As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Ed Butler asks whether people will soon be routinely working in outer space. A commercial space race is underway with companies preparing for the day when humans set up a lunar base and then move on to Mars. Ed hears from an expert from NASA, a promoter of commercial opportunities for space businesses and from a psychologist about what to expect from a working life in space.
Pedro Quinteiro, ISPA - University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal
Therese Griebel, NASA, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, Space Technology Mission Directorate
Barbara Ghinelli, Harwell Space Cluster
(Picture: The HASSELL design for human habitation on Mars. Credit: Hassell Studio )
What makes a good job?
Where have all the good jobs gone? With the shift from manufacturing to service sector jobs in many industrialised countries, Audrey Tinline and guests look at whether some jobs are providing a better quality of work than others. Many people now expect to have a number of different jobs, or even careers, across their working lives - have we lost something in not having a job for life? Or have we gained new freedoms to re-invent ourselves?
Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at London Business School
Leda Glyptis, Chief of Staff at 11:FS
Louise Carter-King, Mayor of Gillette, Wyoming
Dave Proctor, Programme Leader in Trade Union Education, Ruskin College, Oxford
Picture: Coal Mining In Gillette, Wyoming. (Credit: Getty Images 2004)
How China Curbs Online Gaming
Online gaming and e-sports are huge industries, but there are concerns about over-use and addiction and the way gaming takes up the time of young people. China is forcing some of its biggest games companies to put restrictions on the number of hours a day under 18s can play. But do such curbs make any difference, both to the young gamers and to the gaming business itself? Rory Cellan-Jones hears from a gaming expert and former professional e-sports player, a former online gaming addict and an expert in China's gaming industry.
(Photo:Visitors uses console at the Cyber Games Arena (CGA) eSports venue in the Mongkok district of Kowloon in Hong Kong. January 2019.. Credit: Getty Images)
Brexit: Planning in Uncertain Times
The UK parliament has rejected the Brexit deal struck between the government and the European Union. As the clock ticks to the deadline for the UK to leave the EU at the end of March, In the Balance hears how businesses are planning in times of deep uncertainty. Ed Butler asks business people in the EU and in the UK how they will manage to continue to export and import goods between the UK and the European Union if there is no deal after March 29? And Ed hears from a former senior UK civil servant on the risks ahead for trade - and what would be the best way out of the Brexit impasse?
Money and Me
Ask yourself honestly, how closely have you examined your emotional relationship with money? Or is it all a bit too awkward? Financial psychology - a relatively new discipline borne out of the USA - says we should all be doing exactly that. It joins the dots between psychology and financial planning, via behavioural economics and says it can help people understand their true relationship with money. Always in debt, but have a good salary? Ever wondered why your wealthy relative is so mean? Financial psychology might have the answer. Manuela Saragosa unravels some of these riddles with two experts: Brad Klontz, founder of the Financial Psychology Institute and Meghaan Lurtz, incoming president of the Financial Therapy Association.
(Picture: Heads made of dollar bills, Credit: Getty Images)