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The economist and historian Lord Skidelsky and his son Edward, a philosopher at Exeter University, have explored the question of wealth and morals in a book entitled How Much Is Enough?

Speaking to the Today programme, Lord Skidelsky said that "capitalist civilisation has unleashed greed from its traditional moral constraint".

"There's a strong tendency to always want more... but there is a point we can say that's enough," Edward Skidelsky told John Humphrys.

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Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, has written a new poem in honour of the inaugural Dinefwr Literature Festival in Carmarthenshire.

The poem celebrates the white cattle of Dinefwr Park whose ancestry dates back the 10th Century.

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The Women's Library in east London has the oldest and most extensive collection of writing by women and about women in Europe.

It is facing an uncertain future as it needs to find a new home and will be broken up if it does not find one.

Nicola Stanbridge looks through the collection that has been documenting women's lives through the ages.

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Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has said that he shook hands with the Queen "to extend a hand of friendship, peace and reconciliation" to unionists in the region.

"Both of us entered the project with good grace," he told John Humphrys, "it was a very powerful message about where we need to go."

When asked by John Humphrys why he was referring to Her Majesty as the Queen and no longer as Mrs Windsor, he explained that "when people are gracious and step up to the plate we have to reciprocate".

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What can be done to change the culture of risk on UK banks' trading floors?

Peter McNamara, former head of personal banking at Lloyds, told the Today programme that the power of the aggressive, brash investment bankers has come to dominate banking.

Economist and FT columnist John Kay said that people now want their banks to be "boring".

Following the Libor scandal at Barclays, we have reached a point where root and branch reform of UK banks is now possible, he said.

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The Today programme has uncovered details of payments totalling £500,000 made to a senior NHS hospital manager attached to a confidentiality agreement so strict he cannot even talk about its existence.

The former chairman of the NHS trust involved describes it as a super gag and says this money was paid in return for the manager's silence on an issue of patient safety.

Andrew Hosken reports.

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The Financial Services Authority (FSA) says banks mis-sold specialist insurance on loans known as interest rate swaps to thousands of small businesses.

The FSA's Martin Wheatley told the Today programme that these are complex products that should not have been in the hands of small businesses.

"Some of these small business have gone out of business," he said.

"A large number of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) are finding themselves in financial distress because of the products they bought to protect themselves."

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Liberia is a country rich in natural resources - iron ore, gold and diamonds - but years of civil war mean many of the country's mines lay idle.

Now, international mining companies are returning. The first to do so - the steel company Arcelor Mittal - reopened the largest iron ore mine at Yekepa in the Nimba mountains a few years ago.

When it recently started exporting iron ore for the first time, it produced a glossy book proclaiming that it was "committed to an investment to rebuild the country's social and community infrastructure for the long term".

Sarah Montague investigates whether the promise of newfound wealth is bearing fruit.

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In the mid-1970s, a book came out which claimed that a failed attempt had been made in the early 1960s to blackmail Edward Heath, then a Conservative Cabinet minister, into working for the Czech Secret Service.

The BBC's Gordon Corera investigates whether the claims add up.

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David Cameron is set to call for a wider debate about welfare, arguing the current system promotes a "something for nothing" culture of entitlement.

In a speech in Kent, the prime minister will say that many of his ideas for change are for the next Conservative manifesto not the coalition government.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says the coalition is currently engaged in "possibly the most radical and wide-ranging welfare reform in a generation".

Speaking to the Today presenter Evan Davis, he said the prime minister's speech would be "posing the question" as to what degree a person should have an automatic right to housing below the age of 25.

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