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Today: Friday 14th December

The Football Association's equality boss, Lord Ouseley, talks on why he is resigning as head of its anti-racism campaign. Ed Miliband is to give a speech acknowledging that Labour did not do enough to integrate immigrants into British society when it was in power. The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg says the war on drugs is being lost and it is time for a Royal Commission to look at the whole issue. And also on the programme, a real diplomatic thriller as Denmark's ambassador talks to us about the hit TV show, The Killing.

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 and Jonny Dymond live from China and the US.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said Britain is losing the war on drugs on an industrial scale and he's called for a reform of drugs laws. The BBC's home editor Mark Easton explain why this move directly contradicts the prime minister's view.

Business news with Jonny Dymond from the US.

Dozens of meteors streaked across the UK's skies last night. Gary Fildes, an astronomer at the Kielder Observatory in Northumbria, outlines the science behind the display.

Psychologists at Glasgow University have come up with a theory that tackles the problem of missed hospital and GP appointments coating the NHS waste time and money. Dr Rob Jenkins, one of the Glasgow team, explains how scheduling more appointments for later in the week would work.

A species of beetle which has not been seen for more than 100 years has been discovered on the South Devon Coast. Andrew Whitehouse, south west manager for the charity Buglife, explains why the beetle has not been seen for so long.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Ed Miliband is going to tackle the impact of mass immigration in a speech later on Friday morning. Sadiq Khan, is shadow justice secretary, outlines why ethnic diversity and integration will be his key themes.

The paper review.


The Barbican is marking the 75th birthday of Philip Glass a weekend of events celebrating the composer's career. Chris Sharp, contemporary music programmer at the Barbican Centre in London, analyses whether Mr Glass is a radical as he was in the 1970s

Thought for the Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth.

The chancellor has told MPs its "good there is a debate" over the Bank of England's inflation target policy. Stephanie Flanders, the BBC's economics editor, explains that the next Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who takes over next July, said in a speech this week that central banks could consider more radical measures such as growth targets, and Sir John Gieve, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, and Terry Smith, chief executive of Tullett Prebon, discuss the efficacy of the idea.


Lord Ouseley has said he intends to resign as chair of the Football Association's race equality advisory board over its handling of the Terry and Suárez cases. The BBC's sports editor Bond explains the racism that has been alleged to occur, and Lord Ouseley, chair of Kick it Out - the inclusion and equality campaign for Football, explains his reasons for quitting.

The idea of a royal commission to consider decriminalising illegal drugs - as suggested by a group of MPs on Monday - was quickly ruled out by the prime minister. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson explains why Nick Clegg is calling for a reform on the drug laws.

This weekend the final two episodes of the cult Danish crime series The Killing will be broadcast on British television. Denmark's Ambassador in the UK, Anne Hedensted Steffensen, and the novelist, David Hewson, who was commissioned to adapt the Killing into a novel, discuss why the series is so successful in the UK.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Liberia is a nation of traders and in Gbarnga, Bong Country, the loud, sprawling market is the focal point of the community. The Today programme's Evan Davis went to a busy market to find out how much of a living people are making amid the frantic buying and selling.

Business news with Simon Jack in China.

The film director Peter Jackson has been criticised for his decision to film his latest movie The Hobbit which premiered this week, at 48 frames per second, rather than 24. Phil Streather, a producer of films in 3D, and Dr Catherine Wheatley lectures in film studies at Kings College, London, reflect of the use of the technology's use in the film.


Today Business presenter Simon Jack reflects on his time in China.

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