Monthly Archives: September 2011

Power may corrupt, but absolute power corrupts much less than partial power – as too many lower down the pecking order show, says Lucy Kellaway


We ask what this week’s price swings say about gold’s safe haven status. Are pension savers geting a fair deal? We assess new moves to improve your income choices. And is a ‘Best buy’ savings account really the best?


In this week’s podcast: As president Mahmoud Abbas presses his argument for Palestinian statehood at the UN – we ask former editor of the Jerusalem Post, David Horovitz and head of the Palestinian government media centre, Ghassan Khatib, what the people on the streets of Israel and Palestine really think about the prospect; then we talk about an activist Turkish foreign policy which sees Turkey facing confrontation on many borders; and finally, rising inflation and soaring property prices in Hong Kong open up the gap in living standards between the rich and poor.

Presented by Gideon Rachman with Dan Dombey in Istanbul and David Pilling in Hong Kong – interviewed by Serena Tarling.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


How high are the charges on your pension. We name the plans that have lost 39 per cent. And, we look at whether exchange traded funds are only for rogues. Finally, why gold savings accounts are not what they seem.


In this week’s podcast: We are mostly in the UK this week – first we look at estimates for shale gas, then we ask the question, who is going to pay for the £200bn needed to upgrade the ageing energy infrastructure, and then we consider the prospect of onshore oil and gas with Anthony Lobo, head of UK oil and gas at KPMG. We end the show in France with Total and we ask Anish Kapadia, director and senior research analyst at Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co, what we should expect from an investors meeting coming up on Monday.

Presented by Sylvia Pfeifer with David Blair.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


In this week’s podcast:

How are financial firms making use of technology?

Banks have continued to invest in IT despite the downturn. Industry analyst Martha Bennett, of
Freeform Dynamics, explains some of the reasons why. And Steve Chambers, CIO of Visa Europe, discusses the challenges that come with storing 22bn pieces of information, as well as developing new payment technologies.

Plus, in the first of a three-part interview, we hear from Gavin Michael, chief technology innovation officer at Accenture, on why businesses will buy IT services from the cloud.


Sufferers from WET aren’t skiving or lying; they just have an inadequate notion of what it means to be reliable, says Lucy Kellaway.


In this week’s podcast: We talk to the head of science at the Royal Horticultural Society about the science of gardening and about a new competition he has launched to encourage biodiversity in gardens, called The Big Wildlife Garden; we talk to Amy Gutmann, chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, about an awful breach of ethics which involved US researchers in Guatemala infecting people with sexually transmitted diseases without their consent; and, Deborah Cohen reports for the BMJ on an unprecedented disclosure of product information by a medical technology company.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack and Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


Postmodernism defined itself against the stifling clarity and seriousness Modernism. It put style before drab functionality. It embraced pop culture and garish colour.

But it got a bad rep. “PoMo” was called vacuous and kitsch, and in the 1980s it became associated with corporate culture and consumerism.

Now this controversial cultural movement is the subject of a major exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert museum, “Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990″.

Neville Hawcock talks to Glenn Adamson, co-curator of the show, and to FT columnists Edwin Heathcote and Peter Aspden.

Produced by Griselda Murray Brown


In this week’s podcast: Trading losses at Swiss Bank UBS underline the need for banking reform; and, Lloyds Banking Group finance director, Tim Tookey, resigns.

Presented by Brooke Masters with Sharlene Goff and Sam Jones.

Produced by LJ Filotrani