In a rapidly changing world, MADE in Germany examines the risks and benefits of digitalization and its impact on the way we work, what we earn and how we live. The program also investigates the ethics of business, and showcases young entrepreneurs who are redefining the workplace. Instead of just crunching the numbers, MADE delves deeper into issues and also explores the emotional side to stories.
Eight years after the reactor disaster in Fukushima, operator Tepco is preparing to restart the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. Residents are nervous, but the power plant will create jobs and boost the local economy.
Although Germany is phasing out atomic energy by 2022, it still has several operating nuclear power plants. A storage facility for low-level waste is in the works – but a site for final repository for spent fuel rods still needs to be found.
Reprocessing spent nuclear fuel is a huge challenge for nuclear plant operators - it contains highly toxic radioactive material. The La Hague nuclear reprocessing facility in France is built to recycle spent fuel. Our reporter paid a visit there.
While Germany is turning away from atomic energy, startups, engineers and investors around the world believe nuclear power can play an important role in the future of energy. Is their vision a realistic option - or are they ignoring the risks?
Could nuclear power save the global climate? If so, at what cost? Its supporters say nuclear power plants generate power with zero CO2 emissions. But what about nuclear waste, the expense of building new plants and the high electricity prices?
Erosion, drought, storms, floods and insects are among the problems facing farmers. In parts of Germany, the water table is falling and harvests are declining. Adapting to changing conditions means exploring new methods and trying out new crops.
BeeHero has developed a monitoring system to help maintain bee colony health; another start-up, BEEsharing, runs a pollination service, matching up bee keepers and farmers. Such innovative ventures are needed in the face of mass bee death worldwide.
MADE reporter Daniela Späth is keen to get a grip on her finances. She gets advice from 'Madame Moneypenny', who runs a mentoring programme to teach women about managing their finances and building up some capital.