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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  • Elements: Lead

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

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    30 days remaining

    Lead is the sweetest of poisons, blamed for everything from mad Roman emperors to modern-day crime waves. Yet a lead-acid battery is still what gets your car going in the morning. So have we finally learnt how to handle this heavyweight element?

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  • The Diabetes Disaster

    Tue, 30 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    The boss of the world's biggest insulin maker talks about new treatments and prevention for diabetes; and should sugary drinks be taxed to tackle this killer disease? And international brand names may be a familiar sight around the world. But in Ethiopia they are not always what they seem.

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  • How would Europe feel if the UK left the EU?

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    After dramatic protests about democracy in Hong Kong, we get an assessment from the BBC's Chief Business Correspondent Linda Yueh of what it means for the territory's economic future? As the British Conservative party holds its annual conference, the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union is on the agenda. But what would it mean for the rest of the EU? And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times looks at online reviews of employers by their own staff. Why, she asks, are there so few of them?

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  • ITB:Climate Challenges

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    Following the major United Nations climate gathering in New York - we ask if the summit's premise - that economic growth is compatible with protecting the environment - is right? Manuela Saragosa and guests : Jennifer Turner, China environment expert at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Shreekant Gupta of the University of Dehli's Department of Economics, Helen Mountford, Global Programme Director of the New Climate Economy grouping and Samuel Fankhauser - deputy director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change debate the likelihood of a low carbon future. While our resident comedian Colm O' Regan puts his green credentials to the test on a bicycle in Copenhagen

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  • The World According to Peter Thiel

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    Duration:
    16 mins

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    Silicon Valley's Peter Thiel tells us we are living in an age of technological stagnation; we should be more aggressive in pursuing discoveries that challenge death and ageing.

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  • Forex Rigging: The Inside Story

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    24 days remaining

    Forex rigging: Is manipulation of the global currency markets the next big scandal to engulf the banking industry? The way financial benchmarks are being calculated is being scrutinised by regulators across the globe. Banks have already faced big fines over the Libor scandal, but what is next? Lesley Curwen in London looks into evidence that some banks may have got together to manipulate markets.

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  • Elements: Caesium

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    The atomic clock runs on caesium, and has redefined the very meaning of time. But it has also introduced a bug into timekeeping that affects everything from computerised financial markets to electricity grids to satellite navigation to the Greenwich Meridian.

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  • UN Climate Summit Courts Business

    Tue, 23 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    We look at the climate change debate ahead of a key United Nations Summit taking place in New York. Scientists say that global temperatures are rising faster than ever as a result of increased carbon emissions, and yet top leaders from some of the most polluting countries are not even bothering to come to the meeting. So what are the prospects for binding initiatives to cut greenhouse gases? Is it too late for meaningful change? And what does big business really want in all this - cuts to carbon, or simply more business as usual?

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  • Russia and Pipeline Politics

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Why is Russia curbing gas supplies to Europe? What does this imply for Europe's winter fuel bill? And could Moscow be most concerned by the recent drop in the world oil price? Also in the programme, Lucy Kellaway asks whether gender and ethnic diversity in the boardroom are not always the great virtue they're made out to be.

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  • Scotland votes 'No'

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    People in Scotland have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, following a referendum. We get reaction from markets, investors and campaigners from both sides of the debate. Joining Ed Butler are businessman Sir Brian Souter, entrepreneur Patrick MacDonald, Angus Armstrong from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research think-tank, Michala Marcussen global head of economics at Paris-based bank, Société Générale and the former chair of Northern Foods, Lord Christopher Haskins.

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