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FT Investigations


Hear some of the best-reported stories from the Financial Times’s investigative journalists. The dialogue in these podcasts is based on interviews, court records and other documents. We pace each story over a series of episodes.

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PFI: a costly mistake?

Feb 5 • 20:06

The UK's private finance initiative was designed as an alternative way to fund the building of hospitals, schools and other infrastructure. But was it a costly mistake? Matthew Vincent is joined by the FT’s Jonathan Ford and Gill Plimmer, Alex Jan of the global engineering company Arup and Labour MP Stella Creasy to discuss the question....

How to fix Britain's privatised railways

Jan 29 • 22:01

There are two ways of looking at Britain’s rail privatisation story. If you focus on usage, it looks like a success. But look at the cost and level of passenger satisfaction and the picture is not quite so rosy. Matthew Vincent discusses what's gone wrong and what can be done to fix Britain's railways with the FT's Jonathan Ford, Gill Plimmer and Robert Wright and John Sti...

Is Britain's privatisation model broken?

Jan 22 • 28:21

Years of austerity and rising bills in the UK have eroded the consensus that private companies could run utilities more cheaply and efficiently than the state and opposition politicians are calling for renationalisation. Matthew Vincent discusses what has gone wrong with Britain's privatisation model with the FT's Jonathan Ford and Gill Plimmer, and they are joined by Step...

Afghan trailblazers

Nov 3 • 18:17

Cambodia falls for China's corporate embrace

Sep 8 • 10:36

Is Isis winning the cyberwar against the west?

Jul 1 • 14:41

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McKinsey's secretive investment arm

Jun 8 • 08:53

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Unravelling how the secrecy industry works

May 11 • 16:31

America's prairie tax haven

May 9 • 07:54

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The Panama Papers and the role of tax havens

Apr 4 • 14:15

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