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The Surrogacy Business
Commercial surrogacy, where women carry the babies of paying couples, is a significant global trade. But major centres like India are considering banning the practice amid legal and ethical concerns. Are women being put at risk? The BBC's Jane Garvey speaks to Miranda Davies, author of Babies for Sale, and Konstantina Davaki, health researcher at the London School of Economics. And Manuela Saragosa hears about the legal state of play around the world from Helen Prosser, director of Brilliant Beginnings, a surrogacy agency in the UK which helps couples find surrogate mothers around the world. (Photo: An ultrasound is conducted on a surrogate mother in India, Credit: Getty Images)
The Gender Pay Gap
What can be done to close the gender pay gap around the world? Jane O'Brien reports from Philadelphia, where a new law prevents employers asking job applicants about their pay history, and Heather Melville from the Chartered Management Institute in the UK outlines the scale of the challenge in countries around the world. Plus Lucy Kellaway on what the viral video of a BBC interview gone wrong tells us about the gap between our work personas and our private lives. (Photo: a protester demanding equal pay for women in Miami in the US, Credit: Getty Images)
Has Uber Lost Its Way?
Lawsuits, management resignations, grumpy drivers, a boycott campaign, heavy losses - has the ride-sharing service taken a wrong turn? The woes of Uber's global chief executive Travis Kalanick have mounted further in recent weeks - first an embarrassing video of an angry spat he had with one of his own drivers went viral, then his company president stepped down. Presenter Ed Butler asks software engineer Leslie Miley, who worked on a recent recruitment drive for Uber, whether there is a fundamental problem with the company's workplace culture. He also hails a cab in Cairo, and speaks to the head of Uber in Egypt, Tino Waked, about how one of the biggest challenges he faces is introducing his country's drivers to their first ever smartphones. Plus, we hear from the BBC's tech correspondent in Silicon Valley, Dave Lee, about how big a threat the #DeleteUber boycott campaign poses to the company. (Picture: A protester in Paris wears a shirt displaying the Uber logo; Credit: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)
Out to Lunch?
Desk sandwich or boozy meal? Business Daily's Ed Butler dissects the business lunch, and asks whether the demise of the fancy client meal is a good thing. Elizabeth Hotson reports on the sobering change in Western lunchtime practices over the last generation, while Steve Evans describes how Koreans have had to start keeping their restaurant trips within a tightly regulated budget. Plus, Florida-based etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore explains why holding your fork the wrong way could cost you that all-important business deal. (Picture: Waiter serving wine to businessmen in restaurant; Credit: Michael Blann/Getty Images)
The Business of Fake News
Distributing fake news is a business; there's money to be made from getting people to click on invented stories online. But while fake news may be new to the political game, it's old hat in financial markets where rumours are sometimes spread to make a quick profit. We speak to Dr Bernie Hogan, an internet sociologist from the Oxford Internet Institute, about defining what fake news is and Chris Scott, partner at the law firm Schillings in London, tells us what the regulation of financial markets can teach us about clamping down on fake news. Plus, the former advertising expert turned comedian Radika Vaz in Mumbai, on why it's so very difficult to wean yourself off social media. (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)