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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 22 May 15

                Fri, 22 May 15

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                3 mins

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                Head of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, indicates that interest rates may rise before the end of the year. Chris Low from FTN Financial in New York looks at the market reaction.

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              • WBR: EU leaders discuss ties with easterly neighbours

                Fri, 22 May 15

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                EU leaders are meeting counterparts from several countries which border Russia in Riga, Latvia. We ask the Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Roivas what kind of co-operation could result. In Israel Roger Hearing meets the engineers using modern technology to help people live and work within the Jewish religious laws that govern everyday life. We have our review of the week's main stories with Sujeet Indap, Lex columnist at the Financial Times in New York and Peter Collins, Business Editor at the Economist in London. And finally does a win at Eurovision guarantee ongoing financial security? We ask the lead singer of the 1976 winning band Brotherhood of Man, Martin Lee.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 21 May 15

                Thu, 21 May 15

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                Cary Leahy of Decision Economics on what's been been moving Wall Street today...

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              • WBR: McDonald's Faces Wage Protests 21 May 2015

                Thu, 21 May 15

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                Thousands of McDonald's workers and union supporters protest outside the firm's Chicago headquarters, demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour. Samira Hussain has been speaking to them. The gap between rich and poor in most developed countries is at its widest for 30 years, and it's undermining economic growth, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Nobel-prize-winning economist, Professor Joseph Stiglitz, is worried and has proposed some radical solutions. Plus, in the latest in our series of special reports from the Middle East, Roger Hearing visits Haifa, Israel's heavy industry hub.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 20 May 15

                Wed, 20 May 15

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                Did news that some of Wall Street's biggest names in banking were being fined for rate rigging impact the markets? Here's Doug McIntyre of 247wallst.com on the day's trading.

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              • WBR: Barclays fined $2.4b

                Wed, 20 May 15

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                Six of the world's biggest banks are fined a total of six billion dollars for their involvement in the foreign exchange rigging scandal. The banks include Barclays, whose total levy comes to $2.4bn. The fines are being imposed by several US agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the New York State Department for Financial Services, and the UK's Financial Conduct Authority. We hear from Roger Hearing in his series of visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories, and Spotify enters the video content market.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 19 May 15

                Tue, 19 May 15

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                Charged with espionage, six Chinese nationals have been accused by US authorities of stealing trade secrets. We hear the latest from the BBC's Barbara Plett Usher. On Wall Street the Dow Jones ended on a record high for the second day in a row. Joe Saluzzi from Themis trading in New Jersey says confidence was buoyed by some positive numbers out about the number of new homes being built in the US.

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              • WBR: UK slips into deflation 19 May 15

                Tue, 19 May 15

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                The UK economy slips into deflation for the first time in more than 50 years, but are falling prices a cause for consumer relief or monetary concern? We speak to Roger Bootle of Capital Economics. There are fresh calls to cap bankers' pay from an influential UK political advisor. Steve Hilton, a former right hand man of UK Prime Minister David Cameron, argues salaries should be capped at public sector rates in banks which have been bailed out by the taxpayer. Anthony Browne, chief executive of the British Bankers' Association, says that would be a disaster for the industry. Plus, we have a special report from Gaza, a year after conflict erupted with Israel. Many firms and factories remain in ruins and movement of people in and out of the territory is severely restricted. But business is still being done amid the rubble, as Roger Hearing explains.

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              • WBR: Texas to block fracking bans 18 May 15

                Mon, 18 May 15

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                Texas is poised to sign into law a bill which would overrule individual city bans on fracking. We speak to the Mayor of Denton, one city who's ban is about to be overturned, and Chris Faulkner, the chief executive of Texas-based fracking firm Breitling Energy. BBC reporter Mark Lobel feels the wrath of the Qatari government as he tries to expose its treatment of migrant workers in the build-up to the 2022 football World Cup. He tells us how he was arrested and detained in prison for several days. Plus, less than two weeks after the British general election, the chairman of construction equipment firm JCB says the UK should not fear an exit from the European Union. We hear what German business thinks of a possible 'Brexit' or British exit from the EU.

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              • WBR Wall Street Update 15 May 15

                Fri, 15 May 15

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                Avon share prices peak and plummet as the company is offered a spoof takeover bid - three times its market value - thought to be the work of hackers. Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall Street explains.

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              • WBR: Avon hoax raises SEC filing questions 15 May 15

                Fri, 15 May 15

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                Avon shares rose by 20% after an offer came in to buy the firm for almost three times its market value. But Avon said it had not received any such offer. We look at the flaws in the filing system. The Brazilian government has declared the dengue fever outbreak across the country an "epidemic". Our reporter looks at the economic implications. We hear from a film director who's made a horror film thanks to equity crowd-funding. And we look back at the week that was in business.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 14 May 15

                Thu, 14 May 15

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                The S&P 500 reaches a record high, its seventh such peak this year. Giri Chirkuri offers analysis on the day's trading.

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              • WBR: Tech Firms Criticized For "Aggressive" Tax Planning 14 May 15

                Thu, 14 May 15

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                The OECD leads a G20 strategy to make firms pay tax in countries where revenue is earned. We hear from Pascal Saint Amans, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's top man on global tax affairs. We also get analysis on this complex issue from Heather Self, a tax partner with the London law firm Pinsent Mason. We also explain why the third best team in Formula One motor racing is the top earner. Ian Philips, the former Commercial Manager of Team Lotus, tells us if he has any sympathy with the likes of Force India, who are not part of that club.

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              • WBR Wall Street Update 13 May 15

                Wed, 13 May 15

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                A lacklustre day on the markets as growth in consumer spending fails to materialise. We speak to Mark Kepner of Themis Trading.

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              • WBR: Europe responds to migrant crisis 13 May 15

                Wed, 13 May 15

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                The European Commissioner for Migration unveils plans to tackle the worsening migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. We speak with John Dalhuisen of Amnesty International and Steven Woolfe, an MEP for the United Kingdom Independence Party. Also, Italy's economy grows after three years of recession, and Facebook launches a new feature allowing news publishers to upload stories direct to the platform's mobile news feed.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 12 May 15

                Tue, 12 May 15

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                Telecomms giant Verizon acquires AOL in a deal worth $4.4bn, sparking not a little nostalgia in the studio, as we speak to Emily Dreyfuss of Wired Magazine. Plus a loot at how the news played out in the markets with Douglas McIntyre of 24/7 Wall Street.

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              • WBR: Shell gets go-ahead to drill in Arctic 12 May 15

                Tue, 12 May 15

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                Oil firm Royal Dutch Shell has won approval from the US Department of Interior to explore for oil in the Arctic. The approval depends on Shell also getting the go-ahead from other regulators, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Clive Tesar from the WWF Global Arctic Programme in Canada explains why environmental campaigners oppose the move. But Dr Christopher Oakes, North America analyst at Oxford Analytica says programmes like this can actually be good for the US economy. Also on the programme, economist Roger Bootle from Capital Economics and Andrew Simms, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation discuss the UK's shock election result, what it tells us about the voters and what challenges the government now faces. And the BBC's Theo Leggett goes below the streets of London to visit a long-disused underground railway station, which the city's transport authority wants to lease out to commercial tenants.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 19 May 15

                Tue, 12 May 15

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                Shares in New York have closed at new record highs. Which is a bit odd, considering neither the US economy nor corporate America are in the rudest of health at the moment. According to Giri Cherukiri at Oakbrook Investments in Chicago, investors are hoping that means the US central bank is in no hurry to increase interest rates.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 11 May 15

                Mon, 11 May 15

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                Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments in Chicago on the days trading in the US.

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              • WBR: Australia Declares War on Tax Avoidance 11 May 15

                Mon, 11 May 15

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                28 mins

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                Finance Minister Joe Hockey promises to pursue profit-diverting multinationals. We find out more from John Osborne at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Chile's president Michelle Bachelet has sacked key cabinet members as she becomes mired in controversy. The BBC's Gideon Long reports from Santiago. Also in the programme, will Picasso's Les Femmes D'Alger become the most expensive painting sold at auction, ever? Art experts Emma Ward and Harco van den Oever tell us what's going on. And our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway, explores the instructive value of spying on business clients, when they're not looking.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 8 May 15

                Fri, 8 May 15

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                Our daily look at the US markets, with Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York.

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              • WBR: Shock British election result

                Fri, 8 May 15

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                Britain's right-of-centre Conservative party are celebrating a surprise win in yesterday's general election. We hear how the City of London is reacting to the result, and how businesses in Britain are facing the prospect of an in/out EU referendum in 2017. We also hear why pollsters got it all so horribly wrong. And finally Megan Murphy of the FT and Charles Forelle of the Wall Street Journal look back on the week in business.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 7 May 15

                Thu, 7 May 15

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                Our daily look at the US markets, with Cary Leahy of Decision Economics in New York.

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              • WBR: The Great Oil Price Bounce-back 7th May 2015

                Thu, 7 May 15

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                With the cost of oil 50% higher than at the start of the year, we ask two experts what it means for energy companies and consumers. Latest financial figures show just how fast Alibaba is expanding, but the company has been criticised by Chinese regulators for failing to do enough to stop fake goods being sold on its sites. The BBC's John Sudworth reports from Shanghai. An advertisement campaign depicting a model, weight loss products and a now infamous slogan "are you beach body ready?" has inspired a torrent of protest in the UK. Elizabeth Hotson asks whether digital protest is changing the world of advertising. And roving reporter, Rob Champion, reports on the revival of one of the world's oldest alcoholic drinks - mead.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 6 May 15

                Wed, 6 May 15

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                The head of the US central bank warns that share markets could be trading at dangerously high levels. Janet Yellen's comments unnerved investors in New York. With analysis from Joe Saluzzi at Themis Trading in New Jersey:

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              • WBR: Brussels Aims to Reboot Europe's Digital Economy 06 May 2015

                Wed, 6 May 15

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                We'll hear if this means yet another EU challenge to the dominance of US firms like Google. We talk to Guy Levin who heads up Europe's Coalition for a Digital Economy, and entrepreneur Nicholas Russell from wearepopup.com, who recently addressed European lawmakers on the problems firms face in pursuing a digital strategy. Also in the programme, as we apparently hurtle towards the age of 'Future Shock' - or the dramatic impact innovation can have on everyday life - what will it mean? Plus, the currency that came in from the cold. Hudson Institute economist and World Business Report regular, Irwin Stelzer tells us how the rising Chinese yuan is proving a major challenge to Washington's standing on the world stage. And, bless my follicles...we hear from a hair colourist how grey hair has now become high fashion.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 5 May 15

                Tue, 5 May 15

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                Disney's earnings exceed expectations, with likely more to come, as it prepares to release a flock of films from its stable.

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              • WBR: Outlook improves for Europe

                Tue, 5 May 15

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                While Eurozone Economic Outlook Brightens, Greece Still Feels a Chill. We hear from businesses in Greece and Italy about their hopes and fears. There are allegations of slave labour in Australia, with abuse of the working holiday visa system uncovered. We hear more from the BBC's Phil Mercer. With just two days before votes are cast in the UK General Election, we look at the possible economic implications with Roger Bootle from Capital Economics. And Dominic Laurie visit's Britain's oldest cinema which is reopening this week.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 04 May 15

                Mon, 4 May 15

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                McDonald's CEO, Steve Easterbrook unveils his long 'to do list' while the former HP CEO, Carly Fiorina announces she's running for President. The BBC's Michelle Fleury has the latest from New York.

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              • WBR:Facebook Compromise

                Mon, 4 May 15

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                Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reacts to criticism of his free mobile data scheme. He’s inviting many more sites to contribute to the Internet.org project. We hear from Nikil Pahwa, one of the founding members of the group Save our Internet in India - who explains the widespread concerns with Facebook's plans. McDonald's new chief executive unveils his "turnaround plan" for the fast food chain, which has been performing badly, and Microsoft boss Satya Nadella explains the company's ambitions in the cloud. Is crowdfunding a viable business model for journalism? We ask a crowdfunded blogger covering the UK election if he can earn a living. Plus we hear about the financial rollercoaster ride at the almost-bankrupt Bournemouth Football Club - which has just been promoted to the UK's Premier league.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Report 01 May 15

                Fri, 1 May 15

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                Social media takes a tumble as LinkedIn and Twitter see their prices fall. With Chris Lowe of FTN Financials

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              • WBR: New Battery Technology Could End Blackouts 1 May 15

                Fri, 1 May 15

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                Tesla's CEO Elon Musk, unveils a power storage unit that provides electricity during blackouts. We also hear from Simon Daniel, CEO of Moixa, which is testing a rival unit. We also explore how the video games industry is changing with a recent visit to the Games for Change Festival in New York. The event celebrates video games that have some kind of positive social impact and it focuses on gaming that goes beyond entertainment, to educate and tackle problems in society head-on. The BBC's Golda Arthur reports from New York.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 30 Apr 15

                Thu, 30 Apr 15

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                Murmers in the US markets after Exxon Mobil's earnings reports. Peter Jankowskis of Oakbrook Investments crunches the numbers.

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              • WBR: Remittances from Nepal's Two Million Diaspora Key to Recovery 30 Apr 15

                Thu, 30 Apr 15

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                Remittances from two million Nepal citizens abroad will be vital for earthquake recovery. Dilip Ratha from the World Bank calls on money transfer companies to cut their fees. One of the UK's school examination boards wants to allow students to have access to the internet during tests. We hear from Mark Dawe the head of OCR. The reported rape of a woman by an Uber taxi driver in New Delhi last December caused widespread outrage and made international headlines. The case caused more concern when it emerged the suspect had previously been charged with another rape. It prompted calls for Indian taxi companies to do more to improve safety for their passengers. We have a report from Ashleigh Nghiem who has been finding out what has changed. We also hear from a man who is said to hold a golden ticket, thanks to an unusual life insurance product that allows him to bet on the financial markets a week after trading has closed.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 29 Apr 15

                Wed, 29 Apr 15

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                Investors and markets respond to the slowdown in growth in the US economy.

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              • WBR: US economic growth slows almost to zero 29 Apr 15

                Wed, 29 Apr 15

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                The US economy "all but stagnated" in the first three months of the year, growing at an annual rate of just 0.2%. We talk to Benjamin Friedman, an economist at Harvard University. Technology journalist Rupert Goodwins explains how one tweet may have cost Twitter's shareholders almost $8bn. And BBC business correspondent Theo Leggett tells the story of the British trader accused of helping to trigger Wall Street's "Flash Crash" in 2010.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 28 Apr 15

                Tue, 28 Apr 15

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                Twitter's earnings reports are out early, perhaps leaked via social media, but it's not necessarily the dollars and cents that interest investors. A look, too, at Baltimore on lockdown.

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              • WBR: UN co-ordinates relief effort in Nepal 28 Apr 15

                Tue, 28 Apr 15

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                As rescuers struggle to reach villages hit by the earthquake in Nepal we talk to Jens Laerke from the UN team trying to co-ordinate the international relief effort. The US President Barack Obama has called the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 'a celebration of the ties of friendship'. The BBC's chief business correspondent Linda Yueh tells us what the two leaders hope to gain from their time together. Google admits it's made mistakes in dealing with newspapers - but promises to make ammends. As UK GDP growth slows, the BBC's Steph McGovern reports from one production line, where they are confident that demand is growing. And Matt Wells reports from the US on why the era of retirement might be over.

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              • WBR: Wall Street Update 27 Apr 15

                Mon, 27 Apr 15

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                Apple posts strong profits, lifted by sales of 61 million iPhones in the first three months of the year. Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago looks at the tech giant's continuing success.

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              • WBR: 'Digital humanitarians' help relief effort in Nepal

                Mon, 27 Apr 15

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                As search teams scour the rubble in Nepal, a global digital humanitarian effort has swung into action. We hear about crowdsourcing efforts online to map the disaster, and find survivors. Also in the programme, we hear why a grand plan to redevelop London's docks for business hasn't got the thumbs up from everyone. Plus the smashed up art, which used to be worth millions, now featuring in a new exhibition in Chicago. Elka Krajewska is founder of the Salvage Art Institute in New York, and is curating the 'No Longer Art' show in Illinois. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway examines the art of the resignation letter.

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