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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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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

54 Ratings
Average Ratings
32
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

Latest release on Jan 25, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 5 days ago

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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 19 2017

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Rank #4: China's debt threat: How bad is the problem?

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The country saw a huge surge in investment after the global financial crisis but this has brought huge domestic debt and slower growth. Tom O'Sullivan, the FT's deputy analysis editor, asks Shanghai bureau chief Gabriel Wildau and global China editor James Kynge what impact this is having on daily life. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Image by Dreamstime

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Aug 02 2018

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Rank #5: Art market laid bare

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Cynthia O'Murchu explains how the arrest of Yves Bouvier casts a harsh light on how art is bought, stored and sold, raising questions over whether the market is vulnerable to manipulation For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 08 2015

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Rank #6: The other Facebook scandal

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South-east Asia is one of Facebook's fastest growing markets, but the social media company is under fire over the spread of false news and incitements to violence in the region. The FT's John Reed and Hannah Kuchler report.

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Apr 06 2018

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Rank #7: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 27 2016

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Rank #8: 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? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 05 2017

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Rank #9: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 02 2017

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Rank #10: Daimler deal riles Germans over Chinese investment

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Geely's acquisition of close to 10 per cent of one of Germany's best-known firms has provoked a fierce backlash. Berlin bureau chief Guy Chazan and former Beijing bureau chief James Kynge join Big Read's editor Geoff Dyer to discuss the growing anxiety over China's economic influence in Europe. Produced by Joshua Oliver.

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Mar 16 2018

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Rank #11: Japan and Russia braced for an island challenge

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Abe and Putin seek to end the 70-year-old territorial dispute over the Kuril archipelago, report Robin Harding and Kathrin Hille For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 15 2016

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Rank #12: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 22 2017

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Rank #13: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 29 2014

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Rank #14: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 25 2016

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Rank #15: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 15 2017

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Rank #16: China and the US fight for AI supremacy

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In the race to develop artificial intelligence technology, American engineers have long had an edge but access to vast amounts of data may prove to be China's secret weapon. Louise Lucas and Richard Waters report on the contest for supremacy in one of this century’s most important technologies.

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May 04 2018

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Rank #17: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 23 2016

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Rank #18: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 10 2014

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Rank #19: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 07 2016

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Rank #20: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 12 2016

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