James Cameron-Wilson discusses the latest box office numbers with Simon Rose with Spiderman soaring ahead. The King's Man is at #2, West Side Story is up 87% and House of Gucci rises 191%. James also reviews two Netflix titles, Adam McKay's satire Don't Look Up with a stellar cast and awards-hopeful The Lost Daughter with Olivia Colman directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Steve Caplin talks to Simon Rose about the latest tech as Apple becomes the first $3tn company. Blackberry says "goodbye", Tesla recalls half a million cars, Waymo make a taxi with no steering wheel, the world goes mad for the online game Wordle, a water cooler can make water from thin air, there's a lickable TV, goldfish are being trained to drive cars, a Mafia fugitive is caught through Google Street View and a 20-year-old recreates Ceefax.
In the first Bigger Picture of the Year, political commentator Mike Indian talks to Simon Rose about the problems faced by the NHS in dealing with its backlog, about the Government's Plan B for Covid, about rising energy bills and the cost of living generally and about the objections to Tony Blair being awarded a knighthood.
Why should investors be watching fintech, renewable energy, and the “buy now, pay later” industries in 2022? What’s so exciting about home improvement, healthcare, and an increased focus on stakeholders? Do Crown Castle, Costco, and C3ai really have upside potential? Why investors should keep shares of Mondelez, Peloton, and Zillow on a short leash? And should the CEOs at MarketAxess, Zillow, and Alteryx be updating their resumes? Andy Cross, Ron Gross, and Jason Moser tackle those questions and share why they might regret not owning shares of Monday.com, Visa, and Matterport. They also explain why Okta, Home Depot, and Lowe’s are going to surprise investors in the new year, and make some reckless predictions about Twitter, Berkshire Hathaway, and the Metaverse.
One week before our “2022 Preview” show, Chris Hill takes a step back from stocks to share two conversations. Carl Quintanilla may have been distracted as a college student, but he knew that media was in his future. From a small newspaper to The Wall Street Journal, from print journalism to TV, from reporting to anchoring, he’s demonstrated a willingness to try new things and take on challenges like reporting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Chris Diamantopoulos gets recognized on the street for playing over-the-top billionaire Russ Hanneman in HBO’s comedy series “Silicon Valley”. He shares how he got started investing, why he’s enjoying being a judge on the investing reality show “Unicorn Hunters”, and how it is to feel the weight of history as one of the few people to voice Mickey Mouse.
It's safe to say 2021 has been an eventful one for the economy and personal finance – and This Is Money has covered it all. Georgie Frost takes a look back at some of the best bits of the show starring Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce, Tanya Jefferies and Helen Crane. We talk about investing mistakes and what you can learn from them. How much a lifetime will cost? And what is behind the inflation surge that emerged in the last few months of the year? There is a bit about house prices – naturally – and we chat over our £1bn underpaid state pension victory. And we have a Dragon in the house. Simon catches up with new Dragons' Den star Steven Bartlett, who has a hugely successful podcast of his own. He talks through his views on the traditional route to success and why it is outdated. Happy New Year!
James Cameron-Wilson looks back at the cinema year, giving us his top ten of 2021, with Tick Tick Boom! taking top spot. He sums up the current thinking on those films that could win the top awards, with a surprising contender a favourite for Best Film Oscar. He also looks ahead to 2022, giving us a run-down of the big blockbuster films heading to cinema screens in the new year.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, looks back over some of the best and weirdest tech from 2021. Listen again to tales of a Tesla hearse, pigs playing computer games, the first-ever Tweet selling for $2.5m, transparent wood, fluorescent potatoes, the Tesla bot (or not), cosmic concrete, latrine-trained cows, Dog TV, a face mask using Ostrich extract to detect Covid and a ribald Polish-singing cactus.
Jonathan Davis, editor of the Investment Trusts Handbook, tells Simon Rose what makes investment trusts special and why investors should consider their merits. He explains the differences to other types of funds, including the premium and discount. He discusses the yields on alternative assets (including renewable energy and even music royalties) and how trusts can continue paying dividends even in bad years. The handbook, from Harriman House, is available in hardbook or free as an ebook (https://tinyurl.com/mt69fc24).
At the end of 2021, we feature some of the topics covered during the year by Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University. In conversation with Simon Rose, Tim discussed the tensions in eastern Europe and why Germany is so beholden to Putin's Russia, the death of the Californian Dream, Ed Balls' examination of the crisis in the UK care system, science's Replication Crisis and why Lord Frank Field was ahead of his time in his ideas on unemployment benefit.