Taxis go electric, Co-op goes beyond the “best before” and Attenborough warns the Blue Planet may soon be gone

The Headliner podcast

7th December 2017

Taxis go electric, Co-op goes beyond the “best before” and Attenborough warns the Blue Planet may soon be gone 

The first electric black taxis have hit London’s roads as part of plans to improve air quality. They are kitted out with a host of bells and whistles, including a sunroof, contactless payment, Wifi and USB charging. But will the price tag of £55,000 deter cabbies from making the upgrade? And critically, will they make a real difference to London’s pollution?

The East of England Co-op is the first big retailer to sell food past its “best before” date, in a move to try and reduce food waste, using the slogan ‘Don’t be a binner, have it for dinner’. Will savvy shoppers be tempted by the bargain price of 10p, or will this prove to be an unpalatable offer?

In the final episode of the hugely successful Blue Planet 2, Sir David Attenborough warned that the world’s oceans are turning into a ‘toxic soup’ of industrial waste and plastic. Can his impassioned plea change behaviour, or is too late to undo the damage humans have done?

It has been announced that House of Cards will re-enter production in 2018 with Robin Wright as the new lead. The future of the show had been unclear after Kevin Spacey was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct. Will viewers embrace the change of protagonist? Will this herald wider changes in Hollywood that sees women get more leading roles and screen time?

Research by Dropbox and The School of Life found workers secretly believe a third of their colleagues are rubbish at their jobs. What’s more, almost a quarter of those polled (23 per cent) complained their workmates were ‘lazy’. Is a third of the population awful at their jobs, or are we a nation of complainers who love to moan?