Daily Archives: September 20, 2011

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