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Today: Wednesday 17th October

What is the best way to get justice for those who claim to have been abused by Sir Jimmy Savile? President Obama has put in a stronger performance during the second televised debate with his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, according to overnight polls among voters. And also on the programme, charities say up to half a million disabled people will lose money when the government introduces the new universal credit next year.

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 news that Rupert Murdoch has survived another attempt to unseat him as chairman of Newscorp but the boss of financial giant Citigroup has resigned.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Three vacancies for Supreme Court justices are being advertised today. The BBC's Clive Coleman profiles some of the runners and riders and describes the past political tensions in the court.


Business news with Simon Jack.

In the Israeli settlement of Ariel, built inside what the rest of the world regards as the occupied Palestinian West Bank, students will soon be gathering for the start of another academic year. Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly examines why it will be a big year for the town's higher education college.

A coalition of charities have produced a report looking at the impact of the government's plans to introduce the Universal Credit. Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, former gold medal-winning paralympic athlete and now crossbench peer, outlines the findings of the report and Lord Freud, parliamentary undersecretary of state for Work and Pensions, defends the government's plan.

Sports new with Garry Richardson.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney locked horns in debate once again overnight, with their contest for the American presidency apparently heading for a close finish. The BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell gives his analysis from New York State and New York Times columnist David Brooks explains which candidate is looking stronger.

The Paper review.


How does a family survive when the father is sent to jail for a very long time? Director Michael Winterbottom explains that by shooting his new film a few weeks at a time over five years he was able to capture how a family might cope. The film, Everyday, is opening at the BFI London Film Festival.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Joel Edwards, international director of Micah Challenge.

The European Union has imposed yet more sanctions against Iran as part of its attempt to force the Iranians to abandon its nuclear programme. The BBC's James Reynolds reports from the Turkish Syrian border and Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, explains the concerns about Iran's nuclear facilities.

The BBC has apologised for what happened during the years when Sir Jimmy Savile allegedly abused his position to assault so many girls and young women while some of his bosses are said to have looked the other way and has set up two inquiries. Harriet Harman, shadow secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport outlines why she is calling for an overarching inquiry into all aspects of the allegations.

The British Bankers Association is holding its annual conference today and the theme is "restoring trust". The BBC's business editor Robert Peston examines how that trust was lost and whether it can ever been regained.

Hilary Mantel is the first British novelist, and the first woman, to win the Man Booker prize twice. Hilary Mantel joins Today presenter James Naughtie in the studio.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The second of the US presidential debates took place last night where President Obama and Mitt Romney went head to head. Karin Robinson, vice chair of Democrats Abroad and Stacy Hilliard, a republican commentator, discuss which candidate was looking stronger.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham are continuing to treat Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, because she had been campaigning for girls to be educated in her country. Kamila Shamsie, Pakistani novelist based in London, argues that the status of girls is changing for the better in Pakistan.

The first official history of Vegimite, the iconic Australian spread is to be published. The BBC's Duncan Kennedy looks at the Australian relationship with Vegimite.

People in creative professions are treated more often for mental illness than the general population, there being a particularly salient connection between writing and schizophrenia. Dr Simon Kyaga, consultant in psychiatry at the Karolinska Institute, outlines the link.

The bookies' favourites to win this year's Man Booker prize were all heavyweight literary novels. John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound, the UK's first crowd-funded publishing house, and Michael Schmidt, editorial director of Carcanet Press and PN Review, debate whether such works will become a thing of the past.

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