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Today: Saturday 19th January

The Algerian government has strongly defended its handling of the continuing hostage crisis, saying its use of military force has prevented a catastrophe. James Naughtie has spoken to the American defense secretary, Leon Panetta. There have been chaotic scenes at Heathrow Airport, where hundreds of flights were cancelled because of snow. And later in the programme, Gareth Edwards on scoring could be called rugby's greatest try.

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

0710
British Airways has apologised to passengers after snow has caused cancellations and delays. The BBC's Clare Burton reports from the airport.

0712
Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy with Yesterday in Parliament, including David Cameron's briefing on the status of British hostages caught in an attack in Algeria.

0715
Snow is still causing severe disruption in many areas of the UK. Sian Lloyd is in Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, one of the worst hit areas.

0720
Charles Calomiris, Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School, discusses whether meaningful banking reform is likely to happen in this country.

0725
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0731
Mixed reports have come from Algeria about how many hostages are still held at a gas plant there, President and Chief Executive of the Algerian Business Council Abderrezzak Osmani talks about the situation.

0737
The Newspaper review

0740
After David Cameron postponed his speech on Europe this week, political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue has assessed the arguments on both sides of the question about a possible British Exit from Europe.

0744
The results of the German regional elections are announced tomorrow, Berlin Correspondent Steve Evans reports.

0748
Thought for the Day with Baptist minister Reverend Roy Jenkins.

0751

Andrew Johnson, director general of the UK Gift Card and Voucher Association, and James Daley, a Which magazine money expert, debate whether the gift card could be the next casualty of the high street.

0809
The rescue operation of hostages in Algeria has been going on since Thursday. Beatrice Khadige, Bureau Chief for the news agency AFP in Algiers, talks about the situation.

0812
Lance Armstrong has admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs to help him become a champion cyclist, we will hear him in interview with Oprah Winfrey.

0813
England's school inspector Ofsted has said this week that it will inspect local authorities with an excess of under-performing schools. Mark Rogers from the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives gives his view.

0818
Paul Mason, Newsnight's economics editor, and Dr David Brown, senior lecturer in American studies at the University of Manchester, discuss a 150 year-old letter to Lancashire cotton workers from then President Abraham Lincoln.

0824
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0830

Leon Panetta, the American Defense Secretary, talks to James Naughtie about the Algerian hostage situation.

0837
Passengers at Heathrow's Terminal 5 give their views on the disruption at the airport.

0842
Ahead of the Six-Nations Rugby tournament, Welsh singer Cerys Matthews has been following the personal story of Gareth Edwards, who scored in the Barbarians match against the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park in 1973.

0846
The newspaper review.

0849

The Royal Institution is one of the oldest scientific organisations in the world, but due to financial trouble it may have to sell its prestigious home in Mayfair in London. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden and physics professor Jim Al-Khalili talk about the Institution's fate.

0855

Four huge, barrel-shaped lumps of lard have washed up on the East coast of Scotland, perhaps relics from a merchant ship sunk during WWII. Jeremy Lee, Head Chef at the Quo Vadis restaurant in London's Soho makes the case for bringing back the old-fashioned food-stuff.


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