CEOs and top artists are role models to many. But behind the tough, powerful exteriors they can be as vulnerable as anyone else. Who is keeping them in line? Ed Butler talks to Joyce DiDonato, one of the world's top sopranos, and her manager Joel Thomas of agency Askonas Holt, about the importance of a strong relationship between artist and management.
Also, Marc Effron of The Talent Strategy Group talks about how to manage a CEO like Elon Musk, who seems intent on damaging his own corporate image. And Kathryn Frazier a life coach based in Los Angeles gives an insight into dealing with artists who are running a career while living a rock star lifestyle.
(Photo: Joyce DiDonato performs an aria at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Credit: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)
It was the birthplace of the British nuclear industry, but Sellafield now carries a toxic, radioactive legacy. So how do you go about cleaning it all up?
Dismantling a nuclear plant is far from easy. Inside Sellafield crumbling, near derelict buildings are home to large quantities of accumulated radioactive waste, a toxic legacy from nearly seventy years of operations. Theo Leggett gets exclusive access to inside the site. Also in the programme, Theo finds out what can be done with ageing oil platforms when they reach the end of their useful lives.
(Picture: A general view of Sellafield Nuclear Power Station, 2017. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Uganda's home-grown film industry is proving a hit on YouTube, but does it glorify violence? Ed Butler heads to Wakaliga on the outskirts of Kampala to investigate, only to get shot with fake bullets.
Programme features interviews with the American immigrant studio boss Alan Hofmanis, director and screenwriter Isaac Nabwana, special effects supremo Dauda Bisaso, and British fan Timon Singh of the Bristol Bad Film Club.
Expect the Unexpectable!
(Picture: Dauda Bisaso mans his home-made prop gatling gun; Credit: BBC)
As EU and UK leaders gather in Salzburg for a crunch summit, which side holds the stronger hand? And will the argy-bargy ever really end?
Ed Butler speaks to two Brits well versed in the art of European negotiations. Sir Michael Leigh used to work for the European Commission, where he was in charge of agreeing the terms on which countries could join the EU. Meanwhile Steve Bullock was a member of the UK's representation in Brussels until 2014, where he parlayed with European officials on behalf of the British government over the drafting of new regulations. Both say that the UK's withdrawal from the EU is proving a very unusual negotiation indeed.
And it's all horrendously complicated - a point well illustrated by a Brexit board game developed by Eurosceptic historian Dr Lee Rotherham, which Ed struggles to make sense of.
(Picture: Pack of cards with EU flags on the back, and one card showing the British flag; Credit: a_lis/Getty Images)
Why are Chinese bike-share companies struggling to replicate their success abroad? Ed Butler hears from Nick Hubble, a cycling campaigner in Manchester - the UK city where Chinese firm Mobike has just scrapped its bike-share scheme. Mobike's head of growth in Europe Steve Milton describes the challenges of global expansion. Julian Scriven from rival German firm Nextbike explains why the Chinese model doesn't necessarily work in other countries, and Dana Yanocha, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy in Washington DC, describes the challenges faced by US cities swamped by shared bikes.
(Photo: A Mobike on a London street, Credit: Getty Images)
What is the true price of the world's looted antiquities? Is art dealing a corrupt business and does some of it fund terrorism? What about the role of museums? To answer these questions we turn to a former art smuggler, a forensic archaeologist and a museum curator.
PHOTO: Indian security personnel stands among recoverd antique idols and artefacts suspected to have been looted by an art dealer. Credit: ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images
Daylight Saving Time is a roughly a hundred year old idea. It describes the point when many countries, mostly in Europe and the Americas, shift their clocks backwards or forwards. Now the European Union is considering scrapping the clock-change all together. Is this a good idea? We hear from places like Ohio and Finland and investigate how a clock change may or may not affect heart attacks, traffic accidents, air pollution, workplace productivity, childhood obesity and even custodial sentences by judges.
(Photo: Man fixing a large clock. Credit: Getty Images)
What happened to those who graduated straight into the worst financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression?
Kim Gittleson is one of them, and she goes in search of three others who - like her - found their career prospects straight out of university blighted by a disaster not of their making. Are they angry? Or did they actually learn some useful life lessons unique to their generation?
And how long a shadow has the grim milestone in financial history cast over their financial wellbeing and their ability to have families? Professor of sociology Kenneth Johnson of the University of New Hampshire and Lowell Ricketts of the St Louis Federal Reserve provide some of the answers.
(Picture: Students at a George Washington University graduation ceremonies in 2008. Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images)
10 years after the failure of Lehman Brothers triggered global financial meltdown, Ed Butler hears from those who were in the middle of the maelstrom.
Lynn Gray was employed within the commercial property division in New York, while Scott Freidheim was Lehman's chief administrative officer and on the bank's executive committee. Plus the mess at the London Clearing House is retold by two employees who had to resolve some 70,000 outstanding trades that Lehman still had open as it went under.
(Picture: An employee of Lehman Brothers carries a box out of the company's headquarters building on September 15, 2008 in New York City; Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Is the multi-billion dollar e-cigarettes industry doing more harm than good? Manuela Saragosa hears from Jack Waxman of the Students Against Nicotine campaign, who is worried about a new generation of vaping addicts in the US. Health campaigner Robin Koval explains why one brand in particular - Juul - has teenagers hooked. We hear from Dan Thompson, Juul's managing director in the UK. And is regulation about to catch up with the vaping business? Owen Bennett, global tobacco analyst at Jefferies, tells us.
(Photo: Vaper in an e-cigarette store in California, Credit: Getty Images)
The Spanish island of Ibiza has one of the world's best electronic music scenes - it's a huge business. Last year more than 3 million tourists visited the island. But the local authorities have had enough, they say that mass tourism is damaging the island and they are trying to stem the flow. But what will that mean for the local economy? Vivienne Nunis hears from club owners, islanders and tourists about how the business of dance music can co-exist with everyday life.
(Picture: DJ's at Space Nightclub, Ibiza, July 2011. Credit: Getty images)
The cost of the global financial crisis is often measured in terms of GDP, jobs, or homelessness, but the psychological scars of the Great Recession could be some of the deepest and take the longest to heal.
We hear about the link between money worries and mental health, including a businesswoman who attempted suicide after she lost her livelihood and struggled to recover. Plus, how recessions can damage an entire country's state of mind for decades, and how living through a recession could alter a young person's attitude to money for the rest of their lives.
(Picture: Lehman Brothers' employees comfort each other after the bank said it was filing for bankruptcy protection in September 2008. Credit: Getty Images)
Ed Butler talks to historian Adam Tooze about the legacy of the global financial crisis, which peaked with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. Adam Tooze is a professor at Columbia University in New York and the author of a new book Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World. He argues that the reverberations of 2008 are still defining much of our political and economic life, from the rise of Donald Trump in the US to youth unemployment and economic policy in Europe.
(Photo: Lehman Brothers sign being carried to an auction in London in 2010, Credit: Getty Images)
Visitors from the country make up the largest travel market in the world. As only 7% of Chinese people currently have passports, the number travelling overseas is expected to rise.
In the UK, there's a growing demand for native British guides providing tours in Mandarin for Chinese tourists. Andrew Speake is a tour guide, who was inspired by his time living in China. We meet some of his guests over a pint of beer and a selection of pies in a traditional English pub.
And while most destinations welcome the influx of money the tourists bring, not everyone welcomes the disruption. Alex Scheutz, the mayor of Hallstatt in Austria, says residents there have complained about the noise from tourists using filming drones.
Given the huge growth in Chinese people travelling to Europe, we discuss concerns about overcrowding with Professor Wolfgang Arlt, director of the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute.
(Picture: Tourists taking selfies at an aqueduct in Segovia, Spain. Credit: Getty Images)
Kweku Adoboli, who cost his former employer $2.3 billion through reckless trades, now faces being sent to Ghana, a country he left at the age of four. That's because the UK Home Office automatically considers any foreign national sentenced to more than four years in jail for deportation. Adoboli was convicted of fraud in 2012 after the largest loss in British trading history. His local member of parliament, Hannah Bardell, has been pushing the UK government to let him stay.
So is the high stakes gambling culture of the trading world all in the past? We hear from Peter Hahn, former Wall Street banking executive and Henry Grunfeld Professor of Banking at The London Institute of Banking & Finance.
(Picture: Kewku Adoboli. Credit: BBC)
Following the historic elections, we explore the challenges facing President Emerson Mnangagwa as his government works to revive the country's ailing economy.
We ask investors if Zimbabwe is now a more attractive destination for expansion. Dr Charles Laurie is Head of Africa at global risk consultancy Maplecroft and Samir Shasha is CEO of Cambria Africa Plc, which has invested in a logistics business and a hotel.
With an abundance of natural resources, including diamonds, platinum and gold, what role could minerals play in an economic revival? Hugh Warner is the Executive Chairman of Prospect Resources, an Australian company that's built a lithium mine just outside Harare.
And the tourism business has just had an injection of cash. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe recently introduced a $15 million fund to support the industry. As the BBC's Vivienne Nunis has been discovering, there's still plenty of work to be done.
(Picture: Stone sculptor Mayor Zvawanhu in his workshop. Credit: BBC)
MBAs - or Masters of Business Administration - are often seen as a must-have qualification to succeed in the business world. But now the number of students signing up overall is falling, with admissions down as much as 10 per cent at prestigious business schools in the US this academic year. An MBA can cost over 100,000 dollars, so are they really worth it?
Vivienne Nunis speaks to John Byrne, founder and editor of Poets and Quants – a website that gives MBA rankings and advice and Richard Socarides, head of global corporate communications and government affairs for Gerson Lehrman Group and a critic of MBAs.
Rahul Tandon explains why MBAs in India are falling out of favour and Professor Heather McGregor, Dean of the Heriot Watt Business School in Edinburgh, reflects on the brand power of prestigious business schools.
(Image: students at graduation. Credit: Getty Images.)
Anger and animosity is prevalent online, with some people even seeking it out. It's present on social media of course as well as many online forums. But now outrage has spread to mainstream media outlets and even the advertising industry. So why is it so lucrative?
Bonny Brooks, a writer and researcher at Newcastle University explains who is making money from outrage. Neuroscientist Dr Dean Burnett describes what happens to our brains when we see a comment designed to provoke us. And Curtis Silver, a tech writer for KnowTechie and ForbesTech, gives his thoughts on what we need to do to defend ourselves from this onslaught of outrage.
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Bodyguards are an essential part of the entourage of any top politician, high net-worth business person, celebrity or royal. The industry is booming and could be worth $240 billion by 2020.
Political instability in certain parts of the world and an upsurge in super-wealthy individuals in the UAE, China, and other parts of Asia, are all factors contributing to the boom.
And more women are now signing up to be bodyguards, many of them returning from active duty in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Vivienne Nunis speak to one of them, Jacquie Davis, about her experience as a close protection officer, including the time she rescued a woman held hostage in Pakistan.
We also hear from Paul Ellis, who worked as a close protection officer for British cabinet ministers and Lisa Baldwin, a more recent recruit to the profession.
(Image: Close-up of a bodyguard. Credit: Getty Images.)
India has been developing rapidly over the past few decades. But in one way, it can still be very traditional. Women are often expected to stay at home after marriage. And that means only a quarter of Indian women are in paid work, according to the World Bank. So what's behind it? The BBC's Vivienne Nunis hears from Ajit Ranade, chief economist of Aditya Birla Group, and Radhika Kumari, founder of the Pink City Rickshaw Company, a team of female rickshaw drivers overcoming cultural barriers to break into a male-dominated field.
(Picture: Pink City Rickshaw driver Pushpa in Jaipur, India. Credit: BBC)