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FT News in Focus

News features and analysis from Financial Times reporters around the world. FT News in Focus is produced by Fiona Symon.

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  • 16.07.2019
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    The new lunar mission

    It’s half a century since the launch of Apollo 11, the spacecraft that put the first man on the moon. Between 1969 and 1972 the moon had 12 human visitors but, since then, no-one. Now, however, there’s a new push to go back to our near neighbour and Donald Trump wants to speed things up. Naomi Rovnick, Henry Mance and Clive Cookson discuss the new lunar mission


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick FT Live reporter, Henry Mance, chief features writer, and Clive Cookson, science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 14.07.2019
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    Stress and burnout: an FT investigation

    How bad is the problem of stress and burnout in corporate life? Lilah Raptopoulos carried out a reader-driven investigation into the topic with James Fontanella-Khan, the FT's corporate deals editor. They reveal their findings in this podcast. Read the story at ft.com/mentalhealth Listen to the Everything Else podcast here


    Contributors: Griselda Murray Brown, Commissioning editor, Arts, Lilah Raptopoulos, US head of audience engagement, and James Fontanella-Khan, corporate deals editor. Producer: David Waters

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  • 11.07.2019
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    Can the Iran nuclear deal be saved?

    Concerns about maritime security in the Gulf are rising as relations between Iran and the west deteriorate over the slow breakdown of the nuclear deal struck by Tehran and world powers in 2015. Iran’s economy has been badly hit by the re-imposition of US sanctions, and in response, Iran says it is no longer sticking to agreed limits on its enriched uranium stockpile. Tom O’Sullivan discusses whether the deal can be saved with Michael Peel in Brussels, Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran and Middle East editor Andrew England.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Tom O’Sullivan, deputy analysis editor, Michael Peel, European diplomatic correspondent, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Tehran correspondent, and Andrew England, Middle East editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 10.07.2019
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    Can Greece become an economic success story?

    Greece’s centre-right New Democracy party has returned to power after defeating the far-left party Syriza at the ballot box on a promise of reviving the economy through tax cuts, reduced bureaucracy and more foreign investment.  Katie Martin discusses the new government and the challenges it is facing with Ben Hall and Kerin Hope.


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor, and Kerin Hope, Athens correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 09.07.2019
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    China faces dilemma over Hong Kong protests

    Hong Kong protests against a proposed extradition law that would allow criminal suspects to be handed over to China are continuing, despite a concession by the Hong Kong chief executive to suspend the proposed law. Naomi Rovnick discusses discusses what’s at stake for China and what the protesters are seeking to achieve, with Tom Mitchell in Beijing and Sue-Lin Wong in Hong Kong.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Naomi Rovnick FT Live reporter, Sue-Lin Wong, South China correspondent and Tom Mitchell, Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 03.07.2019
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    What would a female-driven workplace look like?

    How can we make corporate life female-friendly? Deborah Hargreaves, former FT journalist and founder of the High Pay Centre think tank, spent a year talking to women to research this topic and she came into the studio to discuss her findings with Isabel Berwick and Josh Noble. Read Deborah's report here


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, Live News reporter, Isabel Berwick, editor of FT work and careers, Deborah Hargreaves, director of the High Pay Centre, and Josh Noble, weekend news editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 02.07.2019
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    German murder case raises fears of neo-Nazi resurgence

    The murder of a local politician by right wing extremists has shocked Germany and set alarm bells ringing about the rise of neo-Nazi violence in the country. Ben Hall discusses the groups behind the upsurge in political violence and how dangerous they are with Guy Chazan in Berlin


    Contrbutors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor, and Guy Chazan, Berlin bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 01.07.2019
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    Putin's heartfelt rejection of 'liberal elites'

    Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, criticised western liberalism and defended Russia’s role in Syria and Venezuela in an exclusive interview with the FT on the eve of the G20 summit at the weekend. Lionel Barber, FT editor, and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief, offer their impressions of the interview in conversation with Katie Martin. Read the interview transcript here


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Lionel Barber, FT editor, and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 30.06.2019
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    Turn down the noise, please!

    Modern life can be deafening — but for all the shouting, no one’s listening any more. This is the conclusion reached by FT columnist Jo Ellison after an uncomfortably noisy Eurostar journey. She discusses what’s gone wrong with Horatia Harrod. Read Jo's column here 


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Horatia Harrod, associate editor of FT Life & Arts, and Jo Ellison, fashion editor and columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 27.06.2019
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    Apple loses top designer Jony Ive

    Apple’s chief designer Jonathan Ive is leaving after more than two decades in which his iconic designs for the Mac, iPod and iPhone turned one of Silicon Valley’s faded giants into the world’s most valuable company.  Janine Gibson discusses what this means for Apple and what Sir Jonathan will do next with Tim Bradshaw and Matthew Garrahan.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Janine Gibson, special projects editor, Matt Garrahan, news editor, and Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 26.06.2019
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    Farming and climate change

    Indigo, a Boston-based agritech start-up, plans to pay farmers to store carbon in soil - part of a growing field of climate-related agricultural practices that seek to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Lauren Fedor discusses the growing focus on environmentally friendly farming methods with Leslie Hook and Emiko Terazono.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Lauren Fedor, technology reporter, Emiko Terazono, commodities correspondent, and Leslie Hook, environment correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 25.06.2019
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    What the Sotheby's sale means for art market transparency

    Sotheby’s has gone under the hammer for $3.7bn ending 31 years of public ownership, with the venerable auction house sold to Patrick Drahi, billionaire founder of the European telecoms group Altice. Arash Massoudi discusses the sale and what it means for the art market with Harriet Agnew and Melanie Gerlis.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Arash Massoudi, corporate finance and deals editor, Harriet Agnew, FT Paris correspondent, and Melanie Gerlis, FT art market columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 24.06.2019
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    How can we best treat dementia?

    Dementia is on the rise, with the numbers affected expected to treble to over 150m in the next 30 years. Clive Cookson discusses the latest treatments with London neurologist Nick Fox, and we hear reports from Edward White and Brooke Fox about initiatives in Taiwan and the US to help improve the lives of sufferers.


    This podcast is supported by Home Instead Senior Care, and is part of a wider FT Special Report on Dementia Care found at ft.com/reports/dementia-care


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Clive Cookson, FT science editor, Professor Nick Fox, director of the Dementia Research Centre at University College London, Edward White, Taiwan correspondent, Brooke Fox, New York reporter, Tang Li-yu, secretary-general of the Taiwan Alzheimer’s Association and Kevin Jameson, head of the Dementia Society of America. Producer: Ruth Lewis Coste

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  • 23.06.2019
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    Kamala Harris and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination

    The race for the US Democratic presidential nomination is hotting up with a huge field of 23 candidates all hoping run against Donald Trump in 2020.  Courtney Weaver has focused in on one of the candidates, Kamala Harris, and she talks to Neville Hawcock about how the campaign for the Democratic nomination is shaping up. Read Courtney's article here


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Neville Hawcock, acting deputy editor, FT Weekend Magazine, and Courtney Weaver, Washington correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 20.06.2019
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    Trump attacks ECB chief over 'unfair' stimulus plan

    ECB chief Mario Draghi this week surprised the markets by suggesting that the European central bank could introduce more stimulus to support the global economy. His signal, at an ECB forum in Sintra, Portugal, caused a furious reaction from Donald Trump. Katie Martin discusses the US president’s intervention and the remarks that prompted this with Claire Jones and Chris Giles.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Claire Jones, Frankfurt bureau chief and Chris Giles, economics editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 19.06.2019
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    Philip Green fashion empire crumbles

    The high-street fashion empire of Philip Green is on the rocks. The UK retail tycoon has secured creditor support for a complex three-year overhaul that will involve rent reductions, store closures and a halving of the company’s pension deficit reduction payments. But will this be enough to save the business? Matthew Vincent discusses this question with Jonathan Ford and Jonathan Eley.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Matthew Vincent, Lombard editor, Jonathan Ford, City editor, and Jonathan Eley, retail correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 18.06.2019
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    Facebook's digital currency initiative

    Facebook has revealed plans for a new global digital currency, claiming it will enable billions of people around the world without a bank account to make money transfers. Patrick Jenkins discusses the initiative and what it means for the banks with Nick Megaw, Caroline Binham and Elaine Moore.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Nick Megaw, retail banking correspondent, Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent and Elaine Moore, deputy head of Lex. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 17.06.2019
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    KKR agrees buyout deal with German media giant

    German media group Axel Springer is seeking to go private with the help of US investor KKR. Katie Martin discusses what both sides stand to gain from the move with Arash Massoudi and Tobias Buck.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Arash Massoudi, corporate finance and deals editor, and Tobias Buck, Berlin correspondent.

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  • 12.06.2019
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    Perspectives on China and global power

    How will the struggle for power between China and the US play out and how will it determine the future world order? Fred Studemann puts this question to China expert Rana Mitter, who has reviewed a series of books looking at the issue from different perspectives.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Fred Studemann, books editor, and Rana Mitter, director of the Oxford University China Centre and author of 'Modern China: A Very Short Introduction'

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  • 10.06.2019
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    Mideast tensions rise over Iran

    There’s been a worrying build-up of tensions in the Arab Gulf after the US accused Iran of making military preparations and responded by sending more troops and hardware to the region. This follows the US decision last year to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and ramp up sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. Geoff Dyer discusses the risk that this could lead to military confrontation with Andrew England, FT Middle East editor.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Geoff Dyer, analysis editor, and Andrew England, Middle East editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 10.06.2019
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    The weaponisation of China's rare earths

    As part of its trade war with the US, China has threatened to restrict exports of rare earths. These obscure minerals, on which the military and tech industries depend, are overwhelmingly produced in China. Katie Martin discusses how the world came to be so dependent on one country for such an essential part of the industrial supply chain with Lucy Hornby and Henry Sanderson.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Henry Sanderson, commodities correspondent, and Lucy Hornby, deputy Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 06.06.2019
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    Woodford debacle reverberates across UK investment industry

    Britain’s best known fund manager Neil Woodford is struggling to save his business after he was forced to freeze his flagship fund because it could not meet withdrawal demands from investors. Patrick Jenkins discusses what went wrong and who will be affected with Caroline Binham and Kate Beioley


    Contributors: Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, Kate Beioley, FT Money reporter and Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 04.06.2019
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    The return of Peronist politics in Argentina

    Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is back. The former populist president left office in 2015 with the country on the brink of economic collapse. But if polls are to be believed, she has a good chance of returning to office in October as vice president, alongside her namesake and former chief of staff, Alberto Fernández. Jonathan Wheatley discusses how history may be repeating itself in Argentina with Benedict Mander in Buenos Aires.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Jonathan Wheatley, deputy emerging markets editor, and Benedict Mander, South Cone correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 02.06.2019
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    Brazil's Natura cosmetics takes on the world

    Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company that owns The Body Shop, has agreed to acquire Avon Products in an all-stock deal that values the US-listed group at more than $2bn. Vanessa Houlder talks to Andres Schipani about the man behind Natura and his plans for the company.


    Contributrors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Vanessa Houlder, Lex writer, and Andres Schipani, Brazil correspondent.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 31.05.2019
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    The return of race science

    The scientific study of different forms of the human race has a bad history, culminating in the atrocities of Nazi Germany.  But despite its discredited record, race science is enjoying something of a revival. Writer Angela Saini discusses her new book: Superior: The Return of Race Science with Fred Studemann and Clive Cookson.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Fred Studemann, FT books editor, writer Angela Saini and Clive Coookson, FT science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 30.05.2019
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    Is Apple's app store anti-competitive?

    Apple has faced a barrage of criticism about how it runs its App Store as regulatory scrutiny of the iPhone’s software and services marketplace mounts on both sides of the Atlantic. Madhumita Murgia talks to Tim Bradshaw about the case for and against


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent and Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 29.05.2019
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    Sky high expectations for Modi's second term

    India's Narendra Modi begins his second term in office this week after a landslide election win. Jyotsna Singh discusses what he must do to live up to the high hopes of the armies of young people who voted for him with Amy Kazmin and Stephanie Findlay.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief and Stephanie Findlay, South Asia correspondent. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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  • 28.05.2019
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    Renault FCA merger set to reshape global car industry

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has unveiled a proposed €32.6bn all-share merger with Renault that would reshape the global automotive industry. David Oakley discusses how the deal came about and how it will affect Renault’s proposed tie-up with Nissan with Arash Massoudi and Peter Campbell


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, David Oakley, industry news editor, Arash Massoudi, corporate finance and deals editor and Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 24.05.2019
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    Why Russia's homegrown industries strategy is flawed

    Vladimir Putin hoped western sanctions would provide the impetus for Russia to create “national champions” in industries ranging from food and software to heavy machinery. But the fate of its first commercial airliner, the Sukhoi SuperJet 100, has shown up the flaws in this plan. Katie Martin discusses Russia's bid to develop globally competitive homegrown industries with Henry Foy, the FT's Moscow bureau chief.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 23.05.2019
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    Europe's changing political landscape

    European voters go to the polls over the next three days to elect a new European parliament. Members of the FT's Brussels bureau discuss why these elections matter and how they are likely to affect the upcoming appointment of senior EU officials.


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Mehreen Khan, Brussels correspondent, Alex Barker, Brussels bureau chief and Jim Brunsden, EU correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 22.05.2019
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    BP prepares for low carbon future

    Two investor resolutions at BP’s annual meeting in Aberdeen this week showed how pressure is building on oil companies to take action on climate change and chairman Helge Lund acknowleged the need to repurpose the business towards a low carbon future. Pilita Clark discusses how oil companies are responding to the climate crisis with Anjli Raval and Leslie Hook


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Pilita Clark, business columnist, Anjli Raval, senior energy correspondent, and Leslie Hook, environment correspondent. Producers: Danielle Manning and Fiona Symon

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  • 21.05.2019
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    US delivers hammer blow to Huawei's expansion hopes

    Huawei’s transformation into a global consumer brand is under threat after the Chinese company was placed on a “banned entity” list by the White House.  Malcolm Moore discusses the background to the US move and what happens next with Nic Fildes in London and Louise Lucas in Hong Kong.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Louise Lucas, Asia tech correspondent, and  in Nic Fildes, media and telecoms correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 21.05.2019
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    The political cost of Pakistan's IMF loan

    Pakistan says it has reached an agreement with the IMF on a $6bn loan. Jyotsna Singh discusses why Imran Khan sought IMF help despite promising not to do so, and what the political cost is likely to be for his government, with Stephanie Findlay and Farhan Bokhari.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Stephanie Findlay, South Asia correspondent, and Farhan Bokhari, Pakistan correspondent.

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  • 20.05.2019
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    Scientists find shocking levels of plastic pollution

    Fresh evidence of the pollution that pervades the world’s oceans has come to light with the discovery of huge amounts of debris littering the coastline of some remote islands in the Indian Ocean. Clive Cookson, FT science editor, discusses the evidence and its implications with Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent, and Clive Cookson, science editor.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 16.05.2019
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    Jack Dorsey: super influencer or troubled soul?

    Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has been hailed by Silicon Valley acolytes for his personal fitness regime, but others question whether he really merits the role of wellness guru. Horatia Harrod discusses whether the Dorsey regime is worth emulating and what might be motivating his ascetic lifestyle with Jo Ellison, FT fashion editor


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Horatia Harrod, associate editor of FT Life & Arts, and Jo Ellison, fashion editor and columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 15.05.2019
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    WhatsApp hack reveals vulnerability of smartphones

    Privacy is the new mantra for big tech executives keen to rebuild our trust in technology. But despite promises of end-to-end encryption, it seems the personal data we carry in our pocket is not secure from prying eyes. An Israeli company has been selling spyware that invades your smartphone via WhatsApp. Malcolm Moore discusses the revelations with Mehul Srivastava in Jerusalem and Robert Smith in London.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Mehul Srivastava, Tel Aviv correspondent, and Robert Smith, capital markets correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 15.05.2019
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    US-China trade dispute takes centre stage for markets

    The failure of trade talks between the US and China this week sparked the biggest fall in US stock prices since January. Katie Martin, the FT’s capital markets editor, discusses the impact of the dispute on global equities, bonds and currencies with Michael Mackenzie, the FT's senior investment commentator.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, and Michael Mackenzie, senior investment commentator. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 14.05.2019
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    Carlos Ghosn: the Lebanon connection

    Carlos Ghosn remains a hero in Lebanon, where his achievements are celebrated alongside other tycoons of Lebanese origin. But it is here that evidence was found that allowed Japanese prosecutors to build what could potentially be their most damaging charge against the former Nissan and Renault boss. Naomi Rovnick, Kana Inagaki, Leo Lewis and Chloe Cornish tell the story so far.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Naomi Rovnick, Live news reporter, Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent, Kana Inagaki and Leo Lewis, Tokyo correspondents. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 13.05.2019
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    Time to tackle our obsession with body image?

    What impact does body image have on our mental health? Darren Dodd discusses why our bodies are often a cause of shame and distress and what can be done about it with Chris O’Sullivan, of the UK’s Mental Health Foundation and London deputy head teacher Fionnuala Kennedy


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Darren Dodd, editor, FT Health, Chris O’Sullivan of the Mental Health Foundation and Fionnuala Kennedy, Senior Deputy Head of Wimbledon High School, part of the Girls’ Day School Trust. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 10.05.2019
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    Modi plays Hindu nationalism card to seek re-election

    India’s election has turned into an ideological battle pitting an inclusive vision of a multi-faith nation against the view that Hindus should have sway. Jyotsna Singh discusses the tactics used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his opponents with with the FT's South Asia Bureau chief Amy Kazmin and correspondent Stephanie Findlay.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief and Stephanie Findlay, South Asia corresondent. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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  • 09.05.2019
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    Google's new privacy drive

    Many of the products and services on display at Google’s developers’ conference rely on getting to know customers’ interests and preferences. The company also wants to reassure us that we can trust it to respect our privacy. But can we? Malcolm Moore puts the question to Richard Waters, the FT’s West Coast editor


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Richard Waters, West Coast editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 08.05.2019
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    Petrodollars fail to ease Basra's water crisis

    Iraq’s second city Basra sits on top of some of the world’s biggest oil reserves that fuel the country’s economy. But life in the city serves as a warning for how rapidly ordinary people can pay the environmental price for mismanagement even as the petrodollars flow in. Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent, discusses the city’s water crisis with Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent and Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 07.05.2019
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    China's BRI - a new colonialism?

    China has spent hundreds of billions of dollars financing infrastructure projects across the world through its Belt and Road Initiative, which critics say has imposed ruinous debts on some countries.  Andreas Paleit discusses the global impact of the scheme for China and those taking part with James Kynge and Lucy Hornby


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Andreas Paleit, assistant companies news editor,  James Kynge, China global editor, and Lucy Hornby, deputy Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 06.05.2019
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    UK high streets in crisis

    Britain's high streets are in crisis as struggling retailers are forced into bankruptcy and the property market has a huge excess of space. Patrick Jenkins discusses what has caused this and if there is a remedy with Judith Evans and Jonathan Eley.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Judith Evans, property correspondent, and Jonathan Eley, retail correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 02.05.2019
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    Bannon's academy for the global alt-right

    Steve Bannon was one of the most influential figures in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He turned the Breitbart News website into a single platform for white supremacists, pro-lifers, neo-Nazis and climate change deniers. He has now moved to Europe. Neville Hawcock discusses what he’s doing here with Hannah Roberts who met him recently in Italy. Read Hannah's story here


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumson, executive editor, Neville Hawcock, FT Weekend magazine acting deputy editor and Hannah Roberts. Producer: Fiona Symon. Photo: Marco Bonomo

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  • 01.05.2019
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    Venezuelan army fails to back Guaidó's 'final push'

    The stand-off between Venezuela’s rival presidents turned violent after Juan Guaidó, who is backed by the US and more than 50 other countries, issued a call to his supporters to take to the streets to oust Nicolás Maduro from the presidential palace. James Wilson speaks to Gideon Long, FT Andean correspondent, who has been covering the events.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, James Wilson, deputy world news editor, Gideon Long, Andean correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon.

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  • 30.04.2019
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    Deutsche Bank problems unresolved after merger talks fail

    Merger talks between Germany's two biggest banks have failed, leaving Deutsche Bank alone to address problems of underperformance and falling revenues. Patrick Jenkins discusses what went wrong and what happens next with Olaf Storbeck, FT correspondent in Frankfurt, and economist Isabel Schnabel.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Olaf Storbeck, Frankfurt correspondent, and Isabel Schnabel, economics professor at Bonn University.

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  • 29.04.2019
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    Privatised water: should the UK reconsider?

    Britons are increasingly doubtful that private companies run things more efficiently than the state. Privatised water utilities have come in for particular criticism and are among the companies targeted for re-nationalisation by the opposition Labour party. But would the cost be prohibitive? Gill Plimmer discusses this question with Jonathan Ford.


    Read Gill's article here. Listen to our privatisation series here


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jonathan Ford, City editor and Gill Plimmer, infrastructure correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 28.04.2019
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    US decision to end Iran oil waivers puts pressure on oil price

    The US is ending the waivers it granted last year to allow some countries to continue to import Iranian oil. These were introduced to avoid a damaging oil price spike when Washington reimposed sanctions after withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran. Philip Georgiadis talks to Anjli Raval and Barney Jopson about the likely impact of the US move.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Philip Georgiadis, FastFT reporter, Anjli Raval, senior energy correspondent and Barney Jopson, Middle East news editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 26.04.2019
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    Nationalist spectre hovers over Spanish poll debate

    Spaniards face one of the most divisive national elections in living memory, with two electoral blocs competing to portray each other as an existential threat to Spain’s future. Ben Hall discusses the last days of the campaign with Ian Mount in Madrid.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor and Ian Mount, Madrid reporter. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clip courtesy of Reuters

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  • 25.04.2019
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    Research opens way to ending malaria

    The malaria parasite kills nearly half a million every year - most of them children under the age of five. Bed nets, insecticides, and a new vaccines have all shown some potential to curb the disease, but what if it could be virtually wiped out altogether? Some early research using gene editing suggests that this might be a real possibility.  Andrew Jack discusses the findings with Clive Cookson, FT science editor, and Austin Burt, professor of evolutionary genetics at Imperial College and a pioneer in the field.


    Contributors: John Murray Brown, production editor, Andrew Jack, global education editor, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Austin Burt, professor of evolutionary genetics at London's Imperial College. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 24.04.2019
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    Thomas Cook explores potential sale

    Thomas Cook, the nearly 200-year-old UK holiday company, is considering putting itself up for sale after a disastrous year when its market capitalisation tumbled 80 per cent. Katie Martin discusses what’s gone wrong and who the potential buyers might be with Anna Gross and Jonathan Guthrie.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Anna Gross, companies reporter and Jonathan Guthrie, editor of the FT's Lex column

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  • 22.04.2019
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    How our faces are helping create a new surveillance technology

    The market for facial recognition technology is expected to be worth $9bn by 2022, thanks to rapid improvements in the speed and accuracy of the software. Recent strides in machine learning, using large datasets of images culled from the internet, have made this possible. But how ethical is this and how will it affect our privacy? Neville Hawcock discusses this question with Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent.

    Read Madhu's article here


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Neville Hawcock, FT Weekend Magazine acting deputy editor, and Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 21.04.2019
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    Brazil's Kayapo people battle to protect their rainforest

    About 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest is located on Brazilian territory. An irreplaceable source of biodiversity and essential global climate regulator, many fear the forest is under threat from a loosening of environmental protections under Brazil's new rightwing President Jair Bolsonaro. Andres Schipani reports from an Amazon village where the Kayapo people have safeguarded the forest for generations. Read Andres's story here


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor and Andres Schipani, Brazil correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 19.04.2019
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    Mueller report unpacked

    Nearly two years after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, his report on the investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign is out. The FT's US managing editor Peter Spiegel and US national editor Edward Luce dig into the key revelations of the report, and what it means for Democrats in 2020. 


    Contributors: Lilah Raptopoulos, community editor; Peter Spiegel, US managing editor; Edward Luce, US national editor. Producer: Marc Filippino. 

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  • 17.04.2019
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    Russians feel the pinch

    Tepid growth, falling real incomes, high inflation, rising taxes and cuts to social handouts are hitting the living standards of ordinary Russians. Katie Martin speaks to Henry Foy in Moscow about what this means for the regime of Vladimir Putin.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 16.04.2019
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    Leaders toppled in Sudan and Algeria, but will anything really change?

    Mass protests in Sudan and Algeria have forced two of Africa’s long-established leaders to step down and in both cases economic hardships played a key role. Katie Martin discusses whether the upheavals will lead to real change in the region with David Pilling, Africa editor, and Andrew England, Middle East editor.


    Contributors: John Murray-Brown, production editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, David Pilling, Africa editor, and Andrew England, Middle East editor. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clips courtesy of Reuters

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  • 15.04.2019
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    What kind of president would Ukraine's comedian candidate make?

    Volodymyr Zelensky, a TV comedy actor, appears to be on course to unseat President Petro Poroshenko in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential elections this weekend. Katie Martin discusses how he got there and what kind of president he would make with Roman Olearchyk.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor and Roman Olearchyk, Kiev correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clip courtesy of Reuters

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  • 12.04.2019
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    The rise of Extinction Rebellion

    Mass protests are set to disrupt London and other cities on Monday over politicians’ failure to tackle climate change. Matthew Green has written about Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, for this week’s FT Weekend Magazine, and he spoke to Neville Hawcock about its origins and aims, along with one of the movement’s leading voices, environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin. Read Matthew's article here


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Neville Hawcock, acting deputy editor, FT Weekend Magazine, Matthew Green, journalist and author, and Farhana Yamin, environmental lawyer. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clip courtesy of Reuters.

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  • 11.04.2019
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    Franco-German divisions laid bare in Brexit talks

    EU leaders have agreed to delay Brexit for up to six months, overriding the objections of French President Emmanuel Macron and setting a Halloween deadline for Britain to leave the bloc. Mehreen Khan talks to Alex Barker and Guy Chazan about the Franco-German clash at the heart of the talks.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Mehreen Khan, EU correspondent, Alex Barker, Brussels bureau chief and Guy Chazan, Berlin bureau chief.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 10.04.2019
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    US-China research highlights risk of 'dual use' AI

    US tech giant Microsoft has worked with a Chinese military-run university on research that could be used for surveillance and censorship. Malcolm Moore talks to Madhumita Murgia about the research collaboration and why it is causing disquiet.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon  

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  • 09.04.2019
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    Roblox leads cloud gaming revolution

    Roblox, a California-based online gaming startup - valued at $2.4bn in a fundraising round last year - has taken the US by storm and is now eyeing Europe’s thriving market. Malcolm Moore discusses the rise of cloud gaming with Aliya Ram and Tim Bradshaw.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Aliya Ram, technology correspondent and Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 08.04.2019
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    Brain stimulation aids short-term memory

    A non-invasive technique for electrical stimulation of the brain has been found to produce a striking improvement in the short-term memory of older people, when finely tuned to the individual’s neural characteristics. Naomi Rovnick discusses the research with Clive Cookson, the FT’s science editor.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter and Clive Cookson, science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 04.04.2019
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    The politics of chess

    Last year’s contest to select a new president of chess’s governing body Fide was the bitterest in the organisation’s history, with accusations of bribery, electoral fraud, embezzlement, and a vast diplomatic influence campaign waged by the Russian state. Sam Jones talks to John Thornhill about the politics of chess. Read Sam's article here


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Sam Jones, Investigations correspondent and John Thornhill, Innovation editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 03.04.2019
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    Pakistan leader criticises Modi for stoking 'war hysteria'

    Imran Khan says he is worried his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may be stoking animosity against Pakistan to boost his electoral prospects. Stephanie Findlay, our South Asia correspondent, spoke to Mr Khan about the recent tensions with India and she discusses the interview with Jyotsna Singh and Amy Kazmin our South Asia bureau chief.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Stephanie Findlay, South Asia correspondent and Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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  • 31.03.2019
    15 MB
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    China's economic slowdown

    Ravi Mattu discusses what’s behind China's economic slowdown and why it matters with Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator,  and Lucy Hornby, deputy bureau chief in Beijing  


    Contributors: Ravi Mattu, Asia news editor, Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator and Lucy Hornby, deputy Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 29.03.2019
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    Thailand's election ends in uncertainty

    After five years of military dictatorship, Thai voters have finally had an opportunity to choose their government, but those hoping for a clear and transparent election will have been disappointed. With the result delayed and turnout figures disputed, there’s a risk that political turmoil could return to south-east Asia’s second-largest economy. Ravi Mattu discusses what happens next with John Reed, South-East Asia correspondent.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, Ravi Mattu, Asia news editor and John Reed South-East Asia correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 28.03.2019
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    Swedbank chief sacked over money laundering scandal

    The chief executive of Swedbank has been fired by the Swedish bank’s board, paying the price for a rapidly escalating money laundering scandal. She is the second Nordic bank chief to lose their job over bank laundering scandals. Richard Milne tells the FT’s financial editor Patrick Jenkins what we know so far.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, and Richard Milne, Nordics correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 26.03.2019
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    Oxford launches poverty-fighting vehicle

    Oxford University has been testing out a new poverty-fighting vehicle in Costa Rica that helps companies to identify and tackle hidden poverty in their workforce. This week it launched its first social enterprise spin-out to take the initiative global. Co-founder John Hammock spoke to the FT's Andrew Jack about the scope and aims of the initiative.

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  • 25.03.2019
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    Volvo chief issues warning on self-driving car safety

    The chief executive of Volvo has warned that the premature launch of self-driving cars could erode trust among the public and regulators and effectively kill off the technology. Tom Braithwaite spoke to Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent about Volvo’s warning.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Tom Braithwaite, Companies editor, and Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 24.03.2019
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    VW chief's Nazi gaffe angers investors

    Independent investors have raised questions about the future of Volkswagen’s chief executive Herbert Diess after he evoked a Nazi phrase in a management meeting. John Murray Brown discusses the controversy with Patrick McGee.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, John Murray Brown, production editor and Patrick McGee, Frankfurt correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 22.03.2019
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    Relief all round as EU leaders offer reprieve on Brexit

    FT Brussels reporters bring you the latest from this week's European Union summit, where Brexit and China were the main topics under discussion.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jim Brunsden, EU correspondent, Rochelle Toplensky, European regulation correspondent, and Michael Peel, European diplomatic correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 21.03.2019
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    Strong cannabis linked to psychosis

    An international study linking the use of strong cannabis to psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia has raised concerns about moves in the US and elsewhere to decriminalise the drug.  Katie Martin discusses the findings with Clive Cookson, FT science editor, and psychiatrist Robin Murray. Read Clive's article here. Read the research paper here


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at Kings College in London. Producer: Fiona Symon


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  • 20.03.2019
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    How a double murder inspired a new politics in Slovakia

    Six years ago, Zuzana Caputova was a little-known lawyer fighting the expansion of a toxic landfill site outside the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Now she is the surprise frontrunner to become Slovakia’s next president. Ben Hall discusses her rise to prominence with James Shotter.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor, James Shotter East Europe correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clips courtesy of Reuters.

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  • 19.03.2019
    14 MB
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    YouTube Music takes on Spotify in India

    YouTube Music, Google’s new music subscription service, has launched in India less than a month after Spotify entered the market. Jyotsna Singh discusses the appeal of this rapidly expanding music streaming audience with Stephanie Findlay and Snigdha Poonam.


    Music clips: Guzarish from the film Ghajini featuring Aamir Khan (TSeries Publishing), and Bye Pewdiepie by Carryminati.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Stephanie Findlay, South Asia correspondent, and Snigdha Poonam, writer. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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  • 18.03.2019
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    What makes for a creative office?

    Amid a storm of digital disruption and competitive pressures, companies are embracing the need for creative thinking, but what are the ingredients of a creative office? Andrew Hill, management editor, discusses how to foster creativity in the workplace with columnist Pilita Clark. Read Pilita's column here


    Contributor: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Andrew Hill, management editor, Pilita Clark, columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 14.03.2019
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    Why was Boeing slow to act on 737 Max concerns?

    The US federal aviation administration has followed China, Europe and Canada in grounding Boeing’s fleet of 737 Max aircraft following two fatal crashes, raising questions about why it took so long to for the US to act. Katie Martin discusses what we know so far with Sylvia Pfeifer and Josh Spero.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Sylvia Pfeifer, acting industry editor and Josh Spero, transport correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 13.03.2019
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    Could a merger between Germany's two biggest banks work?

    Deutsche Bank's chief executive Christian Sewing is seeking assurances that he will not face a political backlash over job cuts if he goes ahead with a merger with the retail lender Commerzbank. Patrick Jenkins discusses the rationale for the merger with Olaf Storbeck and Stephen Morris.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Olaf Storbeck, Frankfurt correspondent and Stephen Morris, European banking correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 12.03.2019
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    Resignation scandal mars Trudeau's shiny image

    Justin Trudeau swept into power in 2015 championing equality, openness and social justice. But the resignation of his attorney general who alleged she had faced pressure to go easy on one of the country’s biggest companies in a corruption case has dented this image. Niki Blasina discusses the case and what it means for Trudeau and the Liberal party with Ravi Mattu and Aime Williams.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Niki Blasina, news editor, Ravi Mattu, deputy Asia news editor and Aime Williams, US and Canada reporter. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 11.03.2019
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    Can DNA testing show us what food to eat?

    The consumer market in DNA testing kits focused initially on tracing ancestry but in recent years there has been a growth in areas such as personalised medicine. For the FT’s Future of Food series supported by Rabobank, Darren Dodd has been testing some of these products and he spoke to FT science editor Clive cookson and neuroscientist Miguel Toribio-Mateas about how useful they are.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Darren Dodd, editor of FT Health, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Miguel Toribio-Mateas, of London’s South Bank University. Producers: Ruth Lewis-Coste and Fiona Symon

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  • 10.03.2019
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    German carmakers go electric

    The German car industry came late to electric vehicles, but has now embraced the technology with gusto. Patrick McGee asked industry executives to describe the moment when they realised that electric vehicles were the future.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor and Patrick McGee, Frankfurt correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 08.03.2019
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    The rise and fall of Bill Gross

    The career of Bill Gross, once known as the bond king, came to a rather humiliating end this year. Robin Wigglesworth interviewed him at his country club in Newport Beach and shares his impressions with Alec Russell, FT Weekend editor. Read Robin's interview here

     

    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Alec Russell, Weekend FT editor and Robin Wigglesworth, US markets editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 06.03.2019
    12 MB
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    French plan to tax big tech stirs controversy

    A French plan to levy an extra tax on big tech companies has sparked criticism from entrepreneurs and investors, who warn the move damages President Macron’s attempt to transform the country into a start-up nation. Josh Noble spoke to Harriet Agnew in Paris about the controversy.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Josh Noble, weekend news editor and Harriet Agnew, Paris correspondent.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 05.03.2019
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    Tokyo court grants bail to former Renault-Nissan boss

    Carlos Ghosn, former boss of the Renault-Nissan alliance, could be released as early as tomorrow after spending 107 days in a Japanese prison, charged with understating his pay and other financial misconduct. Tom Braithwaite, Leo Lewis and Kana Inagaki explain the latest twists in the story.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Tom Braithwaite, companies editor, Leo Lewis and Kana Inagaki, Tokyo correspondents. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 04.03.2019
    13 MB
    09:29
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    Bribery allegations shake up Israeli elections

    After ten years at the helm, Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election hopes have taken a knock after Israel’s attorney general said he plans to indict the prime minister for bribery. Siona Jenkins discusses what impact this will have on next month's vote with Mehul Srivastava in Jerusalem.


    Contrbitutors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Siona Jenkins, news editor, and Mehul Srivastava, Tel Aviv correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 03.03.2019
    15 MB
    10:29
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    Political activists sneak bots into dating apps

    Activists and campaigners have begun to surreptitiously use dating apps to target young voters. Is this a harmless way to inform or an unethical use of deception for political ends? Lauren Fedor discusses the question with Anna Gross and Robert Gorwa.


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FTLive reporter, Lauren Fedor, technology editor, Anna Gross, companies reporter and Robert Gorwa, Oxford University researcher. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 01.03.2019
    13 MB
    09:29
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    Why the exclusion of women from data matters

    Treating men as the 'default human' in economic planning is not only costly for society but the practice can also be deadly for women when applied to things like medical trials. This is a case made by Caroline Criado-Perez in her book: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. Fred Studemann talks to FT business editor Sarah Gordon about the arguments put forward. Read Sarah's book review here

     

    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Fred Studemann, books editor and Sarah Gordon, business editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 28.02.2019
    14 MB
    10:05
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    Waiting for Mueller

    Robert Mueller is believed to be close to completing his investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Geoff Dyer discusses what we can expect with Kadhim Shubber, US legal and enforcement correspondent.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Geoff Dyer, former US diplomatic correspondent, and Kadhim Shubber, US legal and enforcement correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 27.02.2019
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    Calvey detention alarms Russia investors

    Michael Calvey, a US citizen and one of Russia's most prominent foreign investors, has been detained in Moscow in connection with a fraud investigation in a case that has shocked the business community. Neil Buckley spoke to Max Seddon in Moscow about the case.


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FTLive reporter, Neil Buckley, former East Europe editor, and Max Seddon, Moscow correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 26.02.2019
    14 MB
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    Will the folding phone catch on?

    The iPhone has for years defined the shape and style of a smartphone but with the market saturated, the first significant change has appeared. Tim Bradshaw was at the launch of the folding phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and he spoke to Malcolm Moore about the new design.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor and Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 25.02.2019
    11 MB
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    How did Buffett get burnt in Kraft Heinz deal?

    Kraft Heinz was created by 3G Capital in a Warren Buffett-backed 2015 megamerger of Kraft and Heinz. Now the food group’s shares have crashed and Mr Buffett has admitted that he overpaid. Katie Martin discusses what went wrong with James Fontanella-Khan and Sujeet Indap.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, James Fontanella-Khan, US corporate finance and deals editor and Sujeet Indap, Lex columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 22.02.2019
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    Greta Thunberg: climate change superstar

    Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden, has transformed the debate on climate with an uncompromising message: all efforts to halt global warming have failed and it’s time to act now. Leslie Hook spent a day with Greta in Stockholm and she tells Alec Russell about her impressions.

    Read Leslie's article here


    Contributors: John Murray Brown, production editor, Alec Russell, FT Weekend editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 21.02.2019
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    Saudi mission to India turns from trade to terror

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman arrived in India in the aftermath of a deadly attack on Indian paramilitary soldiers in Kashmir that raised fears of a military confrontation with Pakistan. Jyotsna Singh spoke to Amy Kazmin about the flare up, and the prince’s potential to act as a peacemaker.


    Contributors: John Murray Brown, production editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter and Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 20.02.2019
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    Fast-growing fintech Revolut stirs debate in Lithuania

    British digital bank Revolut has been caught in the middle of a political debate in Lithuania over the country’s recent push to challenge the UK as Europe’s financial technology hub. David Crow spoke to Nicholas Megaw about the fast growing company and why some politicians in Lithuania are sounding the alarm.


    Contributors: James Wilson, deputy world news editor, David Crow, banking editor and Nicholas Megaw, retail banking correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clip courtesy of the FT Money Show

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  • 19.02.2019
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    Britain's breakaway faction seeks to build 'a new politics'

    Seven opposition Labour MPs, dissatisfied with the polarisation of politics around Brexit, have launched a political faction called the Independent Group. Siona Jenkins spoke to Henry Mance about whether the group can succeed in its aim of building a new politics in Britain.


    Contributors: Cat Rutter Pooley, FastFT reporter, Siona Jenkins, news editor and Henry Mance, political correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 18.02.2019
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    US and European rifts on display at Munich security conference

    This year’s Munich security conference was marked by sharp disagreements between the US and its European allies on issues such as arms control, Syria and Iran. At the end of the conference, Michael Peel sat down with Guy Chazan, Berlin bureau chief and David Bond, defence and security editor, to discuss the state of the Atlantic Alliance. 


    Contributors: Cat Rutter Pooley, FastFT reporter, Michael Peel, Brussels diplomatic correspondent, Guy Chazan, Berlin bureau chief and David Bond, defence and security editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 17.02.2019
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    Travis Kalanick's next act

    Travis Kalanick, the former Uber chief executive, who was ousted from the ride hailing company after a series of scandals, has a new venture. CloudKitchens describes itself as offering smart kitchens for delivery-only restaurants and it’s coming to Europe soon. Malcolm Moore talks to Tim Bradshaw about the venture and its prospects.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor and Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 14.02.2019
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    To impeach or not to impeach?

    The US Congress is packed with a new generation of radical Democrats and impeachment is in the air. But are there sufficient grounds to take such an action against Donald Trump and would it be a wise move? Fred Studemann puts these questions to Ed Luce, the FT’s US national editor.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Frederick Studemann, books editor, and Edward Luce, US national editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 13.02.2019
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    Australia's military upgrade

    France’s Naval Group is celebrating its biggest ever foreign sale with a $35bn deal to sell submarines to Australia. Lauren Fedor spoke to Jamie Smyth and Michael Peel about what’s behind Australia’s military upgrade and what it means for the French state-controlled company.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumson, executive editor, Lauren Fedor, creative producer, Jamie Smyth, Australia and Pacific Islands correspondent and Michael Peel, European diplomatic editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 12.02.2019
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    Bolsonaro's financial guru

    Brazil’s new finance minister Paulo Guedes brought credibility to the presidential campaign of Jair Bolsonaro, reassuring jittery markets at a time when many worried about the authoritarian instincts of the right-wing former army captain. So, after a month in office, how are things going? The FT’s John Paul Rathbone and Andres Schipani went to meet Mr Guedes to find out.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, John Paul Rathbone, Latin America editor and Andres Schipani, Brazil correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 11.02.2019
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    Hungary offers financial perks to boost birth rate

    Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban believes he has found a way to ease the country’s severe labour shortage while maintaining a tough anti-immigration policy.  He’s offering tax and other incentives to encourage people to have larger families. But will it work? Katie Martin discusses the move with Neil Buckley and Valerie Hopkins.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Valerie Hopkins, South-East Europe correspondent and Neil Buckley, former Eastern Europe editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 10.02.2019
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    Dispute over iconic Milan building worries investors

    A high stakes battle between the head of the world’s largest private equity firm and an Italian media tycoon is raising questions among investors about the ease of doing business in Italy. Josh Noble talks to FT Milan correspondent Rachel Sanderson about the dispute and its protagonists.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Josh Noble, weekend new editor and Rachel Sanderson, Milan correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 08.02.2019
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    Tortoise provides inspiration for diabetes pill

    A new high-tech pill that could give people with diabetes an alternative to injecting themselves with insulin has been developed by researchers. Naomi Rovnick spoke to Clive Cookson and James Pickford about the breakthrough, which could transform the lives of millions of diabetics all over the world.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Naomi Rovnick, FTLive reporter, Clive Cookson, science editor and James Pickford, deputy editor of FTMoney. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 07.02.2019
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    Can the US soyabean market stage a recovery this year?

    One Chicago-based grain processor Archer Daniels Midland expects the US-China trade war to be resolved, easing the pressure on US soyabean farmers, who have suffered under tariffs imposed on exports to China. Gregory Meyer, US markets reporter, talks to Eric Krupke about what effect the trade war has had on the US soyabean market and where the trouble began.


    Contributors: Aimee Keane, US audio editor, Gregory Meyer, US markets reporter. 

    Producer: Eric Krupke

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  • 06.02.2019
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    UK outsourcing sector proves a hard sell

    Britain’s outsourcing sector is in trouble, with Interserve just the latest in a string of companies seeking financial restructuring to avert bankruptcy. Josh Noble discusses what’s behind the problems and why the government is refusing to intervene, with Gill Plimmer and Jonathan Ford


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FTLive reporter, Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Gill Plimmer, infrastructure correspondent and Jonathan Ford, City editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 05.02.2019
    15 MB
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    Nissan reverses out of UK X-Trail decision

    Nissan’s decision to reverse a promise to build its latest sport utility vehicle, the X-Trail, at its Sunderland plant in the UK has sent shock waves through the industry. Matthew Vincent discusses what’s behind the Japanese car company's decision and the political and economic repercussions of the news with Peter Campbell and Jim Pickard.


    Contributors: Siona Jenkins, news editor, Matthew Vincent, Lombard columnist, Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent and Jim Pickard, chief political correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 04.02.2019
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    VW takes on Tesla

    Volkswagen has been working on its 'Tesla killer' since late 2015 but this is not not an electric car. It is the underlying chassis and the building block for 50 different models of electric car that the German car maker plans to make by 2025. Tim Bradshaw discusses VW's ambition to dominate the electric vehicles market with Patrick McGee in Frankfurt


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent and Patrick McGee, Frankfurt correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 31.01.2019
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    Brazil disaster puts spotlight on industry failings

    The collapse of a dam owned by the Brazilian company Vale ranks among the worst mining disasters in decades, with more than 300 people feared dead. Andres Schipani reports on the aftermath in Brazil and Katie Martin talks to Neil Hume, the FT's natural resources editor, about the wider repercussions for the industry.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Andres Schipani, Brazil correspondent and Neil Hume, natural resources editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 30.01.2019
    13 MB
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    Tech that can read our minds takes a step closer

    Researchers in the US have for the first time constructed intelligible synthetic speech using the computer processing of human brain activity, in a significant step towards creating technology that can read people’s thoughts. Madhumita Murgia talks to our science editor Clive Cookson about how they did this.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent and Clive Cookson, science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 29.01.2019
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    Former Barclays chief Varley on trial

    More than a decade after Barclays turned to Middle Eastern investors for rescue funds during the financial crisis, a jury in London has begun hearing the case against the bank’s former chief executive John Varley and three senior colleagues, who stand accused of defrauding the market. Patrick Jenkins discusses what has emerged from the case so far with Caroline Binham and Jane Croft.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent and Jane Croft, law courts correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 28.01.2019
    13 MB
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    Can tech save bricks and mortar retail?

    Technology ravaged malls across America by allowing customers to shop online. But now, some retailers hope it’s also the answer to luring shoppers back to stores. The FT’s Jennifer Sigl visited America’s oldest toy store to find out how it’s implementing in-store technology, and spoke with US consumer correspondent Alistair Gray.


    Read Alistair’s latest reporting here.


    Contributors: Alistair Gray, US consumer correspondent. Producer: Jennifer Sigl.


    Credits: Gracie Films/20th Century Fox

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  • 27.01.2019
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    Dyson relocates its HQ on the eve of Brexit

    British businessman James Dyson has long trumpeted Britain’s economic potential on the global stage once it leaves the EU, so why has he decided to move his business headquarters to Singapore? Ursula Milton discusses this with Michael Pooler, industry reporter, and Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent.


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FTLive reporter, Ursula Milton, news editor, Michael Pooler, industry reporter and Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 24.01.2019
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    Does Britain's 'Prevent' anti-terror strategy work?

    The UK’s Prevent strategy, which aims to spot potential terrorists before they have committed any dangerous acts, has been operating in relative secrecy for over a decade. But as criticisms of the programme have mounted, the government has started to be more open about its controversial methods. Esther Bintliff discusses this with Helen Warrell, FT public policy correspondent, who has been behind the scenes to see what Prevent does.


    Read Helen's article here


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Esther Bintliff, FT Weekend Magazine deputy editor, and Helen Warrell, public policy correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 23.01.2019
    18 MB
    12:55
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    India's e-commerce backlash

    For the past few years, online shoppers in India have been revelling in the huge discounts available at Amazon and its local rival Flipkart. But thanks to tough new regulations designed to protect local retailers, those discounts may soon be a thing of the past. Ursula Milton discusses the background to the new rules and what happens next with Simon Mundy, the FT’s Mumbai correspondent.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Simon Mundy, Mumbai correspondent, and Ursula Milton, news editor. Producer: Fiona symon

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  • 22.01.2019
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    Brexit fireworks put markets in a bind

    Brexit has fired up UK politics but left markets trapped and investors unsure what to do. David Riley, chief investment strategist at BlueBay Asset Management tells Katie Martin what the steady pound means, and how it fits into a lively start to the year for global markets.


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FTLive reporter, Katie Martin, capital markets editor and David Riley, chief investment strategist at BlueBay Asset Management. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 21.01.2019
    12 MB
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    US bank earnings defy investor concerns

    Shares of the big six US banks fell sharply in the final month of 2018, worrying investors who feared that a long period of expansion was coming to an end. But fourth quarter earnings reports from the banks showed a different outlook for the global economy. The FT’s US banking editor Laura Noonan spoke with with US finance editor Robert Armstrong about the latest round of earnings and what we can expect to see from the banks in 2019.


    Read more on banking at FT.com.


    Contributors: Robert Armstrong, US finance editor and Laura Noonan, US banking editor. Producers: Jennifer Sigl and Eric Krupke.

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  • 18.01.2019
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    The KonMari craze

    Marie Kondo is the Japanese tidying guru with a blunt black fringe and a vast wardrobe of white cardigans. She claims to love mess but has caused a sensation among Netflix subscribers with her new series on decluttering. So what exactly is the KonMari method and does it really spark joy? Horatia Harrod discusses the phenomenon with FT columnist Jo Ellison.


    Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor, Jo Ellison, fashion editor and columnist and Horatia Harrod, acting commissioning editor. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clips courtesy of Netflix and YouTube.

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  • 17.01.2019
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    Santander's mis-hiring fiasco

    Banco Santander said this week it would no longer hire Andrea Orcel, the outgoing boss of UBS’s investment bank, as its chief executive. The amount that the Spanish bank would have had to pay Mr Orcel to compensate him for deferred stock awards earned during his career at UBS was apparently just too much. Patrick Jenkins discusses what went wrong with David Crow and Stephen Morris.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, David Crow, banking editor and Stephen Morris, European banking correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 16.01.2019
    15 MB
    11:03
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    May's mission impossible on Brexit

    Theresa May’s Brexit plan has been voted down in the largest ever defeat for a UK government on a major piece of legislation. Less than a third of parliament supported the deal. So what happens next? Siona Jenkins spoke to Henry Mance about the prime minister's options.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Siona Jenkins, editor, UK news, and Henry Mance, political correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 15.01.2019
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    07:50
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    The murky world of data brokers

    Did you know that your every online move is being watched and analysed by data brokers and advertising technology companies? What do they do with the data and does it matter? Malcolm Moore discusses the so-called 'privacy deathstars' with FT technology reporters Aliya Ram and Madhumita Murgia


    Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Aliya Ram, technology correspondent and Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 14.01.2019
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    What’s next for WeWork

    SoftBank changed course when it scaled back plans for an investment in WeWork from $16bn to $2bn. The FT’s Eric Platt spoke with US business editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson about what led to the cut in investment and why an IPO might come sooner than expected.


    Read Eric’s reporting here and Andrew’s profile on WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann here.


    Contributors: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US business editor and Eric Platt, US mergers & acquisitions correspondent. Producer: Jennifer Sigl.

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  • 13.01.2019
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    What are the potential health benefits of gene editing?

    Last year a Chinese scientist shocked the world by claiming that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies. Anjana Ahuja talks to Robin Lovell-Badge, a developmental biologist and geneticist, about the controversy and about the potential for gene editing tools such as Crispr-Cas9 to revolutionise the treatment of genetic diseases.This podcast is supported by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. Read more in the FT Health series Future of Research and Development


    Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor. Anjana Ahuja, science columnist, and Robin Lovell-Badge, head of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute. Producers: Ruth Lewis-Coste and Fiona Symon

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  • 10.01.2019
    27 MB
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    Stress in the City

    Natalie Whittle discusses how to spot signs of stress at work and what can be done to help from conversations with colleagues to new treatments involving the use of psychedelic drugs, with William Shanahan, consultant psychiatrist, and Matthew Green, a writer with a focus on mental health.

    Read more here


    If you are affected by any of the issues in this podcast, the following organisations may be able to help: Heads Together, Mind and Samaritans.


    Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor, Natalie Whittle, executive editor of Life & Arts, William Shanahan, consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the private Nightingale Hospital in London and Matthew Green, former FT journalist and now writer with a focus on mental health. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 09.01.2019
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    Banks, business and Brexit

    While politicians in Westminster wrangle over the shape of Britain’s exit deal from the European Union, how are the mainstays of the economy coping with the continuing uncertainty? Katie Martin asks Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, and Sarah Gordon, FT business editor, how banks and businesses are preparing.


    Contributors: John Murray Brown, journalist, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor and Sarah Gordon, business editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 08.01.2019
    13 MB
    09:24
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    Youthful rapper challenges Africa's ageing autocrats

    Bobi Wine, also known as the 'Ghetto President', has become a leading voice of dissent in Uganda and beyond as ageing presidents seek to crush opponents and cling to power. Orla Ryan discusses his appeal with the FT's Africa editor, David Pilling. 


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Orla Ryan, journalist and David Pilling, Africa editor. Producer: Fiona Symon. Music: Ghetto by Bobi Wine and Nubian Li 

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  • 07.01.2019
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    US government shutdown tests mettle of rival parties

    The US government has been partially closed since December 22 over the border funding issue, leading thousands of federal workers to stay home or work without pay, and shuttering museums and national parks. Katie Martin discusses the reasons for the stand-off with the FT’s James Politi and Kadhim Shubber.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, James Politi, world trade editor and Kadhim Shubber, US legal correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 06.01.2019
    13 MB
    09:24
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    Lebanon looks to China for role in Syria reconstruction

    As Syria starts to rebuild some of its devastated cities, neighbouring Lebanon is hoping to turn itself into a logistics hub for reconstruction, financed in part by China. Chloe Cornish, the FT’s Middle East correspondent, tells Andrew England about why the port of Tripoli is key to these hopes.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Andrew England, Middle East editor and Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 04.01.2019
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    China role in 5G contracts presents dilemma for Europe

    The EU is looking at ways of safeguarding against cyber security risks from the purchase of high tech equipment made in China. Huawei, a leading Chinese manufacturer of 5G technology, has attracted special attention because of its growing dominance in the telecoms sector.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumson, executive editor, Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent, Michael Peel, Brussels diplomatic editor and Alan Livsey, Lex columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 03.01.2019
    11 MB
    08:12
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    EU regime disrupts role of financial analysts

    This week saw the anniversary of the introduction of Mifid II, a set of EU-wide rules aimed at making markets more transparent. But these rules have had some unintended consequences. Stephen Morris, the FT's European banking correspondent, discusses their impact on the financial analyst profession with Cat Rutter Pooley.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Cat Rutter Pooley, FastFT reporter and Stephen Morris, European banking correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 02.01.2019
    11 MB
    07:51
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    Pre-election giveaways worry India's economists

    India's ruling BJP and opposition Congress parties have been showering gifts on farmers ahead of parliamentary elections this year. But economists are worried about the long term impact of this competitive populism and suggest it won't do much to improve the lot of India's farmers. Amy Kazmin discusses the pre-election giveaways with Jyotsna Singh.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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  • 31.12.2018
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    How much sleep do we need?

    How much sleep do we need and can we have too much of it? Darren Dodd discusses why sleep is now being seen as an acute health issue in developed societies with the FT’s science editor Clive Cookson and neuroscientist Matthew Walker, author of Why we sleep


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Darren Dodd editor of FT Health, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Producer: Fiona Symon



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  • 28.12.2018
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    Corporate year in review

    Which companies made the biggest headlines in 2018 and what's the outlook for 2019? Tom Braithwaite, FT companies editor, discusses the big corporate themes of this year and next with Katie Martin, capital markets editor.


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Tom Braithwaite, companies editor and Katie Martin, capital markets editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 27.12.2018
    16 MB
    11:47
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    Mind the gender pay gap

    Gender pay gap reporting became compulsory for UK companies with 250 or more employees last year. But those hoping to see swift action from employers to narrow the gap will be disappointed. Financial Times analysis of the data lodged in April 2018 reveals that the gap has barely shifted from the previous year. Sarah O’Connor discusses the findings with Sarah Gordon and Aleksandra Wisniewska


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter; Sarah O'Connor, investigations correspondent, Sarah Gordon, business editor and Aleksandra Wisniewska, data journalist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 24.12.2018
    13 MB
    09:06
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    Walmsley's GSK gamble

    GlaxoSmithKline is combining its consumer health business with that of US rival Pfizer, paving the way for a separation of its core consumer and pharmaceuticals businesses within three years. Chief executive Emma Walmsley is betting the cash generated by the enlarged consumer unit will fund further investment in the pharmaceutical business ahead of the demerger. Matthew Vincent is joined by Sarah Neville and Arash Massoudi to discuss the merits of the deal and its implications for the health and pharmaceuticals markets.


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Matthew Vincent, Lombard columnist, Sarah Neville, global pharmaceuticals editor and Arash Massoudi, corporate finance and deals editor. Producer: Sam Westran

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  • 22.12.2018
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    21:23
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    George Soros: standard bearer for liberal democracy

    The Financial Times’s choice of Person of the Year is usually a reflection of their achievements. In the case of George Soros this year, his selection is also about the values he represents. Robert Shrimsley discusses the FT's choice with Lionel Barber and Roula Khalaf. 

    This podcast was first published as a Big Read podcast. Read Roula Khalaf's interview with the billionaire philanthropist here


    Contributors: Robert Shrimsley, columnist, Lionel Barber, editor, and Roula Khalaf, deputy editor. Producers: Anna Dedhar and Fiona Symon

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  • 21.12.2018
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    10:24
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    Delayed Congo poll offers slim hope for change

    Congo’s elections on Sunday were set to herald the country’s first transition of power by the ballot box, with President Joseph Kabila stepping down after 17 years in office. But an explosion of violence has caused the polls to be postponed. Orla Ryan discusses what happened with the FT’s Africa editor David Pilling


    Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor, Orla Ryan, journalist, David Pilling, Africa editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 20.12.2018
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    US stocks tumble on Fed rate decision and outlook

    Investors on Wall Street sent their sharpest response to an interest rate rise since 1994 after the Federal Reserve defied pressure from Donald Trump by boosting rates for the fourth time this year. The FT's senior investment commentator Mike Mackenzie explains the market reaction, as well as what we learned from the Fed's outlook for the US economy. 

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  • 19.12.2018
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    Pressure builds on US tech companies over Russia manipulation

    Big tech companies are under fire again for failing to disclose key information about how Russia used their services to promote a pro-Trump agenda both before and after the 2016 election. Kiran Stacey, FT Washington correspondent, talks to Fiona Symon about the allegations, contained in two reports written for the Senate intelligence committee, and their likely repercussions.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Kiran Stacey, Washington Correspondent and Fiona Symon, audio editor.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 18.12.2018
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    Malaysia files charges against Goldman over 1MDB fraud

    Malaysian prosecutors are seeking fines of over $3bn from Goldman Sachs and prison terms for two of its bankers for their alleged role in the country’s long running 1MDB scandal. Stefania Palma has been covering the story for the FT and she spoke to Tom Braithwaite about the latest developments.


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Stefania Palma, south-east Asia correspondent and Tom Braithwaite, companies editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 17.12.2018
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    Isis returns to its insurgent roots

    Four years after Isis controlled as much as a third of Iraq and declared a caliphate, it has retrenched, but still has the power to carry out kidnappings, killings and bombings. Chloe Cornish talks to Andrew England about the continuing threat posed by the group to stability in the region


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent and Andrew England, Middle East editor.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 14.12.2018
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    EU moves closer to adopting human rights sanctions law

    An EU-wide human rights sanctions regime is in sight after EU foreign ministers agreed to work on a Dutch proposal to end impunity for individual abusers no matter where they come from. This is thanks in no small part to the efforts of one man, Bill Browder, who has made it his personal mission to see such legislation adopted throughout the world. He spoke to Michael Peel recently during a visit to Brussels.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Michael Peel, Brussels diplomatic editor and Bill Browder, CEO and founder of Hermitage Capital Management. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 13.12.2018
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    Big Four accounting firms reveal sexual harassment data

    Britain’s top accounting firms revealed this week that dozens of partners have been let go following inappropriate behaviour, including bullying and sexual harassment. Madison Marriage talks to Tom Braithwaite about how the story developed, and what the revelations tell us about sexual harassment policies at the Big Four in the Me Too era.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Madison Marriage, accounting and tax corrrespondent and Tom Braithwaite, companies editor.  Producer: Sam Westran

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  • 12.12.2018
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    Dell shareholders back return to the public market

    Five years after quitting the Nasdaq exchange, Michael Dell's technology company is set to return to the public market after a fierce fight over its valuation. The FT's US editor of the Lex column, Sujeet Indap, explains the backstory. 

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  • 11.12.2018
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    Global spotlight on Pakistan's blasphemy laws

    The case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman targeted by Islamist extremists, has focused international attention on the country's draconian blasphemy laws and on its treatment of its Christian minority. Farhan Bokhari tells Jyotsna Singh why the issue is such a difficult one for Imran Khan, the prime minister, to resolve.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor; Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter; Farhan Bokhari, Islamabad correspondent. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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  • 10.12.2018
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    Can science solve the problem of climate change?

    Global carbon dioxide emissions are accelerating, despite pledges by nearly 200 countries to limit global warming. So what can be done? Can science provide the answers? Professor Nilay Shah, of London’s Imperial College, tells Clive Cookson about the findings of a recent report on the subject


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Clive Cookson, science editor and Nilay Shah, professor of chemical engineering at Imperial College, London. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 07.12.2018
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    Arrest of Huawei executive revives US-China trade tensions

    The arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, has triggered fears of renewed trade tensions between the US and China, just when markets had detected signs of a truce. Victor Mallet discusses the arrest and its implications with Louise Lucas, Nic Fildes and Adam Samson.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Victor Mallet, former Asia news editor, Louise Lucas, Asia technology correspondent, Nic Fildes, telecoms correspondent and Adam Samson, editor of FastFT. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 06.12.2018
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    Sabarimala dispute undermines India's highest court

    The refusal of Hindu mobs to abide by a Supreme Court decision to allow women to worship at the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala has worried many people in India who fear it shows a dangerous tendency for the ruling party to back religious zealots and undermine the rule of law in India. Amy Kazmin discusses the dispute with Jyotsna Singh


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief and Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon. Clips courtesy of Reuters.

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  • 05.12.2018
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    Investors needed to save the planet

    Countries that signed up to the Paris climate accord are meeting in Poland to discuss how to put their pledges into action. How will the funds for investment be raised and how much has been allocated so far? Leslie Hook puts these questions to Zoe Knight and Alice Ross.


    Read more on this topic in the FT’s Special Report on Sustainable Finance


    Contributors: Barney Jopson, Middle East and Africa news editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent, Zoe Knight, head of HSBC’s centre of sustainable finance and Alice Ross, wealth correspondent. Producers: Ruth Lewis-Coste and Fiona Symon

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  • 04.12.2018
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    What's behind the rise in food allergies?

    Life-threatening allergic reactions are on the rise, particularly in western countries like the UK, Canada and the US. So what is causing this and how should the business and medical worlds respond? Maija Palmer puts these questions to Julianne Ponan, founder of creative nature, and to allergy experts Adam Fox and Tari Haahtela  


    Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, Live news reporter; Maija Palmer, deputy editor, special reports; Julianne Ponan, founder of superfood brand Creative Nature; Adam Fox, consultant in allergy at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital; Prof Tari Haahtela of Helsinki university. Producers: Ruth Lewis-Coste and Fiona Symon

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  • 03.12.2018
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    How the ultra-rich hide their properties

    The FT's Judith Evans reports on what some of the world's wealthiest homeowners do to maintain secrecy about the properties they buy and sell, and how the UK government's efforts to combat money laundering are bringing these practices into focus.

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  • 30.11.2018
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    What to watch for at the G20 summit

    Leaders from the world's most powerful countries are gathering for the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina to discuss matters such as trade and market regulation. But this year's meeting is set to be particularly dramatic. The FT's James Politi explains what to expect.


    Contributors: James Politi, world trade editor, Jennifer Sigl. Producer: Eric Krupke

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  • 29.11.2018
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    How dangerous is the Ukraine-Russia flare-up?

    Russia captured three Ukrainian boats and their crews off the coast of Crimea at the weekend, prompting Ukraine to impose martial law in 10 border regions and to warn of the threat of full-scale war with Russia. Hannah Murphy asks Henry Foy and Roman Olearchyk what’s behind the latest flare-up


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor; Hannah Murphy, City reporter; Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief and Roman Olearchyk, Kiev correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 28.11.2018
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    How will López Obrador address the US-Mexico border crisis?

    Ahead of the inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president of Mexico, the FT's Jude Webber reports on the state of the migrant crisis along the US-Mexico border, and what we can expect for relations between the new leader and US president Donald Trump.

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  • 26.11.2018
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    Concerns raised over Google and DeepMind health data

    Google's decision to move the health unit of its London-based DeepMind subsidiary from London to California has raised questions about what will happen to the UK patient data it has been given access to. Malcolm Moore discusses what’s behind the move and why it has raised concerns with Madhumita Murgia.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor and Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 23.11.2018
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    Syrian refugee family faces bleak future as debts mount

    The FT's Chloe Cornish visits a family of Syrian refugees in the mountains of Lebanon and hears the story of their struggle to survive


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor and Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 22.11.2018
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    Despite records, a mixed bag at New York's art auctions

    A few trophy sales made headlines last week at the New York art auctions, including paintings from Edward Hopper and David Hockney that each sold for more than $90m. In total, Christie’s, Phillips and Sotheby’s sold close to $2bn worth of art during the week. But some marquee works also went unsold. So what do the sales signal about the mood among art collectors and investors? The FT’s Eric Platt reports on the auctions and the state of the art market.


    Read Eric’s reporting here.


    Contributors: Eric Platt, U.S. mergers & acquisitions correspondent. Producers: Jennifer Sigl and Aimee Keane.

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  • 21.11.2018
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    Can Carlos Ghosn's legacy survive Nissan allegations?

    Carlos Ghosn, one of the most powerful figures in the auto industry, was arrested this week after an internal investigation at Nissan that uncovered what the Japanese automaker called numerous “significant acts of misconduct”. Tom Braithwaite talks to Kana Inagaki, Peter Cambell and Vanessa Houlder about what this means for Mr Ghosn and the three way alliance he built between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi.


    Contributors: Tom Braithwaite, companies editor; Kana Inagaki, Tokyo correspondent, Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent and Vanessa Houlder, Lex writer. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 20.11.2018
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    Whistleblower points to Deutsche Bank's role in Danske money laundering scandal

    The first public testimony of the British man who exposed one of the world’s largest money laundering cases has pointed to the involvement of two US banks and a European bank’s US subsidiary, identified by the FT as Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. Patrick Jenkins discusses the revelations with Richard Milne.


    Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor; Patrick Jenkins, financial editor and Richard Milne, Nordics correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 19.11.2018
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    How the mafia infiltrated Italy's food chain

    Italy’s food chain has been thoroughly infiltrated by the mafia, from field to fork.  Hannah Roberts investigated the problem and told Josh Noble what she found


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Hannah Roberts, Rome-based investigative reporter. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 16.11.2018
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    Russia's controversial new gas pipeline to Europe

    Russia and Germany are pressing ahead with the construction of a controversial pipeline to export Russian gas to Europe, despite strong opposition from the US administration, which has threatened sanctions. Katie Martin asks Henry Foy and Tobias Buck why the project is important for Germany and why it has attracted such strong opposition.


    Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief, Tobias Buck, Frankfurt correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 15.11.2018
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    Italy’s economic drift

    The European Commission recently rejected Italy’s spending plans for 2019, noting that they are in danger of running an excessive public deficit. So why is the Italian government proposing to expand public spending? John Murray Brown is joined by Valentina Romei and Miles Johnson to discuss the challenges of Italian economic stagnation and structural problems that need to be addressed.


    Contributors: John Murray Brown, Valentina Romei, and Miles Johnson. Produced by Sam Westran

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  • 14.11.2018
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    How Amazon chose New York and Virginia for HQ2

    The ecommerce giant plans to put big new offices in Long Island City, in New York, and Arlington, Virginia, ending the 14-month long search for a second headquarters. So why these two cities? The FT’s Shannon Bond explains Amazon’s decision and what these new headquarters tell us about the future direction of its business.


    Read Shannon’s latest reporting here.


    Contributors: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US business editor and Shannon Bond, San Francisco correspondent. Producers: Jennifer Sigl and Aimee Keane.

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  • 13.11.2018
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    US China chip wars

    Computer chips have become the latest battleground in the trade war between the US and China. Caught in the middle is China chip maker, Fujian Jinhua, which the US has charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets from US rival Micron. Malcolm Moore discusses the case and China’s efforts to build its own semiconductor industry with Emily Feng in Beijing and Kathrin Hille in Taipei


    Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Emily Feng, Beijing correspondent, Kathrin Hille, Greater China correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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  • 12.11.2018
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