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Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the Outgoing Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has stated that the UK needs a trade deal with the EU if the British economy is to escape the “suspended animation” of the last four years. The comments from CBI chief follow intense trade talks between London and Brussels as both sides seek to agr…
 
The Muslim community make up just 1.1 percent of the American population, but with just days left in the US presidential race their vote especially in swing states could influence results. Mehmet Ozalp, Associate Professor in Islamic Studies at Charles Sturt University spoke to us about the importance of the Muslim vote.…
 
Health Minister Matt Hancock has refused to rule out introducing a fourth tier of coronavirus restrictions. This comes as scientists warned more measures including school closures could be necessary to slow the spread of infection. Yet the general public’s remains sceptical of government measures and non compliance seems to be the norm here in the …
 
A handful of Conservative MPs have called for the House of Lords to be abolished, if peers in Britain’s upper chamber try to restrict the PM’s internal market bill and side with politicians from the European Union. The comments originally made by the MP Daniel Kawczynski in an interview with the Daily Express Newspaper, follows the resumption of Br…
 
Senior EU figures believe Boris Johnson is holding off to see if Donald Trump wins the US election before confirming a post-Brexit trade deal. Michel Barnier is expected to continue talks in London for another three days after the renewed engagement with the UK proved to be productive. While the biggest roadblocks, fishing rights and state aid are …
 
Recent findings from neuroscientists have shown how being socially connected particularly during lockdown impacts us positively. Pascal Vrticka, a Lecturer in Psychology, at the University of Essex spoke to us about how we can stay socially connected during this period.Radio Sputnik
 
Ireland, France, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands have reportedly made a vow to “remain united” in their position EU access to British waters must be part of a post-Brexit free trade deal. ThIs comes as Brexit talks recommence in London. We spoke to political commentator Graham Eardley about the ongoing Brexit negotiations and what they could m…
 
New research has revealed that people’s hesitancy to share their data stems from not knowing who would have access to it and how organisations that collect data keep it private. Gabriel Kaptchuk, a Professor in Computer Science at Boston University spoke to us about these findings.Radio Sputnik
 
The UK's largest study into how adults feel about the pandemic has astonishingly revealed that nearly half the population of England don’t understand lockdown laws! We spoke with English Democrat Leader, Robin Tilbrook, to find out, just how complicated the rules are and is there a solution?Radio Sputnik
 
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is set to arrive in London to resume talks over a post-Brexit trade agreement, after a week-long standoff. The French diplomat will meet Lord David Frost, after the pair agreed to restart face-to-face talks during a phone call on Wednesday. Many questions remain about the state of the deal, but many are confused a…
 
A study from the Office for National Statistics found that, from the beginning of lockdown, 30.9% of adults in the UK reported that they had seen their well being negatively affected by loneliness. However according to philosophy there can be benefits from solitude. Matthew Sharpe, an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Deakin University spoke to …
 
New research has shown that during the break in sports competition caused by COVID-19, sports women felt they earned less and had worse access to equipment than their male counterparts, which impacted their ability to train effectively. Dr. Ali Bowes, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport at Nottingham Trent University, spoke to us about these fi…
 
Was the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange justice against a man who broke the law or a warning that journalism is under threat globally? Tomorrow marks ten years since WikiLeaks released the Iraqi war logs. Over four hundred thousand documents relating to the Iraq War changed much of the discourse around the controversial war. As Assange a…
 
Some scientists have called for a zero Covid-19 approach, attempting to eliminate the virus rather than containing its spread. New Zealand almost succeeded but after 100 days without a case, new infections emerged. Kingston Mills, a Professor of Experimental Immunology at Trinity College Dublin spoke to us about the likelihood of reaching zero Covi…
 
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged UK businesses to accelerate preparations for a no deal Brexit. Johnson has insisted that the country will prosper outside the EU with or without a trade deal, stressing that whilst companies have been busy fighting the challenges of Covid, they must now get ready for the end of the Brexit transition.…
 
New research has revealed that artificial intelligence has impressive language understanding and has the ability to complete relatively complex interactive tasks. TaeWoo Kim a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney spoke to us about how much influence artificial intelligence has on our lives?…
 
‘The Entertainment Industry has changed and Disney is Definitely a Reflection of That,’ says Analyst.The COVID-19 pandemic has been no fairy-tale. Especially for Disney, whose cruises, theme parks, cinema and retail business have all been crushed, resulting in loses of over £3.6 billion. Sensing that a final curtain call was near if they didn’t act…
 
A recent UK survey has revealed that during lockdown employers were asking female employees to dress “sexier” and wear make-up during video meetings. Dennis Nickson, Professor of Work, Employment and Organisation at the University of Strathclyde spoke to us about the issue of “lookism” in the workplace.…
 
Manifestation is the latest viral trend on social media with the #manifest hashtag gaining over a billion views on TikTok alone. Melissa Carr, a Senior Lecturer in Leadership Development at Bournemouth University spoke to us about manifestation as an ideology.Radio Sputnik
 
Residents of the greater Manchester area are awaiting news from the government regarding their coronavirus restrictions. The mayor of Manchester and the westminster government have been in talks over whether Manchester will move to the highest level. Local leaders want better financial support from the government, yet it appears the two sides could…
 
The Scottish government will implement a tier based strategy of Covid restrictions in the next few days. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her devolved administration was aiming to "align as closely as possible with other UK nations" on a strategic level however the Scottish system could have more tiers than England. But should Scotland follow En…
 
All male panels otherwise known as “manels” have become prevalent in social and work domains which can be problematic as it risks leaving other groups out. Jenny Rodriguez, a senior lecturer in employment studies at the University of Manchester, spoke to us about how we can address this issue.Radio Sputnik
 
Research has revealed that we can lose up to 40 percent of our muscle mass between our 20s and 80s and with current Covid-19 restrictions the loss of muscle mass is even more likely. Claire Stewart, a Professor of Stem Biology at Liverpool’s John Moores University spoke to us about how we can stay healthy and slow down muscle loss during lockdown.…
 
British prime minister Boris Johnson says it's time to get ready for the prospect of no free trade deal with the EU on 1 January. The prime minister claimed Brussels had "abandoned" the opportunity for a deal, but we always knew there would be change. Mr Johnson finished his statement claiming it looked like the country was heading for what he call…
 
Electronic cigarettes could increase the number of people who stop smoking compared to nicotine replacement therapy – such as chewing gum and patches – according to new research. Jamie Hartmann-Boyce from Oxford University and lead author of the study spoke to us about these findings.Radio Sputnik
 
New research has revealed that we can determine a person’s personality traits from how they behave while using virtual reality. Stephen Fairclough, a Professor of Psychophysiology at Liverpool John Moores University spoke to us about these findings.Radio Sputnik
 
Approximately half of England’s population will be put into lockdown from Saturday, despite rising tensions in North of the country, between regional leaders and the central Westminster government. It comes as the Mayor for Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, attacked Boris Johnson’s new lockdown measures; warning that jobs and business in the North …
 
Culture Has a Vital Role to Play in Helping Our Understanding of the Menopause, Says Professor.You may be surprised to know that this weekend it's world menopause day. The purpose of the day itself is to raise awareness on the menopause and support options for improving health and wellbeing. We spoke to Katie Shaw professor of contemporary writings…
 
While Europe is in the midst of its second wave of Covid-19, with the UK, Spain and France reporting thousands of daily cases, countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia have seen a low resurgence with an average of zero to five new daily cases. Maximilian De Courten, Health Policy Lead and Professor in Global Public Health at Victoria Universit…
 
Ken McCallum, MI5’s new chief has said that Britain is facing a “nasty mix” of national security threats from countries like Russia and China due to fast-growing right-wing terrorism. Political commentator Alexander Mercouris spoke to us about these claims.Radio Sputnik
 
New figures from England and Wales have revealed that drug related deaths over the last year reached their highest level for a quarter of a century. The figures released by the Office for National Statistic showed 4,393 people died in England and Wales from drug poisoning, with cocaine deaths rising by 7.7% for men and 26.5% for women. Looking at t…
 
A four-week circuit lockdown will come into force in Northern Ireland on Friday in an attempt to stall the rise in coronavirus infections. Andrée Murphy, a journalist based in Northern Ireland, spoke to us about the new restrictions.Radio Sputnik
 
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has urged Britain’s government to conclude a free trade agreement with the European Union to support the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. These efforts from the OECD come as Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen meet ahead of Thursday’s EU summit and Johnson’s October 15th dea…
 
Social Scientists are discovering a brand new “coronavirus culture” which has emerged from lockdown. Alan Bradshaw, co-author of “The Dictionary of Coronavirus Culture” spoke to us about some of the new social norms that have come as a result of the pandemic.Radio Sputnik
 
Britain’s government has announced a new three-tier system of local lockdown measures to try to curb rising COVID-19 rates across the country. The new ‘Local COVID Alert Levels’ range between "medium", "high" and "very high" and will be implemented depending on local infection rates. Looking at these new measures in greater detail, Sputnik spoke to…
 
New research has revealed that suffering from pain causes consumers to spend more money. This is based on the idea of what marketing scholars call the “pain of paying.” Eugene Chan, an Associate Professor at Purdue University, spoke to us about these findings.Radio Sputnik
 
A new study has revealed that over two thirds of parents are concerned about how lockdown has affected their children. Laurien Beane, an early childhood specialist from the Australian Catholic University spoke to us about how the pandemic has affected children’s social development.Radio Sputnik
 
A new report published by the Centre for Brexit Policy has warned that Boris Johnson will fail to get a deal as good as the one Canada has with the EU, if he comes to an agreement with Brussels. The warning comes just 3 days before the Prime Minister’s deadline for a deal with the EU, with the UK expected to leave on WTO rules, if both sides fail t…
 
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has reportedly told EU leaders to ignore Boris Johnson’s mid-October deadline for an agreement, saying talks would have to carry on until the end of the month. This comes as U.K. negotiator David Frost is set to continue meetings with Barnier as the looming deadline approaches. With more on the ongoing negotiation…
 
Facebook has recently announced a ban on groups and pages identified with the rapidly growing QAnon conspiracy movement. Shane Satterly from Griffith University discussed with us whether social media platforms can suppress extremist groups.Radio Sputnik
 
The government’s new “winter economy plan” marks a shift in government rhetoric from “jobs retention” to “jobs support” as the new plan focuses on so-called “viable” jobs, rather than protecting jobs in general. Dr Holly Patrick, a lecturer in Human Resource Management at Edinburgh Napier University spoke to us about how this shift will impact the …
 
As a society in today's day and age, do we have free will? Or does it even exist? And is it possible for science to help us in the quest for these answers? We spoke with Professor, Daniel Stoljar, from the Australian National University, as he shares his views on a debate that in an era of the coronavirus, has become more relevant than ever.…
 
After a three year investigation, The information commissioner has declared that Cambridge Analytica was "not involved" in the EU referendum. The inquiry into the misuse of personal data has now ended with several fines for Facebook, leave EU and vote leave but the firm at the center of the huge Facebook data breaches has been cleared of any wrongd…
 
The temporary loss of data relating to 16,000 positive cases of COVID-19 has raised serious concerns about the operation of the UK’s test and trace system. Darrin Baines, Professor of Health Economics at Bournemouth University spoke to us about how effectively the UK government has handled the pandemic.…
 
Nine years after its last eruption, Iceland’s most active volcano Grímsvötn is poised for another explosion, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Dave McGarvie, a volcanologist, at Lancaster University spoke to us about the impact another eruption will have on the country.Radio Sputnik
 
COVID-19 has done something that two World Wars were not able to achieve; It has closed cinemas all across the country. There is now a growing fear that cinema as we know it, may die. We speak with Christopher John Chandler, Programme leader for film and television, University of Hertfordshire, to find out if the final credits on the future of cine…
 
Digital industries are using user’s personal data through technology to gain competitive advantage. Researchers at the University of Quebec have been looking at a new model of “generic management” which looks at the consequences users face. Guillaume Desjardins, an Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at the university spoke to us about this…
 
It’s been reported that Britain and the EU have made positive progress on agreeing social security rights for their citizens after Brexit. As a result, diplomats in Brussels was now preparing to negotiate with counterparts in London until as late as mid-November - rather than cutting talks off at the start of next month. With more on this story, Sp…
 
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