Rank #1: Dyson relocates its HQ on the eve of Brexit
British businessman James Dyson has long trumpeted Britain’s economic potential on the global stage once it leaves the EU, so why has he decided to move his business headquarters to Singapore? Ursula Milton discusses this with Michael Pooler, industry reporter, and Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent. Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FTLive reporter, Ursula Milton, news editor, Michael Pooler, industry reporter and Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #2: May's mission impossible on Brexit
Theresa May’s Brexit plan has been voted down in the largest ever defeat for a UK government on a major piece of legislation. Less than a third of parliament supported the deal. So what happens next? Siona Jenkins spoke to Henry Mance about the prime minister's options. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Siona Jenkins, editor, UK news, and Henry Mance, political correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #3: Tech that can read our minds takes a step closer
Researchers in the US have for the first time constructed intelligible synthetic speech using the computer processing of human brain activity, in a significant step towards creating technology that can read people’s thoughts. Madhumita Murgia talks to our science editor Clive Cookson about how they did this. Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent and Clive Cookson, science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #4: GE loses its crown
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.
Rank #5: Oldest human remains found in Morocco
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
Rank #6: Research opens way to ending malaria
The malaria parasite kills nearly half a million every year - most of them children under the age of five. Bed nets, insecticides, and a new vaccines have all shown some potential to curb the disease, but what if it could be virtually wiped out altogether? Some early research using gene editing suggests that this might be a real possibility. Andrew Jack discusses the findings with Clive Cookson, FT science editor, and Austin Burt, professor of evolutionary genetics at Imperial College and a pioneer in the field. Contributors: John Murray Brown, production editor, Andrew Jack, global education editor, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Austin Burt, professor of evolutionary genetics at London's Imperial College. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #7: How our faces are helping create a new surveillance technology
The market for facial recognition technology is expected to be worth $9bn by 2022, thanks to rapid improvements in the speed and accuracy of the software. Recent strides in machine learning, using large datasets of images culled from the internet, have made this possible. But how ethical is this and how will it affect our privacy? Neville Hawcock discusses this question with Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Read Madhu's article here Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Neville Hawcock, FT Weekend Magazine acting deputy editor, and Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #8: The murky world of data brokers
Did you know that your every online move is being watched and analysed by data brokers and advertising technology companies? What do they do with the data and does it matter? Malcolm Moore discusses the so-called 'privacy deathstars' with FT technology reporters Aliya Ram and Madhumita Murgia Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Aliya Ram, technology correspondent and Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #9: Former Barclays chief Varley on trial
More than a decade after Barclays turned to Middle Eastern investors for rescue funds during the financial crisis, a jury in London has begun hearing the case against the bank’s former chief executive John Varley and three senior colleagues, who stand accused of defrauding the market. Patrick Jenkins discusses what has emerged from the case so far with Caroline Binham and Jane Croft. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent and Jane Croft, law courts correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #10: Banks, business and Brexit
While politicians in Westminster wrangle over the shape of Britain’s exit deal from the European Union, how are the mainstays of the economy coping with the continuing uncertainty? Katie Martin asks Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, and Sarah Gordon, FT business editor, how banks and businesses are preparing. Contributors: John Murray Brown, journalist, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor and Sarah Gordon, business editor. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #11: Stress in the City
Nathalie Whittle discusses how to spot signs of stress at work and what can be done to help, from conversations with colleagues to new treatments involving the use of psychedelic drugs, with William Shanahan, consultant Psychiatrist, and Matthew Green, a writer with a focus on mental health. If you are affected by any of the issues in this podcast Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor, Natalie Whittle, executive editor of Life & Arts, William Shanahan, consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the private Nightingale Hospital in London and Matthew Green, former FT journalist and now writer with a focus on mental health. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #12: Thomas Cook explores potential sale
Thomas Cook, the nearly 200-year-old UK holiday company, is considering putting itself up for sale after a disastrous year when its market capitalisation tumbled 80 per cent. Katie Martin discusses what’s gone wrong and who the potential buyers might be with Anna Gross and Jonathan Guthrie. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Anna Gross, companies reporter and Jonathan Guthrie, editor of the FT's Lex column
Rank #13: What's driving the global M&A boom?
Global dealmaking reached $2.5tn in the first half of 2018, breaking the all-time high for the period. What's driving the consolidation and what might bring the boom to an end? The FT's Sujeet Indap and James Fontanella-Khan explain. Sign up for Due Diligence, the FT's must-read daily email briefing on M&A, corporate finance and private equity here.
Rank #14: South Africa's widening corruption scandal
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
Rank #15: Richard Thaler wins Nobel Economics prize
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
Rank #16: The global market turmoil explained
US stocks staged a late rebound on Tuesday after a three-day global sell off. John Authers explains what triggered investor fears.
Rank #17: Top company news of 2017
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.
Rank #18: How much higher will oil prices go?
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.
Rank #19: Russia's controversial new gas pipeline to Europe
Russia and Germany are pressing ahead with the construction of a controversial pipeline to export Russian gas to Europe, despite strong opposition from the US administration, which has threatened sanctions. Katie Martin asks Henry Foy and Tobias Buck why the project is important for Germany and why it has attracted such strong opposition. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief, Tobias Buck, Frankfurt correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon
Rank #20: How the mafia infiltrated Italy's food chain
Italy’s food chain has been thoroughly infiltrated by the mafia, from field to fork. Hannah Roberts investigated the problem and told Josh Noble what she found Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Hannah Roberts, Rome-based investigative reporter. Producer: Fiona Symon