Are people chilling on Netflix? Its growth numbers are pointing in that direction.

Netflix stock is down almost 20 percent in futures trading, and according to the streaming giant's latest quarterly report, we know that subscriber growth slowed dramatically last year from the blockbuster numbers in 2020, when so many of us where staying home and leaned on Netflix for entertainment. Christopher Low discusses mortgage rates and the bond buying program in our markets talk. The Sundance Film Festival is going virtual again – how does that work when it comes to networking?

Are people chilling on Netflix? Its growth numbers are pointing in that direction.

Global energy giants plan their exit from Myanmar over human rights worries

From the BBC World Service: Two of the world's biggest energy companies, Total Energies and Chevron, are leaving Myanmar amid concerns about human rights abuses following last year's military coup. Plus: Toyota is hit with production delays. And, can insects become a bigger go-to food staple globally?

Global energy giants plan their exit from Myanmar over human rights worries

Natural gas fuels part of the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have continued to rise. One sticking point is Russia's crucial role in supplying natural gas to Europe through Ukraine and what a military conflict would mean for that gas. Another is the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was built to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe – and circumvent Ukraine. The pipeline, which is not yet online, could mean economic problems for Ukraine. Arkady Ostrovsky, The Economist's Russia and eastern Europe editor, spoke to us about what's at stake. Also today, we take a look into Amazon's plans to open an actual brick-and-mortar clothing store in Los Angeles.

Should trading stocks feel like playing a game?

We've been chronicling the trend of younger people getting into stock trading via their phones, which has led to some interesting results, such as last year's GameStop frenzy. Critics say the more trading stocks feels like a game, the bigger risks people take with their money. Diane Swonk talks the markets with us after data on jobless numbers reflect omicron's damaging effects on the economy. President Biden said there's a peacemeal path to move his Build Back Better plan forward.

Senate Judiciary Committee targets Big Tech's app practices

The Senate Judiciary Committee takes up two bills today aimed at reining in the power of Big Tech companies such as Google and Apple. One bill would force tech giants to open up their app stores to more competition. The other would bar them from favoring their own apps and services. Rising prices haven't stopped people from buying products from big companies such as Procter & Gamble, data shows. Community colleges will be getting a big financial boost from the Biden administration, so what can they do with it?

Calls for compensation after Tonga's volcanic eruption sparks oil spill in Peru

From the BBC World Service: Authorities in Peru say a tanker spill has caused an "ecological disaster" with hundreds of dead animals. Government officials have urged Repsol, the Spanish refinery operator, to do more to help cleanup efforts. Plus, a cyberattack on the International Red Cross exposes half a million vulnerable people. And, there are concerns the game-like nature of some stock trading apps encourages too much risk taking.

Calls for compensation after Tonga's volcanic eruption sparks oil spill in Peru

Inside the story of a drugmaker's lawsuit, counterfeit HIV medication, and sick patients

A lawsuit brought by the drugmaker Gilead alleges that a counterfeiting ring sold more than 80,000 bottles of fake and possibly unsafe HIV medications to pharmacies over the past two years, worth more than $250 million. Gilead said the bottles had falsified documentation and sometimes contained fake pills, and in some cases made patients sick. For more, we spoke with the Wall Street Journal's Corrine Ramey, who broke this story Tuesday. Susan Schmidt discusses the potential rise of interest rates in our daily chat about the markets.

Inside the story of a drugmaker's lawsuit, counterfeit HIV medication, and sick patients

Ukrainian defense minister calls for economic sanctions against Russia now

From the BBC World Service: Ukraine's defense minister told the BBC he encourages Western governments to impose immediate sanctions on Moscow amid rising concerns of an invasion of his country. Plus: Shares of Sony plunge after Microsoft announces a big acquisition. And, how China's Xinjiang region hopes to benefit from the winter Olympic games.

Ukrainian defense minister calls for economic sanctions against Russia now

What's the one-year scorecard for Biden's clean energy and climate plans?

President Biden pledged to battle climate change when he took office more than a year ago, and bills like the Build Back Better Act reflected that pledge. However, that same bill appears to be in limbo and highlights the administration's gains and losses on the energy policy and climate front. A Bankrate survey has found that many Americans don't feel they have the resources to cover a $1,000 emergency expense. Homebuilders are staying optimistic in the face of a hurricane of issues that range from supply shortages to rising mortgage rates.

What's the one-year scorecard for Biden's clean energy and climate plans?

It's 2022. Let's have a (non-alcoholic) toast.

It's not just "dry January" anymore. Sales of non-alcoholic beverages spiked 30% in the past year, according to Nielsen data. Leading the charge are younger people, who have not only become more health conscious at the start of the new year, but also more wary of cost. Julia Coronado discusses the markets with us today. The BBC reports on how geopolitics could be a factor in the rise in global oil prices.

Global oil prices hit their highest level in more than seven years

From the BBC World Service: The crude oil price spike is tied to rising geopolitical risks, with concerns over a Russian invasion of Ukraine and supply disruptions in the United Arab Emirates after a deadly drone attack. Plus, at the virtual Davos summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping defended his common prosperity strategy. And, concerns over China's influence at Sri Lanka's new port city development.

Tracking the pandemic-era wave of new entrepreneurs

The number of Americans filing paperwork to start businesses hit a record 5.4 million in 2021, up from the previous record of 4.4 million new business applications set in 2020. A study from LendingTree finds that a lot of those new entrepreneurs can be found in the South. We spoke with Matt Schulz, LendingTree's chief credit analyst, about the study's findings. Airlines are still wary of Verizon and AT&T's launch of new 5G signals, as they offer fresh warnings about the signals' effect on planes and equipment.

What onions tell us about the layers of inflation

In a picture of inflation, a food vendor in Los Angeles tells a tale of how the rising cost of onions has had ripple effects on her business and others like it. The advanced child tax credit checks have stopped coming for now, leaving many families who relied on it in a bind. The BBC reports on the resignation of the chairman of Credit Suisse, who apparently broke COVID protocols.

Evictions are back on in New York

The evictions moratorium in New York expired over the weekend after a nearly two-year run during the pandemic. We look at its impact, and what tenants can still do. China's economy grew last year, but some sectors within it are still struggling when it comes to sales, such as education and tourism. A report from Oxfam sounds the alarm on how the pandemic has greatly exacerbated the wealth disparity between the world's billionaires and everyone else.

China says its economy has faced a triple whammy of pandemic pressures

From the BBC World Service: While the Chinese economy grew more than 8% last year, it has seen a drop-off in demand, supply-chain issues and weakening economic expectations. Plus, the Credit Suisse chairman has resigned amid reports he twice broke COVID-19 quarantine rules. And, Paris is cleaning up its river water quality ahead of the 2024 Olympics.

Quebec is about to give a tax on the unvaccinated a shot

The Canadian province of Quebec has seen the highest number of COVID deaths in the country, and as it gears up to reopen and lift a curfew, it's about to impose a tax on people who haven't gotten vaccinated. Officials say that's probably the driving force behind a spike in vaccine appointments. The Biden administration is rolling out billions for bridge replacement and repair. We check in with some retailers to see if they've been able to keep up with demand as government data on retail sales emerges.

What the Supreme Court's rulings on workplace vaccine mandates mean

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked an emergency order by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that large employers require employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly, but allowed a similar mandate for health care workers. Debbie Berkowitz, a former senior OSHA official who's currently a fellow at Georgetown University, joined us to discuss the rulings in more detail. Plus, car advertisements in France will eventually have to contain language that encourages people not to drive in an effort to address climate change. Can that even work?

Ukraine's government is hit with a major cyberattack

From the BBC World Service: The cyberattacks hit the websites of the Ukrainian foreign, energy and education ministries. Authorities say nearly 60 attacks on state systems were thwarted last month alone. Plus, French electricity provider EDF will have to sell more power generated from its nuclear plants to competitors at cheaper prices as the government seeks to limit the rise in household energy costs. And, the young Indian artists making money from NFTs.

Poll numbers show there's now a shortage of ... hope?

More than half of Americans are extremely worried about the direction of the country, according to the latest Mood of the Nation poll by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State in collaboration with APM Research Lab. We discuss the findings with Eric Plutzer, a political science professor at Penn State and director of polling at the McCourtney Institute. Oil well drilling has picked up in the Permian Basin in Texas, but filling jobs for oil field work has proven to be a challenge. Medicare is challenging the FDA's approval of Aduhelm, an Alzheimer's drug.

Tax season is about to start. How ready is the IRS?

Huge backlogs and outdated technology are just some of the obstacles bogging down the IRS as it enters another tax season, so it's urging taxpayers to prepare as much as possible ahead of time – and to be ready to wait. Lael Brainard, the nominee for vice chair of the Federal Reserve, is ready for her confirmation hearing today. What questions could she face? There are now companies that specialize in providing clarity and intel on supply chains.

France teachers strike over changing COVID rules

From the BBC World Service: Fed up with inconsistency around COVID rules, French teachers stage the biggest education strike in decades. Plus: Indonesia resumes thermal-coal exports, and a look at how people in Sri Lanka are dealing with an economic crisis pushing up the cost of food and fuel.

Inflation hits its highest level in 40 years

Prices have gone up 7% in one year, which is the highest reading for the Consumer Price Index since 1982. That's the backdrop for our markets discussion with Jeffrey Cleveland of Payden & Rygel. We check in on China, which has suspended dozens of flights coming from the U.S. because of COVID issues. The number might not sound high, but the impact on airlines and visitors from the U.S. is significant. With bigger banks doing away with overdraft fees, smaller community banks are analyzing if they can afford to do the same.

What's the outlook for the 2022 global economy?

For the answer to that question, we turn to World Bank President David Malpass, who discusses some of the challenges facing the global economy as well as the possibility that growth will slow down in 2022. The Biden administration is set to offer millions of free COVID tests to schools around the country.

Inflation worries are kind of different in China

From the BBC World Service: While high inflation concerns are keeping policymakers up at night in many parts of the world, prices in China are rising, but a slower rate than expected. Plus, Quebec plans to impose a tax on people who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine. And, the English company that's looking to use nuclear fusion to help generate cheaper, greener power.