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Chromium: Justin Rowlatt visits the Warrs Harley dealership to find out from Professor Andrea Sella why this metallic element links the motorbikes on show, with the leather jackets and flick-knives of the archetypal biker gang. He hears from Erin Brockovich about the insidious role hexavalent chromium ...
The illicit trade in animal parts: some $20 billion, is traded annually, with 1000s of endangered animals, from rhino to elephants to turtles, being slaughtered for the sake of aphrodisiacs, medicines, or pendants. Experts like Heather Sohl, the Chief Advisor for Species at the WWF, estimate that at ...
Greece & Eurozone: Are we close to a solution or back to kicking the can down the road? And has Greece won real concessions from its European creditors when it comes to austerity? Sony Kapoor of the research institute Re-Define and Seamus Coffey of University College Cork, Ireland, discuss the questions. ...
With the oil price too low for many OPEC members, is there a role for the oil cartel? We ask representatives from OPEC members Iran, Iraq and Algeria, and get the thoughts of regular contributor Colm O'Regan on what the oil price means to the common man.
Office life in the 21st century: David Bolchover, author of "The Living Dead: Switched Off, Zoned Out", tells us why he thinks there are too many people doing very little at work, and why he believes there's a conspiracy of silence about it. Also, we ask whether office design matters when it comes to ...
Paddy Docherty, chief executive of Phoenix Africa, tells us how he grew the business in Sierra Leone despite the Ebola epidemic, while Dr Stanley Ko of the UK's University of Central Lancashire explains what it's like working as a doctor on the front line of the fight against the disease. Plus, the BBC's ...
Nickel is the metal that made the jet age possible, not to mention margarine and bicycle sprockets. In the latest instalment in his journey through the periodic table, Justin Rowlatt travels to Rolls Royce to discover the incredible materials science that this chemical element and its super-alloys have ...
Europe's ministers give Greece till Friday to accept a bailout extension, or else... With the help of Vicky Pryce, Cebr's chief economic adviser, we consider the latest breakdown in talks and ask how close Greece and the eurozone are to a financial precipice. Also in the programme, we hear about the ...
As South Korea digests the implications of a leading air executive halting a plane over a bag of macadamias, we look at the wider implications of the so-called Nut Rage scandal: what it says about family firms like Korean Air, where succession is based purely on who you are, not on what you know. Are ...
Nigeria's election, when it comes next month, is due to be the moment when the nation presents its contemporary face to the world - a dynamic, entrepreneurial, democratic country with an economy that has grown at a pace that has left many holding on to their hats. So listen here to three of the thirty-somethings ...
We examine the technology solutions to achieving a clean and universal power supply. And we look at the stereotypes about penny-pinching, risk-averse Germans. Are they true?
The battle lines were drawn over Europe's debt crisis on Wednesday as Greek ministers offered a 10-point plan to redraft the bailout, and their partners said no deal, thanks. The negotiations aren't quite over yet, but the deadline for a Greek default is now just two weeks away. We hear the views of ...
The BBC's Mariko Oi explores the global costs of childbirth as she compares her own experiences through pregnancy and preparation for motherhood. She speaks to the OECD about why expensive healthcare doesn't always equate to quality of care. Plus Tom Sackville, chief executive of the International Federation ...
Business Daily looks at the ongoing fallout of the HSBC tax scandal. Revelations this week have shown how thousands of rich clients were helped by a Swiss branch of the bank to hide hundreds of millions of dollars from the tax authorities. What does this conspiracy say not just about Swiss banking, but ...
Greece and its creditors appear increasingly at loggerheads over a new deal for the eurozone's most troubled economy. As the new Greek prime minister repeats his anti-austerity rhetoric, the former Fed chairman, Alan Greenspan, says a Greek exit from the eurozone is becoming inevitable. We debate the ...
The world's waste heap is vast - more than 4bn tonnes of the stuff piling up annually. And recycling it is now a 400 billion dollar business. But is the trash bubble about to pop?
Fuel Subsidies: Will governments take advantage of the falling oil price to cut gasoline grants to their domestic market? We look at the economic arguments for and against with John Baffes, senior economist at the World Bank, which has long argued for the scrapping of all fuel subsidies worldwide. Plus, ...
We speak to Edward Follis - author of The Dark Art, an account of his time as an undercover agent with the DEA - about what happens on the front line of the war on the drugs trade. And, as the European Central Bank threatens to turn off the funding tap for Greek banks, we look at what goes in to Greek ...
Newly-elected Greek officials, including Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and finance minister Yannis Varoufakis, are touring Europe to drum up support for a new debt plan. But attitudes to Greece's attempt to renegotiate its bail-out program vary widely from Madrid to Berlin. What reaction is likely to ...
In a rare interview, the world's most powerful football agent Jorge Mendes defends the huge sums of money sloshing around in professional football. We also hear the story of Thior Bjorgolfsson, the Icelandic billionaire who made a fortune in Russia and lost it all in the financial crisis. And James Srodes ...
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