102 episodes

Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.

Business Matters BBC

    • Business
    • 4.3, 23 Ratings

Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.

    US Congress' last-ditch talks on virus stimulus fail

    US Congress' last-ditch talks on virus stimulus fail

    Last-ditch negotiations at the US Congress to forge another stimulus package for the coronavirus-ravaged economy have collapsed in stalemate. Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over everything from unemployment benefits to financial aid for schools to cash injections for states' coffers. Meanwhile, President Trump has suggested he may unilaterally extend the federal enhanced unemployment benefit system. New York Times reporter Emily Badger explains why black Americans would be most hit if the programme wasn't extended. Also in the programme, we'll get the latest on President Trump's threats to companies dealing with Chinese firms WeChat and TikTok. And we'll hear from our sister programme Marketplace about how the coronavirus pandemic is shifting attitudes towards service robots.

    All through the show we'll be joined by Colin Peacock of Radio New Zealand.

    (Picture: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer. Picture credit: Getty images.)

    • 52 min
    New York's Attorney General takes aim at the NRA

    New York's Attorney General takes aim at the NRA

    New York's attorney general has announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the powerful National Rifle Association over alleged financial mismanagement. Robert Spitzer, Political Science professor at SUNY Cortland and author of The Politics of Gun Control, explains the allegations and how the notorious gun lobby’s political influence has waned. We’ll also have the latest on the continuing impact on Lebanese politics of Tuesday’s blast in Beirut. Also in the programme, the Danish publishing rights company KODA alleges Google are beginning to remove Danish music from the country’s version of YouTube.

    All through the show we’ll be joined by Lori Ann LaRocco of CNBC in New York and Andy Xie an independent economist based in Shanghai.

    (Picture: New York Attorney General Letitia James. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

    • 52 min
    Can Beirut recover?

    Can Beirut recover?

    Amid damage and loss of life, Tuesday's explosion puts Lebanon's economy under more pressure. Nizar Ghanem, a resident of Beirut, explains what the government needs to do to get the country back on track. Also in the programme, the recent Black Lives Matter protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, have reinvigorated efforts to attract disillusioned African Americans to visit and build a new life in Ghana. Plus, the long-awaited new instalment of the Twilight book series is published, awakening fans' nostalgia for the billion-dollar vampire franchise. Boston Globe arts critic Meredith Goldstein takes us through the anticipation, and tells us if the wait was worth it.

    All through the programme we’ll joined by political journalist Erin Delmore in New York, and Bloomberg columnist Shuli Ren in Hong Kong.

    (Picture: Beirut's destroyed port. Picture credit: Reuters.)

    • 52 min
    Chaos and destruction in Beirut

    Chaos and destruction in Beirut

    A large blast in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 4,000 others, the health minister says. The BBC's Hashem Shawish explains what we know about the explosion so far. Also in the programme, Argentina has struck a debt agreement with creditors, after agreeing the terms of a restructuring deal. Dr Juan Grigera, lecturer in Political Economy at Kings College London, explains the significance of the deal. Interpol have released a warning about cyber-crime during the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, as musicians around the world struggle thanks to the cancellation of tours and gigs, the BBC's Ed Butler reports on innovative solutions that some have come up with.

    All through the show we will be joined by Yoko Ishikura, Professor Emeritus and member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, from Tokyo and Allison Schrager, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, in New York.

    (Picture credit: Reuters.)

    • 52 min
    Coronavirus hits cruise lines again

    Coronavirus hits cruise lines again

    Norwegian shipping company Hurtigruten temporarily suspends cruises after 41 passengers and crew test positive for Covid 19. We talk to Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy, about how the industry can come back after the pandemic. Also in the programme, the US interests of social media company TikTok look set to be bought by Microsoft. Georgia Wells, tech reporter from the Wall Street Journal gives us the latest. We hear from one of the world's most eminent environmental scientists, James Lovelock, and we celebrate the life and work of Bill English an early computing pioneer, who invented the computer mouse.
    Joining us for live discussion throughout the programme are Nicole Childers, executive producer of Marketplace Morning Report in Los Angeles and Sushma Ramachandran, an independent business journalist from Delhi.
    (Image: Hurtigruten cruise ship, Image credit: Reuters)

    • 53 min
    Melbourne lockdown special

    Melbourne lockdown special

    As the citizens of Melbourne hunker down for another lockdown, we ask how Australia's second city is dealing with renewed restrictions. We speak to the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp who takes us back to the beginning of the crisis, when Covid-19 first arrived in Australia. We also talk to award-winning producer/director Emma Watts, who's been working throughout the Covis-19 crisis on a documentary series called Diary from the Frontline. Plus, we hear from radio presenter Henry Wagons, musician Elissa Goodrich and DJ Miss Farina. And we're joined throughout the programme by Karen Percy, senior multi-platform journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Melbourne. (Picture of Flinders Street Station by Darrian Traynor via Getty Images).

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

DC-Td ,

Peter always add spice

BBC podcast guest tends to be a little bit over courteous and polite; but sure not Mr Peter Morici. Very balanced and down to earth realist that’s not afraid to speak his mind and talk of things that greatly increased my horizon .. I’m a big fan. My only complaint; he (and a lot of people) sometimes confused Chinese and China. Yes; there’s a different.

Jack_McCoy ,

Great Business Podcast

Another great business podcast from the BBC. Smart guests and the relevant global issues of the day. There is some overlap between this and the BBC World Business Report podcast.

A great show to listen to if you want to catch up on the biggest news of the day while also going a bit more in depth with an endless slew of expert commentators.

artpilgrim ,

Best international news - not limited to business

I love this program for its smart, thoughtful, 'non-sensationalizing' approach that informs their editorial decisions about which news of the day to report. And, I love the way they do it: usually three- or four-way conversations (smart, thoughtful, 'non-sensationalizing') with regular and guest contributors who are literally spread across the globe. And, it's usually fresh (not too many segments are recycled from other BBC WorldService shows)--unlike many other shows on BBC WorldService, which often replay segments broadcast on another BBC show the same day, which makes me a little kookoo. I don't know how many people listen to BBC radio for long stretches of time, but over recent years, I have heard from other listeners who confess to having BBC Worldservice always on. We don't admit it right away, but I've been surprised to hear people listen as much as I do, including leaving it on all night. This quality of international news/talk radio does not exist in the US without commercials or pledge drives, which are unbearable. ++Fergus Nicoll and Roger Hearing--both superb, real, intelligent pros.

Top Podcasts In Business

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by BBC