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This week's itb deals with the dreams of nations; counting the cost of world cup woes and exploring Africa's investment in space technology.

We ask who stands to gain from high drama on the footballing field. Soccernomics expert Professor Stefan Szymanski and our regular contributor (and footballing ...
It's more than a year since Bangladesh suffered the worst industrial accident in modern history. But apart from an increase in the minimum wage, has anything actually improved in terms of the conditions for Bangladeshi workers? We hear from Philip Jennings, General Secretary of the Uni Global union, ...
Why does Africa's richest economy still have some of the continent's poorest citizens? Business Daily looks at the gap between the richest and the poorest in NigeriaBusiness Daily looks at the highs and the lows of Nigeria's economy. And Ed Butler asks Nigeria's finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala how ...
One of the hardest metals, tungsten has uses from light bulbs to weaponry. But why so few mines? We consider the market value of this weighty member of the period table.
The business of space exploration: What is its commercial and industrial use? And how important are a probe's academic credentials compared with its commercial potential?
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It is a skill that you can teach? Or does it require a natural talent? We have a special report from a school in Los Angeles which teaches entrepreneurship. Plus, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us why you shouldn't feel like you have to love your job.
This week In the Balance pitches its tent at a festival in the financial centre of London and we’re playing host to discussions that cover the future of money, the growth of China, and what work itself will look like once we’ve automated out world.

Smari McCarthy and Leander Bindewald will discuss ...
Indonesia prepares to elect a new President as favourite Joko Widodo faces former General Prabowo Subianto. The financial future of the country is a key issue. As the world's third largest democracy goes to the polls, what will it take for Indonesia to realise its considerable potential? The BBC's Chief ...
As the quarter finals kick off in what is officially the most watched World Cup in history, we examine the winners and losers in financial terms. FIFA lists 22 official partners, sponsors and supporters - brands that between them are spending more than a billion dollars for the honour of having their ...
There are dire warnings about the heating of the planet. Coal is a significant contributor to global warming. So what is the future of this increasingly controversial fuel?
Official figures suggest the Chinese economy to powering ahead, but is that the case? We look behind the official figures to examine the direction of travel of country's economy.
Is over optimism in the markets and the risk of "investor complacency", heralding trouble ahead? We hear from one leading researcher who urges caution. And we hear from a social entrepreneur, Kenyan businessman Fredrick Ouko, about the strategy and the motivation behind his endeavours. And Lucy Kellaway ...
A curious phenomenon has become apparent. The global financial markets aren't merely relaxed about the world's many political and economic problems, they are positively becalmed. The global index of market volatility, the so-called Vix Index or "fear gauge" as it's known, is registering a seven-year ...
Argentina makes a debt repayment, even though a complex US court ruling means this could put it in "technical default" and freeze the country out of the US financial system. Business Daily tries to make sense of what is a confusing and seemingly perverse legal tangle that nonetheless could have major ...
China's countryside faces food contamination, forced evictions and land degradation - can farmers cope, and can the government tackle its rural pollution problem? Rob Young reports from China on the scale of the task facing Beijing. And Rob visits an organic farm in northern Beijing - an increasingly ...
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.
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