#182 - Oligarchs, power and profits
Today's episode from 6th April 2022. On this morning's show: With fuel prices at an all-time high, we explore the history of BP in Russia. From courting Russia in the 90's to a complete divorce in 2022, we'll discuss power, profits and Putin. Then later, stress isn't harming your health but stressing about stress is. We've got a brilliant piece about how our attitude to life's challenges can impact our physiological response. The oil giant's 32-year journey defined the west's lucrative yet complicated courtship of the post-Soviet country. Then, in February 2022, it all came crashing down as BP announced "it would divest its 19.75 per cent stake in the Kremlin-backed oil producer Rosneft." Shortly after that, many other companies followed. For The Financial Tims, Tom Wilson looks to the past to understand the historical significance of the company's move and how likely it is to stick as the war in Ukraine rages on. Assuming that negative emotions are inherently unhealthy can have terrible consequences. We currently live in a global "Don't Worry" club, where we're frequently told about the dangers of stress and what we should be doing to overcome it. However, a growing body of research now suggests that it's not negative emotion that has dangerous effects on our health but our feelings about it. For The Guardian, award-winning science writer David Robson discusses how our attitudes change how we perceive our environment and even change our physiological responses to stressful situations influencing our health. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.
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