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BBC Business Daily

Demystifying the world of money - Business Daily and In the Balance examine the big issues facing the global economy and look at what the analysis and the business jargon really mean.

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  • When the Drugs Don't Work...

    Sat, 2 May 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    29 days remaining

    What do we do when the antibiotics we rely on to cure deadly diseases stop working? A growing number of infections like malaria and TB are renewed killers because new strains of the diseases no longer respond to antibiotics. The World Health Organisation this week calls it the single greatest challenge in infectious diseases. We hear from the leading economist Jim O'Neill who is conducting a review of the global strategic challenges resulting from the spread of AMR (anti-microbial resistance). We talk to the WHO about the readiness of countries to face the health crises that may lie ahead; and we ask the drug companies what they are doing to develop new drugs that might once more fight these lethal diseases.

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  • Obesity and Malnutrition

    Fri, 1 May 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    28 days remaining

    Obesity and malnutrition may not at first thought have much in common yet as Katy Watson in Mexico City discovers the two are both part of a similar problem - one which presents very different challenges. Mexico has the highest rates of child obesity in the world and the economy is struggling to cope with the problems which being seriously overweight can bring. To explain the links between this health crisis and the economic strain it brings is Hugh Pym, the BBC's Health Editor. Plus, the BBC's Cindy Sui in Taipai explains how the Taiwanese government has tackled soaring levels of obesity in the region head on.

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  • The Who & Why of Online Abuse

    Thu, 30 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    27 days remaining

    We find out why trolling has become as much a feature of the internet as videos of cute kittens. Author Jon Ronson, who's just published his latest book So You've Been Publicly Shamed, tells us about people who have suffered persistent online abuse and gives advice on what to do if you become the target of trolls. Also, the BBC's economics correspondent Robert Peston speaks about his experience of being abused online and how he dealt with it. Plus, we get a profile of who's likely to engage in trolling from London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, while Claire Hardaker, linguistics professor at Lancaster University, assesses whether Twitter's latest attempt to clamp down on online abuse is likely to be effective.

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  • Gender Equality: Women in the Workplace

    Wed, 29 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    Earlier this week the United Nations published its flagship report into the status of women in the global economy. It painted a global picture in which women were, on average, paid less, working more and missing out on a pension. We speak to Aongus Hegarty, president of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Dell, about the steps he's taken to try and make a difference. Also, the BBC's Julia Pittam reports from Paris a year after France introduced gender equality legislation. And the women who are delaying a choice between motherhood and a career - by freezing their eggs.

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  • Africa's Investment Boom

    Tue, 28 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    25 days remaining

    Business Daily looks at the boom in African investment. $80 billion went into the continent last year, close to the all-time record, and it's predicted that 13 of the world's 20 fastest growing economies over the next five years will be African. So what's going on? The optimists say an emerging middle class and better accountable government is replacing the old story of corruption and a commodities curse. But is this growth story guaranteed, and could it even be derailed by the wrong kind of foreign direct investment? We also hear from the Nigerian who made history, becoming the first ever to parachute on the North Pole. All for a good cause mind.

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  • Greece vs Brussels: A Game of Chicken?

    Mon, 27 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    After the failure of last Friday's talks in Riga between Greece and its creditors, we speak to Francesco Papadia, a former insider at the European Central Bank, about his view of the eurozone debt crisis. Could the ECB be left holding the Greek tab? Also, we look at the way FC Midtjylland, a Danish football club that few football fans outside the country had heard of until this season, is now beating richer, better-known rivals, apparently just by crunching the numbers. And finally Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times asks how much a quest for spiritual peace should be used as a justification for a super-rich boss taking leave of his position.

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  • ITB: Perfect Pay: When do we deserve more?

    Sat, 25 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    22 days remaining

    A CEO who took a million dollar pay-cut and gave his workers more, tells us why he did it and we ask what's the best wage level for success in a company, a country or in a pocket? With Dan Price of Gravity Payments, former George W Bush adviser Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Fight for $15 campaigner Kendall Fells.

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  • Libya's Fractured Oil Economy

    Fri, 24 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    We look at the state of a country that's become a springboard for an increasing number of migrants risking all to reach European shores. Riccardo Fabiani, senior analyst for North Africa at Eurasia Group in London, tells us Libya is "almost a failed state". Also, we look at the global oil industry amid signs some companies are returning to exploration.

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  • Two years after Rana Plaza

    Thu, 23 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Business Daily looks back at the tragic disaster that some say marked a turning-point for the global fashion industry. It's two years this week since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, one of the worst industrial accidents of modern times. The eight-storey factory building collapsed, leaving 1100 garment workers dead and thousands injured. Since then, Labour groups, brands and politicians have promised better safety standards, and better rates of pay. But how much has really changed? We hear from campaigners and Bangladeshi workers themselves, and we ask if the rich-world's craving for cheap, fast fashion is really the root of the whole problem.

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  • Bitcoin Island?

    Wed, 22 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    What do Thomas the Tank Engine, lifeboats, pilates, and the Bee Gees have in common? They are all success stories from the Isle of Man. The small independent island in the middle of the Irish Sea is now hoping to give a wholesome boost to the bad boy of digital currencies, Bitcoin. Zoe Kleinman speaks to businesses and experts about their forays into digital currencies, and asks if Bitcoin's image is harming its prospects.

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