January 30th, 2017
Episode 942 of 1091 episodes
President Trump has defended his travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority nations. We speak to some of those affected by the ruling. Murtadha al-Tameemi is an Iraqi software engineer for Facebook in Seattle, who is now unable to leave the US, and Samira Asgari is an Iranian genetics scientist with a research job at Harvard Medical School, who was blocked from boarding a flight from Frankfurt to America. Also in the programme, Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota as the world's biggest car-maker, despite an emissions scandal that has damaged its reputation. We find out more from Professor David Bailey, a motor industry expert at Aston Business School. The BBC's Alex Ritson reports on the difficulties of doing business in areas taken over by militant groups such as so-called Islamic State. Plus Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times is back, announcing the winners of her annual business jargon awards for 2016.
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