October 17th, 2016
Episode 855 of 1091 episodes
A huge offensive has begun by the Iraqi government to recapture the city of Mosul. We find out how Iraq's economy is bearing up from Amar Karim, a journalist with Agence France Presse, based in Baghdad. Also in the programme, China has launched two astronauts into orbit. We find out what impact the mission will have on the Asian space race, from Rajeswari Rajagopalan, head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. A so-called 'Monsanto Tribunal' was held in The Hague in the Netherlands last weekend. It had no legal powers, but was an attempt to assess allegations of damage to people and the environment by agri-chemical companies. The BBC's Anna Holligan went along to find out more. The latest Disney blockbuster was inspired by a Ugandan chess champion, as the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga reports from Kampala. Plus Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times explains how not to say sorry if you're a business.
Welcome to the Brain Training Podcast, the daily audio workout for your head. In this podcast we have two games for you, each with three rounds which get progressively harder. To enjoy the full experience, relax, and avoid distractions whilst you listen.