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The Surrogacy Business

March 28th, 2017

Commercial surrogacy, where women carry the babies of paying couples, is a significant global trade. But major centres like India are considering banning the practice amid legal and ethical concerns. Are women being put at risk? The BBC's Jane Garvey speaks to Miranda Davies, author of Babies for Sale, and Konstantina Davaki, health researcher...

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The Gender Pay Gap

March 27th, 2017

What can be done to close the gender pay gap around the world? Jane O'Brien reports from Philadelphia, where a new law prevents employers asking job applicants about their pay history, and Heather Melville from the Chartered Management Institute in the UK outlines the scale of the challenge in countries around the world. Plus Lucy Kellaway on...

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Has Uber Lost Its Way?

March 24th, 2017

Lawsuits, management resignations, grumpy drivers, a boycott campaign, heavy losses - has the ride-sharing service taken a wrong turn? The woes of Uber's global chief executive Travis Kalanick have mounted further in recent weeks - first an embarrassing video of an angry spat he had with one of his own drivers went viral, then his company...

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Out to Lunch?

March 23rd, 2017

Desk sandwich or boozy meal? Business Daily's Ed Butler dissects the business lunch, and asks whether the demise of the fancy client meal is a good thing. Elizabeth Hotson reports on the sobering change in Western lunchtime practices over the last generation, while Steve Evans describes how Koreans have had to start keeping their restaurant...