Episodes
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/4f159e0e-06fa-4610-8768-4807a47b6fbe China is preparing a blacklist that could tightly restrict the main channel technology start-ups use to attract international capital, and the US is pressuring Germany to block Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas in the event that Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine. Plus, the FT’s hedge fund correspondent, Laurence Fletcher, talks about Elliott Management, one of the most “fearsome” activist hedge...
Published 12/08/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/0c162b9e-4c9a-40bf-ab48-a6d5f9830f6e A sustained rally in the price of carbon allowances could prompt UK government intervention, Germany’s new government is prioritising climate goals, and the FT’s European technology correspondent, Madhumita Murgia, reports on academics’ struggles to access Facebook data that they need in order to find out more about the social effect of the company’s platforms. Carbon price surge...
Published 12/07/21
Published 12/07/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/6842cbfd-af06-459d-80cb-e62f68db910c Several of Toshiba’s biggest shareholders accuse the conglomerate of failing to fully pursue talks with private equity buyers and plan to vote against a company proposal to split into three separate businesses, European auto suppliers say half a million jobs would be at risk under EU plans to effectively ban combustion-engine cars by 2035, and Tesla’s outsized influence in financial...
Published 12/06/21
Do we need another Princess Diana film? Maybe we do, actually. This weekend, we’re talking about new ways to see old things. Lilah speaks with director Pablo Larraín, who our film critic calls ‘one of the most consistently interesting directors in cinema today’. He explains the creative process behind his new film Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Diana. Then, we ask the question: what is up with the House of Lords? The FT’s political editor George Parker explains why one of the world’s...
Published 12/04/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/e596c61d-a93c-48e6-8a16-c3b67d1f3f17 Saudi Arabia has agreed to keep increasing monthly crude oil production following a charm offensive by Biden administration officials, the US is delaying a deal to remove Trump-era tariffs on UK steel and aluminium, and Brazil’s economy has entered a technical recession but its finance minister remains bullish about his economy. Plus, FT Weekend deputy editor, Esther Bintliff, talks...
Published 12/03/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/79f693ec-50d9-42d0-94af-b8b5d9d8d931 The US-based Women’s Tennis Association says it will suspend its tournaments in China over Beijing’s handling of tennis star Peng Shuai and her sexual assault allegations; the rapid growth of multi-manager hedge funds has unleashed a fierce battle for talent and driven compensation for top traders sky-high; a local dispute in France over an offshore wind farm has spiralled into a...
Published 12/02/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/5810c0fd-5325-4b58-93d6-4790d00956ad Jay Powell signalled his support for a quicker withdrawal of the Federal Reserve’s massive asset purchase programme, and the world’s biggest clothing retailer, Inditex, has named the 37-year-old daughter of its founder as the company’s new chair. Plus, Robin Wigglesworth, the FT’s global finance correspondent, explains why markets might be more fragile than many people...
Published 12/01/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/b6aa92ea-4a07-4423-acbe-deacad5313a5 Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as the company’s chief executive on Monday, and an activist investor has called on commodities giant Glencore to spin off its thermal coal business. Plus, the FT’s global pharmaceutical correspondent, Hannah Kuchler, explains how Pfizer came to dominate the market for Covid jabs and what the concerns are about the company’s market...
Published 11/30/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/f39ef841-2756-40c4-9da5-487316beac2e Countries are imposing new lockdowns and travel restrictions to try and contain the new Omicron coronavirus variant, and the UK’s competition regulator is expected to try and reverse Meta’s acquisition of online gif platform Giphy. Plus, the FT’s Tehran correspondent, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, offers a view from Iran as the country prepares to sit down with Western powers in Vienna this week...
Published 11/29/21
What do you think of when you hear the words ‘British food’? This week, to celebrate the FT Weekend Magazine’s food and drink holiday special, we’re digging in. Food critic Tim Hayward praises modern British cuisine and challenges his compatriots to be proud of their food culture. Our team visits one of the last standing eel and pie shops in London to explore how culinary traditions survive. Then, Lilah learns a great holiday cocktail from one of Brooklyn’s best mixologists, Shannon...
Published 11/27/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/5074f2b1-fd14-490a-9234-3027d565adc9 President Joe Biden has authorised the release of 50m barrels of oil “over the coming months” from the US strategic petroleum reserve in a move co-ordinated with China, India, Japan, South Korea and the UK to drive down fuel prices and FT Video journalist and producer Donell Newkirk discusses his FT documentary on the evolution of the music industry.  US to release 50m barrels of...
Published 11/24/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/e83a0e51-9195-4c95-8f0b-263f97794302 Joe Biden has nominated Jay Powell to serve a second term as chair of the Federal Reserve, opting for continuity as the US economy grapples with persistently high inflation and a patchy labour market recovery; China’s hypersonic weapons test in July included a technological advance that enabled it to fire a missile as it approached its target travelling at least five times the speed...
Published 11/23/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/db10452c-ddf2-445a-a28f-34253506c142 Saudi Arabia has an ambitious goal to increase domestic military production as part of Crown Prince Mohammed’s plan to diversify the oil-dependent economy, video game maker Electronic Arts and football governing body Fifa are in a bitter dispute over the value of the Fifa name that could end their lucrative sports licensing partnership, and the FT’s international business editor Peggy...
Published 11/22/21
FT Weekend is a weekly Saturday show that brings the best of our Life & Arts journalism into audio form. You can follow it on its own feed at 'FT Weekend'. This week, we talk about conversation. Columnist Enuma Okoro explores what makes certain conversations feel good. Lilah and US Managing Editor Peter Spiegel chase the mystery of who actually wrote the US constitution along with esteemed historian William Ewald. And Ruby Wax, the iconic celebrity interviewer of the 90s, tells us how she...
Published 11/20/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/896cc408-68c4-4fd1-960b-85bb18843384 Ford and General Motors said on Thursday that they are improving links with semiconductor manufacturers to improve their supply of electronic chips as the car industry confronts a shortage. Some foreign companies are still investing in Turkey despite the country’s ailing economy. Plus, the FT’s markets editor, Katie Martin, explains why the euro is losing value against the US dollar...
Published 11/19/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/eb7eaf32-597e-403a-bb3c-71290113ad92 US President Joe Biden has called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the country’s biggest oil companies are engaged in “potentially illegal conduct”, the euro fell to its lowest level in 16 months this week as currency markets bet on divergence between the ECB and other major central banks. Plus, the market capitalisation of electric vehicle upstart Rivian has...
Published 11/18/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/e08f700a-75e9-427d-b360-2a7c99c3fb24 Joe Biden and Xi Jinping have agreed to hold talks aimed at reducing tensions as US anxiety grows over China’s expanding nuclear arsenal and its recent test of a hypersonic weapon, Germany’s energy regulator said it had “temporarily suspended” certification of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and today a high stakes trial involving the Holy See’s investments in a London...
Published 11/17/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/fe1805b2-ef2f-48b4-9ca3-37e8c5f82e11 The use of brand new “virgin” plastics by some of the world’s largest brands has peaked and is on track to fall significantly by 2025, US coal prices have jumped to their highest level in more than 12 years. Plus, the FT’s business columnist, Helen Thomas, explains why Royal Dutch Shell is leaving Amsterdam for the UK.  Global brands’ use of ‘virgin’ plastics on track for...
Published 11/16/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/42928696-226a-4d50-9a49-4ee16f8b107f Beijing has accused the EU of risking damage to world supply chains by throwing up regulatory and trade hurdles to foreign businesses, and the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow led to an agreement among 197 countries on new rules for limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, the FT’s EU correspondent, Andy Bounds, explains Article 16 and why the Brexit deal could unravel over Northern...
Published 11/15/21
FT Weekend is a weekly Saturday show that brings the best of our weekend journalism into audio form, with everything from culture and food and the arts, to nuanced questions and big ideas. In this episode, we ask the question: what does it mean to defy death? Rock climber Leo Houlding tells us about his terrifying family holidays, scaling vertical cliff-faces with his two young kids. We also explore radical life extension with science writer Anjana Ahuja. How close are we scientifically to...
Published 11/13/21
Toshiba has ruled out pursuing a deal to take the whole company private and is set to reveal a plan to split the business in three, and Facebook’s whistleblower is calling on the UK and EU to do more to control online harm. Plus, the FT’s markets editor, Katie Martin, will dive into the latest US inflation report and Elon Musk’s sale of 10 per cent of his Tesla shares.  Toshiba rules out deal to take whole group...
Published 11/12/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/7d4a1b33-d4a4-4bff-a305-23c082be7c57 US consumer prices jumped in October at the fastest pace in three decades, and shares of electric truck startup Rivian soared on its first day of trading. Plus, the FT’s Latin America editor, Michael Stott, explains why Colombia’s president is castigating cocaine users for their role in destroying the Amazon rainforest.  US consumer prices rise at fastest pace in three decades -...
Published 11/11/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/5656f24c-a8db-4626-bd6f-c2ab0aa4aa8c General Electric plans to break into three separate companies after years of trying to respond to flaws in its business model exposed by the financial crisis, China’s President Xi Jinping is paving the way for his unprecedented bid for a third term in power. Plus, the FT’s investment correspondent, Attracta Mooney, explains why a growing number of asset managers are getting tougher on...
Published 11/10/21
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/64380f52-df32-4ad7-b2b6-fec42ee95ce1 Federal Reserve governor Randal Quarles’ decision to leave the US central bank next month creates yet another opening for the Biden administration to fill amid uncertainty about the institution’s leadership, Tesla shares fell nearly 5 per cent on Monday after millions of Twitter users polled by chief executive Elon Musk concluded that he should sell 10 per cent of his stake in the...
Published 11/09/21