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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.


Microsoft and Activision’s shared virtual universeChina applies brakes to Africa lendingBain under fire for enabling South Africa corruptionFT Weekend: Tracey Emin: ‘I want to be a happy ghost’
This week, we’ve got two GOATs – that’s Greatests Of All Time. Legendary artist Tracey Emin is starting an art school and studio compound in Margate, England, the seaside town where she grew up. On the week of her winning the Whitechapel Art Icon Award, we speak to Emin about the legacy she’s building and examine the work that came before, from scandalous installations like “My Bed” to her more contemplative work. Then, the FT’s wine columnist Jancis Robinson teaches us about the world of wine. Robinson was the first non-winemaker to receive the title of Master of Wine from the Institute of Masters of Wine, the world’s most prestigious wine organisation.--------------Looking for a discount on an FT subscription? Use this link for special offers specifically for listeners of the show: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast--------------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. --------------Links and mentions from the episode: – Louis Wise’s interview with Tracey Emin for How To Spend It: https://www.ft.com/content/ffd55216-7751-43d3-9ad8-f495cb08d7c7–Tracey Emin’s video “Why I Never Became a Dancer” (1995): https://www.artforum.com/video/tracey-emin-why-i-never-became-a-dancer-1995-49262–A free online exhibition of Emin's video works between 1995 and 2017 (Xavier Hufkens): https://www.xavierhufkens.com/exhibitions/video-works-1995-2017–Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course (Youtube, 1995): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNahwe1nPHc&list=PL0smQshvSba5YYij7-R1HM-HT04woET9A –Jancis’ latest column, “Bargain Burgundy”: https://www.ft.com/content/c59f4150-b431-4202-b7f3-60fab84ac4fb   –Jancis on the truth about the wine world and diversity (no paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/3dc097fc-dbd8-4248-82e6-69d5acc1b169 --------------Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
4d ago
29 mins
The London-Kazakhstan connectionEnvironmental activists target top PR firmsThe Fed’s Big ShrinkUS shifts from the ‘war on drugs’Investors gear up for ‘gold rush’ in metaverse hardware
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/51351f23-63b8-458c-9ee2-a7cbda43c287Nato has warned Moscow to abandon its belligerent foreign policy or face a military alliance steeled for conflict, frustration over corruption in Portugal is the hot button issue for voters in this month’s election, and UK financial regulators plan to take a close look at cloud computing companies. Plus, the FT’s Asia business editor, Leo Lewis, explains why investors are ready to pour money into metaverse hardware makers. West treads narrow path to common ground in Russia talkshttps://www.ft.com/content/a1311bb7-7083-4491-89d7-2912289ebe68Trust in Portugal’s elite wanes over struggle to tackle corruptionhttps://www.ft.com/content/8a7b799e-2732-4979-ab49-c5cbf8587ce7Investors gear up for ‘gold rush’ in metaverse hardwarehttps://www.ft.com/content/182bb2a7-b4e4-4d0d-8178-4cd9b4c225c4UK financial regulators to step up scrutiny of cloud computing giantshttps://www.ft.com/content/29405a47-586b-4c5a-b641-0f479b4cee1dM&S steals retail crown back from upstart online rivalshttps://www.ft.com/content/67ff963d-8883-47d6-ba69-f30721efd006The 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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10-01-2022
9 mins
FT Weekend -- Happily ever after? Disney in the 21st century
Happy New Year! Our first episode of 2022 is dedicated to one of the world’s most powerful cultural forces: Disney. What happens when a company with that much influence just keeps growing? We visit Disneyland for a rare interview with CEO Bob Chapek, with FT reporters Chris Grimes and Anna Nicolaou. We explore where Disney Plus fits into the digital streaming wars. And Lilah speaks with a Disney expert, Sabrina Mittermeier, about how the company is reckoning with its prejudices 100 years into its history. --------------If you want a great offer on an FT subscription specifically for listeners, use this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast--------------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. --------------Links and mentions from the episode: – Chris and Anna’s profile of Bob Chapek, Disney CEO: https://www.ft.com/content/69e1cc1e-9c64-4000-b47f-a7e448107a5b – And their follow-up on the streaming wars: ​​https://www.ft.com/content/ae756fda-4c27-4732-89af-cb6903f2ab40– Dr. Sabrina Mittermeier’s book, A Culture History of the Disneyland Theme Parks: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/C/bo70345519.html–Follow Anna Nicolaou on Twitter @annaknicolaou–Follow Chris Grimes on Twitter @grimes_ce--------------Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08-01-2022
27 mins
‘Spec-tech is getting wrecked’Corporate America after the Capitol insurrection
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/31290819-a321-496e-a995-4281198ec453Minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting show the US central bank gearing up for more aggressive tightening, tech stocks plummeted, Hong Kong is bracing for sharply higher food prices, and one of Germany’s biggest utilities, Uniper, has been forced to seek €10bn of financing to avoid a cash crunch. Plus, the FT’s US business editor, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, talks about corporate America in the year since a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol. Fed warns faster rate rises may be needed to tame soaring inflationhttps://www.ft.com/content/35766dd4-7da1-4064-9e60-79a714297c5aUniper secures €10bn of credit as gas prices surgehttps://www.ft.com/content/f8cdfafc-2ce4-4ad7-b8c4-98e6eaa6ce89Isolated Hong Kong faces higher food prices as pandemic restrictions bitehttps://www.ft.com/content/f31edc79-f7df-48d7-badf-5d074cb19afdUS companies under pressure to support voting rights pushhttps://www.ft.com/content/712d9e1a-68dc-451e-a094-0d7db570dfd7Twitter Spaces: After the Capitol Riot, what role will civil unrest play  https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1djGXPDOgrzGZAudio from the January 6th Capitol riot provided by CSPANThe 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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06-01-2022
9 mins
The small German city hosting BioNTechThe pandemic is messing with US labour market data
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/f1236902-0997-4028-8cd1-d50317d10abaA jury found Elizabeth Holmes guilty of conspiring to defraud investors in the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, Apple has become the first company to hit a market capitalisation of $3tn and US president Joe Biden is launching a crackdown on the country’s largest meat producers. Plus, the FT’s US economics editor Colby Smith explains why the country is struggling to measure jobs growth and the larger ramifications. Elizabeth Holmes found guilty in criminal fraud trialhttps://www.ft.com/content/8bde19f6-e8a5-4800-8882-fd799f0caac0Apple becomes first $3tn company after boost from pandemic demandhttps://www.ft.com/content/57f57303-82b9-49db-89ee-54888e1c714dBiden launches crackdown on largest US meat producershttps://www.ft.com/content/a180dc0d-0cfc-4321-91aa-c5772b4a8dc1US struggles to measure jobs growth as pandemic distorts labour market datahttps://www.ft.com/content/4f1155be-1a5f-4fd2-ba57-b15bdb273c00Mercedes breaks 1,000km barrier with electric-vehicle prototypehttps://www.ft.com/content/0017dfdf-c308-4e04-b4cb-8055568ddffeThe 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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04-01-2022
9 mins
Forecasting the world in 2022Who made up the metaverse?
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/693b3337-ce80-4150-866a-01e1c3730fadUS financial conditions are near the most accommodative on record even as the Federal Reserve has begun stepping up its exit from coronavirus crisis-era stimulus measures, and soaring US stock markets are masking a strong tide that is pulling down the share prices of hundreds of companies, and the FT’s European technology correspondent, Madhumita Murgia, discusses science fiction’s influence on technology and social attitudes towards technology, particularly artificial intelligence. US financial conditions remain easy even as Fed pulls back on stimulus https://www.ft.com/content/2c73b1f4-b8c1-415b-8df0-237eff180cb0US stock market advance masks treacherous undercurrentshttps://www.ft.com/content/d248d1af-261e-47c8-9a5f-0d264cb9f83bInto the metaverse: how sci-fi shapes our attitudes to the futurehttps://www.ft.com/content/2f35be37-9da8-4cf6-89b2-8488b36c5a63$10bn James Webb Space Telescope scheduled for Christmas Day launchhttps://www.ft.com/content/ebc84a97-961a-4ac0-bba1-678580d11a71The clips from the Metaverse story were from the 1984 movie The Terminator, the 1968 movie called 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the Japanese cartoon Astro Boy. 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. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23-12-2021
11 mins
America’s segregated bankingChile veers left
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/5e8d9be2-8efa-4339-b80a-53ffe0664ec1US retailers’ supply chain problems are being exacerbated by computer programs known as “Grinch bots” that are buying up the most sought-after holiday gifts in split-second online swoops, Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime is relaunching its initial public offering in Hong Kong with the help of investment from state-backed entities after being blacklisted by the US, and in Chile a former student protest leader has won the final round of the presidential election as the Latin American country took a decisive shift to the left after several years of civil unrest.SenseTime’s IPO rescued by Chinese state-backed funds - with Ryan McMorrow https://www.ft.com/content/71709423-0fe2-4028-b208-68cbd0b2bd30‘Grinch bots’ buy up online goods during holiday shopping seasonhttps://www.ft.com/content/11e81aaa-9c7e-4099-b3c8-54f8adc9e5caChile election won by former student protest leader Gabriel Boric - with Michael Stott https://www.ft.com/content/fa9ba840-5d66-45e6-bf7a-2b8b4f6d9386The fight for the future of Chile https://www.ft.com/content/70981218-05a4-4685-86e0-a19b7cae7ff9The 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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21-12-2021
8 mins
The melody of a yield curve
Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/b08546bc-7eee-4c25-9e5c-db458728e4c2US president Joe Biden suffered a blow to his efforts to pass his signature $1.75tn social spending bill when Joe Manchin, the pivotal Democratic senator from West Virginia, explicitly rejected the package, European countries are tightening restrictions to reduce the spread of Omicron after the Netherlands reimposed a strict nationwide lockdown on Saturday, and FT capital markets correspondent Tommy Stubbington explains why the yield curve is so important to investors using a musical interpretation of the all-important chart. European countries impose travel curbs to slow Omicron’s spreadhttps://www.ft.com/content/3316b665-9bfa-4e7e-ae68-c46601950cefMillions to lose child benefit as Biden social spending bill is delayed - with Taylor Nicole Rogers https://www.ft.com/content/9f4f23ca-304f-4738-807f-17a24ca6e82cJoe Manchin says he will vote against Biden spending billhttps://www.ft.com/content/a979165a-fd1c-4b85-8604-28085e2c0c9bThe yield curve: why investors are watching closely - with Tommy Stubbington https://ig.ft.com/the-yield-curve-explained/VIDEO: Sonification: turning the yield curve into musichttps://www.ft.com/content/80269930-40c3-11e9-b896-fe36ec32aeceThe 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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20-12-2021
8 mins
FT Weekend—Predictions for 2022: Britney, flip phones and the metaverse
It's the final FT Weekend episode of 2021, and we are marking the end of one unpredictable year and the start of another. What do you think will happen in 2022? Matt Vella, FT Weekend Magazine editor, joins Lilah to discuss listeners’ cultural predictions. A lot of them had an air of nostalgia: Will Britney make a documentary about her life? Will flip phones make a comeback? Then, our pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney teaches us the art of the perfect holiday playlist. --------------If you want a great offer on an FT subscription specifically for listeners (and not a bad Christmas gift!) use this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast--------------Thank you for listening to the show this year. We’ll be back on January 8! What culture will you be reading, watching, listening to during the holidays? Say hi and let us know! Email us at ftweekendpodcast@ft.com. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap. --------------Links and mentions from the episode: –Two books by the late, great bell hooks: The Will to Change, and All About Love–The FT’s Christmas roundup-(the complete guide to eating, drinking, giving and self-caring your way to a very merry holiday this year): https://www.ft.com/content/3d6c80dd-dbc3-4e0e-939f-b917aa401dfc Here are Ludo’s reviews of his favourite albums of the year (all free to read):–The Weather Station: Ignorance https://www.ft.com/content/57aef341-cce1-4816-9939-3c71a3fe5edf –Nation of Language: A Way Forward https://www.ft.com/content/ed7f3da8-d033-4ca0-90c7-1b7e4b425a19 –Pharoah Sanders, Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra: Promises https://www.ft.com/content/c00c0655-013d-4d3b-8c7c-bf7dea47c1fc --------------Thank you to everyone who shared your notes, including: Andrei Berghianu from Romania, Olga Sihmane from Stockholm, Ashley Harris from Brooklyn, Lily Bland, Roger Ralph, Manish Prayaga, Helen Beedham, April from Los Angeles and so many more.--------------Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18-12-2021
28 mins

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