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News features and analysis from Financial Times reporters around the world. FT News in Focus is produced by Fiona Symon.

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News features and analysis from Financial Times reporters around the world. FT News in Focus is produced by Fiona Symon.

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Sadly, the FT is becoming just another lefty newspaper long on fluff and short on rational thought. Case in point: recent podcast on Russia talked about how Trump was responsible for turning global foreign policy upside down. I guess, if you exclude the appeasement campaigns between 2008 and 2016, then I guess so. My comments exclude Martin Wolf and his peers.

Great way to get the news on the go

By Mr. Carmean - May 19 2016
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Important way to stay up to date on FT news.

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By Not exactly happy - Jul 01 2019
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Sadly, the FT is becoming just another lefty newspaper long on fluff and short on rational thought. Case in point: recent podcast on Russia talked about how Trump was responsible for turning global foreign policy upside down. I guess, if you exclude the appeasement campaigns between 2008 and 2016, then I guess so. My comments exclude Martin Wolf and his peers.

Great way to get the news on the go

By Mr. Carmean - May 19 2016
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Important way to stay up to date on FT news.
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News features and analysis from Financial Times reporters around the world. FT News in Focus is produced by Fiona Symon.

Rank #1: Can DNA testing show us what food to eat?

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The consumer market in DNA testing kits focused initially on tracing ancestry but in recent years there has been a growth in areas such as personalised medicine. For the FT’s Future of Food series supported by Rabobank, Darren Dodd has been testing some of these products and he spoke to FT science editor Clive cookson and neuroscientist Miguel Toribio-Mateas about how useful they are.


Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Darren Dodd, editor of FT Health, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Miguel Toribio-Mateas, of London’s South Bank University. Producers: Ruth Lewis-Coste and Fiona Symon

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Mar 11 2019

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Rank #2: Dell shareholders back return to the public market

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Five years after quitting the Nasdaq exchange, Michael Dell's technology company is set to return to the public market after a fierce fight over its valuation. The FT's US editor of the Lex column, Sujeet Indap, explains the backstory. 

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Dec 12 2018

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Rank #3: GE loses its crown

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After nearly 40 years at the top, General Electric has lost its position as the largest US manufacturer by market capitalisation, following a dramatic slide in its share price this week. Ursula Milton discusses the future of this American industrial titan with the FT's Ed Crooks.

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Nov 16 2017

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Rank #4: The global market turmoil explained

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US stocks staged a late rebound on Tuesday after a three-day global sell off. John Authers explains what triggered investor fears.

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Feb 07 2018

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Rank #5: Oldest human remains found in Morocco

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A revolutionary discovery of fossils in Morocco suggests humans that lived 300,000 years ago may have looked like us, though they may not have thought like us, the FT's Clive Cookson tells Andrew Jack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 12 2017

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Rank #6: KKR agrees buyout deal with German media giant

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German media group Axel Springer is seeking to go private with the help of US investor KKR. Katie Martin discusses what both sides stand to gain from the move with Arash Massoudi and Tobias Buck.


Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Arash Massoudi, corporate finance and deals editor, and Tobias Buck, Berlin correspondent.

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Jun 17 2019

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Rank #7: Kamala Harris and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination

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The race for the US Democratic presidential nomination is hotting up with a huge field of 23 candidates all hoping run against Donald Trump in 2020.  Courtney Weaver has focused in on one of the candidates, Kamala Harris, and she talks to Neville Hawcock about how the campaign for the Democratic nomination is shaping up. Read Courtney's article here


Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Neville Hawcock, acting deputy editor, FT Weekend Magazine, and Courtney Weaver, Washington correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Jun 23 2019

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Rank #8: South Africa's widening corruption scandal

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Several multinationals have become embroiled in a scandal over allegations that South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has allowed a prominent business family to use its friendship with him to control state appointments and the award of big government contracts. Andrew England discusses the repercussions of the scandal with the FT's David Pilling and Joseph Cotterill

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Oct 26 2017

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Rank #9: How much higher will oil prices go?

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Oil prices have risen as high as $75 a barrel for the first time in four years. What has driven the rally and will it continue? Hannah Murphy puts the question to the FT's Anjli Raval and David Sheppard.



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May 02 2018

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Rank #10: Perspectives on China and global power

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How will the struggle for power between China and the US play out and how will it determine the future world order? Fred Studemann puts this question to China expert Rana Mitter, who has reviewed a series of books looking at the issue from different perspectives.


Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Fred Studemann, books editor, and Rana Mitter, director of the Oxford University China Centre and author of 'Modern China: A Very Short Introduction'

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Jun 12 2019

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Rank #11: Richard Thaler wins Nobel Economics prize

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Richard Thaler has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on incorporating insights from psychology into economic theory and policy making. Adam Samson discusses Professor Thaler’s contribution to economic thinking with the FT’s Gemma Tetlow
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Oct 09 2017

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Rank #12: Top company news of 2017

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From US tax reform, to media mergers and activist investors, what were the big corporate themes of 2017? Daniel Thomas discusses the best stories of the year with Brooke Masters, the FT's companies editor.

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Dec 21 2017

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Rank #13: China steps up bid for tech self-reliance

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Beijing has ordered government offices and public institutions to remove all foreign computer equipment and software within three years as part of its bid for self-reliance in office technology. Malcolm Moore discusses the ramifications for Chinese and US companies and for the global supply chain with the FT’s Yuan Yang in Beijing.


Contributors: Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Yuan Yang, Beijing technology correspondent.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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Dec 15 2019

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Rank #14: The lurking debt disaster behind India's tallest tower

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In the past decade, some of India’s largest financial groups have made big investments in luxury property, notably an ambitious Mumbai tower that was supposed to set new standards in urban design. But the economic boom they hoped would spur demand failed to materialise. Jyotsna Singh talks to Benjamin Parkin in Mumbai about what went wrong and the resulting debt crisis that is holding back growth.


Contributors: Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, and Benjamin Parkin, Mumbai correspondent. Proucers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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Jul 24 2019

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Rank #15: New UK government brings change and uncertainty

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Last week Boris Johnson lead the conservative party to its biggest victory in over 30 years on a promise to “get Brexit done”. What should the UK expect from its new government and how has business reacted to the election? George Parker and Adam Samson talk to Siona Jenkins about what the next five years could bring.


Contributors: Siona Jenkins, editor, UK news, George Parker, political editor and Adam Samson, global head of Fast FT. Producer: Persis Love. Photo credit: Leon Neal/PA

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Dec 18 2019

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Rank #16: Is bitcoin a fraud?

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The value of bitcoin fell sharply last week after Jamie Dimon, head of JPMorgan Chase, suggested the digital currency craze would suffer the same fate as the tulip mania of the 17th century. Patrick Jenkins discusses whether he is right with the FT's Laura Noonan and Izabella Kaminska. Music by Kevin MacLeod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 19 2017

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Rank #17: Inside the Hong Kong protests

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The FT's Sue-Lin Wong spent several months with members of Hong Kong's youthful pro-democracy movement and their supporters. She tells Andreas Paleit what she learnt about their hopes and fears for the future.

Read Sue-Lin's magazine story here


Contributors: Andreas Paleit, companies desk editor, and Sue-Lin Wong, South China correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Oct 25 2019

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Rank #18: Japan's digital cash initiative

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Japan's banks are getting together to launch a digital currency, the J Coin to try to wean customers away from cash and at the same time keep track of consumer data. Yasuhiro Sato, president and chief executive officer of Mizuho Financial Group, told Martin Arnold, the FT's banking editor, about the initiative. Music by Kevin MacLeod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 27 2017

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Rank #19: What to expect from Dodd-Frank reform

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The Senate is set to begin voting this week on a bipartisan bill that, supporters claim, would rein in aspects of the Dodd-Frank banking act that have unfairly penalised smaller lenders. The FT's Ben McLannahan explains what is in the proposed bill and why it is gaining traction now. 

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Mar 06 2018

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Rank #20: China tycoon falls from grace

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Wu Xiaohui, one of China’s best known tycoon’s, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for financial fraud, cementing the downfall of the one-time car salesman who catapulted himself to the pinnacle of global high finance over the past decade. Arash Massoudi talks to the FT’s Henny Sender and Don Weinland about what led to the former Anbang chairman’s fall from grace and what will become of the business empire he controlled - including New York’s Waldorf Astoria.

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May 15 2018

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The multilateralist

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Shortly before his departure as FT editor, Lionel Barber was granted a rare interview with Angela Merkel, whose period in office is nearing its end. In conversation with Marc Filippino, Mr Barber offers his thoughts on the German chancellor as she battles to keep the flag of multilateralism flying in an increasingly unilateralist world.


Contributors: Lionel Barber, former FT editor, and Marc Filippino, audio producer. Producers: Marc Filippino and Fiona Symon

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Jan 20 2020

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Exposing the problem with default data

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Caroline Criado-Perez won the latest Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award with her book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. She spoke to Andrew Hill, the FT’s management editor, about the consequences for women and for society as a whole of using men as the default model.


Contributors: Andrew Hill, management editor, and Caroline Criado Perez. Producers: Marc Filippino and Fiona Symon

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Jan 15 2020

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Mitsotakis surfs wave of optimism in Greece

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After years of economic pain, Greece is in an upbeat mood. But can the country’s fresh political leadership overcome deep-seated problems holding back growth? Katie Martin discusses this question with Kerin Hope in Athens and Ben Hall, Europe editor.


Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Kerin Hope, Athens correspondent, and Ben Hall, Europe editor. Producers: Persis Love and Fiona Symon

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Jan 13 2020

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The dwindling global telecoms dream

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Two decades ago, international telecoms companies came close to dominating a global market. Nowadays however, the vision of a global telecoms company seems to be dwindling. Patricia Nilsson and Nic Fildes discuss why.


Contributors: Patricia Nilsson, media correspondent and Nic Fildes, telecoms correspondent. Producer: Persis Love

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Jan 10 2020

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What happened between the US and Iran?

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Iranian military leader and commander of the Quds Forces, Qassem Soleimani, was killed on the 3rd of January in a targeted US air strike at Baghdad airport, Iraq. What did Soleimani mean to Iranians and why did the US order the airstrike that killed him? Najmeh Bozorgmehr discusses the story with Andrew England.


Contributors: Andrew England, Middle East editor and Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Tehran correspondent. Producer: Persis Love

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Jan 07 2020

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Carlos Ghosn: The Great Escape

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The former boss of Nissan and Renault has performed a stunning vanishing act. Earlier this week, he fled from his house in Tokyo and took a private jet to Lebanon, evading bail conditions, police, prosecutors and private detectives, and avoiding a trial on charges of financial misconduct. How did a man under constant surveillance and with one of the most recognisable faces in the country escape the Japanese authorities? Leo Lewis and Tom Braithwaite discuss the story.


Contributors: Tom Braithwaite, companies editor and Leo Lewis, Tokyo correspondent. Producer: Persis Love. Photo credit: Eric Piermont / AFP

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Jan 03 2020

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The year business went 'woke'

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2019 was the year when Saudi Arabia launched a long awaited share offering in state oil company Aramco, when Softbank lost its gloss, when accounting giants tightened their belts and when capitalism went 'woke'. Janine Gibson discusses the corporate year and what it spells for next year with Tom Braithwaite and Brooke Masters.


Contributors: Janine Gibson, editor, special projects, Tom Braithwaite, companies editor, and Brooke Masters, comment and analysis editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Dec 27 2019

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Trump exposed

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Two recent books about the Trump administration have shed a damning light on the character of the man who occupies the White House. The FT’s Edward Luce and Frederick Studemann discuss Crime in Progress by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch and A Warning by Anonymous. 


You can read Edward Luce’s review of the books here.


Contributors: Frederick Studemann, literary editor and Edward Luce, US national editor. Producers: Fiona Symon and Persis Love. Photo credit: Allen Lane/Penguin Books, Twelve Books

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Dec 23 2019

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New UK government brings change and uncertainty

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Last week Boris Johnson lead the conservative party to its biggest victory in over 30 years on a promise to “get Brexit done”. What should the UK expect from its new government and how has business reacted to the election? George Parker and Adam Samson talk to Siona Jenkins about what the next five years could bring.


Contributors: Siona Jenkins, editor, UK news, George Parker, political editor and Adam Samson, global head of Fast FT. Producer: Persis Love. Photo credit: Leon Neal/PA

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Dec 18 2019

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China steps up bid for tech self-reliance

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Beijing has ordered government offices and public institutions to remove all foreign computer equipment and software within three years as part of its bid for self-reliance in office technology. Malcolm Moore discusses the ramifications for Chinese and US companies and for the global supply chain with the FT’s Yuan Yang in Beijing.


Contributors: Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Yuan Yang, Beijing technology correspondent.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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Dec 15 2019

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Malta murder case throws spotlight on corruption in Europe

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Allegations of high-level corruption have convulsed the Mediterranean island state of Malta and shocked the rest of Europe. Public anger has been unleashed by dramatic recent developments in the investigation into the killing of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb attack in October 2017. Ben Hall discusses the wider repercussions of the case with Josephine Cumbo and Michael Peel.

Contributors: Ben Hall, Europe editor, Josephine Cumbo, pensions correspondent, and Michael Peel, EU diplomatic correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Dec 11 2019

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Paul Volcker's message for the next generation

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Paul Volcker, who died at the weekend, was one of the most influential monetary policy makers of the 20th century. The FT’s Gillian Tett spoke to the former central banker at his home in New York last year about his views on good government, regulating finance and US China relations. In this podcast, she shares some excerpts from the conversation.


Contributors: Katie Martin, markets editor, and Gillian Tett, chair of the FT editorial board (US). Producers: Fiona Symon and Aimee Keane

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Dec 10 2019

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UK parties are missing the mark on climate change

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As the UK general election approaches, all parties are stepping up their rhetoric on climate change. What are their manifesto pledges and are they even realistic? Jim Pickard and Nick Butler talk to Leslie Hook about what a new government could spell for the environment and the need for an international approach to tackling the climate crisis.


Contributors: Leslie Hook, environment and clean energy correspondent, Jim Pickard, chief political correspondent and Nick Butler, energy commentator. Producer: Persis Love

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Dec 06 2019

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Can innovative finance help save the world’s wildlife?

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Wildlife conservation used to be largely financed by wealthy donors and governments. Now, efforts to attract institutional investors are showing significant potential, as a recent Rhino Bond launched by the Zoological Society of London, the FT’s seasonal appeal partner this year, showed. Oliver Withers, ZSL’s head of conservation finance and Aunnie Patton Power, expert in innovative investing and impact finance talk to John Aglionby about the changing landscape of conservation financing. Visit the FT’s seasonal appeal page to donate here


Contributors: John Aglionby, assistant UK news editor, Oliver Withers, ZSL’s head of conservation finance and Aunnie Patton Power, expert in innovative investing and impact finance. Producer: Fiona Symon. Editor: Breen Turner

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Dec 04 2019

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Why Taylor Swift is taking on the music industry

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Taylor Swift’s anger over the sale of her back catalogue shines a light on the role of investment in today’s music industry. Anna Nicolaou and Jamie Powell tell Alex Barker about Swift’s dispute with her former record label and how investments are changing in the streaming era of music.


Contributors: Alex Barker, global media editor, Anna Nicolaou, US media correspondent and Jamie Powell, Alphaville reporter. Producer: Persis Love


Music credit: Taylor Swift, Shake It Off, Big Machine Records

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Nov 28 2019

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UK election heralds end of austerity

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Britain's party leaders have made lavish promises to win favour with voters ahead of next month's election. Chris Giles, FT economics editor, discusses the main parties' pre-election pledges and their likely impact on the economy with Siona Jenkins.


Contributors: Siona Jenkins, editor, UK news, and Chris Giles, economic editor. Producers: Fiona Symon and Persis Love

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Nov 27 2019

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Why pensions across the world are in crisis

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Around the world a pensions crisis is looming. Retirees are having their pensions cuts while governments and fund managers look for new strategies. Josephine Cumbo, pensions correspondent and Robin Wigglesworth, global finance correspondent tell Claer Barrett why pension funds are investing in riskier assets and what this means for the future of retirement.


Contributors: Claer Barrett, personal finance editor, Josephine Cumbo, pensions correspondent and Robin Wigglesworth, global finance correspondent. Producer: Persis Love

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Nov 25 2019

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Russia's undaunted voice of dissent

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Alexei Navalny has been a thorn in the side of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for a decade, braving persecution and imprisonment and remaining apparently undaunted. Max Seddon met him for lunch in a food court in southeast Moscow and he tells Alec Russell, editor of FT Weekend about the encounter.


Contributors: Alec Russell, editor of FT Weekend, and Max Seddon, Moscow correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Nov 22 2019

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Martin Wolf's economics reading list

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This selection of economics must-reads from the last six months take on capitalism, inequality, trade, AI, the law and more. Martin Wolf tells Frederick Studemann about the books we should all be reading this winter.


Watch a video of the conversation here.


Contributors: Frederick Studemann, literary editor and Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator. Producer: Persis Love



Photo credits: Viking, Penguin Books, The Centre for International Governance Innovation, John Murray Press, Harvard University Press,Harvard University Asia Center, Transworld Publishers Ltd, Princeton University Press 

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Nov 21 2019

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When work gets in the way of sleep

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A sleep loss epidemic is making its mark on the workplace, but what are its causes and what should businesses do to ensure their fatigued employees get a good night’s kip? Louise Aston and James Wilson talk to Darren Dodd about where employers are going wrong and what needs to be done.


This podcast forms part of FT Health at Work magazine, supported by Vitality. 


Business in the Community's Sleep and Recovery Toolkit for employers can be found here, and their responsible business podcasts, here. James Wilson’s website is available here.


Contributors: Darren Dodd, editor of FT Health at Work magazine, Louise Aston wellbeing director at Business in the Community and, James Wilson, sleep specialist. Producer: Persis Love


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Nov 19 2019

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iTunes Ratings

116 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
16
12
8
10

Slide to the left

By Not exactly happy - Jul 01 2019
Read more
Sadly, the FT is becoming just another lefty newspaper long on fluff and short on rational thought. Case in point: recent podcast on Russia talked about how Trump was responsible for turning global foreign policy upside down. I guess, if you exclude the appeasement campaigns between 2008 and 2016, then I guess so. My comments exclude Martin Wolf and his peers.

Great way to get the news on the go

By Mr. Carmean - May 19 2016
Read more
Important way to stay up to date on FT news.