Today - 10/08/2009

Presented by James Naughtie and Edward Stourton. Security correspondent Gordon Corera reports on his interview with MI6 chief Sir John Scarlett. Dr Lee Elliot Major of the Sutton Trust discusses what should be done to increase access to higher education. Adam Brimelow reports on the launch of two films in England and online to challenge the misconception that all sufferers of schizophrenia are violent. Labour MP Tony Wright and whistleblower Chris Galley discuss how civil servants should voice their concerns. Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik discusses whether or not there is still uncertainty over Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud's death. Jane Peel looks back at the events 40 years ago that are regarded by many as the start of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Hilary Benn, discusses the government's plans to protect food production in Britain. Director of campaign group Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, and Dr Kim Howells MP discuss if the government can guarantee non-complicity in torture. Can England's cricketers recover from such a shameful lack of pluck in the fourth Test sufficiently to win the fifth? Former England Test batsman Ed Smith and journalist Matthew Syed discuss what the future holds for England's cricket team. Kenton Lewis and Dr Anthony Seldon discuss a government scheme to get more people from poor backgrounds into university. Police sergeant Alfie Moore discusses his unusual second career as a stand-up comedian and how his comedy routine helps him to engage with ex-prisoners and others who normally hate the police. Journalist David McKitterick and former BBC Ireland correspondent Denis Murray discuss why none of the peace lines set up during the Troubles have yet come down. Professor Tim Lang and journalist Tom Standage discuss how we will feed ourselves, and the world, in 50 years time.


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