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As the conflict in Ukraine grows, Kiev is debating further sanctions, including the disruption of Russian gas exports to Europe. Could Russia or the EU afford that? Also in the programme, a report from Calcutta on why Bengalis are turning away from Bollywood and western films and watching their own cinema ...
A report from northern Sweden hears how Europe's most ancient indigenous culture is taking on the forces of industry. But in a struggle between the miners and the Sami reindeer-herders, who is likely to win? Also in the programme, trillions of dollars have gone to support US banks following the financial ...
This week we consider the future of learning with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

We ask just what Wikipedia - and the rise of the internet - has meant for the way we learn and teach.

Alongside Jimmy is Professor Diana Strassman, Economist at Rice University and Chair of The Wiki Education Foundation; ...
We get the view from Russia on what shoppers make of Moscow's trade embargo on western food imports. Is this just the start of a wider trade war with the west? And we speak to American journalist Jeffrey Rothfeder who got an inside view of car manufacturer Honda. Is Honda - and not Toyota - the Japanese ...
Water shortages are becoming a problem everywhere, and companies are taking note. So how should we value water? Is the answer in trading it as a commodity? And speaking of shortages, James Hassam, the BBC's Ethiopia correspondent, considers a shortage of imported butter in the capital Addis Ababa.
A billionaire tells us why he's worried about the growing gap between the World's haves and the have nots but his concerns aren't selfless. Plus does being rich make you unpleasant? Or is it mainly unpleasant people who become rich? We ask Oliver James a psychologist and author of Affluenza, about the ...
Ebola's economic impact and what the world needs to do to control the disease. Should pharmaceutical companies be doing more to fast-track a vaccine? Or is it down to governments? We get a report from the region, and we hear about the economic consequences. We also examine the clinical responses to the crisis.
At a time of falling US trade with Africa, what can Washington do to turn that around? Also, we reveal how much an Indonesian billionaire will spend on a handbag. And Lucy Kellaway examines the under-rated skill of dodging work in the office. What are the keys to the art of shirking?
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?

Should we expect the state to do more than make up for the private sector's ...
Argentina has defaulted on its international debt for the second time in 13 years – but it’s not broke. We explore the background to this latest development, explaining ‘hold-outs’ and ‘vultures’ along the way. What are the practical consequences of a default?

Also, why the US dollar will ...
Silicon, ordinarily associated with micro-chip production, is also a key component in solar panel manufacturing and as such, is crucial to the future of power for the planet. We hear from John Schaeffer, a solar power pioneer, Richard Swanson of Sun Power and Lynn Jurich, founder of Sunrun, busy developing ...
In the wake of the MH17 air disaster, a UN meeting asks whether airlines should be getting neutral security updates to decide where it is safe to fly. Would such a system work? Also in the programme, we hear a report on why Brazilian trade with Africa has increased six-fold in recent years, and the emotional ...
If Argentina doesn't reach a last-minute deal with creditors, it could soon face default. What are the implications for its economy and other debtor nations? And we ask, what would induce you to get a company logo tattooed onto your body? Our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, ...
Andrew Walker hosts In the Balance this week for a closer look at economic sanctions. As Europe struggles to decide how to deal with Russia, we discuss whether sanctions have ever worked in the past and ask if they could persuade President Putin to do anything different.

Our guests are Maria Lipman ...
Calcutta was once the capital of India under British rule but now British companies and others are desperately hoping to get a slice of the city's business action. India's economy is growing rapidly, and the country has a new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seen by some as more business-friendly than ...
Opening up the Arctic Oceans to commercial shipping, we talk to those travelling the new route about how an ice-free north coast of Russia could transform global sea-trade. Plus why Taiwanese investors are turning away from Vietnam after Taiwanese businesses were caught up in recent anti-Chinese riots there.
Computer circuits have shrunk a million-fold since Gordon Moore made his famous forecast in 1965, but is Moore's Law - and the computer revolution it heralded - about to run up against fundamental laws of physics? In the first of a two-parter on silicon - the latest in our series looking at the elements ...
In the wake of the Malaysian airlines disaster, European Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels to consider further economic sanctions against Russia. Western leaders accuse Moscow of arming the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. What sanctions are on the table? And how do European businesses feel about ...
Can the EU afford to put in place more aggressive economic sanctions against Russia? And why has the EU been more hesitant than the US in implementing effective economic sanctions? James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House in London, gives us his view. And, Lucy Kellaway of ...
In the Balance this week is taking a closer look at the book trade.

We’re considering the issues at stake in a dispute that’s been brewing between one of the world's biggest publishing houses, Hachette, and the world's biggest book seller, Amazon. Scott Jacobson joins us from Seattle, he’s a ...
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