Political commentator Alex Clark looks at the Cabinet Away Day at Chequers and wonders if anything solid will result from it. He ponders Theresa May's speech on education, looks at the allegations that Jeremy Corbyn might have been a Czech security service asset and looks at what it means that Martin Selmayr has been appointed the EU's top civil servant.
Ian Forrest, Investment Research Analyst at The Share Centre, looks back at figures from Reckitt Benckiser and banks HSBC, Lloyds and Barclays. With the annual results season in full swing, he looks ahead to numbers from ITV, WPP and Persimmon.
Steve Caplin looks at Apple's wood-staining Homepod speaker, the Winter Olympics drones nobody could see, ultra-strong "Super Wood", the LED lantern powered by a tea light, the fake news online game and the app that reminds you five times a day that you're going to die.
James Cameron-Wilson examines the extraordinary box office debut of Black Panther, reviewing that along with BAFTA success The Shape of Water and Oscar-nominated Lady Bird. With the singalong version about to be launched he points out that The Greatest Showman has become the most successful ever original live-action musical and takes a look at the BAFTAs and what they might mean for the Oscars.
Dave Birss works in the corporate world, helping companies find new ways of coming up with ideas – and following them through. He's worked as a musician, a poet, and as a presenter; as well as for some of London's biggest marketing and advertising agencies. He's billed as an expert in creativity, and also writes. Sue Dougan finds out more in the latest episode of Track Record.
Britain takes a uniquely restrictive approach to occupational licensing. Around one in five UK employees requires a licence from government to practice their chosen occupation – a proportion which has doubled in the last fifteen years.
Len Shackleton, IEA editorial fellow and author of a recent report into occupational licensing, sat down with us this week to discuss the current situation. He examines whether the government’s approach is necessary or desirable – particularly in a world of technological change, with algorithms, robotics and artificial intelligence increasingly able to perform some of the functions of the established professions.
Adam talks to Mastanee Ati of Success Resources, the world’s largest organiser of personal development seminars, about the unconventional way that people are learning business, finance and even sales skills. Mastanee has worked with high profile speakers including Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki and Les Brown hosting events with up to 10,000 attendees.
Steve Caplin takes a look at a dog-walking service described as Uber for dogs, facial recognition sunglasses for the police, Land Rover's phone, the culture secretary's social network and an Internet of Things burglar deterrent called Kevin.
Brexit dominates the news agenda. But with all the talk of the single market, impact assessments and trade deals, it sometimes feels as if this debate is only happening in the comment pages of newspapers, or the corridors of Westminster. What happened to the people? The Weekly Economics Podcast is back with a special episode: a discussion we recorded live in London at the end of 2017, between political theorist Maurice Glasman, activist Ruth Ibegbuna, and the academic Rob Ford. The question journalist Mary Riddell put to them was: where are the people in the Brexit debate?
Maurice Glasman, Ruth Ibegbuna, Rob Ford, Mary Riddell
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University asks whether the US economy is becoming dangerously unstable with spending increasing even as the economy booms. He also reflects upon a survey showing that the UK public appears not to care who runs hospitals as long as they are more efficient. Lastly, he considers Momentum dropping its pledge of non-violence and the MP the Czech secret police called Agent Cob.