Monthly Archives: July 2015

Herbie Hancock’s soul jazz classic ‘Watermelon Man’ originally drew on his 1940s Chicago childhood but went on to be given funk, disco, ska, pop and hip-hop makeovers, says Mike Hobart. Credits: Roslin Records, Columbia/Legacy, Salt & Pepper, History Of RnB Records

 

Henry Mance rounds up this week’s news with a look at the fightback against hack attacks, why Britain’s Conservative leader David Cameron should not be too complacent, and why annual appraisals at work may be on their way out.

 

In this episode of Alphachat, host Cardiff Garcia is joined by Gillian Tett and Ben McLannahan to discuss the future of the FT under new ownership; Gillian offers a preview of The Silo Effect, her forthcoming new book; and Alphaville writer Matt Klein reflects on a hassle-free trip to Greece despite the country’s economic upheaval.

 

Geoff Yu, strategist at UBS, tells Michael Hunter which numbers the Fed will be looking at as the approaching US rate rise dominates the market. He also offers a view on the curious strength of the euro, sterling’s prospects and the outlook for emerging market currencies.

 

Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4m vehicles last week amid fears the company’s Jeep Cherokees could be compromised by hackers, sending shockwaves through the industry. Murad Ahmed asked Andy Sharman, the FT’s motor industry correspondent how carmakers are dealing with the cyber security threat.

 

As the drugs watchdog in the US declares painkiller abuse to be a national epidemic, pharma companies are seeking to develop tamper-resistant pills. David Crow finds this search has led to a surge in the recruitment of drug users to test the new opioids and talks to Brandon, one of the human guinea pigs

 

Accenture’s decision to remove the annual performance review is welcome news, says Lucy Kellaway

 

Nato allies have welcomed Turkey’s decision to step up its fight against Isis. But its decision to include Kurdish opponents as the target of its air attacks is causing some concern. Siona Jenkins discusses Turkey’s strategy with Daniel Dombey and Alex Barker.

 

Nato allies have welcomed Turkey’s decision to step up its fight against Isis. But its decision to include Kurdish opponents as the target of its attacks is causing some to question Ankara’s true motives. Siona Jenkins discusses Turkey’s strategy with Daniel Dombey and Alex Barker.

 

Ten years ago the Chinese government ended the renminbi’s strict peg against the US dollar. Since then the currency has gained in stature in world trade, investment and as a reserve currency, reflecting China’s growing international influence. James Kynge asks David Pavitt of HSBC and Jinny Yan of Standard Chartered what further changes are in store. Read more at ft.com/renminbi. Music: David Sappa