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    Saturday 22nd November

    Joe Schmidt's Leadership Style

    we'll all have our fingers crossed for Ireland taking on Australia in the Aviva Stadium. The man with his fingers crossed the most I'm sure will be Joe Schmidt. And maybe my next guest rugby legend Frankie Sheehan. Frankie has been studying Joe Schmidt's leadership tactics and how they can be applied to the workplace.

    The Intel Trinity

    Intel has been a big employer here in Ireland for a quarter of a century. Michael S. Malone has just published 'The Intel Trinity' a book all about the colourful past of the corporation and its founders - Robert Noyce, the son of a preacher; Gordon Moore, whose father was a county sherriff; and Andy Grove, a Hungarian refugee.


    This week Snapchat, the social media messaging service favoured by 15 - 25 year olds, launched Snapcash, a new payment service that allows users to transfer money between friends via text message. Felicity McCarthy of Spark Digital and Ian Cleary, CEO of Razor Social, discuss the many innovations looking to replace our wallets.

    Ireland's Own

    One of Ireland's longest running magazines, Ireland's Own has been going strong since 1902. Based in Wexford, each week 40,000 people pick up the publication. Our reporter Liam Geraghty went behind the scenes to find out about the secrets to its survival.

    John Ryan

    John Ryan is a man who played a colourful role in Ireland's media landscape back in the nineties and noughties. He was an editor of Magill magazine, and a founder of VIP magazine and New York Dog. He was also a regular on our TV screens, including a stint as Johnny Hansom in 'This Is Nightlive'. Four years ago, he moved into the digital realm with

    Saturday 15th November

    How to Argue Well

    You couldn't have turned on the radio this week without hearing about an argument of some sort: Mary Lou McDonald was arguing in the Dail, Roy Keane was getting caught up in an argy bargy, and we even had a love hate star tell us that bare knuckle boxing is a great way to settle a debate. But what is the best way to argue in the workplace? Should fists bang tables, or are there better ways of resolving rows? Richard was joined by MaryLou O Kennedy, Director of Oak Conflict Dynamics, and Meave Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, which provides training in conflict management.

    Sniffer Dogs

    Barney the springer spaniel added another €60,000 to his cash haul for Revenue recently. He's been so vital in retrieving cash for the exchequer that he's even been the recipient of a Golden Paw Hero Dog Award. He was taken a well deserved break this week, so we caught up with two of his colleagues and their handlers, to find out how they go about sniffing out cash.

    Hip Hop Fortunes

    Recently New York rapper Jay-Z made headlines when he took a controlling share in the champagne brand Armand de Brignac. Of course, it's not his first investment. Like lots of other hip hop artists, he's ploughed his money into numerous ventures. Taking a look at these investments - from perfumes to car rim companies - are James Byrne, a lecturer on the music industry at BIMM, and Stewart Clarke, deputy editor of Hot Press.

    Mortgage Regulation

    New Central Bank guidelines propose that most people buying a house will need a 20% deposit before the banks should issue a mortgage. Discussion about this has been gaining pace. Frank Barry, economist at Trinity's School of Business, and Frances Ruane, director of the ESRI, discuss.

    Stephen Vernon

    Bristol born, Stephen Vernon is best known for his development of the Blanchardstown centre. But his background in property development goes way back. A trained chartered surveyor, he turned Green Property from a 24 million euro valued real estate company into a one billion euro plus company. He took it private in 2004 and eventually managed to buy out the banks that had backed him. During the recession he's been working for the banks here to turn around some of their distressed property loans and in the last year alone his companies have spent a billion euro on property.

    Saturday 8th November

    Letters of Note

    Jean-Claude Trichet may have been responsible for this week's most maligned missive, but down through history lots of letters of note have been delivered across the globe. Michael Kennedy, Historian with the Royal Irish Academy, and Sinead Gleeson, Presenter of RTÉ Radio One’s “The Book Show”, take a look behind the envelopes of some of the well known ones from the world of business and economics.

    The Business of Saving Water

    Between protests and government back-pedalling, the issue of water charges has been hard to ignore of late. But for some business people, the inevitability of paying for our H2O is a path to potential profit. Liam Geraghty dipped his toe in and brought us back this report…

    Shift Work

    If you fancy ageing your brain - not that anyone does - you should start doing some shift work. That's according to a new study published this week, based on 17 years of research. But is your brain the only part of you that's likely to suffer? Dr. Sheelagh O’Brien of Corporate Health Ireland gives an overview.

    Target Marketing

    It’s that time of year when the gaps between television programmes start to take on a very specific seasonal feel. The now traditional “John Lewis Christmas Tearjerker” debuted this week, and there'll be lots of other Yuletide-themed adverts hot on its heels. But how do brands ensure that their message is getting to the right customer? Karen Hand, social psychologist and a brand consultant with Curly Enterprises, gives some insight.

    Sean Anglim

    Laura Ashley is a company that's well known for its distinctive, romantic, floral prints - both in fashions and home furnishings. These designs have proved very successful for the company, which has been around for just over 60 years. Sean Anglim is a Galway man who plays a pivotal role in the multi-million pound global empire, as both Chief Financial Officer and Joint Chief Operations Officer.

    The ECB Letter

    The wounds of a pivotal moment in Irish history were reopened this week, when the European Central Bank finally decided to publish the correspondence between Jean Claude Trichet (the former director of the ECB), and former finance minister Brian Lenihan. Some say they're proof that Ireland was bullied and treated poorly by the ECB, but is that really the case? And can Ireland make any positive gains from the letters at this late stage? Mark Blyth, Professor of International Political Economy at Brown University and economist Moore McDowell joined us to discuss.

    Saturday 1st November

    A Tribute to Our Friend

    Our colleague, Ed Prendergast, passed away on the 20th of October. He was only 27. Ed worked on this show for the last four years. He was a lovely man, genuine, funny, creative and an extremely hard worker. Here are some of the radio moments he created during his time with us.

    Retro Radio

    One of the greatest innovations of the modern age is the wireless telegraph, more commonly known as the radio. The humble valve radio was a staple in most Irish homes from the 1940s onwards. Classic retro radios have been enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity. Liam Geraghty has been hearing from the small group of passionate collectors and fixers who are giving voice to these old radio sets for a new generation.

    Trailblazers in Technology

    This week Dublin welcomes thousands of modern innovators to the Web Summit, but who were the trailblazers who started it all? Mary Mullvihill, author of the 'Ingenious Dublin', and Elaine Burke of Silicon Republic take a look back at the pioneers who laid the foundations for the modern technology we take for granted, and the great inventions yet to come.

    Caroline Downey

    Caroline Downey is the woman behind Hozier, but her career in the music industry goes back much further than the Wicklow man's rise to fame. She's been a key figure in the scene for the past 30 years as co-owner and director of MCD, a theatre producer, and a prolific charity fundraiser.

    Bono and the IDA

    Bono may be well known at the front man of U2, but this week it emerged that he's also been at the forefront of various IDA campaigns to attract foreign direct investment to Ireland. But is it really appropriate for a rock-star to be our ambassador? And what kind of Ireland is Bono peddling? Barry O Dowd, Senior Vice President of Emerging Business with the IDA and economist Paul Sweeney discuss the relationship between a government agency and a rock’n’roll front man.

    Saturday 25th October

    Failte Ireland

    There was good news this week when The Lonely Planet ranked Ireland in its Top ten places to visit in 2015. Among those celebrating the news, presumably, was Michael Cawley, He stood down as Deputy Chief Executive of Ryanair – where he was Michael O’Leary’s right hand man for seventeen years and among other positions accepted a job from Leo Varadkar as Chairman of Failte Ireland.

    Oisin Kim Co founder of a new way of getting a repeat perscription is in studio to explain how it works to Conor Brophy

    The Return of the Bonus

    Well as you know, bonus’ have been in the news here in Ireland for the past fortnight causing quite a stir for Irish Water. But it seems also across the global market – the bonus is back! One man who has taken many a bonus in his time, but is no longer a fan is writer and Ex London City banker Geraint Anderson

    Primark Expansion

    One of the big retail stories of the week is the plan from Penney’s parent company Primark to expand into the United States they’ve struck a deal with the department store giant Sears to open seven new outlets one of them at The King of Prussia Mall on the outskirts of Philadelphia it ranks as the biggest shopping centre on the American east coast. To assess the importance of the move Conor Brophy is joined by Damian O Reilly lecturer in Retail Management at The Dublin Institute of Technology


    Constantin Gurdiev, Adjunct Lecturer in Finance at Trinity College and Tom Lyons Senior Business Correspondent at The Irish Times, and co-author of two books about the Irish banking crisis went to see The Guarantee, written by Colin Murphy and directed by Ian Power, it tells the story of the night of the banking guarantee

    Saturday 18th October

    The Rise of the Bakeries

    All across the country Bord Bia has noticed a big increase in the numbers of small artisan bakeries cropping up. Our reporter and champion sponger Liam Geraghty was given the sweet job of finding out more.

    John Kavanagh

    Conor McGregor rose from obscurity a couple of years ago to become one of Ireland's best known sports people. He's a stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a lucrative sport that's said to be the fastest growing in the world. With him every step of the way has been his coach and manager John Kavanagh who joins us in studio.

    The Economics of Ebola

    Three months ago Ebola was one of those conditions that we'd all heard of but didn't fear. Now it's a very different scenario. But why no vaccine has been developed for this deadly disease? We're joined by two experts in the field, Darragh O'Loughlin, and Dr Gerard Downes.

    Inside the Central Bank

    The Central Bank is a place that's often mentioned on this programme and elsewhere, but few have seen inside its revolving doors. This weekend as part of the Open House event those doors are being opened to the general public. We took a trip inside with the head of facilities, Peter Shiel.

    The Stock Market Tumble

    This week saw some frenetic activity on the stock market, when shares in the US, Europe and Asia all took a fairly sharp tumble. But what's the cause of all of this commotion and how will it impact on Ireland? We're joined by Cliff Taylor of the Irish Times and Laura Devoy of Goodbody Stockbrokers.

    Saturday 11th October

    Germ Warfare in the Office

    It's that time of year again, when cold and flu warnings are being issued. Thousands of office workers are likely to be effected by some infection or another this winter. Liam Geraghty risked a serious case of man-flu to find out where the bacteria is lurking.

    The tale of TK Whitaker

    TK Whitaker is perhaps the most respected figure in the history of Irish economic development. He was the creator of the 'Economic Development' paper, a pivotal and far-reaching plan which became a landmark in Irish economics. Now 97, he's just had his biography “TK.Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot” published. The author Anne Chambers joins us.

    The Comer Brothers

    Galway brothers Luke and Brian Comer began their careers as plasterers before becoming property developers in the UK, Germany and now Ireland. Recently they've spent more than €300 million on property here. They join us in studio.

    Examining Estate Agents

    With the property market back with a vengeance, at least in Dublin, are there enough regulations in place to prevent bad practices amongst estate agents? We're joined by Charlie Weston of the Irish Independent and Thomas Lynch, the head of the Property Services Regulatory Authority.

    Saturday 4th October

    Damaging Distraction or Driving Creativity?

    Well if you ever get bored in work, you're not alone. There are so many who feel like that, that's it's become a lucrative market for the likes of Facebook and Buzzfeed. But is boredom bad for business? Is dossing too destructive or can it drive creativity? Mary Collins from the RCSI, institute of leadership and Julia Lyons, director of EazyCity, discuss.

    The Hotelier With Half A Billion To Spend

    Pat McCann is the man behind some of the best-known hotels in the country. He's a Sligo man who started out as a hotel porter in his native county before rising to the position of CEO of the Jury's Doyle Hotel group. Most recently, he founded Dalata Hotel Group which has floated on the London and Irish Stock exchanges. He joins us in studio.

    The Budgets That Shook The Nation

    We're well into Budget season now, with dozens of predictions and declarations about what Minister Noonan's forthcoming budget should contain. But we're joined now by John Considine from University College Cork's Department of Economics who we've asked to look through the dusty archives to discover the budgets that have divided and the budgets that have delivered.

    Insider Tips From The Property Trade

    CSO figures released this week showed that average house prices have increased by more than 16% in the last year. Whether or not now is the time to buy is one question, but if you do decide to buy a home, how do you get the best deal? Our reporter Liam Geraghty hit the streets to find out a few tips and tricks from property insiders.

    The Business of Boards

    This week a Government appointment to the board of IMMA was front and centre stage, leading to yet more debate about boards in Ireland. To discuss public and private sector boards, we're joined by Maura Quinn of the Institute of Directors and corporate governance advisor Alan McDonnell.

    Saturday 27th September

    Hot Air Or Hugely Inspiring

    Alex Ferguson's pep talk to Europe's Ryder Cup team seemed to go down very well earlier this week. Rory McIlroy certainly seemed convinced that the motivational talk would work, but do they really? Are pep talks all bluster or can they push people to their peak? We're joined by motivational speaker Paul McNeive and performance coach Denis Coen.

    Where's My Flying Car?

    Well, if as Peter says it's time to get back to the future, it might be well worth asking why the future hasn't worked out the way we thought it would. Why aren't there robots cleaning our homes and space ships taking us on jaunts to the moon? We set out across today's Dublin to ask why tomorrow's world never came?

    Peter Thiel

    In 1998, Peter Thiel co-founded the payments company Paypal which revolutionised e-commerce. Just six years later, it was sold for $1.5 billion. Thiel then went on to become the first person to put money into Facebook. He's just written a book called 'Zero To One'. He joins us from London.

    The Global Arms Trade

    Yesterday the British Government voted to support airstrikes against the Islamic State. Between the conflict there, tensions in Ukraine and recent events in Gaza. Despite the obvious human suffering, there are those who are profiting from the situation. We're joined by security expert Sadhbh McCarthy and defence analyst Declan Power

    The Goldman Sachs Tapes

    This American Life, a show on National Public Radio in the US, has obtained secret tapes recorded by a Federal Reserve employee of conversations within the Fed and between the Fed and Goldman Sachs. Nick Webb of the Sunday Independent has been listening to some of the tapes.

    Saturday 20th September

    Burning The Midnight Oil

    Many a brave soul stayed up on Thursday night to watch the Scottish referendum unfold. Our TV screens were full of images of count officials working through the night. But for some, that’s a nightly reality. Liam Geraghty stayed up past his bedtime to meet some of Ireland’s nocturnal workers

    Nadim Sadek

    In 2003, businessman Nadim Sadek outbid Ronan Keating to buy Inis Turk Beag in Clew Bay, Co. Mayo. He intended to turn it into a base for a number of businesses. However, things did not go as well as he had hoped. He joins us to tell the story.

    The Science of Persuasion

    Dr Robert Cialdini is a Professor of Marketing and Psychology at Arizona University, a New York Times best-selling author, and co-author of “The Small Big : Small Changes that Spark Big Influence”. He joins us from London to explain how everyone, from small business to big government, uses tricks to influence our behaviour.

    Business and Politics

    Business played a huge role in the lead-up to the Scottish Referendum as various industries warned of dire consequences should the Yes campaign succeed. But what about business and politics in Ireland? Do industry leaders have too much influence on our society? We’re joined by Padraic White, former MD of the IDA and Professor Frank Barry of TCD

    Hans Werner Sinn

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged a series of tax cuts that will cover the next three years. So is the era of austerity about to end? To discuss, we’re joined by Professor Hans Werner Sinn, a member of the Advisory Council of the German Ministry of Economics and “one of ten people who have changed the world” according to the London Independent.

    Saturday 13th September

    The Peculiar Past of the Paperclip

    Few of us have ever really looked at the every-day items that fill our desks at home and at work and wondered “Where does that come from?” or “I wonder who invented that?”. To fill you in on the history of one of those objects, the humble paperclip, we turn to James Ward, author of “Adventures in Stationary: A Journey Through Your Pencilcase”.

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