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  • Amazon has accused the FTC of harassing top executives as part of an antitrust investigation, hedge fund Elliott Management has dumped almost all of its shares in SoftBank, and Harvard will offer tuition-free MBA programs to low-income students. Plus, the man who blew up WeWork, Adam Neumann, has a new real estate venture that’s attracted a major investment from Silicon Valley royalty. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Amazon accuses FTC of harassing executives including Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy

    Hedge fund Elliott dumps SoftBank stake after souring on Masayoshi Son

    Andreessen Horowitz backs WeWork co-founder’s property venture


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.


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  • Elections officials in Kenya announced a winner in last week’s presidential election but the result is being challenged, Iran denies involvement in the stabbing of controversial author Salman Rushdie, and China cut a crucial lending rate for the first time since January. Plus, we look at how the private equity industry evolved from a group of mercenary dealmakers to co-operative rivals. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:


    William Ruto wins Kenya’s presidential election

    Iran denies linked to Rushdie attack 

    China cuts lending rate as economic data disappoint and Covid cases rise

    The private equity club


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. 


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  • Saudi Arabia has agreed to renew a three billion dollar deposit at Pakistan’s Central Bank, Saudi Aramco reported record profits, and an expected US tax on stock buybacks isn’t expected to have a big impact on earnings. Plus, Mexico’s president wants beer makers in the north to cut back due to the region’s drought. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Saudi Arabia renews $3bn deposit to Pakistan

    Saudi Aramco hits fresh profit record as high energy prices deliver windfall

    Meet the new taxes

    Mexico president calls time on brewing as drought intensifies


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. 


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  • For more FT Weekend content, including our special Food & Drink mini-series, search 'FT Weekend' where you listen to podcasts and subscribe there.

    This week Lilah goes to Savannah, Georgia, to visit chef Mashama Bailey. Mashama recently won Outstanding Chef at the James Beard Awards. Since 2014, she has been chef and partner at The Grey, a restaurant located in a formerly segregated bus station. And she has been redefining American food by reclaiming its African-American roots. But because so much of this history hasn't been documented, how do you find and preserve it, and also expand on it? Mashama explains her creative process. We also speak with Stephen Satterfield, host of the Netflix docuseries High on the Hog. Stephen is the founder of Whetstone Media, which is dedicated to tracing food stories back to their roots of origin.


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    Links and mentions from the episode: 

    Lilah’s written piece on Mashama in the FT Magazine: https://on.ft.com/3I8v4br 

    Mashama and her business partner John O Morisano’s memoir about The Grey is called Black, White, and the Grey

    Stephen is the founder of Whetstone Magazine and Whetstone Media. You can learn more at https://www.whetstonemagazine.com/

    Whetstone Radio Collective has a suite of podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/channel/whetstone-radio/id6442689915

    Dr Jessica B Harris’s seminal book on African-American food history is called High on the Hog: a Culinary Journey from Africa to America

    Lilah also recommends Bryant Terry's 2021 cookbook Black Food, and the work of Michael W Twitty. Michael is on Instagram at @thecookinggene and has an excellent Masterclass session on tracing your roots through food

    Mashama is on Instagram at @mashamabailey. Stephen is at @isawstephen


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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco.


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  • US lawmakers are set to pass a $700bn spending bill, activity on European corporate bond markets has slowed to a near standstill and US initial public offerings have ground to a halt. Plus, Ben & Jerry’s is in a legal battle with parent company Unilever over sales in the disputed West Bank and East Jerusalem. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Corporate lawyers take it easy as US IPO market dries up

    Unilever stops paying Ben & Jerry’s board members in Israel dispute


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. 


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  • US stocks rallied after the latest US inflation report showed price rises slowed in July, Disney beat analyst expectations and added 15mn subscribers to its Disney+ streaming service, and social media companies want livestreams to be the future of shopping. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Disney’s streaming business defies industry gloom

    US inflation eased slightly in July on lower petrol prices

    US stocks and bonds rally after lower than forecast inflation data

    Social media’s big bet: the shopping revolution will be livestreamed

    Unhedged: Markets, Finance and strong opinions  


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. 


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  • Taiwanese national security officials want to force Apple supplier Foxconn to unwind an $800mn investment in a Chinese chip company, and corporate America is fuming over president Joe Biden’s economic package. Plus, we have a military update on the war in Ukraine, and how tennis legend Serena Williams plans to spend her retirement. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Taiwan security officials want Foxconn to drop stake in Chinese chipmaker

    Corporate America fumes over Biden’s tax and climate package

    Serena Williams to retire from tennis after US Open


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. 


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  • China’s extended military drills around Taiwan are stoking fears of a drawn-out period of heightened tension and investors are split over whether the recent US tech rally will continue. Plus, the FT’s Jude Webber explains how taxes from the tech sector are helping Ireland’s economy against a recession. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    US pledges further $1bn in military aid for Ukraine

    China extends military drills around Taiwan

    Tech sector tax windfall shores up Ireland’s economy against recession

    Investors divided over how long Big Tech rally will last


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. 


    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com


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  • Investors are selling stakes in private equity and venture capital funds at the fastest pace on record so far this year, and earnings at companies such as Uber and Lyft are surging. Plus, the FT’s Patrick McGee reports that more than a dozen employees, past and present, say Apple’s HR team mishandled claims of harassment and misconduct.


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. 


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  • This week, we talk to the author Elif Batuman about her new novel ‘Either / Or’. The book is set in the 1990s, and follows Elif’s fictionalised alter ego, Selin, as she navigates life as a Harvard student. Elif reflects on looking back at the ’90s from a contemporary perspective and talks about what we’ve learnt since. Then, we hear about feedback from deputy FT Magazine editor Esther Bintliff. We live in a culture obsessed with feedback. But what kind of feedback is actually effective? 


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    Links and mentions from the episode: 

    – Either/Or by Elif Batuman is available in all good bookstores. 

    – Esther’s piece on feedback, https://www.ft.com/content/a681ac3c-73b8-459b-843c-0d796f15020e 

    – Bradley Whitford describing the three-step reaction on WTF with Marc Maron http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-909-bradley-whitford

    – If you want to hear Kim Scott talking about Radical Candour at Inbound Bold Talks, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj9GLeNCgm4 

    – Elif Batuman is on Twitter @BananaKarenina. Esther is on Twitter @estherbintliff. 

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    Silicon Valley clip in this episode is courtesy of HBO. 


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  • US new unemployment claims have reached a six-month high as the labour market cools, the Bank of England raised interest rates by 0.5 percentage points, and European banks are adjusting to higher interest rates. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    US jobless claims hit six-month high as labour demand cools

    Bank of England raises interest rates by 0.5 percentage points

    Europe’s lenders prepare for life outside negative territory


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. 


    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com


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  • SoftBank has raised as much as $22bn in cash from deals that would sharply reduce its stake in Alibaba over the coming years, Iran and western powers resume talks this week over the floundering 2015 nuclear accords, and as political polarisation reaches into the workplace companies must manage conflicts among employees while striving for sensitivity and diversity. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Softbank raises $22b in moves to sell down Alibaba stake

    Iran to resume nuclear talks with discussion over EU proposals

    Politics in the workplace:how should we deal with opposing views?


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 


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  • China has blocked imports from hundreds of Taiwanese food producers in response to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, a flurry of executive departures from SoftBank stokes uncertainty over who will take over from Masayoshi Son, and Behind The Money host Michela Tindera joins the Briefing to talk about the latest BTM episode that explores “Generation Moonshot” investors.


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    Mentioned in this podcast:

    China suspends 2,000 food products from Taiwan as Pelosi visits

    SoftBank’s succession turmoil raises risks

    Generation moonshot: why young investors are not ready to give up on risk


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 


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  • Instagram head Adam Mosseri is moving to London, HSBC has pledged to restore its dividend to pre-pandemic levels, and China is facing its first overseas debt crisis. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Instagram head Adam Mosseri to temporarily relocate to London

    HSBC pledges to restore dividend to pre-pandemic levels

    China reckons with its first overseas debt crisis


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 


    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com


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  • The Bank of England is set to consider its biggest rate rise in more than 25 years, the EU and UK are easing up on Russian oil restrictions to keep gas prices from spiking, and some investors are getting back in the crypto market after a crash earlier this year. Plus, China is trying to come up with a $148bn bailout fund to help complete stalled property developments amid concerns about social unrest.


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    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Bank of England considers biggest rate rise for more than 25 years

    West eases oil restrictions as inflation and energy fears grow

    Crypto prices rise as traders dip back into digital asset market

    China’s central bank seeks to mobilise $148bn bailout for real estate projects


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 


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  • This week, we hear about a new 'miracle' weight-loss drug called Wegovy. It has unprecedented clinical results and endorsements from celebrities such as Queen Latifah. But critics say it deals with the symptom but not the cause. Then, we’re joined by Lauren Indvik, the FT's fashion editor. She explains how to efficiently pinpoint your personal style, and build a wardrobe that saves money, time and carbon emissions. Plus, she answers listener questions.


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    Links and mentions from the episode: 

    – Hannah Kuchler’s piece, ‘A new ‘miracle’ weight loss drug really works – raising huge questions’: https://on.ft.com/3vpSBQh  

    – Lauren Indvik’s dispatch from the Paris runway, ‘A return to decadence at Paris couture’: https://on.ft.com/3BoXNrl 

    – Hannah Kuchler is on Twitter @hannahkuchler. Lauren is on Twitter @laureni.  

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  • The US economy has shrunk for two consecutive quarters, many energy companies are posting record profits but French EDF recorded a record loss, and US markets are reacting unpredictably to tech earnings reports. 


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    Mentioned in this podcast:

    US economy shrinks for second consecutive quarter

    French energy group EDF records €5.3bn loss ahead of renationalisation

    Facebook parent Meta reports first decline in revenue

    Spotify adds more subscribers than forecast in second quarter

    Google parent Alphabet’s revenue growth falls to slowest pace in 2 years

    Microsoft reassures investors with confident full-year forecast


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 


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  • US interest rates are going up by 0.75% for the second month in a row, the drama surrounding Elon Musk’s halted Twitter takeover debacle is hurting the social media company’s advertising business and employee morale, and European gas prices are rising as Russia cuts gas flows to the continent. 


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    Mentioned in this podcast:


    Fed raises rates by 0.75 points for second month in a row

    Twitter ‘rudderless’ as Musk saga hurts advertising business

    Gas crisis raises recession risk for inflation-hit eurozone economy

    European gas price rise accelerates as Russia cuts flows

    Australia’s oversupply of avocados forces farmers to look to Asia and UK for sales 


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 


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  • Walmart profit warnings shine a light on disparities in US consumer behaviour, the International Monetary Fund slashes its global growth forecast, and Argentines are scrambling to exchange their pesos for dollars on the black market. 


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    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Credit Suisse set to name Ulrich Körner as chief executive

    Walmart issues profit warning as soaring inflation hits customers

    US consumers are bending but not breaking as prices soar. Can it last?

    Argentines turn to black market dollars as crisis worsens


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 


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  • US Big Tech companies are set to release quarterly earnings this week, German business confidence hits a two-year low, and French satellite operator Eutelsat has confirmed it is in discussions to acquire smaller British rival OneWeb in an all-share deal. Plus, cities are especially vulnerable to this summer’s record hot temperatures.  


    An early version of this podcast stated the UK left the European Space Agency when actually, the UK remains a full member of ESA which is a non-EU organisation. We regret the error and have removed it from the podcast.


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    Mentioned in this podcast:

    Eutelsat shares tumble after confirming OneWeb deal talks

    German recession looms as business confidence slumps to two-year low

    Can cities adapt to an era of extreme heat? 


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 


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