as the party's annual conference begins in Birmingham today.

If the government misses its debt reduction target as a result of slow economic growth then that's "acceptable" - so says no less a person than the Governor of the Bank of England. He said as much in an interview with Channel 4 news last night. The BBC's Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reports.


At the age of 31, Sheridan Smith, who started her career in television sitcoms like Gavin and Stacey and has gone on to win two Olivier theatre awards and has been described as one of the stage stars of her generation. The BBC's Rebecca Jones has been to meet the actress acclaimed for the variety of roles she takes on.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


The former care minister Paul Burstow speaks to Sarah Montague and explains why he accused the Treasury of blocking reforms to social care.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Western governments with embassies in Muslim countries are bracing themselves for demonstrations and possibly even worse today. Aleem Maqbool reports from Islamabad, and Jon Leyne from Cairo.

We are running short of helium gas, and there are more serious consequences to it than not being able to get floaty balloons. Tom Welton, professor of sustainable chemistry at Imperial College, explains what these consequences are.


Almost a quarter of cancer cases are diagnosed for the first time in accident and emergency departments. And most of those patients die within weeks. That is according to new research by the National Cancer Intelligence Network. Executive Director of Policy and Information at Cancer Research UK Sarah Woolnough, talks to Sarah Montague.

Labour MP Gisela Stuart and Danny Finklestein of the Times debate Ukip and whether the party can do better than the Lib Dems.

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