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Mental health in Africa

November 21st, 2019


One of the continent's most neglected issues is finally getting some attention. Africa is affected by mental illness just like everywhere else, but with the added challenges associated with past civil wars and poverty, …

The fight over the Parthenon Marbles

November 20th, 2019


Greece hopes to regain the ancient sculptures from the British Museum, which were taken from Athens two centuries ago by the Earl of Elgin.

Tamasin …

Africa's tech hub explosion

November 19th, 2019


What impact has it had on the continent's tech startup scene? Tamasin Ford speaks to Bosun Tijani, founder of the CcHub in Lagos, about why tech hubs have been so important in driving innovation in recent years, and …

The scramble for Nollywood

November 18th, 2019


The international companies investing in Nigerian cinema. France's Canal+ and streaming giant Netflix are among those who see potential for …

Live long and prosper?

November 15th, 2019


The longevity industry aims to let everyone enjoy a healthy, active life well past the age of 100. But the question everyone will be asking is... will it happen in my lifetime?

Manuela Saragosa reports from the Longevity …

Quantum computers: What are they good for?

November 14th, 2019


Google claims to have achieved a major breakthrough with "quantum supremacy". But what could quantum computers actually do, and how soon will they be …

The ethics of AI

November 13th, 2019


One of the world's top thinkers on artificial intelligence, tells us why we should be cautious but not terrified at the prospect of computers that …

The billionaires who want to pay more tax

November 12th, 2019


Liesel Pritzker Simmons and her husband Ian Simmons are billionaires who come from successful US business families. Liesel's family is best known for …

Who wants to be a billionaire?

November 11th, 2019


Should the richest be taxed out of existence? Manuela Saragosa hears from Emmanuel Saez, a US-based French economist advising US presidential hopeful …

Fake me an influencer

November 8th, 2019


The murky world of fake Instagram followers, fake comments, fake likes. Edwin Lane turns to the dark side in his quest for more followers for his …

Make me an influencer

November 7th, 2019


How hard is it to make money on Instagram? Ed Butler hears from successful influencer Laura Strange, who makes a living from her Gluten-free food …

The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

November 6th, 2019


Brittany Kaiser was one of the whistleblowers who brought down her former employer, Cambridge Analytica. She helped to expose how the data analysis …

The world's youngest Nobel-winning economist

November 5th, 2019


Esther Duflo discusses her work on the economics of poverty, for which she won this year's Nobel prize, along with her husband Abhijit Banerjee and …

A hydro-powered Bitcoin boom in Georgia

November 4th, 2019


How hydroelectric dams are powering cryptocurrency mining on the eastern edge of Europe. Ed Butler travels to Georgia to visit the Bitcoin mines benefiting from cheap electricity and tax benefits.

(Photo: A hydroelectric …

Tweaking your face

November 1st, 2019


How social media is fueling the modern cosmetic surgery industry. The BBC's Regan Morris visits a Botox party in Los Angeles and Sarah Treanor investigates a cosmetic surgery industry event in London. Researcher Matt …

The cancer scammers

October 31st, 2019


How social media is being used to target cancer patients with fake cures. Tamasin Ford hears from cancer bloggers dealing with a flood of 'snake oil' salespeople. A former naturopathic doctor Britt Marie Hermes gives …

The diverse economy of the Lone Star State

October 30th, 2019


Texas is the second-largest state economy in the United States and if it were a country it would be the 11th largest in the world. Although it …

Can airlines pivot fully to biofuels?

October 29th, 2019


As pressure grows on airlines to reduce their climate change impact, and “flight shame” grows among people concerned about their own impact, ever more research is being put into alternative, “cleaner” sources of fuel. …

Goodbye Super Mario

October 28th, 2019


This week marks a changing of the guard at the European Central Bank, one of the world’s most important financial institutions. The bank, under the stewardship of outgoing president Mario Draghi, was instrumental in …

A meatless future?

October 25th, 2019


The food we'll be eating in the future may look the same, it may even taste the same, but it may well have been grown in a lab. In today's programme …

Industry awards - worth the effort?

October 24th, 2019


Does coming second in a prestigious professional competition still boost the bottom line? Is it worth the time, money and emotional investment?

Manuela Saragosa visits Pied-a-Terre, a one-star Michelin restaurant, and …

What is the Green New Deal?

October 23rd, 2019


The radical plan to transform the economy and tackle climate change has taken off in Washington DC, with the backing of the left-wing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, as well as most of the Democratic candidates …

Bringing Uber back to Earth

October 22nd, 2019


Investors are losing faith in Uber's promise of rapid growth and market disruption, and are demanding to see actual profits. Oracle's founder Larry Ellison has gone as far as to describe the transport app company as …

The business case for sleep

October 21st, 2019


The demands of the working day and our 24-hour economy mean many of us don't get the recommended seven to eight hours sleep a night.

Experts say all that sleep deprivation comes at an economic cost. Manuela Saragosa …

Is the sun setting on Saudi oil?

October 18th, 2019


Is the Saudi state oil company Aramco finalising its much-delayed share offering just as financial markets are losing faith in the future of fossil …

Concrete's dirty secret

October 17th, 2019


Cement and concrete have one of the biggest carbon footprints of any industry, and eliminating it is no easy task.

By volume concrete is the most …

How China slam-dunked the NBA

October 16th, 2019


Does the China-NBA bust-up mean that the Chinese are falling out of love with US basketball - and US business in general?

One thoughtless tweet in support of Hong Kong protestors by Daryl Morey, general manager of the …

Is the West really meritocratic?

October 15th, 2019


We hear the arguments of leading US academic and author, Daniel Markovits, whose book The Meritocracy Trap argues that meritocracy in the United States and other Western free-market economies is a myth that fuels …

How to be angry

October 14th, 2019


From hotheads to curmudgeons, is anger always bad for business? Can anger management techniques help? Or should we put our wrath to profitable use?

The vaping scare and big tobacco

October 11th, 2019


Why health concerns over vaping is bad for cigarette companies. In the US hundreds of illnesses and even some deaths have been linked to vaping. That's bad news for a tobacco industry looking for a long-term replacement …

Losing your mind at work

October 10th, 2019


On World Mental Health Day, we hear the experiences of people who've suffered a mental health breakdown at work, and ask what employers can do to support them. We hear from Ian Stuart, the UK CEO of the global bank …

Why whistleblowers need protection

October 9th, 2019


A new EU directive grants new legal rights to those reporting corporate and government misbehaviour.

Ed Butler asks David Lewis, professor of employment law at Middlesex University, how significant the new legal …

Choose your own pay

October 8th, 2019


What happens when a company lets its employees decide what their salaries should be? Will anyone ask to be paid less?

A number of tech companies are …

The George Soros conspiracy

October 7th, 2019


Why one financier is the target of a global conspiracy theory. Manuela Saragosa speaks to the BBC's Mike Rudin, who made a recent documentary on the Soros conspiracy, and to Joe Uscinski, associate professor of …

End of the road for US truckers?

October 4th, 2019


Truck drivers and the robots that could replace them. Jahd Khalil visits a truck stop in the US state of Virginia to find out why there's a chronic …

The right to repair

October 3rd, 2019


Why is it so hard to fix your own things? Ed Butler speaks to those campaigning for manufacturers to make it easier for us to fix our electronics goods - everything from tractors to smartphones. Clare Seek runs a Repair …

The search for sustainable fabric

October 2nd, 2019


Modern textiles are environmentally problematic. Cotton needs gallons of water to produce, while polyester comes from crude oil. So could organic …

The onward march of Chinese debt

October 1st, 2019


Is the rapid build up of consumer and corporate credit a threat to China's economic wellbeing?

On the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, Ed Butler asks whether the increasing dependence on debt of …

Brexit and the currency speculators

September 30th, 2019


Some traders are betting on the UK crashing out of the EU without a divorce agreement. Should we be concerned that they wield too much political …

WeWork and the cult of the CEO

September 27th, 2019


How WeWork's Adam Neumann lost his job after a disastrous attempt to list the company on the stock market. Manuela Saragosa speaks to the Wall Street Journal's Eliot Brown about the charisma of Adam Neumann and how it …

Climate Action: Should we plant more trees?

September 26th, 2019


Ed Butler speaks to Professor Tom Crowther from the Swiss university ETH Zurich, who says planting billions of trees around the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle climate change. Marcelo Guimaraes, …

Climate Action: The moral imperative

September 25th, 2019


What is our ethical duty to eliminate carbon emissions? Was Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg right to express such anger at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York this week?

Justin Rowlatt asks leading moral …

Climate Action: Uninhabitable Earth

September 24th, 2019


Just how bad will it get if the world fails to get to grips with climate change?

On day two of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, Justin Rowlatt speaks to David Wallace-Wells, author of the apocalyptic book …

Climate Action: Greta Thunberg's mission

September 23rd, 2019


The Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg explains how she aims to get the world's governments gathered for the UN Climate Action Summit in New …

The future of Facebook

September 20th, 2019


What next for the social media giant? Jane Wakefield speaks to one former mentor of Mark Zuckerberg, and a British member of parliament about what changes Facebook needs to make after data scandals and concerns over its …

Robot race cars and AI

September 19th, 2019


What robots driving cars can tell us about artificial intelligence. Ed Butler speaks to Bryn Balcombe, chief strategy officer of the autonomous …

Trading tinned fish and powdered milk

September 18th, 2019


How economies spring up in extreme places from refugee camps to prisons. Ed Butler speaks to economist Richard Davies, author of a new book called Extreme Economies, who describes the economic activity in extreme …

Whom should the corporation serve?

September 17th, 2019


Should shareholders come first? Or should companies also serve their employees, customers, and society in general?

Ed Butler explores the growing …

Africa's mobile credit revolution

September 16th, 2019


Will the roll out of online lending stimulate economic boom or just a credit binge in Africa?

Ed Butler speaks to many of the businesspeople providing …

The cost of sending money home

September 13th, 2019


Why it's time to start paying attention to the global remittances industry. Ed Butler speaks to Monica, a nurse from the Philippines working in the …

The cannabidiol craze

September 12th, 2019


The cannabis extract CBD or cannabidiol is legal in many countries, and now it's finding its way into everything from soaps to cosmetics. But is it …

Going after Google

September 11th, 2019


The attorneys general of 48 out of the 50 US states have come together to challenge the control of the search giant over what we buy or view online.

Tackling the male fertility crisis

September 10th, 2019


Sperm counts worldwide have been in steady decline for decades, and a group of tech start-ups are finally giving the problem attention.

Manuela Saragosa speaks to the heads of two such companies: Tom Smith of Dadi Inc, …

The world is running out of sand

September 9th, 2019


The global construction boom is fuelling an illegal trade in sand used to make concrete, causing environmental degradation and spawning sand mafias in parts of the world. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Prem Mahadevan of the …

Can technology read minds?

September 6th, 2019


The business of brain data. Real-life mind-reading technology is being developed right now, and it's already being used in places like China. Ed …

Brand Britain and Brexit

September 5th, 2019


What the rest of the world makes of the UK's Brexit crisis. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Jane Foley, head of foreign exchange strategy at Rabobank, …

The hipster company that wants to save the world

September 4th, 2019


Is WeWork an exciting new tech firm with lofty ideals worth $47bn, or is it just an over-priced office rental business?

Manuela Saragosa speaks to two sceptics. Rett Wallace of investment advisory firm Triton says the …

Air pollution gets personal

September 3rd, 2019


Can a greater understanding of how poor air quality harms us, enable us to tackle this urgent problem?

Jane Wakefield meets British artist Michael Pinsky and explores an interactive art instillation mimicking the air of …

Hollywood vs Netflix

September 2nd, 2019


How are movie producers making money in the age of online streaming? In Hollywood, if you produce a hit show or blockbuster movie, a cut of the …

Can we trust Rwanda's data?

August 30th, 2019


Is Rwanda's economic success story really all it's cracked up to be? Ed Butler speaks to Tom Wilson, east Africa correspondent at the Financial Times, about some supposedly dodgy statistics behind the economic miracle, …

Dying for insulin in the USA

August 29th, 2019


Why do Americans have to pay so much for this life-saving drug? There are reports of some uninsured diabetics dying as a consequence. Even the health insurers and drug manufacturers say the pricing system is broken.

How can women take charge of their finances?

August 28th, 2019


Is the wealth management industry still too geared towards male clients? And how do women plan their finances in countries where they don't even have an equal right to inherit?

Katie Prescott explores the financial …

Why not buy Greenland?

August 27th, 2019


What does Donald Trump's shock proposal to buy the island from Denmark tells us about modern-day sovereignty and Arctic geopolitics?

Manuela Saragosa …

The challenges facing Syrian refugees in Turkey

August 23rd, 2019


As authorities in Istanbul start evicting undocumented migrants from their city, we look at the challenges facing Syrians generally in Turkey. …

Ecommerce in Africa - still finding its way

August 21st, 2019


Will Jumia and other online retailers overcome a lack of infrastructure, wealth and consumer trust to conquer the African market?

Jumia is widely seen by investors as Africa's answer to Amazon and Alibaba. It launched …

Helping Africa feed itself

August 20th, 2019


Much of east Africa has the potential to be a food basket for the region. But 250 million Africans remain undernourished and many depend on international food aid. That aid is often tied to donor countries export plans, …

The singing president who disappeared

August 20th, 2019


Turkmenistan's authoritarian president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow mysteriously vanished for a few weeks, while his country faced economic crisis. Then …

Are stock buybacks a corporate scam?

August 16th, 2019


Share buybacks are when a publicly-listed company uses some of its spare cash to buy up shares in itself, in order to drive the share price up and …

Has 3D printing met the hype?

August 15th, 2019


A few years back 3D printing was seen as the ground-breaking technology that promised a new industrial revolution. The revolution has not arrived …

Should workers be offered unlimited paid leave?

August 14th, 2019


A new idea has emerged in the business world over the last few years: maybe employees should take time off whenever they feel like it, and get paid …

Vanuatu's sacred drink

August 13th, 2019


Kava is a traditional drink that's popular across the Pacific. It's made from the root of the Kava plant. Proponents say it's a recreational beverage …

Radical toilets

August 12th, 2019


What can music festivals teach us about toilet technology? Vivienne Nunis tries out some portaloos at a music festival in the UK and asks if the same …

A Brexit game of chicken

August 9th, 2019


Is the UK's government really serious about a 'no-deal' Brexit? Ed Butler speaks to Brexit blogger Professor Chris Grey and Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, about what Prime Minister Boris …

How to be ambitious

August 8th, 2019


We hear about the negative effects ambition can have, and the tools you need to relieve them, with Neel Burton of Oxford University. Author Rachel …

The smart home hype

August 7th, 2019


Has technology really made our homes better? Ed Butler talks to Henry Shepherd from the company Cornflake, which installs high-end smart home systems …

Vanuatu's missing women

August 6th, 2019


What happens when a country has an all-male parliament? Vanuatu is one of only three countries on the planet with zero female elected representatives. We find out why only men win votes in Vanuatu and what that means …

Sunscreen under the microscope

August 5th, 2019


Sunscreen is a multi-billion dollar industry. We’ve long been encouraged to apply it daily, to block out the sun’s rays. But one dermatologist argues …

A global gig economy

August 2nd, 2019


Are freelancing sites threatening worker's rights? Manuela Saragosa and Edwin Lane investigate the rise of platforms like Upwork, which allow anyone in the world with an internet connection to become a gig economy …

Gas-Powered Politics

August 1st, 2019


America's fracking revolution has made the US the world's largest oil and gas producer and that's had political consequences the world over. Manuela …

A Lesson in Pioneering Education

July 31st, 2019


We look at the disruptive models of educating young minds across the globe. Is traditional schooling, the detailed study of literature, history, and …

Can our planet afford meat?

July 30th, 2019


A battle between the US and Latin American producers has ensued, to feed an increasingly beef-hungry world – mostly people in Asia. We assess who is dominating the meat market – and if our planet can afford to keep the …

When a work colleague dies

July 29th, 2019


How companies and staff deal with death at work. Manuela Saragosa hears from Carina, an employee at a global marketing company who saw the mistakes …

Are we too scared of nuclear energy?

July 26th, 2019


The world needs sources of low-carbon fuel, so why are we so afraid of nuclear energy? Justin Rowlatt speaks to Geraldine Thomas, professor of …

The truth about natural gas

July 25th, 2019


A bridge to a renewable future or just hot air? The energy industry touts natural gas as the cleanest of all fossil fuels and a bridge to a renewable …

Britain's Brexit saviour?

July 24th, 2019


Boris Johnson has promised to get the UK out of the European Union by 31 October,"do or die" - but can the incoming Prime Minister deliver anything more than gusto?

Andrew Rosindell thinks so. The Conservative Member of …

The death of Venice?

July 23rd, 2019


Many Venetians say cruise ships and tourist hordes are killing their city - almost literally after one gigantic liner crashed into the harbour on 2 June.

Manuela Saragosa speaks to the activists fighting back: Tommaso …

Is air traffic control fit for purpose?

July 22nd, 2019


Our system for keeping planes in the sky dates back to the 1940s, and still relies on a patchwork of national authorities using radar and VHF radio.

Life on Mars

July 19th, 2019


What are the obstacles are for a permanent base on the Red Planet? Ed Butler puts that question to Dennis Bushnell, the chief scientist at Nasa's Langley Research facility. He also hears from Ariel Ekblaw, the founder …

Rome: Drowning in rubbish

July 18th, 2019


The Italian capital is in the midst of a waste management crisis as mountains of uncollected rubbish are left to rot on the eternal city's streets. …

Why has Italy fallen out of love with the euro?

July 17th, 2019


Italy's economy remains in the doldrums, with many Italians blaming the European single currency. Meanwhile the Italian populist government has taken …

A degree from a screen?

July 16th, 2019


As more of daily life gets taken over by technology, we ask what technology’s place is in the future of education. Pearson, the world's largest …

Banning foreign home buyers - the New Zealand experiment

July 15th, 2019


It’s been a year since New Zealand put all but a stop to foreigners buying houses. The near-total ban followed years of astonishing price increases - …

How will China's credit binge end?

July 12th, 2019


Hasty borrowing by Chinese consumers and corporates may leave the country's economy with a debt hangover.

That's the contention of independent China economist Andy Xie. Business Daily's Ed Butler asks him whether …

The US consumer debt pile

July 11th, 2019


Payday loans, auto loans and student loans are overwhelming a sector of American society - what can be done to help them dig their way out of their debts?

Ed Butler speaks to Dean, a military veteran who says his debts …

Brand Rainbow

July 10th, 2019


From Pride-inspired cappuccinos to LGBT supermarket sandwiches, you can’t walk down the street in some cities without seeing the multi-coloured …

The economics of Indian cricket

July 9th, 2019


With the Cricket World Cup reaching its final stages we look at the current state of the sport in India.

In this episode presented by Rahul Tandon, …

Should we be ashamed of flying?

July 8th, 2019


The aviation industry is one of the world's biggest contributors to climate change - but does a social movement begun in Sweden now threaten to stigmatise air travel?

It's called "flygskam", and Manuela Saragosa speaks …

Hong Kong crisis: The business impact

July 5th, 2019


After a controversial extradition law sparked mass protests, is Hong Kong's position as a global financial centre under threat? Vivienne Nunis speaks to business owners in Hong Kong about the recent protests, hedge fund …

The truth about cookies

July 4th, 2019


Should you let websites track your online movements? Vivienne Nunis speaks to Frederike Kaltheuner from Privacy International and investigates the …

Fast fashion: The ugly side of looking good

July 3rd, 2019


The hunger for quick short-lived clothes is bringing garment sweatshops back to the UK and harming the environment. Katie Prescott travels to Leicester, the British city whose garment factories claimed to "clothe the …

Isolating Iran

July 2nd, 2019


New sanctions from the Trump administration are forcing European and Asian firms to choose between their US and Iranian business interests.

The EU has created a special purpose vehicle called Instex to circumvent the US …

Money management for millennials

July 1st, 2019


The financial literacy gap. Manuela Saragosa talks to US podcaster and writer Gaby Dunn about why millennials like her are so bad with money. Regan Morris hears the stories of young coffee shop workers in Los Angeles, …

Making money out of music festivals

June 28th, 2019


It's not as easy as it looks. Dominic O'Connell reports from the biggest festival in the world Glastonbury, which kicks off this weekend. Manuela Saragosa hears from music industry analyst Chris Cooke on the growth in …

Shutting down the internet

June 27th, 2019


Governments in Africa and elsewhere are routinely shutting off the iInternet in the name of national security. It is having a significant economic impact. Ed Butler speaks to Dr Dawit Bekele, bureau director for Africa …

Protecting kids from porn

June 26th, 2019


The UK plans to introduce compulsory age verification for anyone in the country to access online porn - but is this a good way of restricting …

Get a job?

June 25th, 2019


Is unemployment in the developed world so low because people have simply given up on finding work? Ed Butler speaks to economist Danny Blanchflower …

Life in an unrecognised state

June 24th, 2019


How do you do business with the rest of the world when nobody officially accepts that your nation state even exists? Rob Young looks at the struggles facing unrecognised breakaway states such as Abkhazia, Transnistria …

The Facebook currency

June 21st, 2019


Why Facebook's Libra project will attract the attention of regulators. Rob Young hears from the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones …

The next agricultural revolution

June 19th, 2019


We need to transform the way we grow food if we are to head off disaster - so say leading agronomists. But can it be done?

The modern agricultural …

Istanbul's vexed elections

June 19th, 2019


The Turkish commercial capital must vote again for a new mayor after March's election result was overturned by the government.

Ed Butler visits the …

Hostile environment for immigrants

June 17th, 2019


The attitude towards immigration in Europe and America is hardening under a wave of populist politics, and businesses are finding that despite labour …

The next financial crisis

June 13th, 2019


It's more than a decade since the global financial crisis. Central banks have pumped trillions of dollars into the financial system to support …

The global trade in trash

June 10th, 2019


Asian countries have told the West to stop dumping its plastic waste on them - and it could spell the end of the recycling industry. China imposed a …

Oil, guns and pollution

June 5th, 2019


The Niger Delta is Africa's biggest oil producing region. It has also become a security and environmental nightmare thanks to dozens of spills and theft by armed rebels.

Oil and gas giant Shell has long been criticised …

Is it time to tax robots?

June 4th, 2019


With ever more jobs at risk of automation, should the automatons be taxed the same as humans?

Ed Butler speaks to Dr Carl Frey of the Oxford Martin …

Jobs for prisoners

May 31st, 2019


The challenge of getting ex-offenders back into work. Vivienne Nunis hears from Lester Young Jr, an ex-offender in the US where low-paid work for prisoners is commonplace, while Daniel Gallas reports from Brazil where …

Is Google too big?

May 29th, 2019


Is the search engine's share of our attention and our data too dominant, and should regulators step in and break their business up? Ed Butler gets to …

Romantic fraud

May 28th, 2019


The cruel multi-million-dollar business of scamming lonely hearts out of their money by posing online as the perfect lover.

Vishala Sri-Pathma speaks …

Europe votes for uncertainty

May 27th, 2019


Election results leave the European parliament more fragmented than ever. The greens, liberals and far right are up. The traditional left and right, …

India election: Modi's report card

May 24th, 2019


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, in …

The plastic in the ocean

May 23rd, 2019


Why plastic ends up there and how to stop it. Stephen Ryan reports from the Ganges - a major source of plastic that ends up in the oceans. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Dr Hannah Ritchie of the Oxford University Martin …

The trillion dollar coach

May 22nd, 2019


What Silicon Valley titans learned from an American football coach. Despite a fairly unspectacular career with the Columbia University college …

Education for all

May 21st, 2019


How can educators ensure that every child in the world - and particularly every girl - has access to a decent school? And how should the curriculum …

The meat-free burger

May 20th, 2019


Can a burger help save the planet? The Business Daily team try out the plant-based burger designed to convert meat eaters. Dr Marco Springmann from Oxford University explains why eating less meat can help slow climate …

A new port in India

May 17th, 2019


India's bid to capture a slice of global shipping. The east-west shipping line off the southern coast of India carries around 30% of the world's cargo. As container ships get bigger, the Kerala state government wants to …

The magic money tree

May 16th, 2019


Should governments spend more money? 'Modern monetary theory' or MMT is gaining traction, particularly in the US. It says governments should worry …

Climbing the student debt mountain

May 15th, 2019


Could a new scheme alleviate the crippling cost of university fees for young Americans, who have already accumulated a trillion and a half dollars in …

The cyber arms race

May 14th, 2019


Was the NotPetya attack, that struck Ukraine and then the world in 2016, a portend of potentially devastating cyber-wars in the future?

Ed Butler goes back to ground zero of that sophisticated cyber attack to speak to …

The coming floods

May 13th, 2019


With the sea level rising and storms strengthening thanks to climate change, will much of the world's most valuable real estate find itself underwater?

Justin Rowlatt visits London's main line of defence against the sea …

Disabled on Wall Street

May 10th, 2019


Getting more disabled people into the workforce. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Rich Donovan, a trader who forged a successful career on Wall Street with …

Rebuilding an economy after two cyclones

May 9th, 2019


In Mozambique, Cyclones Idai and Kenneth did tremendous damage to the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in March and April. The country is …

India's caste quota controversy

May 8th, 2019


Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tinkering with the reservation system nothing more than a bid to grab votes in the general election?

India has long had a system of positive discrimination to enable people from lower …

Netflix moves into Africa

May 7th, 2019


The video streaming service Netflix has announced a major push into Africa, with original series commissioned from around the continent.

Netflix had already commissioned its first Nigerian original movie with 2018’s …

The price of bread

May 6th, 2019


This global food staple used to account for half of some people's income. Dr Kaori O’Connor a food anthropologist at University College, London, …

The value of domestic work

May 3rd, 2019


Housework and caring - is technology about to transform this essential but overlooked part of the economy?

Manuela Saragosa speaks to Ai-Jen Poo, …

A four-day week?

May 2nd, 2019


The campaign for a four-day working week is gaining traction, particularly in the UK. Manuela Saragosa hears from Lorraine Gray, operations director …

The mega factory that never was

May 1st, 2019


Foxconn is causing a political headache for President Trump, as the Taiwanese manufacturer fails to deliver on a promise to build a 13,000-employee …

What young Indians want

April 30th, 2019


As India holds elections, getting decent jobs is top of the agenda for most young voters, as the BBC's Rahul Tandon discovers.

Most Indians still live …

Youtube: Cracking down on crackpots

April 29th, 2019


What does the video-sharing site needs to do in order to stop inadvertently promoting dangerous conspiracy theories and extremist content?

Alex Jones's InfoWars channel (pictured) - which among other things propagated …

When computer glitches ruin lives

April 26th, 2019


Imagine losing your home, your job or your reputation, all because of a computer error. We speak to people who say that's exactly what happened to them.

Kim Duncan and her children lost their family home in the US after …

The global affordable housing crisis

April 25th, 2019


Do rent controls and the expropriation of apartment blocks provide an answer to the increasing cost of housing in the rich world?

Such radical …

Pricing in climate change

April 24th, 2019


Are markets and companies beginning to grasp the threat of global warming? Ed Butler speaks to Meryam Omi, head of sustainability and responsible investment strategy at Legal and General, a major investor, about …

The true cost of periods

April 23rd, 2019


Periods. We rarely talk about them but half the world's population will have to manage menstruation for a good chunk of their lives.

For some women, …

TED2019: Facebook, Twitter and democracy

April 22nd, 2019


Jane Wakefield reports from the Ted conference in Vancouver.

(Photo: Social media app icons, Credit: Getty Images)

TED2019: Space junk, rockets and aliens

April 19th, 2019


Jane Wakefield reports from the TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, on the businesses shooting for the stars. Chief Executive of Rocket Lab Peter Beck shares his concerns about the amount of space junk being left in …

Should prostitution be a normal profession?

April 18th, 2019


What's the best way to help sex workers? We hear the cases for full decriminalisation, versus abolition of what's often dubbed the world's oldest …

Pakistan's young entrepreneurs

April 17th, 2019


How the country’s young businesses are making a mark in fashion, beauty, music and tech.

Vivienne Nunis speaks to Humayun Haroon, co-founder of digital music platform Patari; Shameelah Ismail, chief executive of GharPar, …

The death of the local newspaper

April 16th, 2019


How the decline of the local newspaper industry is affecting democracy. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Ken Doctor, former newspaper man and now analyst at his own company Newsanomics, about the scale of decline in local …

WhatsApp in India

April 15th, 2019


Are fake news and rumours still proliferating on Whatsapp in India? And is this being exploited by candidates as the country prepares to go to the …

Disney goes to war with Netflix

April 11th, 2019


With Disney and Apple launching their streaming services to rival Netflix, will they struggle to get subscribers, when the market is getting increasingly saturated? Or will people just keep switching and cancelling …

An expensive democracy

April 10th, 2019


India will spend billions of dollars on its general election this year, much of it illegally. Rahul Tandon visits a political rally in Kolkata where …

When big business sponsors the arts

April 9th, 2019


Should galleries take money from the likes of big oil? Ed Butler speaks to Jess Worth of the UK pressure group Culture Unstained, and Claire Fox, …

Millennial burnout

April 8th, 2019


Are millennials working too hard? Ed Butler explores the cult of modern professional success and how it's affecting millennial workers. We hear from …

The listening device in your pocket

April 5th, 2019


Does the proliferation of microphones in our mobile phones and home smart speakers mean that anyone can eavesdrop on us?

Manuela Saragosa hears from …

Bitcoin bounces back

April 4th, 2019


Cryptocurrencies are on the rebound, but does the case for investing in them make any more sense?

Manuela Saragosa hears both sides of the argument. Jay Smith is a long-time player in the markets for these digital …

Brexit: May reaches out

April 3rd, 2019


The British prime minister looks for a new deal to solve the deadlock over Brexit. Ed Butler hears from Jill Rutter, Brexit programme director at the …

India's fugitive diamond billionaire

April 2nd, 2019


The rise and fall of Indian jeweller Nirav Modi, arrested in London and accused by Indian authorities of a massive fraud. Ed Butler speaks to Mick Brown, a journalist at the UK's Daily Telegraph who has covered the …

Alexa, what are you doing to the internet?

April 1st, 2019


Voice assistant apps like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant are about to transform the economics of the web.

Nearly a quarter of all households in the …

Italy embraces China

March 29th, 2019


Rome's decision to sign up to China's One Belt One Road initiative has proved controversial both at home and among Italy's closest allies.

Washington DC and Brussels are both sceptical of the true intent behind Beijing's …

Is pan-African trade a pipe dream?

March 28th, 2019


Can the continent remove trade barriers and create a billion-person internal market? That's the hope of the African Continental Free Trade Area, but a year on from its initial signing, many obstacles remain.

Nearly all …

A hundred years of women in law

March 27th, 2019


It is only 100 years since women in the UK were first allowed to practice law. Women now make up more than 50% of lawyers in many parts of the world, but why are so few in the top jobs? Katie Prescott speaks to Dana …

The essay cheats

March 26th, 2019


The lucrative business of 'essay mills' - companies that will write your university assignments for you. Chris makes thousands of dollars a year …

Ukraine: Trading across the front line

March 25th, 2019


The economy of Russian occupied territories in Ukraine. Ed Butler reports on the people living between western Ukraine and the eastern occupied territories including the city of Donetsk, and the flow of goods and people …

Brexit: Oil, fish and bargaining chips

March 22nd, 2019


How is the Scottish city of Aberdeen coping with the UK's imminent exit from the EU? It is home to the country's oil and gas industry, as well as some 5,000 fisherman.

Katie Prescott speaks to local businesspeople in …

A basic income for all?

March 21st, 2019


Would a Universal Basic Income help solve inequality or make it worse, and would it protect us from robots taking our jobs?

Finland has just completed …

Is humankind on the verge of disaster?

March 19th, 2019


To follow the world's headlines these days - from fake news to murderous terror attacks, from disease pandemics to global warming - you might be …

The periodic table turns 150

March 18th, 2019


Are chemical elements critical for the modern economy in dangerously short supply? It's a question that Justin Rowlatt poses a century and a half after the Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev published the original …

Neverending Brexit?

March 15th, 2019


As the UK parliament votes to delay Brexit beyond 29 March, businesses brace for yet more uncertainty. But will the EU even be willing to grant a delay?

Manuela Saragosa speaks to companies on both sides of the English …

Heineken in Africa

March 14th, 2019


The brewer has been accused of complicity with Africa's murkiest politics, and of failing to protect female brand promoters from sexual harassment. …

More Brexit blues for business

March 13th, 2019


A continued political crisis in the UK means more uncertainty for businesses. We hear from the boss of a manufacturing company in Birmingham and …

Ukraine's corruption problem

March 12th, 2019


Ed Butler reports from Ukraine ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for the end of March. With endemic corruption and ongoing conflict with …

Education in India: In need of reform?

March 11th, 2019


In India experts and parents increasingly question whether the country's education system is fit for purpose.

With huge emphasis placed on college …

Women in a man's world

March 8th, 2019


In a world designed by men for men, women often come off worst, sometimes with fatal consequences.

Manuela Saragosa speaks to author Caroline Criado …

Big Sugar

March 7th, 2019


Is the US sugar industry's relationship with politicians, from Florida to Washington DC, just a little bit too sweet?

Gilda Di Carli reports from the …

Overworked doctors

March 1st, 2019


Are health services around the world wilfully blind to the problem of dangerously long hours being worked by junior medics?

Vivienne Nunis speaks to …

Fix my gadgets!

March 1st, 2019


Our appliances are getting increasingly difficult and expensive to mend, in some cases by design. So should consumers demand the right to repair?

Ed …

Who's monetising your DNA?

February 27th, 2019


Should the collection of vast genetic databases be dominated by private companies such as 23andMe or

In the second of two programmes …

The family tree business

February 26th, 2019


What can you really learn about your heritage from a home DNA testing kit? We hear from Bill and Ylva Wires, a couple in Berlin who used DNA testing kits to find out more about their ancestors. Manuela Saragosa speaks …

Bad blood in Silicon Valley

February 25th, 2019


The story of Theranos, a company that falsely claimed it could perform a full range of medical tests using just a tiny blood sample drawn by pricking …

Is it time to regulate social media?

February 22nd, 2019


Should Facebook and others be forced by governments to take responsibility for what people are exposed to on their platforms?

Social media companies' …

Is healthy eating affordable?

February 21st, 2019


Poor diet has been linked to diseases such as diabetes and cancer, but do you have much of a choice if you are on a tight budget?

Organic food is …

Zombie statistics

February 20th, 2019


How bogus stats can get repeated again and again until they end up influencing policy at governments and major multilateral institutions.

Ed Butler …

Businesses preparing for Brexit

February 19th, 2019


Exporters express their fears and frustration at the lack of any agreement about future trade relations with just six weeks left to go until the UK leaves the EU.

Adam Sopher of popcorn manufacturer Joe & Sephs tells …

Where are the women in Hollywood?

February 18th, 2019


Are women finally breaking through off screen in the film industry? A year on from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, why aren't there more female movie …

Capitalism in crisis?

February 15th, 2019


Is the era of globalisation, unfettered markets and billionaire philanthropists drawing to a close? Is the answer to rising populism for the state to …

Rational partner choice

February 14th, 2019


Should your head trump your heart when seeking lifelong love? That's the challenge Business Daily's Justin Rowlatt has taken on for this Valentine's …

The education scam

February 13th, 2019


Many African universities are not up to scratch, leaving African students vulnerable to scam institutions abroad. Ivana Davidovic reports from …

Poverty and Corruption in Nigeria

February 12th, 2019


Nigeria goes to the polls to elect a president this weekend. Two issues are prominent - the state of the economy and corruption. Local businessman …

Taxing the Rich

February 11th, 2019


Last month Dutch historian Rutger Bregman told the billionaires at the World Economic Forum in Davos they should think less about philanthropy and …

The Body Disposal Business

February 8th, 2019


Funereal solutions on an overcrowded planet - Ed Butler investigates what various countries do when they run out of space to bury their dead.

In …

The Future of Fashion Retail

February 7th, 2019


Will online shopping and AI combine to kill the high street clothing store?

Ed Butler gets himself digitally measured up in order to try on outfits in …

When to Pursue your Dream

February 6th, 2019


At what point should you give up your day-job to pursue your own business side-project full-time? And should governments do more to help those who …

Brexit: No Deal, No Food?

February 5th, 2019


If the UK crashes out of the EU on 29 March with no agreement on continuing trade relations, how will it affect Britain's supplies of fresh food? …

The Burning Question

February 4th, 2019


Climate Change: Can the world economy continue to grow without burning fossil fuels? Or do we all need to cut back on our consumption in order to save the planet?

It is a question that splits the green movement. Justin …

Peak Smartphone

February 1st, 2019


Are Apple and Samsung running out of people to sell their smartphones to? And who wants to pay for an upgrade when their old phone is good enough?

Keeping your Eggs on Ice

January 31st, 2019


More and more women are choosing to freeze their eggs in their twenties - but is it all just a big waste of money?

Manuela Saragosa speaks to Jennifer …

Huawei and the Trade War

January 30th, 2019


Will indictments against China's tech giant overshadow US trade talks? We hear from Timothy Heath, defence analyst at the Rand Corporation, about the threat to security Huawei is perceived to pose in the US, and from …

A Deepening Crisis in Venezuela

January 29th, 2019


Two rival presidents, oil sanctions from the US and hyperinflation. Venezuela's economic and political crisis is deepening and we hear from some of …

Will Tanzania's Drone Industry Take Off?

January 28th, 2019


Drones have been used increasingly in Africa for survey and mapping, but will cargo drone delivery companies be the next big thing? Jane Wakefield visits Mwanza on the banks of Lake Victoria to speak to African and …

The Great China Slowdown

January 25th, 2019


China's economy is slowing down. What does it mean for the rest of the world? We hear from Shanghai where consumers are spending less. Economist Linda Yueh gives her analysis while Shaun Rein, managing director of the …

Bill Gates Makes His Pitch

January 24th, 2019


The mega-philanthropist is in Davos lobbying governments and the global business elite to donate money towards the fight against infectious diseases. But is the world's second richest man the best person to spearhead …

Selling Romance

January 23rd, 2019


Dating apps like Tinder are a multi-billion dollar business, but have they reduced romance to a commodity? Vivienne Nunis speaks to Stanford …

Board of the Problem

January 22nd, 2019


The number of female executives in the UK’s top companies remains stubbornly low. Vivienne Nunis speaks to Heather McGregor, dean of the Herriot Watt …

China’s New Silk Road Comes to Pakistan

January 21st, 2019


China is lending Pakistan billions of dollars as part of an ambitious policy to disrupt global trade. Beijing is six years into a trillion-dollar …

The US Government Shutdown

January 18th, 2019


At what point will the standoff in Washington DC start doing serious harm to the US economy?

Vishala Sri-Pathma speaks to two victims of the shutdown. As a prison officer, Eric Young is currently not getting paid by the …

Ghosting at Work

January 17th, 2019


When is it acceptable to vanish from a job without warning or explanation, and why are more and more people doing it?

Ed Butler hears one woman give her reasons for doing just that, while web design entrepreneur Chris …

Decarbonising the Atmosphere

January 15th, 2019


Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is becoming technologically feasible, but will it ever be commercially viable at the scale needed to halt …

Making The Desert Bloom

January 14th, 2019


With the threat of climate change looming, and growing ambivalence about whether the world can meet its stringent carbon emissions reduction targets …

The Consequences of China Cyber Espionage

January 11th, 2019


Did China steal the plans for much of its military hardware, like the J20 jet, from Western defence firms? And what has the US been doing to counter Chinese hacking?

Ed Butler speaks to Garrett Graff, a journalist for …

Our Hilarious Universe

January 10th, 2019


Revenge of the nerds - how comedians are helping explain the world of science and tech. Reporter Elizabeth Hotson finds out how people are forging careers from our desire to know how the world works. We get a practical …

The Housing Disruptors

January 9th, 2019


There’s a shortage of affordable and social housing in most large urban centres around the world. But the construction sector is blighted by inefficiency and low productivity, and many say it’s ripe for disruption. …

A Dog's Life? Yes please!

January 8th, 2019


The global pet food industry is predicted to be worth nearly $100bn by 2022. Premium pet food has become big business. Sheila Dillon asks whether we've gone too far in pampering our pooches with expensive treats. We …

The Firm Where Everyone Has Autism

January 7th, 2019


Reporter Jane Wakefield explores the various ways companies can accommodate those on the autistic spectrum. Jane visits Autocon, a software company based in California which exclusively uses autistic employees. Jane …

The Outlook for 2019

January 3rd, 2019


Jeffrey Sachs, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mohamed El-Erian discuss the big economic and political trends and risks to watch out for in the year ahead.

The Electric Robotaxi Dream

January 2nd, 2019


Will we all abandon our cars in favour of self-driving taxi apps by the year 2030, or is this pure fantasy?

Justin Rowlatt takes on the many sceptical responses he received from readers to an article on the BBC website …

Can't Get No Sleep

January 1st, 2019


Had a late night? Well here's a programme about insomnia and the businesses trying to solve it.

Elizabeth Hotson takes part in what is possibly the …

Bottoms Up!

December 31st, 2018


How did whisky become the world's favourite tipple? Elizabeth Hotson discovers the secrets behind the water of life.

Rachel McCormack, author of Chasing the Dram, tells us how the giants of scotch attained their …

Africa's Missing Maps

December 28th, 2018


What role can businesses play in filling Africa's cartographical gaps? And can better maps help fight diseases like cholera?

In her third and final …

The Housing Crisis that Never Went Away

December 27th, 2018


The property market in some US cities has still not recovered from the 2008 meltdown, while others may be seeing the return of risky subprime lending.

Vishala Sri-Pathma travels to Slavic Village in Cleveland, Ohio, …

Russian Money, Cypriot Haven

December 26th, 2018


Five years ago, Cyprus was in crisis. An international bail-out worth over ten billion dollars saved the economy from meltdown, but also cemented the …

Spice Islands & Slavery

December 25th, 2018


The history of the spice trade, and the human misery behind it, is explored by Katie Prescott.

Katie travels to the spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, where cloves, turmeric, nutmeg and vanilla are still grown …

Inhaling in LA

December 24th, 2018


Will legal cannabis and smart scooters help transform the atmosphere that Angelenos breathe? Jane Wakefield reports from the Los Angeles on two hi-tech industries hoping citizens will breathe deeply.

Smart scooters have …

Modern Love in India

December 21st, 2018


Are dating apps like Tinder speeding up the decline of the arranged marriage in India? Manuela Saragosa speaks to the brains behind three apps competing in what is a gigantic market for hundreds of millions of lonely …

Huawei: Who are they?

December 20th, 2018


Is the telecoms equipment provider a front for Chinese espionage or just the victim of the escalating US-China dispute? Why don't Western governments …

DR Congo and Electric Cars

December 19th, 2018


Presidential elections in the DRC this weekend come after 17 years of conflict-ridden rule under controversial president Joseph Kabila. Leading …

Robots and Video Games for Old People

December 18th, 2018


How technology can help look after an ageing population. Ed Butler visits a care home in Japan where robots are used to help dementia patients, and …

Bangalore: India's Silicon Valley?

December 17th, 2018


The people vying for success in India's tech startup scene. Rahul Tandon explores how Bangalore has turned into a hub for Indian tech startups, and …

Young, Gifted and Black

December 14th, 2018


Racism persists in the workplace - how do we stop it blighting another generation of talent?

Vishala Sri-Pathma visits Deji Adeoshun, leader of the Moving On Up programme, which seeks to improve employment opportunities …

How to Be Uncertain

December 13th, 2018


These are uncertain times. The British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a vote of confidence in her leadership, but the future of her Brexit deal remains unknown. In the US, Donald Trump faces a hostile Congress …

Doing Business amid Brexit Chaos

December 12th, 2018


Businesses are getting exasperated by the uncertainty over whether and how the UK will leave the EU in three-and-a-half months' time. Britain faces three options - either Prime Minister Theresa May's painstakingly …

Billion-Dollar Eels

December 11th, 2018


European glass eels are worth a fortune in East Asia, where they're regarded as a delicacy in restaurants in China and Japan. But the lucrative smuggling trade from Europe to Asia is contributing to their status as an …

The Mug that Stood Up to the Mailman

December 10th, 2018


Donald Trump has threatened to pull the US out of the global postal system, after receiving a letter from the inventor of the "Mighty Mug".

Jayme …

The Internet: Welcome to Creepsville

December 7th, 2018


It's easy for anyone, from criminals to stalkers, to dig up your personal information online. So is it even possible to disappear in our digital world?

Manuela Saragosa is somewhat shocked by Tony McChrystal of data …

How Not to Save the World

December 6th, 2018


Are "voluntourists" - foreigners coming to do well-meaning voluntary work - actually doing more harm than good at developing world orphanages?

Manuela …

The Forgotten Workers

December 5th, 2018


Fighting for the rights of domestic workers in America, plus other 'forgotten' segments of the economy. Jane Wakefield speaks to Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance in the US, at a …

Brexit: The Easy Guide

December 4th, 2018


As the UK's proposed exit from the EU nears, things are getting complicated in the British parliament. We explain the options for Theresa May and MPs …

#MeToo: Why the Backlash?

December 3rd, 2018


Activist Danielle Moss talks about the backlash to the #MeToo movement highlighting abuse of women, while former gang member Eldra Jackson talks …

Europe: Dream or Nightmare?

November 30th, 2018


Could the European Parliament elections plus Brexit next year together provide the death knell for the European federalist dream? Populist parties …

Poland Perturbed

November 29th, 2018


The populist government in Warsaw is accused of picking fights with the EU and dividing the public against each other. Ed Butler reports live from …

Italy and the EU: Split or Quit?

November 28th, 2018


Is Brexit boosting a bust-up with Brussels? Gianmarco Senna, is a ruling Lega Party counsellor with the regional Lombardy authority. He told Manuela …

France and a Federal Europe

November 27th, 2018


President Emmanuel Macron has big plans to shape the future of the European Union. It looks like a multi-speed, multi-lane motorway. Is this really …

Europe's Future

November 26th, 2018


How do German citizens feel about the future of the world’s largest trading bloc? Ed Butler visits PSM Protech, a specialist engineering firm in Bavaria where he speaks to its owner Irene Wagner about what the EU means …

The Man Mapping Zanzibar with Drones

November 23rd, 2018


The Spice Islands' urban planning director, Dr Muhammad Juma, is a pioneer in mapping technology, using drones to get a clear picture of Zanzibar's …

Mapping Africa’s Megacities

November 22nd, 2018


Africa is urbanising at break-neck speed. So how do people keep track of where city amenities are, or indeed which areas are at risk of flooding?
It's a job for the cartographers, armed with drones.

Katie Prescott reports …

Brexit: An Outside View

November 19th, 2018


Will Britain's role on the world stage be diminished by leaving the EU? Views from veteran pro-Europe UK MP Ken Clarke, Dutch writer Joris Luijendijk …

Amazon's New Headquarters

November 16th, 2018


The online retail giant has announced that it will split its long-anticipated new headquarters between Long Island City In New York City, and Arlington, Virginia.

Some 238 cities across North America had competed for …

Green Rage

November 15th, 2018


Climate change is an existential threat, so are civil disobedience and direct action the only way to save the planet? And is a global carbon tax the …

Bossy Women and Women Bosses

November 9th, 2018


Does increasing the number of women on a company's board boost its financial performance? It's a popular narrative, but Manuela Saragosa speaks to …

Dating for Money

November 8th, 2018


As university tuition fees rise and rise, young female students are flocking onto online sugar dating platforms to find wealthy older men who can …

Bosses, Babies and Breast Pumps

November 7th, 2018


Engineers showcase new technologies to help women return to work after maternity leave - but why is the engineering profession itself so …

The Offline World

November 6th, 2018


Half of the world's population don't access the internet, and they're missing out on economic and social benefits says Dhanaraj Thakur, research …

Death of the Dollar?

November 5th, 2018


The US unleashed what it calls its "toughest ever" sanctions against Iran. The Trump administration reinstated all sanctions removed under the 2015 nuclear deal, targeting both Iran and states that trade with it. They …

Minnesota at the Mid-terms

November 2nd, 2018


How is America's industrial heartland faring two years into the Trump presidency? Fergus Nicoll visits the port of Duluth in the state of Minnesota …

Could Big Data Kill Off Health Insurance?

November 1st, 2018


As US health insurers ask customers to wear fitness trackers, are they opening a Pandora's Box of ethical dilemmas and business threats?

Ed Butler speaks to Brooks Tingle, chief executive of insurer John Hancock, which …

Who Gets to Chase the American Dream?

October 31st, 2018


A caravan of migrants heading to the US-Mexico border has sparked more debate around immigration. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Reihan Salam, executive editor of the conservative magazine National Review, who argues that …

Bolsonaro's Economist

October 29th, 2018


Brazil's new president Jair Bolsonaro says he doesn't know anything about the economy, so he's delegated economic reforms to a man called Paulo …

Buying the Midterms

October 24th, 2018


More than $4bn has already been raised by candidates running in the midterm elections in the United States. Ed Butler speaks to Shelia Krumholz, …

The Hunt for Stolen Artwork

October 19th, 2018


Thousands of paintings and antiques stolen by the Nazis and others remain in circulation on the art market, but just occasionally one gets returned …

When to Switch Off from Work

October 18th, 2018


Is the "always on" culture of work emails and messaging destroying our health? Should we have a legal right to switch off, like in France?

Manuela …

Will Flying Taxis Take Off?

October 17th, 2018


Could drone technology solve our urban transport needs? Ed Butler explores the new generation of flying cars developers hope will be ferrying …

The Confusing Curve

October 16th, 2018


When governments need to raise money, they promise a reward in return for your investment. But how much - or how little - they're promising says a lot about the country, and if investors perceive it as risky to invest …

Is the Internet Fit for Purpose?

October 15th, 2018


Overrun by bots and identity thieves, does the worldwide web need a fundamental overhaul?

Ed Butler reports from the Future in Review tech conference …

Trump's Tax Scandal - Who Cares?

October 12th, 2018


Why has there been so little political fall-out from allegations by the New York Times that the US President and his family dodged hundreds of …

Holidays in Space

October 11th, 2018


The private sector is muscling in on space exploration, and the biggest commercial opportunity could be tourism.

Ed Butler meets the star-gazers at …

Lab-grown Meat on your Table

October 10th, 2018


Are new forms of 'artificial' meat about to change the food industry? Regan Morris goes to California to taste a chicken nugget its makers hope will be on restaurant menus by the end of this year. Josh Tetrick is the …

Sexist Science

October 9th, 2018


Does STEM still have a problem with women? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Dr Jess Wade, a physicist at Imperial College in London, and soil microbial …

Italy Goes Rogue

October 8th, 2018


Rome and Brussels look set to clash over the Italian government's spending plans. What's at stake for the rest of the EU? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Claudio Borghi, economic spokesman of the Lega party, the right wing …

Indonesia's Disasters - Natural and Man-Made

October 5th, 2018


Tsunamis, earthquakes and a sinking capital - not all of Indonesia's problems are down to Mother Nature.

Jonathan Bithrey reports from this blighted archipelago on the Pacific ring of fire. 14 years after the Indian …

Has Elon Musk Already Won?

October 4th, 2018


Whatever the fate of the heavily indebted Tesla Motors, is the electric vehicle revolution now set to sweep the world? And despite his Twitter antics …

The #FoodPorn Business

September 28th, 2018


Instagram and social media are transforming the food industry, but is the fixation on visual aesthetics destroying the dining experience?

Elizabeth Hotson explores the nexus between our stomachs and our smartphone …

Bill Gates on Africa

September 27th, 2018


Bill Gates speaks to Manuela Saragosa about the future of Africa and the urgent need for the world to invest in the continent's exploding youth …

The Company Without Managers

September 26th, 2018


Most companies around the world exist with some form of hierarchy. Usually it is a vertical structure, with executive above management, which is in turn above the workforce. But there is another form, a “flat” …

Welcome to Wakaliwood

September 21st, 2018


Uganda's home-grown film industry is proving a hit on YouTube, but does it glorify violence? Ed Butler heads to Wakaliga on the outskirts of Kampala …

The Trouble With Bike Sharing

September 19th, 2018


Why are Chinese bike-share companies struggling to replicate their success abroad? Ed Butler hears from Nick Hubble, a cycling campaigner in Manchester - the UK city where Chinese firm Mobike has just scrapped its …

The Class of 2008

September 14th, 2018


What happened to those who graduated straight into the worst financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression?

Kim Gittleson is one of them, and she goes in search of three others who - like her - found their …

Remembering Lehman

September 13th, 2018


10 years after the failure of Lehman Brothers triggered global financial meltdown, Ed Butler hears from those who were in the middle of the maelstrom.

Lynn Gray was employed within the commercial property division in New …

Vaping: A New Addiction?

September 12th, 2018


Is the multi-billion dollar e-cigarettes industry doing more harm than good? Manuela Saragosa hears from Jack Waxman of the Students Against Nicotine …

Looking Back at Lehmans

September 7th, 2018


Ed Butler talks to historian Adam Tooze about the legacy of the global financial crisis, which peaked with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in …

Why Do So Few Women Work in India?

August 28th, 2018


India has been developing rapidly over the past few decades. But in one way, it can still be very traditional. Women are often expected to stay at home after marriage. And that means only a quarter of Indian women are …

Handmade By Hipsters

August 27th, 2018


A compelling back story is now de rigueur when it comes to selling us things, especially in the food industry; whether it's a bar of chocolate or a …

The Business of Conspiracy Theories

August 24th, 2018


Sites offering wild theories, and unsupported claims, are increasingly the stuff of modern online discourse. But what's the business model that's fuelling their rise? Alex Jones, the prominent radio host, is pretty much …

The Trouble with Tourists

August 22nd, 2018


Should cities be worried about 'overtourism'? We hear from disgruntled locals in Rome, Edinburgh and Amsterdam. The BBC's Douglas Fraser reports on …

Has Mining Cleaned Up its Act?

August 10th, 2018


Mining in the developing world still sparks violent protests - so what has the industry learned?

Grace Livingstone reports from the Tintaya copper …

Stars, Shirts and Sponsors

August 9th, 2018


How are elite football clubs able to raise so much money from sponsors and merchandise to spend on the top players?

Juventus just paid 100 million …

India's Tea Crisis

August 8th, 2018


There's trouble brewing in India's tea industry. Tea production is one of India's biggest industries. But it's struggling in the face of increased …

What's Up with Whatsapp?

August 6th, 2018


The developing world's favourite chat app is accused of spreading malicious rumours. In India the rumours led to the lynching of people falsely accused of child abduction, while in Uganda the government has introduced a …

Welcome to Nicaragua

August 3rd, 2018


How is political turmoil hitting tourism and the economy in Nicaragua, and where will it all end?

President Daniel Ortega has faced months of mass …

The Skin Business

August 1st, 2018


Skincare is a multi-billion-dollar industry. But do skincare products really work? Vishala Sri-Pathma hears from Amy Elizabeth, a beauty expert at …

The Business of Body Curves

July 31st, 2018


Designers and retailers have long thought of the plus size market as high-risk. Predicting what these customers will buy can be difficult, as they …

How to Spot a Narcissist

July 30th, 2018


Almost all offices have them. The person whose self-belief exceeds their abilities, who belittles their co-workers, and who considers themselves so special and unique, they're left infuriated when others fail to …

The Death of the Job Interview

July 27th, 2018


Can AI takeover from the traditional job interview? Ed Butler speaks to Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of business psychology at University …

The Future of TV

July 26th, 2018


Young people may be turning their backs on the traditional TV set, but is it stimulating a golden age of drama?

Netflix, YouTube and Amazon are better …

Are Things Getting Worse?

July 25th, 2018


Millennials are the first generation set to be worse off than their parents. Daniel Tomlinson, economic researcher at the Resolution Foundation in …

Putin's Great Nemesis

July 20th, 2018


Businessman Bill Browder was singled out by Russian President Vladimir Putin, at his summit with US President Donald Trump, as a "person of interest".

In an extended interview, Manuela Saragosa asks the man who was once …

Bosses, Babies and Breast Pumps

July 19th, 2018


Engineers showcase new technologies to help women return to work after maternity leave - but why is the engineering profession itself so …

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