This week Sue Dougan sits down with Graeme Obree, former World Champion in the 4000m pursuit in the Velodrome, and twice holder of the mythical hour record. Sue and Graeme talk about his exciting sporting career, and his new quest to be the fastest on two wheels, human powered, as well as hearing some of his favourite musical influences.
Could the same traits that drive your career success also be keeping you from being happier? Simon was joined by author, Raj Raghunathan to talk about his new book, 'If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?'
The UK's creative industries are punching above their weight according to a report by Nesta. But a lack of government support means that crown could soon be lost. Only one country whose government does support its creative industries is South Korea, where government schemes have turned a small country into a pop culture titan. Robert Van Egghen looked into Korean culture's economic success.
This week Nick Peters focuses on advertising and marketing. He speaks to Matt Winton, Head of Marketing at Smiley & Co, on the smiley and how it has developed into a world-famous brand and a cultural icon in the world of technology, fashion and music. Ahead of the fourth annual Advertising Week Europe event this week, Rebecca Eaves, Director at Advertising Week Europe, talks about the current state of advertising and how it’s contributes to the UK and EU economy.
Sue Dougan is joined by former journalist Abigail Austen who looks back at her fantastic career and musical favourites, including Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jr. Abi discusses her new book, Lord Robert's Valet, based on her unique experiences as a senior advisor to the US army; her wedding next year and how she's been a catalyst for change in the media.
Sellers and publishers from across the UK are gathering to discuss all things book-related at the London Book Fair. But how is the climate when it comes down to selling physical books and digital copies? Matt Cox spoke to independent bookseller Mark Thornton and bestselling author James Craig, who explained how they operate in the world of bookselling and how recent trends have affected them.
Sue Dougan speaks to Rob Hallett, former president of international touring at AEG Live, who looks back at his journey in the music industry and his collaboration with a variety of artists including Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and Justin Timberlake. Now the CEO of Robomagic, a global network of independent promoters, who advertise national and international tours for A-list artists. Rob shares his favourite tracks, including David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, that paved his career in the music industry.
Well it wasn't quite the fairytale succession everyone expected, as the man being groomed to become the next boss of Disney says he'll be stepping down next month. Tom Staggs had been seen as the heir apparent to replace Bob Iger, who retires in 2018, but has reportedly quit his post because he was not guaranteed the chief executive role. To discuss this, film industry expert Terry Ilott joined Nigel Cassidy and Sara Sjölin.
The decision on whether the UK stays inside the European Union in the upcoming referendum, could depend on whether a large number of young people turn out to vote.
An online survey by "Opinium" - on behalf of "The Observer" newspaper - found that 43% of those questioned wanted Britain to leave Europe while 39% wanted the country to stay in. The results may be a setback for pro-Europe campaigners but for those on the opposite side of the fence, it's further proof that Britain is capable of functioning outside the EU. David Owen is a former Foreign Secretary who from 1992 to 1995 also served as EU peace negotiator in the former Yugoslavia. He's also the author of the pamphlet "The UK's In Out Referendum: EU Foreign & Defence Policy Reform". Earlier he came into the studio and he gave Investment Perspectives presenter Juliette Foster his reaction to that survey.