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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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              • ITB: Climate Change: The Business End

                Sat, 23 May 15

                Duration:
                49 mins

                Available:
                29 days remaining

                If you could put one question to key business leaders and policy people on climate change, what would it be? We put your questions and get you some answers at the Paris climate summit where our guests include Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Angel Gurria of the OECD, John Danilovich, Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, the CEOs of Schneider Electric and Solvay chemicals and the World Bank's Rachel Kyte.

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              • Ethiopia: Democracy versus Growth?

                Fri, 22 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                28 days remaining

                Ahead of elections in Ethiopia, Business Daily looks at one of Africa's more remarkable tales of recovery: more than a decade of double-digit growth, in what was once a by-word for war and famine. But has freedom been a casualty of Ethiopia's growth story? Also in the programme, we have a report examining the remarkable property boom affecting many of Africa's biggest cities. And in the last of her series of reports from Israel and the Palestinian territories, the BBC's Marie Keyworth looks at the challenges facing Israeli farmers and other businesses operating near to the border with Gaza.

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              • Stiglitz on Inequality

                Thu, 21 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                27 days remaining

                Joseph Stiglitz explains why he thinks the gap between rich and poor has grown so wide. Also Marie Keyworth reports from Haifa in Israel on how the local heavy industry has sparked a health scare.

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              • West Bank Business Blues

                Wed, 20 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                26 days remaining

                Marie Keyworth speaks to a paper manufacturer, an accountant working for the Palestinian Authority and an American-Palestinian businessman, among others, about the headaches of doing business in the occupied West Bank. The territory's economy must handle everything from prolonged delays at checkpoints to widespread youth unemployment, to the withholding of tax revenues by the Israeli government. Marie also speaks to the Israel Defence Force about how it balances its mandate to provide Israeli citizens with security against the threat of terrorist attack, against the needs of Palestinians to find work and enjoy an acceptable standard of living.

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              • Gaza's Broken Economy

                Tue, 19 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                25 days remaining

                Almost a year after the conflict with Israel, the BBC's Marie Keyworth reports from Gaza looking at the economy there and how ordinary Gazans are getting by. And as technology entrepreneurs and investors meet at the University of Oxford's Said Business School for the Silicon Valley in Oxford conference, we look at how the internet is still creating new jobs. Leila Janah, CEO of Sama Group, a not-for-profit organisation, explains how the internet and connectivity has brought women in the developing world into the modern economy without them having to leave their communities. And Phil Libin, co-founder and CEO of Evernote, a notebook app, tells us why you shouldn't embark on a career as an entrepreneur if you're only motivated by money.

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              • Bonds: No Longer Boring

                Mon, 18 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                24 days remaining

                Bond markets are supposed to be boring. They're usually very predictable but in the past month bond prices have staged sharp drops. Gareth Isaac, fixed income fund manager at the investment house Schroders in London, explains what's going on and what it tells us about where the economy is heading. Also, most of us get annoyed by pop-up advertising while we're browsing online. But are these adverts a necessary evil when it comes to the profitability of websites? What would happen to the internet without them? We speak to Ben Williams of the advert blocking software company Ad Block Plus. And finally Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us why a good memory is an essential skill for a good manager, even if office technology conspires to make us forgetful.

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              • Modi in China

                Fri, 15 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                21 days remaining

                As India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits China, we ask his official biographer Lance Price what he's like as a leader. Also, should we fear robots? Zoe Kleinman spends the night in a house staffed entirely by them, while James Srodes considers which jobs are at risk of automation.

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              • The Ageing World

                Thu, 14 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                20 days remaining

                The world's population is getting older. By the year 2050, nearly two billion people on the planet will be 60 or over. So who's going to look after them all? Mariko Oi reports from Japan on its experience with a rapidly ageing population, while Anu Anand hears from several generations of the same family living under one roof in Delhi. Professor Sarah Harper, director of the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing outlines the challenges for governments. Experts Alexandre Kalache, president of Brazil's International Longevity Center and Siva Raju from the Tata Institute for Population, Health and Development in Mumbai in India, give their views.

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              • US Arctic Oil: Risky but Necessary?

                Wed, 13 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                19 days remaining

                US Arctic Oil: Is Washington's call to allow exploration off Alaska's Coast worthwhile or too risky? A former President of the Shell Oil Company, John Hofmeister, weighs up the issues, as well as a leading UK marine biologist, Dr Simon Boxall, Lecturer in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Also in the programme, we talk to Ramon Vega of Vega Swiss Asset Management. He's the former hard-tackling Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Swiss international defender, who's now tackling multi-million dollar budgets in the City of London. From locker-room to boardroom, he explains how he overcame the sceptics and made the transition to high finance.

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              • Baltimore Riots: Lead Paint and Deprivation

                Tue, 12 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                18 days remaining

                Baltimore: Did economics create the conditions for the riots, or was it partly down to lead-based paint? We consider some less well known challenges facing America's urban poor. We hear from one inspiring urban campaigner, Munir Bahar, who says the black community needs to do more to help itself, and another, Ruth Ann Norton of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, who believes leaded paint in the US city's deteriorating housing stock may also be contributing to the problems. Our Latin America business correspondent, Daniel Gallas, also reflects on poverty levels in South America, and how dodgy government statistics, especially in Argentina, are doing nothing to help the problem.

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              • Greece Faces Insolvency

                Mon, 11 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                17 days remaining

                The Greek government is facing intense pressure to do a deal quickly on terms that the eurozone will accept, but at home is being told that it cannot renege on its promises to end austerity. We hear from some of the people of Thessaloniki who reflect a general mood of pessimism. Also we get the view from a former IMF Executive Board member on whether Greece will be able to play for more time to pay up. And Lucy Kellaway reveals the secrets you can discover by just lurking in your workplace reception.

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              • ITB: UK Election: What's Up for Business Now?

                Sat, 9 May 15

                Duration:
                27 mins

                Available:
                15 days remaining

                What does David Cameron's return as Prime Minister of Britain mean economically and for business in the UK? Will the planned vote on Britain's EU membership lead to months of uncertainty? And we look at the longer-term economic implications of this historic election with a panel that reflects its global implications: the eminent Harvard-based economist professor Ken Rogoff, Société Générale's Michala Marcussen, John Mills of JML, a UK-based consumer products company, and Sir Martin Sorrell, leading British businessman and CEO of WPP.

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              • Young, Jobless and European

                Thu, 7 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                13 days remaining

                Unemployment in Europe remains a stubborn problem and nowhere more so than at the very heart of Europe - Brussels. Up to 20 percent of adults in Belgium's capital city are out of work. Tanya Beckett reports from Brussels on the extent of youth unemployment - and initiatives to help young immigrants find jobs. Also, Tanya takes the temperature of Europe's business leaders at the European Business Summit. What do they think about whether Greece should stay in or leave the Eurozone?

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              • Flash Crash: Could It Happen Again?

                Wed, 6 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                12 days remaining

                The man US authorities accuse of causing a massive collapse in financial markets five years ago is in court again in London for a bail hearing. But many in financial markets are asking how a single trader can wield so much power? Is it a case of regulators not keeping up with the rapidly evolving technology of automated and algorithmic trading? Or does the problem lie in the way financial markets work? We speak to Professor Maureen O' Hara of Cornell University, who was on the 'flash crash' committee which looked at the events of five years ago. And our presenter Manuela Saragosa takes a crash course in trading with Piers Curran, head trader and managing director of Amplify Trading. What does it take to play the markets from your home computer?

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              • Financial Technology - Disruptive or Not?

                Tue, 5 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                11 days remaining

                How much do crowd-funding, electronic currencies, peer-to-peer and other forms of FinTech lending, threaten to disrupt the traditional banking model? The BBC's Simon Jack, reporting live from London's FinTech hub, Level39, speaks to the founder of London car parking app JustPark, the head of hi-tech wealth management firm Nutmeg Investment, and Giles Andrews of pioneering peer-to-peer lender Zopa. Claire Cockerton, head of the UK's Fin Tech trade body, Innovate Finance, debates with Derek White, chief design officer at Barclays, whether the giant banks are becoming dinosaurs. And Jeremy Wagstaff, technology correspondent at Reuters, asks why disruption is such a great thing anyway.

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              • The Vinyl Revival

                Mon, 4 May 15

                Duration:
                18 mins

                Available:
                10 days remaining

                Why are global sales of vinyl records rising again after decades of decline? Edwin Lane reports from one of the few remaining record pressing plants in the Netherlands. Plus we hear from Swedish songwriter and musician Helienne Lindvall on the rise of music streaming sites like Spotify, and the impact on the record industry. And Nick Davis reports from Jamaica on the rising value of the island's market in rare records.

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              • When the Drugs Don't Work...

                Sat, 2 May 15

                Duration:
                27 mins

                Available:
                8 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

                Available:
                7 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

                Available:
                6 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:
                5 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

                Available:
                4 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

                Available:
                3 days remaining

                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

                Available:
                1 day 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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