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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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  • ITB: Fortunes of Film

    Sat, 28 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    Worth over 88 billion dollars world-wide, the film industry has never been more potent; but is the success of film in Asia and Africa now changing how Hollywood does its business? We hear from Nollywood, Bollywood and Hollywood; and we hear about the new 'superpower struggle' between the film sectors of China and the USA.

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  • Money and the Human Psyche

    Fri, 27 Feb 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Money: Does it make us happy? Does it even motivate us? Or does it turn us into sociopaths? Laurence Knight finds out as he speaks to psychologists Dacher Keltner of the University of California in Berkeley, and Dan Ariely of Duke University, as well as to Brookings Institution economist Carol Graham. Are we more productive when we are paid big bonuses? Does rapid economic growth make people more upbeat? And who is more likely to steal sweets from kids? The answers may surprise you.

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  • US Interest Rates & the End of QE

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    How will markets and the economy weather rising interest rates and the end of quantitative easing? We speak to Randall Kroszner, former member of the Federal Reserve board. Also, the BBC's Kim Gittleson travels to the southern US city of Chattanooga in Tennessee, where traditional organised labour is making a surprise comeback at a Volkswagen plant. Plus, Jeremy Wagstaff, Thomson Reuters' chief technology correspondent for Asia, explains how cybersecurity is getting ever more complex and lucrative.

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  • Elemental Business: Chromium

    Wed, 25 Feb 15

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    34 mins

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    Chromium: Justin Rowlatt visits the Warrs Harley dealership to find out from Professor Andrea Sella why this metallic element links the motorbikes on show, with the leather jackets and flick-knives of the archetypal biker gang. He hears from Erin Brockovich about the insidious role hexavalent chromium has played in drinking water and human health. And he travels to the luxury Savoy hotel in London, and the Harry Brearley memorial on a dingy post-industrial corner of Sheffield, to discover crucial role chromium plays in stainless steel.

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  • Stopping Asia's Appetite for Rhino Horn

    Tue, 24 Feb 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    The illicit trade in animal parts: some $20 billion, is traded annually, with 1000s of endangered animals, from rhino to elephants to turtles, being slaughtered for the sake of aphrodisiacs, medicines, or pendants. Experts like Heather Sohl, the Chief Advisor for Species at the WWF, estimate that at the current rate of destruction, some breeds of wild rhino will be extinct in just a few years. We hear from a former poacher in a game reserve in Malawi and from Taiwan where turtle smuggling has become big business and from film star Jackie Chan. China remains the main importer of smuggled animal products, some of which are widely used in traditional medicine. We ask what the industry should be doing to reduce China's growing taste for the bones and organs of endangered species.

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  • Greece & Eurozone: Another Deadline

    Mon, 23 Feb 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Greece & Eurozone: Are we close to a solution or back to kicking the can down the road? And has Greece won real concessions from its European creditors when it comes to austerity? Sony Kapoor of the research institute Re-Define and Seamus Coffey of University College Cork, Ireland, discuss the questions. Plus, Simon Jack of the BBC's business unit gives us the lowdown on HSBC's earnings, as the global bank reports its full-year results amid allegations of helping customers evade taxes. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times gives advice on things to consider when you recruit people to your business.

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  • Office Life Today: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough Work?

    Fri, 20 Feb 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Office life in the 21st century: David Bolchover, author of "The Living Dead: Switched Off, Zoned Out", tells us why he thinks there are too many people doing very little at work, and why he believes there's a conspiracy of silence about it. Also, we ask whether office design matters when it comes to workers' productivity. Barbara Kiss and Jane Clay of office designers Gensler take us on a tour of the new offices of United Business Media, or UBM, a London-based marketing a communications company. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times muses about whether a desk, chair and congenial colleagues are really all you need to work

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  • Ebola: Doing Business Amid A National Crisis

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Paddy Docherty, chief executive of Phoenix Africa, tells us how he grew the business in Sierra Leone despite the Ebola epidemic, while Dr Stanley Ko of the UK's University of Central Lancashire explains what it's like working as a doctor on the front line of the fight against the disease. Plus, the BBC's Rahul Tandon visits the world's largest non-trade book fair - aimed at the general public - which happened earlier this month in Calcutta, often described as India's most literary city.

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  • Elemental Business: Nickel (& Rhenium)

    Wed, 18 Feb 15

    Duration:
    34 mins

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    Nickel is the metal that made the jet age possible, not to mention margarine and bicycle sprockets. In the latest instalment in his journey through the periodic table, Justin Rowlatt travels to Rolls Royce to discover the incredible materials science that this chemical element and its super-alloys have driven, as well as the miniscule market for another, far more valuable metal - rhenium. And Rebecca Henschke travels to the world's biggest source of nickel in a remote corner of Indonesia to discover why that country has decided to impose a ban on raw nickel ore exports and how the industry is coping.

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  • Three Days to Save the Euro?

    Tue, 17 Feb 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Europe's ministers give Greece till Friday to accept a bailout extension, or else... With the help of Vicky Pryce, Cebr's chief economic adviser, we consider the latest breakdown in talks and ask how close Greece and the eurozone are to a financial precipice. Also in the programme, we hear about the growing Chinese demand for rhino horn and the increasing incentives this is offering poachers in India's largest game reserve for the one-horned rhino. We have a report from Kaziranga National Park in Assam state. And we speak to the Swiss animal welfare lawyer, Antoine Goetschel, who argues that it's time to formally enshrine animal rights in international law.

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