BBC Business Daily

BBC Business Daily

Examining the big issues facing the global economy, Business Daily demystifies the world of money. From giant industries like aviation and automotive to the smallest scale start-up, Business Daily asks the big questions about free trade, technology and investment. There is also analysis of management and marketing trends, and what business jargon really means - together with reports on business news from around the world via the BBC's global network of reporters.

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  • Bringing Russia to Heal 01 Sep 14

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    30 days remaining

    The conflict in Ukraine is intensifying and the European Union is preparing a new wave of sanctions against Russia, but what leverage does it have left? And is President Putin listening anyway? Also, appetite for complicated money instruments is on the rise again which are similar to those that lay at the heart of the financial crisis of 2008. Is there a risk of more instability in the markets, and can we be confident that new rules for banks are keeping us safe? And could you write an advert for your own job?

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  • Climate Change: Obama's plan B

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    Climate Change: Why President Obama wants to forge a voluntary international global warming agreement, rather than a legally-binding one, to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Malaysia Airlines - After the Crashes

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    26 days remaining

    After MH370 and MH17, what does the history of aeroplane disasters tell us about Malaysia Airlines' commercial prospects? Manuela Saragosa speaks to an airline safety expert. Also, in a lighter vein, flip-flops and economics, plus India and soap operas.

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  • Sweden - A Bit Too Equal?

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    25 days remaining

    Sweden is famed for its welfare state. But the country's social model has its critics, as Manuela Saragosa finds out in Stockholm. She hears how some people think too much equality is a bad thing, while at a soup kitchen, she sees how there’s still plenty of poverty. All that plus Swedish style – and stress.

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  • Norway - Blessed by Oil?

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

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    24 days remaining

    Norway is an oil producer famed for fish, Grieg and high living standards. So how did it avoid the "resources curse" - that is, spiralling inflation afflicting many petro-economies that spend their oil wealth on themselves? Manuela Saragosa travels to Bergen in the first of two programmes looking at Scandinavian economies.

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  • Traffic Jams 25 Aug 14

    Mon, 25 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    23 days remaining

    How much do traffic jams cost an economy? From the road-enraged of Calcutta to the rain-soaked of Tunisia, we discover the true cost of congestion.

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  • ITB: The Future of Food

    Sat, 23 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    21 days remaining

    This week Colm O’Regan, In the Balance regular contributor, stand-up comedian and farmer’s son, presents a special In the Balance looking at the future of food. Will we be able to feed the 9 and a half billion people that the UN says will be on the planet by 2050? And if so, which technologies will help the most? We meet the people and businesses working to re-shape the way we'll eat, and farm, in the years to come.

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  • Making Movies 22 Aug 14

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    20 days remaining

    Film-making is an increasingly globalised industry, with cinema receipts no longer dominated by the US market. How is Hollywood adapting? What are the opportunities for other countries outside the US? And how can small, independent film-makers compete? Ed Butler asks the questions.

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  • Can money fix a problem?

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    19 days remaining

    Financial lawsuits, banking crises and economic stagnation - can they all be solved by throwing more money at the problem, and if so where does it come from?

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  • Eurozone crisis: a PIIGS health-check

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    18 days remaining

    With the Eurozone recovery stalling, we take a health-check on the countries hardest hit by the bloc's economic crisis - Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain - dubbed the PIIGS by economists. Our reporters offer snapshots from each of the five countries trying to revive their economies and get their government finances in shape, and there's analysis from Paola Subacchi, from London think-tank Chatham House.

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  • Merger Mania

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    17 days remaining

    2014 is on track to be the biggest year for mergers and acquisitions in a decade. Global expansion is on the cards for Western companies keen to get into Asia and also Asian companies and investors who are going global. Linda Yueh in Singapore hears from the CEOs of luxury goods company Bulgari, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and GrabTaxi.

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  • US public debt mounts

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    16 days remaining

    While the US economy edges back towards growth, a new report highlights the problems of mounting public debt there. Debt levels are now almost twice what they were at the start of the financial crisis. Also, from Senegal, a new project aiming to get girls into high tech, and Lucy Kellaway on the holiday conundrum: when is it ok to delete a work email?

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  • ITB Sex and drugs 16 Aug 14

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    14 days remaining

    Making money from products with a controversial image is the topic for Evan Davis and his guests who represent companies selling drugs and sex toys. These companies are testing our morals and the regulations set up to protect them. So how do you market products that many people disapprove of? And how do you manage the social and business opprobrium you encounter?

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  • Total Recall: The Changing Car Industry

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    13 days remaining

    Millions of cars all over the world have been recalled by their manufacturers in the past few years. What does that tell us about the state of the automotive industry?

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  • Panama Canal - 100 Years On

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    13 days remaining

    The iconic waterway – which links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans - has been of huge importance for global trade and for the Panamanian economy.

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  • Can European Football Learn from the NFL?

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    12 days remaining

    The English, Spanish, and German leagues all kick off soon. But will there be much real sport to cheer? With smaller clubs complaining of the growing gulf with the big spenders, we ask what Europe's soccer leagues can learn from American football? Also in the programme, Jeremy Wagstaffe reflects on the modern cell-phone or tablet. Is the touch-screen device, he asks, not a sign of progress but a step-back for anyone who believes in the written word?

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  • The Cost of California's Drought

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    Business Daily travels to California where the worst drought in four decades is hitting farmers hard. Peter Vallis of the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association tells us the long-term toll drought is taking on the Californian wine industry, plus why a small amount of drought may improve wine quality in the short term. We hear about the tension between farmers and environmentalists over California's water priorities and learn why global warming is changing the way the state gets its water.

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  • Europe's gas fears

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    10 days remaining

    As the conflict in Ukraine grows, Kiev is debating further sanctions, including the disruption of Russian gas exports to Europe. Could Russia or the EU afford that? Also in the programme, a report from Calcutta on why Bengalis are turning away from Bollywood and western films and watching their own cinema instead. And our regular letter-writer, Jim Srodes, tells the surprising story of the day Janet Yellen, chairman of the Fed, personally offered him millions of dollars worth of fiscal stimulus.

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  • Sweden's reindeer herders challenge new mine

    Mon, 11 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    A report from northern Sweden hears how Europe's most ancient indigenous culture is taking on the forces of industry. But in a struggle between the miners and the Sami reindeer-herders, who is likely to win? Also in the programme, trillions of dollars have gone to support US banks following the financial crisis. But why did no one think to bail out the home-owners? Plus, Lucy Kellaway reflects on the publication of CIA's written style-guide for its agents.

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  • ITB: Is Wikipedia the future of Learning?

    Sat, 9 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    This week we consider the future of learning with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. We ask just what Wikipedia - and the rise of the internet - has meant for the way we learn and teach. Alongside Jimmy is Professor Diana Strassman, Economist at Rice University and Chair of The Wiki Education Foundation; David White, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts here in London; and Eliane Glaser, Senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of Get Real: How to see through the hype, spin and lies of modern life. Plus we speak to Professor Sugata Mitra, an Indian Educationalist who won international acclaim for taking the internet straight to the streets.

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  • Moscow's Trade Embargo - the Russian View

    Fri, 8 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    We get the view from Russia on what shoppers make of Moscow's trade embargo on western food imports. Is this just the start of a wider trade war with the west? And we speak to American journalist Jeffrey Rothfeder who got an inside view of car manufacturer Honda. Is Honda - and not Toyota - the Japanese car company multinationals should emulate? Plus how a group of Mexican women called Las Patronas are helping hundreds of migrants who speed through their village on their way to the US with small acts of kindness.

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  • The End of the Era of Cheap Water?

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Water shortages are becoming a problem everywhere, and companies are taking note. So how should we value water? Is the answer in trading it as a commodity? And speaking of shortages, James Hassam, the BBC's Ethiopia correspondent, considers a shortage of imported butter in the capital Addis Ababa.

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  • Filthy rich

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    A billionaire tells us why he's worried about the growing gap between the World's haves and the have nots but his concerns aren't selfless. Plus does being rich make you unpleasant? Or is it mainly unpleasant people who become rich? We ask Oliver James a psychologist and author of Affluenza, about the effect wealth has on people's psychology.

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  • Ebola: taming the virus

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    Ebola's economic impact and what the world needs to do to control the disease. Should pharmaceutical companies be doing more to fast-track a vaccine? Or is it down to governments? We get a report from the region, and we hear about the economic consequences. We also examine the clinical responses to the crisis.

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  • Obama woos Africa

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    At a time of falling US trade with Africa, what can Washington do to turn that around? Also, we reveal how much an Indonesian billionaire will spend on a handbag. And Lucy Kellaway examines the under-rated skill of dodging work in the office. What are the keys to the art of shirking?

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