The American film producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assault and rape by a jury in New York. Rebecca Gill, Director of the Women's Research Institute at the University of Nevada, gives us her reaction. A spike in cases of coronavirus in Italy has fuelled concerns of a possible pandemic. Professor Michele Geraci, until recently the undersecretary of state at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, discusses the possible economic implications of parts of Italy being put into lockdown. Worldwide stock markets saw sharp falls because of concerns of the coronavirus. Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments in Chicago watched the day's trading on Wall Street. Fake news stories about the cause of coronavirus are putting social media companies under pressure to stop the spread of malicious content. We hear from Alistair Brian, lead fact checker with the website Ferret, which uncovers false news online. And a picture is worth a thousand words - at least according to Graham Shaw, who advises businesses that using drawings and diagrams is the best way to get your message across in a presentation or meeting.
All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show. Eleanor Jones, a former technology consultant and founder of Skintelligent, in Singapore. And Professor Peter Morici, an economist at the University of Maryland, who's in Washington DC.
(Photo: Harvey Weinstein entering New York City Criminal Court. Credit: Getty Images.)
Coronavirus deaths increase across globe
The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, as more deaths are announced across the globe. The Director General of the World Health Organisation updates us. Billionaire businessman Warren Buffet has a cult following of fans always gobbling up his advice – we hear how they come out in force ahead of his annual letter to shareholders. As the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, welcomes President Trump to Gujarat, we ask how much the welcoming ceremony is costing. And finally: Rio Carnival kicks off in Brazil – we have a look at the legacy and scale of the event. We discuss all this with our live guest, Colin Peacock from Radio New Zealand.
(Chinese police officers wear masks to protect against coronavirus. Photo by Betsy Joles/Getty Images)
Major bank releases climate disaster report
Investment bank JP Morgan releases a report on environmental disaster and banking – the BBC’s Tom Espiner tells us what he reads in to the report, titled "Risky business: the climate and the macroeconomy", and if the rest of corporate America is thinking along similar lines. Also: stoicism continues along with hard work and a never-say-die attitude in Australia, as they rebuild after the wildfires. We have the CEO of Anglo-American talking to us on the environmental virtues of mining, on the day they reveal that revenues were up in 2019. And Big Brother might be in the office - when the bosses keep tabs by counting the keystrokes, counting the cigarette puffs, counting the seconds spent in the loo…. We ask how uncomfortable it can all be - sometimes for all parties involved. All this is discussed with Nicole Childers at Marketplace radio in LA, and former Hong Kong government official Rachel Cartland of Cartland Consulting.
(Image: JP Morgan sign. Copyright: Getty Images Pool)
Michael Bloomberg's first Democratic debate
Billionaire US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is to make his first Democratic debate appearance in Las Vegas. We’ll hear from Megan Messerly, reporter at the Nevada Independent, who is at the Paris Theatre where the debate is taking place. Stef Kight of Axios explains why Bloomberg is entering the race so late and how his campaign is pitching him in a crowded field. Not everyone is excited to see the former New York mayor in the race though - Benjamin Dixon is a broadcaster and political journalist in Atlanta. He explains why people with ethnic minority backgrounds might be reluctant to vote for Bloomberg, based on some controversial policies as mayor. And the Wall Street Journal’s Georgia Wells describes just how much Bloomberg, one of the richest men in the world, is spending on social media influence.
Meanwhile, the current US president, Donald Trump, is preparing for a visit to India. We'll hear how Indian PM Narendra Modi is preparing for the visit.
Also in the show: Chinese tech giant Huawei's Chief Security Officer says America’s efforts to ban it will only damage the US economy. And we take a long look into the search for a Coronavirus vaccine.
All through the show we will be joined by Jyoti Malhotra, National & Strategic Affairs Editor at the Print in Delhi.
(Image: Michael Bloomberg. Photo credit: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Coronovirus hits tech and auto supplies
The secondary effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) arrive, as tech giant Apple warns of production and demand disruption - and Chinese car parts are flown in to Europe in suitcases. We have a guide to the most highly regarded tax havens... by tax dodgers, and how the EU is gunning for the places where it's hard to find who owns what. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became one of the most generous philanthropists in history -but all is not as it seems, as people raise eyebrows at how little tax the corporation pays. And no dairy please, we're millennials: how the alternative milk movement is hurting US famers. Plus as HSBC bank loses profits from its European operations, an expert tells us how its peers are also ailing in the region. All this is discussed live with guests Diane Brady, columnist in New York, and Jasper Kim, economist, in Seoul, South Korea.
(Image: A Chinese employee wears a protective mask as he sits in the showroom of an Apple Store after it closed for the day in Feb 2020 in a shopping district in Beijing, China. Credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)