Workers Turn to Food Banks as US Shutdown Continues
Hundreds of thousands of US government workers and their families are visiting food banks as they remain unpaid for 32 days. We speak to Kate Maehr, who runs the Greater Chicago Food Depository. How can more women get appointed to the top roles in business? Vivienne Nunis hears from Sue Unerman, author of The Glass Wall. And BBC reporter Nick Beake tells us how China is keen to invest in Myanmar.
Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme by Nicole Childers, who is Executive Producer at Marketplace on American Public Media and is in Los Angeles, and Jyoti Malhotra, National & Strategic Affairs Editor at The Print, who is in Delhi.
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Theresa May Scraps Brexit Fee for EU Nationals
EU nationals in the UK will no longer have to pay the £65 fee to remain after Brexit. The announcement was part of the prime minister's so-called 'Plan B' - proposals set out after her Brexit deal was rejected by MPs last week. What will this mean for Europeans living and working in the UK? The chat app WhatsApp restricts users from forwarding messages more than five times in an effort to stop the spread of fake news. We speak to Melisa Basol from the University of Cambridge who studies how messaging can be used in this way.
Nigel Cassidy is joined throughout the programme by business journalist and author Diane Brady in New York and Bloomberg economics correspondent Enda Curran in Hong Kong.
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Tesla to Cut About 3,000 Jobs
Electric carmaker Tesla has said it will cut its workforce by 7% after the "most challenging" year in its history. In an email to staff on the firm's website, founder Elon Musk said that growth had been strong. But he added it was difficult to make Teslas with their new and developing technology as cheaply as conventional cars, and the firm's cars were still "too expensive for most people". We hear from Caroline O'Donovan, Tesla reporter for the Buzzfeed. It’s already the longest partial American government shutdown in history, and all the signs are that it’s going to get even longer. We find out what business opinion-formers have have to say on the situation. Plus we look back at the rest of the week's big business stories with independent business commentator Patricia O'Connell in New York, and Max Colchester of the Wall Street Journal in London.
Throughout the programme we are joined by Robert Milliken, Australia correspondent for the Economist in Sydney.
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Netflix Subscribers Rise to Nearly 140m
Netflix finished the year with more than 139 million paid subscribers, almost tripling its membership base in just five years .But the latest results haven't played well on Wall Street as we hear from Jonathan Swartz, senior writer at Barrons financial investment in New York. Plus Oxford University has suspended new donations and sponsorships from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The firm is facing accusations from the US and other countries that its equipment could be used for espionage. We hear from Kieran Stacey, Washington correspondent for the Financial Times about new US actions planned against the firm.
All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Paddy Hirsch, contribution editor from NPR in Los Angeles. And Cathering Yeung, investment director at Fidelity International in Hong Kong.
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Trump Asked To Delay State of the Union Speech
Democrats have asked President Donald Trump to postpone a speech to Congress, arguing security cannot be guaranteed due to the government shutdown. Mr Trump is due to address Congress for the annual State of the Union speech on 29 January. Is there any chance of a end to the deadlock? After a defeat over its Brexit deal, the UK government has won a confidence vote 325 to 306. We hear how British businesses are handling the uncertainty and Lianna Brianded of Yahoo Finance gives us reaction to the latest vote from outside Parliament. Also in the programme, YouTube bans uploads of dangerous pranks and challenges. Julia Alexander, Tech and internet culture reporter at The Verge tells us why. Plus, with Soho House now in Mumbai and opening in Hong Kong later this year, Sharnjit Leyl is exploring private members clubs in Singapore to see why the trend is taking off across Asia.
All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Alexis Goldstein, activist and financial reform advocate in Washington. And Nisid Hajari, Asia Editor for Bloomberg's editorial board in Bangkok.
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