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The world ahead: Generation XX

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

Aug 15, 2018
Money talks: Sick as a Turkey

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

Aug 14, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 11th 2018 edition

Inevitable but unforgivably outdated – why today’s tax systems need to be brought into the 21st century.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

Aug 13, 2018
The week ahead: Brazil’s telenovela election

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 

Aug 10, 2018
The Economist asks: should the veil be a matter for the courts or conscience?

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)

Aug 09, 2018
Babbage: My corona

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 

Aug 08, 2018
Money talks: Urban outbidders

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

Aug 07, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 4th 2018 edition

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

Aug 06, 2018
The week ahead: The black hole of coal

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

Aug 03, 2018
The Economist asks: David Sedaris

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.

Aug 02, 2018
Babbage: time

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 

Aug 01, 2018
Money talks: Greek Lessons

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

Jul 31, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 27th 2018 edition

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

Jul 30, 2018
The week ahead: How to catch a crocodile

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

Jul 27, 2018
The Economist asks: Bjorn from ABBA

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?

Jul 26, 2018
Babbage: Too hot to handle

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. 

Jul 25, 2018
Money talks: One Belt One Road

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

Jul 24, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 21st 2018 edition

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

Jul 23, 2018
The week ahead: Khan he fix it?

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)

Jul 20, 2018
The Economist asks: Tony Blair

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)

Jul 19, 2018
Babbage: Paranoid android

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

Jul 18, 2018
Money talks: W-T-Oh

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

Jul 17, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 14th 2018 edition

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 hosts

Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Jul 16, 2018
The week ahead: The Brexit fears

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

Jul 13, 2018
The Economist asks: How is warfare changing?

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) 

Jul 12, 2018
Babbage: The Roboburger

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

Jul 11, 2018
Money talks: Make trade not war

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

Jul 10, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 7th 2018 edition

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

Jul 09, 2018
The week ahead: The three T’s of Trump

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

Jul 06, 2018
The world ahead: Trailer

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.

Jul 05, 2018
The Economist asks: How do you revive a classic musical as a tale for today?

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.

Jul 05, 2018
Babbage: Saving white rhino

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

Jul 04, 2018
Money talks: Trolley wars

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

Jul 03, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 30th 2018 edition

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 

Jul 02, 2018
The week ahead: Courting controversy

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 

Jun 29, 2018
The Economist asks: Madeleine Albright

America’s first female secretary of state on how populism can slide into fascism, what Kim Jong Il and Vladimir Putin were like in person, and what Donald Trump could learn from reading her lapel pins.

Anne McElvoy hosts

Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Jun 28, 2018
Babbage: Fixing the internet

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

Jun 27, 2018
Money talks: Netflixonomics

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

Jun 26, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 23rd 2018 edition

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

Jun 25, 2018
The week ahead: The Arab revolution

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)

Jun 23, 2018
The Economist asks: James Comey

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.

Jun 22, 2018
The Economist asks: Do safe spaces and trigger warnings clash with liberal values?

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)

Jun 21, 2018
Babbage: Fuel for thought

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

Jun 20, 2018
Money talks: Drums of trade war

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

Jun 19, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 16th 2018 edition

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

Jun 18, 2018
The week ahead: How Kim Jong won

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

Jun 15, 2018
The Economist asks: How should the West respond to Russian meddling?

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.

Jun 14, 2018
Babbage: Polio returns

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.

Jun 13, 2018
Money talks: G7 handshakes at dawn

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?

Jun 12, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 9th 2018 edition

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)

Jun 11, 2018
The week ahead: Demolition man

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) 

Jun 08, 2018
The Economist asks: Has the West lost its touch?

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)

Jun 07, 2018
Babbage: AI will see you now

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

Jun 06, 2018
Money talks: How to top Trump?

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

Jun 05, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 2nd 2018 edition

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)

Jun 04, 2018
The week ahead: Power to the populists

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

Jun 01, 2018
The Economist asks: Can America’s moderates win the battle of ideas?

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)

May 31, 2018
Babbage: Gene genius

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

May 30, 2018
Money talks: The Italian problem

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)

May 29, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 26th 2018 edition

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

May 28, 2018
The week ahead: Peace in peril?

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

May 25, 2018
The Economist asks: Jordan Peterson

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)

May 24, 2018
Babbage: Fake views

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

May 23, 2018
Money talks: Is Trump jump-starting business?

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

May 22, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 19th 2018 edition

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

May 21, 2018
The week ahead: Gaza bloodshed

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.

May 18, 2018
The Economist asks: Sarah Rafferty

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)

May 17, 2018
Babbage: Show me the way to Cordillera

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

May 16, 2018
Money talks: Sanction Buster - who you gonna call?

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

May 15, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 12th 2018 edition

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?

May 14, 2018
The week ahead: Trump's Iran gamble

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

May 11, 2018
The Economist asks: What is the role of the male in modern culture?

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)

May 10, 2018
Babbage: When an algorithm decides your fate

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)

May 09, 2018
Money talks: Don’t bank with me Argentina

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

May 08, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 5th 2018 edition

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

May 07, 2018
The week ahead: Disarmageddon

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

May 04, 2018
The Economist asks: Should today’s world leaders be hawks or doves?

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)

May 03, 2018
Babbage: Big data versus privacy

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).

May 02, 2018
Money talks: Taming crypto

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

May 01, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 28th 2018 edition

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

Apr 30, 2018
The week ahead: Kim Jong-un crosses the line

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

Apr 27, 2018
The Economist asks: Is the military swaying Pakistan in the wrong direction?

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)

Apr 26, 2018
Babbage: Insane in the methane

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

Apr 25, 2018
Money talks: Trump makes crude jump

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

Apr 24, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 21st 2018 edition

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

Apr 23, 2018
The week ahead: Israel 70 years on

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

Apr 20, 2018
The Economist asks: What grounds do we have to be optimistic about an Open Future?

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)

Apr 19, 2018
Babbage: The planet hunter

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

Apr 18, 2018
Money talks: Circling around WPP

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

Apr 17, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 14th 2018 edition

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

Apr 16, 2018
The week ahead: War crimes in Syria

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

Apr 13, 2018
The Economist asks: Have identity politics gone too far?

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.

Apr 12, 2018
Babbage: Zuckerberg faces Capitol Hill

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. 

Apr 11, 2018
Money Talks: Trade 301

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.

Apr 10, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 7th 2018 edition

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

Apr 09, 2018
The week ahead: A murder mystery

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

Apr 06, 2018
The Economist asks: Will China’s tech giants overtake Silicon Valley?

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?

Apr 05, 2018
Babbage: The information game

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

Apr 04, 2018
Money talks: A bumpy ride

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

Apr 03, 2018
The week ahead: US and them

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.

Mar 30, 2018
The Economist asks: How can America fix its problem with gun violence?

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.

Mar 29, 2018
Babbage: Working AI to five

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.

Mar 28, 2018
Money talks: Trading tit for tat

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

Mar 26, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 24th 2018 edition

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

Mar 26, 2018
The week ahead: Gunning for change

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

Mar 23, 2018
Babbage: Saving

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.

Mar 22, 2018
The Economist asks: Darren Aronofsky

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”.

Mar 22, 2018
Money talks: Yi Gang at the helm

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 

Mar 20, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 17th 2018 edition

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

Mar 19, 2018
The week ahead: You’re fired

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

Mar 16, 2018
The Economist asks: Is Russia waging war on the West?

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.

Mar 15, 2018
Babbage: Remembering Stephen Hawking

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

Mar 14, 2018
Money talks: Battle with Beijing

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

Mar 13, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 10th 2018 edition

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

Mar 12, 2018
The week ahead: Russia’s deadly spy games

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

Mar 09, 2018
Economist asks: How can #Time’sUp bring down sexual harassment?

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.

Mar 08, 2018
Babbage: Exploring the ocean's hidden depths

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

Mar 07, 2018
Money talks: Steely Tariffs

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

Mar 06, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 3rd 2018 edition

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

Mar 05, 2018
The week ahead: Xi forever?

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.

Mar 02, 2018
The Economist asks: Should leaders face the music?

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.

Mar 01, 2018
Babbage: Automation for the people

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

Feb 28, 2018
Money talks: American companies face off with the NRA

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

Feb 27, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 24th 2018 edition

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

Feb 26, 2018
The week ahead: Russia's disinformation machine

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

Feb 23, 2018
The Economist asks: McMafia

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

Feb 22, 2018
Babbage: Bad AAAS

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

Feb 21, 2018
Money talks: The oil club

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

Feb 20, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 17th 2018 edition

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

Feb 19, 2018
The week ahead: Looming war in Congo

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

Feb 16, 2018
The Economist asks: Another deadly school massacre. How should America's gun laws change?

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.

Feb 15, 2018
The World in 2018: Technology and us

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.

Feb 14, 2018
Money talks: Lessons from Norway

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

Feb 13, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 10th 2018 edition

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.

Feb 12, 2018
The week ahead: The charade of North Korean diplomacy

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.

Feb 09, 2018
The Economist asks: Can the Olympics bring about a truce in Korea?

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

Feb 08, 2018
Babbage: Cars to Mars?

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.

Feb 07, 2018
Money talks: Crash course

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.

Feb 06, 2018
Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the February 3rd 2018 edition

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

Feb 05, 2018
The World in 2018: Backlash

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 

Feb 02, 2018
The Economist asks: What is the greatest threat to democracy?

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

Feb 01, 2018
Babbage: Tech giants go to medical school

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.

Jan 31, 2018
Money talks: Car talks

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?

Jan 30, 2018
Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the January 27th 2018 edition

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

Jan 29, 2018
The week ahead: The Donald in Davos

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

Jan 26, 2018
The Economist asks: Will Trump trump Davos?

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.

Jan 25, 2018
Babbage: Out-of-body organ

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

Jan 24, 2018
Money talks: A seismic shift on Wall Street

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.

Jan 23, 2018
Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the January 20th 2018 edition

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

Jan 22, 2018
The Week Ahead: Seven years on from the Arab Spring

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

Jan 19, 2018
The Economist asks: Has liberalism failed?

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.

Jan 18, 2018
Babbage: The ethics of AI

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.

Jan 17, 2018
The World In 2018: Money makes the World In go round

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

Jan 16, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 13th 2018 edition

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

Jan 15, 2018
The week ahead: Fire, fury and fitness for office

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

Jan 12, 2018
The Economist Asks: Michael Wolff

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?

Jan 11, 2018
Babbage: Submarine drones hunt for missing flight

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.

Jan 10, 2018
Money talks: Cracking steel — hammer or chisel?

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.

Jan 09, 2018
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 6th 2018 edition

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

Jan 08, 2018
The week ahead: Berating the tyrants of Iran

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.

Jan 05, 2018
The Economist asks: Ana Brnabic

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.

Jan 04, 2018
Babbage: Trees take a bough

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.

Jan 03, 2018
Money talks: New year, new economics?

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.

Jan 02, 2018
The World in 2018: Out with the old, in with the new

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.

Dec 29, 2017
The Economist asks: Highlights special

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.

Dec 28, 2017
Babbage: Highlights special

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

Dec 27, 2017
Money talks: We have to ask about money!

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.

Dec 26, 2017
Tasting Menu: The remarkable changelessness of Icelandic

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.

Dec 25, 2017
The World in 2018: Vying for Leadership

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

Dec 22, 2017
The Economist asks: Niall Ferguson

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

Dec 21, 2017
Babbage: Remaking tigerland

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

Dec 20, 2017
Money Talks: The Quiz

Andrew Palmer, Simon Long and Rachana Shanbhogue answer tough questions about finance and economics and fight for prizes. Philip Coggan is our quizmaster supremo.

Dec 19, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 16th 2017 edition

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

Dec 18, 2017
The World in 2018: Global risks

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

Dec 15, 2017
The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part two

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 creative twins have shown that a genetic pre-disposition to creativity can’t be wholly eliminated, and Anne talks to AI researcher David Cope who has provided a frightening vision for the future of creativity. His computer generated composer “Emily Howell” can absorb existing styles, and use them to generate her own

Dec 15, 2017
Babbage: Greetings, Earthlings

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.

Dec 13, 2017
Money talks: Once bitcoined, twice…

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.

Dec 12, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 9th 2017 edition

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

Dec 11, 2017
The week ahead: South Africa's road from ruin?

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.

Dec 08, 2017
The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part one

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 considers the differing experiences of music teaching in China and the United States, and describes how she moved from conquering concertos to tackling business problems whilst studying for an MBA at Columbia University​

Dec 07, 2017
Babbage: Archeology without the digging

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.

Dec 06, 2017
Money talks: A Christmas gift for the president

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.

Dec 05, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 2nd 2017 edition

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.

Dec 04, 2017
The week ahead: A weird and disputed election

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

Dec 01, 2017
The Economist asks: Pussy Riot

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

Nov 30, 2017
Babbage: The electric-flight plan

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.

Nov 29, 2017
Money talks: Company politics

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.

Nov 28, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 25th 2017 edition

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?

Nov 27, 2017
The week ahead: Fixing a broken Zimbabwe

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

Nov 24, 2017
The Economist asks: Could a woman oust Donald Trump in 2020?

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

Nov 23, 2017
Babbage: The whizz of Oz

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.

Nov 22, 2017
Money talks: Feeding frenzy for 21st Century Fox

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.

Nov 21, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 18th 2017 edition

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

Nov 20, 2017
The week ahead: Mugabe’s downfall

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

Nov 17, 2017
The Economist asks: How has Donald Trump impacted America's cities?

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?

Nov 16, 2017
Babbage: Negative emissions

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.

Nov 15, 2017
Money talks: Can you say CPTPP?

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.

Nov 14, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 11th 2017 edition

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

Nov 13, 2017
The week ahead: The Trump test

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

Nov 10, 2017
The Economist asks: How has President Trump changed Washington?

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. 

Nov 09, 2017
Babbage: Leapfrogging forward

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.

Nov 08, 2017
Money talks: ICO Bubble with benefits

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.

Nov 07, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 4th 2017 edition

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

Nov 06, 2017
The week ahead: Do social media threaten democracy?

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.

Nov 03, 2017
The Economist asks: Richard Dawkins

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?

Nov 02, 2017
Babbage: Unidentified flying rock

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

Nov 01, 2017
Money talks: A healthy deal?

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.

Oct 31, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 28th 2017 edition

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

Oct 30, 2017
The week ahead: Separatism and sensibility

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

Oct 27, 2017
The Economist asks: Armando Iannucci

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

Oct 26, 2017
Babbage: All about that base

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?

Oct 25, 2017
Money talks: Wait and See MPC

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.

Oct 24, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 21st 2017 edition

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. 

Oct 23, 2017
The week ahead: Abandoning hope

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.

Oct 20, 2017
Babbage: Deus ex machina

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.

Oct 19, 2017
Money talks: Tense trading

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.

Oct 18, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 14th 2017 edition

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

Oct 17, 2017
The Economist asks: Hillary Clinton

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?

Oct 16, 2017
The week ahead: The world's most powerful man

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 

Oct 13, 2017
The Economist asks: Salman Rushdie

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’.

Oct 12, 2017
Babbage: Are C-sections fuelling the obesity epidemic?

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.

Oct 11, 2017
Money talks: A nudge in the right direction

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

Oct 10, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 7th 2017 edition

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

Oct 10, 2017
The week ahead: Crisis management
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
Oct 08, 2017
The Economist asks: Is it game over for Theresa May?

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.

Oct 05, 2017
Babbage: Sleep, space and a striking storm-source

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.

Oct 04, 2017
Money talks: Can the emerging-markets boom continue?

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.

Oct 03, 2017
Tasting menu: Lexington special

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.

Oct 02, 2017
The week ahead: Macron’s mega-mission

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.

Sep 29, 2017
The Economist asks: Could Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister?

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.

Sep 28, 2017
Babbage: Send in the microbots

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.

Sep 27, 2017
Money talks: How have markets been reacting to Merkel’s tentative victory?

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.

Sep 26, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 23rd 2017 edition

This week: Venezuela pushes rabbit as a food source, Russia celebrates a new national hero, and the pros and cons of the serial comma

Sep 25, 2017
The week ahead: Another question of succession

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. 

Sep 22, 2017
The Economist asks: German election special

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.

Sep 21, 2017
Babbage: Sailing through space

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 

Sep 20, 2017
Money talks: Latin lessons from J Balvin

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? 

Sep 19, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 16th 2017 edition

This week: Japan adopts Western-style entertaining, Parisian drivers are under siege and how Germany’s election differs from that of America

Sep 18, 2017
The week ahead: Wir schaffen das

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. 

Sep 15, 2017
The Economist asks: Vince Cable - is there an exit from Brexit?

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.

Sep 14, 2017
Babbage: Curing cancer

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.

Sep 13, 2017
Money talks: Donald Trump’s moment to shape the Fed

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.

Sep 12, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 9th 2017 edition

This week: the pitfalls of obscure journalese, Alaska’s rubbish problem and how British spy novels reveal some core truths about the country.

Sep 11, 2017
The week ahead: Germany’s grand coalition or a clash of ideas?

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.

Sep 08, 2017
The Economist asks: Dr Jane Goodall

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. 

Sep 07, 2017
Babbage: I can see you

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.

Sep 06, 2017
Money talks: Markets unrattled by North Korea

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.

Sep 05, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 2nd 2017 edition

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.

Sep 05, 2017
The week ahead: An unwelcome visitor from Pyongyang

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.

Sep 01, 2017
The Economist asks: Bjorn Lomborg
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.
Aug 31, 2017
Babbage: Weird weather

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.

Aug 30, 2017
Money talks: Will Uber’s new CEO restore the company’s image and culture?

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.

Aug 29, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 26th 2017 edition

This week: religious music is purged in China, knocking down linguistic roadblocks in Peru and the diamonds raining down on Uranus

Aug 28, 2017
The week ahead: Summer special

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

Aug 24, 2017
The Economist asks: What were this year's best interviews?

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

Aug 24, 2017
Babbage: Memorable moments in technology and science this year
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?
Aug 23, 2017
Money talks: Summer special
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.
Aug 22, 2017
Tasting menu: Farewell to the Tower

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.

Aug 21, 2017
The week ahead: The Disunited States

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.

Aug 18, 2017
The Economist asks: Stockard Channing

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"

Aug 17, 2017
Babbage: Water and the Jevons Paradox

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

Aug 16, 2017
Money talks: Tricky trading

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.

Aug 15, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 12th 2017 edition

This week: eye-watering transfer fees in the world of football, baths running out in Japan and the best puns in the world

Aug 13, 2017
The week ahead: A war of words, for now

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. 

Aug 11, 2017
The Economist asks: How should companies evolve in the digital age

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

Aug 09, 2017
Babbage: A plug for batteries

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

Aug 09, 2017
Money talks: Silicon sexism

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.

Aug 08, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 5th 2017 edition

This week: China stops importing foreign rubbish, a trip to a Disneyfied Paris and how to make better holograms

Aug 06, 2017
The week ahead: Billionaires and generals

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.

Aug 04, 2017
The Economist asks: How do you win the AI race?

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

Aug 03, 2017
Babbage: Hollow-grams?

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.

Aug 02, 2017
Money talks: Billion dollar TV deal, Becker and Beckham

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.

Aug 01, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 29th 2017 edition

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

Jul 31, 2017
The week ahead: Sharif no longer chief

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.

Jul 28, 2017
The Economist asks: What can economists learn from literature?

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.

Jul 27, 2017
Babbage: A boring episode

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

Jul 26, 2017
Money talks: International monetary fun

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".

Jul 25, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 22nd 2017 edition

This week: An exorcism in Paris, a challenge to the cult of Che, and how American English is influencing that of the British

Jul 23, 2017
The week ahead: Schwarzenegger campaigns to terminate gerrymandering

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.

Jul 21, 2017
The Economist asks: Admiral McRaven

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.

Jul 20, 2017
Babbage: Winter is coming

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

Jul 19, 2017
Money talks: Goodbye Benito

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.

Jul 18, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 15th 2017 edition

This week: Russia’s dissident superheroes, how climate change will affect America’s GDP and the stories and techniques behind fine-art photography

Jul 17, 2017
The week ahead: Junior move

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. 

Jul 14, 2017
The Economist asks special: The World If…

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.

Jul 13, 2017
Babbage: The power of young blood

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

Jul 12, 2017
Money talks: A stormy time for America’s GDP

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.

Jul 11, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 10th 2017 edition

This week: Ethiopia’s cunning pirates, how to use Twitter to study dialects and Colombia’s colourful future in ecotourism

Jul 10, 2017
The week ahead: Ballistic ambitions

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.

Jul 07, 2017
The Economist asks: Is big data fundamentally racist?

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

Jul 06, 2017
Babbage: Fluid intelligence

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.

Jul 05, 2017
Money talks: Vorsprung durch Angst

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.

Jul 04, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 1st 2017 edition

This week: The chocolate curtain dividing Europe, frozen treats behind battle lines and how science got women wrong

Jul 03, 2017
The week ahead: The Donald divide

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. 

Jun 30, 2017
The Economist asks: What’s new about our morality?
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.
Jun 29, 2017
Babbage: Printing the future

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.

Jun 28, 2017
Money talks: The Italian bailout job

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.

Jun 27, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 24th 2017 edition
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
Jun 26, 2017
The week ahead: Modi the paper tiger
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.
Jun 23, 2017
The Economist Asks: Is it moral to be wealthy
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.
Jun 22, 2017
Babbage: Taxi for Travis
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
Jun 21, 2017
Money Talks: The scandal that won’t go away
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.
Jun 20, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 17th 2017 edition
This week: Civilian drones lift off, South America’s lithium hotspots and why there is now gender parity in hurricanes
Jun 19, 2017
The week ahead: The march of justice
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.
Jun 16, 2017
Babbage: Civilian drones take flight
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?
Jun 15, 2017
The Economist asks: Ken Rogoff about Trumponomics and free speech battles on campus
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
Jun 14, 2017
Money talks: A poison chalice for GE’s new boss
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.
Jun 13, 2017
Money talks: A poison chalice for GE’s new boss
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.
Jun 13, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 10th 2017 edition
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
Jun 12, 2017
The week ahead: UK general election special
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.
Jun 09, 2017
The Economist asks: Is Brexit a disaster for trade?
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.
Jun 08, 2017
Babbage: Battle of the maps
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
Jun 07, 2017
Money talks: Super Mario to the rescue
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
Jun 06, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 3rd 2017 edition
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
Jun 05, 2017
The week ahead: The missing middle
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.
Jun 01, 2017
The Economist asks: Are we too dependent on big data?
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.
Jun 01, 2017
Babbage: When AI makes music
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?
May 31, 2017
Money talks: British Airways hits turbulence
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.
May 30, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 27th 2017 edition
This week: Translators struggle against technological change, France embraces positive psychology and why Hong Kong’s dolphins are in peril
May 29, 2017
The week ahead: Manchester in mourning
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
May 26, 2017
The Economist asks: What makes a terrorist?
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.
May 25, 2017
Babbage: Anticipating terrorism
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
May 24, 2017
Money talks: Ford's falling fortunes
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.
May 23, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 20th 2017 edition
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
May 22, 2017
The week ahead: Chaos First?
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.
May 19, 2017
The Economist asks: Has Silicon valley become too powerful?
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
May 18, 2017
Babbage: Megatech: Technology in 2050
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
May 17, 2017
Money talks: Bankrolling the hackers
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?
May 16, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 13th 2017 edition
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
May 15, 2017
The week ahead: The Economist meets Donald Trump
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.
May 12, 2017
The Economist asks: Can the liberal west survive?
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
May 11, 2017
Babbage: Goodbye glaciers
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
May 10, 2017
Money talks: Trumponomics
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
May 09, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 6th 2017 edition
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
May 09, 2017
The week ahead: Macron marches on
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
May 05, 2017
The Economist asks: What’s the next great leap for education?
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
May 04, 2017
Babbage: Soundscape of the deep ocean
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
May 03, 2017
Money talks: Another pay rise?
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
May 02, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 29th 2017 edition
This week: yogic tycoons in India, sub-par propaganda in Venezuela and sinister surveillance programmes on the net
May 01, 2017
The week ahead: Trivi-a-lago
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
Apr 28, 2017
The Economist asks: How can we improve the way we die?
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
Apr 27, 2017
Babbage: When cars fly
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
Apr 26, 2017
Money talks: How will France's election affect business?
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.
Apr 25, 2017
Indivisible Week 14: Join The Conversation
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 wish would be prioritized that so far have not been.
Apr 25, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 22nd 2017 edition
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?
Apr 24, 2017
The week ahead: Mrs May's June surprise
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.
Apr 21, 2017
The Economist asks: Anne-Marie Slaughter
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 applied to global problems.
Apr 20, 2017
Babbage: The new world of voice cloning
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?
Apr 19, 2017
Money talks: A sweet story
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.
Apr 18, 2017
Indivisible Week 13: Feminism In The Age Of Trump
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 around the world.
Apr 18, 2017
The week ahead: Turkey's fragile future
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.
Apr 13, 2017
The Economist asks: Paul Collier
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.
Apr 13, 2017
Babbage: What can science do for my garden?
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.
Apr 12, 2017
Money Talks: The remarkable calmness of gold
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
Apr 12, 2017
Indivisible Week 12: The Fallout From Trump's Strike On Syria
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 voted for Trump because he ran on prioritizing America first, what do you make of an escalation of military involvement in Syria? Also, military families or active duty personnel, do you have confidence in our Commander-In-Chief in this situation? On this episode of Indivisible, Kai Wright and John Prideaux talk to NPR’s middle east correspondent Deborah Amos and Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies about the implications of this military action.
Apr 11, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 8th 2017 edition
This week: India’s booze ban hits businesses, China announces a new megacity and a profitable way to stop computers from being racist
Apr 10, 2017
The week ahead: Donald decisive
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.
Apr 07, 2017
The Economist asks: What does John McCain think of Donald Trump’s leadership?
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.
Apr 06, 2017
Babbage: Defending data
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.
Apr 05, 2017
Money talks: The robot era is dawning
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.
Apr 04, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 1st 2017 edition
This week: Cuba’s revolutionary economy is holding back tourism, Swiss watchmakers try to keep pace and why Egypt’s president loves Donald Trump.
Apr 04, 2017
Indivisible Week 11: What Do We Have To Gain From China?
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 signal about U.S./China relations. Plus, Andrew Revkin, senior reporter on climate issues for ProPublica, discusses the Trump Administration’s effort to roll back Obama-era environmental policies and what it means for the future of leadership on climate change. What are the financial stakes of this legislation for people across America?
Apr 04, 2017
The week ahead: More twists in the Russian enigma
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.
Mar 31, 2017
The Economist asks: How do organisations counter diversity fatigue?
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.
Mar 30, 2017
Babbage: Of machines and men
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
Mar 29, 2017
Money talks: Luxury for the masses?
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.
Mar 28, 2017
Indivisible Week 10: Can Trump Bring 'The Art Of The Deal' To The Presidency?
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 his pitch of strength. What do you think of him almost 70 days into his presidency?
Mar 28, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 25th 2017 edition
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
Mar 27, 2017
The week ahead: Trump v the world
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.
Mar 24, 2017
The Economist asks: Tony Blair
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.
Mar 23, 2017
Babbage: Uber's trail of woes
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
Mar 22, 2017
Money talks: A most unusual company
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.
Mar 22, 2017
Indivisible Week 9: Trump and Russia -- What does the FBI know?
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 Comey's testimony and other highlights from the hearing. Then, journalist Casey Michel joins the conversation to discuss his new report for People For the American Way about the far right’s connection to Putin.
Mar 21, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 18th 2017 edition
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
Mar 20, 2017
The week ahead: Populism's defeat
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
Mar 17, 2017
The Economist asks: What are the economics of art?
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.
Mar 16, 2017
Babbage: Little green men
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
Mar 15, 2017
Money talks: Microsofter
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.
Mar 14, 2017
Indivisible Week 8: Can Washington Fix America's Health Care System?
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 system has been so politically and economically fraught. They are joined by Elisabeth Benjamin from the Community Service Society of New York to take calls about how the Republican replacement plan would affect listeners across the country.
Mar 14, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 11th 2017 edition
This week: Quantum leaps for quantum physics, the fat cats of Istanbul and a decline in Britain’s youth crime
Mar 13, 2017
The week ahead: Trump the (cheer)leader
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.
Mar 10, 2017
The Economist asks: What would a modern utopia look like?
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?
Mar 09, 2017
Babbage: Building from the atom up
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.
Mar 08, 2017
Money talks: GM says ‘au revoir’ to Europe
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.
Mar 07, 2017
Indivisible Week 7: Why Does Russia Matter To The Trump Administration?
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 stakes of the political fight over Russia. Then join the conversation with your calls on the issue you care about most during the Trump administration. What is getting you to pay attention to politics in ways you haven’t before?
Mar 07, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 4th 2017 edition
This week: Mexico’s anti-corruption tour bus, Japan’s ultranationalist kindergarten and the medicinal benefits of dragon blood
Mar 06, 2017
The week ahead: The deportation machine
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.
Mar 03, 2017
The Economist asks: What is consciousness?
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
Mar 02, 2017
Babbage: Dragon’s blood medicine
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
Mar 01, 2017
Money talks: Euro-optimism
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.
Feb 28, 2017
Indivisible Week 6: What it means to be undocumented under Trump
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 this Wednesday -- signaling more changes could come. Anne McElvoy from The Economist and WNYC's Kai Wright host this episode of Indivisible. They take calls on how President Trump's broad changes to immigration enforcement have affected people and families across the country. Doris Meissner, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, offers the facts and analysis of the changes. Then, Debbie Nathan, investigative reporter for the ACLU Texas, discusses life on the border in Trump’s America. Plus, Cesar Vargas...
Feb 28, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 25th 2017 edition
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
Feb 27, 2017
The week ahead: Iran 'on notice'
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.
Feb 24, 2017
The Economist asks: Is this the end of Asia's rise?
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.
Feb 23, 2017
Babbage: Oceans of pollutants
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?
Feb 22, 2017
Money talks: Clean energy’s dirty secret
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.
Feb 21, 2017
Indivisible Week 5: The future of national security under Trump
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 confidence in the President’s ability to keep us safe at home -- and abroad. Karen DeYoung, senior national security correspondent for the Washington Post, will discuss the new national security advisor and the leaks coming out of the intelligence community. Plus, on this President's Day, Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore will talk about President Trump’s role in American myth making and how the story of America’s founding mission has changed over time.
Feb 21, 2017
Tasting menu: audio Highlights from the February 18th 2017 edition
This week: Electric vehicles pick up speed, the late greatness of artists and a battle over Trump brand toilets in China
Feb 20, 2017
The week ahead: Out like Flynn
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?
Feb 17, 2017
The Economist asks: Bill Gates
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.
Feb 16, 2017
Babbage: Cloning time
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
Feb 15, 2017
Money talks: Banks on the move
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
Feb 14, 2017
Indivisible Week 4: How will President Trump's foreign policy affect the military?
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
Feb 14, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 11th 2016 edition
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
Feb 13, 2017
The week ahead: Bibi in DC
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
Feb 10, 2017
Babbage: Game of drones
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
Feb 09, 2017
The Economist asks: Can Trump’s grand bargain with Russia work?
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
Feb 08, 2017
Money talks: How to make money from digital entertainment
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?
Feb 07, 2017
Indivisible Week 3: Who belongs in President Trump's America?
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 of a multicultural America is valued. We'll also talk about what religious freedom means to people in their lives. They are joined by author and Stanford professor Jeff Chang and Emma Green, who writes about the intersection of religion, culture and politics for The Atlantic.
Feb 07, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 4th 2016 edition
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
Feb 06, 2017
The week ahead: Brexit's point of no return
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.
Feb 03, 2017
The Economist asks: Why is Donald Trump’s populism so potent?
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?
Feb 02, 2017
Babbage: Adding to reality
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.
Feb 01, 2017
Money talks: A new boss at the helm of Exxon Mobil
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.
Jan 31, 2017
Indivisible Week 2: POTUS travel ban stirs public outcry ... and lots of questions
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 the relation between resettlement policies and counter-terrorism efforts. Hosts for this episode are WNYC's Kai Wright and Anne McElvoy from The Economist.
Jan 31, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 27th 2016 edition
This week: China’s new year goes global, how to make America date again and the case for rational compassion
Jan 31, 2017
The week ahead: Rise of the Herbal Tea Party?
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.
Jan 27, 2017
The Economist asks: Thomas Friedman
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
Jan 26, 2017
Babbage: Printing parts
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
Jan 25, 2017
Money talks: An expert’s guide to Trumponomics
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?
Jan 24, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 21st 2016 edition
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
Jan 23, 2017
The week ahead: One nation under Trump
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.
Jan 20, 2017
The Economist asks: Michael Sandel
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
Jan 19, 2017
Babbage: The automation game
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?
Jan 18, 2017
Money talks: Davos in the spotlight
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
Jan 17, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 14th 2016 edition
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’
Jan 16, 2017
The week ahead: Hacks, leaks and videotape
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
Jan 13, 2017
The Economist asks: Should education last a lifetime?
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
Jan 12, 2017
Babbage: Conversational computers
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
Jan 11, 2017
Money talks: Turbulence ahead
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?
Jan 10, 2017
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 7th 2016 edition
This week: Why sub-national currencies flounder, Europe’s toll crisis and China’s Shakespeare is thrust into the limelight
Jan 09, 2017
The week ahead: Desperately seeking Reagan
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
Jan 06, 2017
The Economist Asks: Bernard Henri Levy
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?
Jan 05, 2017
Babbage: War of the words
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
Jan 04, 2017
The cultural review of 2016 and preview of 2017
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
Dec 29, 2016
The cultural review of 2016 and preview of 2017
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
Dec 29, 2016
Money talks: We wish you a merry reorganisation
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
Dec 29, 2016
The World In 2017 Special: Ingenuity
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
Dec 29, 2016
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the Christmas double issue 2016
This week: What the Norman conquest did for England’s economy, the difficulties with silence and how Mario became the world’s most beloved character
Dec 26, 2016
Babbage: year end review and preview of 2017
How artificial intelligence moved from the research lab into the real world, plus the challenges facing cyber security. And we explore the development of data donorship in the year ahead. Kenneth Cukier hosts
Dec 23, 2016
The week ahead: Christmas and New Year special
We look at the highlights from the Christmas double issue with its editor Oliver Morton. John McDermott reports on how Finland's reindeer herders fight to keep their traditions alive. And magazine mogul Hu Shuli on why China's business leaders worry more about Brexit than a Trump presidency. Josie Delap hosts.
Dec 23, 2016
The World In 2017 Special: Instability
Part two of a three part series: Anne McElvoy and World In editor Daniel Franklin look ahead to 2017. The Prime Ministers of Bhutan and Sri Lanka make their predictions for the 12 months to come. Also: correspondents and editors weigh in on the world in the age of Trump, an investigation into the future of immigration and refugees and introducing our Brexit barometer
Dec 22, 2016
Babbage: The man himself
Charles Babbage was a British polymath, mathematician and a man widely hailed as the father of modern computing. In this special episode, host Emma Duncan is joined by two renowned computer science experts to explore the life and work of the eponymous inventor
Dec 21, 2016
Money talks: The most profitable time of the year
We look at the decline in holiday spending in America and ask what surprises 2017 could bring. And Adrian Wooldridge takes on the ghosts of capitalism past, present and future
Dec 20, 2016
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 17th 2016 edition
This week: How plastic could protect the planet, why environmentalists are cutting down trees and the strange consciousness in the tentacles of an octopus
Dec 19, 2016
The week ahead: War for a war weary America
Our Lexington columnist David Rennie reports from a 25,000 mile trip with America's outgoing defence secretary. Also on the show: Big data meets big brother in China. And mobile phones are transforming Africa, but only where they can get a signal. Josie Delap hosts.
Dec 16, 2016
The World In 2017 Special: Invention
Part one of a three part series: Anne McElvoy and World In editor Daniel Franklin look ahead to 2017. Former head of Google China Kai Fu Lee and Didi President Jean Liu share their thoughts on what the future holds for Chinese tech, while Elizabeth Arden President JuE Wong makes her predictions for the year to come. Also: is a golden age of dealmaking in American business coming to an end? And what do the next 12 months mean for the climate?
Dec 15, 2016
Babbage: Thinking deeply
Alphabet's artificial intelligence company DeepMind doesn't make a profit, so why it is arousing long-term interest? Dr Pedro Alonso from the World Health Organisation explores advances in the fight against malaria. And the amateur enthusiast who found meteorite dust in the gutter
Dec 14, 2016
Money talks: Breitbart and the business of nationalism
The conservative website Breitbart News is expanding its business into France and Germany after a boost from the American election. Our correspondent Elizabeth Winkler considers its chances of success abroad. Also on the show: Globalisation may be in reverse in the financial world. And, fifty-years old and under pressure from China, the Asian Development Bank is evolving. Simon Long hosts.
Dec 13, 2016
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the December 10th 2016 edition
This week: worried workers in China, ancient eclipses shedding new light on the earth’s rotation, and a spot of bother in Brazil
Dec 12, 2016
The week ahead: Will he or won't he?
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tenders his resignation after a crushing referendum defeat. But will he actually step down? Also on the show: Gambia's president promised to stay in power for 'a billion years' but a political novice cuts his rule short. And should we be worried about the rise in hate crimes in America? Christopher Lockwood hosts.
Dec 09, 2016
The Economist asks: Is there truth in caricature?
Donald's Trump's victory has given new verve to cartoonists. But what light does caricature throw on current events and upheavals? Award-winning cartoonist for The Economist Kal Kallaugher and actor Haydn Gwynne talk to host Anne McElvoy about the art of parody and if it still has the ability to challenge
Dec 08, 2016
Babbage: What Einstein got wrong
This week: clues to dinosaur evolution lurk in the amber mines of Myanmar. Author David Bodanis tells us about Einstein’s greatest mistake. And why solar energy is due soon to pay back its carbon debt. Kenneth Cukier hosts
Dec 07, 2016
Money talks: How the weakest bank in Europe just got weaker
We examine Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the bank at the epicentre of the crisis in Italy. Last week OPEC moved to rescue oil prices. Will companies now rush back into exploration? And how the birth of a new motorbike in downtown New York could revitalise inner-city manufacturing
Dec 06, 2016
Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the December 3rd 2016 edition
This week: America finds a new way to end a marriage, badly botched currency reform in India and the rise of AirBnB for dogs
Dec 05, 2016
The week ahead: After Fidel
Our Bello columnist Michael Reid discusses Cuba's future under Raúl and the remaining Castros. Also on the show: Assad’s forces make a crucial advance in Aleppo. And do want your cheating spouse to come back? There’s an agency for that - in China
Dec 02, 2016
The Economist asks: What made the world's great universities let women in?
Anne McElvoy is joined by Nancy Weiss Malkiel, emeritus professor of history at Princeton and author of "Keep the Damned Women Out", to unearth the roots of the sweeping changes that came to elite universities in Britain and America in the 1960s and 1970s. What made institutions that had resisted the presence of women suddenly embrace coeducation? And how far might they still have to go?
Dec 01, 2016
Babbage: Big bomber is watching
This week: how optical navigation can help a bomb find its target without GPS. Researchers at MIT are investigating super-slippery surfaces. Also, why computers are replacing manpower in port security. Kenneth Cukier hosts
Nov 30, 2016
Money talks: Is the anger over trade justified?
Soumaya Keynes speaks to leading economist Richard Baldwin about how to mitigate globalisation's destructive effects. Also on the show: South Africa’s debt rating is just one notch above junk. How might the country bounce back? And why golf is no longer cool in Japan. Simon Long hosts
Nov 29, 2016
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 26th 2016 edition
This week: treasure-hunters head out West, the pizza-making robots trying to take a slice of the food industry and why camel trading is increasingly lucrative
Nov 28, 2016
The week ahead: Renzi's risky referendum
Host Josie Delap sits down with Italy correspondent John Hooper to assess Italy's upcoming referendum, a vote with far reaching consequences in the Eurozone. Also: a surprise challenger for the French Presidency and the slow collapse of a Libyan peace deal
Nov 25, 2016
The Economist asks: What does Vladimir Putin want?
Anne McElvoy is joined in the studio by Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, author of "All the Kremlin's Men", to investigate the murky penumbra of power which surrounds Russian President Vladimir Putin
Nov 24, 2016
Babbage: Snapping planets
Long-distance photography could help us understand far more about exoplanets. We report on the sense of global resilience at climate talks in Marrakech and an audacious plan to tackle air pollution using old jet engines
Nov 23, 2016
Money talks: The fate of Trump Inc.
Our New York bureau chief Patrick Foulis argues Donald Trump should relinquish any control over his businesses before moving into the White House. Also on the show: There’s a new set of reforms worrying Europe’s beleaguered banks and why economists are not immune to fads. Simon Long hosts
Nov 22, 2016
Tasting menu: Highlights from the November 19th 2016 edition, in audio
This week: Samsung’s leap into connected cars, an anti-corruption hotline in Sierra Leone and a concise history of nothing
Nov 21, 2016
The week ahead: Nationalism goes international
Anne McElvoy sits down with Ed Carr to discuss the rise of ethnic nationalism and what liberals need to do to reclaim momentum. Also: the future of Britain's special relationship with the USA and are we looking at the death of the death penalty?
Nov 18, 2016
The Economist asks: Is Canada’s liberalism a model for the world?
2016 will be remembered as the year populism surged. But Canada stands as a beacon of liberalism. Can its multicultural model be emulated? Our guest, Douglas Murray debates with Americas editor, Brooke Unger. Also, author Jonathan Tepperman assesses Canada's approach to immigration. Anne McElvoy hosts
Nov 17, 2016
Babbage: No news like fake news
Our deputy editor Tom Standage weighs in on the debate about false news in the aftermath of America's presidential election. We speak to female entrepreneurs at the Web Summit in Lisbon about gender balance in the technology industry. And a new way to measure fish stocks using DNA
Nov 16, 2016
Money talks: Trump bumps and slumps
Philip Coggan recaps a week of market reactions to Donald Trump's surprise victory. Simon Rabinovitch how China might use the defeat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in America to assert its trade leadership. And Stanley Pignal assesses the fallout from India's shock announcement that it is scrapping the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes
Nov 15, 2016
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 12th 2016 edition
This week: Uber hits some potholes in Africa, mobsters take on Quebec’s maple monopoly and a victorian naturalist, both intellectually and literally omnivorous
Nov 14, 2016
The week ahead: Trump’s unpredictable relations
As the election dust settles, Nick Pelham and Brooke Unger explore the repercussions of Donald Trump’s win in the Middle East and Mexico. Also: how has espionage adapted to the technological revolution? Jason Palmer hosts
Nov 11, 2016
Babbage: Fighting falsehoods
We are joined by Martin Sweeney, co-founder of Ravelin, to explain how artificial intelligence is being used to stop fraud. Our environment correspondent discusses climate-change scepticism in America. Also, a long-standing bet about the underpinnings of the universe needs to be settled
Nov 10, 2016
The Economist asks: How did Donald Trump win the presidency?
After defying polls, scandal and worldwide opprobrium, Donald Trump emerges victorious. We reflect on the election with our US editor John Prideaux and special guest, US politics expert Leslie Vinjamuri. Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich talks about being a Never Trump-er on November 9th. And our DC bureau chief assess the state of the Republican Party from Wisconsin.
Nov 09, 2016
Money talks: Basket case bounce
One casualty of campaign hyperbole in America has been the reputation of the economy. But Henry Curr challenges the view that it is down in the dumps. John O’Sullivan argues some of the world’s worst-performing economies can still turn themselves around. And finally, why the constitutional referendum in Italy matters so much to business in the country
Nov 08, 2016
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 5th 2016 edition
This week: Britain’s High Court and the Brexit vote, the rise of the niche smartphone and what Christianity gave to the West
Nov 07, 2016
The week ahead: America's easy decision
Anne McElvoy hosts a special looking forward to the US election on November 8th. Editor in chief Zanny Minton Beddoes explains The Economist's endorsement. Also: the final verdict on the polls, Donald Trump's appeal to Vladimir Putin and why Florida could be a swing and miss state for Hillary Clinton
Nov 04, 2016
The Economist asks: Why does Hillary Clinton want to be president?
We explore what drives Hillary Clinton's quest to become America's first female leader. Anne McElvoy speaks to biographer Sally Bedell Smith who explains why Hillary struggles to project the dynamism of her husband's presidency. Pollster Celinda Lake reads the runes of the election. Our Johnson columnist Lane Greene looks to Hillary's speeches to find out what kind of president she might be. And historian Ellen Fitzpatrick assesses the long line of women who vied for the Oval Office.
Nov 04, 2016