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Shareholder power, Serbian threats and Anglican angst
Stockmarket prices
Podcast

Shareholder power, Serbian threats and Anglican angst

Do investors have more power than they realise? Is Bosnia on the verge of breaking up? And who will choose the next Archbishop of Canterbury?
21 Jan 2022
Pig hearts, student feedback and own goals
A pig
Podcast

Pig hearts, student feedback and own goals

Should we be breeding more porcine organ donors? Will students lose the right to rate their university lecturers? And will football ever really come h…
14 Jan 2022
Seeing stars, prescribing comedy and decriminalising drugs
Star-gazing
Podcast

Seeing stars, prescribing comedy and decriminalising drugs

What will the James Webb Telescope accomplish? Why is the NHS sending people to comedy courses? And are drugs laws about to change in the British capi…
7 Jan 2022
Technopessimism, population and a new world order
Joe Biden
Podcast

Technopessimism, population and a new world order

Has the US given up on policing the world? Should we worry about a falling population? And is social media really a threat to democracy?
31 Dec 2021
Lost citizenship, wasted jabs and alarming doorbells
Priti Patel
Podcast

Lost citizenship, wasted jabs and alarming doorbells

Are some British citizens more equal than others? Why are governments throwing away Covid vaccines? And will even our doorbells turn against us?
17 Dec 2021
Child soldiers, gender disparity and saving techno
A child soldier
Podcast

Child soldiers, gender disparity and saving techno

Why are more child soldiers being recruited? What can be done to close the gender pay gap? And would Unesco status kill the cool of Berlin’s club scen…
10 Dec 2021
Investments Unwrapped: Watches that stand the test of time
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Investments Unwrapped: Watches that stand the test of time

Olly Mann talks to Silas Walton, founder of luxury marketplace A Collected Man, about investing in watches
7 Dec 2021

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Crypto-positivity, Barbados and a 3D-printed eye
Koh Samui, Thailand
Podcast

Crypto-positivity, Barbados and a 3D-printed eye

Why is Thailand betting big on crypto-currency? Will Barbados benefit from being a republic? And what can we expect from the next generation of prosth…
3 Dec 2021
Elk arrests, bootleg gas and self-curing HIV
Vladimir Putin
Podcast

Elk arrests, bootleg gas and self-curing HIV

Will a dead moose bring down a Russian opposition leader? Who is smuggling refrigerants into the UK? And how did an Argentinian woman rid herself of H…
26 Nov 2021
Investments Unwrapped: The classic car market
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Investments Unwrapped: The classic car market

Olly Mann talks to Ashley Winston about the cars that might put you on the road to riches
23 Nov 2021
Real-life Succession, Iranian football and China’s #MeToo moment
Succession: a ‘toxic joy’
Podcast

Real-life Succession, Iranian football and China’s #MeToo moment

Do we need a new model for business leaders? How has Jordan’s football team reignited the gender debate? And has China silenced an Olympian?
19 Nov 2021
The VP, GPs and refugees
US Vice President Kamala Harris
Podcast

The VP, GPs and refugees

Why are Kamala Harris' approval ratings in freefall? Should the government be able to tell doctors where to work? And why have bananas got Syrian refu…
12 Nov 2021
Investments Unwrapped: A buyer’s guide to furniture
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Investments Unwrapped: A buyer’s guide to furniture

Olly Mann talks to antique furniture expert James Kaye about how to end up sitting on a nest egg
9 Nov 2021
Political insults, gig academics and dating doubts
Houses of Parliament
Podcast

Political insults, gig academics and dating doubts

Do we have the right to be rude to MPs? Why are university lecturers living in poverty? And is online dating failing to deliver?
5 Nov 2021
Martial lawlessness, asteroid action and statue sparring
British troops take place in exercises in Starnraer, Scotland
Podcast

Martial lawlessness, asteroid action and statue sparring

Should the culture of the British army face greater scrutiny? Can Nasa deflect asteroids away from earth? And should London’s statues be made more div…
29 Oct 2021
In which countries is homosexuality still illegal?
Gay marriage
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In which countries is homosexuality still illegal?

Ghana to vote on ‘most draconian anti-LGBTQ legislation on earth’
26 Oct 2021
Investments Unwrapped: Which wines hold their value?
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Investments Unwrapped: Which wines hold their value?

Olly Mann talks to wine market founder Justin Gibbs about wines to treasure
26 Oct 2021
Mortgage penalties, waste and femcels
Houses for sale
Podcast

Mortgage penalties, waste and femcels

Should mortgages cost more for inefficient homes? Can companies be shamed into cutting wasted stock? And has the incel movement spread to women?
22 Oct 2021
Exiles, revolting prisoners and sporting health
Bashar al-Assad
Podcast

Exiles, revolting prisoners and sporting health

Will Syrian criminals be allowed home? How did an American prison fall into the hands of inmates? And why are sports stars struggling with their menta…
15 Oct 2021
Investments Unwrapped: What makes a book collectable?
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Investments Unwrapped: What makes a book collectable?

Olly Mann talks to world-leading antiquarian book dealer Pom Harrington about rare and valuable books
12 Oct 2021
Dead ships, film strikes and pandemic travel
Oil pipeline
Podcast

Dead ships, film strikes and pandemic travel

Why is the UN worried about a supertanker in Yemen? Will strikes cause a streaming video shortage? And what next for the ‘zero-Covid’ success stories?…
8 Oct 2021
Gene editing, joke theft and manifesting
Wheat farming
Podcast

Gene editing, joke theft and manifesting

Are we on the verge of a new agricultural revolution? Why are comedians going to court? And what on earth is manifesting?
1 Oct 2021
Clinical injustice, wireless power and pandas
A nurse with a vaccine
Podcast

Clinical injustice, wireless power and pandas

Why do so many clinical trials exclude women? Will we soon be free of power cables? And is panda fertility finally on the rise?
24 Sep 2021
Tech tiffs, shipping shortages and mammoth science projects
Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes
Podcast

Tech tiffs, shipping shortages and mammoth science projects

Why has Elizabeth Holmes’ court case divided opinion? What is causing Ikea’s delivery tailbacks? And could wooly mammoths roam the earth again?
17 Sep 2021
Alien soil, cookies and long dogs
Mars
Podcast

Alien soil, cookies and long dogs

Why does Nasa want to bring Martian soil samples back to Earth? Will cookie warnings soon be a thing of the past? And are dachshunds getting too cute …
10 Sep 2021
Germany’s left turn, glass shortages and a gaming ban
Test tubes in a lab
Podcast

Germany’s left turn, glass shortages and a gaming ban

Are German voters turning away from Angela Merkel and the centre-right? What’s really causing an NHS test tube shortage? And why is China banning game…
3 Sep 2021
Plague jabs, Havana syndrome and meat-free Mondays
A plague doctor
Podcast

Plague jabs, Havana syndrome and meat-free Mondays

Will a new vaccine finally banish the Black Death? Why are US diplomats falling ill all over the world? And is flexitarianism a step to permanent chan…
27 Aug 2021
Pensions, elephants and middle-class drugs
An elephant eats some leaves
Podcast

Pensions, elephants and middle-class drugs

Why is the government changing pension rules? How did a herd of elephants cross China? And will well-heeled drug users be named and shamed?
20 Aug 2021
Mercenaries, climate angst and the right to repair
Podcast

Mercenaries, climate angst and the right to repair

What are Russian soldiers doing in Libya? Are doom-laden climate headlines bad for our mental health? And are DIY gadget fixers about to get a break?
13 Aug 2021
Pay cheques, sporting pressure and ancient plants
Equal pay campaigners
Podcast

Pay cheques, sporting pressure and ancient plants

Should we all know what our colleagues are paid? How will Olympic athletes cope with social media scrutiny? And could a strange desert plant unlock hu…
6 Aug 2021
Flash floods, Tunisian turmoil and rich racing
Flash floods in London in July 2021
Podcast

Flash floods, Tunisian turmoil and rich racing

Are cities ready for a rise in extreme weather? Why has Tunisia’s president sacked the prime minister? And is the ‘most expensive race on earth’ worth…
30 Jul 2021
Health data, green banking and flawed maps
An MRI scanner
Podcast

Health data, green banking and flawed maps

How will we deal with knowing so much more about our health? Should central banks seek to fight climate change? And is Google Maps leading us astray?
23 Jul 2021
Cuba, friendship and office dogs
Havana streets
Podcast

Cuba, friendship and office dogs

What’s behind the latest Cuban protests? Can dating apps help us make friends? And should we welcome animals at work?
16 Jul 2021
Strict schools, swimming caps and four-day weeks
A 1950s schools scene
Podcast

Strict schools, swimming caps and four-day weeks

Do more rules make for a better education? Is a ban on “Afro caps” a blow to sporting diversity? And will Covid boost calls for a four-day working wee…
9 Jul 2021
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