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Religion In A Digital Age  

How technology is changing belief, faith and religious practice. Manuela Saragosa hears from Pastor Bobby Gruenewald, the man behind the most downloaded Bible app in the world, and Shahed Amanullah, co-founder of Affinis Labs, an incubator for apps aimed at the Muslim community worldwide. And Reverend Dr Pete Phillips, a digital culture and theology researcher in the UK, looks at how religion is being shaped by technological advancements. (Picture: Digitally generated Michelangelo, Credit: RoboLab/Getty Images)

The Business of Dying  

As we age as a society, will more people elect to choose the time of their own death? And will we feel any pressure to? In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country to legalise euthanasia. Since then, assisted dying and assisted suicide has remained controversial as a topic. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Margaret Pabst Battin, who is distinguished professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of internal medicine at the Division of Medical Ethics, at the University of Utah. She also speaks to John MacInnes, professor of sociology and associate dean of quantitative methods at the University of Edinburgh. And the BBC's Anna Holligan reports that plans to relax Dutch law further are attracting opposition - and accusations that insurers just want to cut payouts. (Picture: One tree in a field, Credit: Getty Image/olegkalinas)

Billion Dollar Headquarters  

Some of the world's biggest technology companies are spending billions of dollars on their corporate headquarters, but what is really behind these ostentatious displays of wealth? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Louise Mozingo - Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley and also to Jeremy Myerson - Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Plus Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times gives her take on why Apple is spending an eye-watering 5 billion dollars on what is being dubbed 'the mothership'. (Picture: Aerial photo of Apple new campus under construction in Cupertino, Credit: Getty Images)

Bees, Seeds and Disease  

Has the world become dangerously dependent on commercial honey bees to pollinate its crops? This prolific species is prone to some nasty diseases, as presenter Manuela Saragosa discovers. California bee broker Joe Traynor describes how two million hives are trucked into the state's almond orchards every year, attracting the unwanted attention of bee rustlers. Meanwhile, ecologist Lynn Dicks of the University of East Anglia explains why wild bees seem to be in inexorable decline, and apiarist Francis Ratnieks of Sussex University says the answer may be to breed more hygienic bees. (Picture: Bee on top of pink flower; Credit: Oyvind Breyholtz/Getty Images)

EU Passports For Sale  

Malta will offer citizenship to anyone willing to put in the time... and the money. Rent an apartment for five years at $19,000 a year, and an EU passport can be yours. So who benefits? And is it ethical? The BBC's Simon Tulett travels to Valetta, where he speaks to Christian Kalin of Henley & Partners, the company that designed the "citizenship--by-investment" programme, as well as the former Playmobil boss and German-turned-Malteser, Helga Ellul. Also in the programme: Jonathan Cardona of Identity Malta, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and Dr Javier Hidalgo of the University of Richmond. (Picture: A view across the Grand Harbour in Valetta, Malta; Credit: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

The Dirty Business of Fashion  

How the clothes you're wearing are wreaking havoc on the environment. Manuela Saragosa hears from Natasha Hurley from the Changing Markets Foundation about the problem with viscose, a common synthetic fabric. Alexander Nolte, co-founder of Langbrett, a German eco-clothing outdoor apparel retailer, explains how he invented a laundry bag to stop plastic seeping out into the oceans. Stella McCartney talks about the importance of environmental awareness in high fashion, and Safia Minney, founder of People Tree, on a more affordable version of ethical fashion. (Photo: a garment factory in Myanmar, Credit: Getty Images)

India's Alcohol Ban: The Impact on Business  

Since April there has been a ban on the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of India’s state and national highways. In a special programme, the BBC's Rahul Tandon explore's India's tricky relationship with alcohol and speaks to those both for and against the ban, Bar owner Anirban Sengupta speaks about the challenges of keeping his business afloat, whilst government spokesperson Sushil Kumar Singh explains why he is in favour of the ban. Plus, we hear from a rural village in Bihar state, where women are taking the lead in enforcing prohibition. Plus, Abhay Kewadkar of 'Four Seasons Wine' explains why more and more middle class Indians are taking to the tipple. (Picture: Bihari women campaigning for prohibition, Credit: Rahul Tandon)

The Art of Negotiation  

As tensions between the US and North Korea rise, we put President Trump's negotiating skills under the spotlight. Manuela Saragosa is joined by two experts in the field: Calum Coburn of 'The Negotiation Experts' and Alan McCarthy of 'The Resource Development Centre'. The BBC's Joe Miller reports on the German multinational company returning artworks stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners, over 70 years after the end of the 2nd WW. Plus, regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times newspaper, says it's time to end the taboo around getting sacked. (Picture: Chess pieces, Credit: Getty Images)

Making Money in Football  

The richest football league in the world kicks off today. Is the English Premier League's transfer market overinflated? Ed Butler asks Stefan Szymanski, professor of sport management at the University of Michigan. And with clubs in search of bigger revenues, we ask the man behind Tottenham Hotspur's new home about the importance of modern stadiums in the football business. And there's a new type of football club attracting big audiences and advertising money - Seb Carmichael-Brown, commercial director of the online football club Hashtag United, explains all. (Photo: Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy, Credit: Getty Images)

Harvesting Babies' Stem Cells  

Collecting embryonic tissue from newborns is a growing business, but how likely is it to actually protect the child against life-threatening diseases in the future? The BBC's Suranjana Tewari reports from India, where the practice is taking off. Meanwhile back in the UK, presenter Ed Butler hears from a sceptical stem cell researcher - Axel Behrens of the Francis Crick Institute. Plus, the joys and applications of modern day mapping technology, with Nigel Clifford, head of Britain's Ordnance Survey, and Rohan Richards of the National Spatial Data Management Division in Jamaica. Music by reggae band Stand High Patrol. (Picture: Researcher introduces embryonic stem cells in an embryo; Credit: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)

The Global Financial Crisis: Ten Years On  

Have we learned the lessons of the banking crisis a decade ago? Dominic O'Connell reports on how the first signs of a global crisis came in the summer of 2007. Ed Butler also talks to Alistair Darling, now Lord Darling, then Britain's finance minister charged with rescuing UK banks, and Austan Goolsby, once an adviser to former US president Barack Obama, on the risks of rolling back banking reform on Wall Street. (Photo: London's Canary Wharf financial district, Credit: Getty Images)

What Has Happened to Qatar?  

Two months into an economic blockade by its nearest neighbours, what has been the impact for Qatar? David Segall, a policy associate at the Centre for Business and Human Rights at New York University, says the blockade is making conditions harsher for many foreign workers. We hear the rare testimony of two migrant construction workers from India and Nepal about the increasingly difficult conditions they are working under, as many fellow migrants are forced to return home. Also in the programme, the dairy business that air-lifted thousands of cows into the country. We hear from Ramez Alkhayyat, CEO of the Qatari conglomerate Power International Holdings, on the extreme logistics he has pursued to work around the economic blockade. And finally, in the face of economic adversity, Qatar's state-owned sports investment company, has just splashed out more than a quarter of a billion dollars on Brazilian football superstar, Neymar. We hear from James Montague, journalist and author of a new book 'The Billionaires' Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football's Super Rich Owners'. (Picture: Qatari investor follows stock market, Credit: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela: How Did It Come to This?  

What are the root causes of Venezuela's current crisis? Rob Young asks Ricardo Hausmann, a professor of economics at Harvard University who was previously Venezuela's planning minister and a member of the central bank's board in the 1990s. Also in the programme, can football change the fortunes of a UK town? Rahul Tandon looks at the impact Premier League promotion is having on Huddersfield's economy. And regular commentator of the Financial Times Lucy Kellaway on the importance of writing clearly. (Picture: Opposition activists clash with the police in Caracas; Credit: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

How Do We Stop Poaching?  

Could investing in wildlife tourism help win the battle to eradicate poaching and the ivory trade? Andy Jones reports from Gabon on efforts to prove that more money can be made from tourism, than the illegal trade there. And we also hear from Zimbabwe, and the controversial industry of licensed big game hunting, which proponents say can support wildlife conservation. We hear from Wilfried Pabst who runs the Sango game reserve in the country, and Teresa Telecky, senior director of wildlife at the Humane Society International. Picture:A badly injured white rhino lies in a hollow after poachers sawed off its horn. (Credit:Rodger Bosch AFP/Getty Images).

Lonely at the Top  

Mental health problems can strike anyone - including company bosses. But who can they turn to for help with the stress and isolation of life at the helm? Ed Butler speaks to Jerry Colonna, who runs executive coaching service, which includes a bootcamp for bosses feeling the pressure. Ed also listens in on a conversation among three CEO founders - Colleen Wong of TechSixtyFour, Rachel Carrell of Koru Kids and Carl Martin of Wurqs - about how they dealt with the isolation of leadership. (Picture: Close-up of face of young businesswoman sitting in deep thought with clasped hands; Credit: MangoStar_Studio/Getty Images)

Bulgaria on the Edge  

Have corruption, human trafficking and organised crime links at the highest levels of government all become rife since the country joined the EU a decade ago? The BBC's Laurence Knight reports from Sofia, where migrants claim crossing what is the EU's external frontier is not only easy, but is often facilitated by the Bulgarian border police, for a bit of cash. And the problems of corruption don't end there - questions are raised over the probity of the judiciary and of senior politicians. Today's programme includes interviews with the Bulgarian Red Cross, Iliana Savova of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, economist Krassen Stanchev, and with journalist and former protest leader Manol Glishev. (Picture: Bulgarian border police patrol next to a barbed wire wall fence erected on the Bulgaria-Turkey border; Credit: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images)

How To Be Ambitious  

Ambition, is it good or bad? And what do you do with it if you've got it? Psychologist Neel Burton of Oxford University explores the negative effects ambition can have and the tools you need to to relieve them. Author Rachel Bridge defends the thesis of her book 'Ambition: Why it's good to want more and how to get it'. And what happens when you decide to re-direct your ambition? Joe Udo tells his story of becoming a stay at home dad. Also in the programme, writers Elizabeth Schenk and Hana Wallace discuss the results of a project they launched looking at the careers of their old university sorority members. Plus, top tips on achieving your goals from Peter Gollwitzer, experimental psychologist at New York University. (Picture: Little boy in superhero costume, Credit: Getty Images)

Robots in the Developing World  

What impact is automation having on low-wage economies in Asia and Africa? Ed Butler meets the inventor of a robot that can stitch t-shirts together - a potential threat to the huge garment industries in places like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The BBC's Rahul Tandon reports from India on the impact robots are already having on the country's successful IT sector. And Lorenzo Fioramonti, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, tells us why automation might not be all bad news for emerging markets in Africa. (Photo: Sri Lankan workers make clothes at a garment factory in Colombo, Credit: Getty Images)

Tesla's Cobalt Conundrum  

Tesla Motors needs a lot of cobalt for its electric cars, but it has a problem, most of it is in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. So with ambitious plans to produce 500,000 of its new Model Three cars a year, can Tesla get all the cobalt it needs, and can it do it ethically? Nathaniel Dyer from the campaign group Global Witness, rare metals trader Anthony Lipmann and US mining and metals expert Jack Lifton give us their assessments. Picture: Cobalt miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit:Federico Scoppa AFP/Getty Images.

Have We Reached the End of Globalisation?  

Much has been made of China's "One Belt, One Road" policy, the country's ambitious plans to re-imagine the old Silk Road trading route. It's a globalising outward looking trade plan, at a time when many of the World's other leading economies are beginning to view globalisation with suspicion and retreating from it. So is the New Silk Road the beginning of a new era for global trade or the last stand for globalisation? Professor Stephen King is HSBC's senior economic adviser and author of the new book Grave New World:The End of Globalization, the Return of History. And, we hear about living and working in 24 hour light. The BBC's Elizabeth Hotson travels inside the Arctic Circle.

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