Monthly Archives: December 2015

The country is only now examining the social price of children left behind by the mass movement triggered by China’s transformation from agrarian backwater to digital society, says Patti Waldmeir

 

In the final episode of the series, Jonathan Moules looks at the reasons why founders decide to sell up and hears a cautionary tale from Paul Collins, chief executive of M&A advisor Equiteq

 

A ballad as much about reunions as separations, Auld Lang Syne can signify everything from the year’s end, to closing time in Japanese department stores. David Cheal explores the many incarnations of this sentimental Scottish song. Credit: Culburne Records; Lismor Recordings; Anti/Epitaph

 

As societies debate whether to encourage philanthropy or to tax wealth for redistribution by government, gestures like Mark Zuckerberg’s vow to give away 99% of his Facebook riches grab the attention. So if you have a spare $1bn, how do you go about spending it for the good of others? Let Stephen Foley guide you through the task

http://rss.acast.com/ft-big-read/howtogiveaway-1bn/media.mp3

 

In a year when the Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate rise since the financial crisis, mergers and acquisitions activity brought record-breaking deals, Silicon Valley’s unicorn companies continued to raise large rounds of funding, and property tycoon Donald Trump topped the polls in the Republican primary race, US reporters and editors at the FT discuss how the biggest stories of 2015 will impact what is to come in 2016. Music by Minden and Kevin MacLeod.

 

Karim Tazi is Morocco’s most outspoken businessman – a rare example of someone prepared to challenge vested interests on issues ranging from corruption to human rights and democracy. He spoke to Heba Saleh, FT North Africa correspondent, at his headquarters in Casablanca, about his hopes for change

For the full story go to: http://www.ft.com/business-arab-world

 

Cuban dissident Miriam Leiva speaks with Cardiff Garcia in Havana about the life of her late husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, an economist with an irrepressible instinct to tell the truth to a government that did not want to hear it – for which he was repeatedly and severely punished.

Music by: Boom Boom Beckett, Blue Dot Sessions, A Ninja Slob Drew Me, Nick Jaina, Will Bangs.

 

Andrew Mullinger of Funding Circle tells Jonathan Moules why he and his co-founders opted for a rapid rate of growth and the difficulties that entailed.

 

Cuban dissident Miriam Leiva speaks with Cardiff Garcia in Havana about the life of her late husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, an economist with an irrepressible instinct to tell the truth to a government that did not want to hear it – for which he was repeatedly and severely punished. Then Gary Silverman on a trip to Arizona, where he discovered a free travel zone for Mexican shoppers who want to cross the border. Finally, a review of “Hamilton”, the hip-hop Broadway musical depicting the life of US founding father Alexander Hamilton, which has become a cultural phenomenon.

 

This much-loved Christmas Carol uses words published by Cecil Sharp in 1911. But to what extent did he graft Christian elements onto a very different original? FT arts editor Jan Dalley traces the gender shifts which define the song’s evolution. Credit: Universal-Island Records Ltd; Warner Classics