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  • Enron's collapse 20 years on
    It has been 20 years since the spectacular collapse of what was the seventh biggest company in the USA - Enron. The demise of the US energy giant remains one of the most dramatic scandals in modern capitalism - but two decades on, we ask if we learned any lessons from the fall of a corporate giant. US market regulators announce the adoption of a rule allowing them to delist foreign companies from Wall Street exchanges if they fail to provide information to auditors, which is aimed primarily at Chinese firms. The BBC’s Samira Hussain tells us more. As concern about the Omicron variant grows, pharmaceutical companies are being asked to give up their vaccine patents and share the formulas more widely, so more of the world’s population can be vaccinated. We speak with Rosa Pavanelli, the general secretary of Public Services International, the global union representing workers in healthcare. Finally, we assess the corporate risk for businesses who fear a load of staff becoming infected during Christmas parties. We discuss all this live with Maneet Ahuja, senior editor at Forbes in New York, and Rebecca Choong Wilkins of Bloomberg, a specialist in Chinese debt - she's in Hong Kong. Presented by Fergus Nicoll and produced by Vivienne Nunis and Faarea Masud. (Image: Enron's logo in Houston, Texas. Credit: James Nielsen/ AFP/ Getty Images)
  • 'Shelves will be stocked for the holidays'
    President Biden seeks to reassure Americans that he is doing everything possible to ensure goods arrive in shops in time for the holidays. Sylvan Lane of The Hill explains the impact delays could have on inflation and Susan Schmidt of Aviva in Chicago explains the rocky impact on the markets. Also on the programme, the European Union has launched the Global Gateway, a global investment scheme to rival China's Belt and Road. Plus, the Women's Tennis Association suspends tennis tournaments in China amid concern for Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Fergus Nicoll is joined by Yoko Ishikura is Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University and Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network is with us from Toronto. Producers : Vivienne Nunis and Nisha Patel (Pic: Goods piled up at a port in Los Angeles Credit:VCG/ Getty
  • Inflation fears for the US
    Is America heading for an inflation crisis? US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, was in Washington DC on Tuesday, giving evidence at the US Senate's banking committee and said that the Omicron coronavirus variant poses increased uncertainty for inflation - we hear from Chris Low, Chief Economist at FHN Financial in New York. Plus, high street fashion giant Inditex has appointed the founder's daughter as its new chair. The firm owns brands including Zara and Massimo Dutti, and we find out what's behind the appointment of Marta Ortega from Dan Dombey of the Financial Times in Madrid. And oil and gas investment comes to small-town Louisiana but is it a win-win for the community? And we get wider context from the historian, journalist and author, Anne Applebaum. Plus, scientists have struggled for a long time to learn as much as they'd like about the world of infrasonic sound and now a team of research collaborators from the US, the UK, South Africa and the Netherlands has cracked it - use a seabird to do your recording for you. We hear from Olivier den Ouden at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by Jyoti Malhotra, Senior Consulting Editor at The Print - she's in New Delhi. And Andy Uhler from Marketplace on American Public Media, is in Austin. Picture of stock markets. Picture via Getty Images
  • More countries impose travel bans on Southern Africa
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Omicron coronavirus variant poses a high risk of infection surges around the globe. The head of the organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, renewed a call for a global push to get vaccines to poorer nations meanwhile in the US, workers in one of Amazon's warehouses in Alabama have been allowed to rerun a vote on whether they can join a union. Employees voted not to form a union in April, but the National Labor Relations Board found Amazon illegally interfered in the elections. Rebecca Rainey, Labour and Immigration Reporter for Politico, explains. Plus, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief executive of the company. Mr Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006, will be replaced by the current chief technical officer, Parag Agrawal. We ask the Financial Times correspondent Dave Lee why Mr Dorsey has given up the top job. Later in the programme, an episode of the cartoon The Simpsons, which refers to Tiananmen Square, does not appear on the Disney+ video streaming platform in Hong Kong. The omission of the episode by Disney has added to growing concerns about censorship and self-censorship in Hong Kong. And we talk to Karen Chan, a neon light designer in Hong Kong, about the movement to revive the use of neon in art, commercial spaces and signage. We're joined throughout the programme by Rachel Cartland, an author, writer and expert on Hong Kong and Peter Morici, an economist at the University of Maryland in Washington. (Picture: Commuters wearing face masks. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
  • Covid cases soar in the US
    Data suggests many more Americans have been travelling over the past few days than did this time last year, but there's been a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. Scientists are warning the United States could be entering a fifth wave of infections and as hospitals are getting busier, we hear from Eric Topol, a physician scientist at Scripps Research in California. We discuss Apple's decision to alert some journalists and campaigners that their smartphones may have been hacked by a state - John Scott-Railton from Citizen Lab gives us the details. And Starbucks workers in Buffalo, New York, are holding a ballot this month to decide whether to join a trade union. It's part of a trend in union activism across America - we have a report from the BBC's Ed Butler. Plus, Sir John Tusa tells us where power lies at top of a firm; is it with the executive team that runs the business day in, day out, or is it the board at the very top? Plus, on Thanksgiving, we hear about the supply chain challenges faced by a retailer in London that caters to US expats in the city, when it comes to providing the traditional turkey feast. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by Stephanie Hare, a technology writer in Chicago and Patrick Barta, the Asia News Editor for the Wall Street Journal newspaper; he's in Bangkok in Thailand. (Picture: B.1.531 variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

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