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Coronavirus pushes Europe to the edge

April 3rd, 2020


As the deaths and economic damage from Covid-19 continue to rise, Italians are asking why the EU is doing so little to help in their time of need.

The …

Will there be a vaccine?

April 2nd, 2020


A vaccine is the magic bullet that would end the coronavirus pandemic, but how many months will it take to find, and will it be available to all?

Coronavirus: The race to find a treatment

April 1st, 2020


Researchers at universities and pharmaceutical companies are rushing to identify drugs that might help cut the number of deaths from Covid-19 and take the strain of hospitals.

Justin Rowlatt speaks to Richard Marsden, …

Coronavirus in confinement

March 31st, 2020


While much of the world is trying to practice social distance, people in confinement have little option to do so. We take a look at the famously overcrowded prisons in Uganda. Doreen Namyalo Kyazze, Africa Programme …

Coronavirus: Preppers and the Pandemic

March 30th, 2020


They’ve been preparing for the worst for decades, but are survivalists, or “preppers,” really ready for the coronavirus outbreak? Ron Hubbard, owner of Atlas Survival Shelters, is banking on it as he sells survival …

Giving care in crisis

March 27th, 2020


As the coronavirus outbreak worsens in many areas, the mental health of those providing frontline care is under strain. We’ll hear from one care worker in Spain afraid of passing the virus to her family, as well as …

The cost of lockdown in the developing world

March 26th, 2020


India has been put in lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Already the growing restrictions have caused turmoil in India's big cities. Hundreds of thousands of migrant wage labourers have suddenly …

Are there exit strategies for coronavirus?

March 25th, 2020


As many countries and cities around the western world go into lockdown, China is beginning to ease restrictions, claiming several days with no new domestic cases of coronavirus. But people have their doubts whether this …

The working from home challenge

March 24th, 2020


Snapshots of working from home across the world, as the coronavirus outbreak increases in intensity. From Kaitlin Funaro in LA to Katy Watson in Brazil and Kinjal Pandya in New Delhi: how is the global workforce coping …

Do we have the right data on coronavirus?

March 23rd, 2020


As we face an economic collapse caused by the global coronavirus outbreak, data becomes more valuable than ever. John Ioannidis, Stanford professor …

Life under lockdown

March 20th, 2020


What is life like under lockdown in some of the world’s poorest cities? We hear from Nairobi and Manila, two cities facing tough measures to combat Covid-19. But is the cure worse than the disease? We’ll also hear from …

Coronavirus: Where's the joined-up thinking?

March 19th, 2020


What can be learned from East Asia's response to Covid-19, and from West Africa's Ebola epidemic? And why hasn't there been a unifed global response …

Can the private sector help struggling hospitals?

March 18th, 2020


Hand-gels, face masks, even nasal swabs – as the coronavirus spreads, health services are reporting a growing number of shortages at the moment as supplies and supply chains freeze up. Increasingly governments are …

Can airlines survive coronavirus?

March 17th, 2020


Travel restrictions and a slump in demand due to the coronavirus have forced airlines to cancel most flights and temporarily reduce staff. Will this mean a permanent end to the low-cost travel that many of us have …

Coronavirus: Can the risk be contained?

March 16th, 2020


The US has cut interest rates to almost zero and launched a $700bn stimulus programme in a bid to protect the economy from the effect of coronavirus.

Wet markets and the coronavirus

March 13th, 2020


Where the coronavirus came from and why these diseases aren't a one-off. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Dr Juan Lubroth, former chief veterinary officer …

The great North Korean crypto hack

March 12th, 2020


Crypto-currency and cybercrime have together provided the DPRK with the hard currency it needed to continue with its nuclear weapons programme.

Ed Butler speaks to sanctions specialist Nigel Kushner of W Legal about how …

How to stop coronavirus crashing your economy

March 11th, 2020


As much of Italy goes into self-imposed quarantine, what can the authorities do to stop empty shops and restaurants going bust?

It's an urgent question for Marco d'Arrigo, who runs the California Bakery chain in Milan, …

The psychology of panic buying

March 10th, 2020


How the spread of coronavirus is changing consumer behaviour. Elizabeth Hotson goes on the hunt for toilet paper and hand sanitizer on the streets of London. Ed Butler speaks to Charlene Chan, marketing researcher and …

The superforecasters

March 9th, 2020


How to predict the future and beat the wisdom of the crowds. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Warren Hatch, chief executive of Good Judgement, a …

The great face hack

March 6th, 2020


Tech start-up Clearview scraped billions of people's public photos off social media, and then sold their facial recognition service to police forces, …

Coronavirus: Global recession?

March 5th, 2020


Central banks are rushing to provide liquidity as many fear that the disruption from the coronavirus outbreak could push the world into technical …

Do stock-pickers have a future?

March 4th, 2020


Research suggests that they underperform robot traders, and most can't even beat the market, so are the days of the celebrity investors and stock market tipsters numbered?

Ed Butler speaks to David Aferiat, whose …

Moving Uighur workers in China

March 3rd, 2020


A new report brings together fresh evidence of the forced transportation of Uighur Muslims from Xinjiang province to provide labour in factories across China. Ed Butler speaks to one of the report authors, Nathan Ruser …

Trump's immigration crackdown

March 2nd, 2020


How fewer Latin Americans crossing the US border is affecting the economy. Alice Fordham reports from Juarez on the Mexican side of the border on the migrants forced to make Mexico their home while they await the …

Firestone and Liberia

February 28th, 2020


Rubber is Liberia's most important cash crop, and the Firestone Libera rubber plantation is the country's biggest employer. But the company faces …

Coronavirus: Fake news goes viral

February 27th, 2020


Misinformation about the coronavirus outbreak is undermining the efforts of health officials and medical researchers to contain it.

Doctors find themselves under attack from conspiracy theorists who believe they are …

Supermarket archaeology

February 26th, 2020


What can soap boxes, sweet wrappers and tin cans tell us about our shopping history? Manuela Saragosa visits Robert Opie at his Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in west London.

He's been keeping discarded …

A single West African currency

February 25th, 2020


Some West African countries already use a single currency - the CFA franc. Now there are plans to introduce a broader shared currency - the eco - across 15 states. But the region's economic powerhouse Nigeria has put …

Cognac and hip hop

February 24th, 2020


How brands forge strong relationships with music, from Cognac brands like Hennessy and Courvoisier to Coca Cola's Sprite. Elizabeth Hotson speaks to …

The Airbnb rental scammers

February 21st, 2020


As the holiday lettings platform prepares for an IPO, what is Airbnb doing to clamp down on bogus, unregulated and unsafe property listings?

Ed Butler …

3D-printed pills

February 20th, 2020


Could the much-hyped technology of 3D printing have found a useful application - producing personalised prescription pills?

Ed Butler visits the lab …

Why you should hire an ex con

February 19th, 2020


Should employers simply stop asking job applicants if they have a criminal record? Tamasin Ford speaks to one American bakery that did exactly that. …

A robot future and how to handle it

February 18th, 2020


What will happen to our working lives when the robots take over? Daniel Susskind, an economist at Oxford University, discusses his new book A World Without Work. He talks to Ed Butler about the effects on employment, …

EU farm subsidies: who's benefiting?

February 17th, 2020


Is the European farm subsidy system being left vulnerable to corruption? Each year the EU pays out billions of euros to landowners. But a New York …

The case for free trade

February 14th, 2020


Does the backlash against globalisation ignore the huge benefits of world trade? And how realistic are post-Brexit Britain's ambitions to become a global trade powerhouse?

Manuela Saragosa asks Cambridge economics …

Firing workers in Virtual Reality

February 13th, 2020


Virtual Reality is finding a surprising new application - training managers how to handle delicate situations such as dismissing employees or giving …

Tesla: To infinity and beyond

February 12th, 2020


Tesla's share price has tripled in the last six months - can anyone stop it, or even make sense of it?

Ed Butler speaks to Craig Irwin, stock analyst at Roth Capital in New York, who is perplexed by the latest crazy …

Coronavirus: A shortage of masks

February 11th, 2020


The business impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Ed Butler speaks to the BBC's Robin Brant in Shanghai about the partial return of Chinese workers in the city. Bloomberg economist Maeva Cousin discusses the economic …

When a work colleague dies

February 10th, 2020


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 …

Out of jail but not out of work

February 7th, 2020


Unemployment in the US and UK is at near-historic lows. In such a tight labour market, many companies are seeking new pools of talent to recruit …

Saudi money, English Football

February 6th, 2020


A multi-million pound takeover of the English Premier League team Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund could be in the works.


Will immersive tech ever go mainstream?

February 5th, 2020


Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have been around for years, and billions have been spent on popularising them, so far to little avail.

Ed Butler …

So is the future hydrogen?

February 4th, 2020


The gas could provide the critical missing piece in decarbonising the global economy. But can the hydrogen itself be sourced cheaply and carbon-free?

Does coal have a future?

February 3rd, 2020


Burning coal to generate electricity is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions. But climate change aside, does it even make commercial sense anymore?

Laurence Knight speaks to clean energy investor Ramez Naam, …

Brexit day, Brexit visions

January 31st, 2020


As the UK officially leaves the EU, what kind of economic future should it aim for? Should it be left entirely open to free market forces, or should …

Does quarantining do more harm than good?

January 30th, 2020


How will China's efforts to contain the corona virus affect the country's economy? Ed Butler asks our economics correspondent Andrew Walker, as well as a sceptical Lawrence Gostin, professor of health law at Georgetown …

Britain's Huawei gamble

January 29th, 2020


The UK's decision to give the Chinese telecoms equipment maker partial access to its 5G network risks trade retaliation from the US. But a decision to exclude Huawei altogether might have risked infuriating China.

Ed …

Chinese forced labour: The brands

January 28th, 2020


Are Western brands doing enough to keep forced labour out of their supply chains? Ed Butler speaks to researcher Darren Byler at the University of …

Forced labour in China

January 27th, 2020


We hear from the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, where perhaps 1.5 million Uighur Muslims are believed to be held in what Chinese authorities call 're-education' camps, and where we hear testimony of forced labour …

What next for Africa's richest woman?

January 24th, 2020


Isabel dos Santos faces charges in her native Angola. The daughter of the former long-time president is accused of corruption after a leak of …

The products used again and again and again...

January 23rd, 2020


Why don't more manufacturers embrace the principles of the circular economy? It's a pertinent question, given the dire state of the recycling …

Mapping paradise

January 22nd, 2020


Katie Prescott revisits the efforts of the Zanzibar government to chart its territory by flying drones across the African spice island.

A year ago she met planning minister Mohammed Juma, the brains behind this ambitious …

Cities at a standstill

January 21st, 2020


How strikes and protests affect the economies of major cities. Will Bain visits Paris to see how strikes on the transport network are affecting local businesses, while Ed Butler speaks to author and former Hong Kong …

Being watched at work

January 20th, 2020


The monitoring of employees in the workplace is becoming commonplace. Ed Butler speaks to Sean Petterson, boss of StrongArm Technologies, a company …

Insomnia and the smartphone

January 17th, 2020


Modern tech is accused of interfering with our sleep, keeping us up late anxiously staring at our phone screens. But could a phone app provide the …

Microworkers teaching robots

January 16th, 2020


How the rise of 'microwork' is helping develop artificial intelligence. Ed Butler speaks to New York Times reporter Andy Newman about his experience on Mechanical Turk - the Amazon-owned platform that offers tiny jobs …

Where has all the good soil gone?

January 15th, 2020


Soil degradation is reducing crop yields and adding to climate change. It's a big headache not just for farmers, but for all of us.

But fear not, as Ed Butler heads to a wheat field in eastern England where farmer Simon …

The power-hungry internet

January 14th, 2020


Why our growing use of technology is a threat to the planet. Ed Butler speaks to Ian Bitterlin, a visiting professor at the University of Leeds in …

The next big thing

January 13th, 2020


How easy is it to predict where tech will take us in the next decade, and have we hit a plateau in the pace of innovation?

Manuela Saragosa speaks to author and artist Douglas Coupland, who retells how a mind-bending …

Brand Meghan and Harry

January 10th, 2020


Royal brands and the value of the monarchy. Manuela Saragosa speaks to the BBC's royal correspondent Jonny Dymond about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to move away from the royal family. David Haigh from the …

OK Boomer...

January 9th, 2020


Are millennials being given a financial raw deal by their parents' generation? And who do the Baby Boomers expect to pay for their retirement?

Manuela Saragosa looks at the intergenerational contract - the promise that …

North Korea: Suffering under sanctions?

January 8th, 2020


How does North Korea raise foreign currency, and are the toughest economic sanctions in the world actually having any effect?

Ed Butler looks at one of the country's major sources of income - migrant workers. According …

Uber and Lyft vs California

January 7th, 2020


A battle is looming over the future of the gig economy. A law classifying Uber and Lyft drivers as employees came into force in California on 1 January, but the ridesharing giants say their drivers are independent …

The US and China in 2020

January 6th, 2020


How the battle of the superpowers might unfold this year. Ed Butler speaks to Ian Bremmer, president and founder of the Eurasia Group, Linda Yueh, …

LA's housing crisis

January 3rd, 2020


Regan Morris looks at the housing crisis in LA where around 60,000 rough sleepers bed down each night. In a city of sky high rents and scarce availability, are dormitories the answer for young professionals struggling …

The workplace re-imagined

January 2nd, 2020


As a new decade dawns, Elizabeth Hotson asks if workplace design needs to be rethought to make work a more positive experience. We visit London-based customer finding company, MVF, which allows employees to bring their …

Rights of nature

January 1st, 2020


In July 2019 Bangladesh took the unusual step of granting all its rivers “legal personhood”. It was the result of a long fight by environmental …

Phosphates and the disputed corner of north-west Africa

December 31st, 2019


Phosphate mining is crucial to global food production, given that phosphorus is an essential ingredient in commercial fertilisers. By far, the largest reserves of the world’s phosphates are in Morocco. And while Morocco …

Reinventing capitalism

December 30th, 2019


Can corporations be repurposed to prioritise society and the environment over profit? Ed Butler discusses the question with BBC Business Editor Simon Jack, who says he sees signs of real change.

With a climate emergency …

Are friends electric?

December 27th, 2019


When will artificial intelligence be capable of providing intelligent conversation? Jane Wakefield looks at two AI systems that still fall well short in the so-called Turing Test of passing themselves off as human.

Hack my brain

December 26th, 2019


Facebook and Elon Musk are among those interested in the potential use of brain probes to read minds and enhance human capabilities.

Jane Wakefield …

Will flying taxis ever take off?

December 25th, 2019


Will giant drones one day ferry us all through the heavens all on our way to and from work? Jane Wakefield speaks to two German companies who are working on that vision.

Daniel Wiegand, co-founder of Lilium, says his …

Smart cities: Big Data's watching you

December 24th, 2019


City streets are becoming a valuable source of big data, so should we care who is gathering it and how it is being used?

In Shenzhen in China, the …

Smart cities: How Barcelona learned to listen

December 23rd, 2019


Smart sensors can improve citizens' lives, especially when residents are put in charge of gathering the data.

Jane Wakefield reports from the Placa …

How 24/7 life is rewiring our brains

December 20th, 2019


A group of artists look at how our modern hyper-connected always-on lifestyles are affecting our behaviour and interfering with our sleep.

Their work has been brought together in an exhibition at London's Somerset House, …

Our digital afterlife

December 19th, 2019


What happens to your online presence when you die, and who owns your data? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Carl Ohman, a researcher in the digital afterlife from the Oxford Internet Institute, and Dr Elaine Kasket, a …

Have you paid your taxes?

December 18th, 2019


Tax evasion is rife in many parts of the world, but might that be partly because we are we taxing the wrong things?

Ed Butler looks at two countries …

When women aren't counted

December 17th, 2019


Gender bias in data collection. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Caroline Criado Perez, author of Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, …

Brexit: What happens next?

December 16th, 2019


Three experts on the next steps for Boris Johnson, Britain and the EU, after a big win for the sitting British prime minister in national elections. Ed Butler speaks to Jill Rutter from the research group UK in a …

The death of expertise

December 13th, 2019


Why do so many people think they know best? And are they putting dolts in charge of government?

Ed Butler speaks to Professor Tom Nichols of the US …

Old city v new city

December 12th, 2019


Should we protect historic neighbourhoods from redevelopment when new homes are desperately needed?

Manuela Saragosa looks at two cities at opposite …

Surviving the surveillance state

December 11th, 2019


Facial recognition tech is spreading everywhere, but it can still be fooled with a bit of face paint. So should we be worried?

Ed Butler speaks to …

Delivering in the gig economy

December 10th, 2019


How online shopping is fuelling insecure work for delivery drivers. British film director Ken Loach talks about his new film Sorry We Missed You, looking at the impact of insecure work on family life. The BBC's Edwin …

US drug companies and the NHS

December 9th, 2019


Is Britain's health service really up for sale? Ahead of a general election in the UK, Ed Butler looks at why the NHS probably gets a good deal on drug prices compared with other countries, and why US drug companies …

A machine to break down all language barriers

December 6th, 2019


The BBC's Kizzy Cox in New York tries out the developers at tech firm Waverly Labs say can translate between any of 20 spoken languages in just a …

How 'cheap' English is conquering the world

December 5th, 2019


English language proficiency has become a basic skill worldwide, and kids are picking it up in some surprising places.

Manuela Saragosa - herself trilingual - asks Melanie Butler, long-time editor of the English Language …

Taking football global

December 4th, 2019


The pitfalls when soccer tries to break into the US and Asian markets - and when American football tries to break into Europe.

Ed Butler looks at the plan by Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, to take the top-flight …

Hidden art

December 3rd, 2019


Why the owners of movies and artworks don't want you to see them. Tamasin Ford explains why Disney is removing a catalogue of movies from the cinema …

China moves from imitator to innovator

December 2nd, 2019


Chinese tech giants are gaining further ground in innovation, with development in e-commerce, social media and more, even outstripping the west. Rebecca Fannin, author of Tech Titans of China, explains the rapid growth …

Meetings, meetings everywhere...

November 29th, 2019


It's not unusual for office workers to complain about the number of meetings they have to attend, but are they a distraction from real work, as some claim? And why are we having more meetings than ever?

It's a question …

The sea they plan to cover in turbines

November 28th, 2019


Offshore wind power is about to hit the big time in northern Europe, yet 20 years ago many saw the plan to build such complex engineering in the middle of the sea as madness.

Laurence Knight investigates how the North …

How to change your career

November 26th, 2019


Ever thought about changing your career? With people living longer and job security decreasing, sticking with the same career for the whole of your …

What happened to austerity?

November 26th, 2019


As the UK approaches a general election, both major parties have been promising billions of extra pounds to go into hospitals, social care and other public benefits. All this spells an apparent end to ten years of a …

Cryptocurrency's new frontier

November 25th, 2019


Cryptocurrency mining is booming across parts of the former Soviet Union, with a number of regions expending gigawatts of power on mining operations. Ed Butler visits a facility in Georgia run by a firm called BitFury. …

Why Americans are loving trade unions again

November 22nd, 2019


Trade unions in the United States have seen a historic decline since their heyday in the mid-20th Century. But in many sectors labour organisation is …

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 …

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