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Today: Friday 16th November

Israel has carried out airstrikes on nearly 150 targets overnight in an attempt to stop more missile attacks by Hamas militants. The first police and crime commissioner elections in England and Wales have been marked by low turnout and near-deserted polling stations. And also on the programme how the East German secret police set their prisoners to work for Ikea.

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, Aberdeen Asset Management's Martin Gilbert.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Egypt is to sending Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to Gaza in a show of support to the people there. Rosemary Hollis, professor of Middle Eastern studies at City University, and Jihad Haddad, adviser to President Morsi and foreign relations officer for his party, discuss how Egypt will position itself under the new democratic leadership.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The raising of the Mary Rose 30 years ago uncovered a piece of Tudor history that had remained hidden since it sank in 1545. The BBC's correspondent Hywel Griffith went to meet a team of scientists who have been given the job of finding out more about the hundreds of soldiers, sailors and archers who perished on board.

Schools spend millions on computers every year but according to the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, or NESTA, much of that money goes to waste. Stian Westlake, from NESTA, and Mark Chambers who represents teachers who work with technology and is the chief executive of the National Association of Advisors for computers in education, discuss where and if waste is occurring.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


There were 41 elections across the country yesterday for the new police and crime commissioners. The BBC's deputy political editor James Landale analyses the first turnout figures and Angus MacPherson, the winning Conservative candidate for Wiltshire speaks to Today programme presenter Sarah Montague.

The paper review.

The furniture chain, Ikea, is to publish a report today about claims that it benefited from forced labour by political prisoners in communist East Germany. Berlin correspondent Steve Evans reports from the capital.

Thought for the Day with The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Petrol prices have been falling of late - from very close to 139p a litre in mid-October to 135p now - a 4p reduction. Paul Watters, head of public affairs at the AA, and Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers' Association, discuss whether the AA is right to say that the wholesale price has dropped considerably more than 4p a litre and if the public should be paying even less.


Israel stepped up its aerial attacks on Gaza overnight. It said it carried out strikes on up to 150 targets, including the interior ministry, while Palestinian militants fired about a dozen rockets and mortar rounds into Israel. Eighteen Palestinians were killed in Israeli raids yesterday, while rockets from Gaza killed three Israelis. The BBC's Yolande Knell has been assessing the mood in Ashkelon in southern Israel, just ten miles from Gaza, from where the BBC's Jon Donnison reports. And Foreign Secretary William Hague explains the UK's position on the conflict.


A book called Thursdays in the Park - a tale of a granny falling in love - is top of the e-book charts. Hilary Boyd, the writer of the book, explains why technology is changing the world of publishing.

To mark the 90th anniversary of the BBC's first transmission this week, BBC Radio 4 Extra has created 90 pieces of audio, each relating to one year of the BBC's history. This edition is presented by Radio 4's Paddy O'Connell.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The scandal at Stafford hospital is set to go down as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the NHS. Health correspondent Adam Brimelow reports that local health campaigners who fought to raise the alarm - with their accounts of abuse and neglect if patients - now say nothing much has changed.

Sir John Thomas, the third most senior judge in England, has criticised some immigration lawyers who defend clients against deportation. Christopher Cole, chair of the Law Society's immigration law committee, examines the view that some lawyers are delaying deportation by lodging appeals right at the last minute.

Business news with Simon Jack.

On Tuesday, President Hollande of France told the French public that "decline is not our destiny". Andrew Thompson, professor of modern history at Exeter University, and Robert Tombs, professor of French history at Cambridge, compare the French and the British sense of national performance.

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