With James Naughtie and Justin Webb.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Sean Curran and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Indarjit Singh.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament
4/5. Matthew Parris looks at valedictory dispatches from British ambassadors departing their posts, including Nicholas Henderson 's 1979 lament to a Britain in economic decline and losing ground to her European rivals. Producer Andrew Bryson
2/5. Sara Wheeler finds traces of American entrepreneurial drive in the wide spaces of Alaska and visits a bedrock-mapping project on an isolated Canadian island. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
2/3. The Sad Death of Mack the Knife Helmut Kopetzky , a leading German radio producer, tells the story of East German actor
Wolf Kaiser who jumped to his death in 1992, unable to come to terms with post-communist society in Germany. Producer Simon Eimes
Musician Tony Etoria explores the strange world of blackface minstrelsy, the Victorian precursor to TV's Black and White Minstrel Show, and its continuing impact on popular music, dance, comedy and racial stereotypes. Producer Geoff Ballinger
C Through the story of one 175-year-old cymbal, Andrew McGibbon tells the history of the instrument from ancient Assyria to modern percussion essential. Contributors include John Keeble from Spandau Ballet. Producer Nick Romero
Rptd from yesterday at 7pm
2.15 Afternoon Play: Albert's Boy
How can Albert Einstein find a unified theory of everything when he can't match his socks? James Graham 's funny, touching look at the last years of the eccentric genius and the personal grief that prevented him from making that great final breakthrough.
Albert Einstein VictorSpinetti Peter Richard Lainq Producer/Director Peter Kavanagh
6/7. Vanessa Collingridge and the team explore themes from Britain's past based on queries raised by listeners' own historical research. ADDRESS: [address removed] EMAIL: [web address removed] PHONE: [number removed]
1/3. Rachel Atkins reads three extracts from the diaries of Edith Appleton , a nurse working close to the front line during the First World War. It's 1915 and Edie is based at Casualty Clearing Station No 3 near Ypres where she witnesses first hand the horrors of war. In these dark days, small pleasures mean everything and the rare chance to have a bath is most welcome. Abridged by Steven Williams. Producer Joanna Green
New series. 1/4. She came, she saw, she criticised - Jo Caulfield is back with her mixture of bitchy friendliness and foot-in-mouth populism. This week, she is failing to shut up about relationships, love, and Tony Benn. Written by Jo Caulfield and Kevin Anderson. Producer David Tyler
6/10. Some of Britain's police forces are warning of a funding crisis - with staff cuts, stations closing, and parts of the motorway network left unpatrolled. Allan Urry investigates the effects on the frontline and asks whether the police could still do more to deliver better value from the money they get. Producer Ian Muir-Cochrane Repeated on Sunday at 5pm
2/10. Viktor has commissioned modernist architect Rainer von Abt to design his family home, and Liesel's best friend Hana has lost none of her talents to shock. Read by Greta Scacchi. For details see yesterday
4/5. The satirist offers up more comedy, narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Steve Wright with guests including John Humphrys , Ronni Ancona , Jon Cuishaw , Lewis MacLeod , Ewan Bailey and Margaret Cabourn-Smith . Producer Victoria Lloyd
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