President Trump will sign up to the deal to keep the US government running, but he will also declare a state of emergency in order to get the money to build his wall. Also Britain's prime minister loses another vote on Brexit. How long can she and her latest Brexit plan survive? Plus, why an artificial intelligence project is not releasing their research over fear of fake news. Jack Clark from OpenAI explains how the technology works and why they're keeping it under wraps. The internet giant Amazon had been planning to build a second headquarters and locate it in New York City - but not any more. It abandoned the plans because of opposition from local politicians. Plus, on Valentine's Day, our reporter asks whether when it comes to finding a life partner, you should let your heart rule your head, or the other way around.
All this and more discussed with two guests throughout the show: political journalist Erin Delmore, in New York and Sushma Ramachandran, former chief business correspondent at The Hindu, in Delhi.
(Picture: A section of the reinforced US-Mexico border fence. Credit: AFP)
Will President Trump avert another shutdown?
Trump has three days to sign legislation which would prevent a second government shutdown, a deal between the Republicans and Democrats in Congress which doesn't include funding for a border wall with Mexico. A new report from the UN's International Labour Organisation shows that the quantity and quality of jobs around the world has declined in the past decade. We discuss it with Virginia Doellgast of Cornell University. And the story of how a penniless youth became one of China's most prominent financiers; we speak to Weijan Shan about his new book.
Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Paddy Hirsch, the editor of NPR's daily business and economics podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money, who's in Los Angeles, and Nisid Hajari, the Asia Editor for Bloomberg's editorial board from Bangkok.
(Photo: President Trump holds a cabinet meeting. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Protesters call for change in Venezuela
Supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaidó fill the streets of the capital, Caracas, and are calling for President Maduro to go. Three weeks after Guaidó declared himself interim president, we ask what has changed and how businesses are coping with the ongoing shortages. We speak to Francisco Ibarra who advises companies looking to invest in Venezuela. We hear from Catalonia where 12 separatists have gone on trial this week accused of sedition and rebellion. Plus, the Global Positioning System - or GPS - has won an engineering prize, and we hear from one of its inventors, Hugo Fruehauf.
Vishala Sri-Pathma is joined throughout the programme by Andrew Peaple of the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and academic and author Cathy O'Neil in New York.
(Photo: A protester in Caracas, Venezuela. Credit: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images)
New talks aim to avert another US shutdown
Democrats and Republicans are meeting in Washington to try to reach a deal on border security and avoid another government shutdown. Congress has until Friday to pass legislation before the current federal funding agreement runs out. Michelle Mark, politics reporter at Business Insider, tells us that President Trump would probably like to avoid another shutdown. Forty years since the Iranian revolution, we assess the health of Iran's economy. Dr Sanam Vakil is a Middle East expert at the research group Chatham House, and tells us how much of an impact sanctions are having on the country. Plus, our reporter heads to Cologne, Germany, to the ISM Sweets and Snacks Fair, to find out why sales are still booming in spite of advice to cut back on sugar.
All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show: Ralph Silva of Silva Research Network in Toronto, Canada and Madhavan Narayan, freelance writer and former senior editor at Hindustan Times, in Delhi.
(Photo: a protestor holding a sign saying 'no shutdown'. Credit: BBC.)
Aid convoy stalled on Venezuelan border
Trucks laden with food and medicine are waiting at the Venezuelan border. The aid convoy is needed to tackle a growing humanitarian crisis. But the trucks are being held up by the political crisis in the country. Dany Bahar is an economist at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and outlines the country’s economic troubles.
Providing a basic income to unemployed Finns did not help them find work, research finds. Minna Ylikanno is one of the team who led the ongoing trial for the Finnish social insurance agency, and explains her organisation's findings.
Also in the show, Leo Barraclough, features editor of the entertainment paper Variety gives insight into the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, from the effect of the Me-Too movement to highlights of this season’s films.
The BBC’s Emma Simpson follows a tomato from Spain to the UK to find out how Brexit might affect the availability of fresh produce after the UK leaves the European Union.
Plus we look back at the rest of the week's big business stories, with Eshe Nelson, reporter for Quartz in London, and in New York, Sujeet Indap, US editor of the Financial Times Lex column.
And all throughout the show we’ll be joined by Colin Peacock of Radio New Zealand.
(Photo: Boxes with US humanitarian aid goods in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Tachira, Venezuela. Credit: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)