New insights into Lady Thatcher's reaction to the invasion of the Falkland Islands - and her dealings with Jimmy Savile - are offered by official papers published today. A scheme to improve the protection of witnesses is being adopted by the Ministry of Justice. Today's Christmas guest editor this morning is Melinda Gates who - with her husband Bill of Microsoft fame - is one of the world's leading philanthropists.
0615 Business news with Lesley Curwen on news that President Obama is due to meet top congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle in Washington today, to seek agreement on ways to tackle America's deficit.
0626 Sports news with Rob Bonnet.
0709 The government wants to improve the protection of people whose lives are put at risk because they act as witnesses in criminal cases. Simon McKay, criminal and humans rights lawyer who has advised the government and trained police forces in witness protection, explains that ministers plan to set up a new national scheme called the Protected Persons Service.
Today's guest editor this morning, Melinda Gates, is a passionate advocate of investment in technical innovation for school pupils, and asked the Today programme to report on how it can help in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils. The BBC's technology correspondent, Rory Cellan Jones, examines the role of technology in enhancing the quality of teaching in schools.
As a commission from Today's guest editor Melinda Gates, Today business presenter Lesley Curwen went to meet the Afghan media mogul Saad Mohseni, the chairman of Moby Group which runs a range of TV and radio channels in Afghanistan which are helping re-shape the country's culture.
0722 Guest editor today, Melinda Gates, who, with her husband Bill, is one of the world's leading philanthropists. She has been involved in a lot of projects in Africa and is positive about its future and women's roles in it. Jane Otai, health adviser in Kenya, reflects on her hopes for the coming year.
0723 This time last year if the annual batch of government papers released under the 30-year rule had contained some letter from Jimmy Savile, who would have noticed? The BBC's David Sillitoe explains that letters from him to Margaret Thatcher when she was prime minister have taken on a peculiar interest.
0726 Sports news with Rob Bonnet.
0732 Nearly 4,000 British troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan next year and David Cameron has suggested the military exit could happen even faster than planned. It has already been announced that troop number will be cut from 9,000 to 5,200 in 2013. Major Richard Streatfeild, who commanded a patrol base in Helmand in 2009-10, and Sir William Patey, former UK ambo to Kabul, discuss the prospects for Afghanistan after the ISAF withdrawal.
0738 The paper review.
The American painter Mary Cassatt, who spent most of her career in France working alongside the Impressionists, is a favourite of Today's guest editor this morning, Melinda Gates. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz spoke to Ann Dumas, curator at the Royal Academy and expert on 19th century French art, about Cassatt's life and work.
0747 Thought for the Day with Sister Una McCreesh, a sister of the Ursuline Order.
Earlier this year, Melinda Gates, one of the world's major philanthropists and Today's guest editor this morning, was in London for a conference on family planning at which she shared a platform with the Prime Minister David Cameron. For her programme, she talked to him about aid and development.
0810 The government has today released thousands of previously secret papers concerning the 1982 Falklands war with Argentina. Professor Peter Hennessy, professor of contemporary history at Queen Mary, University of London, and Lord Armstrong, who as Sir Robert Armstrong was Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet secretary at the time, discuss the contents of the papers.
0820 Today's guest editor this morning is Melinda Gates, who, with her husband Bill, is one of the world's leading philanthropists. She has been involved in a lot of projects in Africa and is positive about its future and women's roles in it. Joyce Banda, Malawi President, reflects on her hopes for the coming year.
0821 As part of Today's focus on international development today, the development expert Hans Rosling has prepare a short quiz for on world development levels. Hans Rosling, professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute and co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, says that the questions focus on infant mortality and family size.
0826 Sports news with Rob Bonnet.
Guest editor today, Melinda Gates, who, with her husband Bill, is one of the world's leading philanthropists. The sage of Omaha, Warren Buffett, talks to Melinda about philanthropy in the US.
Business news with Lesley Curwen. Karl Lagerfeld is one of the best known figures in fashion. At the age of 79, he's creative director at Chanel, designs for Fendi and runs a cheaper on-line label under his own name. He told Lesley Curwen about the current state of the industry.
0842 Today's guest editor this morning is Melinda Gates, who, with her husband Bill, is one of the world's leading philanthropists. She has been involved in a lot of projects in Africa and is positive about its future and women's roles in it. Ruth ONiang'o, professor of nutrition in Kenya, reflects on her hopes for the coming year.
0843 The Thick of it is a comedy that satirises the inner workings of government. But this year with Plebgate, Pastygate and Omnishambles, there were clear parallels with life imitating art. Cartoonists Peter Brookes of The Times and Steve Bell of The Guardian discuss whether this was the year that politics became more ridiculous than satire.
Today's Guest editor this morning is Melinda Gates, who, with her husband Bill, is one of the world's leading philanthropists. Talking to Today presenter Sarah Montague, Mrs Gates explains why it is that she believes women are the key to alleviating poverty in developing countries.
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