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Today: Tuesday 1st January

Today's guest editor Al Murray delivers his unique take on the Today programme to begin the new year. Presenters Sarah Montague and Justin Webb ask whether the United States is about to fall off the impending fiscal cliff, chat to the BBC's editors about what's likely to hit the headlines in the next 12 months, and we look back at yesterday's quest to deliver good news with Benjamin Zephaniah.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Brian Tora of the investment firm JM Finn on the prospect of the United States falling off the fiscal cliff.

Should Britain leave the European Union? Polling company IPSOS's Ben Page weighs up the debate.

A look back at yesterday's guest editor Benjamin Zephaniah's quest for good news.

Business news with Simon Jack.


The BBC's James Lansdale delivers a poem to help remember prime ministers of the 20th Century.

Sports news with Chris Dennis.


A look forward at the forthcoming 12 months with a selection of BBC editors.

A look at today's newspapers.


Are poltergeists becoming suburbanised? The Today programme's Tom Bateman has been trying to find out.

Thought for the Day with The Reverend Lucy Winkett.


How do you judge the success (or failure) of a government? Guest editor Al Murray has been investigating.


Is the United States about to fall of the fiscal cliff? Former George W Bush adviser Dr Pippa Malmgren shares her view.


Why do we write the history we do? Guest editor Al Murray spoke to Tom Holland, author of Rubicon, about the origins of Islam, and Chris Clarke, professor of Modern European history at Cambridge University.

More good news from a paper dedicated to it back in 1950.

Sports news with Chris Dennis.

How has our attitude to Remembrance changed? Our guest editor, Al Murray, visited Royal Wootton Bassett, which has become associated with the repatriation of those killed in the conflict in Afghanistan, to find out how and why this quiet town in Wiltshire became the national focus for remembering fallen soldiers.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Dr Catherine Rider, a researcher of new years resolutions, joins the programme.

Simon Schama, Professor of History at Columbia University, shares his view on the impending fiscal cliff in the United States.

Guest editor Al Murray closes the programme with a few bangs on his very own drum kit.

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