Serial, the hit podcast in which journalist Sarah Koenig investigated the conviction of Adnan Syed for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, has concluded its first series. It has been the most successful podcast ever, but it has also raised a lot of questions about journalism ethics, the role of social media in sensitive stories, and the future of the podcast form. After listening to the final episode, Sarah Gordon, the FT's business editor; Helen Warrell, FT public policy correspondent; Sarah O'Connor, employment correspondent, and Shannon Bond, US media and marketing correspondent, react to the questions left unanswered by the innovative series.
Amazon won its first Golden Globes on Sunday for Transparent, and later
announced it had commissioned Woody Allen to produce a series
exclusively for its Prime Instant Video streaming service. Henry Mance
and Matt Garrahan discuss the company's burgeoning production
Iraqi forces have taken near full control of the Baiji oil refinery north of the capital Baghdad. This is being claimed as a milestone in the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Fiona Symon discusses the development with Borzou Daragahi, FT Middle East correspondent
In a fraught, high-stakes auction, Sky and British Telecom agreed yesterday to pay £5.1bn over three years to air Premier League games. Henry Mance and Dan Thomas discuss the stunning figures and the impact on future pricing strategies for Sky, which will pay for the majority of the rights.
Zaid al-Ali, expert in the rule of law and constitutional affairs in the Arab world, talks to Borzou Daragahi, FT Middle East correspondent, about what went wrong with the pro-democracy revolutions of the Arab Spring four years ago and why so little real political progress has been made.
Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP has suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of an anti-corruption party in Delhi’s city election, undermining the Indian prime minister’s image of invincibility and showing the extent of disillusionment with the government after only eight months in office. Fiona Symon talks to Amy Kazmin about the result.
Big celebrations in Germany this weekend will mark the moment the cold war ended 25 years ago when the Berlin Wall, symbol of the iron curtain, fell. Quentin Peel and Stefan Wagstyl discuss what the anniversary means for Germany and its European partners.
Professor Jean Tirole, who won the Nobel economics prize this year for his insights into market dominance, talks to Ferdinando Giugliano about his views on the evolution of regulation and whether economics has become excessively mathematical
HSBC has had a torrid few days after details of misdemeanours at its Swiss private bank were exposed. Patrick Jenkins,financial editor, talks to George Dallas, policy director of the International Corporate Governance Network and Martin Arnold, banking editor, about the potential ramifications for current management at the bank.
The peace process between Israel and the Palestinians is already close to death and now a fresh disagreement has arisen over a decision by the Palestinians to apply to join the International Criminal Court. Fiona Symon talks to John Reed about why Palestinians want to join it and why Israel opposes the move.
India’s prime minister has grabbed the headlines with high profile meetings with leaders of the US, Japan and China, and announcing a successful satellite mission to Mars. Many see him as the best hope India has had for years to transform the country into an industrial power. Victor Mallet, South Asia bureau chief, talks to Fiona Symon about Mr Modi's ambitions and the things that stand in his way.
Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute have found that consuming non-calorie sweeteners such as saccharin instead of sugar may paradoxically promote obesity.
The research is controversial because it comes as public health campaigners are exerting growing pressure on the food and drinks industry to cut the sugar content of their products. Fiona Symon spoke to Clive Cookson, FT Science correspondent, about the findings | Originally published Sep 17, 2014
India is set to overtake China as the world's most populous country within about a decade despite years of efforts to bring down the birth rate. But right-wing religious leaders, worried about the erosion of the Hindu majority by Muslims, are urging Hindu women to produce more, not fewer babies. Fiona Symon talks to the Victor Mallet about India's battle of the babies.
Google is doubling the number of US cities that will receive its super fast broadband service and is calling for better co-operation from local authorities to help improve internet speeds in their areas. Ravi Mattu talks to Hannah Kuchler about why Google is so keen to spread its superfast network.
Podcasts are undergoing a renaissance as millions download or stream audio recordings on their iPhones or through built-in apps in their cars. Robert Cookson talks to Shannon Bond about an industry that is starting to pull in serious money from advertisers and investors.
This week, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, have suffered reverses in their battle to capture the Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani, but the jihadi organisation has made gains in battles elsewhere in Syria and Iraq. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent, tells Fiona Symon about the latest developments
The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, regarded by scientists as the biggest driver of global warming, has surged at its fastest rate in 30 years. Pilita Clark, FT Environment Correspondent, spoke to Fiona Symon about the implications. | Originally published Sep 09, 2014
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has declared 2015 "A year of Books", in which he and thousands of followers will read a nominated title every two weeks. The Romans would have loved it, says Andrew Hill
Britain is at the midway point in an austerity programme that is
intended to bring down the deficit. However, as the FT pointed out in
a series of articles recently, the cuts that lay ahead are set to be
worse than those that have been imposed so far and politicians have
not been forthcoming about the pain that lies ahead or the choices the
electorate faces. Readers put their questions about the series to the FT
Economics Editor Chris Giles
Frank Abangale is a brilliant storyteller. But his story is more interesting than most. As a runaway teenager turned confidence trickster he swindled millions of dollars from banks and travelled free on airlines all round the world before serving time in prisons in France, Sweden and the US. His tale was immortalised in Stephen Spielberg's film, Catch me if you Can. But for 38 years, he has been on the straight and narrow - offering his services free to the FBI and helping to combat fraud. Emma Jacobs spoke to him about how he turned his life around.