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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

17:49 | May 18th, 2018

Economic depression, 13,000% inflation, oil seizures by creditors, international sanctions, a refugee crisis - can the Maduro government hold on to power at elections this weekend as Venezuela implodes? We hear the views of Chavistas on the street...Show More

17:29 | Sep 20th

What next for the social media giant? Jane Wakefield speaks to one former mentor of Mark Zuckerberg, and a British member of parliament about what changes Facebook needs to make after data scandals and concerns over its power. (Photo: Facebook logo,...Show More
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18:22 | Sep 19th

What robots driving cars can tell us about artificial intelligence. Ed Butler speaks to Bryn Balcombe, chief strategy officer of the autonomous vehicle project Roborace. Gary Marcus, professor of psychology at New York University, explains why he thi...Show More

18:22 | Sep 18th

How economies spring up in extreme places from refugee camps to prisons. Ed Butler speaks to economist Richard Davies, author of a new book called Extreme Economies, who describes the economic activity in extreme places, from a Syrian refugee camp in...Show More

18:22 | Sep 17th

Should shareholders come first? Or should companies also serve their employees, customers, and society in general? Ed Butler explores the growing backlash against "shareholder primacy" - the idea espoused in the 1970s by economist Milton Friedman th...Show More

18:22 | Sep 16th

Will the roll out of online lending stimulate economic boom or just a credit binge in Africa? Ed Butler speaks to many of the businesspeople providing the continent with much needed banking services via mobile phones. They are optimistic that financ...Show More

18:56 | Sep 13th

Why it's time to start paying attention to the global remittances industry. Ed Butler speaks to Monica, a nurse from the Philippines working in the UK - one of millions of people around the world who regularly send money back to their families abroad...Show More

17:28 | Sep 12th

The cannabis extract CBD or cannabidiol is legal in many countries, and now it's finding its way into everything from soaps to cosmetics. But is it just a fad, and are its health claims bogus? Manuela Saragosa asks Harry Sumnall, professor in substa...Show More

18:56 | Sep 11th

The attorneys general of 48 out of the 50 US states have come together to challenge the control of the search giant over what we buy or view online. Manuela Saragosa speaks to the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones about why the US ant...Show More

18:57 | Sep 10th

Sperm counts worldwide have been in steady decline for decades, and a group of tech start-ups are finally giving the problem attention. Manuela Saragosa speaks to the heads of two such companies: Tom Smith of Dadi Inc, which provides home kits for f...Show More

18:59 | Sep 9th

The global construction boom is fuelling an illegal trade in sand used to make concrete, causing environmental degradation and spawning sand mafias in parts of the world. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Prem Mahadevan of the Global Initiative Against Tran...Show More

18:10 | Sep 6th

The business of brain data. Real-life mind-reading technology is being developed right now, and it's already being used in places like China. Ed Butler investigates what the technology can really do, and what the implications might be for our privacy...Show More

18:09 | Sep 5th

What the rest of the world makes of the UK's Brexit crisis. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Jane Foley, head of foreign exchange strategy at Rabobank, about what the pound's value says about the state of the nation. Jiao Li, co-founder of a company called...Show More

17:48 | Sep 4th

Is WeWork an exciting new tech firm with lofty ideals worth $47bn, or is it just an over-priced office rental business? Manuela Saragosa speaks to two sceptics. Rett Wallace of investment advisory firm Triton says the prospectus for WeWork's forthco...Show More

18:11 | Sep 3rd

Can a greater understanding of how poor air quality harms us, enable us to tackle this urgent problem? Jane Wakefield meets British artist Michael Pinsky and explores an interactive art instillation mimicking the air of five parts of the world. She ...Show More

18:12 | Sep 2nd

How are movie producers making money in the age of online streaming? In Hollywood, if you produce a hit show or blockbuster movie, a cut of the profits can lead to extraordinary wealth. That could mean producers lowering their salaries to get a perce...Show More

17:28 | Aug 30th

Is Rwanda's economic success story really all it's cracked up to be? Ed Butler speaks to Tom Wilson, east Africa correspondent at the Financial Times, about the dodgy statistics behind the economic miracle, and the World Bank aid money reliant upon i...Show More

18:32 | Aug 29th

Why do Americans have to pay so much for this life-saving drug? There are reports of some uninsured diabetics dying as a consequence. Even the health insurers and drug manufacturers say the pricing system is broken. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Laura ...Show More

18:32 | Aug 28th

Is the wealth management industry still too geared towards male clients? And how do women plan their finances in countries where they don't even have an equal right to inherit? Katie Prescott explores the financial literacy gender gap, and how it is...Show More

18:43 | Aug 27th

What does Donald Trump's shock proposal to buy the island from Denmark tells us about modern-day sovereignty and Arctic geopolitics? Manuela Saragosa puts the question to two law professors. Joseph Blocher of Duke University explains why the practic...Show More

17:23 | Aug 26th

Queuing, or waiting in line, is close to being a national sport in the UK. We find out how orderly people are in other countries, such as Japan, when it comes to waiting their turn. "Dr Queue" - Dick Larson, Professor of Data, Systems and Society at ...Show More

18:19 | Aug 23rd

As authorities in Istanbul start evicting undocumented migrants from their city, we look at the challenges facing Syrians generally in Turkey. Shrinking wages, child labour, and increasing hostility from many locals, are Syrians now paying the price ...Show More

17:22 | Aug 23rd

Why central bankers meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will be discussing the inverted yield curve and what it tells them about where the US economy is heading. (Photo: A trader at the New York looks concerned. Credit: Getty Images.)

18:19 | Aug 21st

Will Jumia and other online retailers overcome a lack of infrastructure, wealth and consumer trust to conquer the African market? Jumia is widely seen by investors as Africa's answer to Amazon and Alibaba. It launched its shares onto the New York St...Show More

17:27 | Aug 20th

Much of east Africa has the potential to be a food basket for the region. But 250 million Africans remain undernourished and many depend on international food aid. That aid is often tied to donor countries export plans, there are wars, drought and fa...Show More

18:18 | Aug 20th

Turkmenistan's authoritarian president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow mysteriously vanished for a few weeks, while his country faced economic crisis. Then he reappeared. What happened? Ed Butler asks what is going in this Central Asian nation, considered...Show More

17:28 | Aug 16th

Share buybacks are when a publicly-listed company uses some of its spare cash to buy up shares in itself, in order to drive the share price up and benefit shareholders. The practice has become so common that the amount of buyback money extracted from...Show More

17:27 | Aug 15th

A few years back 3D printing was seen as the ground-breaking technology that promised a new industrial revolution. The revolution has not arrived yet. So, were we sold a lie? Or did the hype just get the better of us? Ed Butler talks to Sarah Boisver...Show More

17:28 | Aug 14th

A new idea has emerged in the business world over the last few years: maybe employees should take time off whenever they feel like it, and get paid while they do it. Lila MacLellan from online business site Quartz explains why, with people ever more ...Show More

18:24 | Aug 13th

Kava is a traditional drink that's popular across the Pacific. It's made from the root of the Kava plant. Proponents say it's a recreational beverage that helps with anxiety. Vivienne Nunis visits the tiny nation of Vanuatu, which hopes to scale-up i...Show More

18:24 | Aug 12th

What can music festivals teach us about toilet technology? Vivienne Nunis tries out some portaloos at a music festival in the UK and asks if the same technology can help address a shortage of clean toilets around the world. (Photo: Loowatt toilets a...Show More

18:23 | Aug 9th

Is the UK's government really serious about a 'no-deal' Brexit? Ed Butler speaks to Brexit blogger Professor Chris Grey and Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, about what Prime Minister Boris Johnson's strategy really is. Maddy...Show More

17:29 | Aug 8th

We hear about the negative effects ambition can have, and the tools you need to relieve them, with Neel Burton of Oxford University. Author Rachel Bridge defends the thesis of her book 'Ambition: Why it's good to want more and how to get it'. And wha...Show More

18:22 | Aug 7th

Has technology really made our homes better? Ed Butler talks to Henry Shepherd from the company Cornflake, which installs high-end smart home systems in London. So why haven't more of us installed the latest technology? Bryan Solis, principal analyst...Show More

18:22 | Aug 6th

What happens when a country has an all-male parliament? Vanuatu is one of only three countries on the planet with zero female elected representatives. We find out why only men win votes in Vanuatu and what that means for the economy. Next year the co...Show More

17:29 | Aug 5th

Sunscreen is a multi-billion dollar industry. We’ve long been encouraged to apply it daily, to block out the sun’s rays. But one dermatologist argues some sunlight is necessary and sunscreen could be preventing our skin from carrying out a vital func...Show More

17:28 | Aug 2nd

Are freelancing sites threatening worker's rights? Manuela Saragosa and Edwin Lane investigate the rise of platforms like Upwork, which allow anyone in the world with an internet connection to become a gig economy worker. We hear from Ray Harris, a d...Show More

17:27 | Aug 1st

America's fracking revolution has made the US the world's largest oil and gas producer and that's had political consequences the world over. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Meghan O Sullivan, professor at Harvard Kennedy School and author of Windfall: How...Show More

17:28 | Jul 31st

We look at the disruptive models of educating young minds across the globe. Is traditional schooling, the detailed study of literature, history, and science really the best way to prepare for life and work? Marc Prensky tells us about less tradition...Show More

17:29 | Jul 30th

A battle between the US and Latin American producers has ensued, to feed an increasingly beef-hungry world – mostly people in Asia. We assess who is dominating the meat market – and if our planet can afford to keep the herds grazing. Author of 'Red M...Show More

18:29 | Jul 29th

How companies and staff deal with death at work. Manuela Saragosa hears from Carina, an employee at a global marketing company who saw the mistakes her employer made when a colleague died. Kirsty Minford, a psychotherapist, describes how organisation...Show More

18:54 | Jul 26th

The world needs sources of low-carbon fuel, so why are we so afraid of nuclear energy? Justin Rowlatt speaks to Geraldine Thomas, professor of molecular pathology at Imperial College London, about the cancer rates in the wake of the Chernobyl disaste...Show More

18:35 | Jul 25th

A bridge to a renewable future or just hot air? The energy industry touts natural gas as the cleanest of all fossil fuels and a bridge to a renewable future. Others say we should stop using it all together. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Marco Alvera. th...Show More

18:37 | Jul 24th

Boris Johnson has promised to get the UK out of the European Union by 31 October,"do or die" - but can the incoming Prime Minister deliver anything more than gusto? Andrew Rosindell thinks so. The Conservative Member of Parliament and supporter of M...Show More

18:38 | Jul 23rd

Many Venetians say cruise ships and tourist hordes are killing their city - almost literally after one gigantic liner crashed into the harbour on 2 June. Manuela Saragosa speaks to the activists fighting back: Tommaso Cacciari of No Grandi Navi ("No...Show More

18:38 | Jul 22nd

Our system for keeping planes in the sky dates back to the 1940s, and still relies on a patchwork of national authorities using radar and VHF radio. Vivienne Nunis asks whether its time for a complete overhaul. That's the objective of Andrew Charlto...Show More

18:29 | Jul 19th

What are the obstacles are for a permanent base on the Red Planet? Ed Butler puts that question to Dennis Bushnell, the chief scientist at Nasa's Langley Research facility. He also hears from Ariel Ekblaw, the founder and lead of the Space Exploratio...Show More

17:28 | Jul 18th

The Italian capital is in the midst of a waste management crisis as mountains of uncollected rubbish are left to rot on the eternal city's streets. Manuela Saragosa hears from disgruntled residents and the war of words between those who say the blame...Show More

18:25 | Jul 17th

Italy's economy remains in the doldrums, with many Italians blaming the European single currency. Meanwhile the Italian populist government has taken a markedly more friendly line towards Russia, with a scandal brewing about alleged business deals be...Show More

18:29 | Jul 16th

As more of daily life gets taken over by technology, we ask what technology’s place is in the future of education. Pearson, the world's largest education publisher for example has just announced that it plans to phase out physical books, and adopt a ...Show More

17:28 | Jul 15th

It’s been a year since New Zealand put all but a stop to foreigners buying houses. The near-total ban followed years of astonishing price increases - fuelled in part by Chinese money and American tech billionaires buying up some of the country's most...Show More

17:28 | Jul 12th

Hasty borrowing by Chinese consumers and corporates may leave the country's economy with a debt hangover. That's the contention of independent China economist Andy Xie. Business Daily's Ed Butler asks him whether ordinary Chinese are carelessly runn...Show More

18:28 | Jul 11th

Payday loans, auto loans and student loans are overwhelming a sector of American society - what can be done to help them dig their way out of their debts? Ed Butler speaks to Dean, a military veteran who says his debts wrecked his health and forced ...Show More

18:25 | Jul 10th

From Pride-inspired cappuccinos to LGBT supermarket sandwiches, you can’t walk down the street in some cities without seeing the multi-coloured marketing which symbolises the modern Pride movement. But is the promotion of the rainbow logo a step fo...Show More

18:24 | Jul 9th

With the Cricket World Cup reaching its final stages we look at the current state of the sport in India. In this episode presented by Rahul Tandon, we hear from former Indian cricketer, Deep Dasgupta, Ramjit Ray who runs advertising firm Matrix Com...Show More

18:28 | Jul 8th

The aviation industry is one of the world's biggest contributors to climate change - but does a social movement begun in Sweden now threaten to stigmatise air travel? It's called "flygskam", and Manuela Saragosa speaks to one of its originators, Sus...Show More

18:00 | Jul 5th

After a controversial extradition law sparked mass protests, is Hong Kong's position as a global financial centre under threat? Vivienne Nunis speaks to business owners in Hong Kong about the recent protests, hedge fund manager Edward Chin on the imp...Show More

18:04 | Jul 4th

Should you let websites track your online movements? Vivienne Nunis speaks to Frederike Kaltheuner from Privacy International and investigates the split-second auction process where firms bid to put targeted ads in front of your eyes. We hear from Du...Show More

18:02 | Jul 3rd

The hunger for quick short-lived clothes is bringing garment sweatshops back to the UK and harming the environment. Katie Prescott travels to Leicester, the British city whose garment factories claimed to "clothe the world" a century ago, where unreg...Show More

17:28 | Jul 2nd

New sanctions from the Trump administration are forcing European and Asian firms to choose between their US and Iranian business interests. The EU has created a special purpose vehicle called Instex to circumvent the US sanctions, but sanctions lawy...Show More

17:28 | Jul 1st

The financial literacy gap. Manuela Saragosa talks to US podcaster and writer Gaby Dunn about why millennials like her are so bad with money. Regan Morris hears the stories of young coffee shop workers in Los Angeles, and psychologist Martina Raue ex...Show More

17:27 | Jun 28th

It's not as easy as it looks. Dominic O'Connell reports from the biggest festival in the world Glastonbury, which kicks off this weekend. Manuela Saragosa hears from music industry analyst Chris Cooke on the growth in the industry over the last decad...Show More

17:29 | Jun 27th

Governments in Africa and elsewhere are routinely shutting off the Internet in the name of national security. It is having a significant economic impact. Ed Butler speaks to Dr Dawit Bekele, bureau director for Africa at the Internet Society, and Ber...Show More

18:07 | Jun 26th

The UK plans to introduce compulsory age verification for anyone in the country to access online porn - but is this a good way of restricting children's access, or a serious threat to privacy? Ed Butler speaks to Jim Killock, executive director of O...Show More

18:59 | Jun 25th

Is unemployment in the developed world so low because people have simply given up on finding work? Ed Butler speaks to economist Danny Blanchflower of Dartmouth College, who says that a decade after the global financial crisis, workers in the US and ...Show More

18:59 | Jun 24th

How do you do business with the rest of the world when nobody officially accepts that your nation state even exists? Rob Young looks at the struggles facing unrecognised breakaway states such as Abkhazia, Transnistria and Nagorno Karabakh. Thomas d...Show More

18:53 | Jun 21st

Why Facebook's Libra project will attract the attention of regulators. Rob Young hears from the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones about why Facebook is launching its own currency. Charles Cascarilla, founder of the digital currency com...Show More

17:25 | Jun 20th

Is the future of advertising really all about data? One of the sector's largest firms, Publicis, has just bought digital marketing company Epsilon for $4.4 billion because, it says, advertising will become based on algorithms - and this will decide w...Show More

18:55 | Jun 19th

We need to transform the way we grow food if we are to head off disaster - so say leading agronomists. But can it be done? The modern agricultural industry, borne out of the Green Revolution that has multiplied crop yields since the 1960s, has contr...Show More

17:29 | Jun 19th

The Turkish commercial capital must vote again for a new mayor after March's election result was overturned by the government. Ed Butler visits the city and meets Ekrem Imamoglu, who narrowly won in March but spent just 17 days in office before the ...Show More

18:55 | Jun 17th

The attitude towards immigration in Europe and America is hardening under a wave of populist politics, and businesses are finding that despite labour shortages in many sectors, bringing workers in from abroad is becoming harder. The BBC's Frey Linds...Show More

18:07 | Jun 14th

Wine exports from California's Napa Valley have dried up amid an intensifying US-China trade war. In some cases, prices have doubled, dealing a blow to an industry that has already seen young people shun wine for bourbon and beer. The BBC's Regan M...Show More

18:32 | Jun 13th

It's more than a decade since the global financial crisis. Central banks have pumped trillions of dollars into the financial system to support markets and the broader economy. But there are warning signs that major risks may be re-emerging in the fin...Show More

18:19 | Jun 13th

Is the focus on economic growth misguided, and should governments make public happiness their ultimate policy goal? That's the contention of economist Lord Richard Layard. Ed Butler looks at two countries seeking to do just that. Bhutan has long mea...Show More

17:28 | Jun 11th

Facial recognition technology is a powerful tool that can unlock phones and help you speed through airport security. But many warn that a system designed to make our lives easier is open to abuse. Ed Butler talks to one office worker who has launch...Show More

18:01 | Jun 10th

Asian countries have told the West to stop dumping its plastic waste on them - and it could spell the end of the recycling industry. China imposed a ban on imports last year, and now Malaysia and others are returning the stuff back its senders. Manu...Show More

18:13 | Jun 7th

America wants allies to follow its lead and stop doing business with the Chinese telecoms giant, which it accuses of espionage. Not everyone thinks the Trump administration is dealing with the company in the best way. Brianna Wu, a software engineer ...Show More

17:27 | Jun 6th

Could an advertising campaign featuring a bear help sell more washing machines? Looking to shake up the video advertising world, Matt Smith launched The Viral Factory back in 2001. We hear how getting consumers to create buzz by sharing your content ...Show More

18:07 | Jun 5th

The Niger Delta is Africa's biggest oil producing region. It has also become a security and environmental nightmare thanks to dozens of spills and theft by armed rebels. Oil and gas giant Shell has long been criticised for its operations in the regi...Show More

17:28 | Jun 4th

With ever more jobs at risk of automation, should the automatons be taxed the same as humans? Ed Butler speaks to Dr Carl Frey of the Oxford Martin School, who co-authored a report five years ago claiming that almost half of US jobs could made redun...Show More

17:29 | Jun 3rd

Once considered a luxury, we now consume 17 billion meals of the fish each year. Vivienne Nunis explores how it has become so popular and what impact salmon farming is having on the environment. Today you can even get salmon from a vending machine. T...Show More

17:26 | May 31st

The challenge of getting ex-offenders back into work. Vivienne Nunis hears from Lester Young Jr, an ex-offender in the US where low-paid work for prisoners is commonplace, while Daniel Gallas reports from Brazil where female prisoners are allowed to ...Show More

18:29 | May 29th

Is the search engine's share of our attention and our data too dominant, and should regulators step in and break their business up? Ed Butler gets to pitch these and other questions to Google's former chairman Eric Schmidt. Google, along with other...Show More

17:28 | May 28th

The cruel multi-million-dollar business of scamming lonely hearts out of their money by posing online as the perfect lover. Vishala Sri-Pathma speaks to victim David in the UK, who gave almost $20,000 to a woman he met online and hoped to marry and ...Show More

18:28 | May 27th

Election results leave the European parliament more fragmented than ever. The greens, liberals and far right are up. The traditional left and right, which have dominated European politics for decade, declined further. How will this affect business se...Show More

17:50 | May 24th

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, in what Mr Modi hailed as "a histor...Show More

18:07 | May 23rd

Why plastic ends up there and how to stop it. Stephen Ryan reports from the Ganges - a major source of plastic that ends up in the oceans. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Dr Hannah Ritchie of the Oxford University Martin School about the importance of pla...Show More

18:13 | May 22nd

What Silicon Valley titans learned from an American football coach. Despite a fairly unspectacular career with the Columbia University college football team, Bill Campbell found himself guiding the leadership at the top of both Apple and Google simul...Show More

18:11 | May 21st

How can educators ensure that every child in the world - and particularly every girl - has access to a decent school? And how should the curriculum prepare young people for a workplace about to be transformed by artificial intelligence? Tanya Becket...Show More

18:06 | May 20th

Can a burger help save the planet? The Business Daily team try out the plant-based burger designed to convert meat eaters. Dr Marco Springmann from Oxford University explains why eating less meat can help slow climate change. Simeon Van Der Molen, f...Show More

19:24 | May 17th

India's bid to capture a slice of global shipping. The east-west shipping line off the southern coast of India carries around 30% of the world's cargo. As container ships get bigger, the Kerala state government wants to build a deep-water container p...Show More

19:22 | May 16th

Should governments spend more money? 'Modern monetary theory' or MMT is gaining traction, particularly in the US. It says governments should worry less about balancing the books. Its detractors call it the 'magic money tree'. Manuela Saragosa speaks ...Show More

19:23 | May 15th

Could a new scheme alleviate the crippling cost of university fees for young Americans, who have already accumulated a trillion and a half dollars in student debts? Dr Courtney McBeth tells Ed Butler how under the "income sharing agreement" scheme t...Show More

19:31 | May 14th

Was the NotPetya attack, that struck Ukraine and then the world in 2016, a portend of potentially devastating cyber-wars in the future? Ed Butler goes back to ground zero of that sophisticated cyber attack to speak to Oleh Derevianko of the Ukrainia...Show More

19:27 | May 13th

With the sea level rising and storms strengthening thanks to climate change, will much of the world's most valuable real estate find itself underwater? Justin Rowlatt visits London's main line of defence against the sea - the Thames Barrier - a huge...Show More

18:17 | May 10th

Getting more disabled people into the workforce. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Rich Donovan, a trader who forged a successful career on Wall Street with cerebral palsy. Alice Maynard, a business advisor on inclusion in the UK explains the challenges sti...Show More

18:21 | May 9th

In Mozambique, Cyclones Idai and Kenneth did tremendous damage to the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in March and April. The country is still trying to get the crisis under control, as flooding, cholera and poor food and aid provision co...Show More

18:19 | May 8th

Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tinkering with the reservation system nothing more than a bid to grab votes in the general election? India has long had a system of positive discrimination to enable people from lower castes to get political represe...Show More

18:21 | May 7th

The video streaming service Netflix has announced a major push into Africa, with original series commissioned from around the continent. Netflix had already commissioned its first Nigerian original movie with 2018’s Lionheart, and a number of new pr...Show More

18:21 | May 6th

This global food staple used to account for half of some people's income. Dr Kaori O’Connor a food anthropologist at University College, London, explains how it became central to so many of our diets. Plus we’ll hear from Dominique Anract, President ...Show More

17:49 | May 3rd

Housework and caring - is technology about to transform this essential but overlooked part of the economy? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance in the US about why workers in the home still aren't...Show More

17:49 | May 2nd

The campaign for a four-day working week is gaining traction, particularly in the UK. Manuela Saragosa hears from Lorraine Gray, operations director at Pursuit Marketing, a company that has already made the switch from five to four days. But Ed Whiti...Show More

17:52 | May 1st

Foxconn is causing a political headache for President Trump, as the Taiwanese manufacturer fails to deliver on a promise to build a 13,000-employee factory in Wisconsin. The LCD screen plant - which was intended to hire 13,000 local blue collar work...Show More

17:52 | Apr 30th

As India holds elections, getting decent jobs is top of the agenda for most young voters, as the BBC's Rahul Tandon discovers. Most Indians still live in rural areas, and on a trip to the village of Burul just outside Kolkata, Rahul hears the fears ...Show More

17:50 | Apr 29th

What does the video-sharing site needs to do in order to stop inadvertently promoting dangerous conspiracy theories and extremist content? Alex Jones's InfoWars channel (pictured) - which among other things propagated the lie that the Sandy Hook sch...Show More

17:46 | Apr 26th

Imagine losing your home, your job or your reputation, all because of a computer error. We speak to people who say that's exactly what happened to them. Kim Duncan and her children lost their family home in the US after Kim's bank Wells Fargo mistak...Show More

17:43 | Apr 25th

Do rent controls and the expropriation of apartment blocks provide an answer to the increasing cost of housing in the rich world? Such radical measures are being considered in many of the world's biggest metropolises, as more and more residents find...Show More

17:45 | Apr 24th

Are markets and companies beginning to grasp the threat of global warming? Ed Butler speaks to Meryam Omi, head of sustainability and responsible investment strategy at Legal and General, a major investor, about divesting from companies that contribu...Show More

17:44 | Apr 23rd

Periods. We rarely talk about them but half the world's population will have to manage menstruation for a good chunk of their lives. For some women, their monthly period brings shame and stigmatisation, as they are forced out of their communities. ...Show More

17:28 | Apr 22nd

Jane Wakefield reports from the Ted conference in Vancouver. (Photo: Social media app icons, Credit: Getty Images)

18:03 | Apr 19th

Jane Wakefield reports from the TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, on the businesses shooting for the stars. Chief Executive of Rocket Lab Peter Beck shares his concerns about the amount of space junk being left in orbit. Former astronaut Nicole St...Show More

18:03 | Apr 18th

What's the best way to help sex workers? We hear the cases for full decriminalisation, versus abolition of what's often dubbed the world's oldest profession. In the Netherlands - a country with some of the most liberal laws on prostitution - a petit...Show More

19:44 | Apr 17th

How the country’s young businesses are making a mark in fashion, beauty, music and tech. Vivienne Nunis speaks to Humayun Haroon, co-founder of digital music platform Patari; Shameelah Ismail, chief executive of GharPar, a start-up that offers beaut...Show More

17:28 | Apr 16th

How the decline of the local newspaper industry is affecting democracy. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Ken Doctor, former newspaper man and now analyst at his own company Newsanomics, about the scale of decline in local news, particularly in the United S...Show More

17:29 | Apr 15th

Are fake news and rumours still proliferating on Whatsapp in India? And is this being exploited by candidates as the country prepares to go to the polls? Pratik Sinha, director of, is fighting an uphill struggle trying to debunk the misin...Show More

17:29 | Apr 12th

Uber is planning to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a deal likely to value the ride hailing taxi app firm at about $100bn. Justin Rowlatt explores the shape of the company. On an operating basis, it lost close to $4bn last year, so ...Show More

17:38 | Apr 11th

With Disney and Apple launching their streaming services to rival Netflix, will they struggle to get subscribers, when the market is getting increasingly saturated? Or will people just keep switching and cancelling subscriptions depending what shows ...Show More

18:09 | Apr 10th

India will spend billions of dollars on its general election this year, much of it illegally. Rahul Tandon visits a political rally in Kolkata where many participants have been paid to attend, while Ed Butler speaks to an 'election agent' tasked with...Show More

18:23 | Apr 9th

Should galleries take money from the likes of big oil? Ed Butler speaks to Jess Worth of the UK pressure group Culture Unstained, and Claire Fox, director of the UK's Academy of Ideas. And British novelist, art critic and broadcaster Sarah Dunant exp...Show More

18:06 | Apr 8th

Are millennials working too hard? Ed Butler explores the cult of modern professional success and how it's affecting millennial workers. We hear from millennial business owner Lucy, author and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan, researcher at the Univers...Show More

18:13 | Apr 5th

Does the proliferation of microphones in our mobile phones and home smart speakers mean that anyone can eavesdrop on us? Manuela Saragosa hears from the BBC's own technology correspondent Zoe Kleinman about a creepy experience she had when her phone...Show More

18:08 | Apr 4th

Cryptocurrencies are on the rebound, but does the case for investing in them make any more sense? Manuela Saragosa hears both sides of the argument. Jay Smith is a long-time player in the markets for these digital tokens, and is a popular player on ...Show More

18:14 | Apr 3rd

The British prime minister looks for a new deal to solve the deadlock over Brexit. Ed Butler hears from Jill Rutter, Brexit programme director at the Institute for Government in the UK, and Tom McTague, chief UK correspondent for the website Politico...Show More

18:09 | Apr 2nd

The rise and fall of Indian jeweller Nirav Modi, arrested in London and accused by Indian authorities of a massive fraud. Ed Butler speaks to Mick Brown, a journalist at the UK's Daily Telegraph who has covered the story, and James Crabtree, author o...Show More

18:57 | Apr 1st

Voice assistant apps like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant are about to transform the economics of the web. Nearly a quarter of all households in the US and in China already have a smart speaker in their homes, allowing them to play music, order a d...Show More

17:47 | Mar 29th

Rome's decision to sign up to China's One Belt One Road initiative has proved controversial both at home and among Italy's closest allies. Washington DC and Brussels are both sceptical of the true intent behind Beijing's programme for financing majo...Show More

17:44 | Mar 28th

Can the continent remove trade barriers and create a billion-person internal market? That's the hope of the African Continental Free Trade Area, but a year on from its initial signing, many obstacles remain. Nearly all of Africa's 55 nations have si...Show More

17:42 | Mar 27th

It is only 100 years since women in the UK were first allowed to practice law. Women now make up more than 50% of lawyers in many parts of the world, but why are so few in the top jobs? Katie Prescott speaks to Dana Dennis-Smith, who has collated the...Show More

17:44 | Mar 26th

The lucrative business of 'essay mills' - companies that will write your university assignments for you. Chris makes thousands of dollars a year writing essays for fellow Chinese students struggling with English. Gareth Crossman from QAA - a UK educa...Show More

17:44 | Mar 25th

The economy of Russian occupied territories in Ukraine. Ed Butler reports on the people living between western Ukraine and the eastern occupied territories including the city of Donetsk, and the flow of goods and people across an active front line. ...Show More

18:20 | Mar 22nd

How is the Scottish city of Aberdeen coping with the UK's imminent exit from the EU? It is home to the country's oil and gas industry, as well as some 5,000 fisherman. Katie Prescott speaks to local businesspeople in both industries, who are increas...Show More

18:22 | Mar 21st

Would a Universal Basic Income help solve inequality or make it worse, and would it protect us from robots taking our jobs? Finland has just completed a two-year experiment in doing just that. Manuela Saragosa speaks to one of the grateful recipient...Show More
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17:29 | Mar 20th

Ed Butler reports from Mariupol port in eastern Ukraine. The port has lost a third of its fleet and up to 140,000 tonnes of exported metal products a month since Russia's construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait in May 2018, and restrictions ...Show More

18:21 | Mar 19th

To follow the world's headlines these days - from fake news to murderous terror attacks, from disease pandemics to global warming - you might be forgiven for thinking the world is becoming a pretty scary place. But is it really? Harvard University co...Show More

19:21 | Mar 18th

Are chemical elements critical for the modern economy in dangerously short supply? It's a question that Justin Rowlatt poses a century and a half after the Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev published the original periodic table. Justin speaks to two ...Show More

18:29 | Mar 15th

As the UK parliament votes to delay Brexit beyond 29 March, businesses brace for yet more uncertainty. But will the EU even be willing to grant a delay? Manuela Saragosa speaks to companies on both sides of the English Channel. British Barley farmer...Show More

18:27 | Mar 14th

The brewer has been accused of complicity with Africa's murkiest politics, and of failing to protect female brand promoters from sexual harassment. But can a company really separate itself from its political environment? Manuela Saragosa hears from ...Show More

18:28 | Mar 13th

A continued political crisis in the UK means more uncertainty for businesses. We hear from the boss of a manufacturing company in Birmingham and Nicole Sykes, head of EU negotiations at the UK business group the CBI, as well as the BBC's Rob Watson i...Show More

18:29 | Mar 12th

Ed Butler reports from Ukraine ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for the end of March. With endemic corruption and ongoing conflict with Russian-backed rebels in the east, what verdict will the voters give to the President Petro Poroshenk...Show More

17:28 | Mar 11th

In India experts and parents increasingly question whether the country's education system is fit for purpose. With huge emphasis placed on college entrance exams and academic degrees - like engineering, medicine or law - Rahul Tandon explores what c...Show More

18:11 | Mar 8th

In a world designed by men for men, women often come off worst, sometimes with fatal consequences. Manuela Saragosa speaks to author Caroline Criado Perez about the gender data gap - the fact that everything from smartphone health apps to lapel micr...Show More

18:34 | Mar 7th

Is the US sugar industry's relationship with politicians, from Florida to Washington DC, just a little bit too sweet? Gilda Di Carli reports from the Sunshine State, where the newly elected Governor Ron DeSantis has vowed to take on the sugarcane lo...Show More
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17:28 | Mar 6th

Elizabeth Hotson tracks the rise of sugar as a luxury good and its transformation into a staple of western diets. Sara Pennell, a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Greenwich will explain some of sugar's history as well as the dark stran...Show More
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17:29 | Mar 5th

Does a falling currency help or harm the economy? It's an urgent question for the UK, as the pound fell sharply in value against other major currencies after the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union in June 2016. Market commentato...Show More
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17:26 | Mar 4th

Nearly everyone agrees monopolies are bad. That’s why there has been legislation limiting the dominance of companies, known as anti-trust legislation, for well over a century in the United States. But in the past anti-trust had as their target the tr...Show More

18:42 | Mar 1st

Are health services around the world wilfully blind to the problem of dangerously long hours being worked by junior medics? Vivienne Nunis speaks to doctors in Australia and America about how tiredness and depression are not only ruining their lives...Show More

18:06 | Mar 1st

Our appliances are getting increasingly difficult and expensive to mend, in some cases by design. So should consumers demand the right to repair? Ed Butler speaks to those campaigning for manufacturers to make it easier for us to fix our electronics...Show More

18:43 | Feb 27th

Should the collection of vast genetic databases be dominated by private companies such as 23andMe or In the second of two programmes looking at the businesses riding high on the boom in home DNA testing kits, Manuela Saragosa looks at ...Show More

18:05 | Feb 26th

What can you really learn about your heritage from a home DNA testing kit? We hear from Bill and Ylva Wires, a couple in Berlin who used DNA testing kits to find out more about their ancestors. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Rafi Mendelsohn of MyHeritage...Show More

18:39 | Feb 25th

The story of Theranos, a company that falsely claimed it could perform a full range of medical tests using just a tiny blood sample drawn by pricking your finger. Manuela Saragosa speaks to John Carreyrou, an investigative reporter with the Wall Stre...Show More

17:55 | Feb 22nd

Should Facebook and others be forced by governments to take responsibility for what people are exposed to on their platforms? Social media companies' algorithms have come under particular scrutiny, with allegations that they push inappropriate conte...Show More

18:04 | Feb 21st

Poor diet has been linked to diseases such as diabetes and cancer, but do you have much of a choice if you are on a tight budget? Organic food is rising in popularity in the West, but Vishala Sri-Pathma asks nutritionist Sophie Medlin whether the ad...Show More

18:50 | Feb 20th

How bogus stats can get repeated again and again until they end up influencing policy at governments and major multilateral institutions. Ed Butler speaks to three people who claim they are struggling to slay these zombies. Ivan Macquisten is an adv...Show More

18:12 | Feb 19th

Exporters express their fears and frustration at the lack of any agreement about future trade relations with just six weeks left to go until the UK leaves the EU. Adam Sopher of popcorn manufacturer Joe & Sephs tells Ed Butler how he is now having t...Show More

17:59 | Feb 18th

Are women finally breaking through off screen in the film industry? A year on from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, why aren't there more female movie directors at the Oscars? Regan Morris reports from a Hollywood still coming to terms with the #MeToo ...Show More

18:00 | Feb 15th

Is the era of globalisation, unfettered markets and billionaire philanthropists drawing to a close? Is the answer to rising populism for the state to tax the wealthy and invest more in the public good? Manuela Saragosa speaks to three people who say...Show More

18:14 | Feb 14th

Should your head trump your heart when seeking lifelong love? That's the challenge Business Daily's Justin Rowlatt has taken on for this Valentine's Day. The hyper-rationalist businessman Ed Conard thinks he knows the answer, and his strictly mathem...Show More

18:02 | Feb 13th

Many African universities are not up to scratch, leaving African students vulnerable to scam institutions abroad. Ivana Davidovic reports from Northern Cyprus where many African students go looking for a better education. Nigerian businessman Evans A...Show More

18:12 | Feb 12th

Nigeria goes to the polls to elect a president this weekend. Two issues are prominent - the state of the economy and corruption. Local businessman Evans Akanno tells us why just getting the electricity to stay on would be a good start. Amy Jadesemi, ...Show More

18:02 | Feb 11th

Last month Dutch historian Rutger Bregman told the billionaires at the World Economic Forum in Davos they should think less about philanthropy and instead pay more tax. The clip of his speech went viral. He comes on the programme to argue his point w...Show More

18:50 | Feb 8th

Funereal solutions on an overcrowded planet - Ed Butler investigates what various countries do when they run out of space to bury their dead. In Japan, where the construction of new crematoriums has often been blocked by unhappy neighbours, there is...Show More

17:27 | Feb 7th

Will online shopping and AI combine to kill the high street clothing store? Ed Butler gets himself digitally measured up in order to try on outfits in cyberspace, with the help of Tom Adeyoola, founder of virtual browsing business Metail. Meanwhile ...Show More

18:46 | Feb 6th

At what point should you give up your day-job to pursue your own business side-project full-time? And should governments do more to help those who want to do it? Manuela Saragosa explores the world of the successful "side-hustler" - the closet entre...Show More

17:28 | Feb 5th

If the UK crashes out of the EU on 29 March with no agreement on continuing trade relations, how will it affect Britain's supplies of fresh food? Could the country's supermarket shelves be left empty? Dan Saladino speaks to farmers, traders and offi...Show More

19:20 | Feb 4th

Climate Change: Can the world economy continue to grow without burning fossil fuels? Or do we all need to cut back on our consumption in order to save the planet? It is a question that splits the green movement. Justin Rowlatt hosts a fiery debate b...Show More

18:16 | Feb 1st

Are Apple and Samsung running out of people to sell their smartphones to? And who wants to pay for an upgrade when their old phone is good enough? Manuela Saragosa asks whether Apple's recent disappointing earnings are less to do with China's slowin...Show More

18:17 | Jan 31st

More and more women are choosing to freeze their eggs in their twenties - but is it all just a big waste of money? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Jennifer Lannon, who paid thousands of dollars at the age of 26 to preserve her eggs as a hedge against inf...Show More

18:18 | Jan 30th

Will indictments against China's tech giant overshadow US trade talks? We hear from Timothy Heath, defence analyst at the Rand Corporation, about the threat to security Huawei is perceived to pose in the US, and from cyber security expert Dmitri Alp...Show More

16:56 | Jan 29th

Two rival presidents, oil sanctions from the US and hyperinflation. Venezuela's economic and political crisis is deepening and we hear from some of the people caught in it. Venezuelan economist Carlos de Sousa from Oxford Economics explains the econo...Show More

18:18 | Jan 28th

Drones have been used increasingly in Africa for survey and mapping, but will cargo drone delivery companies be the next big thing? Jane Wakefield visits Mwanza on the banks of Lake Victoria to speak to African and international companies hoping to c...Show More

18:36 | Jan 25th

China's economy is slowing down. What does it mean for the rest of the world? We hear from Shanghai where consumers are spending less. Economist Linda Yueh gives her analysis while Shaun Rein, managing director of the China Market Research Group in S...Show More

18:39 | Jan 24th

The mega-philanthropist is in Davos lobbying governments and the global business elite to donate money towards the fight against infectious diseases. But is the world's second richest man the best person to spearhead this effort? Ed Butler speaks to...Show More

18:34 | Jan 23rd

Dating apps like Tinder are a multi-billion dollar business, but have they reduced romance to a commodity? Vivienne Nunis speaks to Stanford University economist Paul Oyer, author of Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Onl...Show More

18:35 | Jan 22nd

The number of female executives in the UK’s top companies remains stubbornly low. Vivienne Nunis speaks to Heather McGregor, dean of the Herriot Watt Business School and Sue Unerman, co-author of The Glass Wall, to hear what women can do to get a sea...Show More

18:37 | Jan 21st

China is lending Pakistan billions of dollars as part of an ambitious policy to disrupt global trade. Beijing is six years into a trillion-dollar plan that's been dubbed the new Silk Road. The project – officially known as One Belt One Road – aims to...Show More

18:28 | Jan 18th

At what point will the standoff in Washington DC start doing serious harm to the US economy? Vishala Sri-Pathma speaks to two victims of the shutdown. As a prison officer, Eric Young is currently not getting paid by the government, even though he is...Show More

18:28 | Jan 17th

When is it acceptable to vanish from a job without warning or explanation, and why are more and more people doing it? Ed Butler hears one woman give her reasons for doing just that, while web design entrepreneur Chris Yoko retells the tale of one no...Show More

18:29 | Jan 15th

Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is becoming technologically feasible, but will it ever be commercially viable at the scale needed to halt climate change? Ed Butler speaks to Louise Charles of Swiss-based Climeworks - one of the companies...Show More

17:27 | Jan 14th

With the threat of climate change looming, and growing ambivalence about whether the world can meet its stringent carbon emissions reduction targets to limit global warming, many people are searching for new solutions. But some people think they’ve a...Show More

18:30 | Jan 11th

Did China steal the plans for much of its military hardware, like the J20 jet, from Western defence firms? And what has the US been doing to counter Chinese hacking? Ed Butler speaks to Garrett Graff, a journalist for Wired magazine who has been fol...Show More

18:31 | Jan 10th

Revenge of the nerds - how comedians are helping explain the world of science and tech. Reporter Elizabeth Hotson finds out how people are forging careers from our desire to know how the world works. We get a practical demonstration from Natasha Simo...Show More

17:28 | Jan 9th

There’s a shortage of affordable and social housing in most large urban centres around the world. But the construction sector is blighted by inefficiency and low productivity, and many say it’s ripe for disruption. Could modular or factory-built home...Show More

17:28 | Jan 8th

The global pet food industry is predicted to be worth nearly $100bn by 2022. Premium pet food has become big business. Sheila Dillon asks whether we've gone too far in pampering our pooches with expensive treats. We hear from Kevin Glynn and David No...Show More

17:29 | Jan 7th

Reporter Jane Wakefield explores the various ways companies can accommodate those on the autistic spectrum. Jane visits Autocon, a software company based in California which exclusively uses autistic employees. Jane meets company co-founder, Gray Ben...Show More

17:28 | Jan 3rd

Jeffrey Sachs, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mohamed El-Erian discuss the big economic and political trends and risks to watch out for in the year ahead. Economics Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University explains his pointed views on the US-China s...Show More

18:28 | Jan 2nd

Will we all abandon our cars in favour of self-driving taxi apps by the year 2030, or is this pure fantasy? Justin Rowlatt takes on the many sceptical responses he received from readers to an article on the BBC website in which he sought to explain ...Show More

17:28 | Jan 1st

Had a late night? Well here's a programme about insomnia and the businesses trying to solve it. Elizabeth Hotson takes part in what is possibly the world’s laziest gym class, and speaks to bed manufacturers, sleep app engineers and the inventor of a...Show More

18:28 | Dec 31st, 2018

How did whisky become the world's favourite tipple? Elizabeth Hotson discovers the secrets behind the water of life. Rachel McCormack, author of Chasing the Dram, tells us how the giants of scotch attained their legendary status, and we delve into t...Show More

18:44 | Dec 28th, 2018

What role can businesses play in filling Africa's cartographical gaps? And can better maps help fight diseases like cholera? In her third and final programme about the progress being made in properly charting the continent, Katie Prescott asks what ...Show More

17:28 | Dec 27th, 2018

The property market in some US cities has still not recovered from the 2008 meltdown, while others may be seeing the return of risky subprime lending. Vishala Sri-Pathma travels to Slavic Village in Cleveland, Ohio, which became a by-word for the ma...Show More

18:45 | Dec 26th, 2018

Five years ago, Cyprus was in crisis. An international bail-out worth over ten billion dollars saved the economy from meltdown, but also cemented the Mediterranean country’s ties to wealthy Russians. Many of them received a slice of Cypriot banks for...Show More

17:28 | Dec 25th, 2018

The history of the spice trade, and the human misery behind it, is explored by Katie Prescott. Katie travels to the spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, where cloves, turmeric, nutmeg and vanilla are still grown to this day. But it also sup...Show More

18:39 | Dec 24th, 2018

Will legal cannabis and smart scooters help transform the atmosphere that Angelenos breathe? Jane Wakefield reports from the Los Angeles on two hi-tech industries hoping citizens will breathe deeply. Smart scooters have been taken up with alacrity ...Show More

18:08 | Dec 21st, 2018

Are dating apps like Tinder speeding up the decline of the arranged marriage in India? Manuela Saragosa speaks to the brains behind three apps competing in what is a gigantic market for hundreds of millions of lonely hearts. Mandy Ginsberg, chief e...Show More

18:14 | Dec 20th, 2018

Is the telecoms equipment provider a front for Chinese espionage or just the victim of the escalating US-China dispute? Why don't Western governments trust the company to handle its citizens' data? Following the controversial arrest in Canada of Hua...Show More

17:28 | Dec 19th, 2018

Presidential elections in the DRC this weekend come after 17 years of conflict-ridden rule under controversial president Joseph Kabila. Leading businessman and mine-owner Emmanuel Weyi explains why he has pulled out of the presidential race. But the ...Show More

18:20 | Dec 18th, 2018

How technology can help look after an ageing population. Ed Butler visits a care home in Japan where robots are used to help dementia patients, and hears from Adam Gazzaley, a California-based professor of neurology and psychiatry who has developed a...Show More

17:28 | Dec 17th, 2018

The people vying for success in India's tech startup scene. Rahul Tandon explores how Bangalore has turned into a hub for Indian tech startups, and meets the young Indians who have shunned the security of a salaried job in the tech sector to strike o...Show More

18:07 | Dec 14th, 2018

Racism persists in the workplace - how do we stop it blighting another generation of talent? Vishala Sri-Pathma visits Deji Adeoshun, leader of the Moving On Up programme, which seeks to improve employment opportunities for young black men in London...Show More

17:28 | Dec 13th, 2018

These are uncertain times. The British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a vote of confidence in her leadership, but the future of her Brexit deal remains unknown. In the US, Donald Trump faces a hostile Congress and multiple legal threats to h...Show More

17:24 | Dec 12th, 2018

Businesses are getting exasperated by the uncertainty over whether and how the UK will leave the EU in three-and-a-half months' time. Britain faces three options - either Prime Minister Theresa May's painstakingly negotiated withdrawal deal, or a tra...Show More

17:15 | Dec 11th, 2018

European glass eels are worth a fortune in East Asia, where they're regarded as a delicacy in restaurants in China and Japan. But the lucrative smuggling trade from Europe to Asia is contributing to their status as an endangered species. Ed Butler tr...Show More

17:28 | Dec 10th, 2018

Donald Trump has threatened to pull the US out of the global postal system, after receiving a letter from the inventor of the "Mighty Mug". Jayme Smaldone tells Manuela Saragosa how he was prompted to write the letter by the inexplicably low prices ...Show More

17:54 | Dec 7th, 2018

It's easy for anyone, from criminals to stalkers, to dig up your personal information online. So is it even possible to disappear in our digital world? Manuela Saragosa is somewhat shocked by Tony McChrystal of data security firm ReputationDefender,...Show More

17:27 | Dec 6th, 2018

Are "voluntourists" - foreigners coming to do well-meaning voluntary work - actually doing more harm than good at developing world orphanages? Manuela Saragosa speaks to one who says she saw the light. Pippa Biddle travelled to Tanzania to help do c...Show More

17:28 | Dec 5th, 2018

Fighting for the rights of domestic workers in America, plus other 'forgotten' segments of the economy. Jane Wakefield speaks to Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance in the US, at a TED Women event in California. Y...Show More

17:28 | Dec 4th, 2018

As the UK's proposed exit from the EU nears, things are getting complicated in the British parliament. We explain the options for Theresa May and MPs with the help of John Rentoul, chief political commentator for the Independent, Jonathan Portes, eco...Show More

17:28 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Activist Danielle Moss talks about the backlash to the #MeToo movement highlighting abuse of women, while former gang member Eldra Jackson talks about toxic masculinity. Author of Rage Becomes Her, Soraya Chemaly, asks why men are allowed to be angry...Show More

18:27 | Nov 30th, 2018

Could the European Parliament elections plus Brexit next year together provide the death knell for the European federalist dream? Populist parties from the far right and far left across Europe hope to take control of the heart of Europe at the 2019 e...Show More

17:26 | Nov 29th, 2018

The populist government in Warsaw is accused of picking fights with the EU and dividing the public against each other. Ed Butler reports live from the city of Poznan, where some residents tell him that they no longer discuss politics at home because ...Show More

18:24 | Nov 28th, 2018

Is Brexit boosting a bust-up with Brussels? Gianmarco Senna, is a ruling Lega Party counsellor with the regional Lombardy authority. He told Manuela Saragosa he thinks Brexit is marvellous. But while Italy is unlikely to follow in the UK's footsteps,...Show More

17:26 | Nov 27th, 2018

President Emmanuel Macron has big plans to shape the future of the European Union. It looks like a multi-speed, multi-lane motorway. Is this really the answer to those who are tiring of the European project? And will trouble at home mean he struggles...Show More

17:27 | Nov 26th, 2018

How do German citizens feel about the future of the world’s largest trading bloc? Ed Butler visits PSM Protech, a specialist engineering firm in Bavaria where he speaks to its owner Irene Wagner about what the EU means to her company plus he asks Vol...Show More

17:28 | Nov 23rd, 2018

The Spice Islands' urban planning director, Dr Muhammad Juma, is a pioneer in mapping technology, using drones to get a clear picture of Zanzibar's urban sprawl. But it was an innovation borne out of necessity - the archipelago's population is boomin...Show More

18:01 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Africa is urbanising at break-neck speed. So how do people keep track of where city amenities are, or indeed which areas are at risk of flooding? It's a job for the cartographers, armed with drones. Katie Prescott reports from Dar es Salaam, Tanzani...Show More