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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.

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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.

    Nations race to contain the Omicron variant

    Nations race to contain the Omicron variant

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
    https://www.ft.com/content/f39ef841-2756-40c4-9da5-487316beac2e


    Countries are imposing new lockdowns and travel restrictions to try and contain the new Omicron coronavirus variant, and the UK’s competition regulator is expected to try and reverse Meta’s acquisition of online gif platform Giphy. Plus, the FT’s Tehran correspondent, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, offers a view from Iran as the country prepares to sit down with Western powers in Vienna this week for talks intended at reviving the moribund nuclear accord. 


    Nations race to contain Omicron variant as more cases detected
    https://www.ft.com/content/2da44fcf-99f7-43a8-b4b0-c3c1d4782cf3


    UK regulator expected to block Meta’s $400m Giphy deal
    https://www.ft.com/content/662c8e3f-4909-4bec-9131-c0237bb4897d


    Iran’s Raisi under pressure to deliver as patience frays
    https://www.ft.com/content/6ea22507-55c2-47d1-95c0-111ef1496163


    Ghislaine Maxwell trial set to shed light on Epstein misdeeds
    https://www.ft.com/content/58d5b0f8-c711-4bc8-b51a-6ce00bbeeeee


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.
     
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    • 7 min
    FT Weekend: Eat, drink and be merry

    FT Weekend: Eat, drink and be merry

    What do you think of when you hear the words ‘British food’? This week, to celebrate the FT Weekend Magazine’s food and drink holiday special, we’re digging in. Food critic Tim Hayward praises modern British cuisine and challenges his compatriots to be proud of their food culture. Our team visits one of the last standing eel and pie shops in London to explore how culinary traditions survive. Then, Lilah learns a great holiday cocktail from one of Brooklyn’s best mixologists, Shannon Mustipher, author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails and the first African-American bartender to write a cocktail recipe book in 100 years.

    If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1 month-long trial, go here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast

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    Links from the episode:
    — Tim Hayward on how Britain overcame its culinary cringe: https://www.ft.com/content/5e718d4e-140f-4991-9dd1-2779d64732c5
    — Tim in this weekend’s Magazine Food and Drink Special, about the merry hell of Christmas: https://www.ft.com/content/fb718958-a556-42bb-9ac9-33b394f8fc52
    — The 25 best hotel bars in the world, including Lilah’s recommendation: https://www.ft.com/content/a51b0215-344e-4aa0-b3b4-c5a78ddd8299
    — Shannon Mustipher’s book, Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails: https://www.rizzoliusa.com/book/9780789335548/
    — You can explore the whole magazine issue here: https://www.ft.com/magazine

    Shannon’s cocktail: Tha God’s Honest Truth, inspired by El Diablo

    1.75 oz Casa Dragones Tequila Blanco, 1 oz Ginger Beer (with low sugar content, like Fever-Tree), .75 oz Hisbiscus Syrup, .75 lemon Juice. Combine all but ginger beer in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Collins glass. Tip off with ginger beer, garnish with a lime wheel, then serve.

    Sorrel (Hisbiscus) Syrup

    500 ml water, 500 ml sugar, 2 -3 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves. In a saucepan, toast the cinnamon and cloves for 2 minutes, until aromas are released. Add the water and bring to a soft boil (don’t over-boil). Add the sugar, reduce to a low simmer and whisk briskly to dissolve. Add ¾ cup dried hibiscus and simmer for 30-45 minutes, until desired flavor extraction is achieved. To serve: Strain out the solids and chill prior to use.

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    Want to say hi? Email us at ftweekendpodcast@ft.com. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap.

    Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music.
     
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    • 26 min
    Biden’s strategic political reserve

    Biden’s strategic political reserve

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
    https://www.ft.com/content/5074f2b1-fd14-490a-9234-3027d565adc9


    President Joe Biden has authorised the release of 50m barrels of oil “over the coming months” from the US strategic petroleum reserve in a move co-ordinated with China, India, Japan, South Korea and the UK to drive down fuel prices and FT Video journalist and producer Donell Newkirk discusses his FT documentary on the evolution of the music industry. 


    US to release 50m barrels of oil from reserves - with Derek Brower 
    https://www.ft.com/content/4e7f2590-1a4f-4792-9e64-eafabdef6534


    How to make money in the music business - with Donell Newkirk
    https://www.ft.com/video/cae8ce65-9639-4c9d-978c-b5759d0774f5


    Radiohead’s interactive ‘exhibition’ pushes music and games into new territory
    https://www.ft.com/content/eb18c19a-d568-4436-991c-d4e302a3cdc0


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.
     
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    • 10 min
    China’s game-changing hypersonic technology

    China’s game-changing hypersonic technology

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
    https://www.ft.com/content/e83a0e51-9195-4c95-8f0b-263f97794302


    Joe Biden has nominated Jay Powell to serve a second term as chair of the Federal Reserve, opting for continuity as the US economy grapples with persistently high inflation and a patchy labour market recovery; China’s hypersonic weapons test in July included a technological advance that enabled it to fire a missile as it approached its target travelling at least five times the speed of sound, a capability no country has previously demonstrated and one that caught Pentagon scientists off guard. 


    Joe Biden nominates Jay Powell for second term as Fed chair
    https://www.ft.com/content/9e9540a2-2ba8-4e0e-84d8-a1945c20453a


    Chinese hypersonic weapon fired a missile over South China Sea, Pentagon struggles to understand how Beijing mastered technology
    https://www.ft.com/content/a127f6de-f7b1-459e-b7ae-c14ed6a9198c


    Uber to sell cannabis to customers in Canada
    https://www.ft.com/content/22855150-d04c-4f43-adb1-f066c170555a


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.
     
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    • 11 min
    The growing problem of space junk

    The growing problem of space junk

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
    https://www.ft.com/content/db10452c-ddf2-445a-a28f-34253506c142


    Saudi Arabia has an ambitious goal to increase domestic military production as part of Crown Prince Mohammed’s plan to diversify the oil-dependent economy, video game maker Electronic Arts and football governing body Fifa are in a bitter dispute over the value of the Fifa name that could end their lucrative sports licensing partnership, and the FT’s international business editor Peggy Hollinger says Russia’s destruction last week of one of its old satellites adds to the risk of debris colliding with spacecraft.
     
    EA and Fifa’s 30-year video game union at risk in battle over name - with Murad Ahmed
    https://www.ft.com/content/433c3af7-6ea1-4c7f-ab94-94a431aec2d4


    Russian satellite debris is a wake-up call for emerging space industry - with Peggy Hollinger 
    https://www.ft.com/content/c27d6560-8641-4f0c-926b-8278de737206


    The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
     
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    • 10 min
    FT Weekend: The art of conversation, with Ruby Wax

    FT Weekend: The art of conversation, with Ruby Wax

    FT Weekend is a weekly Saturday show that brings the best of our Life & Arts journalism into audio form. You can follow it on its own feed at 'FT Weekend'. This week, we talk about conversation. Columnist Enuma Okoro explores what makes certain conversations feel good. Lilah and US Managing Editor Peter Spiegel chase the mystery of who actually wrote the US constitution along with esteemed historian William Ewald. And Ruby Wax, the iconic celebrity interviewer of the 90s, tells us how she got stars good and bad—from the Spice Girls to Bill Cosby—to open up and show us who they really are.

    Links from the episode:

    — The FT’s best books of 2021 (paywall): https://www.ft.com/booksof2021
    — Enuma Okoro on the art of conversation: https://www.ft.com/content/7ea1d669-a490-418e-a4a0-5aa04175657a 
    — Watch Lilah’s full conversation with Ruby Wax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E317YWBFyws 
    — Watch a lecture by UPenn law and philosophy professor William Ewald, on forgotten founding father James Wilson: https://vimeo.com/521928817
    — Ewald’s published articles about Wilson: https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/do/search/?q=author_lname%3A%22Ewald%22%20AND%20author_fname%3A%22William%22 

    Want to say hi? Email us at ftweekendpodcast@ft.com. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap.

    If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1/£1/€1 month-long trial, we’ve got you: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast 

    Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music. ‘Yankee Doodle’ was performed by Carrie Rehkopf. Clips of Ruby Wax are from BBC.
     
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    • 33 min

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4.6 out of 5
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299 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.

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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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Fabulous Podcast!

I always start my day by listening to the FT News Briefing. It is informative, but presented in a way that is accessible to this listener. Marc is terrific. Thank you!!

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