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An audio version of the best of the Financial Times's Big Reads — in-depth reporting from FT correspondents around the world. Listen to longform stories that explore and explain key themes in world news, science and business. Produced by Anna Dedhar.

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An audio version of the best of the Financial Times's Big Reads — in-depth reporting from FT correspondents around the world. Listen to longform stories that explore and explain key themes in world news, science and business. Produced by Anna Dedhar.

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56 Ratings
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Good potential, unfulfilled

By nicsc3000 - Mar 30 2019
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Low quality by ostensibly smart people who have not bothered to put any effort into putting together a decent podcast. The voice of the introductory and closing narrator/host makes your ears bleed — iris shockingly horrific. Then I have to listen to a reporter, an actual journalist, repeatedly pronounce the word “nuclear” as “nukular”. Again, shockingly bad. The whole thing is generally terrible, and the tragedy is that it could so easily be good, if anyone cared.

Amateurs

By Ranchero65 - Oct 08 2017
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The podcast was clearly a rough draft as the boring monotone speaker repeated many lines and could be heard shuffling papers.

iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
9
7
3
3

Good potential, unfulfilled

By nicsc3000 - Mar 30 2019
Read more
Low quality by ostensibly smart people who have not bothered to put any effort into putting together a decent podcast. The voice of the introductory and closing narrator/host makes your ears bleed — iris shockingly horrific. Then I have to listen to a reporter, an actual journalist, repeatedly pronounce the word “nuclear” as “nukular”. Again, shockingly bad. The whole thing is generally terrible, and the tragedy is that it could so easily be good, if anyone cared.

Amateurs

By Ranchero65 - Oct 08 2017
Read more
The podcast was clearly a rough draft as the boring monotone speaker repeated many lines and could be heard shuffling papers.
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FT Big Read

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An audio version of the best of the Financial Times's Big Reads — in-depth reporting from FT correspondents around the world. Listen to longform stories that explore and explain key themes in world news, science and business. Produced by Anna Dedhar.

Rank #1: Real estate: The global luxury condo glut

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Has the party ended for high-end housing developers, asks Judith Evans. After a five-year boom, they are feeling the chill as apartments in their gleaming towers stand empty, with many failing to sell despite offered discounts and gifts  

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Jun 08 2017

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Rank #2: Martin Wolf: The west's global order unravels

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We are at the end of both an economic era and a geopolitical one, says Martin Wolf. What lies ahead? Will the post-world-war period led by the US descend into deglobalisation and conflict, or will a new order emerge with non-western powers such as China and India playing a bigger role in stability?  

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Jan 05 2017

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Rank #3: Market risk: Gambling on volatility

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The Vix index is known as Wall Street's 'fear gauge' and was once just a measure of market movements. But volatility has itself become a tradable asset and financial engineers have used the index to create high-risk products and strategies that can act as siren calls to unwary investors, says Robin Wigglesworth  

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Apr 19 2017

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Rank #4: Breitbart News: from populist fringe to the White House and beyond

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Matthew Garrahan, the FT's Global Media Editor, looks at how the US presidential election has catapulted the conservative website from the fringes and how it now plans to tap into the wave of populism sweeping European politics  

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Dec 09 2016

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Rank #5: Universal basic income: Levelling the playing field

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As inequality grows, welfare costs soar and technological disruption escalates, many people are growing warmer to the idea of a guaranteed basic income for everyone, say John Thornhill and Ralph Atkins. Switzerland, which votes on the UBI in June, is not the only country considering a new social model  

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May 27 2016

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Rank #6: Brexit: Theresa May's struggle

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The UK prime minister's grip on power is fragile, says George Parker. Weakened by the election, vulnerable to rebellion at home and diminished in Europe, can she survive long enough to negotiate the withdrawal from the EU?  

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Jul 05 2017

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Rank #7: Biotechnology: The US, China and gene data security

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America is building up a genetic database but there are concerns about the risk of the information leaving the country, says David J Lynch. Genomics is one of the most exciting fields of medical research but it is also the latest area where Chinese investment is raising security fears in the US  

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Aug 02 2017

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Rank #8: Digital coin mania

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More than $1.8bn has been raised this year by initial coin offerings by developers who want to create a generation of internet platforms that give power to the users not the tech giants, says Richard Waters. But regulators are eyeing the cryptocurrency markets and sceptics see another bubble  

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Sep 15 2017

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Rank #9: Venezuela's mounting refugee crisis

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Thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing disease, violence and economic collapse — creating the worst refugee crisis in recent Latin American history. The FT's Gideon Long and Andres Schipani report from Colombia and Brazil, where communities and humanitarian groups are struggling to cope. Produced by Joshua Oliver

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Apr 20 2018

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Rank #10: Spanish politics: Mass appeal of Podemos

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Having started out in a Madrid theatre just over 12 months ago Podemos has ridden a wave of anti-establishment feeling in Spain to top opinion polls. But can it convert that support in to an election win?  

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Feb 19 2015

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Rank #11: Craft versus Kraft

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Big US food groups have missed a major shift in the nation's tastes, says Gary Silverman. Brands as famous as Campbell's Soup are now languishing on the back shelves of supermarkets while a more health-conscious millenial generation seeks fresher, more natural foods.  

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Mar 20 2015

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Rank #12: Hillary Clinton and the permanent campaign

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More than two and a half years before the 2016 election, the scaffolding to support a Hillary for president campaign is already substantially built. Richard McGregor reports from Washington DC.  

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May 29 2014

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Rank #13: Xi Jinping’s China: Power play

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Xi Jinping, China’s leader since 2012, came from humble beginnings. How has he grown to have such power in such a short time and what does he want to do with it? James Kynge, the FT’s Emerging Markets Editor, talks to Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese politics at King's College, and Tom Mitchell, FT Beijing Bureau Chief.  

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Jul 25 2016

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Rank #14: Pensions: The dark future

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A dramatic decline in bond yields has added to the pressures of longer lifespans and falling birth rates to create a looming social and political pensions crisis, say John Authers and Robin Wigglesworth. In this report they examine the outlook for retirees. You can also listen to John and Robin discuss the pensions squeeze at podcast.ft.com.  

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Aug 23 2016

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Rank #15: Why Chinese migrants are doing so well in Spain

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Chinese businesses are expanding in some of the European countries hit hardest by the crisis. Tobias Buck, the FT's Madrid bureau chief, looks at a thriving community of entrepreneurs in Spain.  

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Oct 10 2014

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Rank #16: Gig economy: Corporate consultants break free

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A growing number of business advisers are seeking the flexibility and creativity of working for themselves independent of the big brands, says Andrew Hill, the FT's management editor. But the disruptive edge where McKinsey meets Uber has perils as well as attractions  

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Oct 07 2016

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Rank #17: Beating the billionaires: How Unilever fought off Warren Buffett, 3G and Kraft Heinz

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Warren Buffett and 3G were taken aback by the harsh rejection of the takeover offer they had backed but people close to the Anglo-Dutch group say the deal made no financial or strategic sense for them. Arash Massoudi and James Fontanella-Khan tell a tale of miscalculation and culture divide  

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Feb 22 2017

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Rank #18: Italian banks: Rome and Brussels on collision course

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The Brexit shock not only sent Italian bank shares sliding and raised doubts over reform of the industry. It also sharpened the conflict between Rome and the EU over state aid rules and put the political survival of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at risk, say Rachel Sanderson, Alex Barker and Claire Jones  

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Jul 12 2016

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Rank #19: Cobalt: the crisis facing electric vehicles

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Electric cars are the future, and so are the batteries that power them. Yet, these batteries are dependent on cobalt, which has linked the electric vehicle industry to one of the most unstable countries in the world, and to practices like child labour. This, along with the metal’s high cost, has started a race to replace cobalt.

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Aug 22 2018

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Rank #20: Volvo: Geely's gamble

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Six years after the deal that is still seen as a test case for Beijing's industrial ambitions, the Swedish carmaker is back in profit, say Richard Milne and Christian Shepherd. But there are still challenges for the marque and its Chinese owner as Volvo tries to catch up with its rivals  

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Jun 21 2016

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Putin's pivot to Africa

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As Russia’s relations with the west deteriorate Moscow is seeking fresh alliances across Africa say Henry Foy, Nastassia Astrasheuskaya and David Pilling. With Moscow often sidestepping demands for reform or protection of human rights, this is starting to raise concern in western capitals.

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Jan 25 2019

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Wells Fargo: repairing a damaged brand

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Wells Fargo has lurched from one scandal to another but customers have stayed loyal, say Robert Armstrong and Laura Noonan. Can the bank once seen as the best managed in America recover its premium valuation? Produced by Caroline Grady

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Jan 16 2019

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Data brokers: regulators tackle the 'privacy deathstars'

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Data brokers face heightened scrutiny in Europe as public opinion shifts on questions of privacy and businesses face tougher data protection legislation, say Aliya Ram and Madhumita Murgia. Will recent operational changes at data brokers be enough to convince regulators? Produced by Caroline Grady

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Jan 10 2019

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Person of the Year 2018: George Soros

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The Financial Times has chosen George Soros as its Person of the Year and here editor Lionel Barber and deputy editor Roula Khalaf explain why the billionaire philanthropist and liberal standard bearer merits the title, particularly in 2018. Presented by Robert Shrimsley and produced by Anna Dedhar

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Dec 21 2018

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The university challenge

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The November sentencing of British academic Matthew Hedges to life in prison for spying caused a rare public spat between the UK and UAE and although he was subsequently pardoned it has led UK and US institutions to reassess their links to oil-rich Gulf states, say Andrew England and Simeon Kerr. Does foreign funding influence research on the region and damage the reputation of institutions or enhance academic ties?

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Dec 14 2018

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The end of the games console?

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Nintendo, Sony’s Playstation, and Microsoft’s Xbox dominate the cut-throat computer game business. But, says Leo Lewis, these console makers look under threat in the era of streaming. Will the cloud win, or can consoles, with higher quality, more complex games, keep their place? Produced by Harry Robertson

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Dec 05 2018

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Who will replace Merkel as head of the CDU?

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In October, Angela Merkel announced she would be stepping down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the party she has headed for nearly two decades. The race to succeed her is now well underway, says Guy Chazan. Three candidates have emerged in a battle that will decide whether the party stays its course or turns to the right. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson

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Nov 29 2018

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The battle between Modi and India's central bank

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The Reserve Bank of India is embroiled in an intense political battle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, say Simon Mundy and Henny Sender. The government has long pressured the RBI to do more to boost growth, but a possible economic slowdown has seen Mr Modi ramp up his attacks. Can the RBI’s legally fragile independence hold? Produced by Harry Robertson

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Nov 22 2018

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Why sanctions are failing to isolate Russia

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After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the west imposed sanctions to isolate the country economically. But, says Henry Foy, the reality has not matched the rhetoric. Moscow has pivoted towards China and Saudi Arabia and its energy ties with the EU remain strong. Produced by Harry Robertson


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Nov 13 2018

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The threat of Chinese ‘military-civil fusion’

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Western governments have a new nightmare coming from China, which has decreed that new private sector technologies, such as robotics and AI, must be shared with the military, say Kathrin Hille and Richard Waters. Washington fears Beijing is gaining an advantage in a new arms race. Produced by Harry Robertson

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Nov 08 2018

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The Irish backstop: Brexit's biggest hurdle

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Since Britain voted to leave the EU, the Irish “backstop” has become the primary obstacle in the way of a Brexit deal, say Alex Barker and Arthur Beesley. The plan is the result of intense diplomacy by Dublin, but Theresa May faces implacable opposition to it from Brexiters and Arlene Foster’s DUP. Just how did the issue become so important? Produced by Harry Robertson

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Oct 31 2018

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How Khashoggi's death threatens Saudi Arabia's economy

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Under the stewardship of its young crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has sought to turn around its oil-dependent economy, say Andrew England and Simeon Kerr. Yet the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has made the task of reshaping the kingdom’s economy by attracting overseas money much harder. Produced by Harry Robertson

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Oct 25 2018

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Trump's divided America goes to the polls

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Next month’s US midterm elections will be some of the most important in a generation, says Demetri Sevastopulo. Should the Democratic party regain a majority in the House of Representatives, they could make life very difficult for President Donald Trump. But conservatives are also fired up for the fight

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Oct 17 2018

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Artificial intelligence: can humans and robots work together?

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The nightmare of robots controlling the human race will not come true, says Richard Waters. The future of AI will see semi-autonomous systems rely on close cooperation with people, uniting machine learning and human judgement. But there are dangers in robots leading humans astray

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Oct 10 2018

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Unraveling Danske's €200bn 'dirty money' scandal

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Since Howard Wilkinson, Danske Bank’s then head of markets in Estonia, blew the whistle on money laundering in 2013, the enormous scale of wrongdoing has emerged, report Richard Milne and Caroline Binham. It has cost chief executive Thomas Borgen his job, and raised grave questions about the bank’s relationships with Russian entities and its regulators

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Oct 03 2018

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The scramble for business in Africa

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Emerging economic powerhouses like China, India, and Turkey are jockeying for opportunities and influence in sub-Saharan Africa. While many of the continent's leaders see this as a great opportunity to boost growth, others warn of the dangers of increasing foreign domination

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Sep 27 2018

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Ronaldo: Juventus bets big on the Portuguese striker

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The Italian football club will pay some €340m over four seasons for Cristiano Ronaldo, gambling that he will lure fans and deals with sponsors and kitmakers, says Murad Ahmed. But it is a risky strategy. Can it pay off?

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Sep 18 2018

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The opioid marketing machine

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Purdue Pharma faces more than 1,000 lawsuits claiming it ignited and fuelled the US opioid crisis, reports David Crow. Prosecutors say the company exaggerated the benefits of its painkiller OxyContin, but through their ownership of Rhodes Pharma, Purdue’s owners also have a far bigger market share than was realised.

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Sep 12 2018

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Genoa bridge collapse: the battle over privatisation

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On August 14, the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed, killing at least 43 people. Since then, many Italian politicians have blamed the tragic event on a lack of maintenance, says Hannah Roberts, and linked it to crony capitalism and policies of privatisation. This argument over privatisation is emblematic of a divided Italy

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Sep 05 2018

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Auditing: how to restore faith in the ‘Big Four’

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PwC’s mechanical interpretation of the rules failed to produce results representative of Bank of Ireland’s dangerous position leading up to the financial crisis. This, say Jonathan Ford and Madison Marriage, raises questions about auditing judgment, and who the ‘Big Four’ firms really serve. As part of our ‘Auditing in Crisis’ series, they report on the history and future of “true and fair” accounting

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Aug 29 2018

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iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Good potential, unfulfilled

By nicsc3000 - Mar 30 2019
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Low quality by ostensibly smart people who have not bothered to put any effort into putting together a decent podcast. The voice of the introductory and closing narrator/host makes your ears bleed — iris shockingly horrific. Then I have to listen to a reporter, an actual journalist, repeatedly pronounce the word “nuclear” as “nukular”. Again, shockingly bad. The whole thing is generally terrible, and the tragedy is that it could so easily be good, if anyone cared.

Amateurs

By Ranchero65 - Oct 08 2017
Read more
The podcast was clearly a rough draft as the boring monotone speaker repeated many lines and could be heard shuffling papers.