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  • 23.01.2021
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    Brazil's coronavirus crisis continues to worsen

    Doctors in the city of Manaus are struggling to control the growing number of deaths, which are increasing due to a new variant of the virus detected earlier this month. We get the latest from the BBC's Camilla Mota in Sao Paulo. Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia after the country said it would introduce a law forcing tech companies to pay for news content it offers links to. We discuss the implications of this with the technology researcher and broadcaster Stephanie Hare. And Kai Ryssdal, host of the Marketplace programme on American Public Media, has been speaking to HOPE South Florida, a homeless charity now facing extra challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jamie Robertson is joined throughout the programme by Elizabeth Gwynn, reporter at 9News Border South East in New South Wales, Australia.(Picture:Gravediggers at a cemetery in Manaus. Credit: Getty Images)

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  • 22.01.2021
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    Biden ramps up fight against Covid-19 with 10 executive orders

    The measures include increased testing and vaccinations as part of a national strategy, as President Biden warns the US is likely to reach half a million coronavirus-related deaths by next month. We speak to Julie Rovner from Kaiser Health News in Washington DC. The Japanese carmaker Nissan says it plans to increase production of electric car batteries at its plant in Sunderland in the north of England. We hear from Nissan's chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta. And one year on from the start of the world's very first lockdown, our China correspondent John Sudworth reports from Wuhan, where the first cases of coronavirus were detected. Rob Young is joined throughout the programme by Paddy Hirsch, editor of The Indicator podcast from Planet Money, in Los Angeles and by Stefanie Yuen Thio, managing partner at TSMP Law in Singapore.(Picture: President Joe Biden. Credit: Getty Images)

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  • 21.01.2021
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    Biden signs orders ending key Trump policies

    We recap events in Washington which saw Joe Biden sworn in as the 46th US president, ending one of the most dramatic political transitions in American history. Our correspondent in Washington Larry Madowo talks us through the first executive orders signed by President Biden.One key policy of the new administration is the introduction of a $15 an hour minimum wage. It has long been campiagned for, but it's not popular with all especially in the current challenging economic climate. We discuss with a professor of law, state director and small business owner.Video streaming service Netflix reveals that it has added millions more subscribers, we hear about the service's impact on French film. Lupin is the latest in a string of French language dramas that are proving a success around the world, we hear from the director Marcela Said.Joining Sasha Twining throughout the programme are Erin Delmore, a political reporter who is based in New York and James Mayger, China economics correspondent for Bloomberg based in Beijing.Picture: President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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  • 20.01.2021
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    Joe Biden's economic plans

    US president-elect Biden sets covid-19 stimulus package as early priority for presidency. As Janet Yellan begins her confirmation hearing as treasury secretary we look ahead at the incoming administration's economic plans - and we look back at President Donald Trumps four years in office, as he prepares to move out of the White House. Also in the programme amid concerns that people living in poorer countries may have to wait months or years to access a coronavirus vaccine, we find out more from Mesfin Teklu Tessema, head of the health unit at the International Rescue Committee. Plus, Netflix reveal blockbuster results; is it one firm that's been able to capitalise from the pandemic?

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  • 19.01.2021
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    Covid-19 threat to 2021's global sport events

    72 tennis players at the Australian Open are facing 14 days stuck in Melbourne Hotels after positive Covid-19 cases on their inbound planes; We discuss whether the Covid-19 pandemic is still a big threat to major sport events including the Tokyo Olympics. We'll hear the latest on the US Capitol as DC remains on high alert ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. Car and electronic device makers sound alarm bells amid a global microchip shortage. Russ Mould of stockbrokers AJ Bell is a former semiconductor analyst, and explains the background and implications. More than 140,000 retail jobs have been lost in the UK since the start of the pandemic; we hear how people have been able to survive financially by reinventing their way of doing business. Also in the programme, ski journalist Robert Stewart on why the resort of Courchevel in France is marketing itself as an alternative location for people to work from home. Plus could being too efficient working from home put your job at risk?(Picture: Tennis balls in front of an Australian Open logo. Picture credit: Reuters.)

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  • 16.01.2021
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    Biden plans Covid vaccination push

    US President-elect Joe Biden lays out an ambitious Coronavirus vaccination plan - warning things will get worse before they get better. India also gears up to start its own huge campaign this weekend, tackling its population of 1.3 billion people. Plus, German chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party meets to elect a new leader, who will stand a good chance of becoming chancellor after September's general election, the BBC's Marie Keyworth asks what is next for Germany in the post-Merkel era. Also in the programme, we discuss the farming sector including discrimination among African-American farmers in the US. Plus Professor Brian Steffenson at the University of Minnesota joins the show to explore an exciting new development in gene technology speeds up the breeding process to help make wheat more resistant to fungal infestation. Plus, there's new evidence that bees are gathering pollen and nectar from different kinds of flowers. Dr Natasha de Vere, head of conservation and research at the National Botanic Garden of Wales explains the implications. Peter Ryan, the ABC's Senior Business Correspondent, joins Business Matters’ Fergus Nicholl for comment. (Picture: vaccinations. Picture credit: Getty Images)

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  • 15.01.2021
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    Biden unveils coronavirus battle plan

    US president-elect Joe Biden unveils economic stimulus proposal. We consider his options with Ken Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University, who is a former economist at the International Monetary Fund. Also in the programme, Simon Littlewood, President at the Asia Now Consulting Group, and Alison van Diggelen, host of freshdialogues.com join the BBC's Fergus Nicholl to discuss US relations with China. They also debate what it means to follow your 'dream career'.(Picture: Joe Biden. Picture Credit: Reuters)

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  • 14.01.2021
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    Trump impeached for second time

    Donald Trump becomes the first US President to be impeached twice in the nation's history. He now faces a trial in the Senate, which will occur after he leaves office. He was accused of rousing his followers to storm the Capitol last week, leaving five people dead. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, 11 more people have been arrested under the new national security law and the International Labour Organistion says that the rise in home working may mean workers face greater safety and health risks. We also discuss different approaches to vaccine rollouts around the world, and whether mealworms will soon be on the menu. Sasha Twining talks to author and expert on Hong Kong, Rachel Cartland, and Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network.(Picture credit: Reuters)

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  • 13.01.2021
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    Trump: 'The 25th amendment is of zero risk to me'

    President Trump has made his first public appearance since the Capitol riots last week, speaking on a visit to Texas to inspect the border wall with Mexico. He said he was unconcerned by attempts to remove him from office. But some of the world's biggest corporate names have begun to distance themselves from Mr Trump - among them Deutsche Bank and Signature Bank. We discuss what this means for his finances with Max Abelson of Bloomberg. As Ugandans prepare to vote in the presidential election on Thursday, we assess the health of the country's economy with economist and policy analyst Ramathan Ggoobi of Makarere University Business School. We hear about the pressures on Western brands to ban imports of goods suspected of being made using forced labour in the China's Western Xinjiang province.And in India, the Supreme Court has halted controversial agriculture laws, saying the government should come to an agreement with farmers. Thousands have been protesting against the laws in New Delhi for more than 45 days. The BBC's Arunoday Mukharji brings us up to date.Jamie Robertson is joined throughout the programme by Lien Hoang, financial reporter with Nikkei Asia, in Ho Chi Minh city and by Andy Uhler, reporter with Marketplace, from Austin in Texas.(Photo: President Donald Trump; Credit: Getty Images)

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  • 12.01.2021
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    Parler sues Amazon for pulling support

    Parler has hit back after Amazon pulled support for its so-called "free speech" social network. Stephanie Hare explains why the action is being taken and what the chances of success are. And we get wider context from Helen Fenwick, professor of law at Durham Law School. Bitcoin has had a wild few years. When first created in 2009 a single bitcoin was worth less than a cent. Last weekend it peaked at over $40,000 and on Monday crashed to $32,000. The UK's Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday that investors must be prepared to loose everything they invest if they want to buy Bitcoin. The US Treasury is proposing reporting restrictions on large transactions. Bill Bambrough is a writer on technology, finance, economics, and business for Forbes Magazine. We asked him what investors should be prepared for when they invest in crypto-currencies. Plus would you perform a facelift on yourself? Vishala Sri-Pathma finds out about the beauty firms trying to survive in lockdown by offering do it yourself winkle lifts.Joining Jamie Robertson throughout the programme are Patrick Barta, Asia Enterprise Editor for the Wall Street Journal in Bangkok and in Washington, Alexis Goldstein, an activist and financial reform advocate.Photo: Parler Has Been Closed Credit: Lorenzo Di Cola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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  • 09.01.2021
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    Trump threatened with impeachment

    House Democrats are preparing articles to accuse President Trump of 'inciting insurrection' as they attempt a second impeachment process as the clean-up continues at Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, the President takes to twitter to announce he's shunning Joe Biden's inauguration. We hear from Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal and Chris Low from FHN Financial. Also in the programme, we hear about the future of retail from the BBC's Ed Butler and Thomas Williams, a furniture expert at auction house Sotherbys tells us why dressing tables have become a sought after item of furniture in Hong Kong sale rooms. Plus we're joined throughout the programme by Karen Percy, a freelance reporter in Melbourne, Australia. (Picture: President Donald Trump speaks at the "Stop The Steal" Rally, by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images).

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  • 08.01.2021
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    Democrats seek Trump's removal from office

    Democrats have called on the Cabinet to remove the President from office. They want Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to the US Constitution, certifying the president as unfit to hold office. If he doesn't, they said Congress should move quickly to expel Mr Trump through the impeachment process; we hear from the BBC's North America Political Reporter Anthony Zurcher. Plus, we hear from Steve Lamar, president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, which represents some of the world's biggest clothes and shoe brands. And social media companies remain under the spotlight over their role in Wednesday’s events. Facebook has blocked Donald Trump from using his account on the platform for at least two weeks, we get analysis from Russell Brandom, policy editor at tech website, The Verge and Kimberley Adams, a correspondent for Marketplace, the business news show on US public radio. The US aircraft maker Boeing will pay over $2.5 billion to resolve an investigation by the US Justice Department into two deadly crashes of the company's 737 Max aircraft; the BBC's Theo Leggett brings us the details. The planet has a new richest person, Elon Musk, the founder of the electric carmaker, Tesla. He's worth $195 billion, according to Bloomberg due to the surge in Tesla's share price; we hear more from Daniel Ives, managing director of brokers Wedbush Securities. And joining us throughout the programme are Hayley Woodin, a multi-media reporter for the publication "Business" in Vancouver and in Delhi, Sushma Ramachandran, an independent business journalist and columnist for "The Tribune" newspaper. (Picture: Protesters attempt to enter the US Capitol building. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

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  • 07.01.2021
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    Trump supporters storm Capitol building

    Hundreds of supporters of President Trump stormed into the US Capitol building after breaking through a security perimeter. The events happened as part of an effort to prevent the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory, with rioters smashing windows and clashing with police. We hear from the BBC's North America correspondent Lebo Diseko from the US Capitol building and are also joined by Peter Morici, University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business and Alexis Goldstein who lives near the US Capitol building; she's an activist and financial reform advocate in the city. And political reporter Erin Delmore and Marketplace's Nicole Childers provide additional analysis. Plus, whilst much of the country was gripped by what was happening in Washington, US stock markets were unmoved by the scenes; Susan Schmidt from Aviva Investors in Chicago tells us why. (Picture of rioters outside the Capitol by Tayfun Coskun via Getty Images).

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  • 06.01.2021
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    The US state of Georgia goes to the polls

    The US state of Georgia is going to the polls for a second-round vote and at stake is whether President-elect Joe Biden's Democrats control the Senate. In an extended report, the BBC's Fergus Nicoll looks at the forces in play behind the electioneering. Also in the programme, the World Bank has said that any recovery in the global economy is dependent on the roll out of successful vaccines and has predicted 4% growth in the coming year - we hear from the BBC's Andrew Walker. Plus, Singapore has confirmed its law enforcers will be able to access the country's coronavirus contact tracing data to help criminal investigations. And in Russia women are driving the metro trains - after a 40 year ban - although there's still a list of jobs women are not advised to do; we hear from Olga Ivshina from the BBC's Russian Service. Plus, this summer, festival goers around the world stayed at home due to coronavirus restrictions so what will happen this year? We hear from Chief Executive of UK Music, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, who's been giving evidence to members of the British Parliament on the state of the music industry. And we're joined throughout the programme by two guests on opposite sides of the world; Erin Delmore, political correspondent in New York and Robin Harding, the Financial Times' correspondent in Tokyo. (Picture of stickers for voters in Atlanta, Georgia by Megan Varner via Getty Images).

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  • 05.01.2021
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    Fiat and Peugeot agree a merger

    A merger between Fiat Chrysler and PSA has won approval from the companies' shareholders. The new company will be called Stellantis and we ask why has Fiat agreed to be subsumed into an ever bigger group.Also in the programme, more than 200 workers at Google-parent Alphabet have formed a labour union. It marks a seismic shift in Silicon Valley, where unions are a rarity and relations with organised labour is often fractious. We hear from Google employee Dr Alex Hanna, who is one of the staff who've got their membership card.Plus, worries over health and anxiety about employment during the pandemic have led to restless nights for many of us. The BBC's Elizabeth Hotson reports on measures people can take to ensure they get a good night's sleep.And - as new year gets under way, we hear about the home fitness alternatives many are choosing for their resolutions, in place of signing up to a gym.PHOTO: Getty Images

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  • 02.01.2021
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    2021: What will the year hold?

    Rahul Tandon is joined by a variety of guests to look forward to the big trends of 2021.The programme starts with views from some Business Matters regular panellists in India, Hong Kong, USA and Australia, and then discussed by the BBC Africa's Economics editor Zawadi Mudibo and Technology Researcher Stephanie Hare. David Cearley of Gartner Research looks ahead to the some of the big technology trends and will gaming play as an important part of 2021 as it did last year? Pooja Khatri, a streamer in New Delhi and Steffan Powell the host of the BBC Podcast Press X to continue discuss. Entertainment reporter Caroline Frost ponders what we can look forward to from the world of show business and ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Galsgow this year, Business Matters brings together young climate change campaigners from Sudan, Ireland, Norway and Bangladesh to hear about their hopes for the future.

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  • 01.01.2021
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    UK completes separation from European Union

    As the UK leaves the EU's single market and customs union, we speak with members of the European Parliament and other key political figures to find out what a future outside of the EU will mean for Britain. The BBC’s Marie Keyworth tells us about the history of the relationship, which became official with Common Market membership in 1971. And looking ahead, we ask if Britain will still be able to freely trade with its European neighbours without any bad blood resulting from Brexit. Cecilia Malmstrom, former EU Trade Commissioner, tells us how she sees the relationship developing. Plus, we speak with key politicians from the remaining EU states, Domenec Ruiz Devesa, Spanish Member of the European Parliament, and Geert Bourgeois, MEP for Belgium, about their thoughts on what life without the UK be like. Finally, what will this mean for Britain on the world stage? We hear from Sir Simon Fraser, former head of the UK Foreign Office. And Lord Digby Jones, former UK trade minister and head of the Confederation of British Industry, outlines the sentiment from businesses. Plus, the view from India and Australia: will the UK strengthen its relationship with Commonwealth countries? We're joined by Renu Agal from the Print news site in Delhi and journalist Karen Percy in Melbourne.(Image: A flag of the UK is torn apart from the EU flag. Credit: Getty Images Stock)

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  • 31.12.2020
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    Coronavirus vaccine distribution begins in Britain

    The new Coronavirus vaccines are coming soon to people in Britain - but there's a dissenting view from America that's asking for more transparency over the trial data – we speak with Dr Lawrence Gostin, Professor of Global Health Law at Georgetown University in Washington DC, to discuss the tough line between collective health and individual freedom, as many question whether or not to take the vaccine. Plus, as the EU strikes an investment agreement with China, we look at the recent discovery of the forced labour factories inside China's internment camps in Xinjiang; we speak with Megha Rajagopalan of BuzzFeed News who used pioneering architectural and aerial expertise to find the hidden labour factories. We discuss all this with guests Jyoti Malhotra, National & Strategic Affairs Editor at The Print, in Delhi, and Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network in Toronto.(Image: A vaccination centre in London. Photo by Justin Tallis/ AFP / Getty Images)

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  • 30.12.2020
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    Bigger financial aid cheques blocked in the US

    Cheques sent out to people in the US to help them during the pandemic won’t be as big as they were before – we have the latest on the politicking from the US. Global travel has been restricted and the aviation sector is severely affected – we speak with one Australian traveller who has experienced the difficulty first hand, whilst US journalist Jeremy Hobson gives us the intricacies of US travel restrictions. Plus, French designer Pierre Cardin dies – we look back at his life and influence on the fashion industry. We discuss all this with guests Alexis Goldstein in the US, and Samuel Ellis, Taipei bureau chief for Bloomberg News.(Image: Roll of US Treasury Checks. Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

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  • 29.12.2020
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    Fresh financial help for US citizens debated

    Another set of cheques will be sent out to US citizens, to help them through the pandemic – along with a set of other measures to help out the country, as coronavirus cases remain high. We look at the deal between the UK and the EU that has been struck to enable Brexit, and what it means for trade between the two in the years ahead. And what do you remember of 2020? The BBC’s Nisha Patel speaks with a cartoonist who has put it all in to a book.We discuss all this live with Nicole Childers, the executive producer for the Marketplace programme on American Public Media in Los Angeles, and Nisha Gopalan, editor for Bloomberg News in Hong Kong.(Image: A large stimulus cheque is held by US politicians. Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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  • 08.12.2020
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    European and British leaders will meet to discuss Brexit impasse

    Brexit talks stall prompting a meeting for later this week, between the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. We will hear what is at stake for both sides with analysis from Carsten Brzeski, from ING in Frankfurt.We will also consider the future of Venezuela, after President Maduro and his allies won political control, but the standoff with countries like the United States continues. Eileen Gavin, a Latin America analyst with the advisory group Maplecroft, gives us her analysis.Throughout the programme we'll also get the views of our guests, Professor Peter Morici, from the University of Maryland, in Washington and financial professional Jessica Khine, who is in Malaysia.(Picture: EU and UK flags. Getty Images.)

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  • 24.11.2020
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    Trump authorizes transition to Biden presidency

    US President Donald Trump accepts that the formal transition to Joe Biden's White House can finally begin and it's reported that Mr Biden will nominate Janet Yellen, a former head of the Federal Reserve, as his Treasury secretary - we hear from Samira Hussain, our American Business Correspondent. There's more good news on the coronavirus vaccines front as it's announced that the AstraZeneca/Oxford trials could be almost as effective as two other vaccines already shown to work. There's growing evidence that later lockdowns, designed to combat a second wave of the virus, aren't having the same positive environmental impact as the initial lockdowns, as Mike Johnson has been hearing from Simon Birkitt, founder of the campaign group Clean Air in London. It will take “substantial last minute efforts” in order to strike a Brexit deal – that’s according to the EU Trade Commissioner, Valdis Dombrovskis, who's been speaking to our Global Trade Correspondent Dharshini David. And are you looking for something to buy your loved-ones for Christmas? How about some surplus crockery from the BA first class cabin? We hear more from Rhys Jones of the frequent flyer website www.headforpoints.com. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by Jeanette Rodriguez from Bloomberg who is in Mumbai and Peter Morici, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland. (Picture of US President Donald Trump, by Tasos Katopodis for Getty Images).

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  • 29.10.2020
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    Tech chiefs face US Senate questions on internet law

    The chief executives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google have faced intense grilling from senators over Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects web companies from liability when it comes to content posted by users. Rebecca Klar, a reporter with The Hill in Washington D.C., gives us the highlights. Also in the programme, financial markets have tumbled around the world for a second day this week amid concerns that a rise in coronavirus cases will hurt still tentative economic recoveries. And the nuclear industry is pinning its hopes on mass-producing small, cheap power stations to compete with renewable energy. Plus, the Kazakhstan tourism board attempt to capitalise on the release of the second Borat film.All through the show we’ll be joined by Jeanette Rodrigues from Bloomberg in Mumbai and Ralph Silva from the Silva Research Network in Toronto.(Picture credit: Getty Images)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    €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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