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Today: Tuesday 16th October

The government will announce it is effectively shutting down Britain's Consulate in Iraq's second city, Basra. Computer hacker Gary McKinnon will find out today whether the home secretary will block his extradition to the United States. Also on the programme, how men have driven women out of the kitchen.

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 on how the row over whether austerity is damaging the prospects of economic recovery found a new outlet in a debate at the House of Lords.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Amateur astronomers have discovered a remarkable planet 5,000 light years away - remarkable because it is in a four-star system. Astronomer Dr Chris Lintott, of the University of Oxford and was part of the team at that found it, discusses the planet - with the prosaic name of PH1 - which is the first with four stars ever to be found.

A government proposal to make it easier for employees to transfer pensions from one employer to another when they change jobs could result in them losing up to a quarter of their funds, a letter to the Daily Telegraph argues. Author of the letter Joanne Segars, chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds, explains that there are alternative schemes which could better protect pension investments.

The Portuguese government has sharply raised taxes to try to cut the country's large deficit. The BBC's Alison Roberts gauges the reaction to the tax hikes from Lisbon.

TB in humans is making a powerful comeback, a study published in the Lancet suggests. Helen Mcshane, professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, says they might be on the brink of producing a new vaccine.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Almost four years after the war with Israel, the Palestinian territory is enjoying a period of relative calm and that, in part, has led to a surge in the value of land with prices more than doubling in the past two years. The BBC's Jon Donnison reports.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to decide whether to halt the extradition to the United States of Gary McKinnon, a computer hacker wanted for allegedly hacking into US government computers shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Mr McKinnon's lawyer Karen Todner explains what the decision will mean.

The paper review.

The winner of the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker, is announced this evening. In the run-up to the award, Today will be talking to the six authors who have been selected for the shortlist. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones speaks to Will Self who is in the running with his novel Umbrella.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.


Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that the government intends to exercise its right to opt out of more than 130 EU policing and justice powers. Lord Michael Howard, a former Conservative leader, and Charles Clarke, formerly home secretary under Tony Blair, debate whether the idea makes sense.

The UK's consulate in Basra will no longer be permanently staffed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). William Hague will make a written statement to the Commons outlining changes as part of departmental cost cutting. Andrew Alderson, who managed Basra's finances in the immediate aftermath of the invasion, and Baroness Nicholson, chairwoman of the all-party parliamentary group for Economic Development in Iraq and the Region, discuss the decision.

The three finalists in the Great British Bake Off, a series devoted to the art of baking, are all men. Victor Scalzo, director of Patisserie Valerie, and food writer Rose Prince, of the Daily Telegraph, examine why the BBC Two show has caused such excitement.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman has described George Osborne reiteration of his Plan A for austerity as "mad". Economics editor Stephanie Flanders explains Mr Krugman's speech to the House of Commons.

More than three weeks after he confronted a police officer on his way out of Downing Street, Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell is still facing questions about his conduct. But he gets support from an unlikely quarter in the newspapers - the former Labour MP Chris Mullin. He explains why he thinks the continued pressure is a "fuss about not very much".

Business news with Simon Jack.

President John F Kennedy was informed that a US U-2 spy plane had spotted Soviet nuclear missiles being deployed on the island of Cuba exactly 50 years ago. World affairs correspondent Nick Childs reflects on the incident which sparked 13 days of intense superpower brinkmanship that brought the world the closest it has been to nuclear war.

"Abortion is one of those rare political issues on which left and right seem to have swapped ideologies" according to Mehdi Hasan, writing in the New Statesman and Huffington Post. Mehdi Hasan, political director of the Huffington Post UK and Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore discuss whether it is possible to be "pro-life" and left wing.

The chance of the Conservative Party offering voters a referendum on leaving the EU appears to have risen dramatically. Conservative MP George Eustice and Tim Montgomerie, editor of Conservative Home website, discuss how likely a referendum is.

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