D2B Season 12 (2021)
A Maple Syrup Shortage?
12/29/2021 – In our 200th episode of Down to Business English, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega report on the sticky situation in the maple syrup industry. Is the world heading toward a maple syrup shortage? What has put us in this situation? And what steps are being taken to avoid a potential crisis?
Stephen Devincenzi from SEND7
12/24/2021 – Skip Montreux speaks with Stephen Devincenzi – the founder and host of the English learning podcast SEND7 – Simple English News Daily in 7 Minutes.
12/15/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega explore the topic of inflation. What is inflation? What causes it? Are we entering a period of runaway inflation not seen since the 1970s?
Risk Management with Corinna Andony – Part 2
11/30/2021 – In this second part of a two-part interview, Corinna Andony tells Skip about her path to becoming a risk analyst, as well as opportunities in the industry for those interested in pursuing this type of professional career.
Black Friday – the mother of all sales (redux)
11/23/2021 – In this rebroadcast of D2B 146, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the history of this annual sales event.
Risk Management with Corinna Andony – Part 1
11/23/2021 – Skip Montreux speaks with risk analyst Corinna Andony. In this first part of a two-part interview, Corinna explains what risk management entails and the two branches of risk management.
Homeless students & Anime internships (unplugged)
11/17/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss two news stories that have recently caught their attention. Samantha talks about help for homeless university students in the USA, and Skip reports on an anime animator internship program sponsored by Netflix in Japan.
11/8/2021 – Dez Morgan fills in Skip Montreux on what is happening on the ground in Glasgow, Scotland at the United Nations Climate Change Conference – otherwise known as COP26.
The Great Resignation
10/28/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss The Great Resignation happening in the US and around the world.
Facebook under fire … again
10/13/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss the recent whistleblower leaks coming out of Facebook.
9/30/2021 – Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan explore the relatively new concept of Vertical Farming. What are the advantages and disadvantages of farming this way? Is it the future of commercial agriculture?
Corporate fraud and criminality
9/18/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss two corporate legal cases. The bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma and the fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of the bio-tech company Theranos.
Ten Years of Tim Cook
9/8/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega take a look at Tim Cook’s career. What did he do before he joined Apple? How did he become Apple’s CEO? How has Apple grown under 10 years of Tim Cook as CEO?
China’s regulation crackdown
8/31/2021 – Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss the various regulations the Chinese government has introduced over the past year. What is behind this trend to regulate different sectors of the Chinese economy?
Scarlett Johansson vs. Disney
8/21/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney over the release of Marvel’s Black Widow. Why did she file this lawsuit? What was Disney’s reaction?
Whisky – The Water of Life
8/13/2021 – Dez Morgan and Skip Montreux report on the rebirth of the Whisky industry in Scotland, the history of whisky in Japan, and developments in the nascent whisky industry in China.
8/7/2021 – Dez Morgan reports on three issues that are loosely related to the effects of the COVID pandemic on business. The nature of work, an increase in cybercrime, and the decrease in the quality of customer service.
Climate Change & the economy
7/29/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega take a deep dive into the impact climate change is having on the global economy. What are governments and corporations around the world doing to deal with the issue?
Aviation & Aerospace Industry Update
7/15/2021 – Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan talk about recent developments in the aviation and aerospace industry. Will supersonic air travel be back in business soon? And what is up with Jeff Bezos going to space?!
The Global Minimum Corporate Tax
6/15/2021 – Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan take a close look at the agreement reached between the G7 on setting a global minimum tax rate for multinational corporations.
5/27/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss the rising threat that cybercrime and ransomware have on businesses around the world.
Non Fungible Tokens
5/1/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega explain Non Fungible Tokens. What are NFTs? How do they work? Do they have any real value?
Bottlenecks & Choke Points
5/23/2021 – Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan talk about the Suez Canal incident and its impact on the global supply chain.
The GameStop Short Squeeze
5/25/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the recent short squeeze of GameStop stock that cost institutional investors billions of dollars in losses.
Amazon vs. Parler
2/23/2021 – Samantha Vega and Skip Montreux discuss the recent lawsuit between Amazon and Parler. Is this a case of Big Tech. censorship? Or is Amazon being socially responsible?
UK update from Dez Morgan
2/5/2021 – We touch base with our long lost cohost – Mr. Dez Morgan. He gives us an update on what he has been doing since returning to the UK from the UAE in 2019, the COVID-19 situation in the UK, and the recently agreed upon Brexit deal.
Blowing in the Wind – the wind energy industry
1/18/2021 – Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega take a look at the history of the wind power industry, discuss whether it is as environmentally friendly as it claims, and report on why competition is heating up in this energy sector.