Today - 12/06/2009

Presented by James Naughtie and Edward Stourton. Epidemiologist Sir Roy Anderson says the UK is well prepared for a major outbreak of swine flu. Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, considers if a new emphasis on raw exam results would make things harder for schools in deprived areas. Reporter Sanchia Berg meets Emily Cole of English Heritage to be shown around some of the more memorable blue plaque sites in London. Correspondent Mike Thomson examines the repercussions of the collapse of Zimbabwe's education system. The BBC is not allowed to operate legally in Zimbabwe so many of the names of people Mike interviewed have been changed and some locations omitted in order to protect those with whom he has spoken. Palau President Johnson Toribiong explains the decision to agree to temporarily resettle Guantanamo Bay detainees. Bristol-born graffiti artist Banksy is returning to his home city where, amid great secrecy, he is holding his biggest UK exhibition. Correspondent Jon Kay reports on the exhibition. Thought for the day with John Bell, of the Iona Community. Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper discusses if, as targeted by the government, child poverty can be eradicated by 2020. Correspondent Jon Leyne and Sir Richard Dalton, a former British Ambassador to Tehran, discuss the elections in Iran. Mark Hutchings reports on the opening of Britain's highest cafe: on the summit of Mount Snowdon in Wales. General Stanley McChrystal says Afghan civilians will be protected from unintended consequences of US military operations. CBI Director General Richard Lambert and Nicholas Vernon, of the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel, discuss how the financial sector should be regulated. Correspondent Kevin Connolly examines the use of the death penalty in New Mexico. Professor Robert Allen and historian Tristram Hunt discuss why the Industrial Revolution began in the UK. Film producer Steve Abbott discusses the heritage of film in the city of Bradford.


  • 2009-06-12 06:00:00 - 2009-06-12 09:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,