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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.

    Weekend: Seeing Princess Diana, with ‘Spencer’ director Pablo Larraín

    Weekend: Seeing Princess Diana, with ‘Spencer’ director Pablo Larraín

    Do we need another Princess Diana film? Maybe we do, actually. This weekend, we’re talking about new ways to see old things. Lilah speaks with director Pablo Larraín, who our film critic calls ‘one of the most consistently interesting directors in cinema today’. He explains the creative process behind his new film Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Diana. Then, we ask the question: what is up with the House of Lords? The FT’s political editor George Parker explains why one of the world’s most prominent democracies has an entirely unelected house of legislature, with some seats passed down hereditarily to eldest sons.
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    We want your cultural predictions, wishes, or questions for 2022! Share them with Lilah and FT Magazine editor Matt Vella by December 12. Here’s what to do: Open the voice memo app on your phone. Get close to the mic and say your name, where you’re from and your prediction, then email it to ftweekendpodcast@ft.com. You can write to us, too. But you’re going to sound great on tape, we promise.
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    Links from the episode: 
    –Film critic Danny Leigh’s interview with Pablo Larraín: https://www.ft.com/content/87efb3c2-82ee-11ea-b6e9-a94cffd1d9bf
    –Spencer review: https://www.ft.com/content/e05684d2-9161-4fdd-94cf-7d8f4576ffaa 
    –George Parker on the House of Lords: https://www.ft.com/content/d5aebb99-0316-41a9-b19a-505713e4fb41
    –Last year’s predictions — forecasting the world in 2021: https://www.ft.com/content/cbfe6821-c70b-4e4d-977b-979bfe929fd3
     
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    • 27 min
    Brazil’s bullish finance minister

    Brazil’s bullish finance minister

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
    https://www.ft.com/content/e596c61d-a93c-48e6-8a16-c3b67d1f3f17


    Saudi Arabia has agreed to keep increasing monthly crude oil production following a charm offensive by Biden administration officials, the US is delaying a deal to remove Trump-era tariffs on UK steel and aluminium, and Brazil’s economy has entered a technical recession but its finance minister remains bullish about his economy. Plus, FT Weekend deputy editor, Esther Bintliff, talks about the magazine’s 2021 list of the 25 most influential women. 


    Opec+ sticks with oil supply increase after US overture to Saudi Arabia
    https://www.ft.com/content/ef94213b-4b7f-44de-903e-1b48d35213ab


    Brexit fears hold back US-UK trade deal
    https://www.ft.com/content/608e5634-9894-449d-9a09-4f903f0e7169


    Brazil’s finance minister vows ‘fight to the end’ to save reforms
    https://www.ft.com/content/933c9809-4055-4c3b-b14a-00700630e5bb


    The FT’s 25 most influential women of 2021
    https://www.ft.com/womenof2021


    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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    • 9 min
    Iran’s looming water crisis

    Iran’s looming water crisis

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
    https://www.ft.com/content/79f693ec-50d9-42d0-94af-b8b5d9d8d931


    The US-based Women’s Tennis Association says it will suspend its tournaments in China over Beijing’s handling of tennis star Peng Shuai and her sexual assault allegations; the rapid growth of multi-manager hedge funds has unleashed a fierce battle for talent and driven compensation for top traders sky-high; a local dispute in France over an offshore wind farm has spiralled into a polarising national election issue; and Iran’s historic city of Isfahan has been the site of big protests over a shortage of water.  


    WTA suspends tennis tournaments in China over Peng Shuai case
    https://www.ft.com/content/c827fb41-e5fe-49cf-a31c-aa99b4a56d2e


    Hedge funds wage pandemic battle for talent 
    https://www.ft.com/content/241505c0-daf8-4ea7-b727-b0ba774c00fa


    France: the battle over wind power stirs up the election
    https://www.ft.com/content/29cb5f2b-9b09-49bf-b306-c3a782191f6c


    Iranian water protests a ‘wake-up call’ for regime
    https://www.ft.com/content/1f484ccb-794c-4122-bd29-be15e75fe0bb


    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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    • 9 min
    Stock market fragility

    Stock market fragility

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
    https://www.ft.com/content/5810c0fd-5325-4b58-93d6-4790d00956ad


    Jay Powell signalled his support for a quicker withdrawal of the Federal Reserve’s massive asset purchase programme, and the world’s biggest clothing retailer, Inditex, has named the 37-year-old daughter of its founder as the company’s new chair. Plus, Robin Wigglesworth, the FT’s global finance correspondent, explains why markets might be more fragile than many people think. 


    Powell signals support for quicker ‘taper’ of Fed’s bond buying scheme
    https://www.ft.com/content/181021d7-9dc4-4a55-a8e9-d5ae26e8e5c1


    Markets are more fragile than investors think
    https://www.ft.com/content/c25bd7df-0f13-4bb1-94b3-e36ed8fb2b97


    Inditex shares fall after it appoints founder’s daughter as chair
    https://www.ft.com/content/57283cb1-20d8-43a7-85aa-6ca59a49099c


    Morrisons ditches soya for insects in chicken feed to hatch carbon neutral eggs
    https://www.ft.com/content/ce180ed3-67c5-4e47-91e3-32049866cae1


    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
    Jack Dorsey exits Twitter

    Jack Dorsey exits Twitter

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
    https://www.ft.com/content/b6aa92ea-4a07-4423-acbe-deacad5313a5


    Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as the company’s chief executive on Monday, and an activist investor has called on commodities giant Glencore to spin off its thermal coal business. Plus, the FT’s global pharmaceutical correspondent, Hannah Kuchler, explains how Pfizer came to dominate the market for Covid jabs and what the concerns are about the company’s market power. 


    Activist calls on Glencore to spin off coal assets
    https://www.ft.com/content/6f5a8c43-76d4-4843-a15e-47bc767ec6d8


    Jack Dorsey resigns as Twitter chief executive
    https://www.ft.com/content/bf45fd08-51d1-41bb-82cd-b3157a5da055


    The inside story of the Pfizer vaccine: ‘a once-in-an-epoch windfall’
    https://www.ft.com/content/0cea5e3f-d4c4-4ee2-961a-3aa150f388ec


    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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    • 9 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 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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