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Episodes

  • The Economist asks: Is there a future for democracy in China?

    Dec 06 2019

    The historian Jung Chang, a survivor of the Cultural Revolution and the author of “Wild Swans”, talks to Anne McElvoy about her latest book, “Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister”. It follows three remarkable women from China’s brief period of democracy in the 1920s to positions of influence that shaped their country’s history. They talk about how Beijing views the challenge to its authority from the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and what the rest of the world misunderstands about...more

  • Writing on the Wall: a revealing British-election hike

    Dec 06 2019

    Our correspondent walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall, in northern England, finding shifting party alliances and surprising views on Brexit. We take a look at the phenomenon of Japan’s hikikomori, who shut themselves in for years on end. And why a plague of rats in California is likely to get even worse. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurvey. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: December 5th 2019

    Dec 05 2019

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, an electoral nightmare before Christmas for Britain. (10:10) China’s behind-the-scenes battle for influence in the United Nations. (18:10) And, how to make a small supercomputer with a really big chipPlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Not shy about retiring: strikes in France

    Dec 05 2019

    A massive, rolling, national strike begins today, in protest against proposed reforms of the sprawling pension system. But details of the changes haven’t even been published yet. Our correspondent visits the conflict-ravaged Darfur region, and sees a historic opportunity for peace. And a look at how best to let entrepreneurial immigrants get back in business. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurvey. For information regarding your data privacy, vi...more

  • Babbage: Now I’ve learned my ABC’s

    Dec 04 2019

    After the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, step back from their roles at Google’s parent company Alphabet, who will really be in charge? Israeli venture capitalist Chemi Peres on the ways innovation can lead to peace. And, cases of Malaria are no longer in decline — what needs to happen to reignite the fight? Kenneth Cukier hosts  Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer Please complete our l...more

  • Inquiring minds: impeachment’s next stage

    Dec 04 2019

    The House Judiciary Committee will now take up the inquiry into President Donald Trump. But will any of it matter to uninterested voters? The probe into the mysterious death of an investigative journalist is now haunting Malta’s halls of power. And a look back on the life of a beloved athlete who never quite won cycling’s biggest prize. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurvey.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com...more

  • Money talks: Instant tariffication

    Dec 03 2019

    Donald Trump is introducing new tariffs and this time they are not aimed at China. The latest figures suggest that China’s economy is stronger than Mr Trump portrays. What valuation will the Saudi Aramco IPO achieve? Also, economist and author Branko Milanović on the battle between liberal capitalism and political capitalism. Patrick Lane hosts Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer Please complete our listene...more

  • With allies like these: NATO’s bickering leaders hold a summit

    Dec 03 2019

    It will be all smiles at the NATO summit today in London--but many of them will be forced. Behind the scenes, the alliance’s leaders are arguing about what its purpose should be. We also look at the disputed data behind the idea that inequality has been rising inexorably in recent years. And how a novel way to reduce cow and sheep burps could help in the fight against climate change. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurvey For information regardin...more

  • Terrorist on parole: A jihadist killer fools Britain’s justice system

    Dec 02 2019

    The Islamic militant who killed two people in London last week was supposedly being monitored by the authorities. That revelation has prompted a fierce debate about what went wrong. We take a look at the state of the global AIDS epidemic. And as their country goes to wrack and ruin, Venezuelans have been turning to video games, but not for the reasons you might think. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurvey. For information regarding your data pri...more

  • The Economist asks: What’s the future of the Republican party?

    Nov 29 2019

    Ahead of the 2020 American presidential election, John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, talks to Bill Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, Joe Walsh, a talk radio host and former Illinois congressman, and Mark Sanford, a former governor of South Carolina. While Donald Trump enjoys near 90% approval ratings among his party, can anyone challenge him for the Republican presidential nomination? And how has he changed what it means to be a Republican? Anne McElvoy hosts____________________Pl...more

  • AMLO and behold: Mexico’s president tries to tackle corruption

    Nov 29 2019

    Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s president, is wildly popular, in part because of his determination to wipe out corruption. But is his crusade against graft everything it’s cracked up to be?  We also look at the debate around randomised control trials, a popular but controversial tool in economics. In Congo, caterpillars are considered a delicacy. We explain why they deserve to be the next superfood. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurve...more

  • Editor’s picks: November 28th 2019

    Nov 28 2019

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, inequality could be lower than you think (11:20), Britain’s Labour Party plans to redistribute political power as well as income (17:30), and Mexico’s President is using a crusade against corruption to take controlPlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer And please complete our survey at www.economist.com/podsurvey ...more

  • Presidential SEAL: Donald Trump puts his stamp on military discipline

    Nov 28 2019

    Donald Trump used to lionise generals, but this week he had a falling out with the top brass. Are the armed forces becoming as politicised as America’s other institutions? We also take a look at the emergence of a new narco-state in West Africa, Guinea-Bissau. And Silicon Valley has been trying to shed a reputation for sexism, but many of its products remain ill-suited to women. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurvey. For information regarding yo...more

  • Babbage: AI: The end of the scientific method?

    Nov 27 2019

    Researchers are using artificial intelligence techniques to invent medicines and materials—but in the process are they upending the scientific method itself? The AI approach is a form of trial-and-error at scale, or “radical empiricism”. But does AI-driven science uncover new answers that humans cannot understand? Host Kenneth Cukier finds out with James Field of LabGenius, Demis Hassabis of DeepMind, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, tech venture capitalists Zavain Dar and Nan Li, philosophy ...more

  • Global warning: The UN sounds the alarm on climate change

    Nov 27 2019

    The UN has just released its annual report on how well the fight to slow climate change is going. It finds that efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions are going from bad to worse. We also look at a surprising new lease on life for China’s regional dialects. And while people debate about the merits of Uber, one thing is clear -- it drives people to drink -- or so new research suggests. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurvey. For information re...more

  • Money talks: Shopping for diamonds

    Nov 26 2019

    LVMH, a French luxury goods giant, is buying American jeweller Tiffany & Co for over $16bn. What are its plans for the latest jewel in its crown? Soumaya Keynes speaks to Stephen Vaughn, former general counsel to the United States Trade Representative, about a crisis at the heart of the World Trade Organisation. And, what lessons can be learned from the world’s most extreme economies? Patrick Lane hosts____________________Please complete our listener survey at www.economist.com/podsurvey&nbs...more

  • Start spreading the cash: Michael Bloomberg runs for president

    Nov 26 2019

    Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, has announced he is running for president. But he is late to join the race and not very popular with Democratic primary voters. We also look at TikTok, a wildly successful video-sharing app, that some see as a threat to security in the Western world. And much of Switzerland is up in arms--about the reliability of the country’s coffee supply. Want to weigh in on our podcasts? Please fill out our survey at economist.com/podsurvey. For i...more

  • The world ahead: Small COP, big COP

    Nov 25 2019

    On the eve of the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, we ask what delegates hope to achieve. Also, how can online games help in the fight against fake news? And host Tom Standage interviews an artificial intelligence called GPT-2 about its views on the big themes of 2020. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) “The World in 2020”, our future-gazing annual, is now available at shop.economist.com.  Please complete our survey at www.econo...more

  • Protest vote: Hong Kongers send a message to Beijing

    Nov 25 2019

    After almost six months of protests and street battles, Hong Kongers have had a chance to vote in local elections. They sent a clear message of support to those agitating for greater democracy. We look at how the impeachment hearings in Washington are undermining the fight against corruption in Eastern Europe. And deep below Jerusalem, a high-tech cemetery is under construction. Would you like to weigh in on our podcasts? Complete our podcast survey at economist.com/podsurvey For information re...more

  • The Economist asks: Is NATO experiencing “brain death”?

    Nov 22 2019

    The secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Jens Stoltenberg, reacts to Emmanuel Macron’s stark warnings about the future of the alliance. Daniel Franklin, The Economist’s diplomatic editor, asks Mr Stoltenberg how NATO’s members can overcome their differences—should Europe have its own defence force and is Turkey at risk of drifting away from the alliance? Also, how should Article 5 be enforced in space?For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, ...more

  • Bibi in the corner: Binyamin Netanyahu’s indictment

    Nov 22 2019

    After years of investigations, Israel’s prime minister has been indicted. A fraught legal case will complicate the already messy business of cobbling together a government. We examine the work of a pioneering sociologist to understand the causes and consequences of eviction in America. And Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard has been faithfully recreated, and his wine is enjoying its own renaissance.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/...more

  • Editor’s picks: November 21st 2019

    Nov 21 2019

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Hong Kong is not the only part of China’s periphery to resent the heavy hand of the Communist party. (9:20) What happens when McKinsey, the high priesthood of management consultancy, is itself disrupted? (16:51) And, if disaster strikes, the Swiss want to be caffeinated____________________Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/rad...more

  • Fuel to the fire: growing unrest in Iran

    Nov 21 2019

    After petrol subsidies were slashed, protests of surprising ferocity have flared up across the country—and neither the government nor the demonstrators seem to be backing down. The illicit trade in rhinoceros horn threatens the animals’ survival, but scientists have come up with a convincing fake that could collapse the market. And the surprisingly subtle choices to balance meat-eating and environmentalism. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe her...more

  • Babbage: Reality check

    Nov 20 2019

    Virtual reality continues to make people sick. Will the technology ever take off and is it designed for women? Leo Murray, from “Riding Sunbeams”, on using solar power to propel future commuter journeys. Also, how slippery toilets could reduce water-use. Alok Jha hosts Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Settling in: Israel-Palestine policy

    Nov 20 2019

    The American administration’s shifting position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank will have little immediate effect—but may end up sharply crimping hopes for a Palestinian state. The first debate ahead of Britain’s general election didn’t leave much room for the two main candidates to get past canned talking points. And how high-end gin is displacing the rot-gut variety in India.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooff...more

  • Money talks: Getting bizzy

    Nov 19 2019

    Ahead of the UK’s general election, party leaders courted businesses at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry. We ask the CBI’s chief economist Rain Newton-Smith what attendees made of their proposals. Also, Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz reveals the secrets of success in the world of venture capitalism. And, why the future of gaming is in the cloud. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:w...more

  • Bits in pieces: a fragmenting internet

    Nov 19 2019

    The early vision for a borderless, unregulated internet has not panned out as its pioneers hoped. How to handle the “splinternet”? Doug Jones is Alabama’s first Democratic senator in a quarter of a century; in his moderate ways our correspondent finds broader lessons for the Democratic Party. And air pollution is a threat the world over—most of all to the well-being of children.Additional audio courtesy of Department of RecordsFor full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist...more

  • Futurewatch: The crypto craze

    Nov 18 2019

    Is cryptocurrency the future of money? Helen Joyce, The Economist’s finance editor, explores whether digital coins can offer a viable alternative to existing currencies. And Tim Cross, The Economist’s technology editor, explains the blockchains that underpin them For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Head for the Hill: this week’s impeachment hearings

    Nov 18 2019

    Democrats have a hard task as the hearings’ public stage proceeds: not uncovering new evidence, but building a robust public case for impeachment. The online-grocery business is tough—but that isn’t stopping e-commerce players big and small from trying to crack it. And it’s getting harder for artists to hang around on the album charts; new talent is coming in, and heading out, ever faster. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/rad...more

  • The Economist asks: Esther Perel

    Nov 15 2019

    What is the secret to a great working relationship? The psychotherapist, author and podcaster opens up about the key ingredients to collegiality in the office, millenials’ expectations of managers and the cult of the founder. Esther Perel also offers Anne McElvoy advice on managing her team.Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Better the devil they know? Sri Lanka’s election

    Nov 15 2019

    After multiple suicide bombings in April, much campaigning has been about security. Will Sri Lankans vote tomorrow for the authoritarian-but-effective candidate, or the more untested peacemaker? We examine the growing nostalgia for Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted as Egypt’s president as part of the Arab Spring. And a trawl through historical records shows how long it took for William Shakespeare to reach real fame.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe her...more

  • Editor’s picks: November 14th 2019

    Nov 14 2019

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Democrats want impeachment hearings to change the public’s view of Donald Trump. That will be difficult. (10:50) The tangled politics surrounding a killing and its aftermath in Gaza. (16:30) And, for aircraft-carriers, bigger isn’t betterPlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data p...more

  • Language barrier: Cameroon’s forgotten conflict

    Nov 14 2019

    There is widespread terror in the largely Francophone country’s English-speaking region. Both hardline separatists and the army target civilians with shocking brutality. In a Central Asian valley, a tangle of borders and exclaves that stretch back to Soviet times is making travel difficult—and sometimes deadly. And an experiment in Estonia to punish lead-footed drivers not with a fine, but with a time-out.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.e...more

  • Babbage: Private patients

    Nov 13 2019

    Google has teamed up with US-healthcare provider Ascension to access patient data without them being notified. What are the privacy concerns and implications for digital healthcare? And, how will 3D printing change the way we build everything from skyscrapers to spaceships. Also, Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author, speaks to Kenn Cukier about the future of science education and space exploration.Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:ww...more

  • Umbrellas to firebombs: Hong Kong’s escalating protests

    Nov 13 2019

    Molotov cocktails are flying and live rounds have been fired. Once-peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations are transforming into violent confrontations—and neither side seems willing to back down. The agricultural revolution that has swept much of the world has still not reached much of Africa; we look into the seeds of the problem. And why Colombia has a growing difficulty with a druglord’s hippos.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist....more

  • Money talks: Streams come true

    Nov 12 2019

    Disney Plus enters the battle of the streaming services, amongst competition from Netflix, Apple, Amazon and others. Which will achieve the Hollywood ending? And we ask Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade advisor, what the endgame is in negotiations with China. Also, why our Bartleby columnist hates videoconferencing. Helen Joyce hosts  Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your ...more

  • The American Dreamer: DACA in the Supreme Court

    Nov 12 2019

    The Trump administration has long wanted to scrap the “Dreamers” scheme, which allowed illegal immigrants who came as youths to stay in America. The question is whether the programme’s founding was legal. An emissions debate has infuriated Dutch farmers, and the debacle may threaten Holland’s long history of calm negotiation. And we ask why Disney wants to enter the cut-throat business of video-on-demand. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.e...more

  • Futurewatch: The future of banking

    Nov 11 2019

    Futurewatch: The future of bankingWill the bricks and mortar of high-street banks be replaced by the silicon chips of data centres? Looking at the rise of "neobanks" around the world, The Economist’s finance editor Helen Joyce explores how technology is changing traditional bankingPlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Unpresidented: Bolivia’s leader resigns

    Nov 11 2019

    After weeks of protests following a disputed election, Evo Morales has stood down. Who is in charge, and how can the country escape its gridlock? On a visit to a military hospital our correspondent wonders why Americans seem so disengaged from their veterans. And the campaign to clear Bangladeshi streets of a beloved mode of transport. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, v...more

  • The Economist asks: Thirty years on, is Germany still divided?

    Nov 08 2019

    On November 9th 1989, Anne McElvoy and Conny Günther were in East Berlin watching the impossible—the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thirty years later they retrace their steps to find out how decades of division transformed and still shape German lives. They talk to those who risked their lives tunnelling under the wall to help people escape, delve into the surveillance files kept on them by the Stasi, and hear from a new generation about the future of post-Wall Germany Please subscribe to The Ec...more

  • Persistence of division: after the Berlin Wall

    Nov 08 2019

    This weekend marks three decades since the wall fell, yet stark divides remain between East and West. We revisit that moment of hope that remains unfulfilled. Ethiopia’s Somali state was until recently the country’s most repressive; a visit to one of its prisons reveals a tremendous transformation for the better. And China’s effort to boost its national football team: naturalising foreign talents. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.econ...more

  • Editor’s picks: November 7th 2019

    Nov 07 2019

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Emmanuel Macron warns that Europe is “on the edge of a precipice”. (9:20) Bashing billionaires is misguided. (15:40) And, could the internet splinter along nation-state lines? ____________________Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer____________________ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com...more

  • Allez, Europe! Macron’s diplomatic push

    Nov 07 2019

    This week our correspondent joined Emmanuel Macron on his visit to China. The French president is stretching his diplomatic wings, and has some striking views about Europe’s place in the world. The state of Texas has been reliably Republican for decades, but its demographics are changing; could it at last turn blue? And how Japan is dealing with its epidemic of public-transport groping.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radioof...more

  • Babbage: Designer genes

    Nov 06 2019

    How far away are “designer babies” from being a reality? Host Kenneth Cukier explores the ethical questions around the applications of a genome-wide association study. Journalist and author Gaia Vince on how “cultural evolution” shapes society. Also, a solution to the problem of “concrete cancer” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Demonstrative: a global wave of protest

    Nov 06 2019

    Today’s public-sector demonstrations in Zimbabwe are just the latest in a wave of protests around the world. We look into why there are so many, and what might be driving them. It’s not all sound and fury, though; in Lebanon, an Instagram-driven push is helping demonstrators find love in the crowds. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Unhappy EUnion

    Nov 05 2019

    Opposition to the European Central Bank’s plans for quantitative easing has been split along North-South lines in the euro zone. But are these concerns justified? And, journalist and author Matthew Syed explains why thinking is more creative in organisations where the staff are diverse. Also, our Wall Street correspondent, Alice Fulwood, plays a round of poker with player and entrepreneur Bryn Kenney, who tops the world’s All-Time Money List. Simon Long hostsPlease subscribe to The Economist for...more

  • Stone unturned? Trump’s adviser on trial

    Nov 05 2019

    Today Roger Stone, a colourful associate of President Donald Trump for 40 years, goes on trial facing seven charges; he denies them. Could his testimony worry the Trump camp? In the international race to mass-market driverless cars, China’s 5G network may provide a critical edge. And why you shouldn’t worry too much about eerily apposite computer-generated text.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer For information rega...more

  • Futurewatch: The death of cash

    Nov 04 2019

    As digital payments become the norm, will there be a need for cash? The Economist’s Finance editor Helen Joyce takes a look behind the scenes of the future, from Sweden to Shanghai. She explores how digital payments will transform the economy, and how they risk leaving some people behindPlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Facebooklets: breaking up Big Tech

    Nov 04 2019

    Few politicians are as ambitious about dismantling the tech behemoths as Elizabeth Warren, one of America’s Democratic presidential contenders. What she is proposing, though, would be neither easy nor quick. We dive into the myriad threats faced by corals, and by the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on them. And a new book considers the likes of Genghis Khan as manager material.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radi...more

  • Editor’s picks: November 1st 2019

    Nov 01 2019

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Islamic State after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (11:12) The reinvention of the MBA for the next business revolution. (22:33) And, why Donald Trump’s hostile reception at the World Series was a defining moment in his presidencyFor full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here: www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, vis...more

  • Impeach-y keen: Trump investigation goes public

    Nov 01 2019

    America’s House of Representatives took its first vote on how to proceed with impeachment proceedings against the president. Republicans will now struggle to defend him. Uighurs, China’s Muslim minority, are not just at risk of internment and “re-education” at home; even Uighur exiles abroad face intimidation. And a look at the remarkable artist behind the first-known “Last Supper” painted by a woman. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.econo...more

  • The Economist asks: José Manuel Barroso

    Oct 31 2019

    The Brexit deadline has been delayed and Britain is now heading for a snap general election. Anne McElvoy asks José Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission, whether Boris Johnson can win on December 12th and “get Brexit done”. Also, will Britain’s exit from the EU threaten workers’ rights? And, as an opera devotee, which work does he think would best serve as a guide—or a warning—to the unfolding political drama?Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digi...more

  • Iraq in a hard place: deadly protests continue

    Oct 31 2019

    Demonstrations have been growing for a month and show no signs of abating. But would the reforms that the protesters are demanding actually work? We examine a pioneering bit of Lithuanian software that excels at fake-news detection. And why Germans are resistant to calls for speed limits on the Autobahn. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Home o’Sapiens

    Oct 30 2019

    Scientists believe they have located the ancestral home of one of humanity’s early ancestors—in northern Botswana. Tom Siebel, a Silicon Valley veteran and the founder of C3.ai, explains how digital transformation stops companies from going extinct. And, host Kenneth Cukier takes a trip to the Natural History Museum in London to learn about bias in species collection_________________________Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/r...more

  • May as well: Boris Johnson’s electoral bet

    Oct 30 2019

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has at last secured a general election. Just as with his predecessor Theresa May, that may not result in easier Brexit arithmetic. We speak to Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic-nomination contender; she is behind in polls, but might be a better bet for a party bent on ousting President Trump. And, the campaign to reduce alcohol consumption that’s funded by the alcohol industry. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.e...more

  • Money talks: HSBC change

    Oct 29 2019

    HSBC’s third-quarter results have revealed a “disappointing” performance in Europe and America. What has caused problems for the global bank? Also, Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil firm, looks likely to push forward with plans for an IPO. What challenges does the oil giant face? And Julian Richer, founder of the entertainment retailer Richer Sounds, on the secret to keeping staff happy. Simon Long hostsPlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.ec...more

  • Not fare enough: Chile’s protests

    Oct 29 2019

    The ongoing unrest is no longer about a rise in metro fares; Chileans have risen up to demand that the prosperity of their country be distributed more evenly. The “Visegrad Four” economies of central Europe have been a post-communism success story—but as flows of people and money shift, they’re looking more precarious. And, a bid to measure just how useful managers really are. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer ...more

  • Futurewatch: Trailer

    Oct 28 2019

    Coming soon: a new series from The Economist that goes behind the scenes of the future to meet the people who are building tomorrow's world. In its first season, Futurewatch looks at the future of money—the death of cash, the rise of challenger banks and the potential of cryptocurrencies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Libra in the balance

    Oct 28 2019

    As doubts surround the launch of Facebook’s Libra, will 2020 really be the year of digital currencies? We find out what shopping is like when payments are automatic and invisible. And, how China provides a glimpse of how people will handle their finances in the future. Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data pri...more

  • State of disarray: the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    Oct 28 2019

    The man who brought Islamic State to the world stage with visions of a brutal “caliphate” has been killed. But the jihadist movement, while weakened, lives on. Argentines voted their reformist president out and protectionist, big-state Peronists back in. Can the hobbled economy cope? And America’s push to start school later could boost grades and the economy, and even save lives.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer Fo...more

  • The Economist asks: Where does power lie in America?

    Oct 25 2019

    Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams was the first African-American woman to win a major-party nomination for governor in 2018, narrowly losing to the incumbent she accused of suppressing non-white votes. Anne McElvoy asks what the fraught Georgia race taught her, whether identity politics is a benefit or drawback to her party -  and whether she would serve as Joe Biden’s vice-president. Also, who would Abrams, as spy novelist, like to see in the role of James Bond?Please subscribe to The Economi...more

  • Poll dance: Boris Johnson’s election ploy

    Oct 25 2019

    Britain’s prime minister is making a risky move by calling for a general election in December. Will it succeed any more than it did for his predecessor? In Japan, both the government and the people take a dim view of soft-drug use; we ask why. And tourists make a dangerous and defiant last-minute dash up Uluru, Australia’s most famous rock. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data priva...more

  • Editor’s picks: October 24th 2019

    Oct 24 2019

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, why Elizabeth Warren’s plan for American capitalism is not the answer to the country’s problems. (10:30) Russia’s increasing influence in Africa (21:20) And, IPOs are a racket but try finding something better For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Calls to action: Lebanon’s continued protests

    Oct 24 2019

    What began as protests against a tax on WhatsApp calls has blossomed into surprisingly united and peaceful demands for wholesale government overhaul. Today’s disinterment and reburial of Francisco Franco, Spain’s dictator for four decades, speaks volumes about how the country views its bloody history. And how radio DJs are helping with Thailand’s teen-pregnancy problem. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer For in...more

  • Babbage: Libra takes a pounding

    Oct 23 2019

    Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra, has suffered setbacks in recent weeks, as the company’s founder Mark Zuckerberg appears before a congressional committee to defend it. The Economist’s technology editor Tim Cross explains what’s at stake. Also, how a giant timber mill in Finland is leading the way in sustainable forestry. And Damian Bradfield, chief creative officer of WeTransfer, on how ethics and the internet can coexist. Kenneth Cukier hosts____________________Please subscribe to Th...more

  • Putin, he’s back into it: Russia’s growing influence

    Oct 23 2019

    Vladimir Putin’s diplomacy regarding northern Syria is just one example of the Russian president’s widening influence. British Airways was once known as the world’s favourite airline, we ask why its popularity has fallen far faster than its profits. And why voters should be wary of politicians claiming to speak for “the people”.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit aca...more

  • Money talks: Wells Far(to)go

    Oct 22 2019

    The new boss of Wells Fargo has an unenviable to-do list. Our Wall Street correspondent sizes up Charlie Scharf’s prospects for rehabilitating the bank after a series of scandals. Senator Elizabeth Warren is now leading the pack of Democratic candidates for the American presidency. Would her plans reshape American capitalism for better or worse? And, can money really buy happiness? Patrick Lane hosts____________________Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio...more

  • The course of Trudeau love: Canada’s election

    Oct 22 2019

    Justin Trudeau will remain prime minister, but will lead a minority government. He will probably be able to continue with his progressive push, but his halo is a bit tarnished. It’s ten years this month since Greece’s financial implosion; we look back on a decade spent balancing the books. And, the surprising success of fun stock-ticker symbols. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your ...more

  • Going through the motion: more Brexit contortions

    Oct 21 2019

    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 poses a threat to some sports, and is even changing the nature of others. And, Indonesia’s curious push for halal pianos. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Who can trust Trump’s America?

    Oct 18 2019

    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 defence. John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, asks him how America’s actions in Syria will affect its ability to deal with future threats. Also, why Secretary Carter believes some American companies are too quick to abandon American values. And...more

  • Irish ayes? A new Brexit deal

    Oct 18 2019

    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 five days, but the decline of America’s role and image in the region has not been halted. And the burgeoning business of therapeutic psychedelics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: October 17th 2019

    Oct 17 2019

    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 the referendum. (14:40) And the Japanese royal family has little room to make itself more relevant. Zanny Minton Beddoes hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Antsy about ANC: reform in South Africa

    Oct 17 2019

    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 computers, but handing decisions to the machines comes with plenty of risk. And how political polarisation is driving a new dictionary of discourtesy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Cough up

    Oct 16 2019

    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 750m illiterate adults in the world learn to read. And, why net-zero carbon emissions targets are measuring the wrong thing. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Back to Square one? Tiananmen veterans in Hong Kong

    Oct 16 2019

    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 unfolds, Lebanon’s central bank is keeping things stable—so far. The bank has a solid history, in part because of one man who guarded a pile of Ottoman gold. And an effort to wrangle the dialects of the Canadian Arctic. For information regarding yo...more

  • Money talks: A Nobel endeavour

    Oct 15 2019

    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 do some countries grow rich while others stay poor? Plus, Europe’s Nordic banks are embroiled in money-laundering scandals. What do regulators need to do to restore confidence? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/priva...more

  • Then there were 12: the Democrats’ fourth debate

    Oct 15 2019

    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 shattering of the two-hour-marathon mark has much to do with snazzy footwear. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The enemy of their enemy: the Kurds ally with Syria

    Oct 14 2019

    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 intended to alleviate poverty, but in Sri Lanka one trial has gone badly wrong. And, why China’s 30m truckers aren’t the folk heroes they might be elsewhere. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Senna, Winehouse, Maradona—can a film reveal the person behind the myth?

    Oct 11 2019

    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 Maradona almost entirely from archival footage. Anne McElvoy asks Kapadia whether this forensic approach reaches closer to the real person behind the myth. They talk about the difficulty of interviewing a champion of deceit and whether it matters...more

  • PiS prize: Poland’s crucial election

    Oct 11 2019

    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 found protection in a little loophole in guardianship law. And, how Elvis Presley’s last flash in Las Vegas changed the city forever. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: October 10th 2019

    Oct 10 2019

    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. (17:00) And, a tale of adventure in a library of ice For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Uncomfortable president: Trump’s stonewalling

    Oct 10 2019

    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 government-led efforts to match lonely urbanites with rural folk. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The promise and peril of AI

    Oct 09 2019

    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 several challenges. From privacy and market concentration, to safety and explainability. In this week’s show Kenneth Cukier speaks to some of the leading experts in the field about the benefits and risks of AI, and why it is so important that we d...more

  • Sorry state: Kashmir on lockdown

    Oct 09 2019

    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 Midwest to find out. And, companies are going big on “financial wellness” initiatives for their employees. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: How low can rates go?

    Oct 08 2019

    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 Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, Cecilia Malmström, the EU’s trade commissioner, Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, and Tidjane Thiam, CEO of Credit Suisse, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum. And, how the economics of streaming...more

  • Just a Kurd to him: Trump’s Syria withdrawal

    Oct 08 2019

    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-offs between agriculture and development. And, an unusual opera outlining the life and letters of birth-control pioneer Marie Stopes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Trade disunion: America’s tariff wars

    Oct 07 2019

    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” result, and what it realistically means for computing’s future. And, the coming submersion of 12,000 years of human history in Turkey. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Did Margaret Thatcher pave the way for Brexit?

    Oct 04 2019

    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 fierce tussles over British sovereignty. They talk about the machinations of her inner circle during her final years in power and her pioneering climate advocacy. Also, the “nightmare” of managing Boris Johnson, and what really happened at those lou...more

  • Duty call: how Ukraine sees the Trump scandal

    Oct 04 2019

    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 uncomfortable social pressures. And, a revealing read through the Democratic presidential contenders’ autobiographies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: October 3rd 2019

    Oct 03 2019

    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 border wall with a gator-infested moat For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Immunisation shot? The case against Binyamin Netanyahu

    Oct 03 2019

    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 president, faces furious opposition—but it might be even more risky for him not to pursue it. And, South Korea’s beauty industry has gone global, even as its biggest cosmetics retailer struggles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast...more

  • Babbage: Steak and Chips

    Oct 02 2019

    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 Microsoft, on the ethical dilemmas that come from powerful new technology. Kenneth Cukier hosts____________________Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer________________...more

  • Reform over function: Peru’s political crisis

    Oct 02 2019

    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 America’s divides. And, why India has ended up with a 7m-tonne pile of sugar. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: WeWorry

    Oct 01 2019

    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 first draft budget. Will it be enough to re-energise the economy? Plus, a taste of Chinese fine wine. Patrick Lane hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Party like it’s 1949: China’s National Day

    Oct 01 2019

    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 art, and an impromptu anthem. And, we ask if hot-desking costs employees more than companies are saving. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: A different dystopia

    Sep 30 2019

    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 wider liberalisation. And, instead of worrying about too many robots in the workforce in the future, should we be worrying that there will be too few?Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)____________________Please subscribe to The Ec...more

  • Out-of-office messaging: Britain’s Tory conference

    Sep 30 2019

    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 story challenges the country’s socially conservative mores. And, how young people’s blood may hold secrets that can halt ageing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: September 27th 2019

    Sep 27 2019

    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 computer can outperform a classical one For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Spoiled ballot: Afghanistan’s election

    Sep 27 2019

    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 threatening the insurance industry, too. And, a look back at the life of Jan Ruff O’Herne, a courageous war-rape survivor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Michael Bloomberg

    Sep 26 2019

    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 businessman, philanthropist and former mayor of the city, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum. She asks him if CEOs are the new politicians and whether he thinks Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren has the edge in the White House race. Also, why even billio...more

  • Call to account: Trump-Ukraine intrigues

    Sep 26 2019

    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 banded together to become a potent negotiating force. And, why India’s science funding features so much mysticism and cow dung. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Carbon sucks

    Sep 25 2019

    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 how data can be harnessed to make cities more efficient. Plus, three low-tech innovations that could make a big difference to sustainable living. Kenneth Cukier hostsAdditional music by Chris Zabriskie "Divider" (CC by 4.0)____________________Ple...more

  • And the law won: Boris Johnson’s latest defeat

    Sep 25 2019

    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 did wrong when they got there. And, a surprisingly cheery Congolese doomsday sect. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Planet Inc

    Sep 24 2019

    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 change? Also, we hear from the finalists of The Economist’s Open Future essay competition who sought an effective response to climate change. Simon Long hosts Additional music by Chris Zabriskie "Divider" (CC by 4.0)____________________Please s...more

  • Aid for abetting? Trump’s Ukraine call

    Sep 24 2019

    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 folded—but that’s not to say package holidays are passé. And, what the reviews of a propaganda film reveal about China’s international infrastructure efforts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Madurable: impasse in Venezuela

    Sep 23 2019

    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 connected devices—each a tempting target for hackers. And, how cities came to be, and why they’ve been such a draw through the millennia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Inside Huawei

    Sep 20 2019

    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, allowing them to compete on a level playing field. David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief, and Patrick Foulis, our business affairs editor, also ask Mr Ren about the US-China trade war, unfettered access to the internet in China and the p...more

  • To all, concern: a climate-change special

    Sep 20 2019

    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 about what people will do. And, plenty of people are already adapting to climate change, but that presents its own risks. Finally, climate-minded artists add their voices to the debates. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.co...more

  • Editor’s picks: September 19th 2019

    Sep 19 2019

    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 about global warming For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • I can do that, Dave: AI and warfare

    Sep 19 2019

    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 cleared of negligence today, but the disaster’s aftermath is far from over. And, what a swish new Chinese restaurant in Havana says about China-Cuba relations. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Climate. Change

    Sep 18 2019

    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 Figueres, who convenes Mission 2020 to reduce global carbon emissions; Ed Davey, a director of the Food and Land Use Coalition with the World Resources Institute; and Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change in the school of enginee...more

  • Ursa minor: Russia-China relations

    Sep 18 2019

    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 labour market—but it costs them both in terms of pay and prospects. And, a look at the burgeoning sports-betting market in Ethiopia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Purpose vs profit

    Sep 17 2019

    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 this trend of “reverse Friedmanism” going to change what it means to do business? Or could chief executives playing politics have dangerous consequences? Tamzin Booth hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Always be my Bibi? Israel back at the polls

    Sep 17 2019

    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 is still less dangerous smoking. Also, we consider the lobster roll, and a wider truth it reveals about lunch economics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Pipe down: attacks on Saudi oil

    Sep 16 2019

    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 firm can prove its critics wrong. And, how the Spanish Inquisition is affecting some Europhile British Jews. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: September 13th 2019

    Sep 13 2019

    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). And, Neanderthals and the consequences of chronic earache (18:02) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • To Viktor, more spoils: Hungary’s autocracy

    Sep 13 2019

    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 and heroin; thanks to a native bush, now methamphetamines are on the rise. And, a look at the resurgent musical genre called yacht rock. Additional audio: Soundsnap For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Margaret Atwood

    Sep 12 2019

    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 “Trump bump”, if #MeToo is an invincible weapon and what makes a “bad” feminist? Also, does she admire the Queen?http://economist.com/radiooffer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Trust issues: Huawei’s radical plan

    Sep 12 2019

    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 happens when a Chinese company comes to Ohio. And, the surprising ease of shutting down an airport using drones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Taxis for take-off

    Sep 11 2019

    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 hostsextra music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Scapegoating: xenophobia in South Africa

    Sep 11 2019

    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. And, why the improbably complex business of getting cabs in Beirut is preferred over disrupters like Uber. Additional audio courtesy of Soweton For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Fannie and Freddie move house

    Sep 10 2019

    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 EU without a deal. The Bank of England is weighing up its options for how to deal with the consequences. And, how important are coaches to sporting success? Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Things fall apart: Britain’s fading centre-right

    Sep 10 2019

    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 North Carolina may shed light on President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. Also, a look at the unsung human superpower of language. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tali-banned: Trump calls off Afghan peace talks

    Sep 09 2019

    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 US-China trade war? Our correspondent searches for answers in the well-stuffed secrets of Chinese upholstery. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Malcolm Gladwell

    Sep 06 2019

    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 truth, whether judges should be replaced with AI, and if true strangers still exist in the age of social media For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Disunited Russia party? Moscow’s elections

    Sep 06 2019

    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 Uighurs; worryingly, it’s now starting to squeeze the Huis, more dispersed followers of Islam. And, a well-intentioned anti-knife-crime push in Britain draws ire after targeting fried-chicken shops. For information regarding your data privacy,...more

  • Editor’s picks: September 5th 2019

    Sep 05 2019

    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 election. (15:20) And, Americans are paying more for their lobster sandwiches For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Age-old problem: reforming France

    Sep 05 2019

    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 billionaire industrialist who undermined the science of climate change, and Steve Sawyer, an activist who elevated Greenpeace to a formidable global movement. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Innovation around innovation

    Sep 04 2019

    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. How can pulling together thinking about this help innovators of the future? And what are companies doing today to try and change the way we work? Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • This is revolting: Britain’s parliament rebels

    Sep 04 2019

    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 Taliban wrap up; we ask where America’s longest war went wrong. And, unreadably long terms and conditions lead to more than consumer confusion—they break some basic economic principles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit aca...more

  • The Secret History of the Future: New Media, Old Story

    Sep 04 2019

    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 last, and radio was tamed by corporate interests in the 1920s. The utopian dream of platforms that are open and meritocratic has been reborn in the internet era in the form of blogging, and more recently podcasting. But can it ever come true? For...more

  • Money talks: Hell to peso

    Sep 03 2019

    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, author of “The Economists’ Hour”, what impact economists have had on public policy. Also, why are older people not retiring? Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • No safety in numbers: America’s immigration raids

    Sep 03 2019

    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 return; the whole region is struggling with its expat extremists. And, a “culinary balance of trade” reveals which cuisine has most conquered the world’s menus. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Until blue in the face: Hong Kong’s protests

    Sep 02 2019

    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 old-school spycraft of the Kremlin’s agents. And, drag acts sashay into the mainstream. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Should billionaires call the shots on solving global problems?

    Aug 30 2019

    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 interest in changing the system. Anne McElvoy challenges him on the nature of the problem with elite do-gooding. Should billionaires give their money to different causes, or pay more tax and let governments choose how to spend it? And would government...more

  • Out to launch: American nuclear policy

    Aug 30 2019

    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 change. How will the region cope? And, a look at Taylor Swift’s off-again, on-again “Love Story” with streaming services. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: August 29th 2019

    Aug 29 2019

    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 (10:00). And, vertical farming is on the up (16:40) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Suspend, disbelief: Parliament and Brexit

    Aug 29 2019

    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 Chinese aggression. And, the exceptional efforts to save New Zealand’s chubby parrot, the kakapo. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Oh, grow up

    Aug 28 2019

    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 Einstein wrong. And, network theorist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi explains the science of professional success. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Ex-Seoul-mate: Japan-South Korea spat escalates

    Aug 28 2019

    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: about $4bn a quarter. In other no-fly news, Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist, arrives in New York by boat. We examine data showing that she’s not the only Scandinavian with “flight shame”. For information regarding your data privacy, vis...more

  • The Secret History of the Future: A Brief History of Timekeeping

    Aug 28 2019

    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 about time. Can it force us to connect our distant past with our distant future, tick by tick? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Big pharma in court

    Aug 27 2019

    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 how the escalation of trade tensions is affecting monetary policy and he reacts to President Trump’s adversarial style. And finally, some funny business. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Emmanuel transmission: outcomes of the G7

    Aug 27 2019

    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 ask why Uzbekistan is at last closing Jaslyk, its notorious gulag. And, the emerging science of investigating planets in other solar systems. Additional sounds by Soundsnap. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/pri...more

  • The world ahead: Clash of the titans

    Aug 26 2019

    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 how Europe is faring in the race to build autonomous vehicles.Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • A friend of mines: Asia’s coal habit

    Aug 26 2019

    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 they’re gone, things aren’t going well. And, a look at cruise lines’ new wheeze in the Caribbean: real travel it ain’t. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What’s the recipe for the restaurant of the future?

    Aug 23 2019

    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 changed the politics of the kitchen and why he would rather diners left smaller tips. And, when any dish can be delivered at the tap of an app, is there still magic in eating out? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privac...more

  • Fight or flight: Cathay Pacific

    Aug 23 2019

    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 Ethiopia, and its effects on the country’s politics. And, the plight of the puffin in the Faroe Islands. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: August 22nd 2019

    Aug 22 2019

    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 wine investors have beaten the stock market For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Pull out all the backstops: Boris Johnson in Europe

    Aug 22 2019

    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 how it is itself being disrupted in the age of Amazon. And, economists tease out the long-suspected link between marijuana and the munchies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Gut Feeling

    Aug 21 2019

    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 discovered a possible link to cancer. Also, could re-training the brain combat chronic breathlessness? Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • League of its own? Italian politics

    Aug 21 2019

    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 shared ills of mismanagement, politicisation and sticky fingers. And, a curious film-making boom in Siberia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Salvation in the Air

    Aug 21 2019

    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. What happened next changed the course of 20th-century history, and provides inspiration to innovators pursuing a different dream today: sucking carbon dioxide out of the air to avert climate change. Might they not be quite so crazy after all? For ...more

  • Money talks: From bad to wurst

    Aug 20 2019

    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 credit card market. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Power rationing: Sudan in transition

    Aug 20 2019

    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 the shapes of parliamentary chambers shape the debates within them. And, politics meets choral music at Estonia’s Laulupidu festival.Additional audio of the International Criminal Court courtesy of ICC-CPI. For information regarding your data p...more

  • Scarcely surviving: Zimbabwe

    Aug 19 2019

    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 labour market they’re entering. And, experiments in the Netherlands to house the young with the old are going remarkably well, in part because both parties benefit.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Who will decide the fate of Hong Kong?

    Aug 16 2019

    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 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, if history might repeat itself? Anne also speaks with our Asia columnist, Dominic Ziegler, who has been reporting on the story since it began For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Yield signs: the global economy

    Aug 16 2019

    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 trying to make the most of its stunning natural beauty. And, why are some languages so damnably hard to learn? Additional audio by ‘sctang’ from Freesound.org. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: August 15th 2019

    Aug 15 2019

    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 disenchanted with Narendra Modi For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Poll reposition: Macri fights back

    Aug 15 2019

    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 rampant—and they’ll amplify the very temperature rises that caused them. And, a look at the unlikely rise of Gulf-state book fairs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: A cure for Ebola?

    Aug 14 2019

    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 prepared to deal with the rising tides? And, as face-recognition technology spreads, so do ideas for subverting it. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Let’s not make a deal: Brexit

    Aug 14 2019

    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 that were nearly wiped out by Russia’s annexation of Crimea. And, China’s tech companies train their sights on the tech-savvy elderly. Additional audio: "English Dawn Chorus, Rural, late spring" by odilonmarcenaro at Freesound.org and “Puzzle Piece...more

  • The Secret History of the Future: Bug in the System

    Aug 14 2019

    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 bias” against some groups of people, what can her program tell us about how software, and the people who make it, can go wrong? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Delayed tariffication

    Aug 13 2019

    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 oil industry about keeping data safe? And, the secrets of success for online fashion retailers. Rachana Shanbogue hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Sex cells: the modern fertility business

    Aug 13 2019

    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 off west Africa presents new challenges and unmitigated risks to sailors. And, lessons learned from a shooting simulator for police. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Raid in Aden: Yemen’s fragmented conflict

    Aug 12 2019

    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 revolution seen in films and music; who will become the Netflix of gaming? And, an update to a 1970s book on sexuality reveals much about modern female desire, and how it’s perceived.Additional music by Rymdkraft and Kuesa. For information rega...more

  • The Economist asks: Is LA the model for a more diverse America?

    Aug 09 2019

    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. They address allegations of racism in the White House and, in the wake of two mass shootings, how to curb gun violence in America. Also, could smooth jazz prevent traffic jams? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privac...more

  • Withdrawal symptoms: America-Taliban talks

    Aug 09 2019

    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, which claims 160,000 lives every year. And, we travel to Scotland and hop on the world’s shortest scheduled flight.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: August 8th 2019

    Aug 08 2019

    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 country leaving the EU on October 31st. Yet many are determined to try (9:12). And, Norway has had its fillet of fish-smugglers (16:33) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Clear-cut risks: the Amazon degrades

    Aug 08 2019

    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 reforming of the country’s illiberal laws. And, Norway’s growing scourge of fish-smuggling. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Meno-Pause

    Aug 07 2019

    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 people have the right to choose to know if they are a carrier of a hereditary genetic disease? Alok Jha hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • State of alarm: India moves on Kashmir

    Aug 07 2019

    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, finding that their work is as dangerous as it is dependent on oil prices. And, what is a “deepfake”, how are they made and what risks do they pose? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Dots, Dashes and Dating Apps

    Aug 07 2019

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Yuan-a fight?

    Aug 06 2019

    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 US-China trade war affect global markets? Also, how useful are yield curves for predicting future recessions? And, life without Uber. Rachana Shanbhogue presents. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • PLA a part? Hong Kong’s growing unrest

    Aug 06 2019

    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 from left-leaning politicians to mandate its availability is creating controversy. And, the dirty secret behind the exorbitant costs of music-gig tickets.Additional audio courtesy of cgeffex from Freesound.org. For information regarding your data...more

  • Sticking to their guns: violence in America

    Aug 05 2019

    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 care. We meet some of the women crossing into Colombia to seek help. And, the politics behind the ever-shifting travel advice dispensed in the Middle East. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Should race matter on stage?

    Aug 02 2019

    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 July and asked him about whether casting an all-black Loman family changes the nature of the play, his thoughts on America's troubled racial history, and how that history shapes his views of the current president of the United States For inform...more

  • A farewell to arms control: the INF treaty dies

    Aug 02 2019

    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 latest point of provocation, we ask how the city’s crime rates got so high, and what can be done. And, the surprising rise of rosé wine in France. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: August 1st 2019

    Aug 01 2019

    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 for the first time in more than a decade (9:40). And, meal delivery is anything but a tasty business (15:20) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Disbelief, dysfunction, disaster: Congo’s Ebola outbreak

    Aug 01 2019

    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, loud, violent nature of jails to make them more about rehabilitation than retribution. And, the increasingly absurd language of job adverts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Hot as hell

    Jul 31 2019

    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 change can fuel conflict. And, droughts or floods, heatwaves or cold snaps, just how responsible is humanity for extreme weather events? Catherine Brahic hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Apply liberally: Trudeau’s re-election bid

    Jul 31 2019

    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 acquisition, Monsanto—and it may emerge stronger. And, we meet a Mongolian band on a heavy-metal mission. Track “Remember Your Thunder” courtesy of SnakeBiteSmile For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Mars on Earth

    Jul 31 2019

    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 tales of triumph and tragedy hold valuable lessons about what to do—and what not to do—as human explorers plan missions to Mars. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Warren of Wall Street

    Jul 30 2019

    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 changed the US labour market, the impact of China and his gecko brand. Also, will the world follow Sweden’s lead and go cashless? Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Primary culler: Democrats’ second debates

    Jul 30 2019

    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 reshaping how stuff gets around the world. And, on a visit to Shanghai’s flagship Lego store, we ask what makes the bricks so popular in China. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Sunshady business

    Jul 29 2019

    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 hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • One country, one system: Hong Kong’s protests

    Jul 29 2019

    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 rights in Saudi Arabia is a mess of contradictions. And, why youngsters are turning away from Facebook—but toward the social-media giant’s other platforms. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How should filmmakers depict Nazi Germany?

    Jul 26 2019

    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 Richter, who unwittingly married the daughter of an SS doctor responsible for the death of his aunt. Von Donnersmarck responds to criticisms of the film from Richter, and from those who say he stylises violence. And, how does his nation's relat...more

  • A plight in Tunisia: the president passes

    Jul 26 2019

    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 pets. Who owns whom here? And, homeopathy gets diluted as France removes its state subsidy for the pseudoscience. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: July 25th 2019

    Jul 25 2019

    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 much better for China than it is for Russia (8:50). And, the business of live music – how big stars maximise their take from tours (16:30) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Nothing new to report: Robert Mueller testifies

    Jul 25 2019

    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 forces should figure into their theories. And, a look at the blindingly fast hands—and feet, and robots—of Rubik’s Cube competitions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Return of the king

    Jul 24 2019

    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 transform – the power of nature. And, British ethicists put police use of artificial intelligence on trial. Alok Jha hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Ricky situation: Puerto Rico’s protests

    Jul 24 2019

    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 be served, but unearthing the past comes with its own perils. And, why women are so well represented among eastern Europe’s scientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Meat and Potatoes

    Jul 24 2019

    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 societally healthier meat alternatives made from plants, insects, or cells grown in petri dishes? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Europe’s bright spots

    Jul 23 2019

    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 – why it matters that consumers neither read nor understand the contracts they sign. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • You, May, be excused: Boris Johnson ascends

    Jul 23 2019

    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 one tucked-away mill in Austria has steeled itself for tumult. And, what single characteristic do Americans least want in their roommates?Additional audio "Fly" by Benboncan at Freesound.org. For information regarding your data privacy, visit a...more

  • Get one thing strait: Iran’s tanker stand-off

    Jul 22 2019

    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 are angry. But polls suggest otherwise; we dive into this “happiness paradox”. And, the curious rise in borrowing against high-end art.Additional music "Puzzle Pieces" by Lee Rosevere. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/...more

  • The Economist asks: Anna Wintour

    Jul 19 2019

    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 avoids social media and the consequences of Donald Trump’s tweets about non-white congresswomen. Also, she addresses why Melania Trump has not been asked to appear on Vogue's cover since becoming first lady For information regarding your data privac...more

  • Servant’s entrance: Ukraine’s elections

    Jul 19 2019

    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 big thing missing: the laws to regulate it. And, we remember João Gilberto, the father of bossa nova, whose rise coincided with an all-too-brief cultural renaissance in Brazil. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s Picks: July 18th 2019

    Jul 18 2019

    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 platform but also a political tool to spread misinformation (8’22). And, drag performers in China are adapting to their socially conservative society (16’17). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Unmoving movement: Venezuela’s bloody stalemate

    Jul 18 2019

    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 industry itself got the message late. And, assessing whether the internet is as ruinous to language as many assume. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The next giant leap for mankind

    Jul 17 2019

    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 daunting one. Brent Harris, Facebook’s director of governance, explains his plans. And the science behind the search for the reddest red yet. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • In like a Leyen: the European Commission’s new president

    Jul 17 2019

    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. And, why the villages of Japan are where to head if you love getting close to bears.Additional sound by Solostud at Freesound.org. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Unreliable Evidence

    Jul 17 2019

    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 have been cast on its reliability, and a new technique—DNA profiling—has emerged as the forensic gold standard. In assuming it is infallible, are we making the same mistake again? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/priv...more

  • Money talks: How slow can you grow?

    Jul 16 2019

    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 disaster, but as those risks change the industry is lagging behind. And England has won the Cricket World Cup in a controversial tiebreak––but are tiebreaks fair? Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com...more

  • At stake, chips: Japan-South Korea trade spat

    Jul 16 2019

    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 and deportation. And, a look at why American and European working hours have diverged so much. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tip of the ICE work: the immigration raids that weren’t

    Jul 15 2019

    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 tightening its purse strings. Also, Colombia’s centuries-old ceremonies under the influence of a hallucinogenic brew are bringing in tourists and new problems. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Is conservatism in crisis?

    Jul 12 2019

    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 conservatism faces around the world. Anne McElvoy asks them whether the next generation of conservative leaders will be made in the image of Donald Trump. And, can a baseball nation and a cricket nation unite over conservatism? For informat...more

  • Tsai hopes: Taiwan’s president on tour

    Jul 12 2019

    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, the hunt for a cheap holiday read in France: by law books must be sold at full price, but sellers are finding ways around that. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: July 11th 2019

    Jul 11 2019

    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 citizens (09:20). And, employers are wrongly looking for superhero candidates (14:30). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Unspeakable truths: Britain’s US ambassador

    Jul 11 2019

    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 always work, and often the problem is scale: what works for a few may not work for many. And, why, in a country with a riot of regional accents, do almost all British politicians sound the same?  For information regarding your data privac...more

  • Babbage: How tech is my valley?

    Jul 10 2019

    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 engineering and artificial intelligence will eventually affect civilisation. And, what do hydrogen molecules sound like? Some innovative students have developed “molecular music.” Kenneth Cukier hosts. Music provided by Ilkley Grammar School stu...more

  • From Russia with launch codes: Turkey’s new hardware

    Jul 10 2019

    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 rebels, a government push aims to stem cocaine production; so far, it’s not going well. And, we examine the retirement homes for elderly LGBT people that are cropping up. Music courtesy of Lee Rosevere - "Introducing the Pre-roll" For infor...more

  • The Secret History of the Future: Second Wind

    Jul 10 2019

    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 wind-powered ships by rediscovering a clever nautical innovation that we abandoned a century ago? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: When the growing gets tough

    Jul 09 2019

    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 Stiglitz tells us capitalism is broken. And, what is an economist's secret to affordable tickets to Wimbledon? Rachana Shanbhogue hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Late to the parting: Deutsche Bank shrinks

    Jul 09 2019

    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 one looks like the America of the future? And, a bit of monkey archaeology shows our distant cousins have been honing their tools far longer than previously thought. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • In the after-Ba’ath: Syria’s rising Kurds

    Jul 08 2019

    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 sparks angst about a resurgent far right. And, the surprising trend of American-style debate in China. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Mark Carney

    Jul 05 2019

    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 central bankers do about it? He also responds to critics who say he's overstepping the bounds of his role and discusses why he feels that his Brexit warnings have been vindicated. And, was he a fan of Stormzy's Glastonbury performance? Anne McElv...more

  • New Democracy in an old one: Greece’s election

    Jul 05 2019

    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 at America’s southern border. And, it’s clear that the quality of women’s football is rocketing—we’ve got the data to prove it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: July 4th 2019

    Jul 04 2019

    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 (18:00) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Putin on a show: Russia’s resurgence

    Jul 04 2019

    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 how the approach endangers sex workers. And, the push to make robots that can handle environments like the melted-down Fukushima Daiichi power plant. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: DeepMind games

    Jul 03 2019

    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. And, what can AlphaZero, the chess-playing computer, teach human players? Kenneth Cukier also speaks to the chess players Dominic Lawson, Natasha Regan and Matthew Sadler about the future of machine intelligence and its interplay with human wisdom ...more

  • Growth anatomy: America’s expansive decade

    Jul 03 2019

    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 what’s been making black lives longer. And, why spoilers are so prominent in entertainment, and how that can spoil the craft. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: A Familiar Tune

    Jul 03 2019

    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 how to handle a 21st-century onslaught of computers that can compose their own songs? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Brexit and the City

    Jul 02 2019

    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 can survive Brexit and how other cities across Europe, like Frankfurt, are vying to win their rival’s business. What is at stake on both sides of the Channel, and are there any winners in this battle?  For information regarding your data pri...more

  • Break a LegCo: Hong Kong’s protests boil over

    Jul 02 2019

    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 cautious; those of the Gulf region are proving much more adventurous and less transparent. And, a look at the future of New York’s island of the dead For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Armoured Khartoum: Sudan’s bloody transition

    Jul 01 2019

    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 pigs—but might spark long-overdue reforms in the country’s pork industry. And, we examine San Francisco’s e-cigarette ban: if vaping is safer than smoking, should it be stubbed out? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/priv...more

  • Editor’s picks: June 28th 2019

    Jun 28 2019

    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 veggie burgers (16:30) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Census and sensibility: landmark SCOTUS rulings

    Jun 28 2019

    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 examine the likelihood that a trade war could turn into the shooting kind. And, a view from Silicon Valley, where surrogacy has become a trendy life hack. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Curing the big sea

    Jun 27 2019

    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 Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Fight if you Haftar: the struggle for Libya

    Jun 27 2019

    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 post-Soviet corruption, an anti-graft campaigner has become prime minister. And, historical data reveal the overlooked power of primary debates. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Can Labour solve Brexit?

    Jun 26 2019

    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 of the strongest voices calling for a second referendum in which he wants Labour to campaign to remain in the EU. Anne asks him about revoking Article 50, if he would push for a vote of no confidence to force a general election, whether he has ...more

  • Rights on Q: same-sex marriage in Japan

    Jun 26 2019

    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, a reason to flee the country. And, why you should be circumspect about that next promotion opportunity. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Season 2 Trailer

    Jun 26 2019

    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 modern world. Season 2 of "The Secret History of The Future" starts on July 3rd 2019. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Bargaining chips

    Jun 25 2019

    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 cash-strapped economy? Also, a new way of working called “ghost work”. Phil Coggan hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money in the West Bank: Kushner’s peace plan

    Jun 25 2019

    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 vice-president, and whether Argentines will want more of her populism. And, be careful what you tweet if you’re heading to America; more and more, border officials are watching. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The World ahead: In the Sharenthood

    Jun 24 2019

    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 hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Lover or Leaver? How Brexit divided Britons

    Jun 24 2019

    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. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan no longer seems so invincible. And, in Kenya, an “Uber for ambulances” saves time and lives. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Which Democrats can challenge Donald Trump in 2020?

    Jun 21 2019

    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 redress racial inequality. He also reflects on what he has learned both from Mr Trump and from Leslie Knope, a character in the TV comedy, “Parks and Recreation”. And Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur, champions universal basic income as a way to res...more

  • Blonde ambition: Boris’s bid for power

    Jun 21 2019

    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, his sensational attempted-murder trials in America and the enduring question of whether he did it. And, despite appearances, China’s and America’s film markets are growing further apart. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast...more

  • Editor’s Picks: June 20th 2019

    Jun 20 2019

    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 Texas (16:50). And, pets have gained the upper paw over their so-called owners For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Hawks, stocks and peril: Iran-America brinkmanship

    Jun 20 2019

    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 play to gender stereotypes are under more scrutiny from regulators and consumers.Additional music by Lee Rosevere "Puzzle Pieces". For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Facebucks

    Jun 19 2019

    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 to increase public trust in artificial intelligence? Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Moving stories: the UN’s refugee report

    Jun 19 2019

    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 outbreak of Ebola—we ask why it hasn’t been declared an international emergency. And, why Thailand is getting into the weed business. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Banking bad

    Jun 18 2019

    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 growing concern in China over balancing the books at a local level. Also, our correspondent takes a trip to Citeco — France’s museum of economics. Patrick Foulis hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Florida Man: Trump’s re-election campaign

    Jun 18 2019

    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 ignominious end. And, this year’s Women’s World Cup is drawing much more attention than past tournaments, in part because of a long-overdue reckoning about money in the sport. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Lam to the slaughter: Hong Kong’s shocking U-turn

    Jun 17 2019

    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 private agony of being an exceedingly clever kid. And, a new podcast in Latin gets our columnist thinking about language evolution and resurrection. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Armistead Maupin

    Jun 14 2019

    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 how far there is still to go, what young gay men can never understand about his generation and why he has finally decided to abandon his beloved San Francisco For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • What’s yours has mines: the Gulf of Oman attack

    Jun 14 2019

    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 weren’t so well-connected. And, a breakaway hit reveals the racial fault lines in country music. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s Picks: June 13th 2019

    Jun 13 2019

    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 (17:11) And, why Australia’s pioneering image cloaks a nanny state For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Vlad the un-jailer: the Ivan Golunov case

    Jun 13 2019

    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 realising them. And, we visit a place where malaria rages while a cure literally grows on trees. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Space invaders

    Jun 12 2019

    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 safer? And, 50 years after man set foot on the moon, Oliver Morton, senior editor and author, predicts the future of humans’ relationship with lunar exploration. Kenn Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/priva...more

  • Once more, with felines: half the world gets online

    Jun 12 2019

    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 politics is increasingly fractured along racial lines. And, why is it that screams are so prevalent in popular culture? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: All the presidents men

    Jun 11 2019

    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 limelight? Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Independence say: Hong Kong’s ongoing protests

    Jun 11 2019

    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 in America; we speak with an inmate who’s spent half a lifetime in solitary. And, the sheikhs of Iraq who help resolve disputes—and are available for hire. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • No way to tweet a friend: Trump’s Mexico tariffs

    Jun 10 2019

    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 doing more harm than good. And, we meet some of the Filipino sailors who keep the global shipping industry afloat. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s Picks: June 7th 2019

    Jun 07 2019

    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 slaughter of pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum be Sudan’s Tiananmen? (7:43) And, why baseball reflects America’s desire to be different (14:39) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tory story: Britain’s next prime minister

    Jun 07 2019

    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 ailments that could be treated by magic mushrooms. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Who can lead Britain through Brexit?

    Jun 06 2019

    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. And she asks the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, how he would avoid a no-deal Brexit and about explaining the National Health Service to President Donald Trump For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Basta! The EU challenges Italy’s finances

    Jun 06 2019

    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 as an election looms, the government is rethinking its openness. And, the plague of “presenteeism”: when your work is done, just go home. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Fusing the future

    Jun 05 2019

    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 private start-ups racing to be first, could the long-promised dream of nuclear fusion - to provide clean, limitless, carbon-free power - finally be about to come true? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Same as the old boss? Crackdown in Sudan

    Jun 05 2019

    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 and how much of it can be pinned on American-made weapons. And, a look at the striking effects of a striker: how one footballer’s image is reducing Islamophobia in Liverpool. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Tariffs at dawn

    Jun 04 2019

    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 a toxic working environment can poison lives even among do-gooders. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Thirty years of forgetting: Tiananmen

    Jun 04 2019

    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 requiring immigrants to speak host-nations’ languages are counter-productive. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Get pomped up: Trump’s British visit

    Jun 03 2019

    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 “special relationship”. We consider how regulators and the tech giants can tackle the wilds of the internet to make browsing safe for children. And, a Ramadan drama in Saudi Arabia that reveals how the crown prince wants his kingdom to be perceive...more

  • The Economist asks: Who will run tomorrow’s top companies?

    May 31 2019

    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 protecting profits with protecting their employees For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Protectionist racket: trade-war rhetoric

    May 31 2019

    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 grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX planes might change air-safety regulation. And a visit to Venice’s Biennale, where immigration and climate change are taking centre stage. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s Picks: May 30th 2019

    May 30 2019

    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 in the Midwest are altering American attitudes to climate change (9’24). And, 30 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, many Chinese know little about the bloodshed (18’07) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...more

  • Likudn’t: Israel’s political crisis

    May 30 2019

    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 to the rule of law are proliferating in eastern Europe. And, we visit Crimea’s winemakers, who are struggling after annexation by Russia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Rash behaviour

    May 29 2019

    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, economic historian, what can be learnt from the industrial revolution in today’s world of automation and robots. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Baba Go Slow: Nigeria’s President gets another term

    May 29 2019

    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 effective in his second term? Also, why so many climbers are perishing on the slopes of Everest. And for the first time in football history, clubs from just one nation compete in Europe’s top tournaments. How England’s Premier League teams have outpe...more

  • Money talks: Just the job

    May 28 2019

    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 Hong Kong start a corporate shift away from Wall Street? And, the role of clearing houses in averting financial crises. Philip Coggan hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Continental breakfast: European elections

    May 28 2019

    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 showing, buoyed by climate concerns. Despite being "asset-light", some tech companies need property to keep expanding. That’s good news for real-estate investment trusts. And quinoa is the grain getting a new lease of life. For information regard...more

  • The world ahead: Food for thought

    May 27 2019

    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 languages for future generations. Tom Standage hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Are the Victorians a model for Brexit Britain?

    May 24 2019

    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, to debate how the titans of the 19th century shaped modern Britain. What would Queen Victoria do? And who in the Conservative party do they tip to take over the leadership? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • This May hurt: British politics

    May 24 2019

    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 battles over his financial records, and more defeats are likely if the cases head to the Supreme Court. And, why is it that some music can give you chills? Additional music: “Try Again” by Posthuman, “Blackwall” by Snakebitesmile. For informati...more

  • Editor’s Picks: May 23rd 2019

    May 23 2019

    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 triumph. Can China, home to half the world’s pigs, curb the epidemic of African swine flu (6’28)? And Brazil faces painful disagreement over how to commemorate its history of slavery (12’54) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com...more

  • Repeat performance: India’s election

    May 23 2019

    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 global politics. And, why Silicon Valley’s latest obsession is optimising sleepy time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Data to the rescue

    May 22 2019

    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 special edition of Babbage examining how humanitarian organisations use data and what they can learn from the profit-making tech industry. This episode was recorded live from Wilton Park, in collaboration with the United Nations OCHA Centre for Hum...more

  • Ibiza remix: Austria and the European fringe

    May 22 2019

    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 travel, we look at the sketchy economics of moving off-world. And, a stark warning for lovers of avocados: supply concerns make it a volatile brunch choice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: When the chips are down

    May 21 2019

    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 private companies themselves can promote freer trade. And Jennifer Eberhardt, a professor of psychology, on the science of racial bias. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • In a heartbeat: abortion in America

    May 21 2019

    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 discuss the superstitions driving the violence. And, why young Americans are having so little sex. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Battle for legitimacy: Afghanistan v the Taliban

    May 20 2019

    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 trend isn’t set to continue. And we examine why presidential libraries are so controversial, and why Barack Obama’s is no exception. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Cass Sunstein

    May 17 2019

    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 left-wing Democrats might be their own worst enemy For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Private iniquity? The Abraaj case

    May 17 2019

    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 win back a disillusioned electorate? And why do sausages figure so strongly on voting day? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s Picks: May 16th 2019

    May 16 2019

    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 Afghan government is losing the war against the Taliban (10’23). And a tale of golden fleeces—why people in Senegal pay a fortune for fancy sheep (20’19) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • May, EU live in interesting times: Brexit

    May 16 2019

    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 conflict, but as war has dragged on their welcome is wearing thin. And, kinky and camp meet fraught politics in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.Additional music "Thoughtful" and "Under Suspicion" by Lee Rosevere. For information regarding your d...more

  • Babbage: Facing the future?

    May 15 2019

    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 boss, Jeff Bezos, draws inspiration from science fiction in his aim to build space habitats. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Don’t spend it all at once: Pakistan and the IMF

    May 15 2019

    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. And, how French names reveal social trends that census data cannot. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A US-China game of nerves

    May 14 2019

    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 both countries and found that, with China’s daunting rise, making money is no longer enough to keep friendly relations. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Supply demands: Yemen peace talks

    May 14 2019

    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, democracy has stalled as economies have stagnated. Yet for democracy to succeed elsewhere, its Latin American shoots must be preserved. And, a splashy apartment building in Bulgaria that’s become emblematic of graft.Additional music "Chez Space" by...more

  • Spare the Rodrigo: Philippine elections

    May 13 2019

    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 for new antibiotics, the incentives to produce them are fewer? And, a trip to the tiny Greek island of Delos, for an unusual meeting of modern art and protected antiquity.Runtime: 21min For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com...more

  • The Economist asks: Melinda Gates

    May 10 2019

    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 Anne and Melinda swap top tips for getting teenagers to do the washing up For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Unbalance of trade: China-America talks

    May 10 2019

    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 calories, but the truth is that the scientific-sounding measure is mightily misleading. And, as Uber goes public, we take an instructive ride through historic disruptions of the taxi industry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.co...more

  • Editor’s Picks: May 9th 2019

    May 09 2019

    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 shrinking, despite headlines from the southern border (10:05). And, what the latest trends in baby names say about how France is changing (17:34) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Generals’ election: Thai politics

    May 09 2019

    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 in Idlib, the last stronghold of Syrian rebels, we examine how Russia’s involvement in Syria has expanded its role in the Middle East. And, a visit with the soldier-poets of Guinea-Bissau. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acas...more

  • Babbage: Uber traffic

    May 08 2019

    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 modern technology as anti-human. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Nuclear diffusion: Iran

    May 08 2019

    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 impressive new effort to get inside the minds of those unable to speak. And, why is it that British food gets such a bad rap? The answer stretches back to the Industrial Revolution. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/p...more

  • Money talks: Tech’s raid on the banks

    May 07 2019

    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 battle to be the bank of the future? And could having a bank in your pocket make your money safer? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Mayor may not: Turkey’s election re-run

    May 07 2019

    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 tweet, but one senator is warning of a grave danger that transcends tit-for-tat tariffs. And, why there’s a growing feminist contingent in a genre of Brazilian music known for its misogyny. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acas...more

  • Everything in moderation: YouTube

    May 06 2019

    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 gun violence in Chicago. And a look at the declining number of royal families, and why some that have survived will stick around. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Bret Easton Ellis

    May 03 2019

    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 disconnect. And he apologises for claiming millennials don’t care about literature For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Barr, none: the White House’s defiance

    May 03 2019

    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 social-media behemoth is fighting. Mark Zuckerberg’s bid to remake the platform will probably ape its Chinese rival, WeChat. And, we check into the Czech Republic and Poland, finding one immigrant group being embraced in a notoriously anti-migrant...more

  • Editor’s Picks: May 2nd 2019

    May 02 2019

    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 Democrats and American foreign policy—a chance for radical rethinkers (12:43). And, Netflix and pills—why the drugs industry should take inspiration from the entertainment industry (23:38) For information regarding your data privacy, visit aca...more

  • Buy the bullet: global defence spending

    May 02 2019

    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 Macron’s efforts to calm an already protest-prone populace. And, academics have been trying to determine which English-speaking country produces the most bullshit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Net zero Britain

    May 01 2019

    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 Spiegelhalter discusses ‘The Art of Statistics’. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Putsch comes to shove: Venezuela

    May 01 2019

    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 world, why they succeed or fail and even how to predict them. And, a dramatic embassy raid reveals why it’s so tough to be a North Korean dissident. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Rise of the No Men

    Apr 30 2019

    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 men”. Also, after Avengers: Endgame broke box office records, will Disney Hulk smash the streaming competition later this year? Philip Coggan hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Inflationary pressure: Argentina’s strikes

    Apr 30 2019

    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 struggle to shake perceptions of a conflict of interest. And, America’s Supreme Court is deciding whether to ensure trademark protection for businesses with some pretty racy names. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...more

  • The world ahead: When the drugs don't work

    Apr 29 2019

    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 address the global shortage of medical staff. Anne McElvoy hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Crossing the “t”s: China-America trade talks

    Apr 29 2019

    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 markets—the trick will be using that newfound power effectively. And, we have a sniff of a pungent Egyptian holiday treat that has the potential to kill. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Ian McEwan

    Apr 26 2019

    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 talk about why young writers should switch off their smartphones For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The strain in Spain: an election looms

    Apr 26 2019

    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 policies: first, we speak to one of the victims of decades of forced sterilisation, for which the government apologised this week. And, given the country’s notorious culture of work—itself a consequence of post-war reconstruction—not everyone relish...more

  • Editor’s Picks: April 25th 2019

    Apr 25 2019

    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 Britain’s artful compromise on Huawei and 5G is a model for other countries (10:17). And, geoengineering could alleviate climate change, but with politically explosive consequences (14:54) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acas...more

  • Five Eyes and 5G: the Huawei debate

    Apr 25 2019

    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 hands of Congress, what should happen, and will American democracy be the better for it? And, after years of considering how office interiors affect workers, the focus has shifted outside. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.co...more

  • Babbage: The genetic revolution

    Apr 24 2019

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Troubling: a death in Northern Ireland

    Apr 24 2019

    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 South Africa’s job market, and the push to get more young people into work. And, why is there a spate of politicians who speak multiple languages? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Waging bull

    Apr 23 2019

    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 most desirable cities are becoming a bit less expensive.  Simon Longs hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Worrying new threat: tragedy in Sri Lanka

    Apr 23 2019

    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, drawing lessons from Brazil’s sprawling Lava Jato investigation. And, a visit to what will be the precise geographic centre of the European Union—if and when Britain leaves. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Early to wed: child marriage in Africa

    Apr 22 2019

    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 its ethnic overtones may soon worry the Communist Party. And, a chat—as well as a hard-fought match—with Africa’s first World Scrabble Champion. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Renée Fleming

    Apr 19 2019

    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 isn’t in trouble and how to reclaim the title of “diva” for the 21st century For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Planes, trains and automobiles: the travails of travel

    Apr 19 2019

    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 take one of the many sleeper train services that are cropping up (we discuss why train travel is such a draw, particularly for artists). Or you might get stuck in traffic (we visit the places where traffic jams are seen as opportunity rather than ...more

  • Editor’s Picks: April 18th 2019

    Apr 18 2019

    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 cathedral provoke more global grief than the recent deadly floods in Mozambique? (9:54) And, why Pakistan risks exterminating a bird that lays golden eggs (15:23) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • [Redacted]: the Mueller report

    Apr 18 2019

    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 for decades, but comedians who take up politics are an increasingly potent force. And, why Pakistani citizens don’t much mind that their local doctor might be a total quack. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Am-AI-zon

    Apr 17 2019

    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 disasters fade from collective memory. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Roads to success: Indonesia’s election

    Apr 17 2019

    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 stockmarkets, their business models don’t look so sure-footed. And, a battle is heating up as hotpot, a spicy Chinese dish, spreads globally. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Big bank theory

    Apr 16 2019

    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 a scandal? And, Tiger Woods’s stroke of genius—for the business of golf. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • And then, silence: a Paris icon burns

    Apr 16 2019

    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 many civilians are killed in its air-strike campaigns—but that’s changing, thanks to help from some of the Pentagon’s loudest critics. And, the Trump administration’s cancellation of a deal for Cuban baseball players won’t stop them making thei...more

  • Modi’s operandi: India’s enormous election

    Apr 15 2019

    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 increasingly under the microscope of regulators; we take a look at the seemingly intractable problem of policing online content. And, pole-dancing is trying to shed its seedy image. But can it also develop into a global sport? For information regardi...more

  • The Economist asks: Preet Bharara

    Apr 12 2019

    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 about how politicised the Mueller report has become. And, Mr Bharara reveals what crime he would be tempted to commit and why he loves mafia movies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Bashir and present danger: Sudan’s coup

    Apr 12 2019

    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 financial system—we examine its fundamental shortcomings. And, the human family tree got bigger this week, but as new data flood in the murkier the human-evolution story seems to get. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/pri...more

  • Editor’s Picks: April 11th 2019

    Apr 11 2019

    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 wrestler masquerading as commander-in-chief (7:54). And kidney donors are wanted, dead or alive—we consider how to persuade more of the living to donate (15:39) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Brussels’ doubts: another Brexit delay

    Apr 11 2019

    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, rating people and businesses on their trustworthiness. And, a chat with Dame Stephanie Shirley, a pioneering programmer since before it was a male-dominated field. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Hypersonic Boom

    Apr 10 2019

    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 1962, gives advice to women in tech today. And, how to knit a sports car with carbon fibre. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Bibi got back: Israel’s election

    Apr 10 2019

    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 lunar landings is more about national flag-planting than it is about science. And, how will economies adjust as the old increasingly outnumber the young?Additional audio courtesy of NASA. Additional music "Fanfare" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod. For...more

  • Money talks: Banking on independence

    Apr 09 2019

    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? Also, Airbus’s new boss seeks to capitalise as Boeing flounders. And, can the exorbitant cost of cross-border remittances be brought down? Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The new mediocre: the world economy

    Apr 09 2019

    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 a growing risk of jihadism. And, why is it that concern about climate-change comes and goes?  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tripoli threat: a warlord’s bid to take Libya

    Apr 08 2019

    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 gender. But who’s to blame, and how to fix it? And, the tricky business of making slot machines appeal to a generation of gamers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Juan Manuel Santos

    Apr 05 2019

    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 “golden bridge” to give up power peacefully For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Theresa looks left: Brexit negotiations

    Apr 05 2019

    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 history’s most horrifying campaigns of slaughter; our correspondent reflects on Rwanda, then and now. And, a prominent scientist seeks a molecule that confers all of the fun of alcohol, but none of the risks. For information regarding your dat...more

  • Editor’s picks: April 4th 2019

    Apr 04 2019

    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, the real battle to overhaul the system begins (9:24). And, where a rejuvenated Tiger Woods ranks on The Economist’s forecast for the golf Masters (14:58). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Resigned to it: Algeria’s president

    Apr 04 2019

    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 week, calling for stricter gun laws; the country’s debate over gun ownership is intensifying. And, the gender pay gap in many countries is exacerbated by parenthood—you can hear it in the data. For information regarding your data privacy, visit ...more

  • Babbage: Dino-more

    Apr 03 2019

    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 that make up consciousness. And, why being heard in the House of Commons is not always essential to getting things done. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Fund while it lasted: the 1MDB scandal

    Apr 03 2019

    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 maker of OxyContin, a maligned opioid drug. But why are so many recent corporate scandals coming out of America? And, a fabulously popular Chinese soap challenges deeply held notions of filial duty. For information regarding your data privacy, v...more

  • Money talks: Opioid scandal

    Apr 02 2019

    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 fading fortunes of European banks and NYC’s $100bn congestion problem. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Vote with pride: LGBT politicians

    Apr 02 2019

    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 calling for more regulation of Facebook should come as no surprise; social-media giants are reckoning with hard truths about where technology meets society. And, Korean pop music’s dark underbelly is revealed. For information regarding your data...more

  • AK, not quite OK: Turkey’s elections

    Apr 01 2019

    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 Cyclone Idai. And, as Europe comes onto Daylight Savings Time, a look into the past and the doubtful future of the practice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Matteo Renzi

    Mar 29 2019

    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 rather Italian. This interview was recorded at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Comic’s relief? Ukraine’s presidential race

    Mar 29 2019

    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 objects are getting louder. And, why the humble baguette is falling out of favour in France (plus, the secret to making them crispy). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Editor’s picks: March 28th 2019

    Mar 28 2019

    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 is unlikely (9:20). And, why museums should return stolen art, but accept donations from almost anyone (18:57) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Another dance ‘round the May poll: Brexit

    Mar 28 2019

    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 measles outbreak, we discuss anti-vaccine misinformation and examine its grave consequences. And, your formal grammar knowledge has little to do with your grammar skills; it’s time to change how the subject is taught. For information regarding you...more

  • Babbage: DiagNoses

    Mar 27 2019

    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 solution for recharging the pacemaker. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Seeing the Lighthizer: China trade talks

    Mar 27 2019

    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 move in a reshuffling of the entire entertainment industry. And, why Kim Jong Un has appeared a bit more approachable recently—and why not to be fooled. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Too close to the Son

    Mar 26 2019

    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 charisma in good leadership.  Rachana Shanbhogue hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Loan behold: a global-economy danger

    Mar 26 2019

    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, the surprising rise of “Slovakia’s Erin Brockovich” ahead of the country’s presidential election For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 23rd 2019 edition

    Mar 25 2019

    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 their needs. Josie Delap hosts. This is the last episode of “Tasting menu”. For highlights from The Economist every Thursday, search for “Editor’s Picks”, from Economist Radio, wherever you listen to podcasts For information regarding your da...more

  • Collusion elusion: the Mueller report

    Mar 25 2019

    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 hard-left Syriza party stormed to power in Greece. But it has broken many of its campaign promises. As an early election looms, we take a look at Syriza’s slow slide. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Slow social

    Mar 22 2019

    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 historic figures. And we ask what the former headmaster of Eton College is bringing to China’s educational system. Tom Standage hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/...more

  • The never-ending saga: Brexit delayed

    Mar 22 2019

    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 years ago. The only hitch is that the generals are trying to influence the outcome, and anyone who criticises the ruling royal family can be thrown in prison. And how do you make a whisky age more quickly? The answer lies in dance music. We take...more

  • The Economist asks: Ben Shapiro

    Mar 21 2019

    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 governments are responsible for controlling extreme content online. Also, does Ben Shapiro ever regret having gone too far and which presidential hopeful gets his bet for 2020 and beyond?Music by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For info...more

  • Not now, Theresa: Postponing Britain’s EU goodbye

    Mar 21 2019

    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 first. Also, are stronger strains of cannabis causing psychosis among users? And why Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump should have eaten “family-style” to help pull off a nuclear deal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/priv...more

  • Babbage: Insectageddon?

    Mar 20 2019

    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? Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Alpha Beto: O’Rourke’s appeal

    Mar 20 2019

    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 high environmental cost. Also, does the field of economics have a culture that is off-putting to women? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: #Metoo in Economics

    Mar 19 2019

    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 Association, about their experiences and what can be done to achieve change For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • War and pestilence: Ebola makes a comeback

    Mar 19 2019

    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 will not be a happy birthday. And Rodrigo Duterte wants to rename the Philippines. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 16th 2019 edition

    Mar 18 2019

    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 has turned 30—what does its future hold? Lane Greene hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Replacement anxiety: White supremacist terrorism

    Mar 18 2019

    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 experience in the 20th century without offending the Communist Party. And our San Francisco correspondent goes in pursuit of free stuff - a lot of it-in the Bay Area. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Can't deal with it: Brexit

    Mar 15 2019

    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 climate protests by schoolchildren, we examine how a proposal regarding geoengineering—radically reversing the effects of climate change—reflects coming squabbles over regulating the approaches. And, why is it so difficult to open an Irish pub i...more

  • The Economist asks: Ricky Gervais

    Mar 14 2019

    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 comedy, “After Life”, and whether dogs might save the world For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Lights out: Venezuela’s blackout

    Mar 14 2019

    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 testament - gets a fresh new translation. Music courtesy of Ethan James McCollum For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Pioneers of the WWW

    Mar 13 2019

    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 Nelson and Vint Cerf, and then asks what the WWW might look like in the future. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Losing the plot: Brexit

    Mar 13 2019

    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 Africa is intensifying, as Russia, China, Europe and America all see potential in the continent. And more gender-inclusive language is proving a headache for grammarians. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Boeing grounded

    Mar 12 2019

    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 Volkswagen announces plans to cut jobs as it launches a fleet of new electric cars. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Flying stop: Boeing

    Mar 12 2019

    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 isolate and control the country’s internet. His bid to regain Russians’ full attention may come too late. And, we look at why so many women are getting divorced in Bangladesh. Additional audio from Anton Scherbakov For information regarding your dat...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 9th 2019 edition

    Mar 11 2019

    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. Christopher Lockwood hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The sensitive month: Tibet

    Mar 11 2019

    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 changing climate; we examine the dangers that many are ignoring. And, a look back at André Previn—and a life of far more than just show tunes and showmanship. Additional audio courtesy of Twitter users @ngagya95 and @TibetPeople For information ...more

  • The Economist asks: Is education the great leap forward for feminism?

    Mar 08 2019

    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 irked by charges of supporting "trendy" causes? The event was organised by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Fifth time unlucky: Algeria’s protests

    Mar 08 2019

    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 sometimes be better run when their leaders are out of action. And, knife crime is on the rise in Britain, but the causes—and the solutions—are a matter of uncomfortable debate. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Christine Lagarde

    Mar 07 2019

    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 delayed and how the IMF can help Venezuela. Ms Lagarde also reflects on the loneliness of being a woman at the top and how women need to stick together. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Guilt and association: Paul Manafort

    Mar 07 2019

    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 Pakistan, we look at how Hindu nationalism has shaped Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s time in office, and will shape his re-election campaign. And, how North Korean refugees ship money home illicitly. For information regarding your data privacy, vi...more

  • Babbage: Breaking the ice

    Mar 06 2019

    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 Fortnite have the online platforms of Steam and Google locked in their sights. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Trudeau in trouble: a sunny leader in stormy times

    Mar 06 2019

    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 income is being tested in practice. Also, young men in Pakistan grow some very fancy beards. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Winter is coming

    Mar 05 2019

    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 seller ‘Good to Great’, explains the flywheel principle. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Xi’ll meet again: China’s People’s Congress opens

    Mar 05 2019

    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 narrators for an investor seeking to gain insight into a company. But there are new data sources that are making it harder for executives to mislead them. And an attic in France has yielded a find some claim to have been painted by the 17th centur...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 2nd 2019 edition

    Mar 04 2019

    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 as a perfect guide to the English language? Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • A thirsty world: the future of water

    Mar 04 2019

    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 spoke of a national effort to fix the country’s economy and to tackle crime and corruption. Can he deliver on those promises? And how a big-budget Chinese film reflects the philosophy of the country’s leader. For information regarding your data pr...more

  • Bibi one more time? Binyamin Netanyahu

    Mar 01 2019

    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 tactics and perceived relationship with the Chinese state. But a greater concern is going unmentioned. And, why autonomous-vehicle firms are taking their wares to retirement communities. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.c...more

  • The Economist asks: Is Brexit happening?

    Feb 28 2019

    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 listen. Also, what will the EU’s relationship with Britain be after the divorce and could Britain rejoin the EU? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Line of control: India-Pakistan

    Feb 28 2019

    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, and how to escape it? And, under the threat of a potentially costly infectious disease, Denmark is building a border wall. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The element-hunters

    Feb 27 2019

    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 the search is on for element 119, but on the other side of the world in California, researchers are hesitant. Is chemistry over? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Chaos and calculation: Brexit

    Feb 27 2019

    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 cheap, existing drugs in new ways. And, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the desire to adequately mourn the dead opens a market opportunity for paid wailers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: No magic sauce

    Feb 26 2019

    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 investing was for “granola eaters”, now tells us companies should be less dominated by white males. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Two for the show: Trump meets Kim

    Feb 26 2019

    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 what he has—and hasn’t—done for the city. And, we examine Hungary’s curious effort to stem its population slide. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 23rd 2019 edition

    Feb 25 2019

    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 humour. Lane Greene hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • It’s bean difficult: the China-America trade war

    Feb 25 2019

    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 ethics and security concerns around re-admitting their citizens who have fought with Islamic State. And, there’s a rising favourite among wine investors—but it could represent a bubble. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.co...more

  • The world ahead: Shifting sands of the Sahel

    Feb 22 2019

    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 rise of the couture designer in China. Tom Standage hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Alms held up: Venezuela

    Feb 22 2019

    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 shareholders, we look back on a half-century’s-worth of wisdom from the “Sage of Omaha”. And in Japan, longer lives are leading to more books by and for the elderly. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Feb 21 2019

    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 romantic lead. They discuss why there is still so little diversity behind the camera and how much power directors have to change the status quo For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Sins of the fathers: the Vatican and child abuse

    Feb 21 2019

    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 there’s a giant wave pool, thirty thousand workers, free cats—and a glimpse of the state of China’s economy. And, an effort to resurrect the native language of Hawaii has brought unexpected benefits. For information regarding your data privacy,...more

  • Babbage: Joker AAAStronauts

    Feb 20 2019

    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 is required for a successful mission to Mars. And can machines become scientists? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Prince on tour: Muhammad bin Salman

    Feb 20 2019

    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 take a look at where all that money is going. And we speak to Nadine Labaki, the first female Arab film-maker nominated for an Oscar. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: B&B — Brexit and Business

    Feb 19 2019

    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 effect will this have on the British economy? Richard Cockett hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Labour’s love lost: British politics

    Feb 19 2019

    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 generation is lighting the way. And our Russia editor has a bit of a hobby—one that puts him at the nexus of language, drama and truth. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 16th 2019 edition

    Feb 18 2019

    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 fiction hits big screens in China. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • State of the unionising: Amazon

    Feb 18 2019

    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 halls”; we drop into one. And mezcal is on the rise, but can tequila’s more-traditional cousin survive if the whole world wants a shot?Music credit: "Chez Space" by The Freeharmonic Orchestra (CC-BY) For information regarding your data priva...more

  • Emergency measures: America’s border deal

    Feb 15 2019

    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 of electoral fraud are already flying; the only certainty is that the result will be contested. And, we bid farewell to Opportunity, a Mars rover that vastly exceeded what was expected of it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit ac...more

  • The Economist asks: Why is there always trouble in the Trump White House?

    Feb 14 2019

    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 the president is great in a crisis and the true meaning of “executive time” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • IS this the end? Islamic State’s last stand

    Feb 14 2019

    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 derailment of an attempt by India’s railway minister to tout a new high-speed line. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Regulating fake news

    Feb 13 2019

    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 award-winning inventor of GPS on how his early atomic clock just keeps getting better with age. Kenneth Cukier hosts  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • It’s not easy: the Green New Deal

    Feb 13 2019

    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 explore the challenges South Africa’s president faces as an election looms. And our language columnist declares war on misused metaphors. Additional audio courtesy of Sunrise Movement & FDR Presidential Library. For information regarding you...more

  • Money talks: A billionaire, a scandal and business…

    Feb 12 2019

    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? Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Independents’ day: Catalans on trial

    Feb 12 2019

    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 centrist tendencies are an advantage or a handicap. And a retrospective of the photographer Don McCullin’s work reveals extremes of human experience and suffering. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 9th 2019 edition

    Feb 11 2019

    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. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • You say you want: Revisiting Iran’s revolution

    Feb 11 2019

    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 brakes on the motorcycle-maker. And, we tackle an old ethics conundrum and its relevance to future autonomous vehicles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Princess unbridled: Thai politics

    Feb 08 2019

    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 way for Earthlings to try contacting aliens—but what kinds of messages is humanity sending them? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: how to tax the rich?

    Feb 07 2019

    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 target? Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: Weapons redrawn

    Feb 07 2019

    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 launches a system to combat fake-medicines—an expansive and expensive project that few think is necessary. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: A bill of data rights

    Feb 06 2019

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: Credible, but critical

    Feb 06 2019

    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 the polls, as a Muslim minority calls for greater autonomy. The result might help calm centuries of violence. Finally, we take a trip to the shiny centre of China’s gold industry, just as golden-gift-giving spikes around the lunar new year. For i...more

  • Money talks: Crude awakening

    Feb 05 2019

    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, baijiu, plan to go global. Host Simon Long tastes it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: Don’t despair, America

    Feb 05 2019

    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 has his capture and trial had on the drugs trade? Finally, Japanese schools and businesses have some onerous grooming rules, stipulating even sock colour—but things seem to be changing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.co...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 2nd 2019 edition

    Feb 04 2019

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: A despot’s calculation

    Feb 04 2019

    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 world. Finally, there’s an Iranian pop star who was once a darling of the regime. What’s changed? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: Be careful on the way out

    Feb 01 2019

    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 show up in all kinds of new technologies. And, our obituaries editor discusses the career of master accordionist Marcel Azzola, and how lives can be celebrated in writing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Jacinda Ardern

    Jan 31 2019

    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 Zealand has had enough of being left off the map For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: Down and out in “iPhone City”

    Jan 31 2019

    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 election—but his policy plans remain unclear. And, a big diamond up for auction in Angola today is a crystal-clear sign of change for the country. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Ethically challenged

    Jan 30 2019

    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 by climate change. And we look at the phenomenon of the placebo button. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: This is not a coup

    Jan 30 2019

    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 the China trade talks that start today even more tense than last time. And, why is it getting easier to get good-quality Indian food in the truck stops of America?Additional music: Cylinder Five by Chris Zabriskie. For information regarding yo...more

  • Money talks: Calming down hyperinflation

    Jan 29 2019

    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. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: Deal, delay or dither?

    Jan 29 2019

    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 robots? And, the surprising number of uses that Cubans have found for condoms. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 26th 2019 edition

    Jan 28 2019

    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 Economist Radio. Josie Delap hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The price of the American government shutdown

    Jan 25 2019

    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 look back on “The week ahead”, and look forward to what’s next.Creative commons attribution 4.0 International Chez Space by The Freeharmonic Orchestra For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Regulating AI

    Jan 24 2019

    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 closer to Hong Kong? Anne McElvoy hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Is this the era of slowbalisation?

    Jan 24 2019

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Droning on

    Jan 23 2019

    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, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Intelligence: Trailer

    Jan 23 2019

    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 digs past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be. For a daily burst of global illumination, you need more than just the facts. You need The Intelligence. For information regarding ...more

  • Money talks: Achtung maybe?

    Jan 22 2019

    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 investor. Philip Coggan hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 19th 2019 edition

    Jan 21 2019

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Plan B, or not to be?

    Jan 18 2019

    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 GDP will be dented not only by trade woes with America but also graver economic worries. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What’s behind the new anti-Semitism?

    Jan 17 2019

    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 what it is to be Jewish in America. And, from Larry David to “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”, when is it ok to joke about Jewishness? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: A growing conCERN

    Jan 16 2019

    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 groundbreaking research on cancer drugs. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Cost of the shutdown

    Jan 15 2019

    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 fund and what can it teach other countries? Philip Coggan hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 12th 2019 edition

    Jan 14 2019

    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 2019

    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 economy. And, our correspondent has an unexpectedly long chat with President Donald Trump’s most vocal Republican critic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How pushy should parents be?

    Jan 10 2019

    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 there any alternatives to the “rug-rat race”? Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Will China dominate science?

    Jan 09 2019

    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 on the far side of the moon. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: The Euro at 20

    Jan 08 2019

    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 Twitter, Bruce Daisley, tells us to turn off phone notifications and how to increase the joy of work. Philip Coggan hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 5th 2019 edition

    Jan 07 2019

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Hungry for change

    Jan 04 2019

    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 whole system of international trade is changing; we examine why. And, what causes people to so reliably and violently react to split infinitives? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Best of 2018

    Jan 03 2019

    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 disagree over the promise of #MeToo. And David Sedaris finds comedy in the most excruciating circumstances. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Success of 'disability tech'

    Jan 02 2019

    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 in the aerospace and automotive industries. And, can the symptoms of phantom limb syndrome be harnessed to enhance prosthetics? Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Bright economic stars

    Jan 01 2019

    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 weather. In the past, the list has included Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, Freakonomics’ Steven Levitt and Esther Duflo. Our host, Soumaya Keynes, takes a road trip to meet four of the most promising economists of the decade: Stefanie Stantcheva, Meliss...more

  • Tasting menu: A walk through Queens

    Dec 31 2018

    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 Grace Meng explains the racial tensions bubbling under the surface and the importance of homemade dumplings. And down in Jamaica Bay, a more ancient migration is taking flight. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Bolsonaro’s bold agenda

    Dec 28 2018

    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 back on a year of lives celebrated. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: The wordsmiths

    Dec 27 2018

    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 snowflakes”, the pros and cons of Americanisms and the key to great writing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Best of 2018

    Dec 26 2018

    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 unique evolutionary traits. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: The cover story

    Dec 24 2018

    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 thousand words? Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Will you (not) marry me?

    Dec 21 2018

    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 "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Week ahead: The great emu bubble

    Dec 21 2018

    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 great emu bubble? We explore the curiously dangerous history of harmony in choral music. And in Belgium, the renovation of the world’s largest African museum at last confronts the country’s horrific colonial past. Jason Palmer hosts. For informatio...more

  • The Economist asks: How is Trump changing the presidency?

    Dec 20 2018

    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 grow in office. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: A little more conservation

    Dec 19 2018

    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 more superficial. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: The Christmas jamboree

    Dec 18 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 15th 2018 edition

    Dec 17 2018

    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 hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Yemen’s overlooked war

    Dec 14 2018

    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 parliamentarians over the holidays. Also, in Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers’ worrying efforts to hamstring incoming Democrats / Additional audio provided courtesy of Ben Wikler For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Brexit — what next?

    Dec 13 2018

    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 May’s next moves, a Norway option and the possibility of a second referendum For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Lots in space

    Dec 12 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Huawei in the spotlight

    Dec 11 2018

    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 Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 8th 2018 edition

    Dec 10 2018

    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 podcast included a story on new business regulations in Cuba which is now out of date.) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Brexit ramp

    Dec 07 2018

    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 a look back at the life and presidency of George H.W. Bush, with our journalists and one of his cabinet members. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Is populism the problem or the fix?

    Dec 06 2018

    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 to a free press and if there should be a second Brexit referendum. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Waymo to go

    Dec 05 2018

    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 anniversary of the “Mother of all demos” computing presentation. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Easing into a recovery?

    Dec 04 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 1st 2018 edition

    Dec 03 2018

    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 Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Troubled waters

    Nov 30 2018

    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, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office. Is he a new broom, or a loose cannon? Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: General Stanley McChrystal

    Nov 29 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The baby crisperer

    Nov 28 2018

    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, technology executive and investor Elad Gil what it takes for a startup to become a technology giant. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Move over, baby boomers

    Nov 27 2018

    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 "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0)  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Going, going, Ghosn

    Nov 27 2018

    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 dismissed from his post as chairman? And, the challenges facing new pub landlords in Ireland. Philip Coggan hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 24th 2018 edition

    Nov 26 2018

    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, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: A big deal

    Nov 23 2018

    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 McElvoy does the 'fuzzy maths'. Also on the show: What does victory look like in a trade war with China? And why Donald Trump is wrong to gloss over the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Christopher Lockwood hosts For information r...more

  • The Economist asks: Brexit — can the deal be done?

    Nov 22 2018

    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 the NHS lags behind on technology. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The dos and don'ts of data

    Nov 21 2018

    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 data by the big web platforms could unlock innovations for companies and society. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Trump’s Economics Adviser

    Nov 20 2018

    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

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Age-old problems

    Nov 16 2018

    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 be mitigated, or future risks avoided? And, scientists are dealing with a weight problem they’ve had for some time: the definition of the kilogram. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Anthony Scaramucci

    Nov 15 2018

    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 populist style For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The blame game

    Nov 14 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Monopolies and boardroom games

    Nov 13 2018

    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, The Cold of the Night) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 10th 2018 edition

    Nov 12 2018

    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 hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Sessions ails

    Nov 09 2018

    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 look at the political and logistical headwinds the alliance faces. And next week Tencent, a Chinese tech behemoth, will report more dismal results; how can it withstand the Chinese government’s pressure on games makers? Jason Palmer hosts For i...more

  • The Economist asks: Where next for a divided America?

    Nov 08 2018

    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 Haaland, one of the first native American women elected to Congress, and Democratic Party strategist Celinda Lake. Who won and what does it mean for 2020? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Economist in space

    Nov 07 2018

    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, astrophysicist Simonetta Di Pippo and astronaut Leroy Chiao discuss worldwide cooperation in space. Tom Standage hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Infinite Scroll

    Nov 07 2018

    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 other shortcuts. What kinds of technological solutions might help us cope with the information overload we all experience today? Guests include: Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack; Nathan Jurgenson, Snapchat sociologist. For information regardi...more

  • Money talks: Mid-term matters

    Nov 06 2018

    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 Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 3rd 2018 edition

    Nov 05 2018

    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 hostsMusic: “Sad Marimba Planet” by Lee Rosevere (CCx4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: America’s mid-terms

    Nov 02 2018

    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 heading into. And voter suppression is likely to have big effects in tight races; we take a look at the one for Georgia’s governor. Jason Palmer hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Angela's exit

    Nov 01 2018

    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 Roedder, and our Europe Editor, Christopher Lockwood, on who could succeed her. Music: “Sad Marimba Planet” by Lee Rosevere, “What Does Anybody Know About Anything” by Chris Zabriskie (CC x 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit...more

  • Babbage: Turning the oceans green

    Oct 31 2018

    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 train delays. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: A Little Less Conversation

    Oct 31 2018

    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 us together and make us all friends!) have also met with a darker reality (Facebook might polarize us and spread false information!). Should we be scared of technology that promises to connect the world? Guests include: Robin Dunbar, inventor of ...more

  • Money talks: End of Austerity?

    Oct 30 2018

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 27th 2018 edition

    Oct 29 2018

    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 autonomous cars. Christopher Lockwood hosts. Music: "Super Hero" by TeknoAXE, "Candlepower" by Chris Zabriskie (CCx4.0)  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Oil and trouble

    Oct 26 2018

    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 about it closing again. And our journalists vote on the face to grace Britain’s new £50 note; why do banknotes’ famous figures stir such fervour? Jason Palmer hostsMusic: "Making a Change"; "Evocative"; "I'm going for a Coffee"; by Lee Rosevere(CC...more

  • The world ahead: Universal lessons

    Oct 25 2018

    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 "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What does it mean to be educated?

    Oct 25 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Pie in the sky

    Oct 24 2018

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: VR or It Didn’t Happen

    Oct 24 2018

    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, or does it fool us into thinking we’ve encountered the real thing when we’ve done nothing of the sort? Guests include: Jaron Lanier, VR pioneer; Nonny de la Pena, VR artist; Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. For inform...more

  • Money talks: China jitters

    Oct 23 2018

    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 Shanbhogue hosts. Music: Super Hero by TeknoAXE (CC x 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 20th 2018 edition

    Oct 22 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Polls, apart

    Oct 19 2018

    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 painting done by computer algorithm be considered art? Jason Palmer hostsMusic: "Introducing the Pre-roll"; "Sad Marimba Planet"; "All the Answers"; by Lee Rosevere (CC x 4.0). And "Rain" by Meydän (CC x 4.0). For information regarding your dat...more

  • The Economist asks: Can America remain the world's biggest economic power?

    Oct 18 2018

    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 the challenge posed by China. Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The quantum conundrum

    Oct 17 2018

    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 latest happenings in robotics. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: A Clock in the Sky

    Oct 17 2018

    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 way to spur technological innovation? Guests include: Dava Sobel, author of Longitude. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Sears of change

    Oct 16 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 13th 2018 edition

    Oct 15 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Saudi repression

    Oct 12 2018

    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 National Rally is hoping to come top in next year’s European elections. Jason Palmer hostsMusic: "An Empty Place" by Sarin, "Rain" by Meydän, "Cylinder Four" by Chris Zabriskie (CC x 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.c...more

  • The Economist asks: What would Churchill do in 2018?

    Oct 11 2018

    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? Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: What a difference half a degree makes

    Oct 10 2018

    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 Cukier talks to one of the authors of the report, an advisor to Costa Rica on its pioneering decarbonisation plan and the European refineries industry body on its green efforts.Music: Smooth as Glass by The Freeharmonic Orchestra (CC x 4.0) For i...more

  • The Secret History of the Future: From Zero to Selfie

    Oct 10 2018

    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 we’ve never encountered before, and powerful video manipulation technology threatens to blur the line between real and fake. Are we the new Papuans, about to be overwhelmed by a wholesale media shift? Guests include: Nathan Jurgenson, Snapchat’s ...more

  • Money talks: How do you solve a problem like Brasilia?

    Oct 09 2018

    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 recession. Helen Joyce hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 6th 2018 edition

    Oct 08 2018

    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 chips. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Dances with wolves

    Oct 05 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Xi’s world order

    Oct 04 2018

    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 hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What can history teach spies?

    Oct 04 2018

    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 of the long history of Russia.  And who was the Edward Snowden of the Victorian era? Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The Nobel winners explained

    Oct 03 2018

    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 fish in the deep ocean. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Human Insecurity

    Oct 03 2018

    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 modern-day security? Guests include: Bruce Schneier, famed hacker. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Musk do better!

    Oct 02 2018

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 29th 2018 edition

    Oct 01 2018

    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 final chapter for China’s most beloved storyteller. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh

    Sep 28 2018

    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 "no-deal" Brexit. And David Rennie reports on immigration to Guangzhou. Robert Guest hostsMusic by Noxive, “Resilience”, and Aether, "Umber" (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Bishop Michael Curry

    Sep 27 2018

    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 Trump acts in good faith For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Lessons from Spanish flu

    Sep 26 2018

    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 hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: The Fault in Our Cars

    Sep 26 2018

    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 danger. Can the reaction to that 1899 pedestrian tragedy help us navigate current arguments about safety, blame, commerce, and public space? Guests include: Missy Cummings, Navy fighter pilot and head of the Duke Humans and Autonomy Lab. For inform...more

  • Money talks: Sky’s the limit

    Sep 25 2018

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 22nd 2018 edition

    Sep 24 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Beware Bolsonaro

    Sep 21 2018

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Steve Bannon

    Sep 20 2018

    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 right-wing for his movement? His advice to Boris Johnson on Brexit — and his disagreements with Ivanka Trump.  Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.co...more

  • Babbage: Up in smoke

    Sep 19 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Fork Fashions and Toilet Trends

    Sep 19 2018

    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? Guests include: Astro Teller, Google’s Captain of Moonshots; Margaret Visser, author of "The Rituals of Dinner". For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Tariffic!

    Sep 18 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from The Economist's Open Future season

    Sep 17 2018

    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 Ulvaeus from ABBA. Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The Economist at 175

    Sep 14 2018

    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 debt crisis. And introducing our new China column, Chaguan. Simon Long hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Cylinder One" (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Francis Fukuyama

    Sep 13 2018

    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 playing the identity game better in the American midterms.  Music by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Ma waves ali bye bye

    Sep 12 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: The Body Electric

    Sep 12 2018

    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 augmenting our abilities. Should we be wearing battery-powered caps to improve our concentration, or implanting electricity-emitting devices to expand our thinking capacity? Guests include: Brian Johnson, CEO of Kernel. For information regarding your d...more

  • Money Talks: The Lehman Lessons

    Sep 11 2018

    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

    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 Future” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Wargames

    Sep 07 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What are the forces reshaping today’s Europe?

    Sep 06 2018

    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 reboot but is Angela Merkel the person to lead it? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Content liability

    Sep 05 2018

    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. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: The Box That AI Lives In

    Sep 05 2018

    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, futurist. Luis von Ahn, founder of CAPTCHA and Duolingo. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Crumbling currencies

    Sep 04 2018

    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 chain?  Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 1st 2018 edition

    Sep 03 2018

    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 McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Myanmar’s atrocities

    Aug 31 2018

    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, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: John McCain’s last word

    Aug 30 2018

    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 to Vietnam, Rick Wilson, Republican strategist, and Madeleine Albright, Democrat and former Secretary of State.Audio excerpt courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Audio from “Every Day is Extra” by John Kerry. Copyright © 2018 by John Kerry. Aired ...more

  • Babbage: Peaks and Valleys

    Aug 29 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: NAFTA — alive or dead?

    Aug 28 2018

    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 hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 25th 2018 edition

    Aug 27 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Above the law?

    Aug 24 2018

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Can one whistleblower tame the tech titans?

    Aug 23 2018

    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 electionsMusic by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Will Google translate?

    Aug 22 2018

    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 Hodson hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Chopping zeros off the Bolivar

    Aug 21 2018

    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 hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 18th 2018 edition

    Aug 20 2018

    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 women? Anne McElvoy hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” and "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Secret History of the Future: Trailer

    Aug 20 2018

    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

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Who was Adam Smith?

    Aug 16 2018

    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 villain kept a copy of “The Wealth of Nations” on his bookshelf? Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Jumping the Q

    Aug 15 2018

    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 wind" (CC by 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Generation XX

    Aug 15 2018

    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 Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Sick as a Turkey

    Aug 14 2018

    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

    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 Guest hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Brazil’s telenovela election

    Aug 10 2018

    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 effect on children and families? Simon Long hosts  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: should the veil be a matter for the courts or conscience?

    Aug 09 2018

    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 veil and why she believes Iranian women do not want to be liberated by the West.Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: My corona

    Aug 08 2018

    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 to create new underwater sensors. Kenneth Cukier hosts  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Urban outbidders

    Aug 07 2018

    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 decentralised app for prediction markets. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 4th 2018 edition

    Aug 06 2018

    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 Greene hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The black hole of coal

    Aug 03 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: David Sedaris

    Aug 02 2018

    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 gene in families? And, he reveals all about his sequin culottes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Drive.ai time

    Aug 01 2018

    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 innovation. And, a simple solution to increasing productivity in India. Kenneth Cukier hosts  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Greek Lessons

    Jul 31 2018

    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, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 27th 2018 edition

    Jul 30 2018

    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

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Bjorn from ABBA

    Jul 26 2018

    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 time? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Too hot to handle

    Jul 25 2018

    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 been found? Kenneth Cukier hosts.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: One Belt One Road

    Jul 24 2018

    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 Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 21st 2018 edition

    Jul 23 2018

    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 help prevent global warming. And how to find the many fossils buried within language. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Khan he fix it?

    Jul 20 2018

    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 by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Tony Blair

    Jul 19 2018

    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 Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Paranoid android

    Jul 18 2018

    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 Disease Day. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: W-T-Oh

    Jul 17 2018

    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? Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 14th 2018 edition

    Jul 16 2018

    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 hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The Brexit fears

    Jul 13 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How is warfare changing?

    Jul 12 2018

    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 are learning from decisive urban battles in history. And they explore the way ISIS and a renewed threat from Russia is changing conflict scenarios.Music by Chris Zabriskie (CC by 4.0 UK)  For information regarding your data...more

  • Babbage: The Roboburger

    Jul 11 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Make trade not war

    Jul 10 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 7th 2018 edition

    Jul 09 2018

    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 Britain’s courts and its pubs. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The three T’s of Trump

    Jul 06 2018

    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 France. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The world ahead: Trailer

    Jul 05 2018

    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 world ahead. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How do you revive a classic musical as a tale for today?

    Jul 05 2018

    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, the ways in which Hamilton is not so revolutionary and the limits of colour-blind casting. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Saving white rhino

    Jul 04 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Trolley wars

    Jul 03 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 30th 2018 edition

    Jul 02 2018

    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, inventor of the world wide web, on the failures of the internet; and the urban gardens blossoming in the big smoke. Richard Cockett hosts  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Courting controversy

    Jun 29 2018

    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 Long hosts  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Madeleine Albright

    Jun 28 2018

    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 hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Fixing the internet

    Jun 27 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Netflixonomics

    Jun 26 2018

    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 Petronia after its discovery of oil? Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 23rd 2018 edition

    Jun 25 2018

    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 newspapers are down but certainly not out. And the fight for free speech, from campuses to stand-up comedy. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The Arab revolution

    Jun 23 2018

    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 Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: James Comey

    Jun 22 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Do safe spaces and trigger warnings clash with liberal values?

    Jun 21 2018

    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 justice campaigns riled him.Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Fuel for thought

    Jun 20 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Drums of trade war

    Jun 19 2018

    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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 16th 2018 edition

    Jun 18 2018

    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 midnight sun. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: How Kim Jong won

    Jun 15 2018

    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 stage. Simon Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How should the West respond to Russian meddling?

    Jun 14 2018

    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 of Putin’s steely eyes. Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Polio returns

    Jun 13 2018

    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 there is safety in numbers. Tom Standage hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: G7 handshakes at dawn

    Jun 12 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 9th 2018 edition

    Jun 11 2018

    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 by drone. And is the beautiful game a religion, a science or a fine art? Richard Cockett hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Demolition man

    Jun 08 2018

    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 dominate the beautiful game? Daniel Franklin hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Has the West lost its touch?

    Jun 07 2018

    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 China, and why he thinks Donald Trump is the least of America’s worries.  Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: AI will see you now

    Jun 06 2018

    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 hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: How to top Trump?

    Jun 05 2018

    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 Palmer hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 2nd 2018 edition

    Jun 04 2018

    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 “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Power to the populists

    Jun 01 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Can America’s moderates win the battle of ideas?

    May 31 2018

    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 where the US won’t be top dog forever with Jonathan Cowan, founder of Third Way, David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, and John Negroponte, former US Ambassador. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding ...more

  • Babbage: Gene genius

    May 30 2018

    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 hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: The Italian problem

    May 29 2018

    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 tax could work. Helen Joyce hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 26th 2018 edition

    May 28 2018

    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 could your smart speaker help you talk to God? Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Peace in peril?

    May 25 2018

    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 Lockwood hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Jordan Peterson

    May 24 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Fake views

    May 23 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Is Trump jump-starting business?

    May 22 2018

    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, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 19th 2018 edition

    May 21 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Gaza bloodshed

    May 18 2018

    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 monarchy? Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Sarah Rafferty

    May 17 2018

    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 Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Show me the way to Cordillera

    May 16 2018

    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 evidence of ancient European societies. And the new insect-sized drones that are causing a buzz. Tim Cross hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Sanction Buster - who you gonna call?

    May 15 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 12th 2018 edition

    May 14 2018

    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 by Harvey Weinstein. And are smartphones the key to escaping poverty? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Trump's Iran gamble

    May 11 2018

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What is the role of the male in modern culture?

    May 10 2018

    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 by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: When an algorithm decides your fate

    May 09 2018

    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 decisions? And what if they make a mistake? In this special episode of Babbage, we explore the complex work of algorithmic decision-making. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast....more

  • Money talks: Don’t bank with me Argentina

    May 08 2018

    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 Coggan transforms into Dr Who and looks back at 12 years of his Buttonwood column. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 5th 2018 edition

    May 07 2018

    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 hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Disarmageddon

    May 04 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Should today’s world leaders be hawks or doves?

    May 03 2018

    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 UK) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Big data versus privacy

    May 02 2018

    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 harness the power of big data without losing too much individual privacy? Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Taming crypto

    May 01 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 28th 2018 edition

    Apr 30 2018

    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 shrines that are floating on the stockmarket. Sarah Maslin hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Kim Jong-un crosses the line

    Apr 27 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Is the military swaying Pakistan in the wrong direction?

    Apr 26 2018

    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?Hosted by Anne McElvoy and Edward McBride, our Asia Editor. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK). Geo denies all claims relating to it by Imran Khan in this interview. Similar claims are part of ongoing litigation against Mr Kh...more

  • Babbage: Insane in the methane

    Apr 25 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Trump makes crude jump

    Apr 24 2018

    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 of the European cheese market. Philip Coggan hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 21st 2018 edition

    Apr 23 2018

    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 licence plates are more expensive than cars. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Israel 70 years on

    Apr 20 2018

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What grounds do we have to be optimistic about an Open Future?

    Apr 19 2018

    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) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The planet hunter

    Apr 18 2018

    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 furniture. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Circling around WPP

    Apr 17 2018

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 14th 2018 edition

    Apr 16 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: War crimes in Syria

    Apr 13 2018

    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

    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 Mother" and "Political Tribes", explains why the politics of sharp-edged identities have become so powerful. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Zuckerberg faces Capitol Hill

    Apr 11 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money Talks: Trade 301

    Apr 10 2018

    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 social-safety nets in poorer countries reveals a mixed picture. Helen Joyce hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 7th 2018 edition

    Apr 09 2018

    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 Britain’s queen be related to the Prophet Muhammad? Lane Greene hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: A murder mystery

    Apr 06 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Will China’s tech giants overtake Silicon Valley?

    Apr 05 2018

    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 04 2018

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A bumpy ride

    Apr 03 2018

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: US and them

    Mar 30 2018

    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. Christopher Lockwood hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How can America fix its problem with gun violence?

    Mar 29 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Working AI to five

    Mar 28 2018

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Trading tit for tat

    Mar 26 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 24th 2018 edition

    Mar 26 2018

    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. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Gunning for change

    Mar 23 2018

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Darren Aronofsky

    Mar 22 2018

    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

  • Babbage: Saving Face...book

    Mar 22 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Yi Gang at the helm

    Mar 20 2018

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 17th 2018 edition

    Mar 19 2018

    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 16 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Is Russia waging war on the West?

    Mar 15 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Remembering Stephen Hawking

    Mar 14 2018

    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, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Battle with Beijing

    Mar 13 2018

    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 Venezuela’s ailing economy? Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 10th 2018 edition

    Mar 12 2018

    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 to Bollywood's most adored screen siren. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Russia’s deadly spy games

    Mar 09 2018

    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 08 2018

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Exploring the ocean's hidden depths

    Mar 07 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Steely Tariffs

    Mar 06 2018

    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 differently to men? Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 3rd 2018 edition

    Mar 05 2018

    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 02 2018

    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?

    Mar 01 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Automation for the people

    Feb 28 2018

    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

    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 rapid rise and fall of Anbang. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 24th 2018 edition

    Feb 26 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Russia's disinformation machine

    Feb 23 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: McMafia

    Feb 22 2018

    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

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: The oil club

    Feb 20 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 17th 2018 edition

    Feb 19 2018

    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. Sarah Maslin hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Looming war in Congo

    Feb 16 2018

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Another deadly school massacre. How should America's gun laws change?

    Feb 15 2018

    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

    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. Cathy O'Neil, author of "Weapons of Math Destruction" and Shane Wall, the Chief Technology Officer of HP join our hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Lessons from Norway

    Feb 13 2018

    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 Long hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 10th 2018 edition

    Feb 12 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The charade of North Korean diplomacy

    Feb 09 2018

    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. Christopher Lockwood hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Can the Olympics bring about a truce in Korea?

    Feb 08 2018

    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 of Angela Merkel For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Cars to Mars?

    Feb 07 2018

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Crash course

    Feb 06 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the February 3rd 2018 edition

    Feb 05 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The World in 2018: Backlash

    Feb 02 2018

    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 years? Also, a poem to cheer us through 2018. Anne McElvoy and Daniel Franklin host  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What is the greatest threat to democracy?

    Feb 01 2018

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Tech giants go to medical school

    Jan 31 2018

    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 divorce. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Car talks

    Jan 30 2018

    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 think Goldmans will catch up with Morgan Stanley? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the January 27th 2018 edition

    Jan 29 2018

    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

    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 winter sports. Chris Lockwood hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Will Trump trump Davos?

    Jan 25 2018

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Out-of-body organ

    Jan 24 2018

    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 hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A seismic shift on Wall Street

    Jan 23 2018

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the January 20th 2018 edition

    Jan 22 2018

    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 19 2018

    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 Jane Roe. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Has liberalism failed?

    Jan 18 2018

    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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The ethics of AI

    Jan 17 2018

    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 prepares for its maiden flight. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The World In 2018: Money makes the World In go round

    Jan 16 2018

    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; correspondents from across Asia make their predictions for emerging markets; investors weigh in on how Brexit looks from China and why it could be a big year for big cars For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 13th 2018 edition

    Jan 15 2018

    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

    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 are needed for Japan's ageing population For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist Asks: Michael Wolff

    Jan 11 2018

    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

    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 world’s biggest gadget show? Hal Hodson and Ananyo Bhattacharya host. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Cracking steel — hammer or chisel?

    Jan 09 2018

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 6th 2018 edition

    Jan 08 2018

    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 McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Berating the tyrants of Iran

    Jan 05 2018

    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 faster? Helen Joyce hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Ana Brnabic

    Jan 04 2018

    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 homosexual rights and the influence of Britpop. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Trees take a bough

    Jan 03 2018

    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 hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: New year, new economics?

    Jan 02 2018

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The World in 2018: Out with the old, in with the new

    Dec 29 2017

    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 in Milan are controversial. Plus a rival Chinese city is waiting in the wings to steal the limelight from Hong Kong. Anne McElvoy and Daniel Franklin host the third of six special episodes looking at The World in 2018. For information rega...more

  • The Economist asks: Highlights special

    Dec 28 2017

    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. Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Highlights special

    Dec 27 2017

    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 charged through thin air. Jason Palmer hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: We have to ask about money!

    Dec 26 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting Menu: The remarkable changelessness of Icelandic

    Dec 25 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The World in 2018: Vying for Leadership

    Dec 22 2017

    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 Hong Kong's Umbrella movement and the pro-Democracy party Demosistō, looks beyond a year that saw him imprisoned For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Niall Ferguson

    Dec 21 2017

    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 strengthen the hierarchies that benefit the few? Anne McElvoy discusses this with historian Niall Ferguson For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Remaking tigerland

    Dec 20 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Money Talks: The Quiz

    Dec 19 2017

    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

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The World in 2018: Global risks

    Dec 15 2017

    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 as Islamic State collapses? And will North Korea turn its bloodcurdling threats into action? Anne McElvoy and Daniel Franklin host the first of six special episodes looking at The World in 2018 For information regarding your data privacy, visit...more

  • The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part two

    Dec 15 2017

    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 creativity is being widened to enhance the skills involved in coding or crisis management, and considers the 10,000 hour rule that sustains the belief of the universal creativity lobby. Neuroscientist Miriam Mosing tells Lane that studies of crea...more

  • Babbage: Greetings, Earthlings

    Dec 13 2017

    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 shortage. Jason Palmer hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Once bitcoined, twice…

    Dec 12 2017

    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 hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 9th 2017 edition

    Dec 11 2017

    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, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: South Africa's road from ruin?

    Dec 08 2017

    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 into the mire. Plus, how Ukraine has descended into political turmoil - again. And what will happen now that Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has been assassinated? Robert Guest hosts. For information regarding your dat...more

  • The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part one

    Dec 07 2017

    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 problem”. Lane assesses how the brain behaves during periods of extreme creativity, and with the help of neuroscientist Aaron Berkowitz, considers how great creatives can de-activate parts of the brain to enhance performance. Concert pianist Di Wu cons...more

  • Babbage: Archeology without the digging

    Dec 06 2017

    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 contraception in reducing poverty. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A Christmas gift for the president

    Dec 05 2017

    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 dance? Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 2nd 2017 edition

    Dec 04 2017

    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 01 2017

    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

    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 a world without borders For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The electric-flight plan

    Nov 29 2017

    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 headsets. Jason Palmer hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Company politics

    Nov 28 2017

    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 hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 25th 2017 edition

    Nov 27 2017

    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 24 2017

    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 time to thieve. Helen Joyce hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Could a woman oust Donald Trump in 2020?

    Nov 23 2017

    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 contests. Mary Jordan, contributor to a biography about the role of women in Donald Trump's ascendancy, explains why Ivanka was so key to his success. And author Rebecca Traister on why women voting for Trump wasn't really surprising at all For ...more

  • Babbage: The whizz of Oz

    Nov 22 2017

    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 could soon make your home more energy efficient. Tim Cross hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Feeding frenzy for 21st Century Fox

    Nov 21 2017

    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 of herrings in Holland. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 18th 2017 edition

    Nov 20 2017

    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

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How has Donald Trump impacted America's cities?

    Nov 16 2017

    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 the president. And former deputy mayor of New York, Kenneth Lipper, takes Anne to a secret tunnel to show why Mr Trump's infrastructure plans for cities won't work. And would Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner be welcomed back to the Big Apple? For ...more

  • Babbage: Negative emissions

    Nov 15 2017

    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 colourful bodies? Jason Palmer hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Can you say CPTPP?

    Nov 14 2017

    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 America is out. Plus why there’s geopolitical tension in the oil market. And Michael Lewis talks about his new book. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 11th 2017 edition

    Nov 13 2017

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The Trump test

    Nov 10 2017

    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 pressing questions and more For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How has President Trump changed Washington?

    Nov 09 2017

    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 system "he didn't bother to study". And she attends a keynote delivered by a reflective Bill Clinton. Also on the show, is Russia the worm in the bud for Mr Trump? And the Democrats make their first comeback in local elections.  For infor...more

  • Babbage: Leapfrogging forward

    Nov 08 2017

    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 can map our brains much more accurately. We ask what the future of this technology is. Jason Palmer hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: ICO Bubble with benefits

    Nov 07 2017

    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 Buffet? Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 4th 2017 edition

    Nov 06 2017

    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 03 2017

    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 with North Korea? Helen Joyce hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Richard Dawkins

    Nov 02 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Unidentified flying rock

    Nov 01 2017

    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 vehicles could—in theory—run forever For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A healthy deal?

    Oct 31 2017

    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 butter shortage? Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 28th 2017 edition

    Oct 30 2017

    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

    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 reversing the historical partnership of Mexico and the United States. And we take stock of the Balfour Declaration a hundred years on For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Armando Iannucci

    Oct 26 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: All about that base

    Oct 25 2017

    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 we so negative about our future? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Wait and See MPC

    Oct 24 2017

    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 from right to left in Myanmar.  Philip Coggan hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 21st 2017 edition

    Oct 23 2017

    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 zipped up Neil Armstrong. Lane Greene hosts.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Abandoning hope

    Oct 20 2017

    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, where does that leave their dream of independence? And why Italy is tinkering with its electoral law. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Deus ex machina

    Oct 19 2017

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Tense trading

    Oct 18 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 14th 2017 edition

    Oct 17 2017

    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

    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 female candidates avoid getting 'Hillary'd' — and is President Trump stoking two nuclear crises? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: The world's most powerful man

    Oct 13 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Salman Rushdie

    Oct 12 2017

    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 Your Enthusiasm’. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Are C-sections fuelling the obesity epidemic?

    Oct 11 2017

    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 presents. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A nudge in the right direction

    Oct 10 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 7th 2017 edition

    Oct 10 2017

    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 08 2017

    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 of hurricane Maria For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Is it game over for Theresa May?

    Oct 05 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Sleep, space and a striking storm-source

    Oct 04 2017

    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 productivity as well as your health. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Can the emerging-markets boom continue?

    Oct 03 2017

    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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Lexington special

    Oct 02 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The week ahead: Macron’s mega-mission

    Sep 29 2017

    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 Africa. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Could Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister?

    Sep 28 2017

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Send in the microbots

    Sep 27 2017

    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 cigarette butts into their nests to help keep parasites away. And is it right to relinquish control of our identities to private companies? Jason Palmer hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: How have markets been reacting to Merkel’s tentative victory?

    Sep 26 2017

    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 for finance, MiFiD II.  Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 23rd 2017 edition

    Sep 25 2017

    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

    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? Josie Delap hosts.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: German election special

    Sep 21 2017

    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 Chancellery. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Sailing through space

    Sep 20 2017

    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  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Latin lessons from J Balvin

    Sep 19 2017

    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 American ones. And could a better economics textbooks help us predict the next recession?  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 16th 2017 edition

    Sep 18 2017

    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

    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 islands exceeds their GDP. How will they recover and prepare for the next storm? And Congo's art scene takes off.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Vince Cable - is there an exit from Brexit?

    Sep 14 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Curing cancer

    Sep 13 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Donald Trump’s moment to shape the Fed

    Sep 12 2017

    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 at the heart of China’s internet giants. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 9th 2017 edition

    Sep 11 2017

    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 08 2017

    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 Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. And why Britain is the isle of spies. Helen Joyce hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Dr Jane Goodall

    Sep 07 2017

    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, who's discoveries forced us to redefine what is it to be human.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: I can see you

    Sep 06 2017

    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 resistance? And host Jason Palmer gets stuck in a virtual swamp. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Markets unrattled by North Korea

    Sep 05 2017

    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, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 2nd 2017 edition

    Sep 05 2017

    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 01 2017

    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 election. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Bjorn Lomborg

    Aug 31 2017

    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 environment correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Weird weather

    Aug 30 2017

    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 billion of oil in the earth. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Will Uber’s new CEO restore the company’s image and culture?

    Aug 29 2017

    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 when taxes rise? Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 26th 2017 edition

    Aug 28 2017

    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

    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

    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 Chinese surveillance and artificial intelligence caused a stir For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Memorable moments in technology and science this year

    Aug 23 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Summer special

    Aug 22 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Farewell to the Tower

    Aug 21 2017

    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

    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 might be the dullest. Christopher Lockwood hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Stockard Channing

    Aug 17 2017

    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 hit “Grease” and Abigail Bartlett in “The West Wing” - speaks to Anne McElvoy about how a new generation of creative women are fighting back by "kicking butt" For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Water and the Jevons Paradox

    Aug 16 2017

    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 our gardens to survive while we are away on vacation. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Tricky trading

    Aug 15 2017

    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, how fidget spinners have transformed the toy industry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 12th 2017 edition

    Aug 13 2017

    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

    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 with homicide. How did a miscarriage lead to a murder charge? And why rich Chinese are going glamping. Helen Joyce hosts.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How should companies evolve in the digital age

    Aug 09 2017

    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 explain, technology correspondent Hal Hodson is joined by renowned academics Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson from the MIT Initiative on the digital economy For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: A plug for batteries

    Aug 09 2017

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Silicon sexism

    Aug 08 2017

    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 Say's law, a 200 year-old economic theory, still has relevance today. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 5th 2017 edition

    Aug 06 2017

    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 04 2017

    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 can now learn High Valyrian, a language from the series "Game of Thrones", through an app. Can it help our Johnson columnist, Lane Greene, achieve fluency? We put him to the test. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data priv...more

  • The Economist asks: How do you win the AI race?

    Aug 03 2017

    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 overtake their Western rivals -- we explain why. Anne McElvoy hosts with The Economist's AI expert, Tom Standage For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Hollow-grams?

    Aug 02 2017

    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 is threatening the insurance industry. Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Billion dollar TV deal, Becker and Beckham

    Aug 01 2017

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 29th 2017 edition

    Jul 31 2017

    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

    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 defend their constitution. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What can economists learn from literature?

    Jul 27 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: A boring episode

    Jul 26 2017

    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 researchers are using electricity to get more from the human brain For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: International monetary fun

    Jul 25 2017

    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 "civil war". For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 22nd 2017 edition

    Jul 23 2017

    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

    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 Senior Editor, and Tom Wainwright, Britain Editor, tussle over the many versions of Brexit. And South Koreans rally against the elitist education system. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Admiral McRaven

    Jul 20 2017

    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 McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Winter is coming

    Jul 19 2017

    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 intelligence For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Goodbye Benito

    Jul 18 2017

    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 why President Trump is playing hardball in renegotiating NAFTA. Hosted by Andrew Palmer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 15th 2017 edition

    Jul 17 2017

    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

    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 are wrong. And finally, why belief in sorcery has grave consequences in Papua New Guinea.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks special: The World If…

    Jul 13 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The power of young blood

    Jul 12 2017

    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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A stormy time for America’s GDP

    Jul 11 2017

    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 purchasing-power parity. Hosted by Philip Coggan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 10th 2017 edition

    Jul 10 2017

    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 07 2017

    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 city in ruins. Helen Joyce hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Is big data fundamentally racist?

    Jul 06 2017

    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 Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Fluid intelligence

    Jul 05 2017

    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 so good at filtering food. Hal Hodson hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Vorsprung durch Angst

    Jul 04 2017

    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 drive the masses to virtual reality. And why banks are de-risking to avoid penalties. Hosted by Simon Long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 1st 2017 edition

    Jul 03 2017

    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

    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 to reduce suicide are working. Josie Delap hosts.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What’s new about our morality?

    Jun 29 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Printing the future

    Jun 28 2017

    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 rogue icebergs from wreaking havoc. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: The Italian bailout job

    Jun 27 2017

    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 OECD, tells us how to government can help workers made jobless by globalisation. Hosted by Simon Long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 24th 2017 edition

    Jun 26 2017

    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

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist Asks: Is it moral to be wealthy

    Jun 22 2017

    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 and status. But can consumerism also be a force for good? Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Taxi for Travis

    Jun 21 2017

    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 jobs For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money Talks: The scandal that won’t go away

    Jun 20 2017

    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? Also, how buyers are striking a hard deal at the Paris Air Show. And why meddling by Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad bin Salman in Aramco might scupper the world’s biggest IPO. Hosted by Simon Long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit ac...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 17th 2017 edition

    Jun 19 2017

    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

    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 our Lexington columnist goes on the road with General Mattis. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Civilian drones take flight

    Jun 15 2017

    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 pollsters deserve their bad reputation? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Ken Rogoff about Trumponomics and free speech battles on campus

    Jun 14 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A poison chalice for GE’s new boss

    Jun 13 2017

    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 aluminium. Hosted by Philip Coggan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 10th 2017 edition

    Jun 12 2017

    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 09 2017

    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 practicalities of minority government. Our roundtable of experts mull the future of a Brexit deal without a clear mandate. And Nigel Farage - former UKIP leader - tells us he might return to politics. For information regarding your data privacy, ...more

  • The Economist asks: Is Brexit a disaster for trade?

    Jun 08 2017

    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 and Callum Williams speak to former trade envoy, Lord Marland, about Brexit and why he thinks trade deals are not important. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Battle of the maps

    Jun 07 2017

    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 Braille-controlled camera system offers an efficient way to guide the blind For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Super Mario to the rescue

    Jun 06 2017

    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 planet. Simon Long presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 3rd 2017 edition

    Jun 05 2017

    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 01 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Are we too dependent on big data?

    Jun 01 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: When AI makes music

    May 31 2017

    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? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: British Airways hits turbulence

    May 30 2017

    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 to Portugal to find out about Economy Minister Manuel Cabral's plans for the country. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 27th 2017 edition

    May 29 2017

    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

    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 mega-scandal: Josie Delap hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What makes a terrorist?

    May 25 2017

    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 attacks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Anticipating terrorism

    May 24 2017

    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 the oceans For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Ford's falling fortunes

    May 23 2017

    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 African countries are reluctant to sign up to trade deals. And, how Cuba has transformed a troublesome weed into a key export. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 20th 2017 edition

    May 22 2017

    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

    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. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Has Silicon valley become too powerful?

    May 18 2017

    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

    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 warfare to discuss how technology will transform many aspects of our lives For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Bankrolling the hackers

    May 16 2017

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 13th 2017 edition

    May 15 2017

    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

    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 Labour, Marx and political spouses. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Can the liberal west survive?

    May 11 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Goodbye glaciers

    May 10 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Trumponomics

    May 09 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 6th 2017 edition

    May 09 2017

    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 05 2017

    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 Fiammetta Rocco looks forward to next week's Venice Biennale For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What’s the next great leap for education?

    May 04 2017

    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 developing world can leap frog itself to outshine education in the rich world For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Soundscape of the deep ocean

    May 03 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Another pay rise?

    May 02 2017

    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 problems down the road For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 29th 2017 edition

    May 01 2017

    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

    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 White House For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How can we improve the way we die?

    Apr 27 2017

    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 inevitable palatable For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: When cars fly

    Apr 26 2017

    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 regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: How will France's election affect business?

    Apr 25 2017

    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 quantitative finance could disrupt the industry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 14: Join The Conversation

    Apr 25 2017

    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 Inauguration Day -- have you changed your mind about President Trump in these past 14 weeks? Military families, do you feel you’re in good hands with this commander in chief? Democrats, Republicans and anyone else, let us know what issues you ...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 22nd 2017 edition

    Apr 24 2017

    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

    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 round of its presidential elections. And North Korea cooperates with the international community - over birds. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Apr 20 2017

    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, like cybersecurity, pandemics and terrorism. Kenneth Cukier speaks to the former director for policy planning at the US State Department, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and our deputy foreign editor, Anton La Guardia, about how network theory could be appl...more

  • Babbage: The new world of voice cloning

    Apr 19 2017

    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 news? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A sweet story

    Apr 18 2017

    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 female economists clearer than ones written by men? And with a British election in the offing, our Buttonwood columnist discusses how the markets might react. Hosted by Simon Long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privac...more

  • Indivisible Week 13: Feminism In The Age Of Trump

    Apr 18 2017

    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 Center join hosts Kai Wright and Anne McElvoy to talk about the status of women according to the new administration and what that reflects about our culture. We’ll also discuss global feminism and what signals Trump’s election sends to women aroun...more

  • The week ahead: Turkey's fragile future

    Apr 13 2017

    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 of the world is migrating to cities, a growing numbers of urban dwellers in Italy are taking up farming. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Paul Collier

    Apr 13 2017

    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 model needs to change from free food and shelter to work and autonomy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: What can science do for my garden?

    Apr 12 2017

    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 woodlands. And is Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank the ultimate horticultural insurance policy for the planet? Kenneth Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money Talks: The remarkable calmness of gold

    Apr 12 2017

    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 really think about the impacts of Brexit For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 12: The Fallout From Trump's Strike On Syria

    Apr 11 2017

    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 proportional response to a violation of the laws of war that prohibit chemical weapons. But why is this so significant? This is the first time the U.S. has attacked Syria and the Assad regime since the civil war started over 6 years ago. If you vot...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 8th 2017 edition

    Apr 10 2017

    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 07 2017

    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 worse. And Ethiopia enters Africa's space race. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What does John McCain think of Donald Trump’s leadership?

    Apr 06 2017

    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 confirmation, Rex Tillerson's mishandling of Syria - and why the US should stand up the "gangster" in the Kremlin. And he shares his advice to the President on curing Trump's Twitter habit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/priv...more

  • Babbage: Defending data

    Apr 05 2017

    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 behaviour. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: The robot era is dawning

    Apr 04 2017

    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 million, wage gains aren't enough to hit an inflation target of 2%. Why is this? Philip Coggan sits in for Simon Long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 1st 2017 edition

    Apr 04 2017

    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 04 2017

    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 better watchdog for North Korea -- this looks to be a contentious meeting. Hosts Kai Wright and Anne McElvoy talk about China policy with Michael Auslin, author of the book, "The End of the Asian Century," and what President Xi’s visit is likely to...more

  • The week ahead: More twists in the Russian enigma

    Mar 31 2017

    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 million people at risk of starvation. And what do you do when the enemy taking aim at you is a nine-year-old? Christopher Lockwood hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: How do organisations counter diversity fatigue?

    Mar 30 2017

    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 and Prejudice event about the changes they have witnessed in the attitudes towards LGBT and minority employees over the years. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Of machines and men

    Mar 29 2017

    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 lets people detect deadly toxins with touch alone For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Luxury for the masses?

    Mar 28 2017

    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 been dependent on using dirty coal but things are changing. And sand has become a scarce resource, leading to a burgeoning trade in illegal mining. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 10: Can Trump Bring 'The Art Of The Deal' To The Presidency?

    Mar 28 2017

    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 can continue to withstand failures. Plus, the Takeaway’s Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, offers his take on how President Trump is perceived in Washington. Listeners are invited to call-in especially if you supported Trump because of ...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 25th 2017 edition

    Mar 27 2017

    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

    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 are cracking down on street food. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Tony Blair

    Mar 23 2017

    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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Uber's trail of woes

    Mar 22 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A most unusual company

    Mar 22 2017

    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 market than European ones. And the big brands used to account for two-thirds of the tyre market. Now China has massively deflated their share. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 9: Trump and Russia -- What does the FBI know?

    Mar 21 2017

    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 House. He also dismissed the President's claims that he was wiretapped during last year's election. On this episode of Indivisible, WNYC’s Kai Wright and John Prideaux from The Economist talk with Washington Post reporter Karoun Demirjian about Co...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 18th 2017 edition

    Mar 20 2017

    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

    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 Korean exports boycotted in China after a row erupts over missiles. And Saudi Arabia experiences an exodus of women. Josie Delap hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What are the economics of art?

    Mar 16 2017

    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. And senior director at the auction house Sotheby's, Philip Hook, on the dealers who made art history. Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Little green men

    Mar 15 2017

    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 the true worth of spiders is revealed, in how much they eat For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Microsofter

    Mar 14 2017

    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 party’s financial manifestos were put to the test. And: many people are fed up with their banks. Now help is at a hand from Europe’s banking regulators. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 8: Can Washington Fix America's Health Care System?

    Mar 14 2017

    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 be left uninsured by next year. And the bill is already facing a chorus of criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. On this episode of Indivisible, hosts Anne McElvoy and Kai Wright dig into health care in America and why a workable syst...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 11th 2017 edition

    Mar 13 2017

    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

    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 approach to the new administration. Also on the show: Author John Avlon on George Washington's goodbye. Anne McElvoy hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What would a modern utopia look like?

    Mar 09 2017

    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 of dangerous utopian fanatics - so why revive idealism at all? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Building from the atom up

    Mar 08 2017

    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 Cukier hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: GM says ‘au revoir’ to Europe

    Mar 07 2017

    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 accusation that China hasn't been playing by the rules have a point? Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 7: Why Does Russia Matter To The Trump Administration?

    Mar 07 2017

    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 joined by law professor and president of the National Constitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen, to discuss the role of the Department of Justice in investigating the administration. And Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation, talks about the st...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 4th 2017 edition

    Mar 06 2017

    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 03 2017

    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 drugs. And the latest on the murder investigation of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korea's dictator. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: What is consciousness?

    Mar 02 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Dragon’s blood medicine

    Mar 01 2017

    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 permanent memory. And did life on earth really begin 3,770 million years ago? Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Euro-optimism

    Feb 28 2017

    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 such as Moonlight are overshadowed by the big studios. Simon Long hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 6: What it means to be undocumented under Trump

    Feb 28 2017

    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 moment. Immigration raids have detained hundreds of people across the country in the past five weeks since Trump has entered office. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that the President could sign a new executive order on immigration thi...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 25th 2017 edition

    Feb 27 2017

    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

    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 town hall meeting that left him hopeful for American democracy. And the diamond industry loses its sparkle. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Is this the end of Asia's rise?

    Feb 23 2017

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Oceans of pollutants

    Feb 22 2017

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Clean energy’s dirty secret

    Feb 21 2017

    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 biggest financial problems: pensions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 5: The future of national security under Trump

    Feb 21 2017

    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 administration handled the first days of the Iraq war, and his views could lead to a change of tactic in the region. On this episode of Indivisible, hosts Kai Wright and the Economist's John Prideaux take calls from Trump voters on whether they still have c...more

  • Tasting menu: audio Highlights from the February 18th 2017 edition

    Feb 20 2017

    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

    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 power to bring Islamic State to justice. And can America’s alt-right movement develop a female base? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Bill Gates

    Feb 16 2017

    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 aid and a mood of distrust toward technocrats. He tells host Anne McElvoy why he still believes in engaging with Donald Trump. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Cloning time

    Feb 15 2017

    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 privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Banks on the move

    Feb 14 2017

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 4: How will President Trump's foreign policy affect the military?

    Feb 14 2017

    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 President Trump and Leo Shane of the Military Times adds his perspective on the relationship between a new Commander in Chief and the armed forces For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 11th 2016 edition

    Feb 13 2017

    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

    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 transgender television star reflects a Chinese society in flux For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Game of drones

    Feb 09 2017

    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 explore how citizen science is solving the problem For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Can Trump’s grand bargain with Russia work?

    Feb 08 2017

    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 interests, from recognising Crimea as Russian to ending economic sanctions. Anne McElvoy hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: How to make money from digital entertainment

    Feb 07 2017

    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 - big or small companies? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 3: Who belongs in President Trump's America?

    Feb 07 2017

    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 they get to step foot on American soil is still up in the air. In this episode of Indivisible, WNYC's Kai Wright and John Prideaux from the Economist wade into the battle over who gets to belong in America. We'll talk about whether the idea ...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 4th 2016 edition

    Feb 06 2017

    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 03 2017

    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 President Trump's travel ban will backfire. And how Cubans access apps. Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Why is Donald Trump’s populism so potent?

    Feb 02 2017

    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 disruption into a recipe for government? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Adding to reality

    Feb 01 2017

    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 your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: A new boss at the helm of Exxon Mobil

    Jan 31 2017

    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 could a UBI mean for India’s poor? And a Harvard economist examines the pay gap afflicting women in employment. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Indivisible Week 2: POTUS travel ban stirs public outcry ... and lots of questions

    Jan 31 2017

    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 over the weekend. Law professor and director of the CLEAR project Ramzi Kassem clarifies the rules in place and who stands to be affected by them. We also talk to Betsy Fisher, policy director at the International Refugee Assistance Project, about...more

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 27th 2016 edition

    Jan 31 2017

    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

    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 terrible state of Venezuela's economy. And should America worry about Russia's media channel RT? Josie Delap hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Thomas Friedman

    Jan 26 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Printing parts

    Jan 25 2017

    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 particles of dark matter For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: An expert’s guide to Trumponomics

    Jan 24 2017

    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 attitude to the Fed? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 21st 2016 edition

    Jan 23 2017

    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

    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 potential conflicts in the cabinet over Russia. Robert Guest hosts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Michael Sandel

    Jan 19 2017

    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 information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: The automation game

    Jan 18 2017

    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 when the idea was put into practice? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Davos in the spotlight

    Jan 17 2017

    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 downsides of automation. And Harvard’s Ken Rogoff examines the The Curse of Cash and why reducing our dependency on it might be a good thing For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 14th 2016 edition

    Jan 16 2017

    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

    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 data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist asks: Should education last a lifetime?

    Jan 12 2017

    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 Gabriel Zinny discuss their plans as education ministers in Argentina's government For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: Conversational computers

    Jan 11 2017

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: Turbulence ahead

    Jan 10 2017

    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 care? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 7th 2016 edition

    Jan 09 2017

    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 06 2017

    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 African wilderness For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Economist Asks: Bernard Henri Levy

    Jan 05 2017

    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 Hijab? And how should they respond to Vladimir Putin’s autocracy? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Babbage: War of the words

    Jan 04 2017

    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 Matt Kaplan on a new device to sniff out disease For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The cultural review of 2016 and preview of 2017

    Dec 29 2016

    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 Kassel and the Munster sculpture show Anne McElvoy is joined by The Economist’s Fiammetta Rocco and Jonathan Beckman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Money talks: We wish you a merry reorganisation

    Dec 29 2016

    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 acast.com/privacy

  • The World In 2017 Special: Ingenuity

    Dec 29 2016

    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 who helped lead 2014's umbrella protests, explains how he plans to secure a democratic future for the peninsula. Also: Ryan Avent digs into trade after Trump and foreign editor Robert Guest picks out 3 bright spots for the year ahead For infor...more