Episode 28 - Of dice and men: a look one of the world’s most compelling industries
Episode 28 - Of dice and men: a look one of the world’s most compelling industries

Episode 28

What's on the cards for the future of the global gambling market? This week, we explore developments changing the face of the USD450 billion industry, from more relaxed regulations sweeping the globe to the rise of online gambling and crypto casinos. Plus, electric cars in Mexico, coca-cola's alcopops, and more reasons to celebrate international women.

Episode 27 - Innovation, religious plurality, and culture in the United Arab Emirates
Episode 27 - Innovation, religious plurality, and culture in the United Arab Emirates

Episode 27

As Innovation Month comes to a close in the UAE, we take a look at how the government is keen to leverage innovation and culture to drive growth and attract investment, while also examining the country's close ties with India and the state of religious pluralism.

Episode 26 – Nigeria’s return to growth, anti-corruption measures, and the rise of Nollywood
Episode 26 – Nigeria’s return to growth, anti-corruption measures, and the rise of Nollywood

Episode 26

With elections in Nigeria just one year away, we take a look at how the administration has handled the economy's worst recession in recent memory, evaluate the success of anti-corruption measures, and examine the rise of Nollywood in the context of soft power.

Episode 25 – How does sport both unite and divide us all? A Winter Olympics post-mortem
Episode 25 – How does sport both unite and divide us all? A Winter Olympics post-mortem

Episode 25

As the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang wrap up, we take a look at how sport has a history of both uniting and dividing. Just what was the most politically charged Olympics in history?

Episode 24 – Leftists in Mexico, evangelicals in Costa Rica, and Rex Tillerson on tour in LatAm
Episode 24 – Leftists in Mexico, evangelicals in Costa Rica, and Rex Tillerson on tour in LatAm

Episode 24

This week, we ask why the Mexican president is so unpopular and what is behind the rise of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. We then head south to look at the evangelical challenging the establishment in Costa Rica, before looking at what Rex Tillerson is hoping to achieve on his tour of Latin America.

Episode 23 - A podcast on drugs! Models for legalization and the US opioid crisis blown open
Episode 23 - A podcast on drugs! Models for legalization and the US opioid crisis blown open

Episode 23

This week, we take a look at approaches to drugs legalization in Portugal, Jamaica, and the US, before attempting to untangle the opioid crisis unfolding in the US. Is there too much of a good thing?

Episode 22 - Portuguese leftism, tackling Jamaican lottery scammers, and how to beautify your camel
Episode 22 - Portuguese leftism, tackling Jamaican lottery scammers, and how to beautify your camel

Episode 22

This week, we discuss why Portugal is no longer the "new Greece," head across the Atlantic to Jamaica to find out what is behind a recent security alert in Montego Bay, and wrap up with a debate on just what is fair in a camel beauty contest.

Episode 21 – What to do with communist rebels, EU bad boys, and what’s up with Uzbekistan?
Episode 21 – What to do with communist rebels, EU bad boys, and what’s up with Uzbekistan?

Episode 21

Risk can come in many shapes and sizes. This time, the podcast crew discuss the challenges Colombia is facing as it looks to reintegrate former FARC rebels, examine the hurdles the EU faces as Poland and Hungary go off script, and ponder how China and Russia may clash over Central Asia.

Episode 20 – Crazy hypothetical predictions that absolutely won’t happen in 2018 (hopefully)
Episode 20 – Crazy hypothetical predictions that absolutely won’t happen in 2018 (hopefully)

Episode 20

This week, the podcast crew run down a series of increasingly unlikely predictions for 2018, from the mass conversion of Israel's Palestinian population to Judaism, the eruption of the super volcano that lies under Yellowstone national park, and more.

Episode 19 - Weekly Roundup
Episode 19 - Weekly Roundup

Episode 19

This week Leland and Peter are joined by a cast of TBY characters to look at a few of our favorite recent articles on thebusinessyear.com. Managing Editor for Middle East and Africa Gill Harris talks about women in fintech (or the lack thereof); Writer/Editor Evan Pheiffer looks at the legacy of the Soviet Union on the 100th anniversary of the October revolution; and Regional Director Paul Loomis tells us how the corruption crackdown in Saudi Arabia looks from ground.

Episode 18 - Cryptocast: The Future of Money
Episode 18 - Cryptocast: The Future of Money

Episode 18

The meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies is raising interest, scrutiny, and questions about the role of money in civilization, all in equal measure. Meanwhile, initial coin offerings—crowdfunding via cryptos—are outpacing equity funding, blockchain is changing the way business is done, and regulators are reversing the way their national economies approach digital currencies. This week, we take a step back to discuss how it all works and what it all means. Plus, hard forks, USD50 million pizzas, and the consolidated autocracy of the digital-ledger age.

Episode 17 - Tectonic shifts, real and figurative, in Mexico, Iraq, and KSA
Episode 17 - Tectonic shifts, real and figurative, in Mexico, Iraq, and KSA

Episode 17

We step back from a frenetic economic news cycle to talk with the people behind our most popular articles from the week. Leland and Peter are joined by Paul Loomis, Regional Director for Asia, to discuss Saudi Arabia's decision to allow women to drive; Associate Editor Emily Casswell talks about the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum; and Latin America Regional Editor Han Le and Mexico Country Editor Andres Melendro give a first-hand account of September's massive earthquake.

Episode 16 - What would a trade war look like?
Episode 16 - What would a trade war look like?

Episode 16

On the heels of Steven Bannon's paradoxical speech to a Chinese state-owned brokerage in Hong Kong, we take stock of the Trump administration's tough talk with China, consider the possibility of a trade war, and look at historical examples to understand what such a retaliatory cycle might mean for the global economy. Plus, St. Louis as an FDI magnet, Indonesia under water, and the so-called bitcoin bubble.

Episode 15 - The Limits of the Markets, with Paul De Grauwe
Episode 15 - The Limits of the Markets, with Paul De Grauwe

Episode 15

Leland, Evan, and Liz welcome renowned economist Paul De Grauwe to talk about his latest book, "The Limits of the Market: The Pendulum Between Government and Market." Plus, we lie to our colleague Shireen in a new segment called Fake News.

Episode 14 - Nigerian FinTech
Episode 14 - Nigerian FinTech

Episode 14

Recording from Lagos, Leland Rice is joined by TBY's Silvia Lambiase and Gabriele de Leva to discuss Nigerian FinTech, oil, and the 419.

Saudi Succession
Saudi Succession

Episode 13

This week we talk Saudi succession, peace in Colombia, and the littoral politics of the Caspian Sea. With special guests Paul Loomis, Han Le, Evan Pheiffer, and Liz Colavita.

Private Equity in Africa, with Ozan Özkural
Private Equity in Africa, with Ozan Özkural

Episode 12

This week we're joined by Ozan Özkural--finance expert, Managing Partner of Tanto Capital, and member of the Brookings Institution's Foreign Policy Leadership Council--to discuss Africa's private equity ecosystem. Also, universal basic income (UBI) redux, Trump at the G20, snowflakes from the top rope, and more. Join TBY's Leland Rice, Peter Howson, Emily Casswell, and Evan Pheiffer for our weekly dive into economic news and trends.

World Expo with Yerzhan Rashev
World Expo with Yerzhan Rashev

Episode 11

This week, with Kazakhstan currently hosting Expo 2017 in Astana, we look at the history of the event and how its evolution reflects the ever-changing global economy. Leland Rice, Peter Howson, and Evan Pheiffer are joined by Kazakhstani pundit Yerzhan Rashev to discuss the event and what it means for the country's economic and political ambitions. We also welcome Sergio Ripollés, TBY's Country Editor in Qatar, to ask him about life under blockade. Plus, universal basic income, Chinese incentives for catching a spy, and more.

Remittances, with Leon Isaacs
Remittances, with Leon Isaacs

Episode 10

This week we're pleased to welcome Leon Isaacs, joint-CEO of Developing Market Associate and a leading authority on remittances and the money transfer industry. On the eve of the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2017 at UN headquarters in New York, we discuss global regulations for cross-border money transfers, opportunities in diaspora investment, and some of the emerging markets most impacted by the USD 1 trillion remittances industry.

The Global Renewables Industry
The Global Renewables Industry

Episode 9

The Trump administration has claimed that the Paris Agreement would strain public finances and kill jobs. But around the world, particularly in emerging markets, countries are setting ambitious renewable energy targets precisely to rationalize public spending and create jobs. This week Leland Rice is joined by Evan Pheiffer, Emily Casswell, and Peter Howson to discuss this disconnect, explore alternative energy investment in EMs, and assess the overall global renewables industry. Plus: snail farming in Azerbaijan, Senegal's Eurobond issuance, and Barclays' Africa exit.

Emerging space nations
Emerging space nations

Episode 8

Emerging markets...in spaaaaaaaace. This week, TBY's Leland Rice, Peter Howson, Emily Casswell, and Evan Pheiffer discuss the rapidly changing sphere of 21st century space exploration and the economic opportunities offered by the cosmos.

One Belt, One Road, many questions
One Belt, One Road, many questions

Episode 7

The road might be one, but the paths are many. This week, TBY's Editor-in-Chief Leland Rice is joined by Writer/Editor Evan Pheiffer, Associate Editor Emily Casswell, and Senior Editor Peter Howson to discuss “One Belt, One Road,” China's ever-expanding external investment drive that aims to create a new Silk Road across 60+ countries, all with a healthy dose of economic diplomacy. Some call it a 21st Century Marshall Plan. But it's not without social, political, and economic risks for China. Plus: Colombia's got gas, single currency ambitions in East Africa, and fox hunters vs globalist snowflakes.

Bottoms up: Africa's bubbling beer market
Bottoms up: Africa's bubbling beer market

Episode 6

Africa is the world's fastest growing beer market. And on the heels of last year's acquisition of Africa's own SABMiller by ABInbev for $103 billion--the 3rd largest takeover in history--the race is on to capture share of the continent's young, urbanizing, and thirsty population. Leland Rice, Peter Howson, Emily Casswell, and Evan Phieffer--TBY's resident pod-studio gangsters and beer dilettantes--distill Africa's drinks industry as well as take a look at key events from the week's economic news.

Start ups, smart cities, and tech in the UAE
Start ups, smart cities, and tech in the UAE

Episode 5

This week, Editor-in-Chief Leland Rice is joined by Irving Argaez and Michael Greenfield, TBY's Country Editors in the UAE representing Abu Dhabi and Dubai, respectively. We discuss the UAE's start up ecosystem, tech unicorns and their investors in the GCC, and Dubai's drive to be the smartest--and happiest--city in the world by 2021.

Saudi Arabia in Asia
Saudi Arabia in Asia

Episode 4

This week, TBY's Editor-in-Chief Leland Rice along with Senior Editor Peter Howson and Writer/Editor Evan Phiffer take a deep dive into Saudi Arabia--its charm offensive in Asia, oil giant Saudi Aramco's maiden sukuk issuance, and the Kingdom's economic reform agenda. Plus, Rex Tillerson and Kazakhstan, Mozambique's "Tuna Bond" troubles, and Theresa May's doppelgänger.

Diplomatic Disputes Between Turkey and The Netherlands
Diplomatic Disputes Between Turkey and The Netherlands

Episode 3

The row between Turkey and the Netherlands dominated headlines this week, but what does this mean for the intended sale of Turkey's largest fuel distributor to Rotterdam-based Vitol Group? In addition, we look at the economics of being a cabbie in major cities around the world, call our Mexico correspondent to talk about efforts to diversify trade away from the US, and talk about a tariff agreement between Azerbaijan, Russian, and Iran. All of this, along with some commentary on world-leader suit selection, pirates, and the most expensive op-ed in history.

Asia in the Post-TPP Era
Asia in the Post-TPP Era

Episode 2

This week's episode of TBY Today is a speculative one. The Business Year's Editor-in-Chief Leland Rice along with Associate Editor Emily Casswell and Writer/Editor Evan Phieffer postulate who Italian energy giant ENI is selling its Mozambique assets to, what a post-TTP Asia might look like, and what Zambia's forthcoming IMF package will entail. Just as we post this, details of the ENI deal were made public. We got it right, for the record. Hold us to account for the other two predictions, and join us as we each share something surprising learned from the week in economic news.

Syrian Peace Talks in Astana
Syrian Peace Talks in Astana

Episode 1

This week, TBY's Editor-in-Chief Leland Rice is joined in the Istanbul studio by Writer/Editor Evan Pheiffer, Associate Editor Emily Casswell, and Senior Editor Peter Howson to discuss Kazakhstan's hosting of the Syrian peace talks, Turkey's competitive advantages in bidding for infrastructure projects in East Africa, anti-corruption raids in Nigeria, and other stories from the week's news in emerging markets.