Episodes
Serious challenges to global food supplies remain, driven in part by the war in Ukraine and the impact of climate change and extreme weather. In the United States in particular, you can add to that a devastating disease that's done serious damage to orange crops. Production is set to fall to its lowest in decades, which would surely put upward pressure on prices. The problem is so severe that some orange growers have decided to give up on the citrus business altogether. Joining Julia to...
Published 08/14/23
Recently a group of teenage hackers managed to breach some of the world’s biggest tech firms last year by exploiting systemic security weaknesses in US telecom carriers and the business supply chain, in what is a cautionary tale for America’s critical infrastructure. Also, researchers from the cybersecurity firm ESET have uncovered a cyber plot targeting foreign embassies in Belarus. The company says at least four countries have been targeted by a cyber espionage group, using advanced...
Published 08/11/23
While Disney's latest earnings report shows overall revenue up 4% from a year ago, its Disney+ streaming service continues to drag on the bottom line, as subscribers fell over 7% from the previous quarter. Despite the dwindling viewership, Disney+ is raising the price of its ad-free streaming tier. Joining the show to discuss is Tim Nollen, Senior Media Tech Analyst at Macquarie.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Published 08/10/23
Visa, a longtime supporter of women's football, is an official partner for the Women's World Cup. FIFA says the whole event is its first-ever cashless tournament. Throughout the competition, Visa's offering a digital prepaid card that can be used in and outside the stadium. Fans can also retain a limited number of match-day NFTs. Joining the show to discuss is Visa Chief Marketing Officer Frank Cooper.  Also on today's show: Bookings Holdings President/CEO Glenn Fogel.  To learn more about...
Published 08/09/23
Food prices around the world have been driven higher due to multiple factors, including the extreme weather, the aftermath of the pandemic, and the war in Ukraine. The UN says more than 120 million people have been pushed into hunger since 2019. The humanitarian aid corporation Mercy Corps operates in over 40 countries distributing cash, food, water and other essentials. Joining the show to discuss is Mercy Corps CEO Tjada D'Oyen McKenna.    To learn more about how CNN protects listener...
Published 08/08/23
Zoom, the company famed for its virtual meeting technology, is asking its employees to come back to the office. Zoom's popularity exploded during the pandemic, when the need for online meetings surged, and working from home became a reality for many. But Zoom tells CNN that employees that live nearby need to be back in the office for a certain number of days. CNN's Matt Egan joins the show to discuss.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Published 08/07/23
Apple, the world's most valuable company, saw its revenues slip again in the last quarter - the third consecutive year-over-year quarterly revenue drop. Meantime, Amazon saw its sales boom thanks to strong demand on a wide range of products. Joining the show to put the two tech giants' latest results in perspective is TECHanalysis Research President and chief analyst Bob O'Donnell.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Published 08/04/23
Fitch's decision yesterday to lower the US' credit rating for a pristine AAA to AA+ is still reverberating through global financial markets and has helped spark a heated - some say healthy - debate over the level of the country's federal borrowing. America's debt ratio as a proportion of its economy is over two and a half times the average of nations that currently have a AAA rating. Senator Joe Machin (D-WV) today called the debt crisis a fiscal runaway train. Joining Julia to discuss is...
Published 08/03/23
Ford posted better-than-expected results in the second quarter and raised its 2023 profit guidance as well. But there was a bit of a reality check for investors regarding its electric car ambitions. Although sales in the period jumped to nearly $2 billion, Ford said its annual losses in that division this year could hit $4.5 billion - way higher than expected. They also pushed back their production targets. For more on this, Julia spoke to Ford's Chief Financial Officer John Lawler.  To learn...
Published 08/02/23
Aptera Motors, a California startup, is developing a solar electric car. For people who drive 65 kilometers (40 miles) a day or less, the company says it won't cost a cent. It also promises a fully charged battery can let you travel up to 1600 kilometers (100 miles). And Aptera claims its vehicle is three times more efficient than a Tesla Model S. Joining Julia to discuss is Aptera CEO Chris Anthony.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Published 08/01/23
More than 3.8 billion passengers flew around the world last year, and those planes generated 2% of the world's carbon emissions powered by fossil fuels. The industry is clearly looking at ways to address this with things like electric and hydrogen power jets. But what if we could simply use cleaner fuel? Well, Lanzajet is producing just that. It's called sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The fuel can be used by regular aircraft and can use existing refueling systems without modification....
Published 07/31/23
As temperature records continue to be shattered the UN secretary general is urging world leaders to act to prevent worse. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is one of the world's most recognized scientific bodies on global warming. Earlier this year it released a report highlighting the devastating impact of climate change, as well as detailing the cost-effective actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The IPCC reports provide crucial input into international negotiations...
Published 07/28/23
What if you could generate a short-form movie with just a few words of text?That's exactly what Runway AI, a browser-driven video production site, aims to accomplish. You begin by using a sentence to describe what you want to see. Then you can add a few more parameters, click "generate," and it appears like magic. The inference is pretty clear as to the future of amateur film, with the potential for dramatic cost savings. Joining Julia to discuss is Runway CEO Chris Valenzuela.  To learn more...
Published 07/27/23
350 million. That's the number of electric vehicles the world needs on the road by 2030 to help reach net CO2 emissions by the middle of the century. Achieving that goal is going to require a dramatic rise in output of a few key materials. And that's where KoBold Metals comes in. The mining startup says it's already using the power of AI, geoscience, and data aggregation to pinpoint deposits of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and copper in more than 60 projects across three continents. Joining Julia...
Published 07/26/23
Protestors in Israel are taking stock after the government's controversial judicial overhaul moved forward on Monday. Doctors have begun a 24-hour strike, and thousands of military reservists are saying they will refuse to volunteer for duty. Also joining the fight: a host of Israeli tech firms, which took out all-black full-page ads in major newspapers. One of those firms is fintech unicorn Papaya Global, which Time magazine recently included in its list of 100 most influential companies....
Published 07/25/23
Spain is facing political uncertainty today as no single party was able to win enough votes to form a government after yesterday's election. The prime minister's central left party won 122 seats, while the main opposition party is on course to win 136. Neither is close to the 176 seats needed to govern alone, which means weeks of painful political negotiations. Joining the show to explain what we can expect next is José Ignacio Torreblanca, a senior policy fellow and head of the Madrid office...
Published 07/24/23
With an estimated audience of over $1 billion, the women's World Cup soccer tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. But there's still a major controversy: the gender pay gap. A new CNN analysis finds players at this tournament will make on average just 25 cents for every dollar earned by men. One of the company's calling for more support for women's soccer is Xero, an accounting platform based in New Zealand. Joining the show to discuss is Xero CEO Sukhinder Singh...
Published 07/21/23
We're only halfway through the year and we've already had extreme floods in places like India, wildfires in Canada, Switzerland, and Greece, and tornadoes in the United States. They've not only put lives at risk but have also meant homeowners having to deal with damage to their homes. And that is where insurance plays a vital role. According to the Swiss Re Institute, the research arm of the insurance giant, global economic losses tied to natural disasters reached $270 billion last year, of...
Published 07/20/23
Hollywood's come to a halt as actors and writers strike over a multitude of issues. Before the strike the union enlisted Tom Cruise to lobby on behalf of members. That's according to the Hollywood Reporter, which says the Mission: Impossible star joined a negotiating session to discuss concerns about the use of AI to replace actors. Voicemod is a company which describes itself as the worldwide leader in providing AI-powered voice synthesis and interactive audio with over 40 million downloads...
Published 07/19/23
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Published 07/18/23
The recovery in China, the world's second largest economy, is losing pace. GDP expanded 6.3% year-on-year in the second quarter, which is well below expectations. Other disappointments in China include record high youth unemployment, slowing retail sales, and faltering business confidence -- all raising expectations of further government support. Joining Julia to provide context is Derek Scissors, chief economist at China Beige Book and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise...
Published 07/17/23
The US has given two firms the green light to start producing lab-grown chicken products: GOOD Meat and Upside Foods. The latter's chicken is already on one restaurant menu in San Francisco. Joining the show to discuss is Upside Foods CEO Dr. Uma Valeti.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Published 07/14/23
The world relies on concrete for construction and road building, with the journal Nature estimating over 33 billion tons of concrete are used every single year. According to one estimate in 2016, concrete was responsible for 7% of all greenhouse gas emissions, mainly in the production of cement, which is the glue that holds concrete together. This is where CarbonBuilt comes. The company wants to partner with existing producers and retrofit their production plans and they say their technology...
Published 07/13/23
Today's show brings you extensive coverage of day two of the crucial NATO summit in Vilnius. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky met with several leaders today, including British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, as his push for membership in the alliance continues. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said its allies will continue to support Ukraine and affirmed it will become a member at a later date.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener...
Published 07/12/23
Amazon addicts are furiously scouring their screens as the annual one-day Prime shopping event gets underway. Last year, 200 million Prime members worldwide bought over 300 million items. How does Amazon's workforce handle all those orders? Robots! In 2022, one billion packages making up an eighth of all orders worldwide were sorted by a robot. Logistics also play a crucial part in the company's operations as it integrates artificial intelligence further into the business. It's also managing...
Published 07/11/23