Monthly Archives: December 2010

Think of the financial crisis. What does it sound like?
That was the question the FT put to Julian Anderson, professor of composition at the Guildhall School and one of Britain’s most celebrated composers.
Hear him identify five key moments of the crisis, written out as scores and played on the piano.

Presented by Frederick Studemann

Produced by LJ Filotrani


On the announcement of the BBC’s ‘Sounds of 2011′ list, FT pop critics and panel judges Ludovic Hunter-Tilney and Richard Clayton look back at the year in pop, and forwards to 2011. What do polls like this say about the state of pop? And what do we want our pop music do to – soothe the soul or confront difficult issues?

They talk to deputy arts editor Neville Hawcock about their artists and bands of the year: Rumer, Warpaint, Everything Everything, Ellie Goulding, Kings of Leon and Arcade Fire – their band of 2010.

Produced by Griselda Murray Brown


Inflation is on the rise – so how can investors protect themselves? Tax-efficient schemes for investors could be under threat by the Revenue – so should you buy them now? And what a stronger pound could mean for your holidays


A festive FT science podcast this week, with a look at the science behind beer brewing, with special guest Simon Jackson, chief executive of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Presented by Clive Cookson, with regular guest Diana Garnham, chief executive of the Science Council.

Produced by Emily Cadman


John Aglionby talks to Guy Dinmore, the FT’s Rome correspondent, about Silvio Berlusconi’s extraordinary political escape in surviving two no confidence votes.

We look at what options are now open for Mr Berlusconi, and what the failure of the revolt means for Italian politics.

Produced by Emily Cadman


Rohit Jaggi, Aviation Columnist, interviews Joe Lombardo, president and chief executive of US business aircraft maker Gulfstream Aerospace, about the G450.


Slapstick; sexual jealousy; and mistaken identity. At its best, farce can be sublime – its intricate plotting and sheer silliness combining to blissful comic effect. But should we take farce seriously, or is is mere lowbrow entertainment? What makes a good farce, and how should a director approach it?

On the opening of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 farce ‘A Flea in Her Ear’ at the Old Vic in London, Jan Dalley puts these questions to its distinguished director, Sir Richard Eyre, who was artistic director of the National Theatre for a decade, and to Sarah Hemming, the FT’s theatre critic.

Produced by Griselda Murray Brown.


In this week’s podcast: The war on WikiLeaks, the Nobel Peace Prize and Russia’s World Cup.

Presented by Richard Edgar, with Tim Bradshaw, Richard McGregor and Roger Blitz.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


Investors are being offered more control over their pensions – so what are the top tips from experts? The government has announced yet another crackdown on inheritance tax – but should you really be worried? And, we look at the latest housing trends


In this week’s podcast: Sylvia Pfeifer talks to legal director for Addleshaw Goddard, Roger Clayson about challenges operators of new nuclear reactors face in the UK; she talks to David Blair about Opec’s meeting on Saturday in Ecuador; to Jonathan Waghorn from Investec about acquisitions and mergers in the oil and gas sectors; and to Fiona Harvey in Cancun about how the climate summit is progressing.

Presented by Sylvia Pfeifer

Produced by LJ Filotrani