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02Episode 2 - The Documentary20110531
02Episode 2 - The Documentary20110601
02Episode 2 - The Documentary20110605

Michael Robinson investigates the skyrocketing prices of the world's basic goods

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Across the world the cost of basic commodities is soaring. Endless demand from China is blamed for the record price of copper; flood, fire and drought for boosting the cost of food; and political tension in the Middle East for the sharply-rising price of oil. But are such fundamental forces the whole story?

Michael Robinson asks whether investors and speculators are making prices more volatile and examines the role of the giant traders, banks and companies which now increasingly dominate the world's commodity markets.

Episode Two

Michael goes deep into the argument about supply and demand of a single commodity - copper.

03Episode 3 - The Documentary20110607
03Episode 3 - The Documentary20110608
03Episode 3 - The Documentary20110611
03Episode 3 - The Documentary20110612

Michael Robinson investigates the skyrocketing prices of the world's basic goods

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Across the world the cost of basic commodities is soaring. Endless demand from China is blamed for the record price of copper; flood, fire and drought for boosting the cost of food; and political tension in the Middle East for the sharply-rising price of oil. But are such fundamental forces the whole story?

Michael Robinson asks whether investors and speculators are making prices more volatile and examines the role of the giant traders, banks and companies which now increasingly dominate the world's commodity markets.

Episode Three

Michael hears from key politicians, regulators and lobbyists about the drive to legislate against in what some call 'excessive speculation.'