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Boris Johnson's 100-day Brexit deadline

Britain's new prime minister Boris Johnson has set himself a 100-day deadline to achieve Brexit, with or without a deal with the European Union. Siona Jenkins discusses his chances of achieving this with Miranda Green, deputy opinion editor, and Jim Brunsden, EU correspondent.

Contributors: Siona Jenkins, editor, UK news, Miranda Green, deputy opinion editor, and Jim Brunsden, EU correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-23
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NSO tech said to extend reach of off-the-shelf spyware

NSO, an Israeli company whose spyware hacked WhatsApp, has told buyers its technology can now collect a targeted individual?s data stored in the cloud, according to people familiar with its sales pitch. Its tech is said to use industry-wide authentication techniques that have, until now, been thought to be secure. Malcolm Moore discusses the implications with Mehul Srivastava and Tim Bradshaw.

Contributors: Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Mehul Srivastava, Tel Aviv correspondent, and Tim Bradshaw, global tech correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-22
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Bobi Wine takes on Uganda's ageing dictator

David Pilling takes us on a tour of the African ghetto he visited with Bobi Wine, the rap singer turned politician, who has confirmed he will challenge Yoweri Museveni for the presidency of Uganda in 2021.

Contributors: Alec Russell, editor of FT Weekend, and David Pilling, Africa editor. Producer: Fiona Symon. Music clip: Kyarenga by Bobi Wine

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2019-07-21
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Germany's von der Leyen takes up key EU leadership role

Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed this week as the new European Commission president. Katie Martin discusses the challenges she faces, not least the Brexit negotiations, with Ben Hall and Mehreen Khan

Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor and Mehreen Khan, EU correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-18
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The new lunar mission

It?s half a century since the launch of Apollo 11, the spacecraft that put the first man on the moon. Between 1969 and 1972 the moon had 12 human visitors but, since then, no-one. Now, however, there?s a new push to go back to our near neighbour and Donald Trump wants to speed things up. Naomi Rovnick, Henry Mance and Clive Cookson discuss the new lunar mission

Contributors: Naomi Rovnick FT Live reporter, Henry Mance, chief features writer, and Clive Cookson, science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-16
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Stress and burnout: an FT investigation

How bad is the problem of stress and burnout in corporate life? Lilah Raptopoulos carried out a reader-driven investigation into the topic with James Fontanella-Khan, the FT's corporate deals editor. They reveal their findings in this podcast. Read the story at ft.com/mentalhealth Listen to the Everything Else podcast here

Contributors: Griselda Murray Brown, Commissioning editor, Arts, Lilah Raptopoulos, US head of audience engagement, and James Fontanella-Khan, corporate deals editor. Producer: David Waters

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2019-07-14
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Can the Iran nuclear deal be saved?

Concerns about maritime security in the Gulf are rising as relations between Iran and the west deteriorate over the slow breakdown of the nuclear deal struck by Tehran and world powers in 2015. Iran?s economy has been badly hit by the re-imposition of US sanctions, and in response, Iran says it is no longer sticking to agreed limits on its enriched uranium stockpile. Tom O?Sullivan discusses whether the deal can be saved with Michael Peel in Brussels, Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran and Middle East editor Andrew England.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Tom O?Sullivan, deputy analysis editor, Michael Peel, European diplomatic correspondent, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Tehran correspondent, and Andrew England, Middle East editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-11
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Can Greece become an economic success story?

Greece?s centre-right New Democracy party has returned to power after defeating the far-left party Syriza at the ballot box on a promise of reviving the economy through tax cuts, reduced bureaucracy and more foreign investment.  Katie Martin discusses the new government and the challenges it is facing with Ben Hall and Kerin Hope.

Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor, and Kerin Hope, Athens correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-10
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China faces dilemma over Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protests against a proposed extradition law that would allow criminal suspects to be handed over to China are continuing, despite a concession by the Hong Kong chief executive to suspend the proposed law. Naomi Rovnick discusses discusses what?s at stake for China and what the protesters are seeking to achieve, with Tom Mitchell in Beijing and Sue-Lin Wong in Hong Kong.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Naomi Rovnick FT Live reporter, Sue-Lin Wong, South China correspondent and Tom Mitchell, Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-09
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What would a female-driven workplace look like?

How can we make corporate life female-friendly? Deborah Hargreaves, former FT journalist and founder of the High Pay Centre think tank, spent a year talking to women to research this topic and she came into the studio to discuss her findings with Isabel Berwick and Josh Noble. Read Deborah's report here

Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, Live News reporter, Isabel Berwick, editor of FT work and careers, Deborah Hargreaves, director of the High Pay Centre, and Josh Noble, weekend news editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-03
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German murder case raises fears of neo-Nazi resurgence

The murder of a local politician by right wing extremists has shocked Germany and set alarm bells ringing about the rise of neo-Nazi violence in the country. Ben Hall discusses the groups behind the upsurge in political violence and how dangerous they are with Guy Chazan in Berlin

Contrbutors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor, and Guy Chazan, Berlin bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-02
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Putin's heartfelt rejection of 'liberal elites'

Vladimir Putin, Russia?s president, criticised western liberalism and defended Russia?s role in Syria and Venezuela in an exclusive interview with the FT on the eve of the G20 summit at the weekend. Lionel Barber, FT editor, and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief, offer their impressions of the interview in conversation with Katie Martin. Read the interview transcript here

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Lionel Barber, FT editor, and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-07-01
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Turn down the noise, please!

Modern life can be deafening ? but for all the shouting, no one?s listening any more. This is the conclusion reached by FT columnist Jo Ellison after an uncomfortably noisy Eurostar journey. She discusses what?s gone wrong with Horatia Harrod. Read Jo's column here 

Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Horatia Harrod, associate editor of FT Life & Arts, and Jo Ellison, fashion editor and columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-30
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Apple loses top designer Jony Ive

Apple?s chief designer Jonathan Ive is leaving after more than two decades in which his iconic designs for the Mac, iPod and iPhone turned one of Silicon Valley?s faded giants into the world?s most valuable company.  Janine Gibson discusses what this means for Apple and what Sir Jonathan will do next with Tim Bradshaw and Matthew Garrahan.

Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Janine Gibson, special projects editor, Matt Garrahan, news editor, and Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-27
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Farming and climate change

Indigo, a Boston-based agritech start-up, plans to pay farmers to store carbon in soil - part of a growing field of climate-related agricultural practices that seek to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Lauren Fedor discusses the growing focus on environmentally friendly farming methods with Leslie Hook and Emiko Terazono.

Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Lauren Fedor, technology reporter, Emiko Terazono, commodities correspondent, and Leslie Hook, environment correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-26
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What the Sotheby's sale means for art market transparency

Sotheby?s has gone under the hammer for $3.7bn ending 31 years of public ownership, with the venerable auction house sold to Patrick Drahi, billionaire founder of the European telecoms group Altice. Arash Massoudi discusses the sale and what it means for the art market with Harriet Agnew and Melanie Gerlis.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Arash Massoudi, corporate finance and deals editor, Harriet Agnew, FT Paris correspondent, and Melanie Gerlis, FT art market columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-25
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How can we best treat dementia?

Dementia is on the rise, with the numbers affected expected to treble to over 150m in the next 30 years. Clive Cookson discusses the latest treatments with London neurologist Nick Fox, and we hear reports from Edward White and Brooke Fox about initiatives in Taiwan and the US to help improve the lives of sufferers.

This podcast is supported by Home Instead Senior Care, and is part of a wider FT Special Report on Dementia Care found at ft.com/reports/dementia-care

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Clive Cookson, FT science editor, Professor Nick Fox, director of the Dementia Research Centre at University College London, Edward White, Taiwan correspondent, Brooke Fox, New York reporter, Tang Li-yu, secretary-general of the Taiwan Alzheimer?s Association and Kevin Jameson, head of the Dementia Society of America. Producer: Ruth Lewis Coste

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2019-06-24
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Kamala Harris and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination

The race for the US Democratic presidential nomination is hotting up with a huge field of 23 candidates all hoping run against Donald Trump in 2020.  Courtney Weaver has focused in on one of the candidates, Kamala Harris, and she talks to Neville Hawcock about how the campaign for the Democratic nomination is shaping up. Read Courtney's article here

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Neville Hawcock, acting deputy editor, FT Weekend Magazine, and Courtney Weaver, Washington correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-23
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Trump attacks ECB chief over 'unfair' stimulus plan

ECB chief Mario Draghi this week surprised the markets by suggesting that the European central bank could introduce more stimulus to support the global economy. His signal, at an ECB forum in Sintra, Portugal, caused a furious reaction from Donald Trump. Katie Martin discusses the US president?s intervention and the remarks that prompted this with Claire Jones and Chris Giles.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Claire Jones, Frankfurt bureau chief and Chris Giles, economics editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-20
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Philip Green fashion empire crumbles

The high-street fashion empire of Philip Green is on the rocks. The UK retail tycoon has secured creditor support for a complex three-year overhaul that will involve rent reductions, store closures and a halving of the company?s pension deficit reduction payments. But will this be enough to save the business? Matthew Vincent discusses this question with Jonathan Ford and Jonathan Eley.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Matthew Vincent, Lombard editor, Jonathan Ford, City editor, and Jonathan Eley, retail correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-19
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Facebook's digital currency initiative

Facebook has revealed plans for a new global digital currency, claiming it will enable billions of people around the world without a bank account to make money transfers. Patrick Jenkins discusses the initiative and what it means for the banks with Nick Megaw, Caroline Binham and Elaine Moore.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Nick Megaw, retail banking correspondent, Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent and Elaine Moore, deputy head of Lex. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-18
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KKR agrees buyout deal with German media giant

German media group Axel Springer is seeking to go private with the help of US investor KKR. Katie Martin discusses what both sides stand to gain from the move with Arash Massoudi and Tobias Buck.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Arash Massoudi, corporate finance and deals editor, and Tobias Buck, Berlin correspondent.

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2019-06-17
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Perspectives on China and global power

How will the struggle for power between China and the US play out and how will it determine the future world order? Fred Studemann puts this question to China expert Rana Mitter, who has reviewed a series of books looking at the issue from different perspectives.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Fred Studemann, books editor, and Rana Mitter, director of the Oxford University China Centre and author of 'Modern China: A Very Short Introduction'

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2019-06-12
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Mideast tensions rise over Iran

There?s been a worrying build-up of tensions in the Arab Gulf after the US accused Iran of making military preparations and responded by sending more troops and hardware to the region. This follows the US decision last year to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and ramp up sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. Geoff Dyer discusses the risk that this could lead to military confrontation with Andrew England, FT Middle East editor.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Geoff Dyer, analysis editor, and Andrew England, Middle East editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-10
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The weaponisation of China's rare earths

As part of its trade war with the US, China has threatened to restrict exports of rare earths. These obscure minerals, on which the military and tech industries depend, are overwhelmingly produced in China. Katie Martin discusses how the world came to be so dependent on one country for such an essential part of the industrial supply chain with Lucy Hornby and Henry Sanderson.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Henry Sanderson, commodities correspondent, and Lucy Hornby, deputy Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-09
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Woodford debacle reverberates across UK investment industry

Britain?s best known fund manager Neil Woodford is struggling to save his business after he was forced to freeze his flagship fund because it could not meet withdrawal demands from investors. Patrick Jenkins discusses what went wrong and who will be affected with Caroline Binham and Kate Beioley

Contributors: Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, Kate Beioley, FT Money reporter and Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-06
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The return of Peronist politics in Argentina

Argentina?s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is back. The former populist president left office in 2015 with the country on the brink of economic collapse. But if polls are to be believed, she has a good chance of returning to office in October as vice president, alongside her namesake and former chief of staff, Alberto Fernández. Jonathan Wheatley discusses how history may be repeating itself in Argentina with Benedict Mander in Buenos Aires.

Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Jonathan Wheatley, deputy emerging markets editor, and Benedict Mander, South Cone correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-04
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Brazil's Natura cosmetics takes on the world

Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company that owns The Body Shop, has agreed to acquire Avon Products in an all-stock deal that values the US-listed group at more than $2bn. Vanessa Houlder talks to Andres Schipani about the man behind Natura and his plans for the company.

Contributrors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Vanessa Houlder, Lex writer, and Andres Schipani, Brazil correspondent.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-06-02
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The return of race science

The scientific study of different forms of the human race has a bad history, culminating in the atrocities of Nazi Germany.  But despite its discredited record, race science is enjoying something of a revival. Writer Angela Saini discusses her new book: Superior: The Return of Race Science with Fred Studemann and Clive Cookson.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Fred Studemann, FT books editor, writer Angela Saini and Clive Coookson, FT science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-31
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Is Apple's app store anti-competitive?

Apple has faced a barrage of criticism about how it runs its App Store as regulatory scrutiny of the iPhone?s software and services marketplace mounts on both sides of the Atlantic. Madhumita Murgia talks to Tim Bradshaw about the case for and against

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent and Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-30
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Sky high expectations for Modi's second term

India's Narendra Modi begins his second term in office this week after a landslide election win. Jyotsna Singh discusses what he must do to live up to the high hopes of the armies of young people who voted for him with Amy Kazmin and Stephanie Findlay.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief and Stephanie Findlay, South Asia correspondent. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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2019-05-29
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Renault FCA merger set to reshape global car industry

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has unveiled a proposed ?32.6bn all-share merger with Renault that would reshape the global automotive industry. David Oakley discusses how the deal came about and how it will affect Renault?s proposed tie-up with Nissan with Arash Massoudi and Peter Campbell

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, David Oakley, industry news editor, Arash Massoudi, corporate finance and deals editor and Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-28
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Why Russia's homegrown industries strategy is flawed

Vladimir Putin hoped western sanctions would provide the impetus for Russia to create ?national champions? in industries ranging from food and software to heavy machinery. But the fate of its first commercial airliner, the Sukhoi SuperJet 100, has shown up the flaws in this plan. Katie Martin discusses Russia's bid to develop globally competitive homegrown industries with Henry Foy, the FT's Moscow bureau chief.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-24
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Europe's changing political landscape

European voters go to the polls over the next three days to elect a new European parliament. Members of the FT's Brussels bureau discuss why these elections matter and how they are likely to affect the upcoming appointment of senior EU officials.

Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter, Mehreen Khan, Brussels correspondent, Alex Barker, Brussels bureau chief and Jim Brunsden, EU correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-23
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BP prepares for low carbon future

Two investor resolutions at BP?s annual meeting in Aberdeen this week showed how pressure is building on oil companies to take action on climate change and chairman Helge Lund acknowleged the need to repurpose the business towards a low carbon future. Pilita Clark discusses how oil companies are responding to the climate crisis with Anjli Raval and Leslie Hook

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Pilita Clark, business columnist, Anjli Raval, senior energy correspondent, and Leslie Hook, environment correspondent. Producers: Danielle Manning and Fiona Symon

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2019-05-22
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US delivers hammer blow to Huawei's expansion hopes

Huawei?s transformation into a global consumer brand is under threat after the Chinese company was placed on a ?banned entity? list by the White House.  Malcolm Moore discusses the background to the US move and what happens next with Nic Fildes in London and Louise Lucas in Hong Kong.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Louise Lucas, Asia tech correspondent, and  in Nic Fildes, media and telecoms correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-21
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The political cost of Pakistan's IMF loan

Pakistan says it has reached an agreement with the IMF on a $6bn loan. Jyotsna Singh discusses why Imran Khan sought IMF help despite promising not to do so, and what the political cost is likely to be for his government, with Stephanie Findlay and Farhan Bokhari.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Stephanie Findlay, South Asia correspondent, and Farhan Bokhari, Pakistan correspondent.

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2019-05-21
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Scientists find shocking levels of plastic pollution

Fresh evidence of the pollution that pervades the world?s oceans has come to light with the discovery of huge amounts of debris littering the coastline of some remote islands in the Indian Ocean. Clive Cookson, FT science editor, discusses the evidence and its implications with Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent, and Clive Cookson, science editor.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-20
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Jack Dorsey: super influencer or troubled soul?

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has been hailed by Silicon Valley acolytes for his personal fitness regime, but others question whether he really merits the role of wellness guru. Horatia Harrod discusses whether the Dorsey regime is worth emulating and what might be motivating his ascetic lifestyle with Jo Ellison, FT fashion editor

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Horatia Harrod, associate editor of FT Life & Arts, and Jo Ellison, fashion editor and columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-16
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WhatsApp hack reveals vulnerability of smartphones

Privacy is the new mantra for big tech executives keen to rebuild our trust in technology. But despite promises of end-to-end encryption, it seems the personal data we carry in our pocket is not secure from prying eyes. An Israeli company has been selling spyware that invades your smartphone via WhatsApp. Malcolm Moore discusses the revelations with Mehul Srivastava in Jerusalem and Robert Smith in London.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Mehul Srivastava, Tel Aviv correspondent, and Robert Smith, capital markets correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-15
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US-China trade dispute takes centre stage for markets

The failure of trade talks between the US and China this week sparked the biggest fall in US stock prices since January. Katie Martin, the FT?s capital markets editor, discusses the impact of the dispute on global equities, bonds and currencies with Michael Mackenzie, the FT's senior investment commentator.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, and Michael Mackenzie, senior investment commentator. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-15
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Carlos Ghosn: the Lebanon connection

Carlos Ghosn remains a hero in Lebanon, where his achievements are celebrated alongside other tycoons of Lebanese origin. But it is here that evidence was found that allowed Japanese prosecutors to build what could potentially be their most damaging charge against the former Nissan and Renault boss. Naomi Rovnick, Kana Inagaki, Leo Lewis and Chloe Cornish tell the story so far.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Naomi Rovnick, Live news reporter, Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent, Kana Inagaki and Leo Lewis, Tokyo correspondents. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-14
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Time to tackle our obsession with body image?

What impact does body image have on our mental health? Darren Dodd discusses why our bodies are often a cause of shame and distress and what can be done about it with Chris O?Sullivan, of the UK?s Mental Health Foundation and London deputy head teacher Fionnuala Kennedy

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Darren Dodd, editor, FT Health, Chris O?Sullivan of the Mental Health Foundation and Fionnuala Kennedy, Senior Deputy Head of Wimbledon High School, part of the Girls? Day School Trust. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-13
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Modi plays Hindu nationalism card to seek re-election

India?s election has turned into an ideological battle pitting an inclusive vision of a multi-faith nation against the view that Hindus should have sway. Jyotsna Singh discusses the tactics used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his opponents with with the FT's South Asia Bureau chief Amy Kazmin and correspondent Stephanie Findlay.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief and Stephanie Findlay, South Asia corresondent. Producers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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2019-05-10
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Google's new privacy drive

Many of the products and services on display at Google?s developers? conference rely on getting to know customers? interests and preferences. The company also wants to reassure us that we can trust it to respect our privacy. But can we? Malcolm Moore puts the question to Richard Waters, the FT?s West Coast editor

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Richard Waters, West Coast editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-09
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Petrodollars fail to ease Basra's water crisis

Iraq?s second city Basra sits on top of some of the world?s biggest oil reserves that fuel the country?s economy. But life in the city serves as a warning for how rapidly ordinary people can pay the environmental price for mismanagement even as the petrodollars flow in. Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent, discusses the city?s water crisis with Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent and Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-08
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China's BRI - a new colonialism?

China has spent hundreds of billions of dollars financing infrastructure projects across the world through its Belt and Road Initiative, which critics say has imposed ruinous debts on some countries.  Andreas Paleit discusses the global impact of the scheme for China and those taking part with James Kynge and Lucy Hornby

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Andreas Paleit, assistant companies news editor,  James Kynge, China global editor, and Lucy Hornby, deputy Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-07
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UK high streets in crisis

Britain's high streets are in crisis as struggling retailers are forced into bankruptcy and the property market has a huge excess of space. Patrick Jenkins discusses what has caused this and if there is a remedy with Judith Evans and Jonathan Eley.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Judith Evans, property correspondent, and Jonathan Eley, retail correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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2019-05-06
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Bannon's academy for the global alt-right

Steve Bannon was one of the most influential figures in Donald Trump?s presidential campaign. He turned the Breitbart News website into a single platform for white supremacists, pro-lifers, neo-Nazis and climate change deniers. He has now moved to Europe. Neville Hawcock discusses what he?s doing here with Hannah Roberts who met him recently in Italy. Read Hannah's story here

Contributors: Suzanne Blumson, executive editor, Neville Hawcock, FT Weekend magazine acting deputy editor and Hannah Roberts. Producer: Fiona Symon. Photo: Marco Bonomo

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2019-05-02
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Venezuelan army fails to back Guaidó's 'final push'

The stand-off between Venezuela?s rival presidents turned violent after Juan Guaidó, who is backed by the US and more than 50 other countries, issued a call to his supporters to take to the streets to oust Nicolás Maduro from the presidential palace. James Wilson speaks to Gideon Long, FT Andean correspondent, who has been covering the events.

Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, James Wilson, deputy world news editor, Gideon Long, Andean correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon.

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2019-05-01
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