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Cocoa Crisis in Cote d'Ivoire  

The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

Disability at Work  

The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

Surviving a Trump Attack  

How do companies deal with an attack by Donald Trump on Twitter? Joe Miller finds out from Michael Abrahams, partner at the communications firm Finsbury. The BBC's Regan Morris reports from Los Angeles to find out whether the Trump presidency is affecting consumers' choices. And Micah White, one of the founders of the Occupy movement, explains why the protest movements of the future have a thing or two to learn from the US president. (Photo: Donald Trump at a rally, Credit: Getty Images)

Egypt's Food Problem  

Egypt, the most populous Arab country, is heavily dependent on food imports to feed its fast-growing population. Should it produce more of its own? Ed Butler tries out the high-carb Egyptian diet that keeps people's stomachs full - for now. He hears from food security expert Kimberly Flowers, director of Global Food Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, about the challenges facing countries like Egypt. And he visits Adel El Shentenawy, the co-founder of Egyptian Hydrofarms, a company growing salad in the desert. (Photo: Lettuces grown in the Egyptian desert, Credit: BBC)

What You Know or Who You Know?  

President Trump's team of advisors includes his son-in-law Jared Kushner. That rankles with some, but should we really be surprised when managers and leaders appoint people they know and trust? We hear from students in Genoa, Italy, who complain they can't get a job without the right contacts. Also, the BBC's Maddy Savage reports from running clubs in Sweden and Spain, which she says have helped her develop good contacts for work, while Nick Chater, professor of behavioural science at Warwick Business School, tells us when networking becomes something more sinister. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times on why companies who fixate on their employees' happiness end up making their workforce more miserable. (Picture: Donald Trump embraces son-in-law and official advisor Jared Kushner, as his daughter Ivanka Trump looks on; Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Fishing in Europe  

What will Brexit mean for Europe's fishing industry? Ed Butler explores the murky depths of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy. He speaks to Suzannah Walmsley, Fisheries Business Development Manager at the marine consultants ABP-MER about what's at stake ahead of the UK's exit from the EU. And Per Sandberg, Norway's fisheries minister tells us why it might be a good thing for British fishing fleets. Plus Vishala Sri-Pathma visits the UK port of Grimsby to hear from fishermen there about their hopes for the future. (Photo: A North Sea fisherman holds part of his catch, Credit: Getty Images)

Costing the World's Healthcare  

As the US Congress begins the work of revising Obamacare, we look at the rising costs of healthcare generally. From the obesity epidemic to an ageing population, a range of new burdens are pushing up the global health bill, and many health systems around the world are struggling to meet the challenge. We hear from Germany, the European country which already has the most expensive health system, and the fastest ageing population. Many officials there are worrying that something's got to give. We also speak to Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who describes how different countries chose to fund their health services, and offers his opinion as to which system is most efficient and most fair. (Photo: Keyhole surgery is performed at a UK hospital, Credit: Getty Images)

Space Weather  

Could solar weather knock out our power grids? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Nasa consultant Dr Daniel Baker about space weather and how its monitored, Trevor Maynard, head of exposure management at Lloyds of London, about the risks posed to electricity grids around the world, and Andrew Richards, severe risk and resilience analyst at the UK's National Grid, about how our electricity supplies can be protected. (Photo: A Solar Flare, Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/Nasa/Science Photo Library)

Trump and Africa's Conflict Minerals  

Will Donald Trump's desired repeal of the Dodd Frank Act mark a comeback for conflict minerals in the DRC? He's issued an executive order asking Congress to consider revisions of the Act. One key clause, 1502, requires US firms to declare where they're sourcing their gold, tin, and other minerals, often used in consumer electronics. In the past, it was argued, the trade in these was fueling wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, wars that in the last two decades have claimed millions of lives. So has Dodd Frank reduced the killing, or has it simply added to the cost burdens of companies, and impoverished all DRC miners? We hear from Harrison Mitchell, Head of Due Diligence at RCS Global, which advises firms on their supply chains, and from Carly Oboth, a policy adviser at the campaign group, Global Witness, which believes repeal of the act could be disastrous for the region. Also in the programme, on St Valentine's Day, we ask is the US President Trump good for our love-lives? Grant Langston, chief executive of the US online dating website, eHarmony, says the evidence suggests, he might be. And we also have a report from Loveland Colorado, a town that has built an entire economy around Valentines, and general terms of endearment. (Photo credit: Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. LIONEL HEALING/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump-Trudeau Trade Tussle.  

Today Canada's Justin Trudeau is the latest world leader to talk trade with President Donald Trump. As the Prime Minister steps through the White House doors though, will they be trading maple syrup, apple pie, or barbed insults? We hear from Christophe Bondy, an international trade lawyer, based in London, and formerly the Senior Counsel at Canada's Trade Law Bureau. How would Justin Trudeau stand up to an unwelcoming President? Also we visit Sao Paolo, to hear about the growth of the so-called gig economy in Brazil, following the latest economic recession. Is this a good or a bad thing for the economy in Brazil, and is it good for workers? Natalie Razeen is an associate at the London law firm, Russell Cooke. Finally Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times joins us to consider how people like her get by, when they're considered "difficult". Picture credit: thinkstock

Trump & Abe: Golf Diplomacy  

Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, will partner up with Donald Trump for a round in Florida tomorrow. But will that be enough to heal the strains made apparent by the US President's America First rhetoric? Is trans-Pacific trade about to lip out of the hole into the bunker? We speak to William Saito, the economic advisor to the Japanese government, and separately our reporter, Mariko Oi, reflects on one of Japan's most entrenched economic challenges, its aging population. Are the Japanese having enough sex, she asks? Finally, we reflect on the decision by the British Foreign Secretary to renounce his US citizenship (he had held dual UK and US citizenship, having been born in the US). He's not alone in doing so. Five thousand Americans living overseas relinquished their citizenship last year in frustration at tough US tax rules, demanding that every citizen declare everything they earn in the US, even though they're earning and declaring it already in another country. Christina Franco and Bill Wires are two Europe-based Americans who've taken the plunge and said goodbye to citizenship of their Motherland altogether. How does that feel? (Pictrure: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe travelling in a golf cart; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Divorce in the Islamic World  

Is a man saying "I divorce you" three times legitimate and fair to women? It's a Muslim tradition being debated both in India and Egypt. Or is the quickie divorce in fact a good thing for humanity? We hear from interested parties - Abbie Naguib, an Egyptian divorcee and divorce lawyer, Vandana Shah, in India, who opposes the so-called Triple Talaq, a tradition of divorce that dates back in some countries to the dawn of Islam. And we also hear from an expert on the global business of getting together and splitting up, Stephanie Coontz. She is director of research at the Council on Contemporary Families at Evergreen College in Washington State, She's also author of a book, "Marriage: A History - How Love Conquered Marriage". (Picture: Muslim women shoppers walk through a market in Bhopal, India; Credit: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe's Last Chance?  

As the UK takes another big step towards leaving the European Union, we ask Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, whether the EU can survive Britain's departure. He tells us how he thinks it can reform in the face of multiple threats and the backlash he sees developing against rising populism. Plus, Arctic explorer Christina Franco tells us how she goes about getting private sector funding for her expeditions. (Photo: Guy Verhofstadt, Credit: Getty Images)

The World's Biggest Mining Scam  

Twenty years ago the mining sector suffered its biggest ever fraud. Millions were lost when investors financed development of a non-existent gold mine. Could it happen again? The story has now been released as a Hollywood film called 'Gold'. Presenter Manuela Saragosa speaks to John McBeth, formerly of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and Jay Solomon of the Wall Street Journal, about how they broke the story and uncovered the fraud, and asks whether it could happen again. (Photo: Gold bars, Credit: Getty Images)

Trump: Making Finance Great Again?  

President Trump is taking the axe to the Dodd-Frank Act, financial rules designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. Linda Yueh, professor of economics at London Business School and Pippa Malmgrem, a former financial policy advisor to President George W Bush, discuss how vulnerable that leaves the US financial system to another shock. Plus, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times finds out that when it comes to business writing, boring is good. (Picture: Trader wears a DOW 20,000 baseball cap on the New York Stock Exchange trading; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Where Next for Europe?  

Today we're speaking to Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Malta, who is hosting today's EU Summit. With Brexit, Trump and migrant boats all weighing heavily on his Mediterranean soul, is this a miserable time, we ask, to be holding the EU Presidency? Also we get the inside track on a semi-secret meeting between some 20 major UK banks and regulators in Frankfurt from a man who was there. Hubertus Vaeth (FATE), managing director of Frankfurt Main Finance, a local banking trade body, was in the room, and says 10,000 UK banking jobs are likely to be leaving London for Germany's financial capital ahead of Brexit. And we also have time to speak to Daniel Levin, a man with a particular insight into the way that power at the highest level often works, the deals that are done behind closed doors. That's because he's done many of them, as a high-level counsellor on free-market reform for governments around the world. He's now written a book about his career, "Nothing But a Circus: Misadventures Among the Powerful". (Picture: Torn Italian election poster with the word “Europa”; Credit: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

Corporate America vs President Trump  

As mass protests erupt over Trump's travel ban, should CEOs be wading into the debate? Presenter Joe Miller speaks to billionaire tech investor Nick Hanauer, who says that a response is long overdue, and that it is down to corporate America to tackle the root cause of Trump supporters' anger. Meanwhile, Yale president Peter Salovey argues that open borders and multicultural universities such as his own are critical to his nation's future. And Kim Gittleson reports on a US foodie venture run by refugees. (Picture: Protestors rally against President Trump's executive order halting refugee admissions, at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia; Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Protecting Your Online Data  

Online data breaches have become so routine, only the very biggest now make the news. Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security expert at the UK's University of Surrey, tells us it's fair to assume that your personal data is being sold and traded on the dark web and he gives us some tips on how to stay safe online. Also, Jenny Afia, a partner specialising in privacy and defamation at the London law firm Schillings, explains who owns the personal data we put on the web and how much privacy we can reasonably expect. Plus, our regular commentator James Srodes in Washington warns about the rising threat of professional hackers and why governments are struggling to contain them. (Photo credit: Thinkstock)

All Change for Global Trade?  

With Brexit and President Trump's rise, has the tide turned against global free trade? Paul Everitt, chief executive of the ADS Group, the trade body for companies in the UK Aerospace and Defence industries, tells us what's at stake for his sector. Ryan Loyd reports from the town of San Antonio in southern Texas, not far from the Mexican border, speaking to companies worried about President Trump's threat to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. But Shanker Singham, director of economic policy and prosperity studies at the Legatum Institute, a London-based educational charity focused on alleviating poverty, says that while President Trump's rhetoric on trade sounds protectionist, the details may prove otherwise. (Picture: Marker on the US-Mexico border; Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trump Travel Ban  

Today we're looking at the latest US travel ban, some of the dismay it's provoked among business leaders. Donald Trump has pronounced his executive order temporarily barring entry to nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries a great success. But opponents are aiming to strike back with protests and, in some cases, a Trump brand boycott. But how partial can and should businesses themselves become at a time of such deep political division? We hear from a British-Iraqi businessman, from anti-Trump protesters in the US and from Rebecca Gudgeon, head of corporate reputation and issues management at the UK public relations firm, Graylings. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times is back, announcing the winners of her annual business jargon awards for 2016. (Photo: Protesters outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, Credit: Getty Images)

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