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What does it take to make it in Silicon Valley and ensure the levels of creativity and innovation needed? And once at the top, how does a tech company stay there? We ask a talent spotter for his insights into start-up success. And Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution and author of ...
We look at two Asian economies, seemingly on the rise: India on the back of a massive injection of business confidence after the election of a new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi; Japan, after a massive injection of central bank cash. But are these recoveries actually sustainable? And the BBC's Katy Watson ...
Iraqi oil: As more towns and checkpoints fall under insurgent control, we ask what this means for the global economy? When do global oil price rises become a cause for concern? Also in the programme, we hear a report from New York about a new initiative aimed at getting girls from ethnic minorities more ...
Is Africa ready for its oil boom? It already produces about a tenth of the world's oil and gas and that share is set to rise as new finds from Sierra Leone in the West to Kenya and Uganda in the East come onstream. But what impact will all this have on the continent...and will it be enough to meet the ...
French economist Thomas Piketty tells Simon Jack what inspired him to write his bestselling book, and responds to criticism of his arguments.
As China expands its investment overseas, is the country's economic potential overhyped? We speak to Jonathan Fenby, a long-time China analyst and author. Also, the BBC's Nick Davis reports from Jamaica where environmentalists are worried about a US$1.5 billion Chinese port development which they say ...
Who benefits from the multi-billion dollar cost of the World Cup; and is it money well spent? How might the tournament be organised in the future to ensure there are more winners, off the pitch? Also, the recent uprising in Iraq has highlighted the continuing threat of new flashpoints across the Middle ...
How closely is your employer monitoring your daily activity, and why? We look at the pros and cons of the increasing levels of snooping by companies of their employees. And Lucy Kellaway reflects on the impact on our day to day lives at work. And from Iraq, Jim Muir gives us the latest developments from ...
Mounting violence in Iraq is getting the world's politicians and markets very anxious. The oil price has started rising. What might a major sectarian conflict mean for global oil? We also look at business initiatives to restore confidence in Nigeria's northern schools, after the abduction of 200 school ...
This week on In the Balance we’re asking whether Brazil will be a game changer for the World Cup.
Public anger at the cost of the event isn’t going away and FIFA, the organisers, are back in the spotlight over their awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar. There have been allegations of corruption ...
Who are the world's new billionaires? As the world economy is increasingly powered by emerging markets, there are pockets of prosperity found around the world. Linda Yueh speaks Edward Zhu, who has been called China's Warren Buffett, as he plans to give his wealth to charity. What has caused the rapid ...
The World Cup: Why statistics are the best guide to predicting the winners. Our guest is Chris Anderson, author of The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong, and he tells us that too many people, including football club managers, wrongly trust their gut rather than the numbers. ...
Vanadium, and obscure metal, provides the latest installment in our journey through the economics of the periodic table. Our regular chemistry maestro, Prof Andrea Sella of University College London, demonstrates vanadium's surprisingly colourful properties. Presenter Justin Rowlatt meets the chief executive ...
We hear from the influential former President of Ghana John Kufuor, who tells us that not enough has been done to create an environment in which the private sector flourishes, enabling smaller businesses to take root and a solid African middle class to grow. Tokunboh Ishmael is co-founder of Alitheia ...
Tech pioneer, Elon Musk, explains his latest ventures: electric cars, and exploring space. Also in the programme, I get to glimpse North Korean soft power at work - inside the country's one and only officially sanctioned global restaurant chain. And the BBC's Rahul Tandon considers the commercial challenges ...
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 ...
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 ...
Robots and smart machines are changing the world we live in - in rich countries, some supermarkets are already offering entirely automated check-outs. But how far are we humans willing to put up with dealing with machines, the lack of personal interaction? And how smart are these robots really?
We hear ...
In our second programme about this most paradoxical of chemical elements, we examine how nitrogen-based fertilisers have ushered in an era of abundant food - but at a cost.
We dispatch Rajini Vaidyanathan to see - and smell - first-hand how the nitrogen is extracted from raw sewage, to stop it killing ...
Some 29 million may find themselves enslaved today - from those in bonded labour to others trafficked into sexual slavery. We hear one woman's tragic tale and look at some ingenious business and technological solutions. Presenter Ed Butler speaks to Dr Kevin Montgomery of Stanford University about his ...
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