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2011121420111217

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20111224

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012010720120109

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012011420120116

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120121

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120128

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120204

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120211

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012021820120220

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120303

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120310

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120317

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120324

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120331

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120407

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120414

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120421

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120428

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012051220120513

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012051920120520

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120616

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012062320120624

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012063020120701

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012070720120708

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012090120120902 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

20120922

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012092920120930 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012102020121021 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012110320121104 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20121110

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012111720121118 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012112420121125 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012120120121202 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012120820121209 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012121520121216 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012122220121223 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013020220130203 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013020920130210 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013022320130224 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013030920130310 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013031620130317 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the global business headlines

2013032320130324 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks at what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013033020130331 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the global business headlines

2013040620130407 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013041320130414 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013042720130428 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013051120130512 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013051820130519 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013052520130526 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013060820130609 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013061520130616 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013070620130707 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013071320130714 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013072020130721 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013072720130728 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013080320130804 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013081020130811 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013081720130818 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013090720130908 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013092820130929 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013110220131103 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013113020131201 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013120720131208 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013121420131215 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013122120131222 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014010420140105 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014011120140112 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014011820140119 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014020120140202 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014020820140209 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014021520140216 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014030120140302 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014032220140323 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

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The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014040520140406 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014041220140413 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014041920140420 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014042620140427 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014050320140504 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014051020140511 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014051720140518 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2014052420140525 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014060720140608 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014061420140615 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014062120140622 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014062820140629 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014070520140706 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014071920140720 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014080920140810 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014081620140817 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014090620140907 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014091320140914 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014092020140921 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2014110120141102 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

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The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

03/03/201220120305

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

04/02/201220120206

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

07/04/201220120408

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

10/03/201220120312

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

11/02/201220120213

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

14/04/201220120415

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

17/03/201220120319

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

21/01/201220120123

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

21/04/2012

21/04/201220120422

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

28/01/201220120130

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

28/04/201220120429

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

31/03/201220120401

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

A Turning Point For Bangladesh2013050420130505 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

(Image: A clothing worker at her sewing machine, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Africa: Risks And Rewards2014053120140601 (WS)

Does high risk mean high reward for investors in Africa?

Does high risk mean high reward for investors in Africa? It's the old cliché that with high risk comes high reward. Is this true of investing in much of modern Africa, and how has the continent adapted to big changes in recent years such as the influx of money from China?

At the Oxford Africa conference hosted by the Saïd Business School, Manuela Saragosa explores the changing nature of risk across Africa with the chief executive of Barclays Africa; Kennedy Bungane, director of the Senegal headquartered private equity AFIG fund; Stephane Le Bouder; and professor Eric Thun, lecturer in Chinese Business at Saïd Business School.

Africa's Technology Revolution - Hype Or Reality?2013083120130901 (WS)

Has Africa's hi-tech revolution been over-hyped? Or is it on track to boost economies? Lesley Curwen is joined by ‘Bosun Tijani of the technology space CCHub Nigeria, Robin Miller of Dalberg, who has reported on the impact of the internet in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, plus Arthur Goldstuck, Founder and CEO of World Wide Worx, an independent technology research and strategy organisation and Professor Tim Unwin, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation which works with governments and regulators to promote technology expansion.

Plus comedian Colm O'Regan takes a light-hearted look at how to protect your passwords.

Picture: A man looks at mobile phones in a shop window, Credit: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

After Lehman2013091420130915 (WS)

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at the global impact.

After Lehman20130914

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at the global impact.

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at the impact on the global economy. Have lessons been learned from the collapse of one of America's biggest and most prestigious investment banks? Three women with ring-side seats at the events that triggered the greatest recession since the 1930s recount where they were on the day Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. Manuela Saragosa hears from Pippa Malmgren, President of Principalis, politics and policy expert who used to be Special Assistant for Economic Policy to the President of the United States; Rachel Lomax, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England and Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and Professor of Global Economic Governance.

After Rana Plaza2013102620131027 (WS)

Who should take responsibility for conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry?

After Rana Plaza2013102620131027 (WS)

Bangladesh has the lowest wage garment economy in the world and is still reeling from a catastrophic factory building collapse six months ago in which more than 1130 people died. Most of them have received little or no long term compensation for the deaths of their relatives, or for their own injuries. In the Balance comes from Dhaka where the wounds inflicted by the Rana Plaza disaster are still raw. Ed Butler asks a factory owner, a union leader and a leading economist as well as an audience of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, campaigners and students, who should take responsibility for the conditions in the country's factories. And should western consumers think again about how cheap their clothes should be?

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

An Economic Super-state?20120602

How would you organise an economic super-state? Would that solve the Eurozone's problems?

At the end of a week of renewed financial strains in the Eurozone, there was a little political relief for embattled leaders.

A referendum in Ireland approved a system of discipline for European government finances.

The rules could be a step on the road to a much more integrated Eurozone, perhaps even a United States of Europe.

Would that fix the economic problems and is it feasible politically?

And Europe's financial engineering - clever tricks, but do they do anything other than hide the reality of who is paying the bills?

Andrew Walker hears the views of Huw Pill, Chief European Economist at Goldman Sachs, Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of the financial think tank Z/Yen and Carl Astorri, senior economist at the consultancy, Oxford Economics.

An Entrepreneurial State?2014080220140803 (WS)

The state has a role in shaping markets of the future but should it?

This week we consider the role that governments play in creating some of the most disruptive, and profit making, technologies of our time. Do our lumbering government bureaucracies also contain the vital engines of enterprise?

Economists have long recognised that the state has a role in promoting innovation, but one of our guests this week argues that an entrepreneurial state does far more than just make up for the private sector's shortcomings. Through the big bets it makes on new technologies, such as aircraft or the internet, it can create and shape the markets of the future. But should it?

To debate this issue we have brought together Mariana Mazzucato, professor of economics and innovation at the University of Sussex; Arun Majumdar, vice president for energy at Google and soon to join Stanford University as Jay Precourt professor. He was previously the founding director of ARPA-E, the US federal government's lead programme for investing in high-risk, high-reward energy research. And Mark LIttlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, A free market think-tank in the UK.

(Image: President Obama making a speech about innovation and entrepreneurship in June 2014)

Are Central Bankers Grabbing Too Much Power?2012090820120909 (WS)

As the ECB brings in a new scheme to save the euro, the programme asks whether central banks have been over reaching themselves. Have they been poking their noses into stuff that should be left to elected politicians?

Plus central bankers' impenetrable jargon: In the Balance's resident comedian Colm O'Regan reckons parents could deploy that kind of language next time the kids ask for more pocket money.

Discussing these issues with Lesley Curwen - naturally in the clearest way possible - are Randall Kroszner, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, who was chair of its Committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions during the global financial crisis; Professor David Blanchflower, formerly a member of the Bank of England's interest rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee and economist Gabriel Stein, from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, who's also managing director of Stein Brothers UK.

As the ECB acts to save the euro, are central banks are over-reaching themselves?

Are We All Smartphone Users Now?2012091520120916 (WS)

Is there too much hype about smartphones and connectivity?

In the week Apple's new iPhone was launched, we discuss whether there's too much hype about smartphones and connectivity. Do we need to be connected to the internet 24 hours a day? Do business people really need a smartphone to succeed?

And our resident comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the eternal question of age and youth and wonders whether we listen to sages like George Soros and Warren Buffett partly because they're in their eighties.

Lesley Curwen is joined by the tech savvy brains of Herman Chinery-Hesse founder and chief executive of SoftTribe, the biggest software company in Ghana; Eben Upton, from Broadcom Europe who is the man behind the $25 credit card sized computer known as Raspberry Pi; Dr Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute who's been looking at whether highspeed internet helps small business, and Ben Holmes, a Partner at Index Ventures, a UK Venture Capital business specialising in tech companies.

Austerity Rules Ok?2011121020111212

Justin Rowlatt and guests wonder whether austerity is strangling economies or saving them

This week our new business discussion programme - In the Balance - reveals the secrets of successful budgeting from getting the cheapest clothes to the cheapest meals.

But if balancing the household budget is so simple, why doesn't it work for whole economies? We discuss the paradox of austerity - is it strangling economies or rescuing them?

And in these hard times, when should you retire? Our resident management consultant turned stand up comedian, Colm O'Regan, kicks off the

Join Justin Rowlatt and his guests: former Trade Union leader John Monks, Economist Paola Subacchi and Irish opposition politician Dara Calleary

Beautiful Game, Final Frontier2014071220140713 (WS)

This week we're dealing with the dreams of nations: World cup woes and space economies

Biofuels And Food Prices2012082520120826 (WS)

High food prices are again a cause for concern. In the Balance debates to what extent it's the result of food crops being used to make biofuels. Ruth Kelly from Oxfam says they must take some of the blame. Clare Wenner of the Renewable Energy Association in the UK defends them. David Hallam from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation explains the strains that are showing in the global food situation.

And as Europe and North America get back to work, do holidays do us, or our employers any good at all? Our resident comedian Colm O'Regan says that he takes lots of holidays - each one lasting just an hour.

Are biofuels responsible for rising food prices?

Bitcoin: Has Its Time Come?2013112320131124 (WS)

How can a giant stone currency help us understand bitcoin and virtual currencies?

How can the giant stone currency of the island of Yap help us understand "bitcoin" and the world of virtual currencies? As US senators this week discussed the merits, and dangers, of these so-called crypto currencies, Justin Rowlatt and his guests delve into the opaque world of digital dealings and ask what on earth is a virtual currency, and what's the point of bitcoin when there are so many conventional currencies on offer? And the programme's resident chief ruminator, Colm O'Regan, on why he's failed, so far, to grasp the freedom from the rules that bitcoin represents.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Business And Youth2013062220130623 (WS)

Brazil and Turkey are the latest countries to see protests featuring large numbers of young people. How can developing economies harness the power of youth? Of the 1.2 billion people globally aged between 15 and 24, around 1 billion live in developing countries. So how do you turn a big young population into an economic opportunity? Manuela Saragosa and guests: Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies; Andrew Devenport, CEO of Youth Business International - a charity that promotes entrepreneurialism among young people and Paras Fatnani, One Young World ambassador for India, discuss how business can benefit from a young workforce. And resident comedian, Colm O'Regan, asks what it takes to move up in the world.

(Image: A Brazilian teenager listens to music, Credit: Getty Images)

Can The Rainbow Nation Deliver?2012102720121028 (WS)

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to its people?

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to all its people? Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the term, and Nelson Mandela famously called the country the rainbow nation. But 18 years after the end of apartheid, the pot of gold is still out of sight for many. Manuela Saragosa and her guests, Will Jimerson, Lyal White, John Capel and Kate Robertson discuss what's gone wrong and how to fix the yawning gap between South Africa's haves and have nots. Plus, inequality may be bad for countries, but is it essential in the workplace? Colm O'Regan muses on the moment he joined management and became "them", not "us".

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Capitalism In The Spotlight20120130

In the Balance goes right back to basics and asks asking whether the economic system on which the entire world economy is based is not working. Has capitalism broken down and if so - do we need to get under its bonnet? Justin Rowlatt and his guests Raghurum Rajan, Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School and Paddy Docherty of Pheonix Africa get to grips with the issue. Plus the programme's regular comedian Colm O'Regan helps the panel explore that bugbear of the business world, the meeting - does anything good ever come out of them?

Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss whether capitalism needs fixing. And do meetings work?

China's Economic Path20120312

As China's leaders meet in Beijing, Lesley Curwen and her guests debate whether its economy is running out of steam.

The guests are: from Singapore, Fraser Howie Managing Director of independent brokerage CLSA Singapore who is the co-author of Red Capitalism: from London, Dr KC Lin from the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University: and from Beijing, Qian Liu who's Deputy Director of the China Forecasting Service at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Plus, comedian Colm O'Regan looks at how to be thrifty in an era of austerity.

Is China's economy running out of steam? Lesley Curwen and her guests debate the issue.

China's Economy: Does Size Matter?2014051020140511 (WS)

China's economy will overtake the US as the world's largest this year, according to a grouping of the world’s leading statistical agencies called the International Comparison Program. We'll be asking if that matters, and discussing whether we're just too focused on numbers. Is there more to economic power than statistical superlatives?

Our guests this week are George Magnus, an author and the former chief economist at the investment bank UBS; Ting Zhang, founder and CEO of the consultancy China Business Solutions; Jeffrey Frankel, professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University; Gurcharan Das, author, commentator and former CEO of Procter and Gamble India; and Dr Kent Deng, associate professor in Economic History at the London School of Economics.

Plus, amid all the talk of economic superpowers, our resident comedian Colm O'Regan wonders if Ireland can teach the world a few lessons when it comes to soft power.

China's economy will overtake the US as the world's largest this year, statisticians say

Chinese Property20120109

The eurozone crisis is usually presented as the most worrying trend in the world economy but is it? Are there even more frightening crises around, just ones we haven't been paying quite as much attention to?

The strongest contender has to be the Chinese property market. Is it on the verge of a catastrophic collapse? There are reports that prices in Beijing and Shanghai are already on the slide and sales are down dramatically.

The continued explosive economic growth in China has been one of the key factors keeping the entire world economy ticking over in recent years so if the property market bombed that might threaten the wider Chinese economy and the world.

One manager of a major hedge fund has described the threat as like "Dubai times 1,000 - but worse". So is that right?

Presenter Justin Rowlatt is joined from Beijing by Xie Tao who is professor of political science at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and in London by Dr Kent Deng of the Economic history department at the London School of Economics and Duncan Innes-Ker, who is a senior Asia editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

And we'll also be asking the panel what to make of the Chinese government's decision to set its sights on the moon. Why on earth - so to speak - would you fund a space programme when hundreds of millions of Chinese people still live in abject poverty.

(Image: A worker standing on scaffolding at a construction site for a new shopping complex in Hefei, in eastern China. Credit: AFP/Getty)

Is the Chinese property market the next financial disaster waiting to happen?

Choosing A Running Mate2012081820120819 (WS)

The United States' $11 trillion debt is an issue the new Republican candidate for the vice-presidency, Paul Ryan, has close to his heart. As the country gets ready to vote, is America unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing? Plus do the spouses of political or business leaders, for that matter, always have to take a back seat?

Andrew Walker's guests this week are Diana Furchtgott-Roth a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and formerly an economic advisor to Republican presidents George Bush Senior and Ronald Reagan; Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress and a former director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign; and Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute of the Americas at University College London. And In the Balance's in- house comedian, Colm O'Regan, wonders whether he has what it takes to be a supportive spouse.

As Paul Ryan is picked, is the U.S. unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing?

Climate Challenges2014092720140928 (WS)

Is economic growth compatible with protecting the environment?

Climate Challenges20140927

Is economic growth compatible with protecting the environment?

Following the major United Nations climate gathering in New York we ask if the summit's premise - that economic growth is compatible with protecting the environment - is right? Manuela Saragosa and guests : Jennifer Turner, China environment expert at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Shreekant Gupta of the University of Dehli's Department of Economics, Helen Mountford, from the New Climate Economy grouping and Samuel Fankhauser of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change debate the likelihood of a low carbon future. While our resident comedian Colm O' Regan puts his green credentials to the test on a bicycle in Copenhagen

Crowdfunding20140315

Crowdfunding2014031520140316 (WS)

Is banking - as we know it - over? A new breed of company is now offering lending and borrowing online through what's called peer to peer lending, or crowdfunding. These websites match potential borrowers, who need money, with potential lenders who have money to invest.

Now powerful institutional investors are piling into the area - hoping to invest in this fast-growing sector. One prediction, made for the World Bank, suggests that this kind of alternative finance may be worth more than $93 billion by 2025. Is this stealing business from the banks? What about the lack of bank guarantees and comparatively light regulation; how secure is the money placed with these websites?

Presenter Lesley Curwen is joined by Rhydian Lewis, founder and CEO of RateSetter, one of the largest UK peer-to-peer lending companies,

Irene Graham, managing director of business finance at the British Bankers Association and Richard Swart, director of research in entrepreneurial finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

And our regular commentator, comedian Colm O'Regan suggests even the Dutch East India Company got its money from an ancient form of crowdfunding.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Diamond Years For Business?20120609

At the end of Diamond Jubilee week, we ask how business has changed in the last 60 years.

At the end of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee week, we take the British festivities as an excuse to reflect on six decades of change in the world of business. There are two big themes: globalisation - the opportunities and the dangers - and the shift of the centre of economic gravity in the world from West to East, the rise of China. Andrew Walker hears the views and experiences of Lord Karan Bilimoria the founder of the Indian company Cobra beer, Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, who is a national of Botswana, and Rupert Soames, chief executive of Aggreko a company which supplies temporary power generation equipment. The historical context is set out by Professor Nicholas Crafts of Warwick University.

Do Good Ethics Make Good Business?2012122920121230 (WS)

Do ethics fly out of the window as we chase profit? Or is an ethical code key to business?

Most of us like to think we are principled, that our actions are guided by an ethical code. But how ethical are we really? And when it comes to business do ethics fly out of the window as we go off in search of profits? In the Balance explores ethics with a multi-millionaire venture capitalist, a Harvard professor of business history, an expert on business in India, and a fund manager who advocates ethical investment. Plus as the year draws to a close, we send Colm O'Regan up to his garret to compose the definitive poem for 2012. Spurred on by that, Justin Rowlatt's guests, Ed Conard, Nancy Koehn, Deepak Lalwani and Gervais Williams give us their predictions for 2013.

(Image: Shaking hands, Credit: Science Photo Library)

Does Business Have A Responsiblity Beyond Making A Profit?2013012620130127 (WS)

Are companies there to please their shareholders or do good? Can they do both?

We host a passionate debate this week about whether companies are there to please their shareholders or do good: can they do both? We'll hear from a CEO and a historian in Davos and a self-styled professional libertarian in London. And our in-house comedian, Colm O'Regan, looks at the notion of exclusivity, is it all it's cracked up to be? There's no champagne, just sparkling ideas from Lesley Curwen and her guests, Nancy Koehn of Harvard Business School, David Jones, CEO of the global communications company Havas, and Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute. And BBC Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones' classical language skills are put to the test.

Emotional Intelligence And Business2014012520140126 (WS)

Tapping in to some of the latest leadership trends at Davos - emotional intelligence

Business leaders and politicians meeting for the annual World Economic forum in Davos have - amongst other things - been talking about how to get better at their jobs. If you're the boss of the company, one of your preoccupations has to be your people, your employees, and how to get the most out of them. The leaders meeting at Davos have been listening to psychologists and neuroscientists explain the latest thinking on how to get better at understanding their staff - using the skills of emotional intelligence. Manuela Saragosa is joined from Davos by psychologist Sigal Barsade, Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Uwe Krueger, chief executive officer of the design and engineering consultants Atkins. And in London by company boss Edwina Dunn, director at Starcount, a social media analytics company. And from Dublin, Comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the business of being social.

Emotional Intelligence And Business2014012520140126 (WS)

Business leaders and politicians meeting for the annual World Economic forum in Davos have - amongst other things - been talking about how to get better at their jobs. If you're the boss of the company, one of your preoccupations has to be your people, your employees, and how to get the most out of them. The leaders meeting at Davos have been listening to psychologists and neuroscientists explain the latest thinking on how to get better at understanding their staff - using the skills of emotional intelligence. Manuela Saragosa is joined from Davos by psychologist Sigal Barsade, Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Uwe Krueger, chief executive officer of the design and engineering consultants Atkins. And in London by company boss Edwina Dunn, director at Starcount, a social media analytics company. And from Dublin, Comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the business of being social.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Germany In The Lead20111219

Justin Rowlatt asks whether Germany wants to dominate Europe's finances.

In the Balance, the new discussion programme from the Business Daily team, tackles some provocative questions.

Germany is calling the economic shots in Europe but does what makes sense for one of the world's fifth largest economies really make sense for Greece or Portugal?

And can recessions ever be good for you? Justin Rowlatt and his guests discuss whether they have a useful role in clearing away the inefficient and the obsolete

Green Subsidies2012101320121014 (WS)

How long will taxpayers have to pay out billions to subsidise wind or solar power? Lesley Curwen's guests are Dimitri Zenghelis, from the Grantham Institute of the London School of Economics who also advises Cisco, Professor Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department of Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research, David Buchan, senior research fellow at the Oxford Energy Institute, and comedian Colm O'Regan.

Plus, we discuss the unlikeliest sought-after commodities - insect excrement and the guar bean.

Harnessing The Power Of Women2013060120130602 (WS)

Why getting more women into business could improve their human rights.

In the Balance discusses whether getting more women into business will improve their human rights. Justin Rowlatt discusses how encouraging women to be entrepreneurs can give them independence and greater power in developing economies. Justin is joined by guests Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which is doing work on training entrepreneurs in developing countries; Wu Qing, founder of the Beijing Cultural Development Centre for Rural Women and an activist for women's rights. And Muna AbuSulayman, the first Saudi UN Goodwill Ambassador. Muna was also the first Saudi woman to become a media personality and she is an entrepreneur with her own fashion line.

And Justin learns how to taste coffee - as he slurps a brew produced by women from the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.

Holding Companies To Account2012072120120722
20120722 (WS)

How can big companies be held to account by parliaments?

How can big companies be held to account by parliaments? Is it right for politicians to grill CEOS about the failings of their companies, or is it just public humiliation which stirs up anti-business sentiment, and doesn't actually change behaviour?

Plus our resident comedian Colm O'Regan brings us the truth about business books. Can self-improvement guides help the culture of banking and big corporations?

Lesley Curwen's guests this week are Maurice Pratt, former chairman of RBS bank in Ireland and former boss of Tesco Ireland, and now head of a pro-Europe body; Bundeep Singh Rangar, Chairman of IndusView which advises multi-nationals on business opportunities in India and Roger Steare, Visiting Professor of Organisational Ethics, and Corporate Philosopher in Residence at the Cass Business School in London.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Hong Kong: China's Bridge To The Global Economy?2014100420141005 (WS)

Does Beijing still need Hong Kong as its gateway to the wider global economy?

Many regard Hong Kong as China's bridge to the wider global economy, but is that still the case now that Hong Kong's economy is dwarfed by that of its giant neighbour? Economically and financially, how much does Hong Kong still matter to China these days? Joining the discussion are Hong Kong-based independent economist Andy Xie, Jonathan Fenby, director of the China team at consultants Trusted Sources, Dr. Enze Han, senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and Joyce Man, a writer and blogger from Hong Kong.

Plus, our resident columnist Colm O'Regan wonders if there is ever a right economic time to leave your home country.

In The Balance: 2011 - Reaping The Whirlwind20111226

Are we as perilously placed now as we were in the darkest days of 2008?

Lesley Curwen asks a former British finance minister, Alistair Darling, a former central banker and head of Britain's CBI, Richard Lambert, and a former US presidential adviser, Pippa Malmgren.

All of them were there at the eye of the 2008 storm, and none can find much end-of-year cheer this time around.

However their gloomy forecasts are perhaps to be taken with a pinch of salt, as our resident management consultant-turned-comedian, Colm O'Regan observes, most pundits have a habit of getting it horribly wrong.

How do you think we got into this financial mess in the first place?

In The Balance: Executive Pay20120116

In the Balance, brought to you by the Business Daily team, tackles a thorny issue: executive pay. When a sports star is paid a fortune to change teams or a pop star racks up record sales of their new music, the money they earn is usually talked about approvingly as a measure of success. When the CEO of a big successful business is paid a record salary the opposite is usually true - the talk is all about excessive earnings and corporate greed. Is that fair? Justin Rowlatt discusses the issue with the fund manager Nicola Horlick, the Chief Excutive of the accounting firm, RSM , International, Jean Stephens and Dr Catherine Cowley, a former wealth manager who became a nun and now specialises in the ethics of finance.

And should we forgive countries their debts?

Plus who's up and who's down in the world of business and politics this week.

Justin Rowlatt and guests tackle the thorny issue of executive pay.

Infobesity2014060720140608 (WS)

Is technology surrounding us with more information than we can possibly use?

Is technology surrounding us with more information than we can possibly use? And does all that data make us more productive, or less?

In the week that software giant Apple unveiled its icloud drive - yet another internet-based way for us to manage and store all the data in our lives - we're going to try and put a filter on the global onslaught of information

Is the technology we've invented starting to exceed our capacity to use it? We're asking today whether the sheer volume of information constantly at our fingertips is actually overwhelming us, creating what one of our guests in today's programme calls INFOBESITY, an unhealthy excess of information.

Innovation2013010520130106 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Is The Global Economy On The Mend?2013011220130113 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Kilkenomics2013110920131110 (WS)

Have we mortgaged our children's future? Plus Colm O'Regan's pub quiz.

Kilkenomics20131109

Have we mortgaged our children's future? Plus Colm O'Regan's pub quiz.

Kilkenomics20131109

We make our annual pilgrimage to Kilkenomics, the economics and comedy festival in Ireland. The country's got the green light this week to exit its bailout programme, imposed three years ago. Surely that's good news? Jamie Robertson and his band of economic thinkers - David McWilliams, Deirdre McCloskey and Dan Ariely - discuss whether we've sacrificed our children's future by getting so deeply into debt. And is even having children an act of foolish optimism?

Plus, as the programme's being recorded in a bar, listen out for the inaugural In the Balance pub quiz with our very own quizmaster Colm O'Regan, ably assisted by the audience and the house band.

Kilkenomics2013110920131110 (WS)

Have we mortgaged our children's future? Plus Colm O'Regan's pub quiz.

We make our annual pilgrimage to Kilkenomics, the economics and comedy festival in Ireland. The country's got the green light this week to exit its bailout programme, imposed three years ago. Surely that's good news? Jamie Robertson and his band of economic thinkers - David McWilliams, Deirdre McCloskey and Dan Ariely - discuss whether we've sacrificed our children's future by getting so deeply into debt. And is even having children an act of foolish optimism?

Plus, as the programme's being recorded in a bar, listen out for the inaugural In the Balance pub quiz with our very own quizmaster Colm O'Regan, ably assisted by the audience and the house band.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Leadership20120206

If you face a difficult problem what is the best style of leadership to solve it? Should military discipline be the order of the day - or do effective leaders take a more consensual approach? In The Balance's guests draw on their business experience to share leadership strategies. And with Facebook's 27-year-old founder now worth an estimated twenty eight billion dollars, we'll be asking whether it is possible to do too much too young in business? Join Justin Rowlatt and guests: African entrepreneur and director of Viewpoint Africa Ayo Johnson, Indian entrepreneur Rajesh Agrawal of RationalFX and Professor Dominic Swords , a Business Economist at the Henley Business School.

If you face a difficult problem what is the best style of leadership to solve it?

Lifting The Curse Of Oil2012071420120715

How can African countries make the most of their new oil finds? Or could the oil be a curse, if it brings corruption and environmental damage flying in its wake? Lesley Curwen's guests are Paul Adong Deng, Managing Director of Nile Petroleum Corporation, South Sudan's national oil company; Rolake Akinkugbe, an oil and gas specialist from Ecobank, which operates across 32 countries in Africa; and Dr Keith Myers, of Richmond Energy Partners, he's worked with BP and Norway's Statoil and now advises some of the largest funds and institutions investing in oil and gas in Africa. Plus we hear about Africa's booming entertainment industries - but does comedy translate between Europe and Africa? Our in-house comedian, Colm O'Regan finds out the hard way.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Moving On2014022220140223 (WS)

How do you build a new life after being in the top job?

How do you build a new life after being in the top job? Evan Davis hears from three former bosses about why they gave up, how they went about building a new career, and what they think now about their old job. And our resident comedian, Colm O’Regan, will be on hand with his take on starting again.

Out With The Old?2013110220131103 (WS)

Will we always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust? Plus Mindfulness at work

Out With The Old?20131102

Will we always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust? Plus Mindfulness at work

Out With The Old?2013110220131103 (WS)

This week the programme heads to Cambridge for the university's Festival of Ideas to look for inspiration on new ways to solve old economic problems. Manuela Saragosa and her guests ask whether we'll always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust. Plus we head to the Orchard Tea Rooms in the leafy village of Grantchester to find out about Mindfulness at work. And we discover who the key risks were to former management consultant, Colm O'Regan's, efforts to bring about change.

Will we always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust? Plus Mindfulness at work

Out With The Old?20131102

Will we always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust? Plus Mindfulness at work

Out With The Old?20131102

This week the programme heads to Cambridge for the university's Festival of Ideas to look for inspiration on new ways to solve old economic problems. Manuela Saragosa and her guests ask whether we'll always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust. Plus we head to the Orchard Tea Rooms in the leafy village of Grantchester to find out about Mindfulness at work. And we discover who the key risks were to former management consultant, Colm O'Regan's, efforts to bring about change.

Press Barons: End Of An Era?2012050520120506

Are press barons facing extinction? Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss the future of papers

The capo di tutti capi of the world's media moguls, Rupert Murdoch, has been the subject of much press coverage this week with a claim that he's not a fit person to run an international corporation but that isn't the biggest threat his newspaper business faces. Justin Rowlatt and his guests, Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK, Kalpana Sharma, a former editor of the Mumbai edition of the Hindu, and Tom Rosenstiel of the Pew Research Centre in the USA discuss whether press barons like Mr Murdoch are an endangered species. Should we care if they face extinction? Plus why free online news isn't really free at all.

Qe: The Great Unwind20130824

The Great Unwind - what happens when stimulus ends?

Is the era of cheap money coming to an end? Central banks are preparing for the withdrawal of stimulus measures such as Quantitative Easing, which was meant to boost ailing economies. Yet the mere prospect of this happening has thrown emerging markets into turmoil. No one really knows what the global impact of the Great Unwind will be. In the Balance this week peers into a future without billions of dollars being poured into economies through the buying of government bonds and other financial instruments. Lesley Curwen is joined by Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, the biggest bond investors in the world, Virginie Maisonneuve, head of global equities at Schroders and Albrecht Ritschl economic historian at the London School of Economics.

Raising Funds For Tropical Diseases2014083020140831 (WS)

How to pay for treatments for neglected tropical diseases

Drugs companies and governments have got together to fast track development of a vaccine for Ebola. In the Balance asks: as the Ebola virus wreaks havoc in West Africa - what more can be done to tackle a long list of neglected tropical diseases, the so-called diseases of the poor that kill and maim millions in the developing world every year? Manuela Saragosa puts that question to Dr Allan Pamba of the pharmaceutical giant GSK where he is vice president of the East Africa Cluster & African Government Affairs; Julie Jacobson of the Gates Foundation; David Ridley a Health economist at Duke University in North Carolina and Simon Brooker who is Professor of Epidemiology and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Risk20120123

Are we all becoming more risk-averse, and what does that mean for the global economy?

Lesley Curwen discusses risk with Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff, the Financial Times columnist known as 'Mrs Moneypenny', and Gerald Ashley, author and risk management expert.

Plus, the management consultant turned comedian Colm O'Regan dispenses his wisdom on negotiating ploys and the panel discuss their own favourite negotiating techniques.

Russia's Paradox20131116

Russia has incredible mineral wealth, vast supplies of oil and gas, and great fertile plains, yet in the last two weeks it has almost halved its long-term growth forecast. Justin Rowlatt challenges his guests to explain what's wrong with Russia. Why can't it live up to its potential? A recent report claimed that 35% of the country's riches are in the hands of 110 people, but is inequality the problem or a failure to ditch the habits of Communism? Or is it simply over-dependence on oil? And in the wake of the Russians sending the Olympic torch towards the final frontier for a historic spacewalk, Colm O'Regan reflects on old rivalries and his own need to come first.

Russia's Paradox2013111620131117 (WS)

Why is the country's economy faltering? And are Russians still obsessed with being first?

Russia has incredible mineral wealth, vast supplies of oil and gas, and great fertile plains, yet in the last two weeks it has almost halved its long-term growth forecast. Justin Rowlatt challenges his guests to explain what's wrong with Russia. Why can't it live up to its potential? A recent report claimed that 35% of the country's riches are in the hands of 110 people, but is inequality the problem or a failure to ditch the habits of Communism? Or is it simply over-dependence on oil? And in the wake of the Russians sending the Olympic torch towards the final frontier for a historic spacewalk, Colm O'Regan reflects on old rivalries and his own need to come first.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Taking Stock2013122820131229 (WS)

Are debt and austerity still top of the economic agenda?

In the Balance looks at the road to recovery after the financial crash of 2008. How have some of the world's richest - and poorest - people been affected by the crisis in capitalism? Are debt and austerity still the most important economic topics of the moment?

Tax Evasion2012080420120805 (WS)

How much money is the developing world missing out on because of tax cheats?

At least $21 trillion of untaxed private wealth was invested in global tax havens in 2010, according to a report from the Tax Justice Network.

Lesley Curwen and her guests debate whether the fight against poverty is being undermined by tax cheating in low-income countries. Are governments going to act to stop it? And after the massive power cuts in India, how would you cope with two days without electricity?

Lesley Curwen and her guests debate tax evasion.

Plus, it's pants! Those power blackouts inspire In the Balance's resident comedian, Colm O'Regan, to look at growing pains.

Lesley's guests are James Henry, who wrote The Price of Offshore Revisited for the Tax Justice Network; Ronnie Ludwig, a partner in the accountancy firm Saffery Champness and a former tax inspector with expertise in tax havens, and the leading economist Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University in New York, who writes extensively on trade and development.

The Business Of Rock 'n' Roll2013062920130630 (WS)

How do you make money in the music business?

How do you make money in the music business these days?

How do you make money in the music business these days? In the Balance tunes into one of the world's biggest music festivals, Glastonbury, to discuss how much change the industry's gone through in the last decade. We hear from a modern day internet pop phenomenon who said no to the record labels, and from Mick Jagger on how the world of rock and roll has changed since he started out fifty years ago.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Cost Of Flooding2014030820140309 (WS)

How can we make ourselves more resilient against the risk of flooding?

How does widespread flooding affect the world economy? And what can we do to make our economies more resilient against the increased likelihood of floods? Our guests include an underwriter with the doom-laden title of head of catastrophic perils, and experts from Bangladesh and the Netherlands, a country that has successfully held back seas and rivers for centuries. Manuela Saragosa's guests are Brenden Jongman from VU University in Amsterdam, Andreas Schraft, Head of Catastrophic Perils at the Swiss re-insurance giant Swiss Re and climate change expert, Dr Saleemul Huq, from the International Institute for Environment and Development in London and Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh. And as ever we hear from our IT consultant turned stand-up comedian, Colm O'Regan.

The End Of American Exceptionalism?2013101220131013 (WS)

Does the political wrangling in Washington threaten America's global economic dominance?

The End Of American Exceptionalism?2013101220131013 (WS)

Does the political wrangling in Washington threaten America's global economic dominance?

Have you ever heard of Nezahualcoyotl? No? Find out how this medieval Mexican poet inspired the programme to ask if America's economic crown is slipping. Manuela Saragosa and her guests, Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice president of the African Development Bank, and professor Danny Quah of the London School of Economics, discuss whether political wrangling over US public finances has damaged the country's global economic standing.

And the programme's resident Irish comedian and commentator Colm O'Regan reflects on his own country's relationship with the USA, and wonders if countries should have a plan B

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The End Of The Oil Age?2014101120141012 (WS)

Is the age of oil drawing to an end?

In the Balance is drilling for oil - or rather for some explanation of what's been happening to prices: why have they been falling when the Middle East is in turmoil? After all, conflict in the region has often been the spark for sharp rises in the price of crude oil.

Andrew Walker is joined by Seth Kleinman, Head of Energy Strategy at the financial group - Citi, Greg Priddy in Washington, Director of Global Energy and Natural Resources at Eurasia Group, a firm which does political risk assessment and consultancy. And Bill Farren-Price is in London. He is the Founder and CEO of Petroleum Policy Intelligence. Also, comedian Colm O' Regan gets on his bike in search of energy.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food2014082320140824 (WS)

How will we feed the future population of the world?

The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food20140823

How will we feed the future population of the world?

The Future Of Food20140823

The Future Of Food20140823

This week Colm O’Regan, In the Balance regular contributor, stand-up comedian and farmer’s son, presents a special In the Balance looking at the future of food. Will we be able to feed the nine and a half billion people that the UN says will be on the planet by 2050? And if so, which technologies will help the most? We meet the people and businesses working to re-shape the way we'll eat, and farm, in the years to come.

Contributors include:

Robert Rhinehart CEO of Soylent

Professor Kim Hammond- Kossack, Rothamsted Research

Joshua Tetrick, Hampton Creek CEO

Charlie Paton, Founder, Seawater Greenhouse

Professor Charles Godfray Director, Oxford Martin Programme of the Future of Food at Oxford University.

Elia Timotheo of EA Fruits.

David Edwards.. CEO of WikiFoods.

And Jonathan Horrell, Director of Sustainability for Mondelez International

The People Are Revolting20120401

In the Balance asks whether angry people can change the course of economic history. Could protestors in Europe stop the cuts in public sector spending? Plus we look at how parents are increasingly having to provide homes for their grownup children - just when they thought they'd got rid of them...is the family the new welfare state? Colm O'Regan muses on the economic safety net the family provides.

Join Lesley Curwen and her guests, Nagore Calvo, herself from Spain and a lecturer in International Relations at Kings College London, Paola Subacchi, the Research Director in International Economics at the think tank Chatham House here in the UK and Bob McKee, chief economist at Independent Strategy, as they dissect the Spanish economy and the English pasty.

Can angry people change the course of economic history? Will protests halt cuts in Europe?

The Quest For Energy Security2013011920130120 (WS)

Is there such a thing as safe energy?

It's hard to imagine a world in which hydrocarbons DON'T play a central role in global economics. The attack on the gas installation in Algeria is a reminder of the risks we take to secure our energy sources. Manuela Saragosa and guests discuss the quest to make energy production safer and more efficient. And where will future energy supplies come from. BP's chief economist Christof Ruhl, chief energy analyst at Ecobank Rolake Akinkugbe and Malcolm Grimston, Associate Fellow: Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House look at how the world will satisfy growing energy demands in future. And comedian Colm O Regan looks at his own personal energy consumption habits and muses on why it's not easy being green.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

The Race For Investment2012072820120729 (WS)

The clouds are gathering - again - over the economies of the developed world. Can the emerging nations come to the rescue? Or should we be looking for salvation from cutting edge industries? Perhaps events like the Olympics can give a confidence boost to get us out of the starting blocks.

This week In the Balance gets out of the studio and with Andrew Walker in the lead, reports from the Global Investment Conference in London.

Can emerging nations come to the rescue of the ailing economies of the developed world?

The Risk Of Robo-traders2012081120120812 (WS)

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Plus why corporate junkets work.

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Lesley Curwen discusses the recent rescue of Knight Capital and other glitches and 'flash crashes' with Adam Sussman, Director of Research at the TABB Group, Philip Coggan, the Buttonwood columnist of The Economist and Professor Amar Bhide from Tufts University in the US.

Plus, as corporate entertainment reaches its high watermark with the Olympic Games, comedian Colm O'Regan looks at what's in it for the recipients and those, like him, who provide the entertainment.

The Root Of All Good?2013042020130421 (WS)

Capitalism has lifted millions of people out of poverty - for that reason alone doesn't it make sense to embrace an economic system that creates much needed wealth? Or does capitalism represent an unhealthy love of money, which leads to an elite becoming very rich whilst vast swathes of society are excluded? Is capitalism the root of all good? Join Justin Rowlatt, Manuela Saragosa, Colm O'Regan and their guests: Giles Fraser, former Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral in London; Tariq El Diwany an ex-city trader turned expert in Islamic finance; Doug Richard a British-based Californian businessman who specialises in growing small hi-tech businesses; and Rachel Elnaugh, entrepreneur and business mentor for a special edition of In the Balance from the BBC's radio theatre.

The Secret Of Germany's Success2013092120130922 (WS)

Should the rest of Europe be more like Germany?

As German voters head to the polls to elect a new parliament, we ask whether the rest of Europe should be more like Germany? High exports, low unemployment and a hard-working population - is that the perfect recipe for economic success? Also, we ask Spaniards working in Germany how they see their host nation. Simon Jack is joined in Hamburg by Jens Assman from the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, journalist and social commentator, Silke Burmester, and in London, Huw Pill, chief Europe economist with Goldman Sachs.

The Spectre Of Debt2013100520131006 (WS)

How much does debt matter?

Later this month Republicans and Democrats need to agree to raise the limit on the amount of money the US can borrow. That's necessary not just to keep the American government running but also to ensure it can pay back its debts. But is the US government shutdown just a prelude of what's to come? And if the two sides can't agree, just what's at stake for the world economy? Our guests this week are Adair Turner, the former chairman of the UK's Financial Services Authority; Lucrezia Reichlin, Professor of Economics at the London Business School, and Linda Bilmes, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Plus our resident comedian Colm O'Regan is just back from New York where he found people distinctly underwhelmed by the shutdown.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Too Big To Adapt?2013090720130908 (WS)

Do innovation and individualism have a place in big corporations?

In the week that the electronics company Samsung unveiled its smartwatch, and Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile phone business, In the Balance looks at innovation. Do innovation and individualism have a place in big corporations, or are they, as someone once said, "as welcome as large meteors were to dinosaurs"?

Bob Collymore, CEO of Kenya's Safaricom, venture capitalist Simon Cook, and Warwick Business School's assistant professor of strategy, Ronald Klingebiel, discuss with Manuela Saragosa whether companies have to be small and nimble to stay ahead of their game. What does it take to foster creativity within an organisation?

And Colm O'Regan reports from Paris on the first leg of his grand tour. Will he succeed in reinventing himself?

What Now For The Euro?2013030220130303 (WS)

Does the inconclusive result in Italy mean the euro crisis has come back to bite us?

Andrew Walker and his guests discuss the aftermath of the Italian election. What does the inconclusive result mean for the future of the eurozone? More integration or disintegration? And

Colm O'Regan muses on whether comedians make good politicians. What lessons can we draw from the electoral success of a former comedian, Beppe Grillo? Perhaps all politicians would benefit from being able to tell a good joke.

Andrew's joined from Rome by Professor Luigi Guiso of the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance; from Brussels studio by Guntram Wolff, Deputy Director of the Bruegel think tank, And in the studio in London by Brigitte Granville, professor of International Economics and Economic Policy at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Women And Tech2013101920131020 (WS)

The new business empires of the world are in tech, so why are so few women involved?

Women And Tech2013101920131020 (WS)

The new business empires of the world are in tech, so why are so few women involved?

The great new business empires of the world are in technology, that's also where the world's biggest fortunes are being made, so why are so few women involved? Is it, as a former US Treasury secretary once suggested, because of the lack of availability of aptitude at the high end? Justin Rowlatt is joined by Sherry Coutu, Angel Investor and a leader of Founders4Schools, Sireesha Jajala of Indian tech giant, Techmahindra, and Daire Hickey, one of the founders of the Dublin Web Summit, to debate gender and technology. And resident commentator, Colm O'Regan, reveals who his role models are and why they're important.

Women And Tech20131019

The new business empires of the world are in tech, so why are so few women involved?

The great new business empires of the world are in technology, that's also where the world's biggest fortunes are being made, so why are so few women involved? Is it, as a former US Treasury secretary once suggested, because of the lack of availability of aptitude at the high end? Justin Rowlatt is joined by Sherry Coutu, Angel Investor and a leader of Founders4Schools, Sireesha Jajala of Indian tech giant, Techmahindra, and Daire Hickey, one of the founders of the Dublin Web Summit, to debate gender and technology. And resident commentator, Colm O'Regan, reveals who his role models are and why they're important.