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FT News in Focus

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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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89 Ratings
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Boring and uninspiring

By craca dill - Dec 17 2018
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Shallow covering of routine events. Disappointing

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.

iTunes Ratings

89 Ratings
Average Ratings
50
15
9
9
6

Boring and uninspiring

By craca dill - Dec 17 2018
Read more
Shallow covering of routine events. Disappointing

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.
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FT News in Focus

Updated about 1 month ago

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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 science solve the problem of climate change?

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Global carbon dioxide emissions are accelerating, despite pledges by nearly 200 countries to limit global warming. So what can be done? Can science provide the answers? Professor Nilay Shah, of London’s Imperial College, tells Clive Cookson about the findings of a recent report on the subject


Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Clive Cookson, science editor and Nilay Shah, professor of chemical engineering at Imperial College, London. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Dec 10 2018
12 mins
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Rank #2: Brazil's Natura cosmetics takes on the world

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Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company that owns The Body Shop, has agreed to acquire Avon Products in an all-stock deal that values the US-listed group at more than $2bn. Vanessa Houlder talks to Andres Schipani about the man behind Natura and his plans for the company.


Contributrors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Vanessa Houlder, Lex writer, and Andres Schipani, Brazil correspondent.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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Jun 02 2019
6 mins
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Rank #3: What's behind the rise in food allergies?

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Life-threatening allergic reactions are on the rise, particularly in western countries like the UK, Canada and the US. So what is causing this and how should the business and medical worlds respond? Maija Palmer puts these questions to Julianne Ponan, founder of creative nature, and to allergy experts Adam Fox and Tari Haahtela  


Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, Live news reporter; Maija Palmer, deputy editor, special reports; Julianne Ponan, founder of superfood brand Creative Nature; Adam Fox, consultant in allergy at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital; Prof Tari Haahtela of Helsinki university. Producers: Ruth Lewis-Coste and Fiona Symon

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Dec 04 2018
14 mins
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Rank #4: The return of race science

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The scientific study of different forms of the human race has a bad history, culminating in the atrocities of Nazi Germany.  But despite its discredited record, race science is enjoying something of a revival. Writer Angela Saini discusses her new book: Superior: The Return of Race Science with Fred Studemann and Clive Cookson.


Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Fred Studemann, FT books editor, writer Angela Saini and Clive Coookson, FT science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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May 31 2019
17 mins
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Rank #5: 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
7 mins
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Rank #6: 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
8 mins
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Rank #7: 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
8 mins
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Rank #8: Sabarimala dispute undermines India's highest court

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The refusal of Hindu mobs to abide by a Supreme Court decision to allow women to worship at the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala has worried many people in India who fear it shows a dangerous tendency for the ruling party to back religious zealots and undermine the rule of law in India. Amy Kazmin discusses the dispute with Jyotsna Singh


Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief and Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon. Clips courtesy of Reuters.

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Dec 06 2018
8 mins
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Rank #9: Corporate year in review

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Which companies made the biggest headlines in 2018 and what's the outlook for 2019? Tom Braithwaite, FT companies editor, discusses the big corporate themes of this year and next with Katie Martin, capital markets editor.


Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Tom Braithwaite, companies editor and Katie Martin, capital markets editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Dec 28 2018
11 mins
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Rank #10: How much sleep do we need?

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How much sleep do we need and can we have too much of it? Darren Dodd discusses why sleep is now being seen as an acute health issue in developed societies with the FT’s science editor Clive Cookson and neuroscientist Matthew Walker, author of Why we sleep


Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Darren Dodd editor of FT Health, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Producer: Fiona Symon



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Dec 31 2018
18 mins
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Rank #11: 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
10 mins
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Rank #12: China's economic slowdown

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Ravi Mattu discusses what’s behind China's economic slowdown and why it matters with Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator,  and Lucy Hornby, deputy bureau chief in Beijing  


Contributors: Ravi Mattu, Asia news editor, Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator and Lucy Hornby, deputy Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Mar 31 2019
10 mins
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Rank #13: The KonMari craze

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Marie Kondo is the Japanese tidying guru with a blunt black fringe and a vast wardrobe of white cardigans. She claims to love mess but has caused a sensation among Netflix subscribers with her new series on decluttering. So what exactly is the KonMari method and does it really spark joy? Horatia Harrod discusses the phenomenon with FT columnist Jo Ellison.


Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor, Jo Ellison, fashion editor and columnist and Horatia Harrod, acting commissioning editor. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clips courtesy of Netflix and YouTube.

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Jan 18 2019
10 mins
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Rank #14: What the yield curve tells us about the US economy

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Ben Bernanke, former chair of the Federal Reserve, earlier this week warned against reading the US yield curve, or the difference between short term and longer term Treasury yields, as an indicator of a looming recession. Joe Rennison explains how the shape of the yield curve has changed over the past year, and whether it indicates a forthcoming economic downturn. Read Joe's story here.

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Jul 20 2018
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Rank #15: What’s next for WeWork

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SoftBank changed course when it scaled back plans for an investment in WeWork from $16bn to $2bn. The FT’s Eric Platt spoke with US business editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson about what led to the cut in investment and why an IPO might come sooner than expected.


Read Eric’s reporting here and Andrew’s profile on WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann here.


Contributors: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US business editor and Eric Platt, US mergers & acquisitions correspondent. Producer: Jennifer Sigl.

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Jan 14 2019
9 mins
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Rank #16: Banks, business and Brexit

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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

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Jan 09 2019
12 mins
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Rank #17: What are the potential health benefits of gene editing?

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Last year a Chinese scientist shocked the world by claiming that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies. Anjana Ahuja talks to Robin Lovell-Badge, a developmental biologist and geneticist, about the controversy and about the potential for gene editing tools such as Crispr-Cas9 to revolutionise the treatment of genetic diseases.This podcast is supported by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. Read more in the FT Health series Future of Research and Development


Contributors: Joshua Noble, weekend news editor. Anjana Ahuja, science columnist, and Robin Lovell-Badge, head of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute. Producers: Ruth Lewis-Coste and Fiona Symon

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Jan 13 2019
14 mins
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Rank #18: 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
11 mins
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Rank #19: 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
5 mins
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Rank #20: 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
9 mins
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