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    • 4.6 • 312 Ratings

A rundown of the most important global business stories you need to know for the coming day, from the newsroom of the Financial Times. Available every weekday morning.

    FT Weekend: Treasure hunting on the Thames, with Jo Ellison

    FT Weekend: Treasure hunting on the Thames, with Jo Ellison

    This week, we look at two things that connect us to human history. First, How To Spend It editor Jo Ellison takes us mudlarking — sifting through low tide for treasure — to find remnants of ordinary life from hundreds of years ago. Then we explore the staying power of games: why do we love them? Why have we been playing some for more than 7,000 years? Our gaming critic Tom Faber joins us to discuss. 
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    Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at ftweekendpodcast@ft.com. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap. 
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    Links and mentions from the episode: 
    – This week’s How To Spend It cover story and photoshoot: ‘Tide and seek: the hidden treasures of low tide’ https://www.ft.com/content/44a1a5be-d0de-4a5a-a02b-1386e0b7c84f 
    –Lara Maiklem’s books are called ‘Mudlarking’ and ‘A Field Guide to Mudlarking’
    –Last time Jo went mudlarking was with jeweller Ruth Tomlinson for this November 2021 article: ‘Why I’m throwing my jewellery into the Thames’: https://www.ft.com/content/aacc19ef-d397-4c15-b943-a029a4954ca1 
    –A great piece Lilah recommends on mudlarking by novelist Daniel Wallace: https://gardenandgun.com/feature/daniel-wallace-explores-the-art-of-mudlarking/ 
    –Tom Faber on the transformative power of games: https://www.ft.com/content/c2f8b5b6-1f30-48cc-a098-71484ded9a00 
    –Tom also wrote a great piece this week about the Cameo app and celebrity culture: https://on.ft.com/3FIF7kF 


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    • 27 min
    Russian gas projects face sanctions

    Russian gas projects face sanctions

    Apple posted record revenue of $123.9bn in the holiday quarter, and investors had a tough time gauging the Federal Reserve’s hawkish tone, the UK’s new information watchdog says he wants the country to take the lead on holding Big Tech to account in a post-Brexit Britain free of cumbersome European data rules.
    Plus, the FT’s European diplomatic correspondent, Henry Foy, reports that western countries are threatening Russia with new sanctions if it invades Ukraine. 


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    Mentioned in this podcast:
    Apple’s holiday quarter revenue hits record despite supply chain worries
    EU and UK plan sanctions on new Russian gas projects if Ukraine attacked
    ‘No more Mr Nice Guy’: Fed chair signals tougher stance on inflation
    UK seeks leadership role in global privacy, says new watchdog head


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by David, da Silva, Peter Barber 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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    • 9 min
    The Fed plans to be ‘humble and nimble’ and hawkish

    The Fed plans to be ‘humble and nimble’ and hawkish

    Tesla reported a record net profit of $2.3bn last quarter but warned of supply chain constraints and the Federal Reserve signalled its intention to raise interest rates in March. Plus, the FT’s China correspondent, Ed White, talks about China’s vaping queen and her company's stock price which went up in smoke this week. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:
    Tesla reports record profit but warns of constraints on supply chain
    Fed signals March rate rise as it fights rampant inflation
    China’s vape queen hit by Beijing investigation
    Apple reclaims top smartphone spot in China


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber 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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    • 10 min
    The Draghi dilemma

    The Draghi dilemma

    Google has overhauled a central piece of technology it is building to replace advertising cookies, and the owner of 7-Eleven is facing investor calls to split up. Plus, the FT’s Rome correspondent, Amy Kazmin, explains why Italy is having such a hard time finding someone who can be prime minister if Mario Draghi is elected president. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:
    Google changes course on cookies plans following advertising industry backlash
    7-Eleven owner faces investor calls to split up
    The Draghi dilemma: Italian presidential election risks turbulence


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber 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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    • 10 min
    The Big Dip

    The Big Dip

    Stocks on Wall Street ended higher on Monday after investors took advantage of a severe drop early in the session, Peloton has come under attack from an activist investor, and the United Arab Emirates said it intercepted two missiles launched by the Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:
    US stocks reverse severe losses as buyers step in
    UAE intercepts ballistic missiles fired by Houthis over Abu Dhabi
    Activist investor urges Peloton to fire chief and explore sale
    How connected fitness became the new obsession
    Robert Armstrong’s “Unhedged” newsletter


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber 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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    • 11 min
    Discontent at Unilever

    Discontent at Unilever

    Germany’s largest publishers and advertisers are demanding that the EU intervene over the Google's plan to stop the use of third-party cookies, Sony has plans to enter the electric vehicle market. Plus, the FT’s asset management correspondent, Harriet Agnew, discusses the discord at the global consumer goods conglomerate Unilever. 


    Mentioned in this podcast:
    German publishers oppose Google plan to phase out third-party cookies
    Activist hedge fund Trian builds stake in Unilever
    Sony launches electric vehicle unit to ‘explore entering’ market 


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber 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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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
312 Ratings

312 Ratings

David from Gainesville ,

Always a treat

Part of my early morning commute to work is this podcast. Short, sweet and pertinent. It’s a good way to get started and think about the world in a broad sense and not get bogged down in the small stuff.
An extra perk is the broad range of accents from American to British (and a wide range of them) to Australian. Just that little bit of extra bow on the package.

von hayek ,

Good content but some political views

Overall a great business news podcast: covers important global topics in a brief format I actually have time to consume every day.

However, I had to deduct one star for occasional political views embedded in the podcast. For example, some months ago,
a US markets commentator talked about Biden’s then $4 trillion spending package (coming on top of his $2 trillion extra stimulus package just months earlier) as being “VERY GOOD news for my kids” (her emphasis). Even if you think this massive amount of additional deficit spending is justified, many very reasonable people think it is wasteful and harmful, so a reporter should not advertise her own socialist political views about such things.

lrhhrl ,

Climate obsessed but still ok

The best morning business news podcast. Quick, concise, enjoyable. Too obsessed with climate change but I guess that is unsurprising as they cater to the young left audience. Can be annoying but still worth a listen.

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