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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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  • Women & Guns in America

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    Why are more women buying guns in the US? We have a special report from a women-only club at a Virginia shooting range, and presenter Manuela Saragosa speaks to Brian Ruttenbur of CRT Capital Group who says President Obama's administration has, paradoxically, been a boon to the US firearms industry. Also, the BBC's Nkem Ifejika in Abuja tells us what Nigeria's presidential elections mean for the country's economy and its business community. Plus, Lucy Kellaway on how to get people to reply to your emails.

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  • ITB: Soros and an SOS for Ukraine

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

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    27 mins

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    George Soros argues that European failure to offer Ukraine more economic help will end in disaster, as standards of living there plunge and the threat from Russia continues.

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  • The End of Poverty?

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    Can global poverty be wiped out in the next 15 years? The World Bank thinks so. Linda Yueh hears from the president, Jim Yong Kim, who is confident despite the rising numbers of poor in Africa. Tulanana Bohela reports from Tanzania, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, but where a third of the population still lives on less than $1.25 a day. And Professor Sir Paul Collier from Oxford University, Kevin Watkins from the Overseas Development Institute, and Professor Henrietta Moore, director of University College London's Institute for Global Prosperity, discuss how to lift a billion people out of poverty.

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  • Nigeria: Election Economics

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    What are the big economic issues as Nigerians head to the polls in a general election this weekend? We speak to Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Nigerian Central Bank, and we have a special report from the BBC's Sam Olukoya in Lagos. Plus, ahead of UK general elections in May, a survey has shown that a large proportion of the general public does not understand economics. We'll hear how a new film, backed by the actor Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, hopes to change that.

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  • Elements: Iron & Manganese - Steel-making

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    32 mins

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    In our latest look at the role of the chemical elements in the global economy, we focus on the two key ingredients that enabled the mass production of steel. Justin Rowlatt chews on salad leaves with Andrea Sella of University College London. He travels to Sheffield - the birthplace of modern steelmaking - to get up close to the technological mid-wife of that birth, a Bessemer converter. And he visits the modern Forgemasters steelworks, to get a taste of just how hard it is to produce unbreakable parts for nuclear power stations and oil rigs.

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  • Greece, Fruit Juice and Bras

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    In an eclectic Business Daily, we look at the latest eurozone talks, small businesses in Kosovo and a rather large lingerie empire. Ed Butler speaks to Prof James Galbraith, an unofficial advisor to the Greek finance minister, about how urgent Greece's financial plight has become and what can be gained from talks in Berlin. The BBC's Guy de Launey reports from Kosovo on the difficulties of setting up business there, and a surprising success story - juice maker Frutomania. And, as if that weren't enough in a bulging Business Daily, Ed chats to the rags-to-riches icon Michelle Mone about how, starting from nothing, she created the global lingerie business empire that is Ultimo.

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  • Singapore's founding father, dies

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

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    Business Daily looks at the legacy of the late Lee Kwan Yew. Singapore's first Prime Minister is credited with turning an island state into an Asian power-house. Critics called him an autocrat. He said denying civil liberties was a necessary part of achieving growth. Also in the programme, Also in the programme, can solar power really rival coal and gas in the next ten years? And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on a recent accident she suffered just before an important job interview. When is it right to cancel, or postpone, when you can't look your best? Do appearances really matter that much?

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  • ITB: 'Sharing...Big-time'

    Sat, 21 Mar 15

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    27 mins

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    The sharing economy is worth big money world-wide but who are the winners and losers as more of us choose to borrow not buy or to share our homes, our cars, our pets, our time...? We talk to some of the sector's success stories - Airbnb, Zipcar and Compare and Share - and we hear from a critic who is is concerned for our local economies and for the consumer.

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  • 2022 Winter World Cup - but the Heat's Still on Qatar

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    2022 World Cup: Has Qatar done enough to improve the conditions of migrants working on its football construction projects? We speak to Nicholas McGheehan of Human Rights Watch who has seen their working and living conditions first-hand. Also, Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel prize-winning economist, tells us why the European Union - and other international creditors - have got it all wrong on Greece and austerity. And the BBC's Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur reports on the treatment of migrant workers there.

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  • Fed patience and the US dollar

    Thu, 19 Mar 15

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    The dollar dropped as the US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen indicated her patience with its strength was wearing thin - but what does it mean for the US economy and for currency markets? Manuela Saragosa hears from BBC business correspondent Simon Jack, and from strategist Bill Blain of brokerage Mint Partners. Also in the programme - human rights in the tea industry. The BBC's Humphrey Hawksley travels to Assam in north-east India to see the conditions of workers on tea plantations. And we hear from Jonathan Exten-Wright, partner at law firm DLA Piper, about the surprising results of a survey of big corporations' attitudes towards human rights.

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  • Elements: Iron and the Industrial Revolution

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

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    33 mins

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    In the first of three programmes about iron, Justin Rowlatt explores two moments in industrial history that transformed this most abundant of metal elements into the key material out of which modern life is constructed. And they both took place right here in the British Isles.

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  • Brazil Economy: The Perfect Storm?

    Tue, 17 Mar 15

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    South America's biggest nation faces drought, scandal and slowdown. Yet until recently, Brazil was considered to be one of the world's most promising emerging markets. What's gone wrong? We have a report from the BBC's South America correspondent Daniel Gallas. Also, what Greece can learn from Israel about getting people to pay their taxes. We talk to tax historian Assaf Likhovski at Tel Aviv University. And, the BBC's Rahul Tandon in Calcutta tells us about the lengths Indian parents will go to get their children into the "right" school.

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  • Dirty Money?

    Mon, 16 Mar 15

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    Are billions of dollars in international flows of dirty money lying buried deep in the trade statistics of developed countries such as the UK? Also, we hear from Houston about how the US funds its arts scene. And should we celebrate the office curmudgeon?

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  • ITB: Education That Works?

    Sat, 14 Mar 15

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    In the face of an ever changing employment market, and a workforce that is not only globalised but also increasingly technology driven, what kind of education works to equip today's students for the workplaces of the future? And what does business need? We hear from a panel of educational experts including former Ghanaian education minister Elizabeth Ohene and blue skies thinker Marc Prensky. And we hear from some kids about what they make of the huge pressure they are under to perform well at school and about how competitive they think the jobs market will be for them, when they get there.

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  • Financing Formula 1

    Fri, 13 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    Motor car racing is an expensive sport, so how do F1 teams make ends meet? Manuela Saragosa speaks to leading Formula 1 academic Mark Jenkins of Cranfield University to find out. We also dispatch Briohny Williams to visit her namesake team - Williams - to discover how its cutting edge technology is helping to prop up the rest of the business. And elsewhere in sport, Rahul Tandon tells the story of how one star's misconceived endorsement ran afoul of one of the greatest sporting rivalries in the world - between India and Pakistan's cricket teams.

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  • A Dollar For Your Euro?

    Thu, 12 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    The BBC's economics correspondent Andrew Walker explains why the euro has weakened against the dollar and what it means for the eurozone. Also, Slavoj Zizek, a cultural theorist, Marxist philosopher and international director at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in London, looks at what the eurozone crisis has done to the European economic model, which has the social welfare state at its heart. And Andy Martin reports from Ireland where resentment at years of austerity is fuelling a rise in the popularity of Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army paramilitary group.

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  • Elemental Business: Technetium

    Wed, 11 Mar 15

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    32 mins

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    Technetium is essential for medical imaging, yet supplies of this short-lived manmade element are far from guaranteed. We see a technetium scan in progress and a cow being milked, and hear the yarn of the 70-year chemistry wild goose chase sparked by this mysterious radioactive metal.

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  • Tech Special

    Tue, 10 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    Business Daily today looks at some of the more breath-taking aspects of modern technological change: from a Dutch project aiming to 3-D print an entire house, to a planned high-speed train, being propelled through a vacuum tube. Can it be done and in the wake of robot manufacturing, where will such high-tech leave us poor human beings, no longer needed to make anything?

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  • ECB's Quantitative Easing Adventure

    Mon, 9 Mar 15

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    Europe launches its quantitative easing programme today - a full six years after Britain and America launched theirs. But will it help the eurozone? We get the view of Gabriel Sterne, Head of Global Macro Research at Oxford Economics. Also we speak to Uwe Lübbermann, founder of the German based company, Premium Cola. He reckons perhaps it is time for companies to stop just considering profits and growth, and to prioritise being good instead. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times wonders whether, despite the billions spent on super-smart bosses with high-end degrees, there's a singular lack of common sense in many big businesses?

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  • ITB: How extremism uses the tools of global business

    Sat, 7 Mar 15

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    27 mins

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    Does Islamic extremism have a 'business model'? Can economics explain how groups like Islamic State manage to recruit privileged, well-educated young Muslims into their ranks?

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  • Sexism in Silicon Valley

    Fri, 6 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    Sexism in Silicon Valley: It's International Women's Day this weekend and this year's slogan is Make it Happen. Can women "make it happen" in the technology sector? We talk to Eric Ries, a Silicon Valley investor, entrepreneur and author, about whether there is a "boy's club" culture in technology. Also, the BBC's Karishma Vaswani wonders if careers advice for women in the West is relevant to females in the boardrooms and factory floors of Asia. And the BBC's Justin Rowlatt meets Nandan Nilekani, one of India's richest men and the co-founder and former chief executive of Infosys, perhaps India's best-known software company.

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  • China's Slowing Economy

    Thu, 5 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    China forecasts an official economic growth rate of 7 per cent this year; what's slowing it down? The BBC's chief business correspondent, Linda Yueh, reports from Shanghai. Also, Jeremy Leggett, chairman of the research group Carbon Tracker Initiative, and founder of the British solar energy company Solar Century, makes the financial case for energy companies to start turning their backs on fossil fuels. And the BBC's Theo Leggett (no relation to Jeremy Leggett!) reports on new technology aimed at making solar energy more efficient.

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  • Elemental Business: Fluorine

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

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    40 mins

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    Fluorine is itself a ferocious yellow gas, but is also the key building block for a string of other gases that pose a threat to mankind if released into the atmosphere. From the ozone-depleting CFCs to potent greenhouse gases such as sulphur hexafluoride, Justin Rowlatt gets the full rundown from Professor Andrea Sella of University College London and travels to the source of fluorine in Britain, before following the ore to the giant acid works in Runcorn in the UK. And he also hears about the environmental legacy of CFCs and the threat posed by Chinese and Indian air conditioners. And Justin speaks to Ian Shankland, the man who helped develop replacements for CFCs at US chemicals giant Honeywell, about why their latest refrigerant HFOs have upset German carmaker Daimler so much.

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  • Breaking into China 03 Mar 15

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

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    31 mins

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    A special edition of Business Daily discusses what it takes for a foreign business to break into China. How do foreign businesses get China right? What are the pitfalls? What are the things you need to know? With an invited audience and a panel of guests including Linda Yueh, chief business correspondent, Ting Zhang of China Business Solutions, Stephen Phillips, CEO CBBC (China-Britain Business Council), Quinton Pullinger, of the British bicylce maker Brompton Bikes.

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  • Samsung's New Phone

    Mon, 2 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    As Samsung unveils its new Galaxy S6, we ask what it takes to compete in the mobile market? The BBC's Rory Cellan Jones reports from the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona whewre he's been speaking to David Kang, Samsung's vice president of marketing, and to Stuart Miles, founder of gadget news site Pocket-lint, about how tough it's become to differentiate between the big brands and the threat posed by cheaper Chinese-made copies. Also, we hear from India about a project to replace teachers with computers in schools, and Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times describes how falling in love transformed a friend's productivity at work - is putting in less effort in the office, she asks, sometimes better for the end-product?

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