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  • China telecoms licence revoked in US
    The United States has revoked China Telecom’s licence to operate in the country, citing “national security” concerns. The BBC's Zhaoyin Feng is based in Washington and tells us what this means for relations between the two countries. During a rocky time for the shipping industry, after the impact of the pandemic on global freight, companies are grappling with how to keep customers who want to go green. Fergus Nicoll has been looking at ways the industry is developing environmentally sustainable alternatives. And the return of rodeos in the US is helping to boost small town economies. We discuss all this with guests Lien Hoang, a reporter for Nikkei Asia who is based in Vietnam, and Mitchell Hartman from Marketplace in Portland, Oregon. (Image: A woman in Wuhan, China uses a iPhone to record a video near a wall of flags. Credit: Getty Images)
    10/27/2021
    53:14
  • Tesla is now worth more than $1 trillion
    Tesla surpassed a market value of $1 trillion on Monday, making it the fifth such firm to reach the milestone. Shares in the electric automaker climbed 12.6% after it struck a deal to sell 100,000 vehicles to the international car rental company Hertz. We speak to Bloomberg's Business reporter Dana Hull about Tesla's fortunes. Also in the programme, Facebook's latest financial results showed better than expected earnings. It comes as the whistleblower Frances Haugen appeared in front of the UK parliament and told MPs that the social media company was "unquestionably making hate worse". We ask Imran Ahmed, Chief Executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, if he agrees. And should the private sector intervene to save the Amazon jungle from destruction? We hear how a new platform aims to connect tropical forests with private sector cash. Later, Coca-Cola was named the world's biggest plastic polluter. Emma Priestland from the Break Free from Plastic Research Group, tells us how to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Plus, do we need to spell in this age of autocorrect? Our regular commentator Peter Morgan shares his views. All through the show, we'll be joined by Alison Van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues in Silicon Valley and Jyoti Malhotra, editor of The Print website in New Delhi. Picture: Tesla car. Picture credit: Tesla .)
    10/26/2021
    52:39
  • China seeks to dominate AI
    US officials are warning about China's ambitions in artificial intelligence, saying that the country could come to dominate in the field, giving the country unprecedented military advantage. Chris Meserole, an AI researcher with the Brookings in Washington DC, explains the concern. Also in the programme, The social media platform Twitter amplifies tweets from right-leaning political parties and news outlets more than from the left, its own research suggests. The tech giant said it made the discovery while exploring how its algorithm recommends political content to users. Anna Kramer at tech site Protocol explains the significance of this research. Plus, the BBC's Rahul Tandon explores the future of lavish Indian weddings, after they got a lot smaller during the pandemic. All through the show we'll be joined by Sharon Brettkelly of Radio New Zealand. Picture: US and China flags. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
    10/23/2021
    48:27
  • WeWork shares jump more than 13 per cent in public markets debut
    Shares of the office-leasing company WeWork closed up more than 13.49 per cent on Thursday, after the company went public through a special purpose acquisition. We hear from Peter Eavis of The New York Times, who has been following the ups and downs of the company. A dispute between Brussels and Warsaw threatens to overshadow a summit for EU leaders. A Polish court recently found parts of EU law were incompatible with the country's constitution, and there have been calls from some quarters to withhold EU funds from Poland in response. Anna Wojcik is a researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences and editor of the Rule of Law publication, and discusses the background to the dispute. The company behind a new cryptocurrency called Worldcoin wants to give away its tokens for free. But in exchange, users have to agree to have their eyes' iris scanned. This is, the website says, to "prove that they are indeed human... and that they have not received their free share of Worldcoin already". But there are already privacy concerns, as we hear from Sam Biddle of The Intercept. Shares in the Chinese property conglomerate Evergrande fell by 11.5% when they resumed trading in Hong Kong today. Sherry Fei Ju is a freelance journalist in Beijing, and brings us the latest developments. The Austrian city of Vienna is known for its collection of art galleries and museums. But some of the exhibits, it seems, are a little too racy for some social media networks. So the tourism board is posting images on the website OnlyFans, the only social network that permits depictions of nudity. We hear from Norbert Kettner of the Vienna Tourist Board. Plus, it's the beginning of India's festival season, and our workplace commentator Sandip Roy considers the challenges of trying to work through the mega festival Durga Puja, when millions are on the streets partying til dawn. All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Paddy Hirsch, a contributing editor at US National Public Radio, in Los Angeles. And writer Rachel Cartland, in Hong Kong. (Picture: A WeWork office building. Credit: Getty Images.)
    10/22/2021
    52:20
  • Brazil president rejects covid lockdown claims
    President Jair Bolsonaro rejects claims that he prioritised the economy over his peoples’ health in Brazil, as people give moving testimony to senators, who want to bring criminal charges against him. Latvia re-enters lockdown – evening curfew, home schooling and working from home are all back in place. We speak to investigative journalist Inga Springe. An oil tanker has been marooned in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen for years – loaded with crude oil, and rusting away, it’s stuck near one of the world’s biggest shipping lanes. The BBC’s Ed Butler investigates why nobody is doing anything about it so far. Finally, the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the biggest of its kind, is back: as people have dived in to reading during the pandemic to escape, we speak with Bodour Al Qasimi, founder and chief executive of publisher Kalimat, who is there. We discuss all this with guests Zyma Islam who is a journalist for the Daily Star in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and in Canada Ralph Silva, educator and broadcaster. (Image: President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. Credit: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)
    10/21/2021
    52:23

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