The terrible attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi has refocused the world’s attention on the threat of urban terrorism. Gideon Rachman is joined in the studio by defence and diplomatic editor James Blitz, and down the line from Nairobi by Katrina Manson, east Africa correspondent to discuss whether we are facing a resurgence of global terror.
As the world’s leading climate scientists gather in Stockholm to discuss new findings on climate change, Clive Cookson, science editor, is joined by environmental correspondent Pilita Clark and Simon Buckle, policy director at Imperial College’s Grantham Institute of Climate Change, to discuss climate sensitivity and the steps that the international community must take to mitigate against global warming.
The banking team discusses the latest evidence of poor third-quarter results from investment banks. Sam Jones, hedge fund correspondent, joins the podcast to look at the Fed’s startling decision not to scale back on QE and whether investors should take central banks’ guidance with a pinch of salt. Michael Stothard, Paris correspondent, examines US money markets’ renewed interest in French banks.
As investors absorb the Federal Reserve’s surprise decision to keep its bond-buying programme steady, Marc Chandler, head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman, joins Delphine Strauss to discuss how the delay in tapering will play out in FX markets. And if investors now think the Bank of England will be the first to tighten, what’s in store for sterling?
On praise, the experts have got it wrong: it should almost never be given in public. It is a dangerous, corrosive substance that has a powerful and positive effect on the person it is aimed at but is better administered behind closed doors, says Lucy Kellaway.
The government starts to sell its stake in Lloyds – but will the public get a look in? As higher education costs rise we look at what the future might hold. And why manorial rights could be more than mere bragging rights.
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