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Former Sunday Times editor Sir Harry Evans on the Romney-Obama battle. Will Syria's opposition unite against the Assad regime? And cellist Julian Lloyd Webber outlines his concerns over arts examinations.

The BBC's Jim Muir reports live from Syria, where opposition forces will this weekend attempt once again to find a common cause.

Protest organiser Rosanne Guille MP on why an argument is raging over plans to grow wine on the Channel Island of Sark.

The Northern Ireland Secretary, Theresa Villiers, told the Commons yesterday that the murder of the prison officer David Black was "cowardly and evil". The BBC's Mark D'Arcy reports.

The government lost a vote in the Commons this week on the European Budget. Polish MEP and a member of the Parliament's Committee on Budgets Sidonia J?drzejewska shares her reaction.

Rob Bonnet with the latest sports news.


Eminent figures believe Britain's creative economy could be destroyed within a generation because of a decision to leave arts subjects out of the English baccalaureate. Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and Conservative MP Damian Hinds share their views.

A look at today's newspapers.

Earlier this week, the Today programme heard about a job swap scheme that is designed to pair research scientists and MPs together, but the Royal Society are worried the gap between the two worlds might be too large. Scientist Michelle Janus is involved in the project.

Money Box's Paul Lewis answers questions on retail chain Comet's entering into administration.

Thought for the Day with The Reverend Rob Marshall.


It is the last weekend of the American presidential election campaign and Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are racing around the United States, pleading for the votes that could make the difference on Tuesday. The Today programme's James Naughtie reports on how the election campaign is turning up the heat in the chilly state of Iowa.

The US is now promoting a reinvigorated opposition in Syria. A conference is being held in Qatar and there is a proposal in place to create a proto-parliament. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen and Syrian academic Bassma Kodmani discuss the plans.

The English National Opera is set to stage a new production of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones went to a rehearsal.

A third man was last night arrested for involvement in the shooting of police officer David Black in Northern Ireland. Chairman of the Prison Officers Association of Northern Ireland Finlay Spratt joins the programme.

The latest sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The upcoming US election has taken the country by storm. Digital editor of Reuters Thomson Chrystia Freeland and former Times and Sunday Times editor Sir Harry Evans share their observations of the Romney-Obama battle.

A look at today's newspapers.

The BBC's Newsnight programme yesterday reported on allegations of sex abuse in decades past. Martin Shipton is chief reporter for Media Wales, the company behind the Western Mail and other Welsh papers.

Small business leaders in France are hailing their success in forcing the government to abandon a controversial tax policy. The BBC's Christian Fraser reports from Paris on how the row has led many to question the government's commitment to business.

An airport has revealed it plays Tina Turner through loudspeakers to deter birds from its runways. Lecturer in music culture Steve Goodman and psychotherapist Helen Bamber look at music's long history of use as a weapon.

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