Rank #1: Is Inherited Wealth a Curse?
Contributors: Barbara Blouin, founder of The Inheritance Project, Karen Rowlingson Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, Edward Wolff, Professor of Economics at New York University and Jørgen Næsje, State Secretary in Norway's Finance Ministry.
(Picture: College Republicans Rally For Repeal Of Estate Tax. Washington DC June 2006. Credit: Getty Imgages)
Sep 09 2017
Rank #2: Prenups
We speak to a newly-wed who signed a prenup with her now husband to protect her business interests. One of the UK’s top divorce lawyers tells us they are often better than the default divorce provisions laid out by governments. And a lawyer in Nigeria explains how she’s trying to use them to protect women’s rights.
But prenups are not without pitfalls – we also hear how they can be coercive, unfair, and even destroy a marriage before it’s begun.
Contributors: Ayesha Vardag, founder and president of London law firm Vardags; Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial, a book and website about personal finance; Laurie Israel from Israel, Van Kooy & Days law in Brookline, Massachusetts, and author of The Generous Prenup; Lesley Agams, founder and partner at Demeters Solicitors & Advocates in Abuja, Nigeria, and blogger on women's issues.
(Picture: Models of a bride and groom on a wedding cake. Credit: Getty Images)
Sep 01 2018
Rank #3: IMF: Fit for the Future?
Feb 08 2016
Rank #4: When to retire
Our guests this week are Samuel Engblom, Policy director at The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees from Stockholm, Margaret Heffernan, executive coach and author in London and Steve Vernon, author and Research Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, California. Plus, we take a visit to The Common Room, a new concept in intergenerational thinking.
(Image: Older woman selling flower bouquet. Image credit: Getty)
Nov 16 2019
Rank #5: Kilkenomics – is Europe broken?
In the Balance comes from the 'Kilkenomics' festival of economics and comedy in Ireland, in front of a live audience of festival-goers. Rory Cellan-Jones is joined by a panel of top Irish, European and American economists in Cleere's pub in Kilkenny, along with comedian Colm O’Regan who is reflecting on how small countries cope as part of a big bloc like the EU.
Guests: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Brussels correspondent for the New York Times, David McWilliams academic and economist and co-founder of Kilkenomics, Bill Black, lawyer, author and associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. And In the Balance regular contributor, comedian Colm O'Regan.
Producer: Audrey Tinline
Studio Manager: Robert Symington
(Image: John Cleere pub exterior, Kilkenny. Image credit: BBC)
Nov 09 2019
Rank #6: Outsmarting AI
(Picture: Robotic Androids Taking Charge Of Running A Futuristic City. Credit: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Nov 02 2019
Rank #7: Millennium Development Goals: Judgement Day
Feb 10 2016
Rank #8: Money and Me
(Picture: Heads made of dollar bills, Credit: Getty Images)
Jan 05 2019
Rank #9: The Price of Pills
President Trump has vowed to drive down drug prices "substantially" - we hear why a lack of haggling means the latest patented pills typically cost more in the US than almost anywhere else in the world.
We hear from Big Pharma itself - an industry figure tells us high prices reflect the years of research and development that go into new drugs and that, in time, competition does make them cheaper.
Plus, does size matter when brokering better deals with the pharmaceutical firms, and in lower income countries what are the other factors pushing up prices?
Contributors: Patricia Danzon, professor of health care management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Cueni, director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations; and Kalipso Chalkidou, director of global health policy at the Center for Global Development.
(Picture: Pills on a US dollar bill. Credit: Getty Images)
Sep 22 2018
Rank #10: Artificial Intelligence - Friend or Foe?
Contributors: Nick Bostrom, founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University
Luis Perez Breva, an expert in the process of technology innovation and entrepreneur, based at MIT
Kathleen Richardson, professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University
Kevin Warwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Executive Director of Cambridge University's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
(Picture: A Google Earth map of Paris, France as the company unveils the revamped version of the application April, 2017 at a event at New York's Whitney Museum of Art. Credit: Getty Images)
Sep 23 2017
Rank #11: Does the office have a future?
Kay Sargent, director of workplace at architectural firm HOK
Iwo Szapar, remote work advocate & CEO at Remote-how
Stephen Wood, a specialist in workplace psychology and professor of management at the University of Leicester
(Picture:Office worker. Getty Images.)
Aug 03 2019
Rank #12: The Juggle
We discuss the daily challenges facing millions of parents all over the world, including the often frantic morning rush, the career opportunities that pass you by, and the difficulty of maintaining a social life.
And in this, the last episode of the series, we have three presenters instead of one - Susannah Streeter and Nkem Ifejika join fellow working parent Manuela Saragosa to share some tips. They're joined by Clare Streets, from Birmingham in the UK, who has recently rejoined the world of work after seven years spent raising a family.
(Picture: A woman multi-tasking. Credit: Getty Images)
Sep 29 2018
Rank #13: Universal Basic Income: Has its Time Come?
But not everyone agrees a Basic Income is inevitable, or even desirable, and for those who do support the idea, there is disagreement over almost every aspect of how it should be implemented. To what extent could it replace the Welfare State? Would it incentivise people to work? Can people be trusted to spend the money wisely? And how could it be funded?
The BBC's Ed Butler is joined by a panel of four - professor Louise Haagh, reader of Politics at the University of York and the co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network; Michael Tanner, senior fellow of the CATO Institute in Washington DC; Michael Faye, co-founder of Give Directly, which is piloting its own Universal Income project in Kenya; and professor Ian Gough of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.
(Photo: Giant campaign poster in Plainpalais Place, Geneva, 2016 saying: What would you do if your income was taken care of? Credit: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images)
Nov 19 2016
Rank #14: Starting from scratch
Razan Alsous, founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese
Neeta Patel, CEO at the Centre for Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneur-Mentor at London Business School
Wybrand Ganzevoort, managing director at Collective Value Creation
George Davies, partner at Hambro Perks
(Picture; A rocket taking off. Credit: Getty Creative)
Aug 17 2019
Rank #15: How China Curbs Online Gaming
(Photo:Visitors uses console at the Cyber Games Arena (CGA) eSports venue in the Mongkok district of Kowloon in Hong Kong. January 2019.. Credit: Getty Images)
Mar 30 2019
Rank #16: Brexit: Planning in Uncertain Times
Jan 19 2019
Rank #17: The Lehman Legacy
From mortgage defaults and job losses to stagnant wages, we find out how hard the last 10 years have been for many individuals and families, and ask what legacy the financial crisis has left.
Plus, where might the next crash come from, and are we any better prepared to withstand it?
Manuela Saragosa leads the discussion with a panel of experts: Adam Tooze, professor of history at Columbia University and author of Crashed: How a Decade of Global Financial crises Changed the World; Pablo Bustinduy, a member of parliament in the Spanish anti-austerity political party Podemos; and Scott Winship, a poverty and inequality researcher, formerly of the Brookings Institution and now directing the Social Capital Project within the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress.
Image: Boarded-up windows on a foreclosed home (Credit: Getty Images)
Sep 15 2018
Rank #18: The Five Generation Workplace
Contributors: Professor Andrew Scott, Deputy Dean at London Business School and co-author of The 100-Year Life
Ali Hall, leadership development coach and Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, Oxford
Chip Conley, Modern Elder and former head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb
Sep 30 2017
Rank #19: Can You Disaster-Proof an Economy?
Jim Blackburn, Rice University, Houston
MB Akhter, Bangladesh Country Director for Oxfam
Tom Bamforth from Shelter Cluster
Ilan Noy, Professor at Victoria University in Wellington, holder of the inaugural Chair in the Economics of Disasters
Christina Bennett from the Overseas Development Institute
(Picture: People shop in a supermarket after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 13, 2017 in Naples, Florida. Credit: Getty Images)
Sep 16 2017
Rank #20: Innovators - Female Entrepreneurs
(Picture: A mother and baby treated by the Sehat Kahani healthtech business)
Oct 28 2017