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  • 28.10.2020
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    Less than a week to US election

    With just a week to go until the US election, we’ll hear how the Biden and Trump campaigns are getting their final pitches in. Also in the programme, the elite Central Committee of China’s ruling Communist Party is meeting behind closed doors over four days to create the economic blueprint for world's second biggest economy. Meanwhile, a Hong Kong activist has been detained by plain-clothed police officers near the US consulate, before reportedly attempting to claim asylum. And the cinema business is in trouble: movie theatres are closed or limiting numbers because of the pandemic and the supply of new releases has dried up. Plus, we’ll hear how working from home could be making us less creative.All through the show we’ll be joined by political journalist Erin Delmore in New York and Enda Curran of Bloomberg in Hong Kong.

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  • 27.10.2020
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    French products boycotted by Muslim nations

    Turkey's president calls for a boycott on French products - but do they work to stifle business, especially when driven by political or religious reasons? Plus, Japan has set itself an ambitious target to cut its harmful gas emissions to zero by 2050. We assess if they can do it. Cinemas are set to reopen in India, and we look at what it means for the Bollywood film industry, which has suffered hugely from halted productions during the coranavirus pandemic. We discuss all this with guests Tawnell Hobbs from the Wall Street Journal in Dallas, and Mehmal Sarfraz, co-founder of digital news site The Current PK in Lahore.(Image: Leaflet calling for a boycott of French goods are displayed in place of French products which have been removed in protest at a supermarket in Yemen. Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

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  • 24.10.2020
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    US Election: Trump back on campaign trail in Florida

    President Trump is in Florida trying to garner more support in his adopted state. Business Matters gets the very latest from Mary Ellen Klas, Tallahassee Bureau Chief for the Miami Herald. The BBC's Samira Hussain examines the key issues facing farmers in America as they decide whether to vote for Joe Biden or Donald Trump. Also in the programme, Spencer Dale, chief economist at oil giant BP, discusses the company's plan to cut its oil and gas production by 40% by the end of this decade. Plus we hear from Stuart Fowkes, the creator of the Future Cities project, a sound sharing project of natural and human sounds from more than 650 locations. Fergus Nicoll will be joined by Elizabeth Gwynn Nine News reporter in Albury, New South Wales, Australia for comment throughout the programme.

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  • 23.10.2020
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    Goldman Sachs to pay $3bn over 1MDB corruption scandal

    US officials said the record settlement reflected Goldman's "central" role in a "massive corruption scheme". Goldman admitted it had fallen "short", calling it an "institutional failure". In all, the investment bank is due to pay about $5bn in penalties - about two thirds of its 2019 profits - to regulators around the world, to resolve cases that have severely tarnished the firm's reputation.Also - with the final US presidential debate just an hour away, we talk to the president of the university hosting the event.And - Walmart - America's world's biggest retailer - has sued the US government in what's widely seen as a pre-emptive strike because it thinks the Department of Justice will come after it for the way it's been selling pharmaceutical products. We hear about the long-standing DOJ investigation of Walmart from Jesse Eisinger from Pro Publica.Plus - where do your main street brand clothes really come from? We look into how the coronavirus is threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs in the Asia-Pacific garment trade.With guests Mitchell Hartman in the US and Lien Hoang in Vietnam.PHOTO: Getty Images

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  • 22.10.2020
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    Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to criminal charges for opioid sales

    The maker of OxyContin painkillers has reached an $8.3bn settlement and agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges to resolve a probe of its role in fuelling America's opioid crisis. Purdue Pharma will admit to enabling the supply of drugs "without legitimate medical purpose". The deal with US Department of Justice resolves some of the most serious claims against the firm. But it still faces thousands of cases brought by states and families. We hear from Pete Jackson, who got involved in advocacy after losing his daughter in 2006. He thinks that only jail time for those responsible can bring any sense of justice to bereaved families.Also in the programme, Kolkata in India is celebrating the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. Millions of people normally go to temporary temples or pandals that are set up as the city shuts down for four days, and it's an important part of the city's economy. But as the BBC's Rahul Tandon reports, it's now at the centre of a court battle over striking a balance between saving the economy and saving lives.Plus - we discuss Tesla's tremendous results as well as football finance. Premier League football club Manchester United registered a $30m loss in the pandemic. Kieran Maguire wrote The Price of Football and is a lecturer in sports finance at Liverpool University, and tells us what's behind the loss. Meanwhile, there is talk of Manchester United being one of the clubs in a proposed new European Super League. Tom Greatrex of the English Football Supporters Association is a member of the FA Council, which oversees the game in England, and gives us his reaction to the idea.With guests Jodi Schneider in Hong Kong and Tony Nash in HoustonPHOTO: OxyContin/Reuters

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  • 21.10.2020
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    US Justice Department hits Google with antitrust lawsuit

    The US government has filed charges against Google, accusing it of violating competition law to preserve its monopoly over internet searches and online advertising. The lawsuit marks the biggest challenge brought by US regulators against a major tech company in years. Google called the case "deeply flawed". We speak with Tim Wu, an American attorney, professor at Columbia Law School and the author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age and also with Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of DuckDuckGo search engine.Also in the programme, we will go to Thailand where, despite threats, the protests continue. We look at why the protesters have had enough of the government.Plus, President Trump's America first policies have involved pressing the reset button on trade relations with the rest of the world, with the aim of bringing jobs back to the US and levelling the playing field between the US and China. We assess whether Mr Trump has achieved what he set out to do.And - how can the very name of a town put off investors? We hear from a town call Asbestos.We are joined by guests Alison Van Digglelen in San Francisco and David Kuo in Singapore.PHOTO: Google/Getty Images

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  • 20.10.2020
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    European countries tighten covid lockdowns

    A raft of Europe countries are locking down as the coronavirus pandemic returns with a vengeance. We'll be in Pakistan finding out why after just ten days the country has decided to reverse a decision to ban the social media site Tik Tok - journalist Mehmal Sarfraz in the country tells us how the app helped poorer people find employment. In India, new government farming reforms will loosen the rules around the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce - regulations that have protected India's farmers from the free market for decades. The BBC’s Nisha Patel reports. And as many of us have problems sleeping, we resort to ‘white noise’, or calming sounds to help us – but this could be doing more harm than good, says Mathias Basner, professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. We discuss all this live with economist Peter Morici at the University of Maryland in the US and journalist Jyoti Malhotra from The Print website in Delhi.(Image: A mother infected with coronavirus meets her son through a plexiglass lock inside the contenair at the Buissonets retirement home, Belgium. Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP/ Getty Images)

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  • 17.10.2020
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    Brexit - deal or no deal?

    UK prime minister Boris Johnson has said the country must "get ready" for no EU trade deal by the end of the year - the BBC's Rob Watson explains why an agreement is proving so hard to reach. We look at the US election where astonishing sums are being spent; Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, talks us through the figures. A new study suggests the Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals since 1995...the culprit is warmer seas according to researcher Renee Setter, from the University of Hawaii. Advertising using social media influencers is becoming a more and more common way for businesses to raise their profile but that relationship between business and the cool person they're paying to showcase their product isn’t always a happy one, as Sheetal Parmar has been finding out. Plus, we hear how the first flights from New Zealand in a special travel bubble have touched down in Sydney. And we're joined throughout the programme by Peter Ryan, ABC's senior business correspondent. (Photo of Boris Johnson by Wiktor Szymanowicz for Getty Images).

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  • 16.10.2020
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    Twitter in free speech storm

    Twitter temporarily prevented the official Trump campaign from tweeting and has been accused of interfering in the election. So what caused the row and could there be consequences for the way social media companies are regulated? We hear from Rebecca Klar, a tech policy reporter at the political website The Hill.Thousands of young people in Thailand have defied the authorities by gathering in the streets and calling for change in some of the biggest pro-democracy protests the country has seen in years; we hear from Josh Kurlantzick, senior fellow for South-east Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. And as Donald Trump and Joe Biden compete for TV audiences in duelling town halls, we get the latest from Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief and Katie Myer, a political reporter for WHYY public radio in Philadelphia.The business behind the global pop sensation BTS has listed on the stock market; we consider if Big Hit Entertainment will prove to be a one-hit wonder. Plus we are joined throughout the programme by Paddy Hirsch, the editor of NPR podcast the Indicator from Planet Money from Los Angeles. And in Tokyo, we speak to Yoko Ishakura, professor emeritus at Hitotsubashi University.(Photo: Twitter logo with United States of America flag in the background. Credit: Budrul Chukrut/Getty Images)

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  • 15.10.2020
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    G20 suspends poorer countries' debt payments

    The G20 group of rich nations hopes that temporarily suspending debt payments from poor countries will help those nations divert resources to dealing with the health and economic consequences of coronavirus - we hear from the BBC's Andrew Walker and Sarah Clifton of the Jubilee Debt Campaign. The Democrats and Republicans, along with their supporters, are spending far more money on this election than on any other in US history - we get the details from Sarah Brymer at the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in US politics. The coronavirus pandemic has upended many people's work lives and the future of entire businesses are in doubt. Yet a global survey of 20,000 people suggests the average worker is happier now than a year ago. The survey was carried out by WorkL and we hear from its founder, Lord Price, who is also the chairman of Fair Trade UK. Entrepreneurship and setting up a new company is normally associated with risk-loving youth, but the BBC's Dougal Shaw has been to meet some older people who have taken the plunge and started their own companies in recent months. Plus, our regular workplace commentator Alison Green offers tips on how to keep virtual work meetings productive and professional. And we're joined throughout the programme by Erin Delmore in New York and Sushma Ramachandran in Delhi. (Picture of US dollars via Getty Images).

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  • 14.10.2020
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    US faces tariffs over Boeing subsidies

    The WTO says the US has given illegal subsidies to the aircraft maker Boeing, permitting the EU to place tariffs on US goods; we hear from Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. As Apple unveils its new iphone, we talk Shara Tibken, Senior reporter at C-NET News. The International Energy Agency says solar power could become a leading power source - Tim Gould co-wrote the IEA's World Energy Outlook and tells us the transition could take some years, but solar power is cheaper than new coal or gas-fired power stations in most countries. Also in the programme, the BBC's Tamasin Ford meets several female African entrepreneurs to find out about their experience of sexism in the male dominated finance and startup scene on the continent. Plus, how will the news that Christiano Ronaldo has coronavirus, affect the world of football? We ask Kieran Maguire, Football finance expert at Liverpool University. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by Nicole Childers, Executive Producer of Marketplace Morning Report in Los Angeles and Rebecca Jones from Bloomberg in Melbourne. (Picture of Boeing 737-800 via Getty Images).

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  • 13.10.2020
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    Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies in Supreme Court

    The President's nominee Amy Coney Barrett says she is 'honoured and humbled' to have been chosen by Donald Trump for a place in the US's top court. After the first day of confirmation hearings, we speak to Ilya Shapiro, director at the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies' Cato Institute and author of Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court. Stanford University game theorists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have won the 2020 Nobel Economics Prize for their work on auction theory. We speak to Robert Wilson and ask how relevant auction theory is in the world today. And Australian scientists have discovered that the virus that causes Covid-19 can survive for up to 28 days on banknotes. Dr Debbie Eagles from the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness tells us how much of a threat this could be.Jamie Robertson is joined throughout the programme by Simon Littlewood, president of AC Growth Delivered, in Singapore, and by Alexis Goldstein, activist and financial reform advocate, in Washington DC.(Picture: Amy Coney Barrett; Picture credit: Getty Images)

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  • 10.10.2020
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    Hurricane Delta approaches US landfall

    Residents in Louisiana are fleeing their homes as Hurricane Delta approaches. We'll hear the latest from Joel Cline of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Also in the programme, the Coronavirus pandemic means India is spending huge sums in support yet many citizens are borrowing. One woman tells us she has turned to money lenders to ease her financial woes, with no idea how much interest is being charged.The prestigious American university, Yale, is being sued by the Justice Department for allegedly discriminating illegally against Asian and white undergraduate applicants. We get reaction from Irene Vazquez, who is a student at Yale. And we'll hear from City University Professor Terri Watson on how Critical Race Theory, a tool for analysing systemic racism in US institutions such as universities, has become President Trump's latest target. Plus, we'll hear from Kai Ryssdal of our sister station Marketplace about how long it might take for the lights to come back on again on Broadway.All through the show we'll be joined by Sinead Mangan of ABC in Perth.(Picture credit: Getty Images)

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  • 09.10.2020
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    President Trump announces new sanctions on Iran

    The US has imposed sweeping new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting its major banks as the Trump administration continues its strategy of "maximum pressure." We'll hear from Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council. Also in the programme, the selection of a new director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is entering its final stage and with both the final candidates being female, whoever gets it, it will be the first time the job has been taken by a woman. We'll hear from Annamie Paul, the new leader of the Green Party of Canada on her vision for how the economy can be overhauled to create sustainable jobs. And we'll hear from one entrepreneur who has taken the pod-serving idea of coffee machines like Nespresso, and used it to serve different kinds of whiskey.All through the show we'll be joined by financial professional Jessica Khine in Malaysia and Complete Intelligence economist Tony Nash in Texas.(Picture credit: Getty Images)

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  • 08.10.2020
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    Harris and Pence to face off in debate

    After a controversial debate between President Trump and candidate Biden last week, Vice President Pence and candidate Kamala Harris are set to face off in Utah. Emily Means, a reporter with KUER Public Radio in Utah, tells us what to expect at the debate in Salt Lake City. Also in the programme, President Trump's administration has unveiled a tightening of rules for H-1B visas, which allow tens of thousands of high-skilled immigrants to work in the US. The President says this will protect US jobs but Michael Clemens, economist at the Centre for Global Development, says the evidence does not support this. Maelle Gavet, a Silicon Valley executive and author of “Trampled By Unicorns: Big Tech’s Empathy Problem and How to Fix it,” joins to talk about this week's congressional report into the monopoly powers of Amazon, Alphabet, Google and Facebook. And as global temperatures rise, we take a look at the impact on the workplace.All through the show we'll be joined by Andy Uhler of Marketplace in Texas, and Patrick Barta with the Wall Street Journal in Bangkok.(Picture credit: Getty Images.)

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  • 07.10.2020
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    US tech giants accused of 'monopoly power'

    A report backed by US Democratic lawmakers has urged changes that could lead to the break-up of some of America's biggest tech companies. The recommendation follows a 16-month congressional investigation into Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. The BBC's James Clayton explains what's behind the report. Also in the programme, US President Donald Trump has said he is ending negotiations over a Covid-19 relief bill, and will only resume talks after the election. A significant number of bars in Paris have been forced to close for the next two weeks, as journalist Sophie Pedder explains. We take a look at how the Coronavirus pandemic is hitting low-income students, and might provoke long-term changes in the education system overall, with Eloy Ortiz Oakley of California Community Colleges. And a 400-strong ensemble of freelance musicians has played outside the UK Parliament to highlight the plight of the music industry during the current pandemic. Violinist Nicola Benedetti attended to support to the performers, and explains what they are trying to achieve.All through the programme we'll be joined by political reporter Erin Delmore in New York and the Financial Times' Robin Harding in Tokyo.(Picture: Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Google's Sundar Pichai. Picture credit: EPA/Reuters.)

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  • 06.10.2020
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    Trump leaves hospital

    President Trump flew for the short trip back to the White House on the presidential helicopter Marine One. "Feeling really good!" Mr Trump tweeted earlier. "Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life." More than 7.4 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the US. The virus has killed nearly 210,000 Americans.We talk to Peter Morici, Professor Emeritus of International Business at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and Sushma Ramachandran, financial and economics columnist in Delhi.Meanwhile, cinema chain Cineworld announces it will temporarily close its doors, putting as many as 45,000 jobs around the globe at risk. We hear from the company's CEO Moshe Greidinger and Jonathan Handel, entertainment lawyer at Troy Gould in Los Angeles.Also in the programme, one of America's largest philanthropic organisations has announced a project to "reimagine" public monuments around the country. Elizabeth Alexander, the director of The Andrew W Mellon Foundation, said they would spend $250m over five years to build monuments, add context to existing ones and relocate others. The project aims to "celebrate and affirm America's diverse histories". It comes amid fierce public debate about monuments in the US, sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement.Plus - how fashion designers have rubber-stamped comfort as a key trend started by lockdowns and video calls.(Photo by Win McNamee/ Getty Images)

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  • 03.10.2020
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    Trump in hospital

    President Trump is being moved to Walter Reed hospital in Washington DC, having been diagnosed with coronavirus, out of an "abundance of caution" according to the White House. We get the latest from the BBC's Peter Bowes and get the medical opinions of Dr Arthur Kaplan, Professor of Bioethics at New York University. Meanwhile, the rate of unemployment in the US has fallen to 7.9%. But the jobless rate in the world's biggest economy is much higher than it was before the pandemic struck. We ask Loretta Mester, chair of the Cleveland Federal Reserve and member of the Federal Open Markets Committee, about the state of the US jobs market. Also in the programme, from 2024 onwards, contenders for best picture at the Oscars will have to meet new rules designed to broaden the backgrounds of the people who worked on it, on both sides of the lens. We have a special report. And we hear from a man who has filmed an entire opera using iPhones, featuring singers in lockdown all over the world.All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Peter Ryan, ABC's Senior Business Correspondent. He's in Sydney. And Alexis Goldstein, an activist and financial reform advocate in Washington DC.(Picture: President Trump leaves the White House for hospital. Credit: Reuters.)

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  • 02.10.2020
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    Google launches News Showcase

    Google today launched Google News Showcase. The tech giant will pay news publishers “to create and curate high-quality content” for Google News. We hear from Jeff Elgie, CEO of Village Media, a Canadian online news publisher that has signed up. Soft drink giant PepsiCo says it's considering making alcoholic beverages - a day after arch rival Coca-Cola said it would do the same. Jennifer Maloney of the Wall Street Journal explains why the companies are looking at alcohol. California has passed a law mandating public companies headquartered in the state to have at least one board member from an underrepresented community by the end of 2021, with a further increase the following year. We get reaction from the Latino Corporate Directors Association. Ivory Coast and Ghana have added a premium to the cocoa price to boost farmers' incomes. In a special report we hear how the Living Income Differential is expected to work. And a number of universities in the UK have recently paid influencers to promote degrees at their institutions. Influencers who haven't actually been to those universities. We here from Grace Bee - one of the influencers who was paid by one of those universities.All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Erin Delmore, a political journalist in New York and Madhavan Narayanan, a journalist and columnist in New Delhi.(Photo: Google News and Google logos. Credit: Getty Images.)

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  • 01.10.2020
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    What to make of the first presidential debate?

    Having witnessed last night's 90 minute shouting match, Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor of the Financial Times discusses the potential impact on the race for the White House and the debates to come. Due to the pandemic lockdown in India, many big budget films, production companies and cinemas have been looking at an uncertain future. But the government has announced that movie theatres will be allowed to run at 50% seating capacity. Sentil Kumar, founder of Qube Cinemas, a digital cinema technology company based in Chennai is feeling hopeful after a tough 6 months. As the first dieselgate trials get underway we have a special report on the scandal's impact on Volkswagen. Plus, the Bank of England's Chief Economist, Andy Haldane has blamed the media for emphasising the bad news about the coronavirus pandemic and has called for more optimism. We ask Tali Sharot, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and author of The Optimism Bias, whether being optimistic can make a difference.All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: communications advisor Ralph Silva, in Toronto and Jeanette Rodrigues from Bloomberg in Mumbai.(Photo: President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden at the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Credit: Getty Images.)

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  • 30.09.2020
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    Countdown to the first US presidential debate

    Donald Trump and Joe Biden will shortly face each other in the first presidential debate. But will it make a difference in the race for the White House? We hear from Statehouse Bureau chief Karen Keslar in Ohio, and Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor of the Financial Times. We get reaction after Disney announced it will lay off around 28,000 employees in its theme parks division. The BBC's chief environment correspondent Justin Rowlatt has been examining China's recent commitment to be carbon neutral by 2060. Fashion label Fred Perry has withdrawn a black and yellow polo shirt from sale after it became associated with a far right group - the Proud Boys - in the US. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, scholar of extremism and youth radicalisation, explains that this is not a new phenomenon. And with millions working from home because of the pandemic, companies are using software to monitor their employees. The BBC's Lora Jones explains the kind of snooping they've been doing.All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Yumiko Murakami from the OECD, in Tokyo and Dante Disparte of the Risk Cooperative, in Washington DC.(Photo: Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Credit: BBC.)

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  • 29.09.2020
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    Covid deaths approach one million

    As the number of deaths from coronavirus approaches one million, we hear how countries around the world have been handling the pandemic. Also in the programme, why are some of the world's leading cement producers making a public pledge to shrink their carbon footprint? Plus, Apple and Epic Games are back in court for another face-off over the online video game, Fortnite. And, we meet the founders of London-based start-up NewFade, which is on a mission to make wigs cool, with a focus on serving young black men.Presenter Sasha Twining is joined by Nicole Childers, executive producer of Marketplace Morning Report in Los Angels, and Bloomberg editor Samson Ellis in Taiwan.Picture: A stock photo of a man wearing personal protective equipment. (Credit: Getty Images.)

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  • 08.09.2020
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    India suffers record economic stagnation

    We hear from businesses across India, as the country suffers a 23.9% fall in its economic growth, the worst on record, amidst one of the biggest single-day rises in coronavirus cases in the world. The start of the American presidential election campaign is in full swing, with the two candidates attacking each other over law and order, rather than the economy. And we'll hear the view from the English countryside on how a social media star stopped fears for the farming industry post Brexit. We discuss all this live with Nicole Childers, who is executive producer of Marketplace radio in Los Angeles, and Madhavan Narayanan, journalist and writer in Delhi.(Image: A woman handles India rupee notes. Credit: AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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  • 08.09.2020
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    Democrats host first ever 'virtual convention'

    Covid-19 restrictions and concerns mean that the only people attending in-person will be those necessary to orchestrating the event. Instead of 50,000 people gathering for the traditional calendar with days full of speeches, receptions and rallies, sessions will be streamed from the Democratic Party's social media channels and aired live on most US news channels. We discuss the ramifications with Simon Littlewood of AC Growth Delivered and political reporter Erin Delmore. Meanwhile, some of the richest people in Hollywood and Silicon Valley could be set to pay a state wealth tax but how much extra cash will it actually raise? And, Google has taken on the Australian authorities over a plan to make web giants pay news publishers for using their content. We'll look at what's at stake in a row that many say is unprecedented in Australia. (Picture: Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. Credit: Getty Images)

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  • 08.09.2020
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    New hopes for coronavirus vaccine

    Alex Harris, Head of Global Policy at the Wellcome Trust and the BBC's Fergus Walsh tell us about promising progress on a coronavirus vaccine. Video-sharing app TikTok has denied that it is controlled by the Chinese government; Emily Taylor, associate fellow with the International Security Programme at Chatham House, tells us why countries like India and the US are not reassured by TikTok's guarantees about the safety of users' data. Office workers are still in many cases, working from home and there is a growing realisation that this is having a huge knock on effect on small retailers who rely on that footfall. The BBC's Dougal Shaw meets one retailer in London, whose family-run chain of small shops sells gift cards, wrote to the BBC explaining his plight. Civil rights leader and congressman, John Lewis, died last week; we hear about his life from Erika Alexander, co-founder of Color Farm Media and producer of the film John Lewis: Good Trouble. And our regular workplace commentator, Pilita Clarke, considers whether coronavirus marks the end of the era of hot-desking in the modern office. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by Christine Spadafor, a management consultant and lawyer - she's in Maine on the east coast of the US and in Delhi, India we're joined by Madhavan Narayanan, a freelance writer and former senior editor at Hindustan Times. (Picture of a vaccine via Getty Images.)

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  • 08.09.2020
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    Tech giants stop giving Hong Kong police user data

    Several countries have criticised China for imposing a new security law on Hong Kong, which they say threatens the territory's long-standing. Some of the world's largest social media and internet businesses - including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google and Telegram - have all said they are "pausing" co-operation with requests for user information from the Hong Kong police, until they can assess the situation. The BBC's North America Technology Correspondent, James Clayton, tells us more. Meanwhile, could self-guiding, autonomous ships be the future? And, we talk to Hollywood Reporter Contributing Editor Jonathan Handel about how streaming a production of the musical Hamilton may just have given Disney's new online service an enormous boost. We discuss the implications of all these stories, and more, with Nicole Childers, executive producer of Marketplace Morning Report, and Economist Andy Xie. (Picture credit: Getty Images)

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  • 08.09.2020
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    Apple ditches Intel

    Intel had faced problems manufacturing its own designs, leading it to issue a public apology to computer-makers. Apple's challenge will be to carry off the transition smoothly to using in-house chips and convince third-party developers to update their apps accordingly. We talk to the BBC's James Clayton in California. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making the Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj, this year in a bid to control coronavirus. However, locals will be allowed to attend, allowing the spirit of the Hajj to live on. We speak to Rashid Mogradia, founder and Chief Executive of the Council of British Hajjis. And can Rugby survive the lockdown? Teams are struggling to pay salaries and don't know when they can get spectators back into the stadia. (Picture: An iPhone. Credit: iStock Editorial/ Getty Images Plus)

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  • 08.09.2020
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    India and New York become latest to ease lockdowns

    After three bleak months, New York looks to lift some of its harshest lockdown restrictions. Meanwhile India plans to do the same. There is a difference between the two places, though. New York is widely seen as having put the worst of its coronavirus outbreak behind it. However, India is reopening places of worship, restaurants and shopping malls, despite coronavirus cases continuing to soar and experts warning the nation is far from hitting its peak. Meanwhile, anti-racism protests around the world continue in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, adding extra pressure to small businesses, hoping the end of lockdowns will bring a path to normality. The BBC's Rahul Tandon talks to Erin Delmore, a New York-based political journalist, and Sushma Ramchandran, an independent business journalist and columnist at the Tribune. Picture: Rickshaw driver in a face mask. Credit: Yawar Nazir

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  • 08.09.2020
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    US may strip Hong Kong of special business relationship

    Washington may be about to strip Hong Kong of its special trading status with the US - we look at the interplay between the US, China and Hong Kong. Plus, we examine President Trump's move to try to regulate social media sites he says are stifling conservative views. And in Denmark, we head out to bars and restaurants, which are slowly beginning to re-open. Finally, a Canadian court has ruled that a Huawei executive should face a hearing to be extradited to America. The case has destroyed relations between Ottawa and Beijing, says our expert. We speak about all this with live guests Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network in Toronto, and Mehmal Sarfraz, a journalist and co-founder of the Current PK website in Lahore.

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  • 08.09.2020
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    €8bn bailout for French car industry

    The French government has announced an €8bn rescue plan for its car industry, which has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. President Emmanuel Macron's proposal includes €1bn to provide grants of up to €7,000 to encourage citizens to purchase electric vehicles. We hear more from Karl Brauer, Executive Publisher of Cox Automotive. We ask how Airbnb can survive the coronavirus hit to its business model and the BBC's Elizabeth Hotson looks at how fake coronavirus cures are being sold and who's buying them. Also on the programme, the life of Stanley Ho, who has died at the age of 98. The King of Gambling, as he is known, made billions of dollars from his casinos to become one of Asia's richest men. JK Rowling is publishing a new book, The Ickabog, which will be given away for free to entertain the millions of children stuck in their homes due to the lockdowns. We here more from Emma Pocock who writes for Forbes and for the leading Harry Potter fan site, The Leaky Cauldron. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by political reporter Erin Delmore in New York and in Singapore, Simon Littlewood, president of AC Growth Delivered.Photograph of Emmanuel Macron, via Getty Images

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    Top UK adviser refuses to quit for lockdown actions

    We talk to the BBC's Politics Correspondent, Rob Watson about what Dominic Cummings' future may hold. With our special guests Sushma Ramachandran, of the Tribune in Delhi, and Tony Nash, of Complete Intelligence in Houston, Texas, we talk about how India and parts of the United States are easing their lockdowns. We also look at how many people are looking to change careers, whether forced to or not. (Picture: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Special Adviser, Dominic Cummings returns to his home in London. Picture credit: European Photopress Agency)

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    France eases lockdown restrictions

    France lifts many of its lockdown restrictions, even as concerns mount in Germany that Covid-19 cases may be on the rise again. Philippe d’Ornano, Chief Executive of French beauty company Sisley explains what it means for business. Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson clarified instructions for the public in England, after a great deal of ridicule and confusion over the government's initial outlined steps. We explore the difficulty of his position as advice for England now stands at odds with advice for the other 'home nations': Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. And, we head to Hong Kong, where protests against the authorities have once again started to rise. (Picture credit: Guillaume Souvant/ Getty Images)

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    Aeroplane makers squeal as demand fizzles

    As demand for international flights has dried up, the effects are filtering through to Boeing and Airbus. Their customers don't need the planes they already have on order - never mind, placing fresh orders for even more craft. Meanwhile, theories continue to swirl about the mysterious absence of North Korea's leader from public view. He's missed several high profile events and some news outlets are reporting his death. What does the situation, and potential stability issues it creates, mean for the region? And US Crude oil slides 24% to just $12.80 a barrel. What can oil exporters do to turn the price collapse around? (Photo: Guvendemir/ Getty Images)

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    Countries differ on ending coronavirus lockdown

    Countries and governments around the world are starting to feel the strain of coronavirus lockdown, with some showing signs of easing up restrictions. But the World Health Organisation is urging serious care, saying it cannot be done in a hurry. Also in the programme, the EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has advised governments to prevent companies being taken over by Chinese firms. Amazon's share price surged after the company announced it would take on another 75,000 workers amidst increased demand, after already hiring some 100,000. Professor Scott Galloway at the New York University Stern School of Business discusses how we should interpret the move. The world's oil producers under OPEC and allies have agreed a record oil deal that will slash global output by about 10%. Paul Hickin, Associate Director at Platts, explains what this means for the future of oil prices. Plus, with the internet full of memes and videos to help us get through uncertain times, the BBC's Vivienne Nunis speaks to some of those creating internet content to make us smile during the long lockdown days.All through the show we’ll be joined by Rachel Cartland, author in Hong Kong and Tony Nash, chief economist at Complete Intelligence in Houston, Texas.(Picture: Dr Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

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    Oil price collapses to 18-year low

    US crude oil prices fell below $20 a barrel on Monday, close to their lowest level in 18 years, as traders bet production would have to shut to prevent a glut in the markets. The situation is particularly bleak for high-cost wells in the world's largest producer: the US. We talk to Ellen Wald, from the Atlantic Council, in Florida, and Tom Adshead, a director of Macro Advisory in Moscow. Meanwhile, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused a rather startling change in fish consumption in Kenya. Instead of importing stocks from China, Kenyans have refound their taste for local catches, boosting incomes within the industry. And what do you do when you're in lock down? We interview David Shearer, who runs the UK puzzle exchange. He's seeing a resurgence in demand for jigsaws! (Picture description: Woman on a street in Moscow walks past live oil prices, showing the plunge due to Covid-19. Picture credit: Getty Images)

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    Financial markets recover after worst week in a decade

    The Bank of Japan, Bank of England and European Central Bank all pledged to increase liquidity to help economies through any disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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    Japan's economy shrinks at fastest rate in five years

    Fears of a recession grow after the country's GDP fell by 1.6% in the final quarter of 2019, as the full economic impact of the coronavirus is still to come. Devin Stewart, senior fellow at the US-based Eurasia Group Foundation, tells us what this means for the world's third largest economy.Is an iPhone shortage on the horizon? Manufacturer Apple says production is down and has warned it won't meet its previous revenue guidance. Our business reporter Zoe Thomas brings us up to date from San Francisco.And we find out the fate of The Skagway News, based in Alaska. Its owner announced he was giving away the local paper at the end of last year. But did he find the perfect new owner?Sasha Twining is joined throughout the programme by Sushma Ramachandran, independent business journalist and columnist for the Tribune newspaper, in Delhi, and Alexis Goldstein, activist and financial reform advocate, who's based in Washington.(Picture: A woman wearing a mask in Tokyo. Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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    Huawei chief fights extradition to the US

    Huawei's chief operating officer appears in a Canadian court to fight extradition to the United States on charges of fraud and breaching sanctions on Iran. The United States Census for 2020 is launched in Alaska, an important exercise for economic planning - we hear from Gabriel Layman, the Chief Operating Officer of Cook Inlet Housing Authority, about the quirks of gathering such huge amounts of information. And baseball is hit by a cheating scandal which could prompt advertisers to walk. And in Japan, a major restaurant chain is feeling the effects of the country’s ageing population. We discuss all this with live guests Sushma Ramachandran, an independent business journalist for The Tribune newspaper in Delhi, and Tony Nash, chief economist at Complete Intelligence in Houston, Texas.(Image: A silhouette in front of a Huawei sign. Credit: Wang Zhao/ Getty Images)

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    US and China sign the first stage of trade deal

    Speaking in Washington, US President Donald Trump said the pact would be "transformartive" for the US economy. Chinese leaders called it a "win-win" deal that would help foster better relations between the two countries. We hear from Greg Gilligan who chairs the American Chamber of Commerce in China and Steve Lamar, head of the American Apparel and Footwear Association.Russia's government has resigned, hours after President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes. We explore the implications.Also, we take an in-depth look at the meat and dairy industry and ask whether it is sustainable. Will diets have to change? How fast will the food industry have to adapt?Plus, a familiar name in Japanese politics is again making waves - but for reasons outside of politics. The environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi - son of the former PM Junichiro Koizumi - has caused a sensation by taking paternity leave. Why is that still such a controversial move in Japan?Presenter Fergus Nicoll is joined by guests Christine Spadafor in Boston and Stefanie Yuen Thio in SingaporePHOTO: Getty Images

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    What will Iran do next?

    The NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said members were united in their concerns about what he called Iran's destabilising operations in the region and in their resolve that Iran should never acquire nuclear weapons. But he said it was a US, not a NATO, decision to kill the senior Iranian general Qasim Soleimani in Iraq last week. After Iranian threats of retaliation, the world awaits who will make the next move? Meanwhile, South African entrepreneur Richard Maponya has died, aged 99. We look back on this retail titan, known as the 'Father of Black Business'. Plus a moment of gratitude for Office Boys in Indonesian offices by workplace commentator Asmara Wreksono.And joining us throughout the programme are Rachel Cartland, author, writer and expert on Hong Kong and Houston based Tony Nash, chief economist at Complete Intelligence.(Picture: Iran's Revolutionary Guard. Picture Credit: AFP Photo/ Ho/ Iranian Presidency)

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    Changing World of Work

    A look at the changing world of work. How will technology will play a growing role in all areas of our working lives and how essential is it to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse workforce? Washington based Sabina Dewan from Just Jobs Network, an international think tank focussed on creating more and better jobs worldwide joins the discussion. Adrian Blair, formerly Global COO of Just Eat and CEO of Receipt Bank, a fintech company which enhances workflow globally also joins Sasha Twining's workplace discussion.(Photo: Global communication network concept Credit: Getty Images)

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    Boeing replaces CEO amid 737 safety concerns

    US plane maker Boeing has replaced its chief executive Dennis Muilenburg in the wake of two deadly 737 Max crashes and the plane's subsequent grounding. We speak to Scott Hamilton, an aviation industry consultant with Leeham news and analysis in Seattle. Plus, UK defence and aerospace company Cobham has been bought by a US private equity firm in a $5bn deal that could test the new government's tolerance of foreign takeovers. Also in the programme, how green is the internet? We examine the energy consumed powering the web. And if you're looking for a last minute Christmas bargain, a small newspaper business in Alaska is looking to be snapped up. The asking price? Free - we find out why.All this and more discussed with guests Erin Delmore, a political reporter in New York, and journalist Jyoti Malhotra in Delhi.(Photos: File photos of David Calhoun (L), and Dennis Muilenburg (R). Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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    Former head of the Federal Reserve, Paul Volcker, dies

    Over the weekend, at the age of 92, one of the giants of American economic policy and former head of the US central bank Paul Volcker, died at his home in New York. He was perhaps best known for his dramatic hiking of interest rates in the early eighties to fight inflation. We explore his enduring legacy. Meanwhile, shares in Tullow Oil fell as much as 70% after the company announced a boardroom shake-up, scrapped its dividend and cut its production forecasts. Chief executive Paul McDade and exploration director Angus McCoss are stepping down immediately. We talk to Eklavya Gupte, senior editor of Europe and Africa News S&P Global Platts. Robin Harding, Tokyo Bureau Chief or Financial Times and Alexis Goldstein, an activist and financial reform advocate in Washington join the discussion. (Picture Credit: Getty Images)

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    Uber loses London licence

    Uber initially lost its licence in 2017 but was granted two extensions, the most recent of which expires on Monday. The firm will appeal and can continue to operate during that process. We talk to Shona Ghosh, UK technology editor for Business Insider, about what this means for the company. Meanwhile, the chief executive of Australia's third-largest bank, Westpac, has resigned following investor pressure. The bank was last week accused of 23 million counts of breaching anti-money laundering rules. We talk to the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney about the reaction. (Image: The Uber App - Picture credit: Getty Images)

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    Hong Kong Polytechnic University Standoff

    Unrest continues in Hong Kong after more violent clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and the police. Dozens of protestors have left the Polytechnic after more violent clashes with police. Throughout the programme we hear the views of Rachel Cartland, a long time civil servant in the Chinese city, who worked with the territory's Chief Executive Carrie Lam.Our other guest over the hour is Professor Peter Morici, from the University of Maryland in Washington and he has some interesting views on Ford unveiling an electric version of its iconic Mustang sports car. We also hear from motoring journalist Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield, from Transport Evolved, who took a ride in the car.We hear from the literary world after a tiny hand-made book written by Charlotte Bronte at the age of 14 was bought at an auction in Paris by the Bronte Society, which will ensure it returns to the North of England.As the UK prepares for one of the most uncertain general elections for many years we get an explanation of the policies of the Green Party, from its Brexit and finance spokesperson Molly Scott-Cato.(Picture: Hong Kong Polytechnic. Copyright credit Philip Fong.)

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    Chinese firm plans British Steel rescue

    To the relief of the UK government, Chinese firm Jingye has promised to rescue British Steel, an iconic company that employs 4,000 people. We ask Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, whether the UK is being drawn into China's Belt and Road plan.Protests in Lebanon show little sign of easing up; the entire financial and political system is the focus of the anger. The BBC's Ivana Davidovic has been finding out more.There is an argument that the American Dream is dead and that meritocracy and hard work aren't valued any more. But some do still live the dream and we hear from one such success story; Rob Bernshteyn, CEO of fintech company, Coupa Software which is worth around US$1.6 billion.Vast parts of Australia's east coast are bracing for potentially catastrophic bushfires today and we're joined by the BBC's Phil Mercer in Maitland, an inland city 165 km north of Sydney.China's annual Singles Day has morphed into an enormous frenzy of shopping and green groups are warning all this comes at a huge cost to the environment. We hear from Tang Damin, a plastics campaigner with Greenpeace in Beijing.And joining us throughout the programme are Simon Littlewood in Singapore - he's President of AC Growth Delivered. And in California, Alison Van Diggelen, is host of Fresh Dialogues.Photo description: British Steel's Scunthorpe works Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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    Virgin Galactic rockets on New York Stock Exchange

    Virgin Galactic had its first day as a listed company in New York. At their peak, shares rose just over 10%. Founded in 2004, Virgin Galactic has spent more than $1bn developing its programme, which is years behind schedule and took a hit after a fatal accident in 2014. We explore the future for this fledgling industry with Chief Executive George Whitesides. Meanwhile, Google is reported to be in talks to buy Fitbit. We speak to Carolina Milanesi, tech analyst at Creative Strategies. And how the world should prepare for the onslaught of so-called 'deep fakes' - the computer generated videos that allow the nefarious to put words in the mouths of the famous. (Picture Credit: Getty Images)

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    Prince Harry sues UK tabloids in phone-hacking claim

    The prince has begun legal action against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror. We speak to Brian Cathcart, founder of Hacked Off, which campaigns for press accountability in the UK, as Buckingham Palace confirms documents have been filed over the alleged illegal interception.US company Purdue Pharma has been in the headlines recently after it was accused of fuelling the opioid crisis with its drug OxyContin. Recent court filings now show that the company sent up to $13 billion of profits to its owners, the Sackler family - the largest estimate so far of how much the family made from Purdue. Jared S Hopkins, reporter at the Wall Street Journal, explains the story.Jamie Robertson is joined throughout the programme by Alexander Kaufman, senior reporter at the Huffington Post in New York, and Sharon Brettkelly, bureau chief at Radio New Zealand in Auckland.(Picture: The Duke of Sussex. Credit: Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

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    US imposes sweeping sanctions on Venezuela

    We look at the global repercussions of sweeping sanctions on the government of Venezuela by the US. We ask if President Trump's aim - to punish 'the usurping' of power by President Nicolas Maduro, Germany's hugely successful automotive industry is being choked by not only global trade tensions, but other factors - the BBC's Rob Young has an extended report on the economic powerhouse and its woes. Plus, we look Disney's disappointing financial results. We discuss all this with guests Youngsuk Chi, a Korean Businessman, who has worked extensively in the media and technology industry and Maya Van Rossun, environmental lawyer and author in Philadelphia.(Image: A man walks past a wall reading "Trump unblock Venezuela" in Caracas on August 6, 2019. Credit: Federico Parra / Getty Images)

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    Communist China at 70

    China is 70 years old. Its growth has been staggering from rural economy to industrial powerhouse. We explore the many issues, both positive and negative, around this with founding executive of the Libra Association, Dante Disparte, and journalist Mehmal Sarfraz. We also look at what the nation's unique path has meant for its people with Yuen Yuen Ang, author of forthcoming book, China's Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom & Vast Corruption. Meanwhile, Facebook's plans to get the world to use its digital currency Libra continue apace. We discuss what Libra is and what it means for you. And, we talk trains! Africa's first high speed train was opened to the public in Morocco at the end of last year.The BBC's Nora Fakim is in Casablanca to see how it's doing. Picture credit: Getty Images

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