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The UK economy was hit incredibly hard by the pandemic and its recovery is not yet complete. The government has said the economy should return to its pre-Covid level at the turn of the year -- earlier than previously thought. But it's still several months after the US reached the same point. In the annual budget announced today, the UK finance mini…
 
Facebook's latest financial results showed better than expected earnings. It comes as the whistleblower Frances Haugen appeared in front of the UK parliament and told MPs that the social media company was "unquestionably making hate worse". Vivienne Nunis asks Imran Ahmed, Chief Executive of the Center for Combating Digital Hate, whether he agrees.…
 
Coca-Cola has been named as the world’s biggest plastic polluter. The drinks company sells over 100 billion throwaway bottles every year. Rob Young asks how we can reduce the amount of plastic we use and is joined by Emma Priestland from the research group Break Free from Plastic. Plus, we get a preview from a special BBC investigation into Coca-Co…
 
The 10 member countries of the ASEAN group of nations, like Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam will hold a summit in Brunei this week. But Tuesday's meeting has already run into controversy, after the group excluded Myanmar, amid concerns about the military rulers undermining democracy. Countries in South East Asia are also wary of taking sides…
 
US officials are warning about China's ambitions in artificial intelligence, saying that the country could come to dominate in the field, giving the country unprecedented military advantage. Chris Meserole, an AI researcher with the Brookings in Washington DC, explains the concern. Also in the programme, we'll have a check-in on the day's trading o…
 
France is to pay low income families €100 each to cushion the impact of rising inflation. Meanwhile the Bank of England's chief economist has warned inflation could hit 5% in the UK in the months ahead. With prices on the rise all over the world as a result of widespread supply chain disruptions and the high cost of energy, we examine the implicati…
 
Shares of WeWork closed up more than 13.49 per cent on Thursday after the company went public through a special purpose acquisition, more than two years after its failed IPO. We hear from Peter Eavis of The New York Times, who has been following the ups and downs of the company.Plus, the Austrian city of Vienna is known for its collection of art ga…
 
A dispute between Brussels and Warsaw threatens to overshadow a summit for EU leaders. A Polish court recently found parts of EU law were incompatible with the country's constitution, and there have been calls from some quarters to withhold EU funds from Poland in response. Anna Wojcik is a researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences and editor of…
 
We go to Brazil where president Jair Bolsonaro is rejecting accusations of prioritising the economy over the health of his people during the height of the covid pandemic - journalist Karla Mendes in Sao Paolo tells us more. Latvia goes in to lockdown as coronavirus cases rise; we hear from Inga Springe, an investigative journalist in the country. F…
 
A Brazilian parliamentary committee is calling for President Bolsonaro to face charges. These would be related to Mr Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Brazilians. We get a sense of Brazil's economic challenges as a result of how Covid ripped through the country, from economist Daniel …
 
Credit Suisse Group is to pay $475 million to American and British authorities to resolve bribery and fraud charges related to a $2 billion scandal overMozambican government-guaranteed loans which came to be known as tuna bonds - they were originally intended to help build up a domestic tuna fishing fleet in the country. A Credit Suisse subsidiary …
 
The UK government wants to phase out gas boilers by 2035, to be replaced by heat pumps. We get a sense of the picture for alternative heating technologies across Europe, and Dr David Glew, head of energy efficiency at Leeds Beckett University in the UK discusses the country's plans. Also in the programme, the BBC's Clare Williamson reports on wheth…
 
Amazon denies allegations that it misled Congress. The retail and tech giant was questioned over claims that it copied other peoples' products, and rigged its search results in India to boost sales of its own branded goods. Plus, we look at Apple's latest offerings - and why so many are disappointed that its big ticket innovations seem few and far …
 
There have been a flurry of announcements of investment in the manufacture of electric cars. Toyota will spend $3.5bn to build car batteries in the United States, while Europe's Stellantis has done a deal with LG to produce battery cells for North America. Meanwhile, Ford is investing $300m to convert a plant in the UK to make electric car componen…
 
Tech giant Apple’s recent privacy changes have piqued the interest of some of its critics for not being as private as advertised – ahead of a slate of new products being launched. China’s economic growth is linked with resilience in the rest of the world – but energy price fluctuations could stifle its growth, as our regular economic commentator Mi…
 
Italy has made it mandatory to prove Covid vaccination, or a negative test, to go to work. Thousands of workers at Trieste port have gone on strike over the mandate, and we get reaction to the new policy from Alessandro Borghese, who is a chef with two restaurants in Milan, and another opening soon in Venice. And with a majority of Italians support…
 
Microsoft is shutting down its social network, LinkedIn, in China, saying having to comply with the Chinese state has become increasingly challenging. It comes after the career-networking site faced questions for blocking the profiles of some journalists.We speak to author Greg Bruno, one of those who has had his profile blocked in China. Plus, Car…
 
Pressure on the global supply chain is making plenty of things much harder to get hold of. President Biden has announced one of America's busiest ports will now work round the clock to help clear a backlog of shipping containers. The shipping industry group BIMCO's chief shipping analyst Peter Sand gives us his assessment of how best to tackle the …
 
Claims that Russia is using the high gas price as a political weapon are "drivel", according to President Vladimir Putin. His comments come as there is now intense focus on the energy markets. Bitcoin consumes a lot of energy and China's banning of the mining of the cryptocurrency has prompted what some have called the great mining migration. Alex …
 
The International Energy Agency has called for trillions of investment in clean energy. It argues that it is the only way that the world's climate targets can be met. Tim Gould is chief energy economist at the IEA and talks us through its latest World Energy Outlook, and we get reaction from Simon Harrison, head of strategy at consultancy Mott MacD…
 
The UK's largest commercial port says the supply chain crisis has caused a logjam of shipping containers. The Port of Felixstowe, which handles 36% of the UK's freight container traffic, blamed the busy pre-Christmas period and haulage shortages. In Shenzhen, China, two tropical storms in quick succession and covid lockdowns have caused a bottlenec…
 
The UN Secretary General has urged the world to inject money directly to Afghanistan. Leaders of the G20 nations are meeting virtually on Tuesday to discuss a worsening economic situation in the country, and Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, explains the work his organisation is doing there. And Mohib Iqbal, who worke…
 
We've heard about soaring gas prices, rising food prices, and now oil prices are also on the way up and have just topped their highest level in three years. We ask David Shepherd, energy editor at the Financial Times to explain what's been happening. Plus independent economist Peter Jankovsis brings us the latest from the financial markets.…
 
This year's Nobel prize for economics has been shared by three recipients. David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens were awarded the prize for their use of "natural experiments" to understand how economic policy and other events connect. Professor Card, of UC Berkeley, tells us about his work. Also in the programme, with high energy prices leadi…
 
New South Wales' largest city emerges from a lockdown lasting more than three months - we hear about the impact on the economy from Sarah Hunter at BIS Oxford Economics in Sydney. Patrick Edmond of avation consultants Altair Advisory looks back on 75 years of Alitalia as the Italian flagship airline makes its last flight this week. Fabian Bolin of …
 
An agreed global minimum 15% corporate tax rate draws closer as Ireland signs up. Dr Brian Keenan is director of public policy at Chartered Accountants Ireland and discusses the background to the latest developments. Also in the programme, the BBC's Thomas Naadi reports on the problem of discarded 'fast fashion' clothing items from western countrie…
 
An intervention by Russia led to falls in the price of European gas, after steep hikes. Chris Weafer is chief executive of the Moscow-based consultancy Macro Advisory, and tells us what Russia is seeking in return. And we look at the wider global energy situation with Ellen Fraser of Baringa Partners. Also in the programme, an announcement that Pre…
 
Addressing his party conference, UK leader Boris Johnson called for higher worker wages. The speech came against a backdrop of widespread fuel shortages in recent weeks, and concerns about a lack of workers to pick crops and slaughter animals. We assess the prospects for Mr Johnson's vision with the independent economist Julian Jessop, and Kate Bel…
 
Frances Haugen, who worked at Facebook, told a US Senate committee that she believed the company had put its profits first when executives knew what harm its platform could do to children and democracy. Facebook has pushed back against claims. We get details from Kari Paul, technology reporter, Guardian US. Also in the programme, the electric car g…
 
Following an extended outage of Facebook services we hear about the impact on businesses. And we examine the wider implications of the problems faced by WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, with Dan Cooper, senior editor at Engadget. Also in the programme, for four days in a row, Chinese warplanes have flown close to Taiwan. The island's president Tsa…
 
Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram appear to be recovering after an outage that lasted almost six hours. All three services are owned by Facebook and could not be accessed over the web or on smartphone apps. We get the details from the BBC's James Clayton. Plus independent analyst, Peter Jankovskis brings us the latest from the …
 
A former Facebook employee behind a series of bombshell leaks has revealed her identity. We hear from Frances Haugen, who was interviewed on Sunday by CBS. We also get an assessment of whether Facebook prioritises profits over safety from Dr Victoria Baines, visiting fellow in cybersecurity at Bournemouth University, who previously worked at the so…
 
The documents expose the offshore dealings of presidents, royalty and prime ministers. Our reporter Andy Verity, who's been combing through the thousands of papers, tells us more about what they contain.Ahead of a key Opec meeting on Monday, members are under pressure to address the rapidly growing oil price. Our regular commentator - economist Mic…
 
The Democrats can't agree on the size of a separate social spending plan, which is holding up the vote. We get the latest from Nancy Marshall-Genzer, senior reporter at Marketplace, our sister programme on American public radio.And as chess's governing body Fide announces a sponsorship deal for the women's game with breast enlargement company Motiv…
 
Vaccinated Australians can start travelling abroad from November, ending an 18-month ban. Anthony Dennis is travel editor for the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age and several other publications, and tells us why the government of Australia has made this move now. Also in the programme, Thailand is also easing restrictions from today, halving th…
 
The US Congress has til midnight to approve spending plans to avoid a government shutdown. At the same time, Democratic lawmakers are trying to expand the national debt limit ahead of a mid-October deadline, as well as approve a multi-trillion dollar spending programme. Lauren Fedor talks us through the complex legislative process. And the BBC's Ro…
 
A study reveals that 42 countries have potentially unsustainable debt exposure to China. Author and columnist Gordon Chang tells us about the research from the AidData lab at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Also in the programme, US banking giant Citigroup is in court in New York to argue for the return of more than half a billion dollar…
 
There have been widespread power outages across China as the country lacks coal. James Mayger is China economy editor for Bloomberg in Beijing, and explains the background to the problems. Also in the programme, the BBC's Victoria Craig reports on how climate change became one of the key issues in the recent German federal election, and meets some …
 
Covid-19 is set to prompt radical long term changes to how we live and work, so what lessons can be learnt when we eventually emerge from the pandemic? Could the changes in the way we work herald higher productivity and happier people in the future?We hear the stories of the people who managed to thrive during a very difficult year, including the m…
 
Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy supporter Jimmy Lai has been charged with fraud. We hear from Mr Lai in his last interview before being detained, and get a sense of the mood for businesses in the city from Mike Bird of the Wall Street Journal. Also in the programme, Ivana Davidovic reports on China's war against food waste. China's leader …
 
Indian classical music is an art form that’s been in the making for thousands of years and has exponentially grown in popularity, seeing a 70% increase in people taking exams in the UK alone. First mentioned in its simplest form in the Hindu scriptures known as the vedas, some 3,500 years ago, we tell the story of how the music has educated and lib…
 
In 1927 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein created Ol’ Man River to bind their breakthrough Broadway musical Show Boat. Giving it an almighty showstopper. Audiences were carried away as ‘Joe’, the ordinary black labourer, took centre stage to sing of toil and suffering in the land of cotton along the banks of the Mississippi. From the beginning it t…
 
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