Monthly Archives: October 2010

As the final object is revealed, FT arts editor Jan Dalley talks to Peter Aspden about the significance of the BBC Radio 4 series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ presented by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum.


In this week’s podcast: We look at the banks reactions to levy announced last week and at some of the potential issues the UK government is yet to address, we talk to Simon Bailey from consultancy company Logica about regulation and lessons learnt since 2008 and we take a look at how banks are going about raising the capital in order to fulfil regulations set out by Basel III.
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Presented by Megan Murphy with Sharlene Goff and Anousha Sakoui in the studio and guest Simon Bailey, director of payments and transaction banking at Logica.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


It is usually men who talk more management nonsense, but Lucy Kellaway finds they are no longer the only ones capable of talking guff


In this week’s podcast: We look at the UK’s comprehensive spending review and what it means for the energy sector. We also discuss the oil group TNK-BP and its moves to diversify outside of Russia and we end the show with China’s five-year plan for energy efficiency.
Presented by Sylvia Pfeifer with Fiona Harvey in the studio, Catherine Belton in Moscow and Leslie Hook in Beijing. Our guest this week is Dr Jim Fitzgerald, the assistant director in Ernst & Young’s renewable energy practice.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


In this week’s show, we hear from diplomatic editor James Blitz on the UK defence cuts, Tobias Buck in Jerusalem on the latest in the Middle East peace process, Christian Oliver on the currency wars and get the latest on the Vatican bank’s Italian court case from Guy Dinmore, hosted by David Blair.


This week’s government spending review could hit your pocket hard. Some good news for homeowners looking to remortgage. And, if you want to save more than £50,000 a year for retirement we look at the best pension alternatives.


UK chancellor George Osborne delivered the government’s review on spending today. He spoke of fairness, of bringing the years of ever rising borrowing to an end, of making those with the broadest shoulders bear the greatest burden and of building a country which only buys what it can afford. But what to these mantras really mean in terms of spending and cuts?

To try and answer this question the FT’s Sarah Neville is joined in the studio by FT correspondents Chris Cook, Martin Sandbu and Alice Ross.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


This may be a great policy success or the biggest fiscal blunder since the early 1930s. More likely, it will be in between, says Martin Wolf.


In the podcast this week: We talk to Andre Geim, the latest Nobel prizewinner in physics about his discovery of graphene, flying frogs, the importance of humour in science and the subject of funding. We also hear from US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg about science and regulation. Science Mag reports on how practising for tests and exams improves memory and learning.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack and Diana Garnham in the studio.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


With the announcement of massive cuts in government spending the UK has launched a remarkable policy experiment. The contrast with the US – which has announced none – should at least be instructive, says Martin Wolf.