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Going through the motion: more Brexit contortions
Oct 21 • 23 min
It might have been a clarifying vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit motion; instead, more legislation and frustration. We dig through the parliamentary procedure to try to map out what happens next. Sports fans’ easy access to the world’s games…
The Economist asks: Who can trust Trump’s America?
Oct 18 • 24 min
America’s withdrawal from northern Syria and the subsequent Turkish invasion have overturned the power balance in the region, displacing tens of thousands of America’s former allies, the Kurds. Ash Carter helped build that alliance as US secretary of…
Irish ayes? A new Brexit deal
Oct 18 • 22 min
Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson has a newly struck European Union divorce deal in hand. He has defied the expectations of many, but he still faces a tricky vote in Britain’s parliament. Turkey’s pummelling of the Syrian border area will pause for…
Editor’s picks: October 17th 2019
Oct 17 • 22 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a blow to America’s credibility. (09:40) The proposed Brexit agreement is different to anything advertised during…
Antsy about ANC: reform in South Africa
Oct 17 • 23 min
Our journalists interview Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s president, about his efforts to clean up his country and his African National Congress party. He’s the right man for the job, but the clock is ticking. The markets are rife with funds run by…
Babbage: Cough up
Oct 16 • 25 min
Over the past two decades the Global Fund has fought the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but now many in the field fear its progress is under threat. The founder and CEO of language-learning app Duolingo, Luis von Ahn, on his plans to help the…
Back to Square one? Tiananmen veterans in Hong Kong
Oct 16 • 24 min
Amid the growing disquiet in Hong Kong are a few survivors of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. These once-moderate voices are changing their minds about whether the protesters should keep provoking the Chinese government. Even as a currency crisis…
Money talks: A Nobel endeavour
Oct 15 • 22 min
What causes poverty? Rachana Shanbhogue interviews this year’s winners of the Nobel prize for economics—Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer. Their pioneering work has changed the understanding of one of the hardest problems in economics: why…
Then there were 12: the Democrats’ fourth debate
Oct 15 • 23 min
Twelve candidates take to the stage again tonight, with two clear front-runners. We ask how the winnowing field reflects the mood of the party. We also examine an unlikely candidate in a lesser-watched race: that for the Republican nomination. And, why…
The enemy of their enemy: the Kurds ally with Syria
Oct 14 • 20 min
Turkey’s violent strikes on north-eastern Syria came as swiftly as America’s withdrawal. The overwhelmed Kurds, once America’s staunch allies against Islamic State, now want protection from Syria’s Russian-backed forces. “Microfinance” experiments are…
The Economist asks: Senna, Winehouse, Maradona—can a film reveal the person behind the myth?
Oct 11 • 25 min
In his trilogy of documentaries the filmmaker Asif Kapadia rejected the traditional tools of the trade. Instead, he painstakingly reconstructed the lives of Formula One champion Ayrton Senna, acclaimed singer Amy Winehouse and legendary footballer Diego…
PiS prize: Poland’s crucial election
Oct 11 • 21 min
It is at once a story of post-communist success and of populist threats to the rule of law by the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party. What direction will Poles choose for their country? Gay rights are few and far between in China, but couples have…
Editor’s picks: October 10th 2019
Oct 10 • 25 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the strange new rules of the world economy. (9:40) A long-feared clash between Turkey and Syria’s Kurds will have consequences across the Middle East.…
Uncomfortable president: Trump’s stonewalling
Oct 10 • 19 min
The White House is stonewalling the impeachment inquiry. Could that hinder the Democrats’ ability to build a strong public case? We look at this year’s crop of Nobel prizes in the sciences and ask why, once again, all the winners are men. And, Japan’s…
Babbage: The promise and peril of AI
Oct 9 • 28 min
Artificial intelligence—the technique of using data and algorithms to make decisions as well as (or better) than humans—is on track to become a mainstream technology, on a par with electricity or computing. But in order to flourish it needs to overcome…
Sorry state: Kashmir on lockdown
Oct 9 • 20 min
Two months after India’s Hindu-nationalist government stripped the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy, 7m people are still in limbo. How will it end? Could America’s angrily partisan politics be explained by a rise in loneliness? We visit the…
Money talks: How low can rates go?
Oct 8 • 25 min
Our economics editor, Henry Curr, explores why the global economy is behaving weirdly and how governments and central banks should respond. Also, can freer trade help address climate change? The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton-Beddoes, asks…
Just a Kurd to him: Trump’s Syria withdrawal
Oct 8 • 20 min
The president’s sudden talk of departure from a contested strip of the Turkey-Syria border betrays the Kurds who helped beat back Islamic State—and risks throwing the region into chaos. A look at the cashew industry in Mozambique reveals the tricky…
Trade disunion: America’s tariff wars
Oct 7 • 22 min
Chinese and American trade negotiators will again be trying to avoid more eye-watering tariffs this week; meanwhile a years-long dispute with the European Union has sparked yet more levies. Where does it all end? We describe the recent “quantum supremacy”…
The Economist asks: Did Margaret Thatcher pave the way for Brexit?
Oct 4 • 26 min
Britain’s relationship with Europe dominated the last years of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. Anne McElvoy asks Charles Moore, a Conservative columnist and her authorised biographer, whether the roots of Brexit can be traced back to the Iron Lady’s…
Duty call: how Ukraine sees the Trump scandal
Oct 4 • 22 min
A phone call between the presidents has sparked an impeachment inquiry in America. But how do the people of Ukraine view the kerfuffle? Massive student protests put Indonesia’s president in a bind, balancing his programme of reforms and growth against…
Editor’s picks: October 3rd 2019
Oct 3 • 21 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, computers will increasingly call the shots in financial markets. (10:00) China’s nationalism is the world’s problem. (17:30) And, how to reinforce the…
Immunisation shot? The case against Binyamin Netanyahu
Oct 3 • 20 min
Political deadlock in Israel is now inextricably intertwined with a case against the prime minister. An eventual coalition could provide him with immunity, or could seal his political fate. The signature social reform of Emmanuel Macron, France’s…
Babbage: Steak and Chips
Oct 2 • 26 min
As the trade war intensifies, China wants to reduce its reliance on imports of foreign computer chips. Could open-source technology solve its problems? Also, new research on red meat pits statisticians against nutritionists. And Brad Smith, president of…
Reform over function: Peru’s political crisis
Oct 2 • 22 min
A long-running dispute between the president and the opposition-controlled Congress has spun out of control—and it’s not clear who will end up leading the country. A visit to a protest camp in coal-country Kentucky is a revealing look into several of…
Money talks: WeWorry
Oct 1 • 23 min
WeWork has scrapped plans for an initial public offering after its CEO stepped down amid claims of mismanagement. What does its implosion mean for investors and other young firms with similar ambitions? Greece’s new government is preparing to announce its…
Party like it’s 1949: China’s National Day
Oct 1 • 20 min
As at the founding of the People’s Republic, the 70th anniversary featured a tightly controlled parade bristling with the country’s latest military kit. That marks a sharp contrast to the growing chaos in Hong Kong, where a protest spirit has sparked new…
The world ahead: A different dystopia
Sep 30 • 24 min
With recent protests taking place against president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, The Economist’s foreign editor, Robert Guest, considers what might happen if Mr Sisi’s regime collapses. We discuss the global cannabis revolution, as medical use opens the way to…
Out-of-office messaging: Britain’s Tory conference
Sep 30 • 22 min
Lawmakers are back in Parliament while the ruling party is elsewhere, laying out its legislative mission. The Tories are divided, more scandals are arising and the only consistent message is “Get Brexit done”. We meet a Georgian film-maker whose love…
Editor’s picks: September 27th 2019
Sep 27 • 29 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the promise and the perils of impeachment. (9:10) China’s repression of Islam is spreading beyond Xinjiang. (21:22) And, proof has emerged that a quantum…
Spoiled ballot: Afghanistan’s election
Sep 27 • 22 min
The country is set for another violent and disputed election. But the fact that Afghans will head to the polls anyway is an encouraging story. Insurance could mitigate the risks that climate change presents to lives and livelihoods—if it weren’t…
The Economist asks: Michael Bloomberg
Sep 26 • 24 min
The link between capitalism and progress is being questioned. Should big business step into the breach where politics is gridlocked? In a New York buzzing with world leaders and talk of impeachment, Anne McElvoy interviews Michael Bloomberg, the…
Call to account: Trump-Ukraine intrigues
Sep 26 • 20 min
President Donald Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart is under ever-greater scrutiny. An unexpected impeachment inquiry has started; how will it end? For the world’s small-island states, climate change is literally an existential concern. So they’ve…
Babbage: Carbon sucks
Sep 25 • 25 min
Scientists are experimenting with different ways to reduce the amount of carbon being emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere. Nilay Shah, of Imperial College London, explains how carbon capture and storage works. And, Wang Jian, a tech chief of Alibaba, on…
And the law won: Boris Johnson’s latest defeat
Sep 25 • 21 min
Once again, Britain’s prime minister has been thwarted, this time for trying to stymie Parliament as the European departure looms. How will Boris proceed, and how will Brexit progress? We take a look at economists’ rise to policy prominence, and what they…
Money talks: Planet Inc
Sep 24 • 27 min
What are the risks businesses face from climate change? And, Kate Raworth, economist and educator, explains “doughnut economics” and says rich economies are addicted to “unending growth”. Who are the billionaires hoping to make big bucks from climate…
Aid for abetting? Trump’s Ukraine call
Sep 24 • 19 min
President Donald Trump’s critics say a telephone call with his Ukrainian counterpart would reveal his most egregious offence yet. But it’s hard to say what would tip lawmakers into pursuing impeachment. Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel agency has…
Madurable: impasse in Venezuela
Sep 23 • 21 min
International sanctions have crimped the regime, and the country’s people. Yet President Nicolás Maduro is still in charge. The only way out is for him to share power, not relinquish it. The “internet of things” will eventually comprise perhaps a trillion…
The Economist asks: Inside Huawei
Sep 20 • 28 min
In his palatial headquarters, Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of the Chinese telecommunications giant, explains how the American boycott has hurt Huawei and how he will fight back. He outlines plans to sell Huawei’s 5G technology to Western companies,…
To all, concern: a climate-change special
Sep 20 • 23 min
As the Global Climate Strike gets under way, we look at all matters climatic. History shows that fervent debate—and self-interested misinformation—go back to the mid-20th century. Uncertainties in scientists’ climate models are swamped by uncertainties…
Editor’s picks: September 19th 2019
Sep 19 • 26 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, climate change must be tackled urgently and clear-headedly. (12:50) Israel’s prime minister has lost his majority. (19:00) And, why Russia is ambivalent…
I can do that, Dave: AI and warfare
Sep 19 • 21 min
Artificial intelligence is making its way into every aspect of life, including military conflict. We look at the thorny legal and ethical issues that the newest arms race raises. Three executives from Fukushima’s melted-down nuclear-power plant were…
Babbage: Climate. Change
Sep 18 • 25 min
As global leaders prepare for the UN climate change summit next week, we debate what changes individuals can make today to help limit the effects of climate change. The Economist’s environment editor, Catherine Brahic, hosts a roundtable with Christiana…
Ursa minor: Russia-China relations
Sep 18 • 21 min
In the 20th century Russia was the more powerful partner. Take a look at the flows of money and influence today, though, and it’s clear the situation has reversed. Part-time work first took hold because it offered flexibility to women just entering the…
Money talks: Purpose vs profit
Sep 17 • 27 min
What are companies for? The orthodoxy was that they exist primarily to pursue profit. But a new faith in higher corporate purpose as a means to address social injustice, climate change and inequality is sweeping the Western business world. How much is…
Always be my Bibi? Israel back at the polls
Sep 17 • 21 min
The country has never had two elections in a year, and the second looks to be as close-run as the first. Could that at last spell the end of the Binyamin Netanyahu era? A mysterious illness linked to e-cigarettes has now killed seven Americans—but vaping…
Pipe down: attacks on Saudi oil
Sep 16 • 22 min
Strikes on the world’s largest refinery are bad news for the state oil firm ahead of a record-breaking stock listing—and worse news for the proxy war between Iran and America. Another coming listing is that of WeWork; we consider whether the office-rental…
Editor’s picks: September 13th 2019
Sep 13 • 22 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the “internet of things” revolution is about to go into overdrive. Europe’s best hope of economic revival lies in its neglected single market (09:29).…
To Viktor, more spoils: Hungary’s autocracy
Sep 13 • 21 min
He was once a liberal reformer, but now no institution is safe from Viktor Orban’s iron grip. His transformation into an autocrat is a troubling lesson about the decline of liberal democracies. Afghanistan’s drug trade has for decades mostly meant opium…
The Economist asks: Margaret Atwood
Sep 12 • 31 min
The author of “The Testaments” and “The Handmaid’s tale” debates whether her novels are speculative fiction and how women’s rights have evolved since she began writing in the early 1960s. Anne McElvoy asks Margaret Atwood whether she benefitted from a…
Trust issues: Huawei’s radical plan
Sep 12 • 23 min
The tech giant finds itself enmeshed in a broad battle between China and America. But Huawei’s boss has an idea that might extricate it: selling off its 5G crown jewels. The battle isn’t only in technology; the documentary “American Factory” examines what…
Babbage: Taxis for take-off
Sep 11 • 24 min
Flying taxis could soon become commonplace in cities if operators can overcome strict regulations on their use. Journalist Rebecca Fannin explores the future of technology giants in China. And, how can the sound of sand reveal its source? Kenn Cukier…
Scapegoating: xenophobia in South Africa
Sep 11 • 19 min
Migrants have become a convenient scapegoat for South Africans frustrated by a slumping economy and rampant unemployment—and for the politicians who might otherwise take the blame. We take a look at the ever-sharper divisions in America’s abortion debate.…
Money talks: Fannie and Freddie move house
Sep 10 • 21 min
The US Treasury plans to privatise Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which prop up most of the country’s mortgage finance. How will this affect the US mortgage market? Also, despite legislation aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit, Britain could still leave the…
Things fall apart: Britain’s fading centre-right
Sep 10 • 20 min
Parliament is suspended for weeks. The Conservative party has been hollowed out. The prime minister’s hopes for an election have been dashed, twice. What does all this portend for the Tory party? And a special election in a solidly Republican district in…
Tali-banned: Trump calls off Afghan peace talks
Sep 9 • 21 min
President Trump has abruptly cancelled talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, raising fears of renewed internal strife. Wales dabbles in nationalism, and it could follow the Scottish push for separatism. Finally, could a deal finally be on the horizon in…
The Economist asks: Malcolm Gladwell
Sep 6 • 27 min
The prolific author and podcaster explains why people so often misunderstand strangers and the consequences when they do, from police injustice to Ponzi schemes. Anne McElvoy asks Malcolm Gladwell why humans are so bad at distinguishing lies from the…
Disunited Russia party? Moscow’s elections
Sep 6 • 22 min
This weekend’s vote will fill some fairly inconsequential city positions. But how it plays out will indicate the strength of a rapidly broadening, national movement against the ruling United Russia party. China has long been repressing the Muslim-minority…
Editor’s picks: September 5th 2019
Sep 5 • 18 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, President Assad clings to power in Syria. (10:40) The Conservatives tightening embrace of populism has set up Britain for a dangerously polarised…
Age-old problem: reforming France
Sep 5 • 22 min
President Emmanuel Macron embarks on a serious policy challenge today over pensions. Will his efforts at reform re-ignite the protests that have dogged his presidency? And, a look at the legacies of two opposing figures of environmentalism: David Koch, a…
Babbage: Innovation around innovation
Sep 4 • 27 min
Innovation: it’s more than just a buzzword that companies use when trying to sound dynamic. But what does it actually mean? Some entrepreneurs and economists like Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen think that it needs to be studied as a science of progress.…
This is revolting: Britain’s parliament rebels
Sep 4 • 20 min
Boris Johnson has lost his parliamentary majority. Conservative party rebels will now help push for a bill precluding a no-deal Brexit, making an early election look even more likely. Violence in Afghanistan continues, even as America’s negotiations with…
The Secret History of the Future: New Media, Old Story
Sep 4 • 38 min
Radio was originally a social medium, as early radio sets (each of which could transmit as well as receive) turned cities into giant chatrooms, populated by Morse Code-tapping enthusiasts. But the excitement of this democratic, digital platform did not…
Money talks: Hell to peso
Sep 3 • 24 min
Argentina’s President has imposed currency controls in an attempt to stabilise the markets, as the country faces escalating financial troubles. How did things go so wrong so quickly? And what next? The Economist’s Soumaya Keynes asks Binyamin Appelbaum,…
No safety in numbers: America’s immigration raids
Sep 3 • 22 min
Workplace raids catch many undocumented migrants in one place. But they do nothing to tackle the criminal element that the Trump administration has so vilified. Many of the 2,000 Turkish citizens that fought alongside jihadists in Syria now want to…
Until blue in the face: Hong Kong’s protests
Sep 2 • 21 min
The territory’s authorities have used live rounds, pepper spray and water cannon with blue dye to mark participants in ever-growing protests. What else might they resort to? The Baltic states, worried about Russian expansionism, are countering the…
The Economist asks: Should billionaires call the shots on solving global problems?
Aug 30 • 28 min
At glitzy gatherings across the world, former heads of state, corporate bosses and celebrities champion the power of philanthropy to change the world. Anand Giridharadas, author of “Winners take all”, argues this is a charade and the 1% have little…
Out to launch: American nuclear policy
Aug 30 • 22 min
There is a push in America to subscribe to a “no first use” policy on nukes, in a bid to reduce risks and anxiety. But could that actually make things less stable? We tour through South Asia, where the annual monsoon is increasingly disrupted by climate…
Editor’s picks: August 29th 2019
Aug 29 • 26 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, after Boris Johnson announced he will temporarily suspend Parliament, how can MPs stop a no-deal Brexit? The conflict between Israel and Iran is widening…
Suspend, disbelief: Parliament and Brexit
Aug 29 • 21 min
Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, sparked widespread outrage by suspending Parliament in the run-up to Brexit. What recourse do lawmakers still have? Taiwan’s deal to buy American fighter jets reveals wide political support for tooling up against…
Babbage: Oh, grow up
Aug 28 • 22 min
Investors are ploughing hundreds of millions of dollars into vertical farming. Could towers of vegetables help feed the world’s growing population? Also, how studying gravitational waves could unlock the deepest mysteries of the universe and prove…
Ex-Seoul-mate: Japan-South Korea spat escalates
Aug 28 • 18 min
Century-old discord is never far from the surface for the two countries, but the latest flare-up risks disrupting stability in the region. We estimate how much the grounded Boeing 737 MAX plane is costing airlines, suppliers and the planemaker itself:…
The Secret History of the Future: A Brief History of Timekeeping
Aug 28 • 33 min
The first mechanical clocks were made to summon monks to prayer. Ever since, timekeeping technology has often been about control and obligation. But underneath a mountain in Texas, a new kind of clock is being built that’s meant to alter the way we think…
Money talks: Big pharma in court
Aug 27 • 26 min
The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $572 million for its part in the opioid crisis in the state of Oklahoma. What precedent will this set? In Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard explains…
Emmanuel transmission: outcomes of the G7
Aug 27 • 22 min
The weekend summit hosted by France’s President Emmanuel Macron resulted in few concrete actions; mostly the diplomatic dance was intended to keep President Donald Trump on side. Such meetings may not always go smoothly, but they’re still worth having. We…
The world ahead: Clash of the titans
Aug 26 • 22 min
With tensions rising in the South China Sea, we consider how a potential clash between America and China might play out—and why the world should pay more attention to this region. And host Tom Standage takes a ride in a self-driving car in London, to see…
A friend of mines: Asia’s coal habit
Aug 26 • 22 min
The region accounts for three-quarters of the world’s coal consumption—even as giants such as China and India consider its environmental effects and opportunities in renewables. For a while, international aid and attention were showered on Liberia; now…
The Economist asks: What’s the recipe for the restaurant of the future?
Aug 23 • 25 min
Over iced coffee and crullers at Union Square Cafe in New York, Anne McElvoy asks restaurateur Danny Meyer about his recipe for restaurant success—from Michelin-starred 11 Madison Park to the fast-food chain Shake Shack. They talk about how #MeToo has…
Fight or flight: Cathay Pacific
Aug 23 • 20 min
China’s central government has made an example of the huge, Hong Kong-based carrier. Will the ploy work to quell protests in the territory, or just further rattle the nerves of its international firms? We examine the spectacular rise of Pentecostalism in…
Editor’s picks: August 22nd 2019
Aug 22 • 23 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, our cover story on what companies are for (12:20) Also, Matteo Salvini hopes elections will make him Italy’s prime minister. (18:40) And how Burgundy…
Pull out all the backstops: Boris Johnson in Europe
Aug 22 • 19 min
Britain’s prime minister is on the continent ahead of this weekend’s G7 meeting. We ask whether he’ll be able to ditch the Irish “backstop” that has become Brexit’s stickiest sticking point. We take a look at FedEx, its old-school disrupter founder and…
Babbage: Gut Feeling
Aug 21 • 21 min
How can understanding the link between gut bacteria and Autism Spectrum Disorder help scientists develop a treatment? Broken heart syndrome, or Takotsubo, is a serious condition that can be caused by the death of a loved one. Scientists have recently…
League of its own? Italian politics
Aug 21 • 20 min
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has pulled the rug from under the country’s government, betting that his charismatic right-wingery might win him more-complete rule. Will it work? We take a look at Latin America’s state energy giants—and find the…
The Secret History of the Future: Salvation in the Air
Aug 21 • 33 min
At the dawn of the 20th century, chemists dreamed of extracting nitrogen from the air and turning it into a limitless supply of fertiliser. Sceptics thought they were crazy—it was possible in theory, but it was unclear if it could be done in practice.…
Money talks: From bad to wurst
Aug 20 • 20 min
This week the Bundesbank warned that Germany’s economy will probably soon be in recession. Henry Curr, our economics editor, argues that the country needs more fiscal stimulus. Who will buy the world’s largest AI computer chip? And, Apple’s entry into the…
Power rationing: Sudan in transition
Aug 20 • 22 min
After months of unceasing protests, military leaders have struck a deal to share power with civilians, while Omar al-Bashir, the country’s deposed dictator, is in court. But can Sudan break out of its cycle of violence? We examine the curious notion that…
Scarcely surviving: Zimbabwe
Aug 19 • 21 min
Electricity, food, water: everything is in short supply in the country, including faith in the government’s ability to recover from Robert Mugabe’s kleptocracy. China produced a record 8.3m university graduates this year; we take a look at the changing…
The Economist asks: Who will decide the fate of Hong Kong?
Aug 16 • 25 min
Former Chief Secretary of the territory, Anson Chan, has called on leader Carrie Lam to withdraw a controversial law which sparked a wave of protests. Anne McElvoy asks her whether Hong Kong’s special status is under threat and, 30 years after the…
Yield signs: the global economy
Aug 16 • 22 min
Investors are piling into safe assets as markets whipsaw: what’s driving the global economy these days is anxiety. Is all the worry justified? Nestled among the conflicts and suffering in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast national park that is…
Editor’s picks: August 15th 2019
Aug 15 • 31 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, markets are braced for a global downturn. (10:00) Bernie Sanders could hand the Democratic ticket to a moderate. (18:02) And, investors are growing…
Poll reposition: Macri fights back
Aug 15 • 20 min
President Mauricio Macri’s thumping presidential-primary loss in Argentina left the markets fearing a left-wing resurgence. To win over voters, he’s announced a relaxation of some austerity measures. Will it be enough? In the Arctic, wildfires are…
Babbage: A cure for Ebola?
Aug 14 • 20 min
Two treatments for Ebola have emerged from a clinical trial in Africa. Scientists estimate that sea-levels across the globe will rise by 50cm or so in the next 80 years; in some places they could go up by twice as much. Are governments and businesses…
Let’s not make a deal: Brexit
Aug 14 • 21 min
Talk grows ever-louder of Britain exiting the European Union without a divorce agreement. Most parliamentarians would rather avoid that—but can they do anything to stop it? We join a Ukrainian military exercise as the country seeks to beef up defences…
The Secret History of the Future: Bug in the System
Aug 14 • 32 min
The first ever computer program was written in 1843 by Ada Lovelace, a mathematician who hoped her far-sighted treatise on mechanical computers would lead to a glittering scientific career. Today, as we worry that modern systems suffer from “algorithmic…
Money talks: Delayed tariffication
Aug 13 • 21 min
President Trump has delayed some tariffs on Chinese imports. Soumaya Keynes, our US economics editor, explains the surprise decision and its implications for the global economy. Also, is data as valuable an asset as oil? What can companies learn from the…
Sex cells: the modern fertility business
Aug 13 • 21 min
Companies are rushing to fill new niches for would-be parents: in vitro fertilisation extras, swish egg-harvesting “studios” and apps to track reproductive health. But some companies promise more than science can deliver. The worrying flare-up of piracy…
Raid in Aden: Yemen’s fragmented conflict
Aug 12 • 22 min
Over the weekend, armed rebels overran Aden, the seat of Yemen’s internationally recognised government. They had defected from a loose, Saudi-backed coalition that looks increasingly shaky. The gaming business is huge, but isn’t yet part of the streaming…
The Economist asks: Is LA the model for a more diverse America?
Aug 9 • 31 min
Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, argues America’s second largest city benefits from being a melting pot. Anne McElvoy asks him how he is faring in tackling the city’s housing crisis and why he is not running for the Democratic nomination in 2020.…
Withdrawal symptoms: America-Taliban talks
Aug 9 • 19 min
America’s envoy claimed “excellent progress” in negotiations ahead of the country’s planned exit from Afghanistan. But stickier talks await, between the Islamist militia and the Afghan government. A promising new vaccine may at last tackle typhoid fever,…
Editor’s picks: August 8th 2019
Aug 8 • 19 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, China’s response to the protests in Hong Kong could have global repercussions. The British government claims it is too late for MPs to prevent the…
Clear-cut risks: the Amazon degrades
Aug 8 • 21 min
Deforestation is on the rise and Brazil’s government is all but encouraging it. Beyond a certain threshold, the world’s largest rainforest will dry out into a savanna—with dire consequences. We ask why Malaysia’s reformist coalition isn’t doing much…
Babbage: Meno-Pause
Aug 7 • 20 min
Can pioneering surgery help delay the menopause and how will it impact women’s lives? And, Clara Vu, of Veo Robotics, explains some of the challenges of designing “cobots”, robots that work collaboratively with humans on manufacturing tasks. Also, should…
State of alarm: India moves on Kashmir
Aug 7 • 22 min
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has gutted the autonomy of the restive and disputed Jammu & Kashmir. India’s only majority-Muslim state is locked down and fearful of a vast demographic reshuffle. We meet the deep-sea divers of the oil industry,…
The Secret History of the Future: Dots, Dashes and Dating Apps
Aug 7 • 33 min
In the 19th century, young people wooed each other over the telegraph. But meeting strangers on the wires could lead to confusion, disappointment, and even fraud. Do modern online dating apps have anything to learn from telegraph romances? For information…
Money talks: Yuan-a fight?
Aug 6 • 20 min
President Donald Trump has accused China of being a currency manipulator, after the Chinese currency “po qi” or “cracked 7” against the US dollar— a psychologically significant value—for the first time in over a decade. How will this escalation of the…
PLA a part? Hong Kong’s growing unrest
Aug 6 • 20 min
China’s central government held another press conference to address increasingly chaotic unrest in Hong Kong. A close listen reveals language that may be presaging a military intervention. There’s much to be said for employee share ownership—but a push…
Sticking to their guns: violence in America
Aug 5 • 23 min
Two mass shootings over the weekend add to the unrelenting stream of gun violence in America. We look at the political and social forces that ensure it will continue. The collapse of Venezuela’s infrastructure has left its people desperate for medical…
The Economist asks: Should race matter on stage?
Aug 2 • 30 min
Wendell Pierce, best known for his roles in the television dramas “The Wire”, “Suits” and “Jack Ryan”, plays Willy Loman in a new production of “Death of a Salesman”, moving to London’s West End in the autumn. Anne McElvoy caught up with him backstage in…
A farewell to arms control: the INF treaty dies
Aug 2 • 21 min
As America abandons the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty we examine the future of arms control. New weapons abound and new countries are using them, but new treaties will be hard to come by. With Baltimore in the news as President Donald Trump’s…
Editor’s picks: August 1st 2019
Aug 1 • 23 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the collapse of the Amazon, which is home to 40% of Earth’s rainforest, would be felt far beyond Brazil’s borders. America’s central bank has cut rates…
Disbelief, dysfunction, disaster: Congo’s Ebola outbreak
Aug 1 • 20 min
As aid workers battle the second-worst outbreak in history, they face violence and disbelief. A history of conflict, suspicion of the rich world and wild conspiracy theories make fighting a difficult battle far harder. Architects are tackling the dark,…
Babbage: Hot as hell
Jul 31 • 28 min
Record-breaking heatwaves are becoming routine and they are killing people. But many of the potentially life-saving solutions are both low-tech and low-cost. Governments should be doing more. Also, we visit Lake Chad in the Sahel to understand how climate…
Apply liberally: Trudeau’s re-election bid
Jul 31 • 20 min
Canada’s prime minister may not have an easy campaign ahead; we sit down with Justin Trudeau to discuss his tenure so far. The country’s role as a liberal bastion seems safe, for now. Bayer is now reckoning with the problems presented by its latest…
The Secret History of the Future: Mars on Earth
Jul 31 • 34 min
Polar exploration was the Victorian equivalent of the space race. Major powers vied to outdo each other, funding expeditions to the most inhospitable parts of the world as demonstrations of their supremacy over nature and each other. Today, the resulting…
Money talks: Warren of Wall Street
Jul 30 • 23 min
Can US Senator Elizabeth Warren convince Wall Street to back her and how are the other candidates faring in the Democratic competition for the 2020 presidential nomination? And, David Autor, an economist at MIT, speaks to Money Talks about how computers…
Primary culler: Democrats’ second debates
Jul 30 • 23 min
The fields of American presidential candidates just keep getting bigger, and party rules incentivise extreme views and dark-horse entrants. That might not be what’s best for either party. The fast-shipping arms race sparked by Amazon is radically…
The world ahead: Sunshady business
Jul 29 • 18 min
If efforts to cut emissions fall short, might some nations resort to solar geoengineering — building a sunshade in the stratosphere — to buy more time? Also, what if Facebook blocked Europeans from using its services? Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris…
One country, one system: Hong Kong’s protests
Jul 29 • 21 min
Authorities in Beijing held a rare press conference addressing unrest in Hong Kong. That gives lie to the region’s “one country, two systems” governance; fears of a vicious crackdown are growing. Beneath what might seem to be advancements of women’s…
The Economist asks: How should filmmakers depict Nazi Germany?
Jul 26 • 21 min
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck hoped never to make a film about the Third Reich. Anne McElvoy asks the Oscar-winning director of “The Lives of Others” what changed his mind. His new film, “Never Look Away”, was inspired by the life of the artist Gerhard…
A plight in Tunisia: the president passes
Jul 26 • 21 min
Beji Caid Essebsi promised to fix the economy, re-establish security and consolidate Tunisia’s democracy—but all of that remains unresolved as the country begins its search for a new leader. Pet ownership is surging around the world, as are ways to pamper…
Editor’s picks: July 25th 2019
Jul 25 • 20 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, to stop a no-deal Brexit, moderate Tory MPs must be ready to bring down Boris Johnson. The growing friendship between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping is…
Nothing new to report: Robert Mueller testifies
Jul 25 • 22 min
As promised, the special counsel revealed no more than appeared in his report into Russian election-meddling and obstruction of justice. The story hasn’t moved on, but Democrats would be wise to. Economists are returning to an old idea: that cultural…
Babbage: Return of the king
Jul 24 • 18 min
Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has reclaimed its crown as the world’s most valuable listed company. What can other firms learn from its reboot? Also, Reshma Shetty, cofounder of Gingko Bioworks, explains the potential of synthetic biology to harness – and…
Ricky situation: Puerto Rico’s protests
Jul 24 • 19 min
Rolling protests have rocked the island after leaked texts revealed the governor’s insults. But Puerto Rico’s problems are far greater than almost 900 pages of tasteless jokes. We consider the merits of challenging Latin America’s amnesties; justice might…
The Secret History of the Future: Meat and Potatoes
Jul 24 • 36 min
The potato seemed strange and unappetizing when it first arrived in Europe. But it grew into a wonder food that helped solve the continent’s hunger problems. Can its journey tell us what to expect from current efforts to replace animal meat with…
Money talks: Europe’s bright spots
Jul 23 • 16 min
A few resilient countries and sectors have helped cushion the effects of a trade and manufacturing slowdown on the euro zone. But can that continue? Also, Tyler Cowen, an economist and blogger, stands up for big business. And, it’s all in the small print…
You, May, be excused: Boris Johnson ascends
Jul 23 • 19 min
Britain has a new prime minister—who will inherit all the same problems his predecessor had. Good luck guiding a divided nation through Brexit with a paper-thin majority in parliament. Europe’s steel industry is getting hammered by tariffs and gluts, but…
Get one thing strait: Iran’s tanker stand-off
Jul 22 • 22 min
The seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf may seem counter to Iran’s international objectives. But at home, hardliners are in the ascendancy—for them, it’s a public-relations coup. The rise of populism, particularly in Europe, suggests voters…
The Economist asks: Anna Wintour
Jul 19 • 29 min
For more than 30 years as editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour has been the gatekeeper of high style. Anne McElvoy asks if the fashion business can genuinely deliver sustainability and shift catwalk stereotypes. They discuss why Wintour personally…
Servant’s entrance: Ukraine’s elections
Jul 19 • 22 min
Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People party looks set to make big gains in Ukraine’s parliament this weekend. It must, if it wants to weaken oligarchs’ hold over the country. If space exploration and exploitation is to really take off, there’s one…
Editor’s Picks: July 18th 2019
Jul 18 • 21 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is likely to be even more racially divisive than his first. WhatsApp has become Africa’s most popular messaging…
Unmoving movement: Venezuela’s bloody stalemate
Jul 18 • 20 min
The opposition’s momentum has faded; many protesters are too tired to go on. Nicolás Maduro, the illegitimate president, is showing his grip on power with shows of force. Global shipping is in a slump—but a visit to the Port of Rotterdam reveals that the…
Babbage: The next giant leap for mankind
Jul 17 • 22 min
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 moon mission. Is humankind about to return there? And what do the next 50 years of space exploration hold? The task of moderating a platform with over two billion active users is a…
In like a Leyen: the European Commission’s new president
Jul 17 • 21 min
Ursula von der Leyen has a tough task ahead, pressing a broad agenda in a fragmented European Parliament. We take a look at the vast international collaboration that is weather prediction, where it’s heading and how climate change could make it harder.…
The Secret History of the Future: Unreliable Evidence
Jul 17 • 27 min
In the early 20th century a new forensic technique—fingerprinting—displaced a cruder form of identification based on body measurements. Hailed as modern, scientific, and infallible, fingerprinting was adopted around the world. But in recent years doubts…
Money talks: How slow can you grow?
Jul 16 • 21 min
Last week’s episode asked how long American economic growth could last. Now, new figures reveal that China’s growth is the slowest in nearly three decades. What can the Chinese government do about it? Insurance companies make their money from predicting…
At stake, chips: Japan-South Korea trade spat
Jul 16 • 22 min
A dispute about industrial chemicals reveals tensions that have remained unresolved since the second world war—and threatens the global electronics market. In the Indian state of Assam, a trumped-up rule on citizenship singles out Muslims for detention…
Tip of the ICE work: the immigration raids that weren’t
Jul 15 • 23 min
There was little evidence this weekend of the widespread immigration raids long promised by President Donald Trump. But his campaign of sowing fear seems to be working. Many of China’s infrastructure projects in Africa have been costly flops, and China is…
The Economist asks: Is conservatism in crisis?
Jul 12 • 25 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, George Will, and Adrian Wooldridge, The Economist’s political editor, debate whether the conservatism movement is reorienting into one that chooses populism over prudence and they dissect the challenges that…
Tsai hopes: Taiwan’s president on tour
Jul 12 • 22 min
The delicate diplomatic dance that America is performing during Tsai Ing-Wen’s visit hints at the island’s strategic importance. Two of the deadly blazes of Australia’s “Black Saturday” were deliberately set; we ask what makes someone start fires. And,…
Editor’s picks: July 11th 2019
Jul 11 • 19 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: could America’s longest economic expansion on record be coming to an end? How India’s hunt for “illegal immigrants” is aimed at Muslims, including many…
Unspeakable truths: Britain’s US ambassador
Jul 11 • 22 min
The “special relationship” has been strained this week, following the leak of frank diplomatic cables. The conditions of Sir Kim Darroch’s departure are a window into both Britain’s current politics and its future. International development projects don’t…
Babbage: How tech is my valley?
Jul 10 • 22 min
China is promoting a tech district that it hopes will be a serious contender to America’s Silicon Valley. Hal Hodson, The Economist’s technology correspondent, visits the new hub. Lord John Browne, author of “Make, Think, Imagine”, on how advancements in…
From Russia with launch codes: Turkey’s new hardware
Jul 10 • 22 min
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces increasing pressures at home and abroad, and he’s adding to them—most of all by acquiring Russian missile defences that make Turkey’s NATO allies nervous. As Colombia emerges from a half-century of conflict with FARC…
The Secret History of the Future: Second Wind
Jul 10 • 30 min
For thousands of years we sailed our cargo across oceans using zero-emission, 100 percent renewable wind. Then we switched to ships that run on oil, creating a global maritime fleet that pumps greenhouse gases into the sky. Could we go back to…
Money talks: When the growing gets tough
Jul 9 • 18 min
America’s economy has been expanding for 121 months in a row—unemployment is low and the stock market has soared. But how long can this last? History suggests a painful recession might be around the corner. Nobel prizewinner and economics professor Joseph…
Late to the parting: Deutsche Bank shrinks
Jul 9 • 22 min
For years, management at Germany’s largest bank knew the firm was in serious trouble. Why didn’t they do more? The massive cuts announced this week may be too little, too late. We consider Texas and California as political and social laboratories: which…
In the after-Ba’ath: Syria’s rising Kurds
Jul 8 • 22 min
For years, Syria’s Kurdish people were largely invisible: their language, flag and festivals were all suppressed. Now, in much of the country’s north and east, they rule over the Arabs who once ruled over them. A brutal murder in a sleepy German village…
The Economist asks: Mark Carney
Jul 5 • 24 min
The Governor of the Bank of England explains how central banks are preparing for a riskier world. Mark Carney, who is due to step down next year, singles out climate change as a significant emerging risk for insurance companies and markets. But what can…
New Democracy in an old one: Greece’s election
Jul 5 • 22 min
Kyriakos Mitsotakis looks likely to lead his New Democracy party to victory in this weekend’s snap election. But can he deliver on all the promises of his big-tent campaign? We examine the controversy and the politics surrounding the detention of migrants…
Editor’s picks: July 4th 2019
Jul 4 • 27 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the global crisis in conservatism. Royal Dutch Shell’s boss delivers some hard truths on oil and climate change (10:18). And, insects become fish food…
Putin on a show: Russia’s resurgence
Jul 4 • 23 min
Russia’s president is glad-handing in Italy, where his anti-liberal roadshow resonates. But Mr Putin’s is a twisted vision of liberalism, and at home many of his compatriots see through the ruse. We examine the “Swedish model” of prostitution laws, and…
Babbage: DeepMind games
Jul 3 • 20 min
The child chess prodigy who created a computer that outplays human grandmasters—Demis Hassabis, founder of DeepMind, explains how games are a testing ground for algorithms and what real-world challenges he hopes to tackle with artificial intelligence.…
Growth anatomy: America’s expansive decade
Jul 3 • 22 min
What’s behind the record-breaking economic boom and how much longer can it last? Does America’s central bank have the tools it needs to handle the inevitable downturn? The racial gap in Americans’ life expectancy is as small as it’s ever been; we examine…
The Secret History of the Future: A Familiar Tune
Jul 3 • 39 min
The 19th-century invention of the phonograph left composers worried they might not be paid for recordings. The 20th-century proliferation of digital sampling outmoded old copyright laws. Can these previous tech disruptions of the music business teach us…
Money talks: Brexit and the City
Jul 2 • 22 min
London is home to the world’s biggest international financial centre. But Brexit threatens to cut the City off from its most important single foreign market. Tamzin Booth, The Economist’s Britain business editor, investigates whether the City of London…
Break a LegCo: Hong Kong’s protests boil over
Jul 2 • 21 min
Protesters are in a defiant mood—a hard core of them has smashed up Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. But demonstrations aren’t going to make the territory any more free. The state-owned investment vehicles known as sovereign-wealth funds are usually…
Armoured Khartoum: Sudan’s bloody transition
Jul 1 • 22 min
Protesters returned to the streets of Khartoum this weekend, again with deadly consequences. We look back to last month’s violent crackdown, and consider Sudan’s troubled push for democracy. China’s swine-flu outbreaks threaten hundreds of millions of…
Editor’s picks: June 28th 2019
Jun 28 • 21 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, how should the world contain Iran? Reparations for slavery is a morally appealing but flawed idea (9:08). And, Europe heroically defends itself against…
Census and sensibility: landmark SCOTUS rulings
Jun 28 • 23 min
America’s highest court has handed down decisions that will shape voter representation for years to come. The rulings make clear the court’s reluctance to become politicised. As China’s and America’s leaders meet on the sidelines of the G20 gathering, we…
Babbage: Curing the big sea
Jun 27 • 19 min
Researchers hope to use disease-fighting genes found in whales to help find treatments for cancer in humans. Airliners that mix batteries and fossil fuel could dominate the skies in the future. And, are people more honest than they think they are? Kenneth…
Fight if you Haftar: the struggle for Libya
Jun 27 • 22 min
Life in Libya’s capital seems calm, even as a warlord backed by ragtag forces bids to take the city. Meanwhile the putative government can muster little political power—or electric power. We examine a miracle in Moldova: after years as a swamp of…
The Economist asks: Can Labour solve Brexit?
Jun 26 • 31 min
While British headlines are dominated by the race to become the next Conservative prime minister, the opposition Labour party is divided over how to resolve the Brexit stalemate. Anne McElvoy interviews John McDonnell MP, the shadow chancellor, who is one…
Rights on Q: same-sex marriage in Japan
Jun 26 • 21 min
A bill to recognise same-sex marriage has failed in Japan’s parliament, exposing a widening divide between the views of its politicians and the values of its people. For some officials, Burundi’s election tax is an excuse for extortion; for some citizens,…
The Secret History of the Future: Season 2 Trailer
Jun 26 • 2 min
What can 19th century polar exploration teach us as humans plan missions to Mars? Do modern online dating apps have anything to learn from romances over the telegraph wires? Dig into the past, and you’ll find surprising lessons about what’s next for our…
Money talks: Bargaining chips
Jun 25 • 17 min
The trade war between America and China is intensifying after America blacklisted five more Chinese technology entities. Will this jeopardise any talk of a trade deal at the upcoming G20 summit? Could low-denomination treasury bills help Italy’s…
Money in the West Bank: Kushner’s peace plan
Jun 25 • 21 min
Tensions between Iran and America are distracting from Jared Kushner’s long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. It’s got plenty of dollar signs, but no sign yet of a political solution. We ask why Argentina’s former president is now running for…
The World ahead: In the Sharenthood
Jun 24 • 29 min
What if America decided to pull out of NATO? And a trip to 2029 to report on a landmark case in which parents are required to pay damages for sharing images of their children online, and refusing to take them down when the children grow up. Tom Standage…
Lover or Leaver? How Brexit divided Britons
Jun 24 • 22 min
Exactly three years after the referendum result, it’s clear: Brexit has driven Britain a bit batty. We look into the grand societal divides that the vote exposed. In Istanbul, a repeat mayoral election reaches the same result: the ruling party lost.…
The Economist asks: Which Democrats can challenge Donald Trump in 2020?
Jun 21 • 30 min
Anne McElvoy and John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, interview two distinctive hopefuls in the race to replace Donald Trump. Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, assesses America’s role in the world and sets out his plan to…
Blonde ambition: Boris’s bid for power
Jun 21 • 23 min
Charming buffoon or cunning chameleon? Welcoming liberal or snarling Brexiteer? We ask why, despite having no guiding philosophy, Boris Johnson is so likely to become Britain’s prime minister. Our obituaries editor remembers the socialite Claus von Bülow,…
Editor’s Picks: June 20th 2019
Jun 20 • 21 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Boris Johnson is the favourite to become Britain’s next Prime Minister (8:23). America’s future will be written in the two mega-states—California and…
Hawks, stocks and peril: Iran-America brinkmanship
Jun 20 • 19 min
Iran’s downing of an American drone today is just the latest source of tension between the countries. Where does it end? As facial-recognition technology improves, rising privacy concerns are hampering its adoption. And in Britain, advertisements that…
Babbage: Facebucks
Jun 19 • 19 min
Facebook wants to create a global digital currency—what could possibly go wrong? Also, why billionaire Stephen Schwarzman, founder of Blackstone private-equity firm, is donating £150m to fund a humanities centre at Oxford University. And, what can be done…
Moving stories: the UN’s refugee report
Jun 19 • 20 min
The worldwide count of people forced from their homelands has increased sharply, again. What’s driving these movements, and what are governments doing about incoming refugees? The Democratic Republic of Congo is suffering the world’s second-largest…
Money talks: Banking bad
Jun 18 • 16 min
Deutsche Bank plans to create a new division, a “bad bank”, which will hold tens of billions of euros of assets as part of an overhaul of it is operations. Will the remaining firm become profitable enough to satisfy regulators and investors? And the…
Florida Man: Trump’s re-election campaign
Jun 18 • 20 min
America’s president heads back to the Sunshine State today to announce his candidacy. What to expect this time around? Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, has died in court. We look back on his troubled leadership and…
Lam to the slaughter: Hong Kong’s shocking U-turn
Jun 17 • 23 min
Calls for the resignation of Carrie Lam, the territory’s leader, are intensifying. Hong Kongers may have put a recent freedom-crimping bill on ice, but more challenges to their independence await. We speak to the mother of a child genius who reveals the…
The Economist asks: Armistead Maupin
Jun 14 • 23 min
Anne McElvoy asks the creator of “Tales of the city” about what drew him back to 28 Barbary Lane and a new batch of tales of queer America. Fifty years on from the Stonewall riots that sparked the LGBT civil rights movement, Armistead Maupin talks about…
What’s yours has mines: the Gulf of Oman attack
Jun 14 • 21 min
America has blamed Iran for yesterday’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. If that’s true, Iran is playing a dangerous game that involves the whole of the region. The violent militias that control much of Rio de Janeiro might be easy to beat if they…
Editor’s Picks: June 13th 2019
Jun 13 • 23 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, huge demonstrations in Hong Kong have rattled the territory’s government. (8:50) America’s biggest defence merger highlights the changing nature of war…
Vlad the un-jailer: the Ivan Golunov case
Jun 13 • 21 min
An investigative journalist’s release may look like a press-freedom win in Russia—but it represents much more than that. Democratic presidential hopefuls have no shortage of transformative ideas, yet Senate arithmetic ensures there’s little hope of…
Babbage: Space invaders
Jun 12 • 23 min
The business opportunities from small satellite technology are infinite: from an ‘ambulance’ which rescues malfunctioning spacecraft to devices that can measure the oil level in a tanker from space. Are we on the verge of making gene-editing technology…
Once more, with felines: half the world gets online
Jun 12 • 21 min
Half of humanity is now online. What will the second half do when it logs on? The same as the first: friendly chat, personal expression and a lot of cat videos. Despite appearances, racism in America is actually going down; the problem is that America’s…
Money talks: All the presidents men
Jun 11 • 19 min
There are no women in the running to take over as the next President of the European Central Bank. And, lessons from the Woodford Investment group—even star fund-managers can struggle to outperform the market. Also, why do German billionaires avoid the…
Independence say: Hong Kong’s ongoing protests
Jun 11 • 22 min
A proposed change to the judicial system is just the latest sign that mainland China is exerting pressure on Hong Kong’s autonomy. Authorities seem ready to quell further demonstrations. Although solitary confinement is widely condemned, it’s still common…
No way to tweet a friend: Trump’s Mexico tariffs
Jun 10 • 21 min
In the end, President Donald Trump’s tariff threat did what he had hoped: Mexico has pledged to tighten immigration flows. But such weaponisation of tariffs bodes ill for the future. China’s “green Great Wall” of trees—a bid to halt desertification—may be…
Editor’s Picks: June 7th 2019
Jun 7 • 22 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the second half of humanity is joining the internet. Citizens of the emerging world will change the web and it will change them. Next, could the…
Tory story: Britain’s next prime minister
Jun 7 • 21 min
Today Theresa May stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party, and would-be replacements are already lining up. There’s little hope that any would be able to arrange an elegant exit from Europe. Also, we take a look at the astonishing range of…
The Economist asks: Who can lead Britain through Brexit?
Jun 6 • 36 min
Anne McElvoy speaks to two candidates in the race to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader and Britain’s prime minister. She catches up with Rory Stewart, the international development secretary, who proposes a “citizens’ assembly” to solve Brexit.…
Basta! The EU challenges Italy’s finances
Jun 6 • 20 min
European officials have threatened a substantial fine if Italy doesn’t shrink its debt and budget deficit. Whether or not it follows through, markets are already punishing the country. Tens of thousands of refugees have snuck into Canada from America, but…
Babbage: Fusing the future
Jun 5 • 20 min
In this week’s Babbage, Alok Jha investigates the organisations and companies trying to crack a technology that could solve all of the world’s energy problems in a stroke—nuclear fusion. From Iter, the world’s largest collaborative fusion experiment, to…
Same as the old boss? Crackdown in Sudan
Jun 5 • 20 min
Nearly two months after staging a coup, military leaders have brutally cracked down on protesters in Sudan. Talks with the opposition have fallen apart—as have hopes for a resurgent Sudanese democracy. We examine the rise in gun violence in Latin America…
Money talks: Tariffs at dawn
Jun 4 • 19 min
President Trump has started using import tariffs to win political as well as economic battles. What will be the impact of his latest threats to impose tariffs on Mexican goods? Also, how the US Federal Reserve is preparing for the next recession. And, how…
Thirty years of forgetting: Tiananmen
Jun 4 • 22 min
On the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square tragedy, our correspondents reflect on a dark and confusing day—and the Chinese government’s efforts to suppress the memory of it. Could such widespread dissent flare up in today’s China? Also, why laws…
Get pomped up: Trump’s British visit
Jun 3 • 22 min
President Donald Trump kicks off his state visit to Britain with some opening shots at London’s mayor Sadiq Khan. But larger issues will take center stage. Amid Brexit, a leadership contest and simmering security tensions, we discuss the strains to the…
The Economist asks: Who will run tomorrow’s top companies?
May 31 • 27 min
Anne McElvoy asks Ursula Burns about how she became the first black woman to run a Fortune 500 company. She explains why she now champions gender quotas, having vehemently opposed them. And, as AI threatens more traditional jobs, how CEOs should balance…
Protectionist racket: trade-war rhetoric
May 31 • 22 min
As President Donald Trump threatens new tariffs on Mexican goods, retaliatory ones between China and America are starting to bite. That puts China’s party leaders—and their hardening nationalist message—in a tricky spot. We examine how the global…
Editor’s Picks: May 30th 2019
May 30 • 26 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Britain’s constitutional time-bomb. Brexit is already a political crisis—sooner or later it will become a constitutional one too. How floods and storms…
Likudn’t: Israel’s political crisis
May 30 • 20 min
For the first time since Israel’s founding, efforts to form a government have failed. What will the resulting snap election mean for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu? Alleged meddling in the Czech judiciary has sparked protests; it seems that challenges…
Babbage: Rash behaviour
May 29 • 19 min
The measles resurgence around the world has been blamed on parents refusing to vaccinate their children but is vaccinating children enough? Also, how a new glove for humans is teaching robots how to feel. And Kenneth Cukier asks Carl Benedikt Frey,…
Baba Go Slow: Nigeria’s President gets another term
May 29 • 18 min
Muhammadu Buhari earned the nickname “Baba Go Slow” for a lackadaisical approach to reform as Nigeria’s president. He mismanaged the economy, failed to tackle corruption and has been unable to restrain the terrorist group Boko Haram. Will he be more…
Money talks: Just the job
May 28 • 20 min
The received wisdom is that work is becoming low-paid and precarious, with jobs lost to automation and the gig economy. The data say otherwise. What does the jobs boom in the rich world mean for the global economy? Also, will Alibaba’s plans to list in…
Continental breakfast: European elections
May 28 • 20 min
Europe’s voters have shown they are not happy with traditional parties. But even as the Brexit Party surged in Britain, populists across the continent found elections to the European Parliament tougher than expected, while the Green Party made a strong…
The world ahead: Food for thought
May 27 • 22 min
After the successful stockmarket flotation of Beyond Meat, maker of the Beyond Burger, we assess the potential impact of meat substitutes on global meat consumption. Also, is space tourism about to take off? And what can be done to preserve indigenous…
The Economist asks: Are the Victorians a model for Brexit Britain?
May 24 • 34 min
With Theresa May on her way out of 10 Downing Street and Britain no closer to achieving the Brexit she promised, Anne McElvoy takes the long view. She asks Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative MP, and Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum,…
This May hurt: British politics
May 24 • 20 min
Britain’s prime minister Theresa May has at last revealed the date she will step down. She had the unenviable task of trying to deliver Brexit, which she failed to, and her successor may not fare any better. President Donald Trump has lost crucial legal…
Editor’s Picks: May 23rd 2019
May 23 • 23 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party has won a second landslide victory. The prime minister, Narendra Modi, should make better use of his latest…
Repeat performance: India’s election
May 23 • 20 min
Narendra Modi’s BJP appears to have won a convincing re-election victory. What will that mean for India and the region? We look back on the life of Bob Hawke, a former Australian prime minister who convinced the world that his country deserved a place in…
Babbage: Data to the rescue
May 22 • 24 min
Access to the right data can be as valuable in humanitarian crises as water or medical care, but it can also be dangerous. Misused or in the wrong hands, the same information can put already vulnerable people at further risk. Kenneth Cukier hosts this…
Ibiza remix: Austria and the European fringe
May 22 • 21 min
As a scandal involving Austria’s hard-right Freedom party causes the government to unravel, we examine the fringe parties of Europe and their chances in this week’s European election. As tech billionaires continue to indulge their obsession with space…
Money talks: When the chips are down
May 21 • 22 min
How will the Trump administration’s restrictions affect Huawei—can the world’s second biggest smartphone maker adapt to not doing business with America? Michael Froman, a former US trade representative and the vice-chairman of MasterCard, discusses how…
In a heartbeat: abortion in America
May 21 • 21 min
The strict anti-abortion bills cropping up in multiple American states aren’t expected to become the law of the land—but proponents want them to chip away at Roe v Wade, which is. Attacks on albinos have risen ahead of Malawi’s presidential election; we…
Battle for legitimacy: Afghanistan v the Taliban
May 20 • 22 min
After 18 years and almost a trillion dollars to fight the Taliban, Afghanistan’s government still struggles for legitimacy; we ask why. A list of the world’s ultra-rich reveals a disproportionate number of self-made female billionaires from China—but the…
The Economist asks: Cass Sunstein
May 17 • 23 min
Anne McElvoy asks Cass Sunstein, a former advisor to Barack Obama and co-author of “Nudge”, how far the state should define our quest for personal freedom. They discuss how we might need a GPS to navigate through life, the limits of nudging and why…
Private iniquity? The Abraaj case
May 17 • 21 min
Not long ago, Abraaj was one of the world’s highest-profile private-equity firms. We take a look at its spectacular downfall, and the fate of its charismatic boss, Arif Naqvi. This weekend Australian voters will elect a new parliament. How can politicians…
Editor’s Picks: May 16th 2019
May 16 • 23 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, as the rivalry between China and the United States grows, surging sanctions create both risks and unexpected business opportunities. Why the feeble…
May, EU live in interesting times: Brexit
May 16 • 21 min
As party leaders grill Britain’s prime minister—and with a looming European election the country was due to avoid—we examine how the Brexit mess is dissolving party allegiances. Turkey was once seen as a success story in dealing with Syrians fleeing…
Babbage: Facing the future?
May 15 • 21 min
Legislators in San Francisco have just voted to ban the use of facial recognition—is this a victory for privacy or a setback for technology? Also, new research on how machine learning can be used to predict the likelihood of breast cancer. And Amazon’s…
Don’t spend it all at once: Pakistan and the IMF
May 15 • 21 min
The International Monetary Fund has struck another deal to bail out Pakistan—its 22nd. But how did the country’s economy end up in such a mess? Never mind rising numbers of vegetarians: the world is eating more meat, and in a way, that’s a good thing.…
Money talks: A US-China game of nerves
May 14 • 26 min
Two-way trade between America and China hit $2bn a day last year. But the growing mistrust between the two countries is turning business from a safe space into a field of contention. David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief, has travelled across…
Supply demands: Yemen peace talks
May 14 • 23 min
UN negotiators are trying to salvage a ceasefire agreement surrounding the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. The Arab world’s poorest country is suffering mightily, but the patchwork of actors makes a successful deal ever more difficult. In Latin America,…
Spare the Rodrigo: Philippine elections
May 13 • 21 min
Personalities, not policies, will determine votes in today’s poll in the Philippines to fill some 18,000 government jobs. Loyalists of the firebrand president Rodrigo Duterte—including his daughter—will do well. Also, why is it that amid a growing need…
The Economist asks: Melinda Gates
May 10 • 20 min
Anne McElvoy asks Melinda Gates whether gender equality starts in the kitchen. The American philanthropist explains why the tech world risks entrenching bias into the future, but defends the Gates Foundation’s decision to halve its paid family leave. And…
Unbalance of trade: China-America talks
May 10 • 22 min
Negotiations to end the trade war have been ruffled as the Trump administration again ramped up tariffs. But even if a deal is struck, that won’t address serious systemic troubles in the countries’ relationship. Many diets rely on simply counting…
Editor’s Picks: May 9th 2019
May 9 • 21 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, our cover story reports on the brewing conflict between America and Iran. Both sides need to step back. Also, why the Mexican-American population is…
Generals’ election: Thai politics
May 9 • 21 min
The military junta that runs Thailand almost completely sewed up a momentous vote—almost. After further electoral meddling the generals will now lead a weak government, with a surging youth-led party nipping at their heels. As Russia intensifies bombings…
Babbage: Uber traffic
May 8 • 20 min
As Uber prepares for its public listing this week, a new study in San Francisco shows that ride-hailing companies cause major road congestion. Also, how much should smart speakers see as well as hear? And, author Douglas Rushkoff explains why he views…
Nuclear diffusion: Iran
May 8 • 21 min
Exactly a year after President Donald Trump pulled America out of the Iran nuclear deal—and days after America moved warships into the Persian Gulf—Iran has announced it will break the terms of the deal. Is it more than just sabre-rattling? We examine an…
Money talks: Tech’s raid on the banks
May 7 • 23 min
Digital disruption is coming to banking at last. Helen Joyce travels across Asia to see how fintechs like Ant Financial are transforming how people spend, save and invest their money, and asks whether traditional banks can catch up. Who will win the…
Mayor may not: Turkey’s election re-run
May 7 • 21 min
Turkey’s ruling AK party never conceded defeat in Istanbul’s mayoral election in March. Now the result has been annulled, worrying the opposition and international observers. A China-America trade deal has been thrown into doubt thanks to a presidential…
Everything in moderation: YouTube
May 6 • 23 min
Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive, tells our correspondent that moderating the streaming giant’s content is her biggest challenge. No wonder: every minute, 500 hours-worth of it is added. Also, how West African research is being used to address…
The Economist asks: Bret Easton Ellis
May 3 • 27 min
Anne McElvoy asks author and iconoclast Bret Easton Ellis about why he has decided to take on the social mores of millennials. From the #metoo movement and freedom of expression to anger on social media, he discusses the dangers of a growing generational…
Barr, none: the White House’s defiance
May 3 • 22 min
The no-show of America’s attorney-general in Congress is just the latest example of the White House’s broad stonewalling policy; we look at the constitutional crisis that may be brewing. Facebook’s blocking of extremists yesterday is just one front the…
Editor’s Picks: May 2nd 2019
May 2 • 28 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the fight against jihadists is moving to Africa. Despite Western help, governments in the Sahel are struggling to beat back violent extremists. Next, the…
Buy the bullet: global defence spending
May 2 • 20 min
Governments the world over are beefing up defence spending—chief among them America’s and China’s. But some aggressive countries’ budgets are actually shrinking. May Day protests in France took a violent turn this year, and that complicates President…
Babbage: Net zero Britain
May 1 • 21 min
This week the Committee on Climate Change releases its anticipated recommendations for Britain to become a carbon-free economy, but will the Government take meaningful action? Also, the controversial subject of lung cancer screening. And David…
Putsch comes to shove: Venezuela
May 1 • 22 min
Juan Guaidó, the opposition figure widely viewed as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, has made a dramatic attempt to seize power from President Nicolás Maduro. But the effort appears stalled; how did he go wrong? We look more widely at coups around the…
Money talks: Rise of the No Men
Apr 30 • 19 min
Since the financial crisis, compliance officers in charge of minimising banks’ regulatory woes have never been more in demand. Will banks reach peak compliance? Also, author Caroline Criado Perez exposes what she calls “data bias in a world designed for…
Inflationary pressure: Argentina’s strikes
Apr 30 • 20 min
Patience runs thin amid rampant inflation and a devaluing currency; Argentines are taking to the streets for two days of strikes and protests. Taiwan’s richest man has joined the presidential race, but lots of his business is based in China. He will…
The world ahead: When the drugs don’t work
Apr 29 • 21 min
In this edition of The world ahead we examine a possible future where antibiotics no longer work. What causes such antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and what can be done to remedy it? And in another health-care scenario, we examine technology’s potential to…
Crossing the “t”s: China-America trade talks
Apr 29 • 20 min
American negotiators will be in Beijing this week, for what appears to be the final stages of striking a trade deal. What’s left to be agreed, and what are the sticking points? Also, America’s shale boom has given it leverage in international oil…
The Economist asks: Ian McEwan
Apr 26 • 26 min
Anne McElvoy asks Man Booker prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan what distinguishes humans and robots in the age of AI. They discuss his new novel “Machines Like Me”, a Promethean story which argues that engineers are the mythic gods of today. They also…
The strain in Spain: an election looms
Apr 26 • 21 min
Ahead of this weekend’s general election, we examine Spain’s fractured political landscape. A much-needed bastion of stability in Europe looks set for a long fight to form a government. We also take a look at two lingering effects of Japan’s post-war…
Editor’s Picks: April 25th 2019
Apr 25 • 22 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, how to stop the rot in South Africa. The liberal opposition cannot win the elections on May 8th, so the president must clean up his own party. Next, why…
Five Eyes and 5G: the Huawei debate
Apr 25 • 21 min
Leaked discussions reveal that Britain is going against the grain of its “Five Eyes” security partners by letting Huawei supply kit for coming 5G networks. What are the risks—to security and to the alliance? Now that Robert Mueller’s report is in the…
Babbage: The genetic revolution
Apr 24 • 21 min
Kenneth Cukier takes a look at the future of genetic engineering and what it means to be human. He speaks to leading scientists, doctors and philosophers to ask if ethics and regulations are able to keep up with the technology For information regarding…
Troubling: a death in Northern Ireland
Apr 24 • 21 min
A young journalist will be buried today, after being accidentally shot by dissident republicans in Northern Ireland. The killing is a worrying reminder of bygone decades of violence that fraught Brexit negotiations may be rekindling. We take a look at…
Money talks: Waging bull
Apr 23 • 22 min
As the debate about raising the minimum wage in America intensifies, it seems that wages for the lowest-paid Americans are already on the increase. Also, why is wage growth in the UK picking up at last? Finally, the most expensive homes in the world’s…
Worrying new threat: tragedy in Sri Lanka
Apr 23 • 22 min
After co-ordinated bomb attacks that killed hundreds, Sri Lanka is reeling. But if the government was so consumed by internal struggles as to miss warnings, how can it respond to the devastation? We take a look at global efforts to contain corruption,…
Early to wed: child marriage in Africa
Apr 22 • 19 min
Marrying too young has lifelong effects: on a girl’s body as much as on her education and career. We explore what is behind a sharp decline in child marriage in parts of Ethiopia. There’s an ancient-clothing trend in China that is mostly goofy fun. But…
The Economist asks: Renée Fleming
Apr 19 • 23 min
Anne McElvoy goes backstage at New York’s newest arts centre, The Shed, to talk to the Grammy and Polar music prize-winning soprano. They discuss bending the rules of genre and gender opposite Ben Whishaw in “Norma Jeane Baker of Troy”. Also, why opera…
Planes, trains and automobiles: the travails of travel
Apr 19 • 22 min
Easter weekend is a busy travel time for the many people who celebrate it. If you’re lucky, it means some time off work. But you might be unlucky, and travel through a terrible airport (we talk about the world’s worst). Or perhaps you’ll splash out and…
Editor’s Picks: April 18th 2019
Apr 18 • 19 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the trouble with tech unicorns. These billion-dollar businesses seem to have it all—except a path to high profits. Next, why did a fire at Notre Dame…
[Redacted]: the Mueller report
Apr 18 • 21 min
Today the report by Robert Mueller, the special counsel who investigated Russian links to the Trump administration, will be released—mostly. What lies behind the redactions, and what investigations are still to play out? Politicians have dabbled in comedy…
Babbage: Am-AI-zon
Apr 17 • 24 min
Amazon’s use of artificial intelligence has long outstripped Facebook and Google. Just how ingrained is AI at Amazon? Also, journalist and author David Wallace Wells explains the diminishing optimism of the climate change movement. And, how natural…
Roads to success: Indonesia’s election
Apr 17 • 22 min
Joko Widodo, the incumbent president, is expected to win today’s vote, after a people-pleasing term tackling the country’s infrastructure. But there are worrying signs about how Jokowi would continue to rule. As a herd of “unicorns” stampedes toward…
Money talks: Big bank theory
Apr 16 • 24 min
America’s largest banks reported earnings this week. Bank of America’s chief executive, Brian Moynihan, tells Anne McElvoy why he is bullish about the American economy and justifies his pay package. Also, can Goldman Sachs reinvent itself in the shadow of…
And then, silence: a Paris icon burns
Apr 16 • 19 min
Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, was already battling the flames of national protest when fire broke out at the Notre Dame cathedral. Will the tragedy, and Mr Macron’s leadership, bring the country together? America’s armed forces often don’t know how…
Modi’s operandi: India’s enormous election
Apr 15 • 21 min
The world’s largest democratic exercise is under way. Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks likely to win on a divisive platform about Hindu nationalism and Pakistani aggression—even if those aren’t voters’ biggest concerns. Social-media companies are…
The Economist asks: Preet Bharara
Apr 12 • 30 min
Anne McElvoy asks the former United States attorney for the powerful Southern District of New York whether the law can still do justice in America. He explains the failure to prosecute any Wall St executives after the financial crisis and his concern…
Bashir and present danger: Sudan’s coup
Apr 12 • 23 min
A protest movement that began in December at last brought Sudan’s military brass on board. The country’s cycle of dictatorship and democracy may be repeating itself. Bitcoin just turned ten, but it’s still far from fulfilling its promise to upend the…
Editor’s Picks: April 11th 2019
Apr 11 • 28 min
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, mass protests have ousted Sudan’s dictator. The big question now is who will succeed him. Our Lexington columnist argues that Donald Trump is a pro…
Brussels’ doubts: another Brexit delay
Apr 11 • 21 min
Britain now has a new Brexit deadline: the end of October. But those negotiations magnified divisions within the European Union that Brexit is revealing—and causing. We visit one of the Chinese towns whose governments are running social experiments,…
Babbage: Hypersonic Boom
Apr 10 • 18 min
America, China and Russia are developing long range, gliding missiles that travel at speeds greater than Mach 5. What are the threats and safeguards? Also, Dame Stephanie Shirley, the programmer who set up Britain’s first all-female software company in…
Bibi got back: Israel’s election
Apr 10 • 19 min
Binyamin Netanyahu looks set to win a fifth term as prime minister. How will his policies affect negotiations about some of the most contested land on Earth? Meanwhile in space, Israel’s Beresheet probe is set to land on the Moon—but the recent spate of…
Money talks: Banking on independence
Apr 9 • 20 min
It’s all change at the European Central Bank with its president, Mario Draghi, set to depart, along with two senior board members. As debate rumbles in America around central-bank independence, can new leadership at the ECB navigate the political shoals?…
The new mediocre: the world economy
Apr 9 • 20 min
The International Monetary Fund releases its global-growth forecast today. Expect news of a downgrade, but not recession: low growth has become the status quo. We join international forces in Burkina Faso, where African troops are being trained to contain…
Tripoli threat: a warlord’s bid to take Libya
Apr 8 • 20 min
As rebel forces advance on Tripoli and American troops withdraw, we look at the Libyan general leading the march, and at the country’s fractured politics. There’s evidence that Facebook’s advertisement algorithms discriminate on the basis of race and…
The Economist asks: Juan Manuel Santos
Apr 5 • 25 min
Anne McElvoy asks the former president of Colombia whether the country can sustain a lasting peace with the left-wing FARC guerrilla group. They discuss the best way to tackle the global drug trade and why Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolás Maduro, needs a…
Theresa looks left: Brexit negotiations
Apr 5 • 23 min
Having seemingly exhausted options within her own party, Prime Minister Theresa May is now trying to strike an EU divorce deal with Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the opposition. We profile the hard-left Labour leader. This weekend marks 25 years since one of…
Editor’s picks: April 4th 2019
Apr 4 • 20 min
A selection of three defining articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the promise and perils of synthetic biology—the nascent human capacity to redesign life. Now that Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned,…
Resigned to it: Algeria’s president
Apr 4 • 20 min
After two decades as president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned. But the cabal that’s been running the country doesn’t want to give up power and the opposition is disorganised. Will anything change? Medical professionals staged protests in Canada this…
Babbage: Dino-more
Apr 3 • 20 min
A little-known paleontologist may have found the last piece of the puzzle explaining the fate of the dinosaurs: what actually happened when the giant asteroid struck the Earth. Also, Paul Davies, a renowned physicist, explains the systems of information…
Fund while it lasted: the 1MDB scandal
Apr 3 • 20 min
Today Malaysia’s former prime minister faces his first of several trials, for alleged involvement in the disappearance of billions of dollars from 1MDB, a state-run fund. Businesses also endure their share of scandals, too—the latest one surrounding the…
Money talks: Opioid scandal
Apr 2 • 20 min
Purdue Pharma, a US company which makes OxyContin and is owned by members of the Sackler family, is at the eye of the opioid crisis. What next for the Sacklers and how similar is this storm to that which faced the tobacco industry in the 1990s? Also, the…
Vote with pride: LGBT politicians
Apr 2 • 20 min
Chicago votes for a new mayor today. Either way it will become the largest American city run by an African-American woman, but it may also get another openly gay mayor. We examine America’s proliferation of LGBT candidates. Mark Zuckerberg’s open letter…
AK, not quite OK: Turkey’s elections
Apr 1 • 20 min
Turkey’s ruling AK party made historic losses in local elections. Voters, it seems, are fed up with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic mismanagement—but his party remains firmly in control. We visit Mozambique to take stock of the damage wrought by…
The Economist asks: Matteo Renzi
Mar 29 • 24 min
Anne McElvoy asks the former prime minister of Italy what lessons the European Union should take from the turmoil of Brexit. They discuss where the power lies in the union today, why Europe needs to make friends with China and why Westminster is looking…
Comic’s relief? Ukraine’s presidential race
Mar 29 • 22 min
A television show’s everyman character winds up as president: and now the actor who plays him leads the polls ahead of Ukraine’s election. Many museums house artefacts that were looted from their homelands; we examine why the calls for returning such…
Editor’s picks: March 28th 2019
Mar 28 • 24 min
A selection of three defining articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Binyamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, provides a parable of modern populism. Flaws in Bitcoin suggest that a lasting revival of cryptocurrencies…
Another dance ‘round the May poll: Brexit
Mar 28 • 21 min
Britain’s prime minister has promised to step down if Parliament passes her deal with the European Union. That has sparked a leadership contest that seems likely only to complicate the mess. As an American county declares a state of emergency over its…
Babbage: DiagNoses
Mar 27 • 24 min
How scientists followed the nose of a super-smeller to identify a new test for Parkinson’s disease. Also, historian Kate Brown tells us what she uncovered from decades of researching the Chernobyl disaster. And scientists in China have found a potential…
Seeing the Lighthizer: China trade talks
Mar 27 • 19 min
Another week, another round of negotiations between China and America. But as domestic and economic pressures on both sides have lifted, the path to resolution seems ever more unclear. Apple’s entry into the film-and-television business is just the latest…
Money talks: Too close to the Son
Mar 26 • 18 min
Masayoshi Son reinvented investing — as he prepares to raise billions of dollars for Vision Fund 2, what are the governance questions? Chickenomics and how chicken became the rich world’s most popular meat. And, our Bartleby columnist explores the role of…
Loan behold: a global-economy danger
Mar 26 • 20 min
The world has only just recovered from the last global financial shock. But a new trend has economists worried: the rising debt on companies’ balance-sheets. Methamphetamine use is skyrocketing in East Asia; we look into the causes and the effects. And,…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 23rd 2019 edition
Mar 25 • 14 min
To understand the future of Silicon Valley, look across the Atlantic, where the European Union is pioneering a new way of controlling big tech. Plus, the hackers perfecting the art of getting free stuff, and why civilisations create the gods that suit…
Collusion elusion: the Mueller report
Mar 25 • 21 min
Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has at last delivered his report on President Donald Trump’s campaign. Will it have disappointed or empowered the Democrats in Congress who are still bent on investigating the president? And, four years ago the…
The world ahead: Slow social
Mar 22 • 24 min
In this episode we discuss why, after years of trying to make their products as addictive as possible, social-media companies are now heading in the opposite direction. We look forward to key dates later this year for elections, Chinese anniversaries and…
The never-ending saga: Brexit delayed
Mar 22 • 22 min
European leaders nixed Theresa May’s request to postpone Brexit for three months, but have given her a short-term reprieve - delaying it by a few weeks and possibly longer. Thailand is about to hold its first election since the military seized power five…
The Economist asks: Ben Shapiro
Mar 21 • 30 min
Anne McElvoy asks the controversial podcast host, and author of “The Right Side of History”, why he thinks the West needs a revival of old-fashioned values. In the wake of the mass shootings in New Zealand, they debate whether individuals, platforms or…
Not now, Theresa: Postponing Britain’s EU goodbye
Mar 21 • 19 min
With just eight days to go before Brexit, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May wants to extend the leaving date. As an EU summit gathers, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, insists she needs to get her twice-rejected deal through Parliament…
Babbage: Insectageddon?
Mar 20 • 19 min
The insect apocalypse may not be imminent, but the decline of insect species is still a concern. And we speak to Dr Angela Gallop about her career as one of Britain’s most eminent forensic scientists. Also, when will a robot barista serve you a latte?…
Alpha Beto: O’Rourke’s appeal
Mar 20 • 21 min
Beto O’Rourke launched his bid for America’s presidency. Despite his relative lack of experience, he’s already been raking in donations. We look at the source of his appeal. And palm oil is ubiquitous in many consumer goods used today, but it comes at a…
Money talks: #Metoo in Economics
Mar 19 • 18 min
A new survey published this week shows harassment and discrimination are widespread problems in the academic field of economics. Soumaya Keynes, our US Economics Editor, speaks to those in the field and Ben Bernanke, President of the American Economic…
War and pestilence: Ebola makes a comeback
Mar 19 • 22 min
Five years ago Ebola spread across West Africa, killing more than 10,000 people. In August a fresh outbreak hit the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. We look at why the response this time around has been so ineffective. NATO is about to turn 70. It…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 16th 2019 edition
Mar 18 • 12 min
After Theresa May’s deal was decisively rejected for a second time, Brexit will almost certainly be delayed. It is time for Parliament to seize the initiative. Plus, how sharing a plate of food could help international diplomacy. And, the world wide web…
Replacement anxiety: White supremacist terrorism
Mar 18 • 23 min
The terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, has left 50 people dead and a lot of unanswered questions. How big a threat are violent white supremacists? We take a look at a network of museums in China trying to commemorate that country’s murderous…
Can’t deal with it: Brexit
Mar 15 • 22 min
It’s been another brutal week for Britain’s prime minister as her deal to leave Europe was swatted down comprehensively—again. As a delay to Brexit looks likely, we ask what all the chaos reveals about how Brexit will ultimately play out. Ahead of global…
The Economist asks: Ricky Gervais
Mar 14 • 20 min
Anne McElvoy asks the award-winning stand-up comedian and creator of “The Office” whether there are any taboos left in comedy and if it matters when people are offended. They discuss seeing the funny side of illness, addiction, death and grief in his new…
Lights out: Venezuela’s blackout
Mar 14 • 22 min
Power cuts in Caracas have endangered lives and deepened the misery of Venezuelans. It’s another sign of the corruption that pervades the Maduro regime. Also, how do you make a 10,000 ton ship disappear? And the Hebrew bible - otherwise known as the old…
Babbage: Pioneers of the WWW
Mar 13 • 20 min
Kenneth Cukier gets in the Babbage time machine and travels to 1989, when Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote the famous memo that laid the foundations for the world wide web. Kenn speaks to some of the other key figures that influenced its invention, like Ted…
Losing the plot: Brexit
Mar 13 • 21 min
The second defeat of British Prime Minister’s plan for withdrawal from the EU has weakened her. But what does it mean for the risk of a no-deal outcome? The chances of a Brexit delay are rising by the day. Competition between major powers for influence in…
Money talks: Boeing grounded
Mar 12 • 22 min
Several countries have grounded Boeing’s 737 Max after two catastrophic crashes. What are the precedents and can the business recover? Also, as China’s giant current-account surplus vanishes, could this lead to the Chinese economy opening up? And…
Flying stop: Boeing
Mar 12 • 21 min
Following a second fatal crash of Boeing’s 737-MAX, China was quick to ground its fleet of the newish airliner. What does this mean for the world’s largest planemaker? In Russia, protests have broken out against President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 9th 2019 edition
Mar 11 • 16 min
A new “scramble for Africa” is taking place. This time Africans themselves stand to benefit the most. Also, a dispatch from the frozen Antarctic, and what the samba-dancers of Rio de Janeiro reveal about Brazil’s neglected history – and its present.…
The sensitive month: Tibet
Mar 11 • 23 min
China’s party leaders get nervous in March—a month full of anniversaries that Tibetans hold dear. As the 60th anniversary of Tibet’s uprising approaches, security is tighter than usual. Corporate-risk managers are rotten at assessing their exposure to a…
The Economist asks: Is education the great leap forward for feminism?
Mar 8 • 47 min
Meghan Markle (the Duchess of Sussex), Annie Lennox, Adwoa Aboah, Julia Gillard and other guests discuss feminism with Anne McElvoy on International Women’s Day. They debate how to end period poverty, what men and boys can do and does the Duchess get…
Fifth time unlucky: Algeria’s protests
Mar 8 • 22 min
Widespread protests will continue today against the re-election run of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who hasn’t been heard from since a stroke in 2013. Algerians have had enough of their country’s proxy rule and misrule. We also ask if countries can…
The Economist asks: Christine Lagarde
Mar 7 • 25 min
The head of the International Monetary Fund tells Anne McElvoy what it is like to be the “firefighter” of the global financial system. They debate how realistic it is to push for multilateralism against a backdrop of tariff wars, whether Brexit will be…
Guilt and association: Paul Manafort
Mar 7 • 23 min
President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager can expect to have the book thrown at him at his sentencing today—the first for crimes revealed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Mr Trump’s campaign. Following a tense stand-off with…
Babbage: Breaking the ice
Mar 6 • 21 min
We have an exclusive interview with Dr Huw Griffiths on the mission to investigate a recently uncovered marine ecosystem in the Antarctic. And the author and scholar Shoshana Zuboff explains surveillance capitalism. Also, how the makers of the game…
Trudeau in trouble: a sunny leader in stormy times
Mar 6 • 19 min
Canada’s fresh-faced leader has been a icon for embattled liberals. But now he faces damaging accusations of meddling in a judicial process. Will Justin Trudeau be contrite or fight? And free money sounds like a grand idea. Here’s how universal basic…
Money talks: Winter is coming
Mar 5 • 18 min
How a once white-hot tech sector in China is shedding capital, employees and bonuses and heading for a freeze. Plane stupid — a look at the private jet industry and why airlines are phasing out first class seats. Also, Jim Collins, author of the best…
Xi’ll meet again: China’s People’s Congress opens
Mar 5 • 20 min
The National People’s Congress of China gathers today for ten days of deliberations. Tensions with the West over the trade war and disagreement about the role of technology giant Huawei will be in the background. Bosses are not always the most reliable…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 2nd 2019 edition
Mar 4 • 13 min
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi may be hoping brinkmanship against Pakistan will fire up voters ahead of April’s elections. Both countries must stop playing with fire. Plus a tour of the neglected treasures of ancient Peru—and is there such a thing…
A thirsty world: the future of water
Mar 4 • 23 min
Fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, as climate change and population growth puts greater pressure on resources. But the problem is one of mismanagement, rather than supply. When Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s president in January, he…
Bibi one more time? Binyamin Netanyahu
Mar 1 • 22 min
Israel’s prime minister has been indicted, pending a hearing, just weeks before an election. We look at the charges he faces, and how he has already transformed the country’s politics. Huawei, a Chinese technology giant, has drawn global scrutiny of its…
The Economist asks: Is Brexit happening?
Feb 28 • 28 min
Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s former Ambassador to the EU, says Brexit will happen in 2019. Anne McElvoy also asks him whether Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, is right to take a no-deal exit off the table, what was his advice and how much did she…
Line of control: India-Pakistan
Feb 28 • 20 min
Air strikes by India and Pakistan this week represent a worrying flare-up of tensions that have simmered for years. We examine the forces and politics at play between the nuclear-armed powers. What’s causing the chill in the global manufacturing sector,…
Babbage: The element-hunters
Feb 27 • 20 min
It is 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev discovered the periodic table, the innate order underpinning the elements. Kenneth Cukier explores how this simple grid has shaped our understanding of the universe and our place in it. In a laboratory near Moscow…
Chaos and calculation: Brexit
Feb 27 • 22 min
Grand fissures have opened in Britain’s politics; the two main parties’ leaders are struggling to keep control. What does it all mean for Brexit, just a month away? As pharmaceutical companies defend their prices this week, we look at the push to use…
Money talks: No magic sauce
Feb 26 • 21 min
Could Kraft Heinz’s troubles signal the limits of cost-cutting and the strategies of 3G Capital? Germany’s Deutsche Bank is struggling, but merging might not be the right answer. Sallie Krawcheck, a titan of Wall Street, who once thought social impact…
Two for the show: Trump meets Kim
Feb 26 • 20 min
As Kim Jong Un arrives in Vietnam ahead of a second summit with President Donald Trump, we ask about the real prospects for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. Chicago votes for a new mayor today; we speak with Rahm Emanuel, the outspoken incumbent, about…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 23rd 2019 edition
Feb 25 • 13 min
The Chinese economic model of steroidal state capitalism is facing a global backlash and offering diminishing returns. Can President Xi be persuaded to reform? Plus, how gumbo tells the story of the American South and why a good astronaut needs a sense of…
It’s bean difficult: the China-America trade war
Feb 25 • 23 min
As President Donald Trump delays further tariffs on $200bn-worth of Chinese goods, there are hints of an end to the trade war. We assess the damage already done by looking at the global soyabean market. Countries around the world are struggling with the…
The world ahead: Shifting sands of the Sahel
Feb 22 • 22 min
In this episode of our future-gazing podcast we discuss how an often-ignored region in Africa seems set grow in prominence, for the wrong reasons. Professor Stephen Hsu discusses the implications of genomic risk-scoring in health care. And we look at the…
Alms held up: Venezuela
Feb 22 • 20 min
Venezuela is in dire need of humanitarian aid, and Juan Guaidó, the interim president, has pledged to deliver it tomorrow. Will Nicolás Maduro, the dictatorial leader still formally in power, let him? Ahead of Warren Buffett’s annual letter to…
The Economist asks: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Feb 21 • 22 min
After earning an Oscar nomination for “12 Years a Slave” and his super-villain stripes in “Doctor Strange”, Chiwetel Ejiofor has turned his hand to directing. Anne McElvoy asks him what it will take for Hollywood to start casting black actors as the…
Sins of the fathers: the Vatican and child abuse
Feb 21 • 21 min
The Vatican is hosting a high-profile meeting on child abuse by the clergy. It’s a topic that has been woefully overlooked, and one that threatens to define the tenure of Pope Francis. We visit the world’s largest building, in the city of Chengdu. Inside…
Babbage: Joker AAAStronauts
Feb 20 • 21 min
The latest buzz from the AAAS, the largest general science meeting in the world, from The Economist’s science correspondent, Alok Jha. NASA scientists presented initial findings on how a year in space changes astronauts’ bodies. Why a good sense of humour…
Prince on tour: Muhammad bin Salman
Feb 20 • 19 min
Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, is on a tour of Asia, striking deals and trying to polish his image. What kind of influence will he have in the region? Every year as much as a quarter of the global corporate-tax bill is avoided—legally. We…
Money talks: B&B — Brexit and Business
Feb 19 • 15 min
It is not yet clear how Britain will leave the European Union on March 29th. But for companies that have to ship stuff to the other side of the world, Brexit has already arrived. What are British companies doing to prepare themselves for Brexit and what…
Labour’s love lost: British politics
Feb 19 • 19 min
Seven parliamentarians have split from Britain’s opposition Labour party. That could change the calculus of Brexit, and just might be the nucleus of a new movement. There’s a little-noticed shift in the relationship between Islam and the West; a new…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 16th 2019 edition
Feb 18 • 12 min
After three decades in the wilderness, socialism is back. Millennial socialists offer a sharp critique of what has gone wrong in Western societies—are they right? Also, why atomic clocks, like wine, get better with age and government-sanctioned science…
State of the unionising: Amazon
Feb 18 • 22 min
We examine the aftermath of the online behemoth’s withdrawal of its New York expansion plans, and speak with its Midwestern workers about growing talk of unionising. President Emmanuel Macron hopes to quell protests across France with a series of “town…
Emergency measures: America’s border deal
Feb 15 • 20 min
President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today, to fund his southern-border wall. We ask why that would be an uncomfortable constitutional precedent. Nigeria’s general election this weekend will be a nail-biter, and allegations…
The Economist asks: Why is there always trouble in the Trump White House?
Feb 14 • 23 min
Former White House Staffer Cliff Sims, author of “Team of Vipers”, tells Anne McElvoy why he’s suing Donald Trump. They unpick the paradox of how a man who stirs such fierce loyalty in his supporters inspires so little inside his administration. Also, why…
IS this the end? Islamic State’s last stand
Feb 14 • 20 min
In Syria the few remaining Islamic State fighters are hemmed in. The caliphate’s territory may be diminished, but the idea will live on. A Valentine’s Day look at the digital dating market reveals the protocols and pitfalls of online matchmaking. And the…
Babbage: Regulating fake news
Feb 13 • 20 min
Tech giants face regulation on news after UK media review. Its author, Dame Frances Cairncross, tells us even the technology platforms recognise the need for change. Roger McNamee, one of Facebook’s early investors, asks if it’s now too powerful. And the…
It’s not easy: the Green New Deal
Feb 13 • 22 min
As America’s Senate majority leader pledges a vote on the Green New Deal, a sweeping set of policies around climate and much more, we examine just what the legislation does—and doesn’t—lay out. Following Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address, we…
Money talks: A billionaire, a scandal and business…
Feb 12 • 19 min
The world’s richest man, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos fights back against the Enquirer. Tackling the challenge of the “pink” and “blue” jobs market — should the employment market be more “purple”? And on a scale of 1 to 10, how useful are employee surveys?…
Independents’ day: Catalans on trial
Feb 12 • 19 min
Today 12 leaders of Spain’s Catalonia region go on trial, accused of rebellion. The proceedings will lay bare long-running tensions about democracy and unity. As Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, joins America’s presidential race, we ask whether her…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 9th 2019 edition
Feb 11 • 12 min
Despite wildfires and polar freezes, energy firms are planning to increase fossil fuel production. The climate consequences could be grave. Also, the challenge of putting the morals back into McDonald’s. And the next express beauty trend – botox-to-go.…
You say you want: Revisiting Iran’s revolution
Feb 11 • 24 min
We examine how the echoes of Iran’s revolution, 40 years ago, still influence how the Islamic Republic deals with the West today. Harley Davidson has become entangled in the Trump administration’s trade war just as changing demographics have put the…
Princess unbridled: Thai politics
Feb 8 • 19 min
A Thai princess enters the running for prime minister—a development that reshuffles the country’s centres of power completely. Our obituaries editor chronicles the heartbreak of an Iraqi archaeologist. And Chinese scientists have come up with a smarter…
The Economist asks: how to tax the rich?
Feb 7 • 26 min
Rutger Bregman, author of “Utopia for Realists”, told Davos that more tax is better than corporate good works. Our economics editor, Henry Curr, challenges him on whether governments should soak the rich. And is income, wealth or inheritance the best…
The Intelligence: Weapons redrawn
Feb 7 • 19 min
After America and Russia pull out out of a cold war-era weapons treaty, we examine the picture of global stability without it. Our China columnist visits with members of the Hui, a repressed Muslim minority spread throughout the country. And Europe…
Babbage: A bill of data rights
Feb 6 • 20 min
Should individuals have rights over their data that are protected similar to human rights? We discuss the universe with Jo Dunkley of Princeton. And why the oceans are turning a different shade of blue. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your…
The Intelligence: Credible, but critical
Feb 6 • 21 min
Today the Trump administration is expected to announce its nomination for head of the World Bank today. He’s a Treasury official with a sharply critical view of the institution and, to a degree, he’s right. A troubled region of the Philippines heads to…
Money talks: Crude awakening
Feb 5 • 18 min
ExxonMobil is pursuing an aggressive plan for oil investment. Charlotte Howard, our energy editor, explains why. Also, Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast has a record of wrong-footing critics—can he do so again? And the producers of China’s ancient liquor,…
The Intelligence: Don’t despair, America
Feb 5 • 20 min
Tonight President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address; we ask what he’ll be saying, and what the state of the union really is. Yesterday the jury began its deliberations in the trial of “El Chapo”, an alleged Mexican drug lord. What impact…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 2nd 2019 edition
Feb 4 • 12 min
The world’s democracies are right to seek change in Venezuela. The question is how. Plus, why Christian pilgrims are flocking to Abu Dhabi, the joy of missing out, and who really was Wild Bill Hickok? Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data…
The Intelligence: A despot’s calculation
Feb 4 • 18 min
Internal and international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro brings Venezuela to the brink of change. As Facebook turns 15, it’s lurching from crisis to crisis—and still making money hand over fist. We ask whether it has, on balance, been good for the…
The Intelligence: Be careful on the way out
Feb 1 • 22 min
As progress appears to have been made in peace talks between America and the Taliban, the Senate urges the Trump administration not to rush for the door in Afghanistan. Origami might be pretty, but it hides great scientific potential; it’s starting to…
The Economist asks: Jacinda Ardern
Jan 31 • 25 min
The prime minister of New Zealand explains why her country is a laboratory for progressive politics. The Economist’s Anne McElvoy and Zanny Minton Beddoes ask her about the economics of well-being and whether she really is “the anti-Trump”. Also, why New…
The Intelligence: Down and out in “iPhone City”
Jan 31 • 18 min
As trade talks with China continue in Washington, our correspondent takes a trip to China’s “iPhone City” to see how the country’s slowdown is affecting workers. In El Salvador, a social-media darling leads the polls ahead of Sunday’s presidential…
Babbage: Ethically challenged
Jan 30 • 16 min
As the controversial story of the editing of the genomes of two babies in China unfolds, we ask how can science be more ethical — and how to tackle “ethics dumping”. Also, how environmental factors can influence the national security of countries affected…
The Intelligence: This is not a coup
Jan 30 • 27 min
International pressure is mounting on the dictatorial regime of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. As he hints at negotiations with a resurgent opposition, we ask how the country’s citizens make ends meet amid the misery. A striking American indictment will make…
Money talks: Calming down hyperinflation
Jan 29 • 17 min
With the economic turmoil crippling Venezuela, we ask what can be done to bring a quick resolution to hyperinflation? Also, the Chinese giant grain producer that is threatening the global industry. And yet another controversy for the credit-default swap.…
The Intelligence: Deal, delay or dither?
Jan 29 • 21 min
It’s another crucial vote in the Brexit saga as Prime Minister Theresa May learns whether her leaving plan will be derailed or delayed. Autonomous weapons are coming along just as fast as autonomous vehicles are. But who’s tackling the ethics of killer…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 26th 2019 edition
Jan 28 • 12 min
The global flow of money and goods is stagnating. The world needs to prepare for a new era of “slowbalisation”. Plus, why more people are braving the bullring in America. And we introduce “The Intelligence”, a new daily current-affairs podcast from…
The week ahead: The price of the American government shutdown
Jan 25 • 22 min
As government departments remain unfunded in America, we look at a constitutional principle that may be damaged in the standoff. Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro moves to make guns more easily available. And another shutdown: of this programme. We…
The world ahead: Regulating AI
Jan 24 • 21 min
In this episode we discuss what the future holds for the regulation of artificial intelligence. Is populism on the rise in Canada and will it impact Justin Trudeau’s chances of re-election? And does China’s new record-breaking bridge really bring it…
The Economist asks: Is this the era of slowbalisation?
Jan 24 • 28 min
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Anne McElvoy asks our editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes and Patrick Foulis, author of the cover story, why globalisation has run out of steam and what will future economic growth look like? For information…
Babbage: Droning on
Jan 23 • 19 min
How can new technology deal with rogue drones? And what can be learned from Dutch hospitals in the fight against superbugs. Also, the development of a simple camera that can see around corners. Tim Cross hosts For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Intelligence: Trailer
Jan 22 • 2 min
The Intelligence is a new current-affairs podcast, published every weekday by Economist Radio, that provides a unique perspective on the events shaping your world. Drawing on the expertise of The Economist’s global network of correspondents, each episode…
Money talks: Achtung maybe?
Jan 22 • 14 min
Is Germany’s economy on the brink of a recession? And Professor Amy Edmondson, author of “The Fearless Organisation”, examines the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Also, remembering John Clifton “Jack” Bogle, patron saint of the amateur…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 19th 2019 edition
Jan 21 • 11 min
This week’s cover story analyses Britain’s Brexit mess and argues the case for a second referendum as the only way out of it. Also, why modern work is so miserable and a night ride with the rebel bikers of Yangon. Anne McElvoy hosts For information…
The week ahead: Plan B, or not to be?
Jan 18 • 23 min
Britain’s prime minister has just days to assemble a Plan B for Brexit. She is short on time, popular ideas and political allies. The leaders of France and Germany will sign a treaty aimed at greater harmony, but that reveals greater discord. And, China’s…
The Economist asks: What’s behind the new anti-Semitism?
Jan 17 • 28 min
Deborah Lipstadt made headlines for facing down a libel charge from the English author David Irving after she accused him of Holocaust denial. Anne McElvoy asks her about the return of “the oldest hatred”. They discuss how the Pittsburgh massacre changed…
Babbage: A growing conCERN
Jan 16 • 17 min
We discuss CERN’s latest plans for a successor to the Large Hadron Collider. Also, our healthcare editor explains how scientists hope to develop vaccines more quickly for unexpected viruses. And, how altering the genetic code of E.coli is leading to…
Money talks: Cost of the shutdown
Jan 15 • 16 min
Will the government shutdown in America cause long-lasting economic damage? Henry Tricks reports on how robots and automation will help Chinese firms cope with rising wages and the trade war. Also, what fuelled the huge growth of Canada’s state pension…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 12th 2019 edition
Jan 14 • 11 min
Could China become a scientific superpower? Plus, the perils of competitive parenting and a movement for gender equality in European street names. Josie Delap hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Let’s break a deal
Jan 11 • 23 min
Brexit negotiations became more fraught this week, ahead of Tuesday’s make-or-break vote on the prime minister’s deal. As South Africa’s ruling party unveils its manifesto, we ask whether its newish leader can save his party’s reputation and his country’s…
The Economist asks: How pushy should parents be?
Jan 10 • 22 min
Childhood is not what it used to be, according to The Economist’s special report this week. The race to set children on the path to professional and personal success now begins before preschool. But competitive parenting is increasing inequality. Are…
Babbage: Will China dominate science?
Jan 9 • 16 min
In a special show, we examine China’s impressive scientific advances and question what they mean for the future of the sciences—and of China. Among the guests is the Chinese-American astronaut Leroy Chiao, discussing China’s recent feat of landing a probe…
Money talks: The Euro at 20
Jan 8 • 19 min
As the Euro turns 20 years old, we look back at its launch and ask what the future holds for the currency. After Apple announced it was cutting its quarterly revenue forecast, we discuss whether peak smartphone has been reached. And, Vice President of…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 5th 2019 edition
Jan 7 • 13 min
As Donald Trump enters the second half of his first term, his luck may be about to change. Plus, the young economists to watch this decade. And should companies monitor their employees’ health? Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data…
The week ahead: Hungry for change
Jan 4 • 19 min
As Venezuela starts 2019 wracked with hunger, inflation and an increasingly autocratic government, we take a look ahead to President Nicolás Maduro’s second term presiding over the mess. Trade talks between China and America are looming, again. But the…
The Economist asks: Best of 2018
Jan 3 • 15 min
Anne McElvoy looks back over a year in interviews. Among her guests were several casualties of the Trump administration, from James Comey to Steve Bannon. Tina Tchen, lead lawyer on the Time’s Up campaign, and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson…
Babbage: Success of ‘disability tech’
Jan 2 • 13 min
In this special episode of Babbage, we discuss some of the advancements in technology that could change the lives of those living with a disability — an app that is helping those who are visually impaired. Also, how the sit-ski has benefited from research…
Money talks: Bright economic stars
Jan 1 • 28 min
Who are the world’s most exciting young economists? Every ten years, since 1988, The Economist has chosen those whose innovative research is likely to shape our future. Their work varies from the science of education choices to the economics of the…
Tasting menu: A walk through Queens
Dec 31, 2018 • 17 min
In a taste of our Christmas double issue, Jon Fasman takes a walk across Queens, New York City, and through America’s past, present and future. He hears from recent and long-standing Queens residents about why they made their lives there. Congresswoman…
The week ahead: Bolsonaro’s bold agenda
Dec 28, 2018 • 20 min
Next week Brazil will inaugurate a new president who has a sweeping set of reforms in mind. What will it take to make them work? We take a look at The Economist’s country of the year poll, and discuss this year’s winner. And, our obituaries editor looks…
The Economist asks: The wordsmiths
Dec 27, 2018 • 27 min
Our Johnson columnist, Lane Greene, decodes the language of 2018 with Lynne Murphy, author of “The Prodigal Tongue” and Anton La Guardia, keeper of The Economist’s style guide. Which words best sum up the closing year? They debate “woke bros” versus “iron…
Babbage: Best of 2018
Dec 26, 2018 • 14 min
In this festive special we look back at some of our favourite stories from 2018. Could IVF could save the northern white rhino from extinction? Also, the discovery of liquid water on Mars. And, how the amphibious life of the Bajau people has led to their…
Tasting menu: The cover story
Dec 24, 2018 • 16 min
The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, and deputy editor, Edward Carr, discuss the cover stories of 2018. From Donald Trump swinging on a wrecking ball, to likening Brexit to toilet roll (softer is better), how does a picture sell a…
The world ahead: Will you (not) marry me?
Dec 21, 2018 • 17 min
Why will civil partnerships become more common – among straight people? What will the future look like for CCTV surveillance? Also, the business opportunities in North America for retailing cannabis. Simon Long hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie…
The Week ahead: The great emu bubble
Dec 21, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode we dive into stories from The Economist’s festive double issue. In the 1980s Texas farmers looking for alternative meat sources pinned their hopes on the emu, an enormous and leggy bird. What can today’s market-watchers learn from the…
The Economist asks: How is Trump changing the presidency?
Dec 20, 2018 • 27 min
Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, asks Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer prize-winning author, what makes a great president and how Donald Trump is changing what it means to hold that office. Doris Kearns Goodwin also says she keeps waiting for Mr Trump to…
Babbage: A little more conservation
Dec 19, 2018 • 19 min
We ask how can conservationists preserve biodiversity through new ideas. Also, what can be done to increase the number of women in the technology industry? And Hossein Derakhshan, a formerly jailed Iranian blogger, discusses whether the web is becoming…
Money talks: The Christmas jamboree
Dec 18, 2018 • 23 min
The Economist’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Charlotte Howard and NPR’s Cardiff Garcia join host Philip Coggan for our celebration of the business, finance and economics highlights and lowlights of 2018. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 15th 2018 edition
Dec 17, 2018 • 12 min
In this week’s issue, family offices are a new force in global finance – but their billionaire owners will soon face uncomfortable questions. Also, how obsolete technologies could protect against new threats and the art of the perfect copy. Anne McElvoy…
The week ahead: Yemen’s overlooked war
Dec 14, 2018 • 22 min
UN-brokered peace talks, and the American Senate’s withdrawal of support for Saudi Arabia’s forces, at last represent progress in a conflict that threatens millions with starvation. What next? And, how discord and a mangled deal will haunt Britain’s…
The Economist asks: Brexit — what next?
Dec 13, 2018 • 22 min
Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, takes the temperature in a dramatic week in British politics with John Peet, The Economist’s Brexit editor, and Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, a proponent of a different way to solve the Brexit dilemma. They discuss Theresa…
Babbage: Lots in space
Dec 12, 2018 • 20 min
The race is on to launch satellites to connect the entire world to the internet. We talk to psychologist and geneticist Robert Plomin, about his career and his latest book. And, is the fax machine facing extinction? Kenneth Cukier hosts For information…
Money talks: Huawei in the spotlight
Dec 11, 2018 • 21 min
The Chinese tech company at the centre of the American - China trade war. How illicit trade is threatening our future with guest Professor Louise Shelley. And the exclusive and influential part of the financial landscape reserved for billionaires. Simon…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 8th 2018 edition
Dec 10, 2018 • 11 min
As anti-government protests engulf France, how a little humility could yet save Emmanuel Macron. Plus, why sensible people fall for online scams and the lessons of Greek myths for artificial intelligence. Anne McElvoy hosts. (A previous version of this…
The week ahead: Brexit ramp
Dec 7, 2018 • 21 min
A vote in Britain’s parliament next week could well put the country on track for another Brexit referendum. So it should. We examine this year’s UN climate conference and what, amid increasingly dire climate warnings, the delegates are actually doing. And…
The Economist asks: Is populism the problem or the fix?
Dec 6, 2018 • 25 min
Can Steve Hilton, host of Fox News’s “The Next Revolution”, convince Yascha Mounk of Harvard University that populist movements could return power to the people? They debate whether Donald Trump will deliver on radical reforms, whether he poses a threat…
Babbage: Waymo to go
Dec 5, 2018 • 18 min
Waymo, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet, launched its self-driving taxi service, but is it really a landmark for driverless vehicles? Also, a vast study seeks to understand the genetic underpinnings of ADHD. And we celebrate the 50th…
Money talks: Easing into a recovery?
Dec 4, 2018 • 16 min
As the ECB brings an end to quantitative easing, is Europe’s economic recovery underway? How, despite the glamour of its fashion show, Victoria’s Secret is struggling to keep up with rivals. And the problem of online fraud in America. Simon Long hosts For…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 1st 2018 edition
Dec 3, 2018 • 12 min
China still relies on the outside world for its computer chips – how far should America go to maintain silicon supremacy? Also, democratising lunar landings and why it is so difficult to open a pub in Ireland. Christopher Lockwood hosts Music by Chris…
The week ahead: Troubled waters
Nov 30, 2018 • 21 min
World leaders gathering for the G20 summit are rocked by ripples from a skirmish in the sea, when Russia captured Ukrainian ships and sailors. Citing the incident, President Trump cancelled a meeting with Vladimir Putin. Also: Mexico’s leftist president,…
The Economist asks: General Stanley McChrystal
Nov 29, 2018 • 24 min
NATO’s former commander tells Anne McElvoy why he modelled some of his own leadership on al-Qaeda. They discuss his regrets over the invasion of Iraq, the potential for ground war in Europe and whether America should still intervene abroad For information…
Babbage: The baby crisperer
Nov 28, 2018 • 19 min
A Chinese scientist has claimed to have edited the genomes of two babies using the revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9. Also, how the production of semiconductors is becoming a new battlefield. And Kenneth Cukier asks the author,…
The world ahead: Move over, baby boomers
Nov 27, 2018 • 21 min
What will America’s political landscape look like once millennials outnumber the baby-boom generation? 2019 will also see a triumphant return to the moon. And how Japan is hoping to attract even more tourists. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie…
Money talks: Going, going, Ghosn
Nov 27, 2018 • 12 min
We discuss General Motors’ plans to halt production at five factories in North America and cut more than 14,000 jobs. Also, what next for Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault after Carlos Ghosn was arrested on suspicion of financial misconduct and…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 24th 2018 edition
Nov 26, 2018 • 11 min
In this week’s issue, why America is the exception to a global decline in suicides. Also, a glimpse of the future of flight and the extraordinary powers of Stan Lee, creator of superheroes. Josie Delap hosts For information regarding your data privacy,…
The week ahead: A big deal
Nov 23, 2018 • 22 min
This weekend, British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to finalise a withdrawal agreement on Brexit with European leaders. But her greatest hurdle is in Westminster rather than Brussels. Can she secure enough votes for her deal in parliament? Anne…
The Economist asks: Brexit — can the deal be done?
Nov 22, 2018 • 24 min
Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health in Theresa May’s Cabinet, on whether the Prime Minister can get a Brexit deal through Parliament and whether a second referendum might be on the cards. Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, also quizzes him on why…
Babbage: The dos and don’ts of data
Nov 21, 2018 • 18 min
In this special episode we examine the controversial gang-mapping database of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. Also, a new pilot project to study how a “data trust” might increase access to information while retaining privacy. And how sharing mapping…
Money talks: Trump’s Economics Adviser
Nov 20, 2018 • 15 min
We speak to Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers about the American economy. Helen Joyce hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 17th 2018 edition
Nov 19, 2018 • 13 min
In this week’s issue, why modern capitalism needs a competition revolution. Also, how Brexit might change the face of British football and the perils of finding online fame in China. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The week ahead: Age-old problems
Nov 16, 2018 • 16 min
Our journalists speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about Japan’s growing demographic crisis, and what he wants to be remembered for. A crushing famine in a massive region of Africa may have peaked, but it still threatens millions. How can this tragedy…
The Economist asks: Anthony Scaramucci
Nov 15, 2018 • 26 min
Anne McElvoy asks the former White House communications director whether Donald Trump is true to his base. They debate the wisdom of doing battle with the press, if the president’s lies matter and what a Democratic challenger in 2020 should learn from his…
Babbage: The blame game
Nov 14, 2018 • 15 min
Should climate change be a matter of human rights? Also, gene drives’ controversial potential to wipe out entire species of mosquitoes. And, a novel watch spring that could change the way mechanical watches are designed. Kenneth Cukier hosts For…
Money talks: Monopolies and boardroom games
Nov 13, 2018 • 16 min
How powerful firms could undermine public faith in capitalism. Shakespearean drama in Nokia’s boardroom. And most businesses are ramping up their holiday hiring, but where will they find workers? Simon Long hosts. Music by TeknoAXE CC by 4.0 (Cello Zen,…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 10th 2018 edition
Nov 12, 2018 • 13 min
After America’s mid-term elections, how do the Democrats need to change their game to succeed in 2020? Also, a tour of the entrepreneurial city that brought blue jeans to the Soviet Union, and five minutes that changed an astronaut’s life. Anne McElvoy…
The week ahead: Sessions ails
Nov 9, 2018 • 26 min
President Trump wastes no time after America’s mid-term elections before sacking Jeff Sessions, the attorney-general. What will the ouster mean for the special counsel’s Russia investigation? As NATO concludes its largest exercises since the cold war, we…
The Economist asks: Where next for a divided America?
Nov 8, 2018 • 38 min
After the hoopla of the mid-term elections - blue wave or red comeback - what does this all mean for America? Anne McElvoy talks to our US Editor, John Prideaux, Chip Roy, former advisor to Ted Cruz, Tim Ryan, Democratic Representative from Ohio, Deb…
Babbage: Economist in space
Nov 7, 2018 • 23 min
Highlights from The Economist’s Space Summit in New York, including an interview with Apollo 9 astronaut Russell ‘Rusty’ Schweickart. Also, how to prepare for space exploration with Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at MIT. And,…
The Secret History of the Future: Infinite Scroll
Nov 7, 2018 • 37 min
The Renaissance scholars couldn’t keep up with new information (“Have you read the latest Erasmus book?” “I don’t have time!”) and needed a better way to organize it. Thus came the invention of tables of contents, indexes, book reviews, encyclopedias, and…
Money talks: Mid-term matters
Nov 6, 2018 • 20 min
As Americans go to the polls, how will Mr. Trump’s economic policies play out in the mid-term elections? Who will benefit from America’s opportunity zones? And, the buzz around the SEC and what business bosses really think about President Trump. Simon…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 3rd 2018 edition
Nov 5, 2018 • 12 min
In this week’s issue, could America’s mid-term elections stop the toxic polarisation of federal politics? Plus, how artificial intelligence could transform life for urban commuters. And a glimpse of the treasures to be found in translation. Anne McElvoy…
The week ahead: America’s mid-terms
Nov 2, 2018 • 26 min
Next week, Americans head to the polls. Why will it be such a consequential election? President Donald Trump has made a caravan of Central American migrants into an object of scaremongering—but the migrants don’t know of the political fight they’re…
The Economist asks: Angela’s exit
Nov 1, 2018 • 27 min
Joschka Fischer, former foreign minister and leader of the Green party in Germany, and Anne McElvoy discuss life after Chancellor Merkel’s retreat from power and whether Germany’s dominance in Europe is in jeopardy. Also Merkel’s historian, Andreas…
Babbage: Turning the oceans green
Oct 31, 2018 • 20 min
Can greenhouse emissions be cut in maritime transport? Also, with the US midterms a week away, Courtney Kennedy from PEW Research Centre discusses the reliability of polling data. And the artificial intelligence system being tested as a way to cut down…
The Secret History of the Future: A Little Less Conversation
Oct 31, 2018 • 28 min
Some people thought the laying of the transatlantic cable might bring world peace, because connecting humans could only lead to better understanding and empathy. That wasn’t the outcome, and recent utopian ideas about communication (Facebook might bring…
Money talks: End of Austerity?
Oct 30, 2018 • 16 min
Analysis of Britain’s budget with our Britain economics correspondent. What is driving the fall in tech stocks? And, is Harley Davidson struggling to fire on all cylinders? Helen Joyce hosts. Sound effect: THE_bizniss (cc x 3.0) For information regarding…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 27th 2018 edition
Oct 29, 2018 • 11 min
Australia’s economy has been growing for a record 27 years without a recession—could the rest of the world benefit from playing by Aussie rules? Also, how China’s tech giants are revolutionising pig farming. And the ethical dilemmas of programming…
The week ahead: Oil and trouble
Oct 26, 2018 • 24 min
What will the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist, do to Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s image, and to already-jittery oil markets? Eritreans continue to spill across the border with Ethiopia, which opened last month—but they worry…
The world ahead: Universal lessons
Oct 25, 2018 • 17 min
What would it look like if every child around the world attended school? And we also consider how far the ‘gig economy’ can go. Also, we ask the question: what foodstuff will be sustaining mankind in the future? Hal Hodson hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie…
The Economist asks: What does it mean to be educated?
Oct 25, 2018 • 17 min
Tara Westover was 17 when she first stepped into a classroom, but went on to earn a PhD. She talks to Anne McElvoy about a childhood on the edge of society, why she chose philosophy over coding—and what unorthodox education might teach the mainstream For…
Babbage: Pie in the sky
Oct 24, 2018 • 18 min
Could delivering goods by drone soon become a common occurrence? Also, cyber-security expert Bruce Schneier discusses his latest book. And a new innovation for the disposing of human waste from Mount Everest. Hal Hodson hosts For information regarding…
The Secret History of the Future: VR or It Didn’t Happen
Oct 24, 2018 • 30 min
In the Victorian era, plaster casts became a way to preserve important artifacts in 3-D. Now, virtual reality promises to preserve places and experiences. But who decides what gets preserved? And is the technology an accurate recreation of the experience,…
Money talks: China jitters
Oct 23, 2018 • 16 min
Is China’s slowing economic growth a cause for concern and will the market jitters spread? Amazon moves into digital advertising in a big way. And, our very own super-hero Captain Sensible takes us on a tour of effective economic policies. Rachana…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 20th 2018 edition
Oct 22, 2018 • 12 min
The era of engagement is over. America now sees China as an increasingly dangerous rival. Plus, how Bollywood is boosting domestic tourism in India. And a portrait created by AI goes under the hammer, but is it art or artifice? Anne McElvoy hosts For…
The week ahead: Polls, apart
Oct 19, 2018 • 20 min
Afghans vote in parliamentary elections on Saturday, amid Taliban attacks. Will Donald Trump’s shift in strategy at last weaken the extremists? And a by-election in Australia threatens to upend the ruling coalition’s razor-thin majority. Also, can a…
The Economist asks: Can America remain the world’s biggest economic power?
Oct 18, 2018 • 33 min
Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, and The Economist’s Adrian Wooldridge discuss America’s rise to global economic prominence and its future outlook. Also, what caused the 2008 financial crash, can another bust be avoided — and…
Babbage: The quantum conundrum
Oct 17, 2018 • 19 min
Is the internet about to be unravelled by quantum computing? And how artificial intelligence could be used to diagnose the need for lung transplants in patients with cystic fibrosis. Also, our technology correspondent, Hal Hodson, discuss some of the…
The Secret History of the Future: A Clock in the Sky
Oct 17, 2018 • 33 min
In 1714, British parliament offered a huge cash prize to anyone who could find a way to determine longitude at sea. And it worked, sort of … several decades later. Are modern contests (DARPA challenges, the X Prize) offering riches and glory an effective…
Money talks: Sears of change
Oct 16, 2018 • 14 min
Sears, the giant of American retail, goes bankrupt. The shale boom has made America the world’s top oil producer: is it sustainable? And is Weight Watchers over “weight”? Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 13th 2018 edition
Oct 15, 2018 • 11 min
Many economies are not ready to deal with even a mild recession—they need to start preparing now. Also, winemakers square up to the weed entrepreneurs of California. And why London is the money-laundering capital of the world. Josie Delap hosts For…
The week ahead: Saudi repression
Oct 12, 2018 • 24 min
After the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia is starting to look like an old-fashioned Arab dictatorship. And could the drug MDMA help sufferers recover from post-traumatic stress disorder? Also, in France Marine Le Pen’s new…
The Economist asks: What would Churchill do in 2018?
Oct 11, 2018 • 26 min
We ask Andrew Roberts, historian and Churchill biographer, how the most famous British Prime Minister might have responded to today’s global turmoil. What can current politicians learn from his legacy - and are 21st century critics right about his flaws?…
Babbage: What a difference half a degree makes
Oct 10, 2018 • 23 min
This week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report recommends keeping the global increase in temperature below 1.5°C. We ask how governments and companies can reach “net zero” and whether the global economy can both grow and go green? Kenneth…
The Secret History of the Future: From Zero to Selfie
Oct 10, 2018 • 35 min
In 1969, an anthropologist introduced photographs and films to people in Papua New Guinea who’d never seen themselves represented in media before. It changed their conception of the world. In modern society, social media floods us with imagery at a pace…
Money talks: How do you solve a problem like Brasilia?
Oct 9, 2018 • 19 min
The next president of Brazil will inherit a public-finance crisis. Far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro is on track to win - what are the implications if he’s elected? Britain’s crackdown on dirty money. And the challenges of overcoming another global…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 6th 2018 edition
Oct 8, 2018 • 12 min
Chinese investment in Europe is soaring, with benefits for both parties, but Europeans are beginning to worry. The design decisions in our favourite technologies that bring out the worst versions of ourselves. And why potatoes are no longer cheap as…
The week ahead: Dances with wolves
Oct 5, 2018 • 16 min
After a contentious party conference in Birmingham, has Prime Minister Theresa May emerged intact? Lessons from the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Indonesia. And: why is the European potato in crisis? Christopher Lockwood hosts. For information…
The world ahead: Xi’s world order
Oct 4, 2018 • 19 min
What would the world look like if China made the international rules? Also, what if actors were replaced by digital versions of themselves? We also consider how the future is framed for eyewear. Anne McElvoy hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie “Candlepower”…
The Economist asks: What can history teach spies?
Oct 4, 2018 • 21 min
Christopher Andrew, author of “The Secret World”, warns intelligence services of the dangers of historical attention span deficit disorder. He argues we can only understand Vladimir Putin — and allegations of meddling in foreign elections — in the context…
Babbage: The Nobel winners explained
Oct 3, 2018 • 16 min
Economist science correspondents break down the discoveries that won this year’s Nobel prizes. Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google, discusses the dangerous ways that the tech industry competes for our attention. And: the story of blackest…
The Secret History of the Future: Human Insecurity
Oct 3, 2018 • 28 min
The French telegraph system was hacked in 1834 by a pair of thieves who stole financial market information — effectively conducting the world’s first cyber attack. What does the incident teach us about network vulnerabilities, human weakness, and…
Money talks: Musk do better!
Oct 2, 2018 • 14 min
Could Italy’s new budget plans lead to a fresh Eurozone crisis? Elon Musk versus the regulators. And the challenges of replacing the LIBOR rate. Helen Joyce hosts. Music adapted from track by The Waiters (CC by 3.0 UK) For information regarding your data…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 29th 2018 edition
Oct 1, 2018 • 12 min
As America fights over the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, does the #MeToo movement risk becoming just another battlefield in the culture wars? Why aping the lives of top executives is not the secret to professional success. And the…
The week ahead: The fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh
Sep 28, 2018 • 22 min
As allegations of sexual assault threaten to derail the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, US editor John Prideaux gives his reaction to an emotionally charged day of testimony in Washington. Anne McElvoy digs into the risk of a…
The Economist asks: Bishop Michael Curry
Sep 27, 2018 • 22 min
The first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church tells Anne McElvoy about the invitation to speak at the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Also, his views on the role of religion in a divided America and whether President Donald…
Babbage: Lessons from Spanish flu
Sep 26, 2018 • 17 min
What can we learn from the Spanish flu pandemic which killed over 50 million people a hundred years ago? Carl Malamud, founder of public.resource.org, wants to make more data public. And, is food actually scarce at the bottom of the ocean? Kenneth Cukier…
The Secret History of the Future: The Fault in Our Cars
Sep 26, 2018 • 32 min
The first pedestrian killed by a car in the western hemisphere was on New York’s Upper West Side in 1899. One newspaper warned that “the automobile has tasted blood.” Today, driverless cars present their own mix of technological promise and potential…
Money talks: Sky’s the limit
Sep 25, 2018 • 16 min
The impact on the media industry of Comcast’s blowout bid for Sky. What has changed in the corporate world in the wake of the #MeToo movement? And the annoying CEO habits you might not want to emulate. Andrew Palmer hosts For information regarding your…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 22nd 2018 edition
Sep 24, 2018 • 11 min
Why Europe should embrace ties with Africa, the wildlife photographer who built an assault course for badgers, and an impressive display of bonhomie on the Korean peninsula. Lane Greene hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The week ahead: Beware Bolsonaro
Sep 21, 2018 • 16 min
Could the result of the upcoming elections in Brazil threaten its democracy? And how Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has been too slow and timid with reforms. Also, Cuban bees are busy living the high life. Simon Long hosts For information regarding…
The Economist asks: Steve Bannon
Sep 20, 2018 • 32 min
As part of the Open Future festival Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, discusses how his economic protectionism could result in price rises for US consumers and why he thinks that’s ok. Also, are there any ultra populists in Europe too…
Babbage: Up in smoke
Sep 19, 2018 • 17 min
Are e-cigarettes the answer to giving up tobacco smoking? And SpaceX revives its plans to send tourists around the moon. Also, we speak to Zia Chishti of Afiniti about the role of artificial intelligence in business. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information…
The Secret History of the Future: Fork Fashions and Toilet Trends
Sep 19, 2018 • 27 min
It took a long time for the fork to go from weird curiosity to ubiquitous tool. How long will it take for current technologies—like the Japanese-style bidet toilet, or heads-up displays such as Google Glass—to go from oddities to everyday necessities?…
Money talks: Tariffic!
Sep 18, 2018 • 18 min
More Trump tariffs, how is China likely to retaliate? Historian Lord Skidelsky challenges mainstream economic ideas. And the hopes and hurdles for South Korean businesses eyeing up opportunities in North Korea. Philip Coggan hosts For information…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from The Economist’s Open Future season
Sep 17, 2018 • 16 min
A special episode marking the culmination of the Open Future initiative, launched this year to celebrate 175 years since The Economist’s founding to remake the case for liberal ideals. Featuring contributions from James Comey, Angelina Jolie and Bjorn…
The week ahead: The Economist at 175
Sep 14, 2018 • 19 min
Following on from her essay on the future of liberalism in this week’s Economist, our Editor-in-Chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, along with deputy editor, Edward Carr, discuss The Economist 175 years after its founding. Also, how Zambia is heading towards a…
The Economist asks: Francis Fukuyama
Sep 13, 2018 • 18 min
The age of ideological struggle failed to end with the Cold War. Francis Fukuyama, who coined the phrase “the end of history”, talks to Anne McElvoy about the rise of identity politics, whether there is any force that can rival it, and which party is…
Babbage: Ma waves ali bye bye
Sep 12, 2018 • 15 min
How China will struggle to produce another Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, who steps down as chairman next year. And we discuss cyber-security with former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information…
The Secret History of the Future: The Body Electric
Sep 12, 2018 • 33 min
We’ve used electricity to treat our brains for thousands of years, from placing electric fish on our heads to cure migraines to using electroconvulsive therapy to alleviate depression. But over time, our focus has shifted from restoring health to…
Money Talks: The Lehman Lessons
Sep 11, 2018 • 23 min
Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we examine what progress has been made. Are we prepared for the next global financial crisis? Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 8th 2018 edition
Sep 10, 2018 • 13 min
Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, has finance been fixed? Plus, the benefits of 3D-printing human organs in space, where not to build your capital city, and a taste of our new series in collaboration with Slate, “The Secret History of the…
The week ahead: Wargames
Sep 7, 2018 • 17 min
Why joint military exercises by Russia and China should worry the West. And the battle for Syria’s last rebel redoubt looms. Also, the aftermath of the fire that blazed through the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Simon Long hosts For information…
The Economist asks: What are the forces reshaping today’s Europe?
Sep 6, 2018 • 22 min
Anne McElvoy talks to historian Ian Kershaw about the continent’s rollercoaster half-century. They discuss Europe’s turbulent friendships with America and Russia and the accusations of anti-Semitism against Britain’s Labour party. Also, the EU needs a…
Babbage: Content liability
Sep 5, 2018 • 14 min
Should tech companies be legally responsible for all their content? Also, major European research funders have announced ‘Plan S’ to make all scientific works free to read. And how optical fibre made in orbit could be better than the terrestrial sort.…
The Secret History of the Future: The Box That AI Lives In
Sep 5, 2018 • 33 min
In the 18th-century, a device called the Mechanical Turk convinced Europeans that a robot could play winning chess. But there was a trick. It’s a trick that companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook still pull on us today. Guests include: Jaron Lanier,…
Money talks: Crumbling currencies
Sep 4, 2018 • 18 min
How are the governments in Argentina and Turkey responding to their financial and economic crises? Samir Desai, the CEO and cofounder of funding circle, explains why he’s going public. And what are the biggest threats to the global smartphone supply…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 1st 2018 edition
Sep 3, 2018 • 11 min
The global influence of Silicon Valley may have reached its peak – does this mean a new age of opportunity for the rest of the world? Also, Republicans and Democrats remember Senator John McCain. And what to do about the scourge of honey fraud. Anne…
The week ahead: Myanmar’s atrocities
Aug 31, 2018 • 17 min
The UN accuses the Burmese army of genocide, what next for Myanmar? And the rising tensions between Italy and the EU. Also, the curious case of honey fraud in the United States. Christopher Lockwood hosts. For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Economist asks: John McCain’s last word
Aug 30, 2018 • 19 min
Has the late Senator’s final address damaged Donald Trump? What will John McCain’s legacy be? Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, recalls our interview with the political nonconformist and war hero - and talks to Senator John Barrasso about their last visit…
Babbage: Peaks and Valleys
Aug 29, 2018 • 16 min
Has Silicon Valley’s influence as a technology hub peaked? Also, how artificial intelligence is gaining a sense of curiosity. And how a shampoo bottle is saving lives in Bangladesh. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Money talks: NAFTA — alive or dead?
Aug 28, 2018 • 18 min
Has there been a breakthrough in efforts to revamp the NAFTA trade agreement? Henry Tricks, our commodities editor, explains recent falls in commodity prices. And how did YouTube profit from the biggest amateur boxing match of all time? Andrew Palmer…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 25th 2018 edition
Aug 27, 2018 • 13 min
Americans will soon have to face a simple question: is Donald Trump above the law? Plus, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, on how big data is changing the political game. And a tribute to the queen of soul. Anne McElvoy hosts For…
The week ahead: Above the law?
Aug 24, 2018 • 15 min
Will the recent revelations and convictions hurt President Donald Trump? And Australia’s ruling party sacks the prime minister, again. Also, how British universities are a rare booming export industry. Richard Cockett hosts For information regarding your…
The Economist asks: Can one whistleblower tame the tech titans?
Aug 23, 2018 • 20 min
Christopher Wylie tells Kenneth Cukier why he blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica. They discuss whether platforms are doing enough to protect users’ privacy and what governments can do to safeguard independent elections Music by Chris Zabriskie…
Babbage: Will Google translate?
Aug 22, 2018 • 14 min
If Google does reintroduce its search engine to China what will it have to omit? And how future helicopters will fly in new ways, with pilots optional. Also, the discovery of a 3,200-year-old ancient Egyptian cheese and what we can learn from it. Hal…
Money talks: Chopping zeros off the Bolivar
Aug 21, 2018 • 20 min
What effect will President Maduro’s desperate measures have on the Venezuelan economy? Stephen Gibbs reports from Caracas. Also on the show: how can companies protect themselves against intangible risks and dealing with congestion in cities. Andrew Palmer…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 18th 2018 edition
Aug 20, 2018 • 11 min
Online dating has revolutionised the way humans couple up, but the impact of this mass social experiment is only just becoming clear. Plus, the bashful decline of European nudism, and The Economist gazes into the future and asks, what if 50% of CEOs were…
The Secret History of the Future: Trailer
Aug 20, 2018 • 2 min
Examine the history of tech to uncover stories that help us illuminate the present and predict the future. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: A call to arms
Aug 17, 2018 • 15 min
The global arms market is booming, and is tilting in the buyers’ favour. Also, how successful have the first 100 days back in power been for Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad? And the decline of public nakedness in Europe. Simon Long hosts For information…
The Economist asks: Who was Adam Smith?
Aug 16, 2018 • 19 min
Anne McElvoy investigates the life of the Scottish philosopher now known as the father of modern economics. What does an author who died in 1790 have to teach us about trade wars and crony capitalism in the 21st century? And which American television…
Babbage: Jumping the Q
Aug 15, 2018 • 19 min
Is quantum technology getting ahead of itself? And we look into what is being done to find a cure for celiac disease. Also, we explore random control trials and the placebo effect of sham surgery. Tim Cross hosts Music by Daniel Birch “Brushed bells in…
The world ahead: Generation XX
Aug 15, 2018 • 14 min
What would the world look like if 50% of CEOs were women, and what would have to change to make this possible? We also consider a future in which drones police the oceans, making it harder to get away with lawlessness at sea. Tom Standage hosts Music by…
Money talks: Sick as a Turkey
Aug 14, 2018 • 15 min
Are Turkey’s currency troubles contagious? The weed-killer court case that could have worldwide impact. And why Tiger Woods still has the power to roar Andrew Palmer hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 11th 2018 edition
Aug 13, 2018 • 11 min
Inevitable but unforgivably outdated – why today’s tax systems need to be brought into the 21st century. Also, how NASA prepared to explore a place 300 times hotter than the surface of the sun, and France’s love affair with the high-speed train. Robert…
The week ahead: Brazil’s telenovela election
Aug 10, 2018 • 17 min
Why the outcome of the upcoming general election in Brazil is harder to predict than usual. And how American sanctions will bring more agony to Iran’s dysfunctional economy. Also, could long school summer holidays around the world be having a negative…
The Economist asks: should the veil be a matter for the courts or conscience?
Aug 9, 2018 • 14 min
Masih Alinejad tells Anne McElvoy how she took My Stealthy Freedom, her viral campaign against compulsory hijab in Iran, from social media to the streets – could reform be on the way? Also, the impact of visiting Western female politicians wearing the…
Babbage: My corona
Aug 8, 2018 • 19 min
We speak to project scientist for the Parker Solar Probe, Dr Nicola Fox, about the spacecraft’s upcoming mission to the sun’s atmosphere. We also discuss the upsides of artificial intelligence with professor Max Tegmark. And how seal whiskers are helping…
Money talks: Urban outbidders
Aug 7, 2018 • 16 min
Property prices in the world’s most desirable cities have sped away from those elsewhere but what has caused that trend, and will it last? And how governments are limiting foreign investment in tech companies to reduce China’s influence. Also, a new…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 4th 2018 edition
Aug 6, 2018 • 11 min
As the northern hemisphere continues to smoulder through this long hot summer, is mankind losing the war against climate change? The American humourist Davis Sedaris talks about the beauty of eavesdropping. Plus, just how valuable is your accent? Lane…
The week ahead: The black hole of coal
Aug 3, 2018 • 17 min
India struggles to move away from fossil fuels towards renewables. And is there cause for optimism in Eritrea, Africa’s North Korea? Also, selling marijuana soon becomes legal in Canada. How will it change the country’s high streets? Simon Long hosts For…
The Economist asks: David Sedaris
Aug 2, 2018 • 26 min
The humourist talks to Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about making people laugh, overhearing conversations and when can he look back at sad or embarrassing experiences with humour? Also, why he wanted to feed his tumour to a turtle and is there a funny…
Babbage: Drive.ai time
Aug 1, 2018 • 19 min
Should AI systems be more human-centric? We look at how a trial of self-driving vehicles in Texas is focusing on what the technology can do now. Rufus Pollack, the founder of Open Knowledge International, discusses how freedom of choice promotes…
Money talks: Greek Lessons
Jul 31, 2018 • 14 min
Should the Bank of England raise interest rates this week? As Greece prepares to exit its bail-out, what are the lessons to be learned from the crisis? And open-plan offices - do they work? Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy,…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 27th 2018 edition
Jul 30, 2018 • 11 min
Britain’s churches are being turned into quirky campsites. Congo’s Catholics are standing up for democracy. And why open-plan offices can lead to closed minds. Richard Cockett hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: How to catch a crocodile
Jul 27, 2018 • 16 min
What to expect in Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe general election next week. Also, we look at how badly UN sanctions are hurting North Korea’s economy. And in Britain how body-worn cameras are spreading beyond the police force. Simon Long hosts For…
The Economist asks: Bjorn from ABBA
Jul 26, 2018 • 22 min
Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA tells Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about the melancholy beneath the exuberant voices and his musical influences. Would he write the same songs in the #MeToo era and which song has had its lyrics changed for a different feminist…
Babbage: Too hot to handle
Jul 25, 2018 • 15 min
Are the recent heat waves around the world a sign of things to come? Geoffrey Carr, our science editor, finds out at the meeting of the International AIDS Society what more needs to be done to eradicate the disease. Also, has liquid water on Mars finally…
Money talks: One Belt One Road
Jul 24, 2018 • 17 min
What now for Fiat Chrysler after Sergio Marchionne’s departure? How America and Europe are tightening rules on foreign direct investments. And China’s Belt and Road Initiative - a benevolent gift to connect the world or a highway to world dominance? Helen…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 21st 2018 edition
Jul 23, 2018 • 12 min
The WTO and the global system it oversees are both under threat. Can they be saved? The Cook Islands could soon achieve rich-country status, but becoming the world’s newest developed country may not be all good news. A metal used to harden steel could…
The week ahead: Khan he fix it?
Jul 20, 2018 • 20 min
Will military tampering swing the Pakistani general election for Imran Khan? Also, Anne McElvoy and Sacha Nauta discuss identity politics. And how Spain is finally tackling the Valley of the Fallen. Christopher Lockwood hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie (CC…
The Economist asks: Tony Blair
Jul 19, 2018 • 27 min
The former British prime minister tells Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, why Britain should vote again on whether to leave the European Union. What should the referendum question be? And why he talks to Team Trump on the Middle East. Music by Chris…
Babbage: Paranoid android
Jul 18, 2018 • 16 min
What does the European Commission’s record fine of Google mean for the future of its Android operating system? And how a popular gene editing tool is raising a few questions. Also, we speak to Dr David Fajgenbaum about the first ever World Castleman…
Money talks: W-T-Oh
Jul 17, 2018 • 14 min
How can world leaders fix the World Trade Organisation? Also, we discuss the runners and riders to replace Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank. And, after the World Cup in Russia why is the football transfer market unusually quiet?…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 14th 2018 edition
Jul 16, 2018 • 13 min
Can Theresa May deliver a soft Brexit? Her new plan is the most realistic one yet, but it has unleashed fresh political chaos. Plus, the latest currency insights from the Big Mac index and a trip through the mean streets of Old Shanghai. Anne McElvoy…
The week ahead: The Brexit fears
Jul 13, 2018 • 20 min
How the Brexit strain is causing the UK government to unravel. And we look ahead to Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin. Also, why golf in Scotland is in decline. Christopher Lockwood hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Economist asks: How is warfare changing?
Jul 12, 2018 • 28 min
Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, went on an outing of top-brass Anglo-German military — to discuss how they are preparing for future risks of urban warfare. She had exclusive access to a mock city in eastern Germany - and visited Nazi bunkers where armies…
Babbage: The Roboburger
Jul 11, 2018 • 17 min
Are robots going to replace chefs in the kitchen? And how footsteps can be used for ID and health checks. Also, we focus on the very latest discoveries from the Gaia space mission. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Money talks: Make trade not war
Jul 10, 2018 • 18 min
Is there a way out of trade war? The US tariffs and the global repercussions. Bringing electricity to the remotest and poorest parts of the world - are mini-grids the answer? And is WeWork worth its $20bn valuation? Helen Joyce hosts For information…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 7th 2018 edition
Jul 9, 2018 • 12 min
A transatlantic rift is growing – why is NATO worth saving? Plus Jaron Lanier, a pioneer of VR, on why people should delete their social media accounts and get back to reality. And how the longest heatwave for nearly half a century is disrupting both…
The week ahead: The three T’s of Trump
Jul 6, 2018 • 17 min
Will the president who arrives at the NATO summit next week be Triumphant Trump, Tetchy Trump or Torpedo Trump? Also, how the discovery of a new gas field could mean a better economic future for Egypt. And the vegan attacks on boucheries in northern…
The world ahead: Trailer
Jul 5, 2018 • 1 min
Coming soon: a new future-gazing series from The Economist that examines an assortment of speculative scenarios, what-if conjectures and provocative prophecies. Thinking about possible futures can help us understand the present, and catch glimpses of the…
The Economist asks: How do you revive a classic musical as a tale for today?
Jul 5, 2018 • 19 min
Anne McElvoy heads to the Palladium theatre in London to interview Bartlett Sher, Tony award-winning director of “The King & I”. They discuss the challenges of reviving a story written in the 1950s – and set in the 1860s – for an audience in 2018. Also,…
Babbage: Saving white rhino
Jul 4, 2018 • 20 min
How IVF could save the northern white rhino from extinction. And Jaron Lanier tells us why we should delete our social media accounts. Also, how understanding animal behaviour could reduce errors in the operating theatre. Kenneth Cukier hosts For…
Money talks: Trolley wars
Jul 3, 2018 • 18 min
What will Tesco and Carrefour’s strategic alliance mean for customers and suppliers? Stan Pignal reports on why women in India have dropped out of the workforce. And CO2 shortages in the UK hit the beer industry. Philip Coggan hosts For information…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 30th 2018 edition
Jul 2, 2018 • 11 min
Netflix is the tech giant everyone is watching. It has so far managed to avoid the techlash, but will it be happily ever after? Plus Madeleine Albright, America’s first woman secretary of state, on her country’s relationship with Russia; Tim Berners-Lee,…
The week ahead: Courting controversy
Jun 29, 2018 • 18 min
A storm is brewing in America following the sudden retirement of Anthony Kennedy, a Supreme Court justice. And after seven years of war and mass displacement, how can Syria rebuild? Also, how a flawed test in China fails the country’s young people. Simon…
The Economist asks: Madeleine Albright
Jun 28, 2018 • 30 min
America’s first female secretary of state on how populism can slide into fascism, what Kim Jong Il and Vladimir Putin were like in person, and what Donald Trump could learn from reading her lapel pins. Anne McElvoy hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider”…
Babbage: Fixing the internet
Jun 27, 2018 • 14 min
The internet was meant to make the world a less centralised place, but the opposite has happened. The Economist’s technology editor Ludwig Siegele explores why it matters and what can be done about it. Music by Fabian Measures “Open Cab” cc by 4.0 For…
Money talks: Netflixonomics
Jun 26, 2018 • 21 min
Gady Epstein explores how Netflix has grown into a global entertainment network and asks Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings about power and responsibility. Also, is government outsourcing a toxic model that can’t be rescued? And could you lead the country of…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 23rd 2018 edition
Jun 25, 2018 • 12 min
Women at the wheel in Saudi Arabia are the most visible symbol of a social revolution led by Muhammad bin Salman. The crown prince has a chance to transform the Arab world for the better, but failure could bring more chaos. Also, why America’s small-town…
The week ahead: The Arab revolution
Jun 23, 2018 • 20 min
How radical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the wider Arab world. And in Turkey will President Recep Tayyip Erdogan be re-elected? Also, Anne McElvoy discusses free speech with comedian Corinne Fisher. Christopher Lockwood hosts Music by…
The Economist asks: James Comey
Jun 22, 2018 • 36 min
The sacked director of the FBI on the message of Melania Trump’s jacket, why Special Counsel Robert Mueller is the straightest person he’s ever known and how Trump might unintentionally be helping America unite. Anne McElvoy hosts. For information…
The Economist asks: Do safe spaces and trigger warnings clash with liberal values?
Jun 21, 2018 • 20 min
Across America, there have been calls on university campuses to limit free speech. Anne McElvoy travels to the University of Chicago to explore the arguments. And a US correspondent, Idrees Kahloon, reflects on his student days at Harvard, when social…
Babbage: Fuel for thought
Jun 20, 2018 • 19 min
How a privately owned Chinese company called OneSpace is using solid fuel for launching rockets. Also, the worrying growth of bogus scientific journals. And is there an optimal strategy for the dreaded penalty shoot-out? Kenneth Cukier hosts For…
Money talks: Drums of trade war
Jun 19, 2018 • 22 min
As fears mount of a trade war between China and America, David Rennie looks at how China is preparing. And as part of our Open Future season, we explore how tax systems could be improved. Also, the electric bike business is riding high. Helen Joyce hosts…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 16th 2018 edition
Jun 18, 2018 • 12 min
Around the world, from Turkey to Venezuela, democracy is in trouble – the least-bad system of government ever devised needs defenders. Also, why nearly half of businesses in Sicily still pay protection money to the Mafia. And a dispatch from the land of…
The week ahead: How Kim Jong won
Jun 15, 2018 • 15 min
How North Korea got the better of President Donald Trump at this week’s summit in Singapore. And after an important vote in the House of Commons, is the UK heading for a softer Brexit? Also, French President Emmanuel Macron leaves his mark on the world…
The Economist asks: How should the West respond to Russian meddling?
Jun 14, 2018 • 26 min
On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, former American ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, says the US needs to stand up to Putin — build up resilience in the electoral technology, set targeted sanctions — and he explains how it feels to be the target…
Babbage: Polio returns
Jun 13, 2018 • 21 min
Why has polio made a comeback in Venezuela and how does it spread? Tien Tzuo, founder of Zuora, says there will be no need to own anything in the future — you will subscribe to everything. And research into how marine mammals respond to predators shows…
Money talks: G7 handshakes at dawn
Jun 12, 2018 • 21 min
How President Trump turned his back on the G7 summit joint agreement. Sir Paul Tucker, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, tells us when power should be delegated to technocrats. And can the solar industry survive without subsidies? For…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 9th 2018 edition
Jun 11, 2018 • 12 min
Although Donald Trump may strike a deal with North Korea after this week’s historic summit, in the long run his destructive approach to foreign policy will damage America and the world. Plus, the remote villages in rural China receiving express delivery…
The week ahead: Demolition man
Jun 8, 2018 • 25 min
How will President Trump’s wrecking ball approach to foreign policy harm America and the world? And Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, tell us why Canadians will not cower to Mr Trump on NAFTA. Also, the World Cup kicks-off next week. Which country will…
The Economist asks: Has the West lost its touch?
Jun 7, 2018 • 19 min
Kishore Mahbubani, former president of the UN Security Council for Singapore and author of “Has the West lost it?” tells Robert Guest, our foreign editor, about the rise of a new world order – should the West be celebrating? Also, individual freedom in…
Babbage: AI will see you now
Jun 6, 2018 • 18 min
How companies are using artificial intelligence in medicine to help with diagnosis. We hear why a Dutch park that mimics nature is riling animal-rights activists. Also, what can be learnt from a new study on the calls of the bottlenose dolphin. Tim Cross…
Money talks: How to top Trump?
Jun 5, 2018 • 21 min
How should allies stand up to President Trump’s trade tariffs? We talk to Professor Kate Pickett about the link between inequality and anxiety in her sequel to The Spirit Level. And Renting The Runway - is shopping for clothes going out of style? Andrew…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 2nd 2018 edition
Jun 4, 2018 • 13 min
Italy finally has a government – how will the maverick populist coalition reshape the country and the wider eurozone? Plus, why British politics is sobering up, and the discovery of the gene for genius. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie…
The week ahead: Power to the populists
Jun 1, 2018 • 18 min
What does the new populist coalition government mean for Italy? And how Xinjiang in China has become a police state unlike any other. Also, the protests by Brazilian lorry drivers. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Economist asks: Can America’s moderates win the battle of ideas?
May 31, 2018 • 37 min
In a special programme to mark The Economist’s 175th anniversary #OpenFuture season, Zanny Minton-Beddoes, our Editor-in-Chief and David Rennie, our Washington bureau chief, join Anne McElvoy to debate remedies to popular discontents and a new world order…
Babbage: Gene genius
May 30, 2018 • 17 min
Has new research into the human genome discovered the secret to human evolution? And how studying HIV in every organ helps understand how to eliminate it. Also, we review the book “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”. Kenneth Cukier…
Money talks: The Italian problem
May 29, 2018 • 21 min
Our economic editor, Henry Curr, looks at the threat Italy’s political crisis poses to the euro zone. And Ludwig Siegele, our technology editor, asks Glen Weyl, author of “Radical Markets”, why he wants to expand the role of markets and how a new wealth…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 26th 2018 edition
May 28, 2018 • 12 min
Corporate America is betting that Donald Trump is good for business, but executives are counting their profits before their costs. The best-selling author Jordan Peterson has an unusual suggestion for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. And…
The week ahead: Peace in peril?
May 25, 2018 • 16 min
Will the upcoming elections in Colombia threaten the peace deal with FARC? And introducing the Economist’s forecasting model for the American mid-terms. Also, the calling off of the upcoming US-North Korea summit by President Donald Trump. Christopher…
The Economist asks: Jordan Peterson
May 24, 2018 • 54 min
We ask the author of ‘12 Rules for life’ what is wrong with modern liberalism. And he discusses #MeToo, whether people should date their co-workers - and who is the feminist he most admires? Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For…
Babbage: Fake views
May 23, 2018 • 17 min
Deep-fakes – how can we trust what people appear to be saying in online videos? Also, how to contain the recent outbreak of ebola in the DRC. And, a new study of biomass that is putting human’s place in the world into perspective. Kenneth Cukier hosts For…
Money talks: Is Trump jump-starting business?
May 22, 2018 • 19 min
Are US businesses happy with the Trump Era? Do we need to break the cosy relationship between auditors and their clients? And why large companies are choosing to invest in Central Europe. Philip Coggan hosts For information regarding your data privacy,…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 19th 2018 edition
May 21, 2018 • 11 min
After last week’s bloodshed in Gaza, how Israelis and Palestinians can find a better way. Also, the unexpected environmental consequences of peace in Colombia, and the human fascination with the sound of silence. Rob Gifford hosts For information…
The week ahead: Gaza bloodshed
May 18, 2018 • 19 min
Why Israel is answerable for this week’s deaths in Gaza, but the Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, are also to blame. The Economist’s Adrian Wooldridge discusses the issue of open borders with author Rutger Bregman. And can Meghan Markle modernise the…
The Economist asks: Sarah Rafferty
May 17, 2018 • 13 min
Sarah Rafferty talks to Anne McElvoy about her role as the redhead from US TV show “Suits” and her responsibility as ambassador for girls’ rights and education. Also, her best wishes for former co-star Meghan Markle on her wedding. Music by Chris…
Babbage: Show me the way to Cordillera
May 16, 2018 • 14 min
Now that the war between the Colombian government and the FARC has ended, scientists are exploring parts of the country previously held by the rebels. The aim is to make Colombia a “bio-power” by 2030. Also, how lead pollution in Greenlandic ice shows…
Money talks: Sanction Buster - who you gonna call?
May 15, 2018 • 17 min
The implications of President Trump’s U-turn on Telecoms giant ZTE. Tamzin Booth explains why Masayoshi Son could be the most influential man in the Tech world. And how non-compete clauses are gumming up the US economy. Helen Joyce hosts For information…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 12th 2018 edition
May 14, 2018 • 11 min
Masayoshi Son is betting $100bn on the world’s most exciting technology startups. Win or lose, his Vision Fund is shaking up the tech industry and those that invest in it. Plus, the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright David Mamet on his new comedy inspired…
The week ahead: Trump’s Iran gamble
May 11, 2018 • 20 min
What damage has been done by Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal? Also, the shock result in Malaysia’s general election. And the problems meeting global demand for blood plasma. Richard Cockett hosts For information regarding…
The Economist asks: What is the role of the male in modern culture?
May 10, 2018 • 25 min
David Mamet, award winning playwright and screenwriter, talks to Anne McElvoy about the gender wars and why his new play, inspired by the Harvey Weinstein saga, is best treated as a comedy. And he fires back on the rights and wrongs of owning a gun. Music…
Babbage: When an algorithm decides your fate
May 9, 2018 • 20 min
Computer algorithms are being used with increasing frequency to make decisions about humans - from whether a job applicant makes it through a selection process or if a prison inmate gets released on parole. But how are the algorithms making their…
Money talks: Don’t bank with me Argentina
May 8, 2018 • 18 min
As Argentina starts talks with the IMF, we ask why Argentina’s currency crisis is causing financial wobbles in other emerging markets.? Simon Long explores whether digital technology can reach people who don’t have access to bank accounts. And, Philip…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 5th 2018 edition
May 7, 2018 • 11 min
Despite euphoria about the Korean summit, global arms control is unravelling. Historian John Lewis Gaddis assesses whether there might be order in Donald Trump’s chaos. And a glimpse of the first neighbourhood built “from the internet up”. Rob Gifford…
The week ahead: Disarmageddon
May 4, 2018 • 21 min
Our defence and diplomatic editor, Matthew Symonds, discusses how global arms control is unravelling. Also, can Britain right the wrongs from the Windrush fiasco? And how Georgia’s fashion industry is getting itself noticed. Christopher Lockwood hosts For…
The Economist asks: Should today’s world leaders be hawks or doves?
May 3, 2018 • 22 min
John Lewis Gaddis, author of “On Grand Strategy”, assesses whether there is order in Mr Trump’s chaos, the balance of global power and whether the age of liberal interventionism is over. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0…
Babbage: Big data versus privacy
May 2, 2018 • 31 min
Data is becoming the world’s most valuable resource. Governments use it to monitor and control their citizens. Corporations use it to persuade consumers to buy their products. But as machine learning and algorithms advance, will people still be able to…
Money talks: Taming crypto
May 1, 2018 • 23 min
How do regulators define and tackle crypto-currencies? Professor Mariana Mazzucato explains how economists should measure value. Also, the jeanius of Levi’s denim revival. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 28th 2018 edition
Apr 30, 2018 • 12 min
A basic level of universal healthcare is sensible, affordable and practical – including in poor countries. Also, Imran Khan, star cricketer turned politician, on the role of the army in Pakistan, free media and the full-face veil. And the Chinese Buddhist…
The week ahead: Kim Jong-un crosses the line
Apr 27, 2018 • 18 min
Just how significant was the summit between North and South Korea? Also, French President Emmanuel Macron woos Washington. And the #MeToo movement gains momentum in Japan. Christopher Lockwood hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Economist asks: Is the military swaying Pakistan in the wrong direction?
Apr 26, 2018 • 19 min
We talk to Imran Khan, star cricketer turned politician bidding to lead Pakistan in the upcoming election. Topics include Donald Trump and the war on terror, why Pakistani media is under pressure and the full-face veil - women’s choice or imposition?…
Babbage: Insane in the methane
Apr 25, 2018 • 16 min
What is causing the rising rates of methane in the atmosphere? Also, how an amphibious life for the Bajau people has led to unique evolutionary traits. And the excitement around the Gaia space probe’s latest data release. Hal Hodson hosts For information…
Money talks: Trump makes crude jump
Apr 24, 2018 • 16 min
Our energy and commodities editor, Henry Tricks, looks at how sensitive the commodities markets are to geopolitical comments. Also, is the Eurozone facing a nasty surprise or is the growth slowdown a temporary blip? And Irish farmers looking for a slice…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 21st 2018 edition
Apr 23, 2018 • 12 min
The Republican party is organised around one man. Our cover story explains why Donald Trump’s takeover of the GOP is dangerous. Plus, the psychologist Steven Pinker launches our Open Future season with his case for radical optimism. And the cities where…
The week ahead: Israel 70 years on
Apr 20, 2018 • 21 min
We ask the author Amos Oz about 70 years of independence for Israel. And, the benefits of integrating refugees around the world. Also, the lasting damage being done to Poland by its ruling party, PiS. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data…
The Economist asks: What grounds do we have to be optimistic about an Open Future?
Apr 19, 2018 • 21 min
We ask Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now, why he is so optimistic about human progress. We also discuss wars, inequality and should there be more good news on the front pages. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)…
Babbage: The planet hunter
Apr 18, 2018 • 16 min
Professor Sara Seager joins us to discuss the launch of the spacecraft TESS, and its two-year mission to discover new planets. Also, physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow explains elastic thinking. And, how robots are learning to assemble flat-pack…
Money talks: Circling around WPP
Apr 17, 2018 • 18 min
Our media editor, Gady Epstein, assesses the future of the advertising giant WPP after its CEO Sir Martin Sorrell stepped down. Also, should the USPS be privatised? And the latest figures on China’s economy. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 14th 2018 edition
Apr 16, 2018 • 12 min
Germany is becoming more diverse, open, informal and hip. With the right leadership, it could be a model for the West. Also, disrupting the business of death. And the son of a Swiss peasant who revolutionised London’s high society. Rob Gifford hosts For…
The week ahead: War crimes in Syria
Apr 13, 2018 • 17 min
What should the response be to the barbaric chemical attack in Syria? Also, how Germany is rethinking its identity. And, the evolution of the funeral business. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Economist asks: Have identity politics gone too far?
Apr 12, 2018 • 20 min
Tribalism has always existed, but is now playing a far more pivotal role in society: from the rise of gender and ethnic affiliation, to nationalist parties in Europe and even the appeal of Donald Trump. Amy Chua, author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger…
Babbage: Zuckerberg faces Capitol Hill
Apr 11, 2018 • 20 min
Hal Hodson, our technology correspondent, joins us from Washington to discuss Mark Zuckerberg and the future for Facebook. Also, the connection between personality and music. And, how possible is it to populate other planets? Kenneth Cukier hosts. For…
Money Talks: Trade 301
Apr 10, 2018 • 13 min
President Trump’s proposals for tariffs threaten a trade war between America and China. Is there a negotiable way out of the problem? Also, reported merger talks between two legal giants could herald a wave of transatlantic deals. And an assessment of…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 7th 2018 edition
Apr 9, 2018 • 14 min
Murder is set to soar in some cities of the developing world. How to curb the killing? Latin America, which has 8% of the world’s population but 38% of its murders, holds the answers. Also, the abiding power of the words of Martin Luther King, and could…
The week ahead: A murder mystery
Apr 6, 2018 • 18 min
Latin America has 8% of the world’s people but 38% of its recorded murders. Who is killing whom and why? Also, the story behind the speeches of Martin Luther King. And, Japan’s sex industry is getting less sexual. Simon Long hosts For information…
The Economist asks: Will China’s tech giants overtake Silicon Valley?
Apr 5, 2018 • 14 min
We ask Kai-Fu Lee, CEO of Sinovation Ventures, what’s next for big tech in China and beyond. And will an AI simulation present this podcast better than our host Anne McElvoy? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Babbage: The information game
Apr 4, 2018 • 19 min
How requesting personal data from companies leads to a bureaucratic tangle. Also, nurturing scientific talent in Africa. And, the surprising importance of paint colour for self-driving cars. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data…
Money talks: A bumpy ride
Apr 3, 2018 • 13 min
We ask Henry Curr, our US economics editor, if global stockmarket volatility is the new normal. Also, is India’s economy on the right track? And, the impact of the mobile-phone industry on Vietnam. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data…
The week ahead: US and them
Mar 30, 2018 • 20 min
How will Putin react after America expels 60 Russian diplomats? Also, the latest developments in Catalonia’s quest for independence. And, on the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement a special feature from our Britain Editor, Tom Wainwright.…
The Economist asks: How can America fix its problem with gun violence?
Mar 29, 2018 • 26 min
Student survivors from the recent Florida school shooting talk to Anne McElvoy about their campaign to make schools safe. And Doug Jones, Senator for Alabama, discusses how to find the common ground over gun reform. Andrew Miller hosts. For information…
Babbage: Working AI to five
Mar 28, 2018 • 18 min
Alexandra Suich Bass, our US technology editor, discusses the rise of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Also, the link between genetics and exam success. And, understanding the language of bees. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your…
Money talks: Trading tit for tat
Mar 26, 2018 • 15 min
Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, explains why the Trump administration’s strategy towards China is risky. Also, are the advertising agency giants doomed? And the economics of Vibranium in Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie. Helen Joyce hosts For…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 24th 2018 edition
Mar 26, 2018 • 14 min
Facebook is facing the biggest crisis in its history – it needs not just to repent but to reform. The Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky on pushing his audiences and his actors to their limits. Plus, the astronomer’s guide to the perfect haiku.…
The week ahead: Gunning for change
Mar 22, 2018 • 19 min
As America’s Congress dithers on gun control, some states move forward with reforms. But will these laws save lives? Also, a new Russian generation speaks out. And, the hygiene revolution in Bangladesh. Christopher Lockwood hosts For information regarding…
Babbage: Saving Face…book
Mar 21, 2018 • 15 min
Silkie Carlo from Big Brother Watch joins host Tim Cross to discuss the latest privacy issues involving Facebook. Also, ageing the rings of Saturn. And, the cost of using antibiotics on the human gut. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Economist asks: Darren Aronofsky
Mar 21, 2018 • 25 min
The Oscar-nominated director and his producer Ari Handel tell our host Anne McElvoy about pushing the boundaries in film - and their new TV series “One Strange Rock”. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Money talks: Yi Gang at the helm
Mar 20, 2018 • 15 min
Our Asia Economics editor, Simon Rabinovitch, analyses what the new boss of China’s central bank means for China’s economy. Also, will Dropbox’s IPO filing be a success? And charging the electric-car revolution. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 17th 2018 edition
Mar 18, 2018 • 14 min
The battle for digital supremacy between America and China. Plus, the legacy of Stephen Hawking. And can Jesus save El Salvador’s gangs? Lane Greene hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: You’re fired
Mar 15, 2018 • 19 min
What does the sacking of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state mean for America? Also, Tanzania’s descent into dictatorship. And, a special feature on escaping gang life in El Salvador from our sister magazine, 1843. Christopher Lockwood hosts For…
The Economist asks: Is Russia waging war on the West?
Mar 15, 2018 • 25 min
Anne McElvoy, our Senior Editor, asks Sir Francis Richards, former head of GCHQ, and Arkady Ostrovsky, our Russia Editor, if the diplomatic clash sparked by the Skripal case will escalate — and what has changed since the Cold War. For information…
Babbage: Remembering Stephen Hawking
Mar 14, 2018 • 19 min
We speak to leading scientists about the life and legacy of Professor Stephen Hawking. And, what is being done to help the ailing Coral reefs? Also, the out of control Chinese space station. Hal Hodson hosts For information regarding your data privacy,…
Money talks: Battle with Beijing
Mar 13, 2018 • 17 min
Simon Rabinovitch, our Asia economics editor, discusses the likely impact of American trade tariffs and Mr Trump’s intervention in the Qualcomm-Broadcom deal on China. And why is America’s health-care system so expensive? Also, can the “petro” save…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 10th 2018 edition
Mar 12, 2018 • 14 min
President Trump’s protectionism is the greatest threat to the global trading system since its inception after the second world war. Plus, Tina Tchen, one of the lead lawyers on the #Time’sUp campaign, on how to bring down sexual harassment. And a tribute…
The week ahead: Russia’s deadly spy games
Mar 8, 2018 • 18 min
Who is responsible for the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal? Also, the wait for elections in Malaysia. And a new doping scandal hits British sport For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Economist asks: How can #Time’sUp bring down sexual harassment?
Mar 7, 2018 • 19 min
We ask Tina Tchen, one of the lead lawyers working on the biggest legal defence fund against sexual harassment, what #Time’sUp’s priorities should be. Also, basic steps to make our workplaces safer. Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data…
Babbage: Exploring the ocean’s hidden depths
Mar 7, 2018 • 14 min
In this week’s programme, we dive into The Economist’s Technology Quarterly issue on oceans. We discuss offshore aquaculture, how to map the sea floor and the threat of plastics. Joining us is Dr Jyotika Virmani, from the Ocean XPRIZE For information…
Money talks: Steely Tariffs
Mar 6, 2018 • 17 min
Are we on the brink of a trade war? Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, explains President Donald Trump’s plans for tariffs on steel and aluminium imports and goes back to basics with Economics 101: Why Trade is Good. Also, do women invest…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 3rd 2018 edition
Mar 4, 2018 • 12 min
This week: Japan’s ageing drivers refuse to give up their wheels, how your sense of smell affects politics, and the bell tolls—for whom For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Xi forever?
Mar 1, 2018 • 18 min
Could Xi Jinping’s rule as president last until his death? Also, Italy’s woeful election choices. And what is next for Canada’s economy. Robert Guest hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Economist asks: Should leaders face the music?
Feb 28, 2018 • 20 min
What risk does Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, take when she talks to Nassim Nicholas Taleb? The author of Skin in the Game discusses whether having more at stake would make the powerful better leaders. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Babbage: Automation for the people
Feb 28, 2018 • 17 min
What are the social problems facing the world of vehicle automation? Also, the rise of robot laboratories. And looking for life in the Atacama desert. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Money talks: American companies face off with the NRA
Feb 27, 2018 • 19 min
In the aftermath of the Florida shooting, is corporate America being forced to take a stance? Also; Soumaya Keynes speaks to Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University, about the right way to sell trade deals. And the…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 24th 2018 edition
Feb 25, 2018 • 14 min
Russian meddling is exposing weaknesses in Western democracy – the West needs to do something about it. Also: the new gold rush to the stars, and why South Korea’s fortune-telling industry foresees a rosy future. Anne McElvoy hosts For information…
The week ahead: Russia’s disinformation machine
Feb 23, 2018 • 16 min
What is being done to stop Russia interfering in western politics? The state of South Africa after Jacob Zuma. And: discovering the fortune-telling boom in South Korea. Christopher Lockwood hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Economist asks: McMafia
Feb 22, 2018 • 24 min
Hossein Amini, co-creator of the hit tv drama McMafia, shares the secrets of writing ‘Game of Thrones with mobs’. Also, what it’s like to work with Harvey Weinstein. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Babbage: Bad AAAS
Feb 21, 2018 • 18 min
We bring you the highlights from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including how children can inherit acquired characteristics from their fathers, asteroid mining and how to grow a human organ. Tim Cross hosts For information…
Money talks: The oil club
Feb 20, 2018 • 16 min
Henry Tricks, our energy and commodities editor asks whether the chumminess between oil producing countries will last. Also, how will Facebook tackle the challenges ahead and the unlikely home for the world’s crypto-valley? Helen Joyce hosts For…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 17th 2018 edition
Feb 18, 2018 • 17 min
How can the world prevent Africa’s worst war from reigniting? Also, the inbuilt prejudice of the algorithms that can dictate whether you get a credit card or a place at university. And why the myth of “Frankenstein” is still electrifying after 200 years.…
The week ahead: Looming war in Congo
Feb 15, 2018 • 19 min
Robert Guest joins host Anne McElvoy to explain why war is once again threatening to ravage Congo. Also: young immigrants face uncertain futures in the USA and Al-Qaeda’s foray into the world of women’s magazines For information regarding your data…
The Economist asks: Another deadly school massacre. How should America’s gun laws change?
Feb 15, 2018 • 9 min
Our foreign editor, Robert Guest who has reported on other mass shootings in the US, tells Anne McElvoy why Donald Trump should offer more than condolences. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The World in 2018: Technology and us
Feb 14, 2018 • 25 min
In the final episode in our six-part series, we look at the scientific and technological advances that will shape the coming year - from algorithms that can make judgments about us online, to robots that are more effective than humans in the work place.…
Money talks: Lessons from Norway
Feb 12, 2018 • 14 min
10 years on, what can we learn from the Norwegian quota for female corporate directors? Also: A tale of two chip-makers and a mammoth hostile takeover bid — Qualcomm and Broadcom. And, what is threatening old-fashioned customer service in Japan? Simon…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 10th 2018 edition
Feb 11, 2018 • 16 min
As volatility returns to the markets, America is taking an extraordinary economic gamble. Also, could the Olympics help promote peace between North and South Korea? And the man to blame for the world’s flat-pack furniture woes. Anne McElvoy hosts. For…
The week ahead: The charade of North Korean diplomacy
Feb 9, 2018 • 24 min
The start of the Winter Olympics has seen a temporary thaw in relations on the Korean peninsula. But why is there no warming of relations with the US? Also, what’s ailing Latin American democracy. And understanding the twists and turns of Brexit.…
The Economist asks: Can the Olympics bring about a truce in Korea?
Feb 7, 2018 • 22 min
George Papandreou, the former Greek Prime Minister, talks to Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about whether the spirit of the Olympics can thaw tensions in the Korean peninsula. Also why he implemented a tax on swimming pools and his personal assessment…
Babbage: Cars to Mars?
Feb 7, 2018 • 16 min
Oliver Morton, our briefings editor, wonders what’s next after Elon Musk’s latest mission to Mars. We ask whether homemade drones can fight conventional armed forces - and could there be lithium under Cornwall? Tim Cross hosts. For information regarding…
Money talks: Crash course
Feb 6, 2018 • 14 min
Is the plunge in global asset prices a meaningless blip or something more serious? Also, why the UK should care about the trade deals it’s about to lose. And how non-alcoholic drinks are the biggest opportunity in the market. Hosted by Simon Long. For…
Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the February 3rd 2018 edition
Feb 4, 2018 • 17 min
The Economist Intelligence Unit has published its annual Democracy Index. How is America faring under President Trump? Also, what to do if you feel queasy in a driverless car. And the last blast of the trumpet for Hugh Masekela. Anne McElvoy hosts For…
The World in 2018: Backlash
Feb 1, 2018 • 23 min
Is 2018 the year the populist surge grinds to a halt? John Peet discusses the prospect of a softening Brexit; Hong Kong’s Chief Executive discusses Chinese influence; racial issues in America go under the microscope. And: why has the circus lasted for 250…
The Economist asks: What is the greatest threat to democracy?
Feb 1, 2018 • 23 min
Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, explores how democracies die with Professor Steven Levitsky, a political scientist. Also, is there a tension between diversity and democracy? And why Harvard University should invite Sarah Palin to speak For information…
Babbage: Tech giants go to medical school
Jan 31, 2018 • 18 min
The world’s biggest technology firms are poised to transform health care. Will it empower patients and lead to a better diagnosis? Also, ways to prevent passengers in driverless cars from feeling queasy. And how genes play a role in the likelihood of…
Money talks: Car talks
Jan 30, 2018 • 18 min
Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, asks why cars are the sticking point in the NAFTA negotiations. Also Simon Long, our finance editor, interviews Lord Jim O’Neill, former Goldman Sachs economist and BRICS man. Is he a China bull and does he…
Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the January 27th 2018 edition
Jan 28, 2018 • 17 min
How to prevent the next great war, Donald Trump tries to trump Davos, a chilly forecast for winter sports - and a tribute to France’s greatest chef. Lane Greene hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: The Donald in Davos
Jan 26, 2018 • 22 min
President Donald Trump spoke to the business elite at this week’s World Economic Forum. How did he go down with the Davos tribe? Also, could Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria have global consequences? And why climate change might spell the end for…
The Economist asks: Will Trump trump Davos?
Jan 25, 2018 • 22 min
Anne McElvoy asks Zanny Minton-Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, and Patrick Foulis, US Business Editor, is President Trump in Davos to brag or show he’s serious? Also, late night dancing and the ‘global elite’ slipping in snow. For information regarding your…
Babbage: Out-of-body organ
Jan 23, 2018 • 18 min
A medical breakthrough means a human liver can now be kept alive outside the body. Will this result in more transplants? Also, a new idea for deadening an aircraft’s sonic boom. And the universal signals in music that cross cultural boundaries. Hal Hodson…
Money talks: A seismic shift on Wall Street
Jan 23, 2018 • 15 min
Morgan Stanley v Goldman Sachs: is dullness the key to success for America’s investment banks? Also, is mandatory arbitration the best way to deal with problem bosses? And, why medicinal cannabis in Germany is in short supply. Simon Long hosts. For…
Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the January 20th 2018 edition
Jan 21, 2018 • 15 min
How to tame the giants of the tech industry, why Ferraris are getting fatter in 2018, and a global celebration of the greatest American musician of the 20th century. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Week Ahead: Seven years on from the Arab Spring
Jan 18, 2018 • 18 min
Bread, freedom and dignity were the demands of Tunisian protesters in 2011. Now they are back on the streets. What are their demands this time? Also, the hashtag “me too” arrives in China. And 45 years on from a famous legal ruling on abortion, we profile…
The Economist asks: Has liberalism failed?
Jan 18, 2018 • 16 min
We ask political scientist Patrick Deneen if the world’s most successful political theory is in retreat or just responding to the demands of the modern world. How have Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian challenged the liberal creed? Anne McElvoy presents.…
Babbage: The ethics of AI
Jan 17, 2018 • 20 min
Artificial intelligence heralds the fourth industrial revolution. But what are its ethical challenges? Also, Anne McElvoy and producer Cheryl Brumley head under Manhattan to inspect New York’s newest water tunnel. And the biggest rocket in the world…
The World In 2018: Money makes the World In go round
Jan 15, 2018 • 24 min
Anne McElvoy and Daniel Franklin return with another special looking forward to the year ahead. This week, they tackle business and economics. Patrick Foulis looks back at a prediction for last year, and looks ahead to the year for American firms;…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 13th 2018 edition
Jan 14, 2018 • 15 min
On the menu this week: all work and no play for modern teens; a weed census in Canada; and why Indian tea is in a slump. Lane Greene hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Fire, fury and fitness for office
Jan 12, 2018 • 16 min
Host Chris Lockwood is joined by US editor John Prideaux to discuss an eventful presidency that has raised questions about the incumbent’s stability. Also: why is Emmanuel Macron disappointing liberals with an illegal immigration crackdown? And solutions…
The Economist Asks: Michael Wolff
Jan 11, 2018 • 28 min
Anne McElvoy, our Senior Editor, asks if Michael Wolff‘s book “Fire and Fury” captures President Trump — and how does the First Family really tick? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Babbage: Submarine drones hunt for missing flight
Jan 10, 2018 • 16 min
A Norwegian research vessel has joined the search to find missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Can its contingent of self-navigating submarine drones find what others have missed? Also, do we really understand the laws of physics? And what’s new at the…
Money talks: Cracking steel — hammer or chisel?
Jan 9, 2018 • 19 min
Could we be on the brink of President Trump’s first real trade war over Chinese steel? Also, why the great Indian middle class may not be as big as you think. And, is the gym business in good shape? Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 6th 2018 edition
Jan 8, 2018 • 15 min
An economist’s guide to dieting; bullets, white-knuckle landings and a chocolate fountain in our run-down of the world’s worst airports; and we ask Ana Brnabic, prime minister of Serbia, whether she will ask Vladimir Putin a personal question. Anne…
The week ahead: Berating the tyrants of Iran
Jan 5, 2018 • 19 min
Iranians are on the march, fed up with political and social repression. Is this the beginning of something big? Also, what Pakistan’s education reforms can teach other developing nations. And might an idea dubbed ‘leapfrogging’ help school systems improve…
The Economist asks: Ana Brnabic
Jan 4, 2018 • 26 min
Anne McElvoy asks the Prime Minister of Serbia whether a new generation of Eastern European leaders can reshape a troubled region. Ana Brnabic, the country’s first female and openly gay Prime Minister, discusses Serbia’s bloody history, Putin’s record on…
Babbage: Trees take a bough
Jan 3, 2018 • 17 min
They are the longest living organisms on earth and supply a timber industry worth $600 billion. But do we value trees enough? Also, how reforesting is one of the biggest changes to land use changes. And the growing threat to tree health. Kenneth Cukier…
Money talks: New year, new economics?
Jan 2, 2018 • 22 min
We cajole our economics editors, John O’Sullivan and Henry Curr, to make predictions for 2018. Also, Soumaya Keynes asks how can the field of economics attract more women? Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The World in 2018: Out with the old, in with the new
Dec 29, 2017 • 16 min
As 2018 approaches, who or what, are we at risk of losing - and what will be taking their place? With the cheery nanny back on our screens next year, we discover the link between Mary Poppins and women’s suffrage. We learn how plans for a new coffee shop…
The Economist asks: Highlights special
Dec 28, 2017 • 16 min
A festive roundup of this year’s interviews. Salman Rushdie gives us his thoughts on separatism, Hillary Clinton explains exactly what happened in America’s election last year and Richard Dawkins on whether science really can offer an objective truth.…
Babbage: Highlights special
Dec 27, 2017 • 12 min
In this special festive episode, we look back at some of the highlights from this year’s coverage. A better way to sail into the stars, why birds are weaving cigarette butts into their homes and what the future of electric cars might look like when…
Money talks: We have to ask about money!
Dec 26, 2017 • 15 min
We take a look back at 2017 — headaches at Uber, a new way to learn Economics, butter shortages in France and behavioural economics with Michael Lewis. Also, Latin lessons from J Balvin. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Tasting Menu: The remarkable changelessness of Icelandic
Dec 25, 2017 • 19 min
A special festive edition of Tasting menu. Our language columnist Lane Greene speaks to Dr Ruth Sanders, Professor Emerita at Miami University of Ohio, about how isolation and determination have kept the Icelandic language so stable for centuries. For…
The World in 2018: Vying for Leadership
Dec 22, 2017 • 22 min
President Donald Trump steers America away from an international leadership role, President Xi Jinping rises and President Emmanuel Macron of France makes his mark. We look at the shifting power balance of global leadership. And Joshua Wong, leader of…
The Economist asks: Niall Ferguson
Dec 21, 2017 • 19 min
From the Medici family’s blending of politics and finance to Donald Trump’s use of social media, networks have played a vital role in the search for control. In an interconnected world, will power shift into the hands of the masses? Or will they further…
Babbage: Remaking tigerland
Dec 20, 2017 • 21 min
Science correspondent Hal Hodson tells the story of T3, a tiger whose bid for freedom and remarkable journey across India highlighted the underlying tensions between humans, nature and conservation For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Money Talks: The Quiz
Dec 19, 2017 • 15 min
Andrew Palmer, Simon Long and Rachana Shanbhogue answer tough questions about finance and economics and fight for prizes. Philip Coggan is our quizmaster supremo. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 16th 2017 edition
Dec 18, 2017 • 14 min
How Doug Jones became Alabama’s first Democratic senator in 25 years; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former prime minister of Denmark, on the top three trouble spots facing the world in 2018; and… er… the importance of… um… hesitating… in good conversation For…
The World in 2018: Global risks
Dec 15, 2017 • 21 min
As we head towards the new year, we look at the risks millions of refugees around the world are facing. Joining us are the former prime minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Jan Egeland. We also ask: will instability increase in the Middle East…
The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part two
Dec 15, 2017 • 17 min
Anne McElvoy and Lane Greene continue their look at the role of creativity in today’s society. They visit a London railway station to hear how commuters get their creative juices going by playing pianos in public spaces. Lane looks at how the concept of…
Babbage: Greetings, Earthlings
Dec 13, 2017 • 18 min
Astronomers say a curious cigar-shaped asteroid passing by the sun is not native to our solar system. Could it be an alien spacecraft? Also, a pioneering patient who set out to find a cure for his own life-threatening disease. And the great avocado…
Money talks: Once bitcoined, twice…
Dec 12, 2017 • 15 min
Philip Coggan, our Buttonwood columnist, asks if we should worry about the freakish rises in cryptocurrency prices. Also, Businesses leave Catalonia in the face of political uncertainty. And the Jedi effect: can the remake save Hollywood? Simon Long…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 9th 2017 edition
Dec 11, 2017 • 10 min
Melinda Gates on how contraception will change the developing world; Anne McElvoy tickles the ivories to learn the secrets of creativity; and why the best place to make a killing in cryptocurrencies is Siberia For information regarding your data privacy,…
The week ahead: South Africa’s road from ruin?
Dec 8, 2017 • 15 min
The week ahead: South Africa’s road from ruin? In the coming week, the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, chooses its next leader. It is a chance for the country to recover from the dysfunctional rule of Jacob Zuma or slide further…
The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part one
Dec 7, 2017 • 23 min
Anne McElvoy and Lane Greene look at the current debate around creativity, and its value to our society. In this first episode, Anne tackles a Bach prelude with the help of pianist James Rhodes who believes that keyboard mastery is “just a physics…
Babbage: Archeology without the digging
Dec 6, 2017 • 16 min
Google is changing how we view ancient artefacts. Plus, governments could soon regulate video games, as a new money-making method using ‘loot boxes’ emerges. Some say it’s too similar to gambling. And Melinda Gates discusses the importance of…
Money talks: A Christmas gift for the president
Dec 5, 2017 • 16 min
We digest the ambitious overhaul of the American tax system and whether the bill will become law by Christmas. And Soumaya Keynes talks to the EU Commissioner for Trade about how the EU is trying to keep China in check. Also market exuberance: shall we…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 2nd 2017 edition
Dec 4, 2017 • 13 min
Rebellion in the 21st century from Russia’s Pussy Riot; the world champions of Scrabble in Nigeria; and the man who taught Britain to make—and eat—pasta. Lane Greene hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: A weird and disputed election
Dec 1, 2017 • 21 min
Has the Honduran election been rigged? Also, how Yemen became the most wretched place on earth. And the discreet charms of a no-deal Brexit. Chris Lockwood hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Economist asks: Pussy Riot
Nov 30, 2017 • 21 min
Nadya Tolokonnikova, a founding member of the Russian protest punk group Pussy Riot, told Daniel Franklin, Editor of ‘The World in 2018’, how she aims to inspire people to enact change. She talks about her latest immersive theatre production in London and…
Babbage: The electric-flight plan
Nov 29, 2017 • 17 min
Electric cars have become a common sight. So are battery-powered planes likely to take off soon? Also, the engineered bacterium that uses two synthetic DNA letters to make artificial proteins. And how digital technology is transforming speakers and…
Money talks: Company politics
Nov 28, 2017 • 14 min
We ask not whether companies will play a more political role but how expansive that role might be? And, how cheese tells us all we need to know about the economics of trade. Also, how giving your company a Chinese name is tricky business. Simon Long…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 25th 2017 edition
Nov 27, 2017 • 11 min
This week: something fishy in the Dutch herring industry; an eloquent defence of the humble pager; and just how rich do you have to be to get hitched? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Fixing a broken Zimbabwe
Nov 23, 2017 • 19 min
Robert Mugabe could not conceive of an end to his 37 years of rule. But now he’s gone. So is this a new dawn for the citizens of Zimbabwe? Also, how the last act of Angela Merkel’s political story is getting messy. And why some see natural disasters as a…
The Economist asks: Could a woman oust Donald Trump in 2020?
Nov 23, 2017 • 20 min
Final episode of a three-part series. Anne McElvoy explores the potential impact of the female vote in America’s next presidential election. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake discusses how recent sexual-harassment allegations could shape future political…
Babbage: The whizz of Oz
Nov 22, 2017 • 19 min
China’s rising demand for electric car batteries has produced a mineral boom in the Australian outback. But is there enough mined cobalt to go round? Also, how the European Union is working towards mitigating climate change. And why the humble fusebox…
Money talks: Feeding frenzy for 21st Century Fox
Nov 21, 2017 • 16 min
As Disney and others eye up the sale of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets — our media editor Gady Epstein asks why Rupert Murdoch is breaking up his empire. Are Millennials forcing a step change in socially-responsible investing? And a fishy story…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 18th 2017 edition
Nov 20, 2017 • 13 min
This week: the sudden end of an era in Zimbabwe, trouble in the American marijuana industry and the sound of silence in the frozen Baltic For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Mugabe’s downfall
Nov 17, 2017 • 16 min
We assess the future for Zimbabwe following the removal of President Robert Mugabe. Also, will Alabama send a Democrat to the US Senate? And Chile’s disgruntled voters head to the polls to elect a new President. Robert Guest hosts For information…
The Economist asks: How has Donald Trump impacted America’s cities?
Nov 16, 2017 • 30 min
In this special episode, Anne McElvoy travels to Chicago and New York to get a sense of how each city’s power players are responding to the presidency. She talks to Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s mayor, about dealing with the city’s problems while at odds with…
Babbage: Negative emissions
Nov 15, 2017 • 19 min
Countries around the world have agreed to cut carbon emissions but what are they doing to remove the existing CO2 from the air? And how a new generation of surgical robots is about to enter the operating theatre. Also, why do birds really have such…
Money talks: Can you say CPTPP?
Nov 14, 2017 • 19 min
Only three days into his term, President Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Now, the remaining 11 countries are forming a new trade deal called the CPTPP. Host Philip Coggan and Soumaya Keynes speculate whether China might join, now that…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 11th 2017 edition
Nov 13, 2017 • 13 min
This week: our Washington correspondents go head-to-head to find out who knows more about the first year of the Trump presidency; how crapsules might just save your life; and the consolations of philosophy for the middle-aged For information regarding…
The week ahead: The Trump test
Nov 10, 2017 • 29 min
One year after President Trump was elected, we quiz our correspondents’ knowledge about his time in office. What is the connection between Larry Flynt and Mr. Trump? And what was behind that pained expression in Sean Spicer’s eyes? We answer all those…
The Economist asks: How has President Trump changed Washington?
Nov 9, 2017 • 32 min
In this special episode, Anne McElvoy returns to America’s capital one year-on from the election to find out how party politics has been transformed by Donald Trump’s presidency. She checks in with his biographer Marc Fisher, who says he was thrown into a…
Babbage: Leapfrogging forward
Nov 8, 2017 • 14 min
Technology in Africa is making huge advances but will it enough to close the economic gap between Africa and the West? Plus, how scientists are trying to harness the microbiome to rid us of tooth rot. And scientists have developed a ‘spaghetti’ probe that…
Money talks: ICO Bubble with benefits
Nov 7, 2017 • 16 min
Our Technology Editor, Ludwig Siegele, says that despite the froth, Initial Coin Offerings could challenge the dominance of the tech giants. Also, will Venezuela finally default on its debt and how are markets reacting to the arrest of the Saudi Warren…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 4th 2017 edition
Nov 6, 2017 • 10 min
This week: Richard Dawkins on the only source of absolute truth; the croissant crisis in France; and a tribute to Fats Domino, the real king of rock ’n’ roll For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Do social media threaten democracy?
Nov 3, 2017 • 19 min
As the US Senate hears evidence on the spread of Russian misinformation online, we ask if social media are undermining democracy. Plus, how the Weinstein storm is ripping through Westminster. And could America’s good cop, bad cop routine ease tensions…
The Economist asks: Richard Dawkins
Nov 2, 2017 • 20 min
Anne McElvoy and Jan Piotrowski ask one of the world’s best-known evolutionary biologists whether science can guide us through a turbulent world of post-truth. Can there really be an objective truth, or will our existing biases win out? For information…
Babbage: Unidentified flying rock
Nov 1, 2017 • 15 min
The first interstellar visitor to the solar system arrives, turns and leaves. What can be learned from the mysterious object? Also, researchers are kitting out drones to deliver supplies to the battlefield. And if wireless charging takes off, electric…
Money talks: A healthy deal?
Oct 31, 2017 • 14 min
Is Amazon’s rumoured entry into the pharma market the real impetus behind the CVS Health and Aetna deal? And Barry Eichengreen, Economist from the University of California, questions how long the dollar can stay dominant. Also, how is France coping with a…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 28th 2017 edition
Oct 30, 2017 • 12 min
This week: Armando Iannucci on the farce in the White House; the bad side of driving in Myanmar; and a cultural history of hauntings for Halloween For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Separatism and sensibility
Oct 27, 2017 • 24 min
As Catalonia’s regional government declares independence, we explore the next stage of the unfolding crisis in Spain. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has established himself as the country’s latest Tsar. A trip to Mexico reveals how Donald Trump is…
The Economist asks: Armando Iannucci
Oct 26, 2017 • 19 min
The creator of the hit satire shows “Veep” and “The Thick of It” explains how to laugh at a mass-murdering former dictator, how Russia is receiving his latest film “The Death of Stalin”, and whether President Trump really has killed satire For information…
Babbage: All about that base
Oct 25, 2017 • 19 min
Minutes ago, Nature announced an important development in gene editing. Host Hal Hodson and Natasha Loder discuss how this technique is so precise and what this means for curing genetic diseases. Plus, why sperm whales like heavy metal music. And why are…
Money talks: Wait and See MPC
Oct 24, 2017 • 16 min
Callum Williams, our Britain economics correspondent, argues that the Bank of England should raise interest rates early next year rather than next week. Nobel Economist Jean Tirole shares his worries about competition in the digital economy. And driving…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 21st 2017 edition
Oct 23, 2017 • 16 min
Hilary Clinton ran a close race when it came to being America’s first woman president. But what does she think the Democrats need to do to win back the White House? Also, why artificial intelligence no longer needs its human helpers. And the man who…
The week ahead: Abandoning hope
Oct 20, 2017 • 13 min
Japanese voters go to the polls in a snap election, called with the intention of solidifying the prime minister’s position. Could a lurking nuclear threat from North Korea produce a shock result? Also, as Kurdish fighters relinquish control over Kirkuk,…
Babbage: Deus ex machina
Oct 19, 2017 • 22 min
With the release of Blade Runner 2049, we explore the future of artificial intelligence and whether it could teach us how the human mind works. The Economist’s Oliver Morton and Jan Piotrowski debate with host Tim Cross. For information regarding your…
Money talks: Tense trading
Oct 18, 2017 • 17 min
Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, discusses whether President Trump’s drastic proposals will break the NAFTA trade pact. Also: Why IBM’s recovery is incomplete and a rare glimpse into the HQ of the German retailer Aldi. Simon long hosts. For…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 14th 2017 edition
Oct 17, 2017 • 13 min
This week: why Latin America’s left needs a new hero, the author Salman Rushdie on identity politics and how your sense of smell could determine who you fall for For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Economist asks: Hillary Clinton
Oct 16, 2017 • 30 min
Anne McElvoy, our Senior Editor, and Zanny Minton-Beddoes, The Economist’s Editor-in-Chief, ask the former Democratic Presidential candidate what stops a woman from becoming America’s President and how can the Democrats win again. Also: how might other…
The week ahead: The world’s most powerful man
Oct 13, 2017 • 16 min
China’s president Xi Jinping wields tremendous power both at home and abroad; our China editor explains why this is cause for concern. Also, foreign radio stations take aim at North Korea. And we discuss the nominees for this year’s Man Booker prize For…
The Economist asks: Salman Rushdie
Oct 12, 2017 • 21 min
Are identity politics a new obsession? Author Salman Rushdie and host Anne McElvoy explore whether Trump, Brexit and the Catalonian referendum have something in common. And we discuss life under a fatwah and whether he’ll be appearing on the TV show ‘Curb…
Babbage: Are C-sections fuelling the obesity epidemic?
Oct 11, 2017 • 15 min
Babies born via a Caesarean section are more likely to be obese says new research. Plus how glass is getting a makeover and we explore the question of why you’re attracted to the people you’re attracted to. The Economist’s science correspondent Tim Cross…
Money talks: A nudge in the right direction
Oct 10, 2017 • 19 min
We discuss the winner of this year’s Nobel in economics, Richard Thaler. Ukraine’s finance minister speaks to us about the battle against corruption, and reforming the beleaguered country. Also, the banks that look like software companies For information…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 7th 2017 edition
Oct 10, 2017 • 15 min
This week: why the home towns of African leaders are raking in Chinese aid, Berlin defends its most radical theatre, and a requiem for the Playboy emperor For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Crisis management
Oct 8, 2017 • 17 min
As Spain descends into turmoil, our Europe editor explains what the Madrid government should do to placate Catalonia’s secessionists and keep the country together. And a vivid report from Puerto Rico reveals the devastation and confusion left in the wake…
The Economist asks: Is it game over for Theresa May?
Oct 5, 2017 • 19 min
After the Tory party conference, the prime minister’s future has been called into question. She suffered coughing fits and was even pranked by a comedian. Can Mrs May hang on to her position? Anne McElvoy hosts with Adrian Wooldridge. For information…
Babbage: Sleep, space and a striking storm-source
Oct 4, 2017 • 19 min
This year’s Nobel science prizes have been announced and The Economist’s science team explain the discoveries behind them. Plus: the link between international trade and lightning strikes, and research suggests that standing desks might be good for your…
Money talks: Can the emerging-markets boom continue?
Oct 3, 2017 • 18 min
The Economist’s Simon Cox argues emerging markets are more resilient these days, and are less tied to the US Fed’s interest-rate decisions. Also, how big is the gender gap in pensions? And the buzz around the Jiophone launch in India. Simon Long hosts.…
Tasting menu: Lexington special
Oct 2, 2017 • 16 min
After five years reporting on American politics, our departing Lexington columnist talks about political partisanship, how he prepares his articles and why some elections are like bad pizzas. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The week ahead: Macron’s mega-mission
Sep 29, 2017 • 16 min
Sophie Pedder, our Paris bureau chief, analyses whether President Macron will succeed in his grand plans to reform France and the European Union. Also, are China’s courts improving? And we discuss the increasing number of political murders in South…
The Economist asks: Could Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister?
Sep 28, 2017 • 17 min
Jeremy Corbyn has energised the Labour Party. Is the optimism justified? Senior editors Anne McElvoy and Adrian Wooldridge head to Brighton — the site of the Labour Party conference — to dissect the Corbyn phenomenon. For information regarding your data…
Babbage: Send in the microbots
Sep 27, 2017 • 17 min
The hunt is on among the world’s airlines for faster and more efficient ways to keep jet engines in tip-top condition. Could the answer be tiny robots that inspect and fix them from the inside? Also, a new study shows that birds deliberately weave…
Money talks: How have markets been reacting to Merkel’s tentative victory?
Sep 26, 2017 • 14 min
Adam Roberts, our European business correspondent, analyses how German companies have reacted to the return of the far-right in German politics. Also, will London ban the ride-sharing company Uber and we get excited about some boring-sounding new rules…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 23rd 2017 edition
Sep 25, 2017 • 13 min
This week: Venezuela pushes rabbit as a food source, Russia celebrates a new national hero, and the pros and cons of the serial comma For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Another question of succession
Sep 22, 2017 • 18 min
Our senior editor, Michael Reid, says the Catalan question in Spain could catalyse similar movements around Europe. Also, amid the tragedy of another quake, Mexicans can find small consolations. And does New Zealand deserve its clean, green reputation?…
The Economist asks: German election special
Sep 21, 2017 • 22 min
Senior editor, Anne McElvoy, and Jeremy Cliffe, our Berlin bureau chief, investigate the Merkel-machine ahead of the German general election on Sunday. We go on the campaign trail and catch a rare glimpse of Ms Merkel’s seat of power – inside the…
Babbage: Sailing through space
Sep 20, 2017 • 16 min
Electronic sails could lead to faster, cheaper space exploration by harnessing the energy from solar wind. A new paper suggests climate change predictions could have been slightly overheated. And some antivenoms might be more like snake oil than salvation…
Money talks: Latin lessons from J Balvin
Sep 19, 2017 • 16 min
Reggaeton is a genre of music topping the charts across the world. Colombian artist J Balvin joins host Simon Long to discuss why streaming services have played such a vital role in spreading the word. Plus, why Chinese unicorns are worth more than…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 16th 2017 edition
Sep 18, 2017 • 8 min
This week: Japan adopts Western-style entertaining, Parisian drivers are under siege and how Germany’s election differs from that of America For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Wir schaffen das
Sep 15, 2017 • 17 min
Angela Merkel will likely cruise to victory in next week’s elections in Germany. But the far right AfD could become the third largest party in the Bundestag. What’s behind their rise? Also, the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in some Caribbean…
The Economist asks: Vince Cable - is there an exit from Brexit?
Sep 14, 2017 • 19 min
Liberal Democrat leader tells Anne McElvoy that Angela Merkel misjudged her response to David Cameron’s EU reform negotiations and explores whether a new third party is viable in British politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Babbage: Curing cancer
Sep 13, 2017 • 16 min
Miracles in a test tube won’t cure cancer; using and adapting the technology we’ve already got will. Plus how WiFi’s little brother LoRa will enable our smart cities to flourish. And why Saturn’s space probe Cassini is diving to its death on Friday. For…
Money talks: Donald Trump’s moment to shape the Fed
Sep 12, 2017 • 14 min
Henry Curr, our US economics editor, discusses how President Trump will fill the four vacant seats on the board of the American Federal Reserve. Also, a big data breach at the credit-scoring company, Equifax, puts millions at risk. And the contradiction…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 9th 2017 edition
Sep 11, 2017 • 10 min
This week: the pitfalls of obscure journalese, Alaska’s rubbish problem and how British spy novels reveal some core truths about the country. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Germany’s grand coalition or a clash of ideas?
Sep 8, 2017 • 15 min
German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is heading into the final two weeks of her election campaign following a lacklustre televised debate. Is it likely her CDU party will coast to victory? Also, why Aung San Suu Kyi appears to be ignoring the slaughter of…
The Economist asks: Dr Jane Goodall
Sep 7, 2017 • 20 min
Humans and apes share the same ancestors and more than 90% of our genes. What separates us from apes? And why do we stand free, whilst chimpanzees are caged and gorillas are hunted? Host Jason Palmer asks the world’s leading primatologist Dr Jane Goodall,…
Babbage: I can see you
Sep 6, 2017 • 15 min
Facial recognition software can identify you in a crowd. But it will soon be able to judge your mood, your age and ethnicity. We discuss the merits and pitfalls of this fast-advancing technology. Plus, could fish food be the source of antibiotic…
Money talks: Markets unrattled by North Korea
Sep 5, 2017 • 14 min
Philip Coggan explains why markets appear so calm in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat. Also, are China’s capacity cuts for real? And how technology is making banking more inclusive. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 2nd 2017 edition
Sep 5, 2017 • 20 min
This week: a bad joke becomes a bad President, how quantum entanglement could help keep conversations secret and the Great British Bake Off goes global. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: An unwelcome visitor from Pyongyang
Sep 1, 2017 • 18 min
This past Tuesday, an inter-ballistic missile encroached into Japanese airspace. What does a belligerent North Korea mean for a pacifist Japan? Also, how will the UK’s Premier League cope with Brexit? And the resurgent party that’s reshaping the German…
The Economist asks: Bjorn Lomborg
Aug 31, 2017 • 20 min
Poverty, health, education or climate change: where should governments spend their money? Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” and president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre debates with Anne McElvoy and Jan Piotrowski, our…
Babbage: Weird weather
Aug 30, 2017 • 14 min
As heatwaves sear across Europe and hurricanes wreak havoc in Houston, we ask why extreme weather events are becoming more common. Plus why the anti-inflammatory injection canakinumab will not be the next miracle drug and why Norway might leave $65…
Money talks: Will Uber’s new CEO restore the company’s image and culture?
Aug 29, 2017 • 17 min
Uber has finally chosen its new CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi, the boss of Expedia. Will he be able to drive the company away from its recent crises? Also, a glimpse into the once secretive world of Cargill, an American agribusiness giant. And do people migrate…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 26th 2017 edition
Aug 28, 2017 • 13 min
This week: religious music is purged in China, knocking down linguistic roadblocks in Peru and the diamonds raining down on Uranus For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Summer special
Aug 24, 2017 • 17 min
Josie Delap selects her top moments of the year so far, including a Trump-stumping quiz, Vladimir Putin singing ‘Blueberry Hill’ and how the price of tuna relates to the Japanese economy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Economist asks: What were this year’s best interviews?
Aug 24, 2017 • 26 min
As a summer highlights special, Kenneth Cukier reflects on the most memorable Economist asks this year. We listen to Bill Gates discuss vaccine policy and actor Haydn Gwynne satirise Margret Thatcher. Also, why one guest’s dead silence on the topic of…
Babbage: Memorable moments in technology and science this year
Aug 23, 2017 • 16 min
In this special summer episode, we look back at this year’s coverage. What are the ethics of human cloning? Is it possible to fuse a computer into the human brain? And could mysterious signals picked up by an observatory really be from space aliens? For…
Money talks: Summer special
Aug 22, 2017 • 18 min
In this episode, we do summer stock-taking and highlight some popular items of the year so far. From amazing Amazon - and how it became one of the world’s most valuable companies - to the burgeoning business of illegal sand mining. For information…
Tasting menu: Farewell to the Tower
Aug 21, 2017 • 11 min
In this special episode we celebrate our iconic former office building, as The Economist begins the next chapter of its history in The Adelphi building off The Strand. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: The Disunited States
Aug 18, 2017 • 20 min
By tying their fate to President Donald Trump, Republicans are harming their country and their party, says John Prideaux. Also on the show, Theresa May’s government accepts some inconvenient truths about Brexit. And why the world’s most liveable cities…
The Economist asks: Stockard Channing
Aug 17, 2017 • 19 min
Women are underrepresented on the big screen. Last year, less than a third of speaking characters in the highest-grossing films were female - a trend that hasn’t changed in over a decade. Stockard Channing - best known for her role as Rizzo in the 1978…
Babbage: Water and the Jevons Paradox
Aug 16, 2017 • 16 min
Technology is helping us access previously inaccessible water reserves. But the more efficient we become at extracting it, the more we use. Is the world’s water crisis set to get worse? Also, we ask the Royal Horticultural Society how we should prepare…
Money talks: Tricky trading
Aug 15, 2017 • 14 min
As NAFTA trade talks begin, we examine whether a deal can be made and discuss the investigation President Trump has ordered into China’s trading practices. Artificial intelligence often gets a bad rap but could it create as many jobs as it takes? Plus,…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 12th 2017 edition
Aug 13, 2017 • 15 min
This week: eye-watering transfer fees in the world of football, baths running out in Japan and the best puns in the world For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: A war of words, for now
Aug 11, 2017 • 20 min
Are America - and the world - on the brink of war with North Korea? Our defence editor, Matthew Symonds, explains why Donald Trump’s fiery rhetoric raises the risk of a catastrophic escalation. Also, a woman has a stillbirth in El Salvador and is charged…
The Economist asks: How should companies evolve in the digital age
Aug 9, 2017 • 12 min
Technology has embedded itself within almost every facet of society. It is transforming the way people live their lives and run their businesses. So as the digital revolution continues to disrupt in waves, how should companies adapt to stay ahead? To…
Babbage: A plug for batteries
Aug 9, 2017 • 17 min
Better batteries are providing the jump start that electric cars need. Plus, could nuclear power plants soon be floating at sea? And why most areas on Earth are more biodiverse now than ever before, thanks to humans For information regarding your data…
Money talks: Silicon sexism
Aug 8, 2017 • 12 min
Google fires a software engineer after his anti-diversity memo was leaked. However, this points to wider culture wars in Silicon Valley. Janet Yellen’s term watching over America’s central bank will end in February. We look at possible candidates. And how…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 5th 2017 edition
Aug 6, 2017 • 10 min
This week: China stops importing foreign rubbish, a trip to a Disneyfied Paris and how to make better holograms For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Billionaires and generals
Aug 4, 2017 • 17 min
Will Mr Trump heed the advice of his newest chief of staff, John Kelly? Maybe in the short-term, says Jon Fasman, but even the best generals cannot discipline their commander-in-chief. Also, why China is radically overhauling its military policy. And you…
The Economist asks: How do you win the AI race?
Aug 3, 2017 • 16 min
Artificial intelligence is developing fast in China. But is it likely to enable the suppression of freedoms? One of China’s most successful investors, Neil Shen, has a short answer to that question. Also, Chinese AI companies now have the potential to…
Babbage: Hollow-grams?
Aug 2, 2017 • 18 min
Holograms have fallen short of the vivid, floating projections seen in science fiction. However, one scientist is copying an iridescent butterfly to create better effects. Also, how blow flies are helping to solve murder mysteries. And why genetic testing…
Money talks: Billion dollar TV deal, Becker and Beckham
Aug 1, 2017 • 15 min
Discovery Communications and Scripps Network team up to fight the competition. Also on the show: Why are economists so interested in human capital? And David Beckham’s Miami soccer dream might finally be realised. For information regarding your data…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 29th 2017 edition
Jul 31, 2017 • 10 min
This week: a potential cure for goat plague, why Dumbo is one of the most sought after areas of Manhattan, and how much people really know the animals they love For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Sharif no longer chief
Jul 28, 2017 • 20 min
Dominic Ziegler, our senior Asia correspondent, assesses the impact of the resignation of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister. Also, what can be done about Venezuela’s slide towards dictatorship? And in Europe, why Poles are taking to the streets to…
The Economist asks: What can economists learn from literature?
Jul 27, 2017 • 12 min
Morton Schapiro is an American economist and the author of “Cents and Sensibility”. He joins host Soumaya Keynes to discuss why economic models rarely reflect reality and how Tolstoy’s War and Peace could be the key to understanding Putin. For information…
Babbage: A boring episode
Jul 26, 2017 • 20 min
Elon Musk may be the most prominent advocate of boring technology, but there are projects across the world revamping the way we dig tunnels. The co-founders of the venture firm Public discuss how technology is transforming public services. Also, military…
Money talks: International monetary fun
Jul 25, 2017 • 12 min
Host Philip Coggan and guests discuss the economic futures of the UK and USA,both of which have had their prospects downgraded in the International Monetary Fund’s updated World Economic Outlook. Also: the recent compromise ending a so-called Bitcoin…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 22nd 2017 edition
Jul 23, 2017 • 12 min
This week: An exorcism in Paris, a challenge to the cult of Che, and how American English is influencing that of the British For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Schwarzenegger campaigns to terminate gerrymandering
Jul 21, 2017 • 19 min
Why is Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting for more competitive politics? He tells David Rennie, the Economist’s Lexington columnist, that politicians in gerrymandered seats are like overweight people who should go to the “fucking gym”. Also, Anne McElvoy, our…
The Economist asks: Admiral McRaven
Jul 20, 2017 • 21 min
Which country poses the greatest global threat? The former Navy SEAL, who led the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, analyses strategies against North Korea’s irrational leader and its nuclear ambitions. And could making your bed lead to success? Anne…
Babbage: Winter is coming
Jul 19, 2017 • 16 min
Scientists have pinpointed the cause of a catastrophic freeze across Europe during the Middle Ages—could a similar event be on the horizon? Author Douglas Rushkoff on why technology firms are criticised so often. And beauty in the eyes of artificial…
Money talks: Goodbye Benito
Jul 18, 2017 • 11 min
Brazil’s rigid labour market regulations were transplanted wholesale from Benito Mussolini’s Italy back in 1943. Now President Michel Temer has approved an overhaul. Will it encourage job creation? Also, an exorcist in Paris fighting “bad spirits”. And…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 15th 2017 edition
Jul 17, 2017 • 9 min
This week: Russia’s dissident superheroes, how climate change will affect America’s GDP and the stories and techniques behind fine-art photography For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Junior move
Jul 14, 2017 • 18 min
US editor John Prideaux parses the latest scandal to hit the American president. Did Donald junior break any laws by meeting a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign? Also, many African leaders see Paul Kagame’s Rwanda as a model to emulate. They…
The Economist asks special: The World If…
Jul 13, 2017 • 24 min
In this episode, hosted by Daniel Franklin, we look at The Economist’s annual assortment of scenarios taken to their logical extremes. We discuss the Macron miracle, a world where blockchains rule and the conundrum of controlling the weather. For…
Babbage: The power of young blood
Jul 12, 2017 • 19 min
Scientists are investigating the apparent benefits of infusing young blood into the body of an older animal. Author and academic Tim Wu explains why our attention is such a vital commodity. And virtual reality is breathing new life into old rollercoasters…
Money talks: A stormy time for America’s GDP
Jul 11, 2017 • 15 min
A new report has established a link between America’s annual GDP and climate change. But can weather shifts really affect an entire country’s economy? Also, why China is likely to lead in artificial intelligence. And the Big Mac index and its…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 10th 2017 edition
Jul 10, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Ethiopia’s cunning pirates, how to use Twitter to study dialects and Colombia’s colourful future in ecotourism For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Ballistic ambitions
Jul 7, 2017 • 19 min
Defence editor Matthew Symonds tells us why there is very little the world can do to stop North Korea from developing nuclear missiles. Also, why Britain’s “Corbynistas” are actually middle class. And Islamic State retreats from Mosul, leaving behind a…
The Economist asks: Is big data fundamentally racist?
Jul 6, 2017 • 10 min
Algorithms are increasingly being used to make sense of the world. But does big data implicitly discriminate against people based on income, race or class? We ask Cathy O’Neil, a data scientist and author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data…
Babbage: Fluid intelligence
Jul 5, 2017 • 16 min
Zapping the brain with a weak electric current enhances its visual cortex. Is this a way to help squeeze more value out of our grey matter? Also, how a new miniature phone camera is making us rethink every aspect of photography. And why whales have become…
Money talks: Vorsprung durch Angst
Jul 4, 2017 • 15 min
Germany is admired for a stable economy and holding on to blue-collar jobs but derided for its persistent trade surpluses. Our economics editor John O’Sullivan examines what Chancellor Merkel’s government might do next. Also, how “total immersion” could…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 1st 2017 edition
Jul 3, 2017 • 12 min
This week: The chocolate curtain dividing Europe, frozen treats behind battle lines and how science got women wrong For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: The Donald divide
Jun 30, 2017 • 24 min
What would President Trump have to do to repel his ardent supporters? US editor John Prideaux reports on the state of his strongholds from West Virginia to Kansas. Also, is Theresa May’s deal with the DUP worth its £1bn price tag? And why Japan’s policies…
The Economist asks: What’s new about our morality?
Jun 29, 2017 • 15 min
Author Eden Collinsworth discusses how morality is changing in politics, sex and business. What is the impact of President Trump on America’s ethical argument - and has technology changed what we believe is right? Anne McElvoy hosts. For information…
Babbage: Printing the future
Jun 28, 2017 • 16 min
3D printing is finally revolutionising the mass production of everything from trainer soles and teeth to metal car parts. We explore a new realm of fake news, as creating convincing video and audio of false events becomes far easier. Also, how to stop…
Money talks: The Italian bailout job
Jun 27, 2017 • 17 min
Italy has been forced to bail out two banks at a cost of as much €17bn euros ($19bn). Is that the end of the bleeding in Italy’s financial sector? Also, as the iPhone turns ten, we look at how Apple is evolving. And Catherine Mann, Chief Economist at the…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 24th 2017 edition
Jun 26, 2017 • 11 min
his week: Japan’s government grapples with its own smoking policy, political road rage hits Zambia and whether women really do talk more than men For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Modi the paper tiger
Jun 23, 2017 • 25 min
Stanley Pignal says India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi a better administrator than he is a reformer. Also, How is Orlando, Florida coping one year on from the Pulse nightclub attack? And teenagers join the Italian mob. Josie Delap hosts. For information…
The Economist Asks: Is it moral to be wealthy
Jun 22, 2017 • 20 min
Author and film director Lauren Greenfield’s latest project, “Generation Wealth”, represents three decades photographing and interviewing people about their relationship with money. She thinks we are living in a time of unprecedented obsession with wealth…
Babbage: Taxi for Travis
Jun 21, 2017 • 15 min
What next for Uber following the departure of the company’s CEO Travis Kalanick? A pathogen that causes cystic fibrosis is being used to fight tuberculosis. Also, the head of Bloomberg’s venture capital fund Roy Bahat on the complexities of AI replacing…
Money Talks: The scandal that won’t go away
Jun 20, 2017 • 16 min
Barclays and four of its former executives have been charged with fraud, a throwback to the 2008 financial crisis when the bank raised billions from Qatari investors. But what happened nine years ago? And why have the company’s actions been investigated?…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 17th 2017 edition
Jun 19, 2017 • 10 min
This week: Civilian drones lift off, South America’s lithium hotspots and why there is now gender parity in hurricanes For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: The march of justice
Jun 16, 2017 • 20 min
He may be embattled, but attorney-general Jeff Sessions is already leaving his mark on America says John Prideaux. Also, questions mount over the cause of the fatal fire at a tower block in London. Is Jeremy Corbyn the Bill Gates of modern politics? And…
Babbage: Civilian drones take flight
Jun 15, 2017 • 18 min
Most drones today are either cheap toys or expensive weapons. But innovative commercial uses are emerging in the middle, says our deputy editor Tom Standage. Also, physicist Geoffrey West on his theory of scale and how it relates to cities. And do…
The Economist asks: Ken Rogoff about Trumponomics and free speech battles on campus
Jun 14, 2017 • 16 min
From Trumponomics to Brexit, the world’s economies are insecure. Yet economist Ken Rogoff is upbeat. He also talks to Senior Editor Anne McElvoy about austerity – and whether Oxford beats Harvard For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Money talks: A poison chalice for GE’s new boss
Jun 13, 2017 • 17 min
Patrick Foulis asks if a break-up is on the cards as General Electric appoints a new CEO. Also, Uber is on a collision course as it grapples with management problems. Why confidence among European companies is sky high. And tension in global trade in…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 10th 2017 edition
Jun 12, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Competitive climbing is getting a leg-up, a new camera system to lead the blind and the green-fingered Jesus trying to save the world’s plants For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: UK general election special
Jun 9, 2017 • 29 min
Prime Minister Theresa May’s gamble to hold a snap election turned out to be a big mistake. After failing to secure a majority in Parliament, her future is in doubt and the country in turmoil. Anne McElvoy speaks to strategists in Westminster about the…
The Economist asks: Is Brexit a disaster for trade?
Jun 8, 2017 • 17 min
On the day Britain leaves the EU it will be withdrawn from hundreds of treaties. The newly elected government will strive hard to find new trade deals and renegotiate old ones. Will it find success or is the task too enormous? The Economist’s Anne McElvoy…
Babbage: Battle of the maps
Jun 7, 2017 • 19 min
Companies are striving to control an evolving digital infrastructure that will guide everything from self-driving cars to drones. Veteran investor Bill Janeway explains the parallels between artificial intelligence and electricity. Also, a…
Money talks: Super Mario to the rescue
Jun 6, 2017 • 13 min
As the European Central Bank meets in Estonia this week, is it time for Mario Draghi to withdraw support from the Eurozone economy? Emerging Markets Editor Simon Cox on why the BRICs label is still relevant. And, how investors are taking care of the…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 3rd 2017 edition
Jun 5, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Miami’s homeowners try to fend off climate change, why queens are more warmongering than kings and how the horse shaped the history of mankind For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: The missing middle
Jun 1, 2017 • 18 min
Editors Adrian Wooldridge and Anne McElvoy go in search of Britain’s liberal centre and cross-examine polls predicting a hung parliament. Also: Congo’s refugee crisis swells. And puritanical Saudi Arabia opens up to country music. Josie Delap hosts. For…
The Economist asks: Are we too dependent on big data?
Jun 1, 2017 • 14 min
Data has become an invaluable resource for business leaders, politicians and everyone else. But our guest this week, the consultant Christian Madsbjerg, claims that this fixation on numbers ignores what makes us human. Kenneth Cukier finds out more. For…
Babbage: When AI makes music
May 31, 2017 • 16 min
Can computer-generated composition compete with human creativity? 3D printing is adopting traditional techniques to give us reinforced floors. And cricket adds yet more technology into the game: what does this mean for the sport’s hallowed commentators?…
Money talks: British Airways hits turbulence
May 30, 2017 • 15 min
After a disastrous weekend of technical glitches for British Airways, our correspondent Charles Read estimates the long-term damage to the airline’s reputation. Also: America’s army of small banks are demanding lighter regulation. And Anne McElvoy travels…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 27th 2017 edition
May 29, 2017 • 9 min
This week: Translators struggle against technological change, France embraces positive psychology and why Hong Kong’s dolphins are in peril For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Manchester in mourning
May 26, 2017 • 22 min
Our Britain correspondent Richard Cockett reports on a moving vigil held for the victims of the Manchester attack. Anne McElvoy and Adrian Wooldridge ponder the two sides of Theresa May. And how Brazil’s president Michel Temer could weather a…
The Economist asks: What makes a terrorist?
May 25, 2017 • 20 min
In the aftermath of the horrific suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena on Monday, Anne McElvoy is joined by Gilles Kepel, one of Europe’s leading experts on radical Islam, and deputy foreign editor Anton La Guardia to explore what motivates jihadist…
Babbage: Anticipating terrorism
May 24, 2017 • 15 min
In the wake of the Manchester bombing, Dr Robert Wesley explains how artificial intelligence can spot extremist behaviour early. Coloured light can now be used to control how genetically-engineered organisms behave. Also, what we must to do to preserve…
Money talks: Ford’s falling fortunes
May 23, 2017 • 15 min
Simon Long and Philip Coggan reflect on the suicide bombing in Manchester and its impact on the markets. In the rest of the programme: as heads roll at Ford, our industry expert Simon Wright explains the problems besetting the car manufacturer. Why some…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 20th 2017 edition
May 22, 2017 • 9 min
This week: A political fight breaks out over Rome’s Colosseum, Australians debate how to deal with sharks and what a future utopian society might think of humanity today For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Chaos First?
May 19, 2017 • 24 min
Lexington columnist David Rennie says despite the hysteria that has hit Washington, the Comey scandal is not yet Mr Trump’s Watergate. Also: Anne McElvoy and Adrian Wooldridge parse the Labour and Tory manifestos. And why Israel needs a Palestinian state.…
The Economist asks: Has Silicon valley become too powerful?
May 18, 2017 • 16 min
Kenneth Cukier looks into into the dangers of giant technology companies. He is joined by author and film producer Jonathan Taplin, who was also Bob Dylan’s tour manager For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Babbage: Megatech: Technology in 2050
May 17, 2017 • 31 min
This feature-length episode dives into the technology that will shape our world over the next decades. Host Kenn Cukier and The Economist’s Executive Editor Daniel Franklin are joined by experts in artificial intelligence, cyber-security, healthcare and…
Money talks: Bankrolling the hackers
May 16, 2017 • 14 min
Simon Long hears about a potential bubble in the market for Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. Also: a report on how American ex-convicts are breaking into the job market. And, could Bollywood be eclipsed by regional rivals? For information regarding…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 13th 2017 edition
May 15, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Mumbai plans the world’s tallest statue, the underlying maths of life and whether the English language will survive in the European Union For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: The Economist meets Donald Trump
May 12, 2017 • 28 min
Our Editor-in-Chief evaluates Donald Trump’s economic agenda and discusses the ‘surreal’ experience of meeting him in the Oval Office. Also on the show: Democrats smell blood after James Comey’s dismissal. And two of our editors go head-to-head over…
The Economist asks: Can the liberal west survive?
May 11, 2017 • 16 min
Anne McElvoy explores the future of western liberal ideals. She is joined by former Economist editor Bill Emmott to debate how liberals must change to meet the challenges of their opponents For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Babbage: Goodbye glaciers
May 10, 2017 • 17 min
Miranda Johnson explains why ice in the Arctic is melting at such an alarming rate. Philip Auerswald takes us on a 40,000-year history of human society. And an idea borrowed from lizards could make your waterproof jacket last even longer For information…
Money talks: Trumponomics
May 9, 2017 • 14 min
Simon Long delves into what Donald Trump means for taxes, growth and trade. Also: the markets react to Emmanuel Macron’s election victory in France and China develops its first large passenger jet For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 6th 2017 edition
May 9, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Food inspections start up in Pakistan, what the journey of a T-shirt says about African industrialisation and how to invest in art For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Macron marches on
May 5, 2017 • 20 min
As French voters choose their next president on Sunday, can Macron fight off Le Pen’s populism? Anne McElvoy is joined by Adrian Wooldridge for a new segment, “First past the post truth”, dissecting Britain’s election campaign. Finally, Culture Editor…
The Economist asks: What’s the next great leap for education?
May 4, 2017 • 20 min
Anne McElvoy heads to Utah for the Brookings Institution’s Centre for Universal Education Event. With a host of policymakers and researchers, she investigates how educational institutions will adapt to the rise artificial intelligence, and whether the…
Babbage: Soundscape of the deep ocean
May 3, 2017 • 18 min
A new form of bioengineering ditches the cell and could speed up innovation. Five giant tech firms are hoarding most of the world’s data. Is it time to break up the oligopoly? Also, an ambient soundscape from the deepest known part of the ocean For…
Money talks: Another pay rise?
May 2, 2017 • 14 min
Callum Williams joins presenter Simon Long to examine the merits of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal for a £10 minimum wage. The Chinese investors who idolise American billionaire Warren Buffet. Why a gender gap among Economics students could cause…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 29th 2017 edition
May 1, 2017 • 15 min
This week: yogic tycoons in India, sub-par propaganda in Venezuela and sinister surveillance programmes on the net For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Trivi-a-lago
Apr 28, 2017 • 37 min
Anne McElvoy tests the recall of the Economist’s US team with a special quiz on Trump’s first 100 days. Also: cartoonist KAL sketches how government is taking a toll on the President, and Anne delves into the power struggle between family and ideology at…
The Economist asks: How can we improve the way we die?
Apr 27, 2017 • 20 min
As medicine transforms the way terminal patients are cared for, do we risk sacrificing what really matters in the name of survival? The Economist’s global public policy editor, John McDermott, speaks to surgeon and author Atul Gawande about making the…
Babbage: When cars fly
Apr 26, 2017 • 18 min
Uber announces flying cars to replace taxi systems in the future. How realistic is this? Plastic-munching moths could save the world from the scourge of shopping bags. And an artificial womb could one day help premature babies to survive For information…
Money talks: How will France’s election affect business?
Apr 25, 2017 • 16 min
As the presidential race narrows to two strongly contrasting candidates, we explore what a victory for each would mean for businesses. The digital revolution is making measuring GDP a bit trickier. Also, how a website that crowdsources algorithms for…
Indivisible Week 14: Join The Conversation
Apr 25, 2017 • 58 min
Listeners are the guests on this episode of Indivisible. The whole hour will be open for callers to tell the hosts, Kai Wright, Anne McElvoy, and John Prideaux, how they’re feeling almost 100 days into Trump’s presidency. Whatever you may have thought on…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 22nd 2017 edition
Apr 24, 2017 • 10 min
This week: China pushes pedal power on its city streets, fast-food restaurants in Japan look for a little more sizzle and is Argentina’s flag the wrong shade of blue? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Mrs May’s June surprise
Apr 21, 2017 • 20 min
The British prime minister announces she will hold a snap general election after repeatedly saying she would not. Our Britain editor Tom Wainwright discusses the implications for Brexit and the beleaguered Labour party. Meanwhile, France holds the first…
The Economist asks: Anne-Marie Slaughter
Apr 20, 2017 • 21 min
What works better in foreign policy: cooperation or coercion? North Korea and Russia pose a challenge to Western leaders in ways that hearken back to the power politics of the Cold War. But there are plenty of problems that don’t fit into that pattern,…
Babbage: The new world of voice cloning
Apr 19, 2017 • 16 min
The debate over internet regulation is heating up again in America. Also on the show: genetically-engineered bacteria could be used to light up hidden landmines. And voice-cloning technology can now reproduce speech. What does this mean in an era of fake…
Money talks: A sweet story
Apr 18, 2017 • 19 min
The EU is to abolish its quotas on sugar-beet production. Who are the winners and losers? Also: as video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men in America are spending their time in an alternate reality. Plus: are papers written by…
Indivisible Week 13: Feminism In The Age Of Trump
Apr 18, 2017 • 58 min
On this episode of Indivisible, we’re talking about feminism in the age of Trump. Are we all seeing politics and life through the lens of gender more than before the election? Collier Meyerson from The Nation and Soraya Chemaly from the Women’s Media…
The week ahead: Turkey’s fragile future
Apr 13, 2017 • 16 min
Turkey is holding a referendum on giving sweeping new powers to Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Our deputy editor Edward Carr explains what’s at stake for the country. Also on the show: Chinese writers use science fiction to criticise their society. And while most…
The Economist asks: Paul Collier
Apr 13, 2017 • 15 min
Is there a better way to deal with refugees? Best-selling author and development expert Professor Paul Collier speaks to The Economist’s Robert Guest and Emma Hogan about why the UNHCR’s model on refugees is broken and how to fix it. He argues that the…
Babbage: What can science do for my garden?
Apr 12, 2017 • 24 min
The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has unlocked the DNA sequence of thousands of plants. Is the ability to manipulate colour and smell good news for the worldwide floral industry? Also: Pests and pathogens thriving in a warmer climate could wipe out our…
Money Talks: The remarkable calmness of gold
Apr 12, 2017 • 16 min
Despite rising tensions and fears of inflation, gold prices have stayed relatively still. Our Buttonwood columnist explains why. Traditional carmakers look likely to band together in the face of technological disruption. Also, what Britain’s economists…
Indivisible Week 12: The Fallout From Trump’s Strike On Syria
Apr 11, 2017 • 58 min
Last week President Trump exercised his military muscle for the first time, ordering a missile strike of an airfield in Syria. The Trump administration says that Assad’s regime was responsible for a chemical attack, and that the missile strike was a…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 8th 2017 edition
Apr 10, 2017 • 10 min
This week: India’s booze ban hits businesses, China announces a new megacity and a profitable way to stop computers from being racist For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Donald decisive
Apr 7, 2017 • 16 min
Donald Trump launches an airstrike in Syria in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons. Our defence editor Matthew Symonds discusses Mr Trump’s capacity for surprise. Also on the show: Where we park our vehicles shapes our cities - usually for…
The Economist asks: What does John McCain think of Donald Trump’s leadership?
Apr 6, 2017 • 24 min
Since last year’s election Senator John McCain has criticised Donald Trump’s freewheeling approach to foreign policy. In this episode, he speaks to Anne McElvoy about his role in the “nuclear option” stand-off over Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court…
Babbage: Defending data
Apr 5, 2017 • 19 min
Security crises soar as computers meld further into our lives, but who is liable when hacking happens? We explore a potential charter to exploit the commercial value of data while also protecting privacy. And how humans can teach computers to avoid racist…
Money talks: The robot era is dawning
Apr 4, 2017 • 15 min
As robots grow more nimble, humans look increasingly vulnerable. Are the machines poised to take over? Also: now that Article 50 has been triggered, is Ireland’s economy set to be damaged by Brexit? And despite Japan’s workforce growing by more than two…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 1st 2017 edition
Apr 4, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Cuba’s revolutionary economy is holding back tourism, Swiss watchmakers try to keep pace and why Egypt’s president loves Donald Trump. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Indivisible Week 11: What Do We Have To Gain From China?
Apr 4, 2017 • 58 min
On this episode of Indivisible, we look ahead at President Trump’s upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. And considering Trump’s comments about China in the past — that we need to balance the trade deficit, and that China needs to be a…
The week ahead: More twists in the Russian enigma
Mar 31, 2017 • 18 min
Our US editor John Prideaux discusses the seemingly endless probes, counterprobes, allegations and counter-allegations in the enquiry into Team Trump’s ties to Russia. Also on the show: Conflicts across the African continent have put a staggering 20…
The Economist asks: How do organisations counter diversity fatigue?
Mar 30, 2017 • 21 min
Many firms pay lip service to diversity but beyond recruitment quotas and good intentions how many can boast about having a varied and thriving workplace for all employees? Anne McElvoy speaks to company executives at The Economist’s second annual Pride…
Babbage: Of machines and men
Mar 29, 2017 • 17 min
Elon Musk’s new venture Neuralink wants to meld computers with the human brain. We explore how this concept could lead to artificial memory. Also, a paralysed man is able to use his own arm again after chips were implanted in his brain. And a new glove…
Money talks: Luxury for the masses?
Mar 28, 2017 • 15 min
The Chinese middle class led a boom in demand for luxury goods. But a government crackdown made consumers wary about showing off their wealth. How has China’s new modesty affected the luxury business as a whole? Also: India’s power sector has until now…
Indivisible Week 10: Can Trump Bring ‘The Art Of The Deal’ To The Presidency?
Mar 28, 2017 • 58 min
On this episode of Indivisible, historian Francis Fukuyama discusses with hosts Kai Wright and Anne McElvoy what the inability to repeal Obamacare means for President’s Trump’s ability to achieve his agenda – and whether a president who projects strength…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 25th 2017 edition
Mar 27, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Kenya takes a stance against plastic bags, the world thirsts for exotically-priced bottled water and the chilling new health fad sweeping America For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Trump v the world
Mar 24, 2017 • 16 min
The White House has signalled it will cut its financial contributions to the United Nations. This will undermine global stability, argues The Economist’s Xan Smiley. Also: What does the British public want from Brexit? And why officials in South-East Asia…
The Economist asks: Tony Blair
Mar 23, 2017 • 21 min
Can Brexit be stopped? 29th March is the trigger day for Britain leaving the EU. Former British prime minister Tony Blair has put himself at the helm of a fightback. But can he succeed and are “liberal elites” an answer or the problem? Anne McElvoy hosts.…
Babbage: Uber’s trail of woes
Mar 22, 2017 • 18 min
Why the ride-sharing company is in turmoil following the departure of its president Jeff Jones. Scientific publishing is slowing down progress; how might it be reformed? Also, dust devils in the Atacama desert solve one mystery—and spark another For…
Money talks: A most unusual company
Mar 22, 2017 • 17 min
The one-time bookseller Amazon accounts for more than half of every new dollar spent online in the US. But how did it get to be the fifth most valuable company in the world? Also: why it costs the American government more to borrow money on the bonds…
Indivisible Week 9: Trump and Russia — What does the FBI know?
Mar 21, 2017 • 58 min
We could soon be learning more about President Trump’s ties to Russia. FBI Director James Comey was quizzed by the House Intelligence Committee on Monday — where he revealed that the bureau is investigating possible links between Moscow and the White…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 18th 2017 edition
Mar 20, 2017 • 12 min
This week: Why cities should respect street-food vendors, China’s football season is greeted with grumbles and how the business model of the Olympics is running out of puff For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Populism’s defeat
Mar 17, 2017 • 14 min
Many were expecting a populist victory in the Netherlands’ election this week. But it didn’t happen. Correspondent Sacha Nauta explains why the Dutch delivered a vote of confidence for the competent centre. Also on the show: K-pop is just one of the many…
The Economist asks: What are the economics of art?
Mar 16, 2017 • 28 min
Are the new players in the art world opening it up or destroying it? Economist Richard Davies profiles one dealer accused of creating turmoil in the market. Also on the show: Artist Schandra Singh ponders the intricate relationship between art and money.…
Babbage: Little green men
Mar 15, 2017 • 17 min
Earth has received a cluster of mysterious radio signals; some scientists believe they could be propelling alien spacecraft across the universe. So what’s the verdict? Also, an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil is decimating local monkey populations. And…
Money talks: Microsofter
Mar 14, 2017 • 16 min
Microsoft has reinvented itself under its new CEO Satya Nadella with a move to the cloud. Is its friendlier approach to program developers likely to pay off? Also: as the Netherlands goes to the polls, our Europe editor Matt Steinglass examines how each…
Indivisible Week 8: Can Washington Fix America’s Health Care System?
Mar 14, 2017 • 58 min
The American Health Care Act could be hitting its first snag. A new report released on Monday by the Congressional Budget Office found that the proposed Republican plan would force millions of people to lose coverage — as many as 14 million people could…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 11th 2017 edition
Mar 13, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Quantum leaps for quantum physics, the fat cats of Istanbul and a decline in Britain’s youth crime For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Trump the (cheer)leader
Mar 10, 2017 • 25 min
In this special episode we look back at Donald Trump’s 50 days in office. Our Lexington columnist first tell us about the president’s uneasy transition from stump speaker to leader. And our Moscow correspondent ponders whether Russia has bungled its…
The Economist asks: What would a modern utopia look like?
Mar 9, 2017 • 17 min
In this special episode, Anne McElvoy interviews best-selling author Rutger Bregman in front of a live studio audience at the RSA in London. His book, “Utopia for Realists” advocates that we re-embrace grand dreams of progress. But history has its share…
Babbage: Building from the atom up
Mar 8, 2017 • 17 min
A second quantum revolution is happening at the atomic level. What will it mean for the future of computers? Also: a new battery based on aluminium provides up to ten times the power. And why yellow taxis are much less likely to get into accidents. Kenn…
Money talks: GM says ‘au revoir’ to Europe
Mar 7, 2017 • 16 min
General Motors has sold its Vauxhall and Opel brands to PSA in France. Adam Roberts our European business editor asks how the car industry is reacting to the consolidation. Also: can Snapchat succeed as a public company? And might President Trump’s…
Indivisible Week 7: Why Does Russia Matter To The Trump Administration?
Mar 7, 2017 • 58 min
On this episode of Indivisible, hosts Jami Floyd and John Prideaux delve into the controversy surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions having had contact with the Russian Ambassador while Trump was still campaigning for the presidency. Jami and John are…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 4th 2017 edition
Mar 6, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Mexico’s anti-corruption tour bus, Japan’s ultranationalist kindergarten and the medicinal benefits of dragon blood For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: The deportation machine
Mar 3, 2017 • 18 min
Our correspondents Emma Hogan and Haley Cohen discuss how Germany and America plan to deport and detain illegal migrants. Also: Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ president, does have some workable policies, but they are overshadowed by his bloody war on…
The Economist asks: What is consciousness?
Mar 2, 2017 • 16 min
Where does human consciousness arise from? Was there an evolutionary moment when the light switched on? Are animals conscious, too? We ask the philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Babbage: Dragon’s blood medicine
Mar 1, 2017 • 17 min
Komodo dragon blood contains compounds that help combat human diseases. So can lizards help in the battle against antibiotic-resistant infections? Also: switch the power off and a microprocessor forgets everything but now there’s a way to give it a…
Money talks: Euro-optimism
Feb 28, 2017 • 15 min
There are a number of growing threats to Europe with Brexit and maybe another Greek disaster looming. But Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem tells Sacha Nauta the EU is actually on the mend. Also: Why Oscar mix-ups symbolise how independent films…
Indivisible Week 6: What it means to be undocumented under Trump
Feb 28, 2017 • 58 min
Fear is running high for immigrants living in America. Trump’s administration has given immigration enforcement agencies the freedom to go after any of the 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal documentation. And they’re not wasting a single…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 25th 2017 edition
Feb 27, 2017 • 10 min
This week: Indie films struggle in the digital era, sleeper trains could soon reach the end of the line and why defensive cows protect endangered jaguars For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Iran ‘on notice’
Feb 24, 2017 • 17 min
What does the future hold for the Iranian nuclear deal? Our diplomatic editor Matthew Symonds says rather than abrogate it, Donald Trump will instead bow to pressures to enforce the deal more rigorously. Also: Our Lexington columnist reports on a fiery…
The Economist asks: Is this the end of Asia’s rise?
Feb 23, 2017 • 20 min
Many assume the shift in economic and political power from West to East is inexorable. Historian and Asia expert Michael Auslin disagrees - and sees potential for conflicts in the region. Our Asia Editor Edward McBride hosts. For information regarding…
Babbage: Oceans of pollutants
Feb 22, 2017 • 15 min
Even the deepest reaches of the sea have been contaminated by man-made pollution. Author Alan Schwartz reveals the extent of ADHD overdiagnosis in America. And how is the scientific community reacting to President Trump? For information regarding your…
Money talks: Clean energy’s dirty secret
Feb 21, 2017 • 17 min
Could the rise of renewables be putting the traditional electricity market into a crisis? Also: Economist Diane Elson takes governments to task about the gender biases in their economic policies. And how the Brazilian government is tackling one of its…
Indivisible Week 5: The future of national security under Trump
Feb 21, 2017 • 58 min
There are big questions facing the Trump administration about its approach to national security. On Monday, President Trump named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his new national security adviser. McMaster has been critical of how the Bush…
Tasting menu: audio Highlights from the February 18th 2017 edition
Feb 20, 2017 • 9 min
This week: Electric vehicles pick up speed, the late greatness of artists and a battle over Trump brand toilets in China For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Out like Flynn
Feb 17, 2017 • 17 min
Controversy hit the White House this week after the resignation of national security advisor Michael Flynn. Our Lexington columnist argues this is one thread in a tangle of scandals involving Russia. Also on the show: how Amal Clooney is using her star…
The Economist asks: Bill Gates
Feb 16, 2017 • 28 min
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given away grants of over $36 billion in the past decade. But under a new presidency, philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates faces stiff challenges on vaccine programmes, promised clampdowns on federal…
Babbage: Cloning time
Feb 15, 2017 • 16 min
Twenty years ago, Dolly the sheep became the first adult mammal clone. Are we on the cusp of copying humans, too? And we explore how technology is aiding refugees and migrants with their treacherous journeys to Europe For information regarding your data…
Money talks: Banks on the move
Feb 14, 2017 • 14 min
Are thousands of banking jobs set to migrate from Britain into the eurozone? Patrick Lane discusses potential destinations with host Simon Long. Also: a currency catastrophe in Zimbabwe and the decline of the executive jet For information regarding your…
Indivisible Week 4: How will President Trump’s foreign policy affect the military?
Feb 14, 2017 • 58 min
Anne McElvoy from The Economist and WNYC’s Kai Wright take calls from military families and veterans about how shifting foreign policy might affect their lives. The Economist’s Moscow correspondent Noah Sneider weighs in on how Russians are reacting to…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 11th 2016 edition
Feb 13, 2017 • 15 min
This week: a big brother bust up in Nigeria, dodgy stats in North Korea and the film that pits online reviewers against the Chinese government For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Bibi in DC
Feb 10, 2017 • 15 min
Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will visit Donald Trump against a backdrop of rising tensions in the West Bank. Also on the show: With Dutch elections just over a month away, could another populist victory be on the horizon? And how a…
Babbage: Game of drones
Feb 9, 2017 • 16 min
Robotic insects could help pollinate plants if bee numbers continue to decline. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on the pitfalls of crowdsourcing knowledge in an era of disinformation. And a protein’s structure is key its function but hard to decipher; we…
The Economist asks: Can Trump’s grand bargain with Russia work?
Feb 8, 2017 • 20 min
A deal with Russia could help President Trump’s administration contain China and crush Islamic State. But is a declining economic power like Russia capable of delivering? Mr Trump may not realise that President Putin’s aims run counter to America’s…
Money talks: How to make money from digital entertainment
Feb 7, 2017 • 17 min
Billions worldwide have access to on demand digital entertainment. But how do you turn a profit in the attention economy? Also on the show: The People’s Bank of China is in the throes of an interest-rate tightening cycle. And who pays a higher salary -…
Indivisible Week 3: Who belongs in President Trump’s America?
Feb 7, 2017 • 58 min
Another week, another threat to immigration in America. President Trump’s travel ban has been suspended — for now — and that’s leaving refugees in the lurch. They flocked to airports Monday hoping to catch flights to their new home country. But whether…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 4th 2016 edition
Feb 6, 2017 • 9 min
This week: Cubans find a way to dodge a digital blockade, Japan struggles to encourage its people to gamble and the booming industry of pet healthcare For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Brexit’s point of no return
Feb 3, 2017 • 20 min
After 17 hours of intense debate, Parliament voted in favour of a bill allowing for Brexit to begin. Britain editor Tom Wainwright looks ahead to the prime minister’s agenda following the vote. Also on the show: David Miliband tells The Economist that…
The Economist asks: Why is Donald Trump’s populism so potent?
Feb 2, 2017 • 14 min
John Judis, author of The Populism Explosion, joins our US Editor John Prideaux to explore what lies behind the surge of political revolts in Europe and America and the difference between left and right-wing populism. Can President Trump turn his brand of…
Babbage: Adding to reality
Feb 1, 2017 • 16 min
Augmented reality technology blends the virtual with the real world, so how might this alter the way humans interact with computers, and each other? Also, we explore how artificial intelligence can enhance selling techniques. For information regarding…
Money talks: A new boss at the helm of Exxon Mobil
Jan 31, 2017 • 16 min
With Exxon Mobil’s former chief executive now Trump’s Secretary of State, what challenges will face the new man in charge of the world’s largest private oil company? India’s annual economic survey includes an idea for a Universal Basic Income (UBI). What…
Indivisible Week 2: POTUS travel ban stirs public outcry … and lots of questions
Jan 31, 2017 • 58 min
On this episode of Indivisible, we take your calls on the recent executive order by President Trump enacting a ban on travel to the United States from certain countries with heavy Muslim populations, resulting in a burst of protests across the country…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 27th 2016 edition
Jan 31, 2017 • 10 min
This week: China’s new year goes global, how to make America date again and the case for rational compassion For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Rise of the Herbal Tea Party?
Jan 27, 2017 • 18 min
Once a Supreme Court justice is confirmed, Republicans could have control over all three branches of the federal government. Our Lexington columnist David Rennie weighs the Democrats’ options for a comeback. Also on the show: a leaked report highlights…
The Economist asks: Thomas Friedman
Jan 26, 2017 • 19 min
Is technology making us populists? App makers and Silicon Valley executives wax lyrical about technological disruption. But millions perceive innovation as a threat - are they wrong? Best-selling author Tom Friedman joins us. Anne McElvoy hosts For…
Babbage: Printing parts
Jan 25, 2017 • 17 min
We’re now pretty good at printing body parts, so what are the possibilities and limitations? Healthcare expert George Halvorson explains the importance of language development in the first few months of life. Also, the researchers trying to tune in to the…
Money talks: An expert’s guide to Trumponomics
Jan 24, 2017 • 23 min
A leading economist has issued stark warnings about the Trump era and its impact on the American and global economy. We ask if the new president’s monetary policy is likely to succeed or fail. And with Trump being an economic populist, what will be his…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 21st 2016 edition
Jan 23, 2017 • 10 min
This week: a tobacco merger shows the industry’s resilience, Argentina’s economic woes hit the dance floors and Mumbai’s hawkers feel some legal heat For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: One nation under Trump
Jan 20, 2017 • 20 min
In this inaugural special we hear from our Lexington columnist David Rennie as he reflects on the new president’s very partisan address. Data expert Matt Hindman discusses Mr Trump’s troubled relationship with the press. And John Prideaux identifies…
The Economist asks: Michael Sandel
Jan 19, 2017 • 20 min
What is the common good in the age of Donald Trump? And in the week that the Chinese Premier addressed the World Economic Forum, are we falling too readily into the trap of praising authoritarianism? A leading political philosopher offers some answers For…
Babbage: The automation game
Jan 18, 2017 • 23 min
How quickly will robots disrupt global industries and what will the implications be? We explore with economist Andrew McAfee at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Also, neuroscientists often compare the human brain to a computer chip, so what happened…
Money talks: Davos in the spotlight
Jan 17, 2017 • 23 min
China’s president has addressed the World Economic Forum, the first Chinese head of state to do so. We assess his message to Donald Trump. Plus the author of the “Second Machine Age” Erik Brynjolfsson on why governments are failing to address the…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 14th 2016 edition
Jan 16, 2017 • 10 min
This week: The harsh environment for startups in the Middle East, China’s bullet trains to nowhere and why an Uber for kids may struggle to reach maturity’ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Hacks, leaks and videotape
Jan 13, 2017 • 14 min
Matthew Symonds joins host Josie Delap to explain how the relationship between Donald Trump and the intelligence community fell apart and ask whether it can be rebuilt. Also: Modi’s teflon streak and fishy economics in Japan For information regarding your…
The Economist asks: Should education last a lifetime?
Jan 12, 2017 • 20 min
Andrew Palmer joins host Anne McElvoy to discuss a special report saying we should upend our education model. To dig into the practicalities of transforming an education system, renowned education reformer Esteban Bullrich and digital education pioneer…
Babbage: Conversational computers
Jan 11, 2017 • 18 min
When will computers truly be able to understand what we are saying? We discuss with our guest, Amazon’s Alexa. Also, long-distance electrical supergrids could flood the planet with renewable energy For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Money talks: Turbulence ahead
Jan 10, 2017 • 14 min
Airlines have gone on an unprecedented shopping spree - but is their luck running out? We examine how Mexico might respond to Donald Trump’s threats on trade. And can the way people buy pet insurance help the US sort out mushrooming costs in human health…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 7th 2016 edition
Jan 9, 2017 • 11 min
This week: Why sub-national currencies flounder, Europe’s toll crisis and China’s Shakespeare is thrust into the limelight For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Desperately seeking Reagan
Jan 6, 2017 • 14 min
Host Richard Cockett brings in Lexington columnist David Rennie to discuss how American conservatives plan to square their agenda with Donald Trump’s. Also: how Theresa May’s background will shape Brexit and the radio telescope making waves in the South…
The Economist Asks: Bernard Henri Levy
Jan 5, 2017 • 26 min
Liberalism is embattled, says the French author and intellectual. As France faces its election year and the rise of the Front National, he argues that liberal politics have helped bring about their own crisis. But should liberals embrace the bans of the…
Babbage: War of the words
Jan 4, 2017 • 19 min
We explore a clutch of new words from 2016 and how technology contributes to the evolution of language. Vishal Sikka, the CEO of a technology services company explains how artificial intelligence can enhance the labour force. Also, science correspondent…
The cultural review of 2016 and preview of 2017
Dec 29, 2016 • 18 min
A look back at the highlights of 2016: including gender-bending Shakespeare and “In Praise of Weiner” - a political disaster documentary 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and we discuss the “confluence”: Venice Biennale, Documenta in…
Money talks: We wish you a merry reorganisation
Dec 29, 2016 • 17 min
In a Money talks special, Anne McElvoy brings in Suzane Heywood and Stephen Heidari-Robinson, authors of Reorg: How to get it right. They delve into the art and science of reorganising a business For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The World In 2017 Special: Ingenuity
Dec 29, 2016 • 33 min
Part three of a three part series: Anne McElvoy and World In editor Daniel Franklin look ahead to 2017. Forecaster Parag Khanna suggests that reports of globalisation’s death may have been premature. 20 year old Joshua Wong, a Hong Kong political activist…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the Christmas double issue 2016
Dec 26, 2016 • 14 min
This week: What the Norman conquest did for England’s economy, the difficulties with silence and how Mario became the world’s most beloved character For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Babbage: year end review and preview of 2017
Dec 23, 2016 • 17 min
How artificial intelligence moved from the research lab into the real world, plus the challenges facing cyber security. And we explore the development of data donorship in the year ahead. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy,…
The week ahead: Christmas and New Year special
Dec 22, 2016 • 14 min
We look at the highlights from the Christmas double issue with its editor Oliver Morton. John McDermott reports on how Finland’s reindeer herders fight to keep their traditions alive. And magazine mogul Hu Shuli on why China’s business leaders worry more…
The World In 2017 Special: Instability
Dec 22, 2016 • 33 min
Part two of a three part series: Anne McElvoy and World In editor Daniel Franklin look ahead to 2017. The Prime Ministers of Bhutan and Sri Lanka make their predictions for the 12 months to come. Also: correspondents and editors weigh in on the world in…
Babbage: The man himself
Dec 21, 2016 • 15 min
Charles Babbage was a British polymath, mathematician and a man widely hailed as the father of modern computing. In this special episode, host Emma Duncan is joined by two renowned computer science experts to explore the life and work of the eponymous…
Money talks: The most profitable time of the year
Dec 20, 2016 • 15 min
We look at the decline in holiday spending in America and ask what surprises 2017 could bring. And Adrian Wooldridge takes on the ghosts of capitalism past, present and future For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 17th 2016 edition
Dec 19, 2016 • 9 min
This week: How plastic could protect the planet, why environmentalists are cutting down trees and the strange consciousness in the tentacles of an octopus For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: War for a war weary America
Dec 16, 2016 • 16 min
Our Lexington columnist David Rennie reports from a 25,000 mile trip with America’s outgoing defence secretary. Also on the show: Big data meets big brother in China. And mobile phones are transforming Africa, but only where they can get a signal. Josie…
The World In 2017 Special: Invention
Dec 15, 2016 • 36 min
Part one of a three part series: Anne McElvoy and World In editor Daniel Franklin look ahead to 2017. Former head of Google China Kai Fu Lee and Didi President Jean Liu share their thoughts on what the future holds for Chinese tech, while Elizabeth Arden…
Babbage: Thinking deeply
Dec 14, 2016 • 15 min
Alphabet’s artificial intelligence company DeepMind doesn’t make a profit, so why it is arousing long-term interest? Dr Pedro Alonso from the World Health Organisation explores advances in the fight against malaria. And the amateur enthusiast who found…
Money talks: Breitbart and the business of nationalism
Dec 13, 2016 • 15 min
The conservative website Breitbart News is expanding its business into France and Germany after a boost from the American election. Our correspondent Elizabeth Winkler considers its chances of success abroad. Also on the show: Globalisation may be in…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 10th 2016 edition
Dec 12, 2016 • 14 min
This week: worried workers in China, ancient eclipses shedding new light on the earth’s rotation, and a spot of bother in Brazil For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Will he or won’t he?
Dec 9, 2016 • 16 min
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tenders his resignation after a crushing referendum defeat. But will he actually step down? Also on the show: Gambia’s president promised to stay in power for ‘a billion years’ but a political novice cuts his rule…
The Economist asks: Is there truth in caricature?
Dec 8, 2016 • 21 min
Donald’s Trump’s victory has given new verve to cartoonists. But what light does caricature throw on current events and upheavals? Award-winning cartoonist for The Economist Kal Kallaugher and actor Haydn Gwynne talk to host Anne McElvoy about the art of…
Babbage: What Einstein got wrong
Dec 7, 2016 • 15 min
This week: clues to dinosaur evolution lurk in the amber mines of Myanmar. Author David Bodanis tells us about Einstein’s greatest mistake. And why solar energy is due soon to pay back its carbon debt. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your…
Money talks: How the weakest bank in Europe just got weaker
Dec 6, 2016 • 15 min
We examine Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the bank at the epicentre of the crisis in Italy. Last week OPEC moved to rescue oil prices. Will companies now rush back into exploration? And how the birth of a new motorbike in downtown New York could revitalise…
Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the December 3rd 2016 edition
Dec 5, 2016 • 14 min
This week: America finds a new way to end a marriage, badly botched currency reform in India and the rise of AirBnB for dogs For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: After Fidel
Dec 2, 2016 • 14 min
Our Bello columnist Michael Reid discusses Cuba’s future under Raúl and the remaining Castros. Also on the show: Assad’s forces make a crucial advance in Aleppo. And do want your cheating spouse to come back? There’s an agency for that - in China For…
The Economist asks: What made the world’s great universities let women in?
Dec 1, 2016 • 14 min
Anne McElvoy is joined by Nancy Weiss Malkiel, emeritus professor of history at Princeton and author of “Keep the Damned Women Out”, to unearth the roots of the sweeping changes that came to elite universities in Britain and America in the 1960s and…
Babbage: Big bomber is watching
Nov 30, 2016 • 15 min
This week: how optical navigation can help a bomb find its target without GPS. Researchers at MIT are investigating super-slippery surfaces. Also, why computers are replacing manpower in port security. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your…
Money talks: Is the anger over trade justified?
Nov 29, 2016 • 17 min
Soumaya Keynes speaks to leading economist Richard Baldwin about how to mitigate globalisation’s destructive effects. Also on the show: South Africa’s debt rating is just one notch above junk. How might the country bounce back? And why golf is no longer…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 26th 2016 edition
Nov 28, 2016 • 11 min
This week: treasure-hunters head out West, the pizza-making robots trying to take a slice of the food industry and why camel trading is increasingly lucrative For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Renzi’s risky referendum
Nov 25, 2016 • 14 min
Host Josie Delap sits down with Italy correspondent John Hooper to assess Italy’s upcoming referendum, a vote with far reaching consequences in the Eurozone. Also: a surprise challenger for the French Presidency and the slow collapse of a Libyan peace…
The Economist asks: What does Vladimir Putin want?
Nov 24, 2016 • 13 min
Anne McElvoy is joined in the studio by Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, author of “All the Kremlin’s Men”, to investigate the murky penumbra of power which surrounds Russian President Vladimir Putin For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Babbage: Snapping planets
Nov 23, 2016 • 17 min
Long-distance photography could help us understand far more about exoplanets. We report on the sense of global resilience at climate talks in Marrakech and an audacious plan to tackle air pollution using old jet engines For information regarding your data…
Money talks: The fate of Trump Inc.
Nov 22, 2016 • 16 min
Our New York bureau chief Patrick Foulis argues Donald Trump should relinquish any control over his businesses before moving into the White House. Also on the show: There’s a new set of reforms worrying Europe’s beleaguered banks and why economists are…
Tasting menu: Highlights from the November 19th 2016 edition, in audio
Nov 21, 2016 • 11 min
This week: Samsung’s leap into connected cars, an anti-corruption hotline in Sierra Leone and a concise history of nothing For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Nationalism goes international
Nov 18, 2016 • 14 min
Anne McElvoy sits down with Ed Carr to discuss the rise of ethnic nationalism and what liberals need to do to reclaim momentum. Also: the future of Britain’s special relationship with the USA and are we looking at the death of the death penalty? For…
The Economist asks: Is Canada’s liberalism a model for the world?
Nov 17, 2016 • 26 min
2016 will be remembered as the year populism surged. But Canada stands as a beacon of liberalism. Can its multicultural model be emulated? Our guest, Douglas Murray debates with Americas editor, Brooke Unger. Also, author Jonathan Tepperman assesses…
Babbage: No news like fake news
Nov 16, 2016 • 20 min
Our deputy editor Tom Standage weighs in on the debate about false news in the aftermath of America’s presidential election. We speak to female entrepreneurs at the Web Summit in Lisbon about gender balance in the technology industry. And a new way to…
Money talks: Trump bumps and slumps
Nov 15, 2016 • 16 min
Philip Coggan recaps a week of market reactions to Donald Trump’s surprise victory. Simon Rabinovitch how China might use the defeat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in America to assert its trade leadership. And Stanley Pignal assesses the fallout from…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 12th 2016 edition
Nov 14, 2016 • 10 min
This week: Uber hits some potholes in Africa, mobsters take on Quebec’s maple monopoly and a victorian naturalist, both intellectually and literally omnivorous For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Trump’s unpredictable relations
Nov 11, 2016 • 14 min
As the election dust settles, Nick Pelham and Brooke Unger explore the repercussions of Donald Trump’s win in the Middle East and Mexico. Also: how has espionage adapted to the technological revolution? Jason Palmer hosts For information regarding your…
Babbage: Fighting falsehoods
Nov 10, 2016 • 16 min
We are joined by Martin Sweeney, co-founder of Ravelin, to explain how artificial intelligence is being used to stop fraud. Our environment correspondent discusses climate-change scepticism in America. Also, a long-standing bet about the underpinnings of…
The Economist asks: How did Donald Trump win the presidency?
Nov 9, 2016 • 26 min
After defying polls, scandal and worldwide opprobrium, Donald Trump emerges victorious. We reflect on the election with our US editor John Prideaux and special guest, US politics expert Leslie Vinjamuri. Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich talks about…
Money talks: Basket case bounce
Nov 8, 2016 • 15 min
One casualty of campaign hyperbole in America has been the reputation of the economy. But Henry Curr challenges the view that it is down in the dumps. John O’Sullivan argues some of the world’s worst-performing economies can still turn themselves around.…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 5th 2016 edition
Nov 7, 2016 • 11 min
This week: Britain’s High Court and the Brexit vote, the rise of the niche smartphone and what Christianity gave to the West For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: America’s easy decision
Nov 4, 2016 • 26 min
Anne McElvoy hosts a special looking forward to the US election on November 8th. Editor in chief Zanny Minton Beddoes explains The Economist’s endorsement. Also: the final verdict on the polls, Donald Trump’s appeal to Vladimir Putin and why Florida could…
The Economist asks: Why does Hillary Clinton want to be president?
Nov 4, 2016 • 33 min
We explore what drives Hillary Clinton’s quest to become America’s first female leader. Anne McElvoy speaks to biographer Sally Bedell Smith who explains why Hillary struggles to project the dynamism of her husband’s presidency. Pollster Celinda Lake…
Special Relationship: Election 2016 - Is It Really So Strange?
Nov 3, 2016 • 29 min
Just ahead of Election Day, Celeste and John put the truly bizarre 2016 U.S. presidential cycle into context, with the help of distinguished podcasters from both sides of the pond. First up: Ken Rudin, the award-winning National Public Radio and ABC News…
Babbage: Super new defibrillator ameliorates prognosis
Nov 2, 2016 • 15 min
Host Kenneth Cukier explores new research into light-based treatments for patients at high risk of fatal heartbeat irregularities. Also: a new crypto-currency promises greater privacy and how to blend wine via touch screen For information regarding your…
Money talks: The homeless elite
Nov 1, 2016 • 16 min
Adrian Wooldridge talks about the political isolation of America’s business class. Ryan Avent assesses the future of the gig economy after a court rules against Uber in Britain. And finally: buy a pair of TOMS Shoes and the company will donate a pair to a…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 29th 2016 edition
Oct 31, 2016 • 12 min
This week: a potential independent victory in Utah, how to crack Russian hacking, and Donald Trump’s unsettling fondness for Vladimir Putin For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: A tale of two rallies
Oct 28, 2016 • 22 min
The Economist Radio’s election coverage continues as David Rennie reports from North Carolina on contrasting approaches to firing up supporters. Also: Washington pundit Andrew Sullivan weighs in on his reluctant support for Hillary Clinton. And an…
Special Relationship: Rigged Election Realities
Oct 28, 2016 • 28 min
Trailing in the polls, Donald Trump has kept up a drumbeat of warnings about a “rigged system” that’s working against his chances of beating Hillary Clinton and winning the presidency. But is the U.S. election system really rigged — or riggable? Celeste…
The Economist asks: Why does Donald Trump want to be president?
Oct 28, 2016 • 31 min
To find what motivates Donald Trump, Anne McElvoy drops in at the opening of his new hotel, speaks to his biographer, Marc Fisher and investigates ‘Trumpism’ with sociologist, Arlie Russell Hochschild. Also on the show: linguistic expert Sharon Jarvis…
Babbage: Can the American election be hacked?
Oct 26, 2016 • 18 min
In the second episode of Economist Radio specials running up to the presidential election, security expert Bruce Schneier examines vulnerabilities in electoral voting systems. We hear from Dr Darren Schreiber about whether our political inclinations are…
Money talks: Wall Street v Main Street
Oct 25, 2016 • 23 min
In the first of our Economist Radio specials from Washington, Money Talks examines the Wall Street versus Main Street argument playing out in the election. Our Buttonwood columnist dissects how markets might respond to a Trump win. And award-winning MIT…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 22nd 2016 edition
Oct 24, 2016 • 10 min
This week: Bhutan’s surprising success, experiments in automated consumption and why clowning is on the rise in Cuba For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Sturgeon’s Scoxit gambit
Oct 21, 2016 • 14 min
Host Josie Delap investigates whether Britain’s vote to leave the EU will give Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon enough momentum to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom. Also: resurgent racism in South Africa and the battle to liberate…
The Economist asks: Should we turn our understanding of the Middle East on its head?
Oct 20, 2016 • 17 min
Host Anne McElvoy is joined by Peter Frankopan, historian and bestselling author of The Silk Roads, to discuss how reorienting how the history of the Middle East is viewed could have far reaching ramifications for diplomacy For information regarding your…
Babbage: Prospects for new life
Oct 19, 2016 • 13 min
Scientists in Japan grow artificial mouse pups from skin cells; could the same technique one day be used for humans? Planetary scientist Dr Claire Cousins explains where we might find life on Mars as the ExoMars satellite and probe arrive at the red…
Special Relationship: The Struggle for Syria
Oct 19, 2016 • 23 min
With the election looming and the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dominating the headlines, Celeste and John step back to focus on one of the greatest challenges the next president must face: dealing with war-torn Syria. Celeste…
Money talks: Countdown for Tesla
Oct 18, 2016 • 14 min
Patrick Foulis joins host Simon Long to take a look at the financial gymnastics keeping Elon Musk’s business empire afloat. Also: the shadow economies that need a fuse of transparency and private equity’s socialist secret For information regarding your…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 15th 2016 edition
Oct 17, 2016 • 12 min
This week: China’s disgruntled police, a corruption crackdown in South Korea and an existential trip into the Amazon For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Farewell, King B
Oct 14, 2016 • 17 min
The death of Thailand’s long-serving monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has spawned worries about the country’s stability. The last presidential debate might be Donald Trump’s political swan song. So-called ‘localists’ in Hong Kong challenge Beijing’s…
Special Relationship: Highly Debatable
Oct 13, 2016 • 25 min
With one final presidential debate left to go, the hits keep on coming for Donald Trump. The Republican nominee is now not only defending himself against accusations of prurient behavior towards women, but finds himself embroiled in a civil war with the…
The Economist asks: Has Alan Greenspan carried too much blame for the financial crash?
Oct 13, 2016 • 21 min
Anne McElvoy investigates whether the legacy of former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has been fairly or unfairly tarnished by the perception of his role in the financial crash. She is joined by Greenspan’s biographer, Sebastian Mallaby, and by…
Babbage: Samsung’s meltdown
Oct 12, 2016 • 17 min
Our technology editor examines the long-term fallout after Samsung’s flagship smartphone is pulled from production. The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a new drug for muscular dystrophy proves controversial and Matt Kaplan explains why…
Money talks: Flash Crash Bang Wallop
Oct 12, 2016 • 10 min
Philip Coggan joins host Simon Long to explain the political and technological roots of the latest flash crash in the value of the pound. Also: Ryan Avent delves into the work that won the latest Economics Nobel prize For information regarding your data…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 8th 2016 edition
Oct 10, 2016 • 9 min
This week: Brazil’s record-breaking ballot spoiling, Nigeria’s blossoming trade in love literature and a glimpse inside the world of a superyacht owner For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The week ahead: Brexit stage right
Oct 7, 2016 • 12 min
Our Brexit editor John Peet says Theresa May signals a hard Brexit, which would take Britain out of Europe’s single market. We check back in with our Bello columnist following the vote against the peace deal in Colombia. And President Obama advises his…
The Economist asks: How should we perceive reality?
Oct 7, 2016 • 16 min
Host Tom Standage sits down with renowned physicist Carlo Rovelli to discuss the fragile borders of reality, what political radicalism has in common with scientific invention and whether humanity’s days on earth are numbered For information regarding your…
Special Relationship: Don’t Believe the Liberal Media?
Oct 6, 2016 • 29 min
The media is under siege in this election — and the phenomenon isn’t limited to the campaign for U.S. president. In this episode, Celeste and John talk with two powerful news editors in the United States and Europe about covering politics in an era when…
Babbage: Elevated intelligence
Oct 5, 2016 • 14 min
Google launches a handful of hardware to deliver its artificial intelligence. We speak to Professor Chris Phillips about this year’s Nobel prize for physics, and research analyst Alberto Noel discusses how machine learning is enhancing factory automation…
Money talks: Deutsche’s dilemma
Oct 4, 2016 • 14 min
Patrick Lane our banking editor discusses how a hefty fine from the Department of Justice is one of many problems facing Deutsche Bank. Joel Budd says microfinance is making a comeback. And finally, Adam Roberts talks about how Norway’s sovereign wealth…
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 30th 2016 edition
Oct 3, 2016 • 9 min
This week: Aleppo’s descent from riches to rubble, the real reasons for Hungary’s referendum and how a stealthy bit of business in the printer industry has left people crying over spilt ink For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The week ahead: Beauty queen and the beast
Sep 30, 2016 • 14 min
US editor John Prideaux joins host Josie Delap to examine the fallout from the first Presidential debate and the brewing feud between the Republican nominee and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Also, a historic peace deal in Colombia and China’s lost…