November 17th, 2014
Episode 87 of 995 episodes
A "highly contagious" strain of bird flu is found at a poultry farm in the Netherlands, and it could be linked to other recent cases in the UK and Germany - European officials meet to discuss ways of containing the spread. Japan's economy slips back into recession - what does it mean for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his flagship economic policy 'Abenomics'. Twenty-five years since the velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia, we find out why people in the Czech Republic are out demonstrating rather than cheering, amid concerns about closer ties with Russia. Plus, we put science fiction writing to the test, assess the accuracy of the technological predictions in the TV series Knight Rider. And talking of predictions, our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway has an issue with them, particularly when they come from management consultants.