Today - 30/05/2009

Presented by John Humphrys and Sarah Montague. Berlin correspondent Steve Rosenberg explains the details of the deal agreed with Canadian car parts maker Magna International to rescue GM in Europe. Tory leader David Cameron has said MPs who claimed for 'phantom' mortgages on expenses should be investigated by the police, and prosecuted if warranted. Campaigner Michael Taylor explains why he is working towards making sure former minister Elliot Morley resigns. US music producer Phil Spector has been jailed for at least 19 years for murdering an actress in 2003. Correspondent Peter Bowes explained what happened in the court in Los Angeles. Jim Muir reports on those detained on suspicion of providing Israel with information enabling it to strike Hezbollah targets and leaders. Europe editor Mark Mardell looks at how an increased vote for the UKIP would affect the UK's future in the EU. UKIP leader Nigel Farage discusses if an increased share of the vote could transfer to success in domestic elections. The life of Moondog, the unusual American composer who died in 1999, is to be celebrated in a special event. Nicola Stanbridge meets those involved in the show. Thought for the day with Canon David Winter. Germany has agreed a deal with Canadian car parts maker Magna International to take over Opel, the European wing of US carmaker GM. Russian economy expert Chris Weafer and Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of Unite, discuss the deal. Sri Lankan officials have strongly denied allegations that more than 20,000 civilians were killed in recent fighting against Tamil rebels. Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC discusses if the UN should hold some sort of investigation to find out what really happened. MPs have been going back to their constituencies to face the music over their expenses claims. Reporter Sarah Moore visits the constituency of Conservative backbencher Stephen Crabb, who explained himself at a public meeting in south Wales. Reporter Jack Izzard visits Euston and St Pancras stations in London to ask what impression commuters get from the station. Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, president of the Royal Academy, and architecture critic Jonathan Glancey, of the Guardian, discuss if station regeneration is a positive thing. Why are voters equally agitated about MPs who claimed for buying duck houses as those who 'flip' their properties to make a profit? Journalists Matthew Parris and Andrew Pierce discuss if perspective has been lost. Political editor Nick Robinson reports on the continuing saga of expenses. Correspondent Chris Hogg reports from the South Korean town of Munsan, close to the border with the North, on how the claims have added to the tension that has built up over the pariah state. It used to be that entertainers would spend their whole career working towards getting on television on a Saturday night. Magician Paul Daniels and comedian Jimmy Cricket discuss if instant celebrity, like that found on the Britain's Got Talent final, is a good thing.


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