Today - 27/06/2009

Presented by John Humphrys and James Naughtie. Correspondent Terry Stiasny explains how the government plans to 'build Britain's future'. An escaped prisoner who strangled a 73-year-old man while on the run has been convicted of murder. Reporter Sally Chidzoy explains the case of 39-year-old Terrence O'Keefe. Correspondent Mike Thomson talks to a student who has alleged that she and 30 other women were attacked in Darfur. Correspondent David Willis explains the coroners' initial assessment determining the cause of Michael Jackson's death, which rules out any foul play or trauma. Peter Hyman, deputy head of Greenford High School in Ealing, London, discusses how he believes the system should be reformed. Correspondent Will Ross reports from Nairobi on the rich pickings that the country's satirists have had to work from in recent times. Reporter Colin Patterson looks ahead to the performance of Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury. Thought for the Day with Rev Rob Marshall, an Anglican priest. Celebrations for the UK's first Armed Forces Day - formerly known as Veteran's Day - are to take place. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports from southern Afghanistan. Shadow Chancellor George Osborne and Gillian Tett of the Financial Times consider if current government plans are tough enough on the financial sector. Film lecturer Dr Saaed Zeydabadi-Nejad and critic Sukhdev Sandhu discuss what an Iranian arthouse film reveals about the country. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne discusses plans to reduce Whitehall targets and extend new rights to the users of public services. Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, considers whether some cities need to shrink substantially to cope with their declining fortunes. Has the death of Michael Jackson been overplayed by the media? David Yelland, former editor of The Sun, considers if there are more deserving stories for the media to focus its attention towards. Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh reflects on warnings that the UK could soon expect to see a surge of new swine flu cases. Former education secretaries Estelle Morris and Kenneth Baker discuss whether big decisions about schools should be made locally or nationally.


  • 2009-06-27 07:00:00 - 2009-06-27 09:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,