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The Bigger Picture: The Politics of Nothingness, Young Activists & Secular Britain's Rituals

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: The Politics of Nothingness, Young Activists & Secular Britain's Rituals
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses the Politics of Nothingness engulfing British politics, asking where the politicians are who are principled and who have clear policies. He feels the political blancmange might be the end of an era and that there could be something revolutionary afoot in due course. He also wonders where all the young climate activists have gone and muses on how secular Britain is reviving its Christian rituals in another form in a search for meaning in our lives.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Business of Film: Elvis, The Black Phone & Everything Went Fine

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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Elvis, The Black Phone & Everything Went Fine
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, up 4% on the week but almost 50% on this time last year. Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, with Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, is #1 taking £4m at the weekend. James found it entertaining but long and exhausting. The Black Phone with Ethan Hawke enters at #5. James's film of the week is the Francois Ozon movie about assisted dying with Sophie Marceau, Everything Went Fine. It's at selected cinemas and available on Curzon Home Cinema.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why are ESG funds underperforming?

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why are ESG funds underperforming?
Myron Jobson of Interactive Investor discusses ESG or ethical investing funds with Simon Rose. He explains that, because green -orientated companies tend to be relatively new, they have suffered from the general rotation from growth to value stocks. For obvious reasons, they are underweight in the energy and defence sectors which have done well of late. He points out, though, that ESG funds have outperformed over the longer-term and suggests that investors be patient and not panic.
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Myron Jobson


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Virtual swimming tests, cloning dead voices & the return of airships

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Virtual swimming tests, cloning dead voices & the return of airships
Share Radio's tech expert Steve Caplin tells Simon Rose of the Chinese students who must take compulsory swimming tests to graduate and who are now having to do it online! Alexa is exploring cloning the voices of the dead, IKEA is producing an app that lets you remove your existing furniture, the police now have contactless fingerprinting, there's an autonomous truck with no cab, a mysterious moon crater, passenger-carrying airships and Philips are crowdfunding an ultra-short-throw projector.
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Steve Caplin


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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The three phases of bear markets

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The three phases of bear markets
With even commodities now being dragged down by recession worries and fears of demand destruction, Russ Mould of A J Bell looks at the three phases of bear markets. He believes we might be about to enter the second phase but that we are still some way off the worst. Investors should concentrate on the preservation of capital, avoiding undue risk and perhaps shedding investments they aren't too confident about.
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Russ Mould


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The Business of Film: Lightyear, Hustle & Spiderhead

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Lightyear, Hustle & Spiderhead
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, still dominated by Jurassic World Dominion and Top Gun Maverick. Pixar's Lightyear enters at #3 but with only £13.3m. James found it enjoyable but over-familiar. Emma Thompson in Good Luck To You Leo Grande arrives at #4. James also reviews the Adam Sandler basketball movie Hustle on Netflix, surprising himself by enjoying it, though he was less impressed by Spiderhead with Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Gadgets & Gizmos: AR glasses, spray food wrap, bionic robo-fish and roads paved with nappies

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: AR glasses, spray food wrap, bionic robo-fish and roads paved with nappies
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's tech guru, discusses the first mainstream AR glasses, though he's less than impressed. He also tells of environmentally-kind spray food wrap, bionic robo-fish collecting microplastics and a worm called Zophobas Morio that eats plastic. In addition, disposable nappies are being trialled as a road surface, there's a coaxial octacopter for beating jams, a cycle brake light and smart implants to deliver medicines.
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Steve Caplin


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The Bigger Picture: Rail strikes, inflation & interest rates and the Government's Rwanda policy

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Rail strikes, inflation & interest rates and the Government's Rwanda policy
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at this week's rail strikes, marvelling both at the Government's lack of engagement and Labour's silence on the issue. With inflation hitting a 40-year-high, he considers what policy responses are available as the prospects of stagflation loom every larger. And he looks at the Government's Rwanda policy and the proposed British Bill of Rights.
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Mike Indian


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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Stress test your portfolio & wait for opportunities

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Stress test your portfolio & wait for opportunities
Russ Mould of A J Bell points out that while central bankers may claim the war in Ukraine is responsible for inflation surging, it's their long-standing zero-interest-rate policy that has stacked the combustible material up ready to be ignited. For investors, the aim must be to preserve capital as markets react. Stress test your portfolio and think about sectors like banks (already pricing in recession) and real assets. There will be opportunities to come for those who have cash to hand.
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Russ Mould


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Is Google's computer alive and other robotic innovations

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Is Google's computer alive and other robotic innovations
Steve Caplin goes all robotic in this week's tech show. As well as a robot waiter and a robot pizza maker, there's a pea-sized robot doing an obstacle course and a sweaty robotic finger. At Google, there's an argument over whether one of its robots is actually alive, with an engineer claiming it is and trying to get it a lawyer. Internet Explorer is no more, there's a solar panel-festooned car and cars charged by an induction loop. And Sony have brought out a high-end Walkman MP3 player costing a mere £2,999.
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Steve Caplin


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