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The Economist asks: How pushy should parents be?

22:15 | Jan 10th

Childhood is not what it used to be, according to The Economist's special report this week. The race to set children on the path to professional and personal success now begins before preschool. But competitive parenting is increasing inequality. Are...Show More

Babbage: Will China dominate science?

16:34 | Jan 9th

In a special show, we examine China’s impressive scientific advances and question what they mean for the future of the sciences—and of China. Among the guests is the Chinese-American astronaut Leroy Chiao, discussing China’s recent feat of landing a ...Show More

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

13:38 | Jan 7th

As Donald Trump enters the second half of his first term, his luck may be about to change. Plus, the young economists to watch this decade. And should companies monitor their employees’ health? Anne McElvoy hosts

Babbage: Success of 'disability tech'

13:42 | Jan 2nd

In this special episode of Babbage, we discuss some of the advancements in technology that could change the lives of those living with a disability — an app that is helping those who are visually impaired. Also, how the sit-ski has benefited from res...Show More

Tasting menu: A walk through Queens

17:01 | Dec 31st, 2018

In a taste of our Christmas double issue, Jon Fasman takes a walk across Queens, New York City, and through America’s past, present and future. He hears from recent and long-standing Queens residents about why they made their lives there. Congresswom...Show More

The Economist asks: The wordsmiths

27:32 | Dec 27th, 2018

Our Johnson columnist, Lane Greene, decodes the language of 2018 with Lynne Murphy, author of “The Prodigal Tongue” and Anton La Guardia, keeper of The Economist’s style guide. Which words best sum up the closing year? They debate “woke bros” versus ...Show More

Babbage: Best of 2018

14:21 | Dec 26th, 2018

In this festive special we look back at some of our favourite stories from 2018. Could IVF could save the northern white rhino from extinction? Also, the discovery of liquid water on Mars. And, how the amphibious life of the Bajau people has led to t...Show More

Tasting menu: The cover story

16:36 | Dec 24th, 2018

The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, and deputy editor, Edward Carr, discuss the cover stories of 2018. From Donald Trump swinging on a wrecking ball, to likening Brexit to toilet roll (softer is better), how does a picture sell a t...Show More

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

17:46 | Dec 21st, 2018

Why will civil partnerships become more common – among straight people? What will the future look like for CCTV surveillance? Also, the business opportunities in North America for retailing cannabis. Simon Long hosts.  Music by Chris Zabriskie "Can...Show More

The Week ahead: The great emu bubble

19:18 | Dec 21st, 2018

In this episode we dive into stories from The Economist’s festive double issue. In the 1980s Texas farmers looking for alternative meat sources pinned their hopes on the emu, an enormous and leggy bird. What can today’s market-watchers learn from the...Show More

The Economist asks: How is Trump changing the presidency?

27:49 | Dec 20th, 2018

Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, asks Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer prize-winning author, what makes a great president and how Donald Trump is changing what it means to hold that office. Doris Kearns Goodwin also says she keeps waiting for Mr Trump ...Show More

Babbage: A little more conservation

19:43 | Dec 19th, 2018

We ask how can conservationists preserve biodiversity through new ideas. Also, what can be done to increase the number of women in the technology industry? And Hossein Derakhshan, a formerly jailed Iranian blogger, discusses whether the web is becomi...Show More

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

12:34 | Dec 17th, 2018

In this week’s issue, family offices are a new force in global finance – but their billionaire owners will soon face uncomfortable questions. Also, how obsolete technologies could protect against new threats and the art of the perfect copy. Anne McEl...Show More

The week ahead: Yemen’s overlooked war

22:03 | Dec 14th, 2018

UN-brokered peace talks, and the American Senate’s withdrawal of support for Saudi Arabia’s forces, at last represent progress in a conflict that threatens millions with starvation. What next? And, how discord and a mangled deal will haunt Britain’s ...Show More

The Economist asks: Brexit — what next?

22:06 | Dec 13th, 2018

Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, takes the temperature in a dramatic week in British politics with John Peet, The Economist’s Brexit editor, and Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, a proponent of a different way to solve the Brexit dilemma. They discuss There...Show More

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

11:15 | Dec 10th, 2018

As anti-government protests engulf France, how a little humility could yet save Emmanuel Macron. Plus, why sensible people fall for online scams and the lessons of Greek myths for artificial intelligence. Anne McElvoy hosts. (A previous version of...Show More

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

12:30 | Dec 3rd, 2018

China still relies on the outside world for its computer chips – how far should America go to maintain silicon supremacy? Also, democratising lunar landings and why it is so difficult to open a pub in Ireland. Christopher Lockwood hosts Music by C...Show More

The week ahead: Troubled waters

21:16 | Nov 30th, 2018

World leaders gathering for the G20 summit are rocked by ripples from a skirmish in the sea, when Russia captured Ukrainian ships and sailors. Citing the incident, President Trump cancelled a meeting with Vladimir Putin. Also: Mexico’s leftist presid...Show More

The Economist asks: General Stanley McChrystal

24:39 | Nov 29th, 2018

NATO’s former commander tells Anne McElvoy why he modelled some of his own leadership on al-Qaeda. They discuss his regrets over the invasion of Iraq, the potential for ground war in Europe and whether America should still intervene abroad

Babbage: The baby crisperer

19:16 | Nov 28th, 2018

A Chinese scientist has claimed to have edited the genomes of two babies using the revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9. Also, how the production of semiconductors is becoming a new battlefield. And Kenneth Cukier asks the author...Show More

The world ahead: Move over, baby boomers

21:05 | Nov 27th, 2018

What will America's political landscape look like once millennials outnumber the baby-boom generation? 2019 will also see a triumphant return to the moon. And how Japan is hoping to attract even more tourists. Anne McElvoy hosts

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

11:12 | Nov 26th, 2018

In this week’s issue, why America is the exception to a global decline in suicides. Also, a glimpse of the future of flight and the extraordinary powers of Stan Lee, creator of superheroes. Josie Delap hosts

The week ahead: A big deal

22:38 | Nov 23rd, 2018

This weekend, British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to finalise a withdrawal agreement on Brexit with European leaders. But her greatest hurdle is in Westminster rather than Brussels. Can she secure enough votes for her deal in parliament? A...Show More

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

24:33 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health in Theresa May's Cabinet, on whether the Prime Minister can get a Brexit deal through Parliament and whether a second referendum might be on the cards. Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, also quizzes him o...Show More

Babbage: The dos and don'ts of data

18:07 | Nov 21st, 2018

In this special episode we examine the controversial gang-mapping database of London's Metropolitan Police Service. Also, a new pilot project to study how a "data trust" might increase access to information while retaining privacy. And how sharing ma...Show More

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 17th 2018 edition

13:17 | Nov 19th, 2018

In this week’s issue, why modern capitalism needs a competition revolution. Also, how Brexit might change the face of British football and the perils of finding online fame in China. Anne McElvoy hosts

The week ahead: Age-old problems

16:35 | Nov 16th, 2018

Our journalists speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about Japan’s growing demographic crisis, and what he wants to be remembered for. A crushing famine in a massive region of Africa may have peaked, but it still threatens millions. How can this trag...Show More

The Economist asks: Anthony Scaramucci

26:01 | Nov 15th, 2018

Anne McElvoy asks the former White House communications director whether Donald Trump is true to his base. They debate the wisdom of doing battle with the press, if the president’s lies matter and what a Democratic challenger in 2020 should learn fro...Show More

Babbage: The blame game

15:10 | Nov 14th, 2018

Should climate change be a matter of human rights? Also, gene drives' controversial potential to wipe out entire species of mosquitoes. And, a novel watch spring that could change the way mechanical watches are designed. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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

13:26 | Nov 12th, 2018

After America's mid-term elections, how do the Democrats need to change their game to succeed in 2020? Also, a tour of the entrepreneurial city that brought blue jeans to the Soviet Union, and five minutes that changed an astronaut’s life. Anne McElv...Show More

The week ahead: Sessions ails

26:20 | Nov 9th, 2018

President Trump wastes no time after America's mid-term elections before sacking Jeff Sessions, the attorney-general. What will the ouster mean for the special counsel’s Russia investigation? As NATO concludes its largest exercises since the cold war...Show More

The Economist asks: Where next for a divided America?

38:14 | Nov 8th, 2018

After the hoopla of the mid-term elections - blue wave or red comeback - what does this all mean for America? Anne McElvoy talks to our US Editor, John Prideaux, Chip Roy, former advisor to Ted Cruz, Tim Ryan, Democratic Representative from Ohio, Deb...Show More

Babbage: Economist in space

23:11 | Nov 7th, 2018

Highlights from The Economist’s Space Summit in New York, including an interview with Apollo 9 astronaut Russell 'Rusty' Schweickart. Also, how to prepare for space exploration with Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at MIT. And, a...Show More

The Secret History of the Future: Infinite Scroll

40:22 | Nov 7th, 2018

The Renaissance scholars couldn’t keep up with new information (“Have you read the latest Erasmus book?” “I don’t have time!”) and needed a better way to organize it. Thus came the invention of tables of contents, indexes, book reviews, encyclopedias...Show More

Money talks: Mid-term matters

20:48 | Nov 6th, 2018

As Americans go to the polls, how will Mr. Trump's economic policies play out in the mid-term elections? Who will benefit from America's opportunity zones? And, the buzz around the SEC and what business bosses really think about President Trump. Sim...Show More

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

12:17 | Nov 5th, 2018

In this week’s issue, could America’s mid-term elections stop the toxic polarisation of federal politics? Plus, how artificial intelligence could transform life for urban commuters. And a glimpse of the treasures to be found in translation. Anne McEl...Show More

The week ahead: America’s mid-terms

26:21 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Next week, Americans head to the polls. Why will it be such a consequential election? President Donald Trump has made a caravan of Central American migrants into an object of scaremongering—but the migrants don’t know of the political fight they’re h...Show More

The Economist asks: Angela's exit

27:51 | Nov 1st, 2018

Joschka Fischer, former foreign minister and leader of the Green party in Germany, and Anne McElvoy discuss life after Chancellor Merkel’s retreat from power and whether Germany’s dominance in Europe is in jeopardy. Also Merkel's historian, Andreas R...Show More

Babbage: Turning the oceans green

20:26 | Oct 31st, 2018

Can greenhouse emissions be cut in maritime transport? Also, with the US midterms a week away, Courtney Kennedy from PEW Research Centre discusses the reliability of polling data. And the artificial intelligence system being tested as a way to cut do...Show More

The Secret History of the Future: A Little Less Conversation

32:14 | Oct 31st, 2018

Some people thought the laying of the transatlantic cable might bring world peace, because connecting humans could only lead to better understanding and empathy. That wasn’t the outcome, and recent utopian ideas about communication (Facebook might br...Show More

Money talks: End of Austerity?

16:52 | Oct 30th, 2018

Analysis of Britain's budget with our Britain economics correspondent. What is driving the fall in tech stocks? And, is Harley Davidson struggling to fire on all cylinders? Helen Joyce hosts. Sound effect: THE_bizniss (cc x 3.0)

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

11:57 | Oct 29th, 2018

Australia’s economy has been growing for a record 27 years without a recession—could the rest of the world benefit from playing by Aussie rules? Also, how China’s tech giants are revolutionising pig farming. And the ethical dilemmas of programming au...Show More

The week ahead: Oil and trouble

24:14 | Oct 26th, 2018

What will the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist, do to Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s image, and to already-jittery oil markets? Eritreans continue to spill across the border with Ethiopia, which opened last month—but they wor...Show More

The world ahead: Universal lessons

17:14 | Oct 25th, 2018

What would it look like if every child around the world attended school? And we also consider how far the ‘gig economy’ can go. Also, we ask the question: what foodstuff will be sustaining mankind in the future? Hal Hodson hosts  Music by Chris Zab...Show More

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

17:54 | Oct 25th, 2018

Tara Westover was 17 when she first stepped into a classroom, but went on to earn a PhD. She talks to Anne McElvoy about a childhood on the edge of society, why she chose philosophy over coding—and what unorthodox education might teach the mainstream

Babbage: Pie in the sky

18:41 | Oct 24th, 2018

Could delivering goods by drone soon become a common occurrence? Also, cyber-security expert Bruce Schneier discusses his latest book. And a new innovation for the disposing of human waste from Mount Everest. Hal Hodson hosts

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

34:17 | Oct 24th, 2018

In the Victorian era, plaster casts became a way to preserve important artifacts in 3-D. Now, virtual reality promises to preserve places and experiences. But who decides what gets preserved? And is the technology an accurate recreation of the experi...Show More

Money talks: China jitters

16:07 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Is China’s slowing economic growth a cause for concern and will the market jitters spread? Amazon moves into digital advertising in a big way. And, our very own super-hero Captain Sensible takes us on a tour of effective economic policies. Rachana Sh...Show More

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

12:12 | Oct 22nd, 2018

The era of engagement is over. America now sees China as an increasingly dangerous rival. Plus, how Bollywood is boosting domestic tourism in India. And a portrait created by AI goes under the hammer, but is it art or artifice? Anne McElvoy hosts

The week ahead: Polls, apart

20:55 | Oct 19th, 2018

Afghans vote in parliamentary elections on Saturday, amid Taliban attacks. Will Donald Trump’s shift in strategy at last weaken the extremists? And a by-election in Australia threatens to upend the ruling coalition’s razor-thin majority. Also, can a ...Show More

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

33:17 | Oct 18th, 2018

Alan Greenspan,  former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, and The Economist’s Adrian Wooldridge discuss  America's rise to global economic prominence and its future outlook. Also, what caused the 2008 financial crash, can another bust be avoide...Show More

Babbage: The quantum conundrum

19:08 | Oct 17th, 2018

Is the internet about to be unravelled by quantum computing? And how artificial intelligence could be used to diagnose the need for lung transplants in patients with cystic fibrosis. Also, our technology correspondent, Hal Hodson, discuss some of the...Show More

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

37:16 | Oct 17th, 2018

In 1714, British parliament offered a huge cash prize to anyone who could find a way to determine longitude at sea. And it worked, sort of ... several decades later. Are modern contests (DARPA challenges, the X Prize) offering riches and glory an eff...Show More

Money talks: Sears of change

14:49 | Oct 16th, 2018

Sears, the giant of American retail, goes bankrupt. The shale boom has made America the world’s top oil producer: is it sustainable? And is Weight Watchers over “weight”? Helen Joyce hosts

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

11:13 | Oct 15th, 2018

Many economies are not ready to deal with even a mild recession—they need to start preparing now. Also, winemakers square up to the weed entrepreneurs of California. And why London is the money-laundering capital of the world. Josie Delap hosts

The week ahead: Saudi repression

24:34 | Oct 12th, 2018

After the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia is starting to look like an old-fashioned Arab dictatorship. And could the drug MDMA help sufferers recover from post-traumatic stress disorder? Also, in France Marine Le Pen’s n...Show More

Babbage: What a difference half a degree makes

23:28 | Oct 10th, 2018

This week's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report recommends keeping the global increase in temperature below 1.5°C. We ask how governments and companies can reach "net zero" and whether the global economy can both grow and go green? Kenne...Show More

The Secret History of the Future: From Zero to Selfie

39:07 | Oct 10th, 2018

In 1969, an anthropologist introduced photographs and films to people in Papua New Guinea who’d never seen themselves represented in media before. It changed their conception of the world. In modern society, social media floods us with imagery at a p...Show More

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

19:50 | Oct 9th, 2018

The next president of Brazil will inherit a public-finance crisis. Far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro is on track to win - what are the implications if he's elected? Britain’s crackdown on dirty money. And the challenges of overcoming another global r...Show More

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

12:02 | Oct 8th, 2018

Chinese investment in Europe is soaring, with benefits for both parties, but Europeans are beginning to worry. The design decisions in our favourite technologies that bring out the worst versions of ourselves. And why potatoes are no longer cheap as ...Show More

The week ahead: Dances with wolves

16:56 | Oct 5th, 2018

After a contentious party conference in Birmingham, has Prime Minister Theresa May emerged intact? Lessons from the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Indonesia. And: why is the European potato in crisis? Christopher Lockwood hosts.

The world ahead: Xi’s world order

19:12 | Oct 4th, 2018

What would the world look like if China made the international rules? Also, what if actors were replaced by digital versions of themselves? We also consider how the future is framed for eyewear. Anne McElvoy hosts

Babbage: The Nobel winners explained

16:22 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Economist science correspondents break down the discoveries that won this year's Nobel prizes. Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google, discusses the dangerous ways that the tech industry competes for our attention. And: the story of black...Show More

The Secret History of the Future: Human Insecurity

32:54 | Oct 3rd, 2018

The French telegraph system was hacked in 1834 by a pair of thieves who stole financial market information — effectively conducting the world’s first cyber attack. What does the incident teach us about network vulnerabilities, human weakness, and mod...Show More

Money talks: Musk do better!

14:52 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Could Italy’s new budget plans lead to a fresh Eurozone crisis? Elon Musk versus the regulators. And the challenges of replacing the LIBOR rate. Helen Joyce hosts. Music adapted from track by The Waiters (CC by 3.0 UK)

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

12:11 | Oct 1st, 2018

As America fights over the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, does the #MeToo movement risk becoming just another battlefield in the culture wars? Why aping the lives of top executives is not the secret to professional success. And ...Show More

The week ahead: The fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh

22:46 | Sep 28th, 2018

As allegations of sexual assault threaten to derail the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, US editor John Prideaux gives his reaction to an emotionally charged day of testimony in Washington. Anne McElvoy digs into the risk of a "...Show More

Babbage: Lessons from Spanish flu

17:10 | Sep 26th, 2018

What can we learn from the Spanish flu pandemic which killed over 50 million people a hundred years ago? Carl Malamud, founder of public.resource.org, wants to make more data public. And, is food actually scarce at the bottom of the ocean? Kenneth Cu...Show More

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

36:10 | Sep 26th, 2018

The first pedestrian killed by a car in the western hemisphere was on New York’s Upper West Side in 1899. One newspaper warned that “the automobile has tasted blood.” Today, driverless cars present their own mix of technological promise and potential...Show More

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

11:24 | Sep 24th, 2018

Why Europe should embrace ties with Africa, the wildlife photographer who built an assault course for badgers, and an impressive display of bonhomie on the Korean peninsula. Lane Greene hosts.

The week ahead: Beware Bolsonaro

16:19 | Sep 21st, 2018

Could the result of the upcoming elections in Brazil threaten its democracy? And how Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has been too slow and timid with reforms. Also, Cuban bees are busy living the high life. Simon Long hosts 

Babbage: Up in smoke

17:06 | Sep 19th, 2018

Are e-cigarettes the answer to giving up tobacco smoking? And SpaceX revives its plans to send tourists around the moon. Also, we speak to Zia Chishti of Afiniti about the role of artificial intelligence in business. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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

31:41 | Sep 19th, 2018

It took a long time for the fork to go from weird curiosity to ubiquitous tool. How long will it take for current technologies—like the Japanese-style bidet toilet, or heads-up displays such as Google Glass—to go from oddities to everyday necessities...Show More

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

16:16 | Sep 17th, 2018

A special episode marking the culmination of the Open Future initiative, launched this year to celebrate 175 years since The Economist's founding to remake the case for liberal ideals. Featuring contributions from James Comey, Angelina Jolie and Bjor...Show More

The week ahead: The Economist at 175

19:31 | Sep 14th, 2018

Following on from her essay on the future of liberalism in this week’s Economist, our editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, along with deputy editor, Edward Carr, discuss the Economist 175 years after its founding. Also, how Zambia is heading toward...Show More

The Economist asks: Francis Fukuyama

18:32 | Sep 13th, 2018

The age of ideological struggle failed to end with the Cold War.  Francis Fukuyama, who coined the phrase “the end of history”, talks to Anne McElvoy about the rise of identity politics, whether there is any force that can rival it, and which party i...Show More

Babbage: Ma waves ali bye bye

15:14 | Sep 12th, 2018

How China will struggle to produce another Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, who steps down as chairman next year. And we discuss cyber-security with former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Kenneth Cukier hosts

The Secret History of the Future: The Body Electric

37:57 | Sep 12th, 2018

We’ve used electricity to treat our brains for thousands of years, from placing electric fish on our heads to cure migraines to using electroconvulsive therapy to alleviate depression. But over time, our focus has shifted from restoring health to aug...Show More

Money Talks: The Lehman Lessons

23:54 | Sep 11th, 2018

Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we examine what progress has been made. Are we prepared for the next global financial crisis? Helen Joyce hosts

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 8th 2018 edition

13:02 | Sep 10th, 2018

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, has finance been fixed? Plus, the benefits of 3D-printing human organs in space, where not to build your capital city, and a taste of our new series in collaboration with Slate, “The Secret History of ...Show More

The week ahead: Wargames

17:31 | Sep 7th, 2018

Why joint military exercises by Russia and China should worry the West. And the battle for Syria’s last rebel redoubt looms. Also, the aftermath of the fire that blazed through the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Simon Long hosts

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

22:58 | Sep 6th, 2018

Anne McElvoy talks to historian Ian Kershaw about the continent’s rollercoaster half-century. They discuss Europe's turbulent friendships with America and Russia and the accusations of anti-Semitism against Britain's Labour party. Also, the EU needs ...Show More

Babbage: Content liability

14:20 | Sep 5th, 2018

Should tech companies be legally responsible for all their content? Also, major European research funders have announced ‘Plan S’ to make all scientific works free to read. And how optical fibre made in orbit could be better than the terrestrial sort...Show More

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

38:15 | Sep 5th, 2018

In the 18th-century, a device called the Mechanical Turk convinced Europeans that a robot could play winning chess. But there was a trick. It’s a trick that companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook still pull on us today. Guests include: Jaron Lan...Show More

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

11:43 | Sep 3rd, 2018

The global influence of Silicon Valley may have reached its peak – does this mean a new age of opportunity for the rest of the world? Also, Republicans and Democrats remember Senator John McCain. And what to do about the scourge of honey fraud. Anne ...Show More

The week ahead: Myanmar’s atrocities

17:44 | Aug 31st, 2018

The UN accuses the Burmese army of genocide, what next for Myanmar? And the rising tensions between Italy and the EU. Also, the curious case of honey fraud in the United States. Christopher Lockwood hosts.

The Economist asks: John McCain’s last word

19:36 | Aug 30th, 2018

Has the late Senator’s final address damaged Donald Trump? What will John McCain’s legacy be? Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, recalls our interview with the political nonconformist and war hero - and talks to Senator John Barrasso about their last v...Show More

Babbage: Peaks and Valleys

16:30 | Aug 29th, 2018

Has Silicon Valley’s influence as a technology hub peaked? Also, how artificial intelligence is gaining a sense of curiosity. And how a shampoo bottle is saving lives in Bangladesh. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

Money talks: NAFTA — alive or dead?

18:27 | Aug 28th, 2018

Has there been a breakthrough in efforts to revamp the NAFTA trade agreement? Henry Tricks, our commodities editor, explains recent falls in commodity prices. And how did YouTube profit from the biggest amateur boxing match of all time?  Andrew Palme...Show More

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

13:08 | Aug 27th, 2018

Americans will soon have to face a simple question: is Donald Trump above the law? Plus, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, on how big data is changing the political game. And a tribute to the queen of soul. Anne McElvoy hosts

The week ahead: Above the law?

15:22 | Aug 24th, 2018

Will the recent revelations and convictions hurt President Donald Trump? And Australia’s ruling party sacks the prime minister, again. Also, how British universities are a rare booming export industry. Richard Cockett hosts

Babbage: Will Google translate?

14:38 | Aug 22nd, 2018

If Google does reintroduce its search engine to China what will it have to omit? And how future helicopters will fly in new ways, with pilots optional. Also, the discovery of a 3,200-year-old ancient Egyptian cheese and what we can learn from it. Hal...Show More

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

11:40 | Aug 20th, 2018

Online dating has revolutionised the way humans couple up, but the impact of this mass social experiment is only just becoming clear. Plus, the bashful decline of European nudism, and The Economist gazes into the future and asks, what if 50% of CEOs ...Show More

The Secret History of the Future: Trailer

2:27 | Aug 20th, 2018

Examine the history of tech to uncover stories that help us illuminate the present and predict the future.

The week ahead: A call to arms

15:13 | Aug 17th, 2018

The global arms market is booming, and is tilting in the buyers’ favour. Also, how successful have the first 100 days back in power been for Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad? And the decline of public nakedness in Europe. Simon Long hosts

Babbage: Jumping the Q

19:23 | Aug 15th, 2018

Is quantum technology getting ahead of itself? And we look into what is being done to find a cure for celiac disease. Also, we explore random control trials and the placebo effect of sham surgery. Tim Cross hosts  Music by Daniel Birch "Brushed bel...Show More

The world ahead: Generation XX

14:55 | Aug 15th, 2018

What would the world look like if 50% of CEOs were women, and what would have to change to make this possible? We also consider a future in which drones police the oceans, making it harder to get away with lawlessness at sea. Tom Standage hosts

Money talks: Sick as a Turkey

15:52 | Aug 14th, 2018

Are Turkey's currency troubles contagious? The weed-killer court case that could have worldwide impact. And why Tiger Woods still has the power to roar Andrew Palmer hosts

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

11:46 | Aug 13th, 2018

Inevitable but unforgivably outdated – why today’s tax systems need to be brought into the 21st century. Also, how NASA prepared to explore a place 300 times hotter than the surface of the sun, and France's love affair with the high-speed train. Robe...Show More

The week ahead: Brazil’s telenovela election

17:40 | Aug 10th, 2018

Why the outcome of the upcoming general election in Brazil is harder to predict than usual. And how American sanctions will bring more agony to Iran’s dysfunctional economy. Also, could long school summer holidays around the world be having a negativ...Show More

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

14:38 | Aug 9th, 2018

Masih Alinejad tells Anne McElvoy how she took My Stealthy Freedom, her viral campaign against compulsory hijab in Iran, from social media to the streets – could reform be on the way? Also, the impact of visiting Western female politicians wearing th...Show More

Babbage: My corona

19:36 | Aug 8th, 2018

We speak to project scientist for the Parker Solar Probe, Dr Nicola Fox, about the spacecraft's upcoming mission to the sun's atmosphere. We also discuss the upsides of artificial intelligence with professor Max Tegmark. And how seal whiskers are hel...Show More

Money talks: Urban outbidders

16:22 | Aug 7th, 2018

Property prices in the world’s most desirable cities have sped away from those elsewhere but what has caused that trend, and will it last? And how governments are limiting foreign investment in tech companies to reduce China's influence. Also, a new ...Show More

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

11:32 | Aug 6th, 2018

As the northern hemisphere continues to smoulder through this long hot summer, is mankind losing the war against climate change? The American humourist Davis Sedaris talks about the beauty of eavesdropping. Plus, just how valuable is your accent? Lan...Show More

The week ahead: The black hole of coal

17:49 | Aug 3rd, 2018

India struggles to move away from fossil fuels towards renewables. And is there cause for optimism in Eritrea, Africa’s North Korea? Also, selling marijuana soon becomes legal in Canada. How will it change the country's high streets? Simon Long hosts

The Economist asks: David Sedaris

26:15 | Aug 2nd, 2018

The humourist talks to Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about making people laugh, overhearing conversations and when can he look back at sad or embarrassing experiences with humour? Also, why he wanted to feed his tumour to a turtle and is there a f...Show More

Babbage: Drive.ai time

19:29 | Aug 1st, 2018

Should AI systems be more human-centric? We look at how a trial of self-driving vehicles in Texas is focusing on what the technology can do now. Rufus Pollack, the founder of Open Knowledge International, discusses how freedom of choice promotes inno...Show More

Money talks: Greek Lessons

14:28 | Jul 31st, 2018

Should the Bank of England raise interest rates this week?   As Greece prepares to exit its bail-out, what are the lessons to be learned from the crisis?  And open-plan offices - do they work? Helen Joyce hosts

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

11:01 | Jul 30th, 2018

Britain’s churches are being turned into quirky campsites. Congo’s Catholics are standing up for democracy. And why open-plan offices can lead to closed minds. Richard Cockett hosts

The week ahead: How to catch a crocodile

16:01 | Jul 27th, 2018

What to expect in Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe general election next week. Also, we look at how badly UN sanctions are hurting North Korea’s economy. And in Britain how body-worn cameras are spreading beyond the police force. Simon Long hosts

The Economist asks: Bjorn from ABBA

22:00 | Jul 26th, 2018

Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA tells Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about the melancholy beneath the exuberant voices and his musical influences.  Would he write the same songs in the #MeToo era and which song has had its lyrics changed for a different fe...Show More

Babbage: Too hot to handle

15:45 | Jul 25th, 2018

Are the recent heat waves around the world a sign of things to come? Geoffrey Carr, our science editor, finds out at the meeting of the International AIDS Society what more needs to be done to eradicate the disease. Also, has liquid water on Mars fin...Show More

Money talks: One Belt One Road

17:09 | Jul 24th, 2018

What now for Fiat Chrysler after Sergio Marchionne’s departure? How America and Europe are tightening rules on foreign direct investments. And China’s Belt and Road Initiative - a benevolent gift to connect the world or a highway to world dominance? ...Show More

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

12:57 | Jul 23rd, 2018

The WTO and the global system it oversees are both under threat. Can they be saved? The Cook Islands could soon achieve rich-country status, but becoming the world’s newest developed country may not be all good news. A metal used to harden steel coul...Show More

The week ahead: Khan he fix it?

20:04 | Jul 20th, 2018

Will military tampering swing the Pakistani general election for Imran Khan? Also, Anne McElvoy and Sacha Nauta discuss identity politics. And how Spain is finally tackling the Valley of the Fallen. Christopher Lockwood hosts.  Music by Chris Zabrisk...Show More

The Economist asks: Tony Blair

27:34 | Jul 19th, 2018

The former British prime minister tells Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, why Britain should vote again on whether to leave the European Union. What should the referendum question be? And why he talks to Team Trump on the Middle East.  Music by Chris ...Show More

Babbage: Paranoid android

16:45 | Jul 18th, 2018

What does the European Commission's record fine of Google mean for the future of its Android operating system? And how a popular gene editing tool is raising a few questions. Also, we speak to Dr David Fajgenbaum about the first ever World Castleman ...Show More

Money talks: W-T-Oh

14:26 | Jul 17th, 2018

How can world leaders fix the World Trade Organisation? Also, we discuss the runners and riders to replace Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank. And, after the World Cup in Russia why is the football transfer market unusually quiet?...Show More

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

13:22 | Jul 16th, 2018

Can Theresa May deliver a soft Brexit? Her new plan is the most realistic one yet, but it has unleashed fresh political chaos. Plus, the latest currency insights from the Big Mac index and a trip through the mean streets of Old Shanghai. Anne McElvoy...Show More

The week ahead: The Brexit fears

20:23 | Jul 13th, 2018

How the Brexit strain is causing the UK government to unravel. And we look ahead to Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin. Also, why golf in Scotland is in decline. Christopher Lockwood hosts

The Economist asks: How is warfare changing?

28:18 | Jul 12th, 2018

Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, went on an outing of top-brass Anglo-German military — to discuss how they are preparing for future risks of urban warfare. She had exclusive access to a mock city in eastern Germany - and visited Nazi bunkers where a...Show More

Babbage: The Roboburger

17:39 | Jul 11th, 2018

Are robots going to replace chefs in the kitchen? And how footsteps can be used for ID and health checks. Also, we focus on the very latest discoveries from the Gaia space mission. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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

12:48 | Jul 9th, 2018

A transatlantic rift is growing – why is NATO worth saving? Plus Jaron Lanier, a pioneer of VR, on why people should delete their social media accounts and get back to reality. And how the longest heatwave for nearly half a century is disrupting both...Show More

The week ahead: The three T’s of Trump

17:38 | Jul 6th, 2018

Will the president who arrives at the NATO summit next week be Triumphant Trump, Tetchy Trump or Torpedo Trump? Also, how the discovery of a new gas field could mean a better economic future for Egypt. And the vegan attacks on boucheries in northern ...Show More

The world ahead: Trailer

1:20 | Jul 5th, 2018

Coming soon: a new future-gazing series from The Economist that examines an assortment of speculative scenarios, what-if conjectures and provocative prophecies. Thinking about possible futures can help us understand the present, and catch glimpses of...Show More

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

19:57 | Jul 5th, 2018

Anne McElvoy heads to the Palladium theatre in London to interview Bartlett Sher, Tony award-winning director of “The King & I”. They discuss the challenges of reviving a story written in the 1950s – and set in the 1860s – for an audience in 2018. Al...Show More

Babbage: Saving white rhino

20:05 | Jul 4th, 2018

How IVF could save the northern white rhino from extinction. And Jaron Lanier tells us why we should delete our social media accounts. Also, how understanding animal behaviour could reduce errors in the operating theatre. Kenneth Cukier hosts

Money talks: Trolley wars

18:02 | Jul 3rd, 2018

What will Tesco and Carrefour’s strategic alliance mean for customers and suppliers? Stan Pignal reports on why women in India have dropped out of the workforce.  And CO2 shortages in the UK hit the beer industry. Philip Coggan hosts

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

11:49 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Netflix is the tech giant everyone is watching. It has so far managed to avoid the techlash, but will it be happily ever after? Plus Madeleine Albright, America’s first woman secretary of state, on her country’s relationship with Russia; Tim Berners-...Show More

The week ahead: Courting controversy

18:41 | Jun 29th, 2018

A storm is brewing in America following the sudden retirement of Anthony Kennedy, a Supreme Court justice. And after seven years of war and mass displacement, how can Syria rebuild? Also, how a flawed test in China fails the country's young people. S...Show More

The Economist asks: Madeleine Albright

30:37 | Jun 28th, 2018

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

Babbage: Fixing the internet

14:25 | Jun 27th, 2018

The internet was meant to make the world a less centralised place, but the opposite has happened. The Economist’s technology editor Ludwig Siegele explores why it matters and what can be done about it.  Music by Fabian Measures “Open Cab” cc by 4.0

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

12:28 | Jun 25th, 2018

Women at the wheel in Saudi Arabia are the most visible symbol of a social revolution led by Muhammad bin Salman. The crown prince has a chance to transform the Arab world for the better, but failure could bring more chaos. Also, why America’s small-...Show More

The week ahead: The Arab revolution

20:17 | Jun 23rd, 2018

How radical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the wider Arab world. And in Turkey will President Recep Tayyip Erdogan be re-elected? Also, Anne McElvoy discusses free speech with comedian Corinne Fisher. Christopher Lockwood hosts  ...Show More

The Economist asks: James Comey

36:34 | Jun 22nd, 2018

The sacked director of the FBI on the message of Melania Trump's jacket, why Special Counsel Robert Mueller is the straightest person he’s ever known and how Trump might unintentionally be helping America unite.  Anne McElvoy hosts.

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

20:42 | Jun 21st, 2018

Across America, there have been calls on university campuses to limit free speech. Anne McElvoy travels to the University of Chicago to explore the arguments. And a US correspondent, Idrees Kahloon, reflects on his student days at Harvard, when socia...Show More

Babbage: Fuel for thought

19:41 | Jun 20th, 2018

How a privately owned Chinese company called OneSpace is using solid fuel for launching rockets. Also, the worrying growth of bogus scientific journals. And is there an optimal strategy for the dreaded penalty shoot-out? Kenneth Cukier hosts

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

12:50 | Jun 18th, 2018

Around the world, from Turkey to Venezuela, democracy is in trouble – the least-bad system of government ever devised needs defenders. Also, why nearly half of businesses in Sicily still pay protection money to the Mafia. And a dispatch from the land...Show More

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

26:44 | Jun 14th, 2018

On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, former American ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, says the US needs to stand up to Putin — build up resilience in the electoral technology, set targeted sanctions — and he explains how it feels to be the tar...Show More

Babbage: Polio returns

21:48 | Jun 13th, 2018

Why has polio made a comeback in Venezuela and how does it spread? Tien Tzuo, founder of Zuora, says there will be no need to own anything in the future — you will subscribe to everything.  And research into how marine mammals respond to predators sh...Show More

Money talks: G7 handshakes at dawn

21:47 | Jun 12th, 2018

How President Trump turned his back on the G7 summit joint agreement. Sir Paul Tucker, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, tells us when power should be delegated to technocrats.   And can the solar industry survive without subsidies?

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

12:48 | Jun 11th, 2018

Although Donald Trump may strike a deal with North Korea after this week’s historic summit, in the long run his destructive approach to foreign policy will damage America and the world. Plus, the remote villages in rural China receiving express deliv...Show More

The week ahead: Demolition man

25:54 | Jun 8th, 2018

How will President Trump’s wrecking ball approach to foreign policy harm America and the world? And Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, tell us why Canadians will not cower to Mr Trump on NAFTA. Also, the World Cup kicks-off next week. Which country will...Show More

Babbage: AI will see you now

18:21 | Jun 6th, 2018

How companies are using artificial intelligence in medicine to help with diagnosis. We hear why a Dutch park that mimics nature is riling animal-rights activists. Also, what can be learnt from a new study on the calls of the bottlenose dolphin. Tim C...Show More

Money talks: How to top Trump?

21:09 | Jun 5th, 2018

How should allies stand up to President Trump’s trade tariffs? We talk to Professor Kate Pickett about the link between inequality and anxiety in her sequel to The Spirit Level.  And Renting The Runway - is shopping for clothes going out of style? An...Show More

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

13:27 | Jun 4th, 2018

Italy finally has a government – how will the maverick populist coalition reshape the country and the wider eurozone? Plus, why British politics is sobering up, and the discovery of the gene for genius. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “D...Show More

The week ahead: Power to the populists

18:56 | Jun 1st, 2018

What does the new populist coalition government mean for Italy? And how Xinjiang in China has become a police state unlike any other. Also, the protests by Brazilian lorry drivers. Simon Long hosts

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

37:31 | May 31st, 2018

In a special programme to mark The Economist’s 175th anniversary #OpenFuture season, Zanny Minton-Beddoes, our Editor-in-Chief and David Rennie, our Washington bureau chief, join Anne McElvoy to debate remedies to popular discontents and a new world ...Show More

Babbage: Gene genius

17:24 | May 30th, 2018

Has new research into the human genome discovered the secret to human evolution? And how studying HIV in every organ helps understand how to eliminate it. Also, we review the book “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”. Kenneth Cuk...Show More

Money talks: The Italian problem

21:15 | May 29th, 2018

Our economic editor, Henry Curr, looks at the threat Italy’s political crisis poses to the euro zone. And Ludwig Siegele, our technology editor, asks Glen Weyl, author of "Radical Markets", why he wants to expand the role of markets and how a new wea...Show More

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

12:11 | May 28th, 2018

Corporate America is betting that Donald Trump is good for business, but executives are counting their profits before their costs. The best-selling author Jordan Peterson has an unusual suggestion for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. An...Show More

The week ahead: Peace in peril?

16:58 | May 25th, 2018

Will the upcoming elections in Colombia threaten the peace deal with FARC? And introducing the Economist's forecasting model for the American mid-terms. Also, the calling off of the upcoming US-North Korea summit by President Donald Trump. Christophe...Show More

The Economist asks: Jordan Peterson

54:05 | May 24th, 2018

We ask the author of '12 Rules for life' what is wrong with modern liberalism.  And he discusses #MeToo, whether people should date their co-workers - and who is the feminist he most admires? Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Babbage: Fake views

17:52 | May 23rd, 2018

Deep-fakes – how can we trust what people appear to be saying in online videos? Also, how to contain the recent outbreak of ebola in the DRC. And, a new study of biomass that is putting human’s place in the world into perspective. Kenneth Cukier host...Show More

Money talks: Is Trump jump-starting business?

19:16 | May 22nd, 2018

Are US businesses happy with the Trump Era? Do we need to break the cosy relationship between auditors and their clients? And why large companies are choosing to invest in Central Europe. Philip Coggan hosts

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

11:10 | May 21st, 2018

After last week's bloodshed in Gaza, how Israelis and Palestinians can find a better way. Also, the unexpected environmental consequences of peace in Colombia, and the human fascination with the sound of silence. Rob Gifford hosts

The week ahead: Gaza bloodshed

19:34 | May 18th, 2018

Why Israel is answerable for this week's deaths in Gaza, but the Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, are also to blame. The Economist’s Adrian Wooldridge discusses the issue of open borders with author Rutger Bregman. And can Meghan Markle modernis...Show More

Babbage: Show me the way to Cordillera

14:30 | May 16th, 2018

Now that the war between the Colombian government and the FARC has ended, scientists are exploring parts of the country previously held by the rebels. The aim is to make Colombia a "bio-power" by 2030. Also, how lead pollution in Greenlandic ice show...Show More

Money talks: Sanction Buster - who you gonna call?

17:40 | May 15th, 2018

The implications of President Trump’s U-turn on Telecoms giant ZTE. Tamzin Booth explains why Masayoshi Son could be the most influential man in the Tech world. And how non-compete clauses are gumming up the US economy. Helen Joyce hosts

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

11:28 | May 14th, 2018

Masayoshi Son is betting $100bn on the world's most exciting technology startups. Win or lose, his Vision Fund is shaking up the tech industry and those that invest in it. Plus, the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright David Mamet on his new comedy insp...Show More

The week ahead: Trump's Iran gamble

20:17 | May 11th, 2018

What damage has been done by Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal? Also, the shock result in Malaysia's general election. And the problems meeting global demand for blood plasma. Richard Cockett hosts

Babbage: When an algorithm decides your fate

20:33 | May 9th, 2018

Computer algorithms are being used with increasing frequency to make decisions about humans - from whether a job applicant makes it through a selection process or if a prison inmate gets released on parole. But how are the algorithms making their dec...Show More

Money talks: Don’t bank with me Argentina

18:18 | May 8th, 2018

As Argentina starts talks with the IMF, we ask why Argentina’s currency crisis is causing financial wobbles in other emerging markets.? Simon Long explores whether digital technology can reach people who don’t have access to bank accounts. And, Phili...Show More

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

11:57 | May 7th, 2018

Despite euphoria about the Korean summit, global arms control is unravelling. Historian John Lewis Gaddis assesses whether there might be order in Donald Trump's chaos. And a glimpse of the first neighbourhood built "from the internet up". Rob Giffor...Show More

The week ahead: Disarmageddon

21:14 | May 4th, 2018

Our defence and diplomatic editor, Matthew Symonds, discusses how global arms control is unravelling. Also, can Britain right the wrongs from the Windrush fiasco? And how Georgia’s fashion industry is getting itself noticed. Christopher Lockwood host...Show More

Babbage: Big data versus privacy

31:28 | May 2nd, 2018

Data is becoming the world's most valuable resource. Governments use it to monitor and control their citizens. Corporations use it to persuade consumers to buy their products. But as machine learning and algorithms advance, will people still be able ...Show More

Money talks: Taming crypto

23:18 | May 1st, 2018

How do regulators define and tackle crypto-currencies? Professor Mariana Mazzucato explains how economists should measure value.  Also, the jeanius of Levi’s denim revival. Helen Joyce hosts

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

12:31 | Apr 30th, 2018

A basic level of universal healthcare is sensible, affordable and practical – including in poor countries. Also, Imran Khan, star cricketer turned politician, on the role of the army in Pakistan, free media and the full-face veil. And the Chinese Bud...Show More

The week ahead: Kim Jong-un crosses the line

18:28 | Apr 27th, 2018

Just how significant was the summit between North and South Korea? Also, French President Emmanuel Macron woos Washington. And the #MeToo movement gains momentum in Japan. Christopher Lockwood hosts

Babbage: Insane in the methane

16:27 | Apr 25th, 2018

What is causing the rising rates of methane in the atmosphere? Also, how an amphibious life for the Bajau people has led to unique evolutionary traits. And the excitement around the Gaia space probe’s latest data release. Hal Hodson hosts

Money talks: Trump makes crude jump

16:15 | Apr 24th, 2018

Our energy and commodities editor, Henry Tricks, looks at how sensitive the commodities markets are to geopolitical comments. Also, is the Eurozone facing a nasty surprise or is the growth slowdown a temporary blip?  And Irish farmers looking for a ...Show More

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

12:53 | Apr 23rd, 2018

The Republican party is organised around one man. Our cover story explains why Donald Trump’s takeover of the GOP is dangerous. Plus, the psychologist Steven Pinker launches our Open Future season with his case for radical optimism. And the cities wh...Show More

The week ahead: Israel 70 years on

21:50 | Apr 20th, 2018

We ask the author Amos Oz about 70 years of independence for Israel.  And, the benefits of integrating refugees around the world. Also, the lasting damage being done to Poland by its ruling party, PiS. Simon Long hosts

Babbage: The planet hunter

16:32 | Apr 18th, 2018

Professor Sara Seager joins us to discuss the launch of the spacecraft TESS, and its two-year mission to discover new planets. Also, physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow explains elastic thinking. And, how robots are learning to assemble flat-pack f...Show More

Money talks: Circling around WPP

18:49 | Apr 17th, 2018

Our media editor, Gady Epstein, assesses the future of the advertising giant WPP after its CEO Sir Martin Sorrell stepped down. Also, should the USPS be privatised? And the latest figures on China’s economy. Helen Joyce hosts

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

12:41 | Apr 16th, 2018

Germany is becoming more diverse, open, informal and hip. With the right leadership, it could be a model for the West. Also, disrupting the business of death. And the son of a Swiss peasant who revolutionised London’s high society. Rob Gifford hosts

The week ahead: War crimes in Syria

17:23 | Apr 13th, 2018

What should the response be to the barbaric chemical attack in Syria? Also, how Germany is rethinking its identity. And, the evolution of the funeral business. Simon Long hosts

Babbage: Zuckerberg faces Capitol Hill

20:19 | Apr 11th, 2018

Hal Hodson, our technology correspondent, joins us from Washington to discuss Mark Zuckerberg and the future for Facebook. Also, the connection between personality and music. And, how possible is it to populate other planets? Kenneth Cukier hosts. 

Money Talks: Trade 301

13:20 | Apr 10th, 2018

President Trump’s proposals for tariffs threaten a trade war between America and China. Is there a negotiable way out of the problem? Also, reported merger talks between two legal giants could herald a wave of transatlantic deals. And an assessment o...Show More

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

14:12 | Apr 9th, 2018

Murder is set to soar in some cities of the developing world. How to curb the killing? Latin America, which has 8% of the world’s population but 38% of its murders, holds the answers. Also, the abiding power of the words of Martin Luther King, and co...Show More

The week ahead: A murder mystery

18:14 | Apr 6th, 2018

Latin America has 8% of the world's people but 38% of its recorded murders. Who is killing whom and why? Also, the story behind the speeches of Martin Luther King. And, Japan’s sex industry is getting less sexual. Simon Long hosts

Babbage: The information game

19:41 | Apr 4th, 2018

How requesting personal data from companies leads to a bureaucratic tangle. Also, nurturing scientific talent in Africa. And, the surprising importance of paint colour for self-driving cars. Kenneth Cukier hosts

Money talks: A bumpy ride

13:01 | Apr 3rd, 2018

We ask Henry Curr, our US economics editor, if global stockmarket volatility is the new normal.  Also, is India’s economy on the right track? And, the impact of the mobile-phone industry on Vietnam. Helen Joyce hosts

The week ahead: US and them

20:56 | Mar 30th, 2018

How will Putin react after America expels 60 Russian diplomats? Also, the latest developments in Catalonia’s quest for independence. And, on the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement a special feature from our Britain Editor, Tom Wainwright. Chris...Show More

Babbage: Working AI to five

18:16 | Mar 28th, 2018

Alexandra Suich Bass, our US technology editor, discusses the rise of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Also, the link between genetics and exam success. And, understanding the language of bees. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

Money talks: Trading tit for tat

15:42 | Mar 26th, 2018

Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, explains why the Trump administration’s strategy towards China is risky.  Also, are the advertising agency giants doomed? And the economics of Vibranium in Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie. Helen Joyce host...Show More

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

14:18 | Mar 26th, 2018

Facebook is facing the biggest crisis in its history – it needs not just to repent but to reform. The Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky on pushing his audiences and his actors to their limits. Plus, the astronomer’s guide to the perfect haiku...Show More

Babbage: Saving Face...book

15:34 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Silkie Carlo from Big Brother Watch joins host Tim Cross to discuss the latest privacy issues involving Facebook. Also, ageing the rings of Saturn. And, the cost of using antibiotics on the human gut.

Money talks: Yi Gang at the helm

15:27 | Mar 20th, 2018

Our Asia Economics editor, Simon Rabinovitch, analyses what the new boss of China’s central bank means for China's economy. Also, will Dropbox’s IPO filing be a success? And charging the electric-car revolution. Helen Joyce hosts 

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

14:17 | Mar 19th, 2018

The battle for digital supremacy between America and China. Plus, the legacy of Stephen Hawking. And can Jesus save El Salvador's gangs? Lane Greene hosts

Babbage: Remembering Stephen Hawking

19:54 | Mar 14th, 2018

We speak to leading scientists about the life and legacy of Professor Stephen Hawking. And, what is being done to help the ailing Coral reefs? Also, the out of control Chinese space station. Hal Hodson hosts

Money talks: Battle with Beijing

17:53 | Mar 13th, 2018

Simon Rabinovitch, our Asia economics editor, discusses the likely impact of American trade tariffs and Mr Trump’s intervention in the Qualcomm-Broadcom deal on China.  And why is America’s health-care system so expensive? Also, can the "petro" save ...Show More

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

14:24 | Mar 12th, 2018

President Trump's protectionism is the greatest threat to the global trading system since its inception after the second world war. Plus, Tina Tchen, one of the lead lawyers on the #Time’sUp campaign, on how to bring down sexual harassment. And a tri...Show More

Economist asks: How can #Time’sUp bring down sexual harassment?

24:49 | Mar 8th, 2018

We ask Tina Tchen, the top lawyer 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.

Babbage: Exploring the ocean's hidden depths

19:43 | Mar 7th, 2018

In this week's programme, we dive into The Economist's Technology Quarterly issue on oceans. We discuss offshore aquaculture, how to map the sea floor and the threat of plastics. Joining us is Dr Jyotika Virmani, from the Ocean XPRIZE

Money talks: Steely Tariffs

22:56 | Mar 6th, 2018

Are we on the brink of a trade war? Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, explains President Donald Trump’s plans for tariffs on steel and aluminium imports and goes back to basics with Economics 101: Why Trade is Good.  Also, do women invest ...Show More

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

17:22 | Mar 5th, 2018

This week: Japan’s ageing drivers refuse to give up their wheels, how your sense of smell affects politics, and the bell tolls—for whom

The week ahead: Xi forever?

23:49 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Could Xi Jinping's rule as president last until his death? Also, Italy's woeful election choices. And what is next for Canada’s economy. Robert Guest hosts.

The Economist asks: Should leaders face the music?

25:31 | Mar 1st, 2018

What risk does Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, take when she talks to Nassim Nicholas Taleb? The author of Skin in the Game discusses whether having more at stake would make the powerful better leaders.

Babbage: Automation for the people

22:34 | Feb 28th, 2018

What are the social problems facing the world of vehicle automation? Also, the rise of robot laboratories. And looking for life in the Atacama desert. Kenneth Cukier hosts

Money talks: American companies face off with the NRA

24:23 | Feb 27th, 2018

In the aftermath of the Florida shooting, is corporate America being forced to take a stance? Also; Soumaya Keynes speaks to Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University, about the right way to sell trade deals.  An...Show More

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

19:28 | Feb 26th, 2018

Russian meddling is exposing weaknesses in Western democracy – the West needs to do something about it. Also: the new gold rush to the stars, and why South Korea’s fortune-telling industry foresees a rosy future. Anne McElvoy hosts

The Economist asks: McMafia

29:33 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Hossein Amini, co-creator of the hit tv drama McMafia, shares the secrets of writing 'Game of Thrones with mobs’. Also, what it's like to work with Harvey Weinstein. Anne McElvoy hosts

Money talks: The oil club

21:06 | Feb 20th, 2018

Henry Tricks, our energy and commodities editor asks whether the chumminess between oil producing countries will last. Also, how will Facebook tackle the challenges ahead and the unlikely home for the world’s crypto-valley? Helen Joyce hosts

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

22:19 | Feb 19th, 2018

How can the world prevent Africa’s worst war from reigniting? Also, the inbuilt prejudice of the algorithms that can dictate whether you get a credit card or a place at university. And why the myth of “Frankenstein” is still electrifying after 200 ...Show More

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

14:12 | Feb 15th, 2018

Our foreign editor, Robert Guest who has reported on other mass shootings in the US, tells Anne McElvoy why Donald Trump should offer more than condolences.

Money talks: Lessons from Norway

19:14 | Feb 13th, 2018

10 years on, what can we learn from the Norwegian quota for female corporate directors?  Also: A tale of two chip-makers and a mammoth hostile takeover bid — Qualcomm and Broadcom.  And, what is threatening old-fashioned customer service in Japan? S...Show More

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

21:56 | Feb 12th, 2018

As volatility returns to the markets, America is taking an extraordinary economic gamble. Also, could the Olympics help promote peace between North and South Korea? And the man to blame for the world’s flat-pack furniture woes. Anne McElvoy hosts.

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

27:58 | Feb 8th, 2018

George Papandreou, the former Greek Prime Minister, talks to Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about whether the spirit of the Olympics can thaw tensions in the Korean peninsula. Also why he implemented a tax on swimming pools and his personal assessm...Show More

Money talks: Crash course

19:50 | Feb 6th, 2018

Is the plunge in global asset prices a meaningless blip or something more serious? Also, why the UK should care about the trade deals it’s about to lose. And how non-alcoholic drinks are the biggest opportunity in the market. Hosted by Simon Long.

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

22:45 | Feb 5th, 2018

The Economist Intelligence Unit has published its annual Democracy Index. How is America faring under President Trump? Also, what to do if you feel queasy in a driverless car.  And the last blast of the trumpet for Hugh Masekela. Anne McElvoy hosts

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

28:40 | Feb 1st, 2018

Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, explores how democracies die with Professor Steven Levitsky, a political scientist. Also, is there a tension between diversity and democracy? And why Harvard University should invite Sarah Palin to speak

Money talks: Car talks

23:45 | Jan 30th, 2018

Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, asks why cars are the sticking point in the NAFTA negotiations.  Also Simon Long, our finance editor, interviews Lord Jim O’Neill, former Goldman Sachs economist and BRICS man.  Is he a China bull and does...Show More

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

22:20 | Jan 29th, 2018

How to prevent the next great war, Donald Trump tries to trump Davos, a chilly forecast for winter sports - and a tribute to France’s greatest chef. Lane Greene hosts

The Economist asks: Will Trump trump Davos?

27:32 | Jan 25th, 2018

Anne McElvoy asks Zanny Minton-Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, and Patrick Foulis, US Business Editor, is President Trump in Davos to brag or show he's serious? Also, late night dancing and the 'global elite' slipping in snow.

Money talks: A seismic shift on Wall Street

20:34 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Morgan Stanley v Goldman Sachs: is dullness the key to success for America's investment banks? Also, is mandatory arbitration the best way to deal with problem bosses? And, why medicinal cannabis in Germany is in short supply. Simon Long hosts.

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

20:59 | Jan 22nd, 2018

How to tame the giants of the tech industry, why Ferraris are getting fatter in 2018, and a global celebration of the greatest American musician of the 20th century. Anne McElvoy hosts

The Week Ahead: Seven years on from the Arab Spring

23:08 | Jan 19th, 2018

Bread, freedom and dignity were the demands of Tunisian protesters in 2011. Now they are  back on the streets. What are their demands this time? Also, the hashtag “me too” arrives in China. And 45 years on from a famous legal ruling on abortion, we p...Show More

The Economist asks: Has liberalism failed?

21:28 | Jan 18th, 2018

We ask political scientist Patrick Deneen if the world’s most successful political theory is in retreat or just responding to the demands of the modern world. How have Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian challenged the liberal creed? Anne McElvoy present...Show More

Babbage: The ethics of AI

25:42 | Jan 17th, 2018

Artificial intelligence heralds the fourth industrial revolution. But what are its ethical challenges? Also, Anne McElvoy and producer Cheryl Brumley head under Manhattan to inspect New York’s newest water tunnel. And the biggest rocket in the world ...Show More

The World In 2018: Money makes the World In go round

29:47 | Jan 16th, 2018

Anne McElvoy and Daniel Franklin return with another special looking forward to the year ahead. This week, they tackle business and economics. Patrick Foulis looks back at a prediction for last year, and looks ahead to the year for American firms; co...Show More

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

20:01 | Jan 15th, 2018

On the menu this week: all work and no play for modern teens; a weed census in Canada; and why Indian tea is in a slump. Lane Greene hosts

The week ahead: Fire, fury and fitness for office

21:47 | Jan 12th, 2018

Host Chris Lockwood is joined by US editor John Prideaux to discuss an eventful presidency that has raised questions about the incumbent's stability. Also: why is Emmanuel Macron disappointing liberals with an illegal immigration crackdown? And solut...Show More

The Economist Asks: Michael Wolff

33:42 | Jan 11th, 2018

Anne McElvoy, our Senior Editor, asks if Michael Wolff‘s book "Fire and Fury" captures President Trump — and how does the First Family really tick?

Babbage: Submarine drones hunt for missing flight

21:16 | Jan 10th, 2018

A Norwegian research vessel has joined the search to find missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Can its contingent of self-navigating submarine drones find what others have missed? Also, do we really understand the laws of physics? And what’s new at ...Show More

Money talks: Cracking steel — hammer or chisel?

24:01 | Jan 9th, 2018

Could we be on the brink of President Trump’s first real trade war over Chinese steel? Also, why the great Indian middle class may not be as big as you think. And, is the gym business in good shape? Simon Long hosts.

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

20:31 | Jan 8th, 2018

An economist’s guide to dieting; bullets, white-knuckle landings and a chocolate fountain in our run-down of the world’s worst airports; and we ask Ana Brnabic, prime minister of Serbia, whether she will ask Vladimir Putin a personal question. Anne M...Show More

The week ahead: Berating the tyrants of Iran

24:33 | Jan 5th, 2018

Iranians are on the march, fed up with political and social repression. Is this the beginning of something big? Also, what Pakistan’s education reforms can teach other developing nations. And might an idea dubbed 'leapfrogging' help school systems im...Show More

The Economist asks: Ana Brnabic

31:00 | Jan 4th, 2018

Anne McElvoy asks the Prime Minister of Serbia whether a new generation of Eastern European leaders can reshape a troubled region.  Ana Brnabic, the country’s first female and openly gay Prime Minister, discusses Serbia’s bloody history, Putin’s reco...Show More

Babbage: Trees take a bough

22:17 | Jan 3rd, 2018

They are the longest living organisms on earth and supply a timber industry worth $600 billion. But do we value trees enough? Also, how reforesting is one of the biggest changes to land use changes. And the growing threat to tree health. Kenneth Cuki...Show More

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

21:51 | Dec 29th, 2017

As 2018 approaches, who or what, are we at risk of losing - and what will be taking their place? With the cheery nanny back on our screens next year, we discover the link between Mary Poppins and women’s suffrage. We learn how plans for a new coffee ...Show More

The Economist asks: Highlights special

21:43 | Dec 28th, 2017

A festive roundup of this year's interviews. Salman Rushdie gives us his thoughts on separatism, Hillary Clinton explains exactly what happened in America’s election last year and Richard Dawkins on whether science really can offer an objective truth...Show More

Babbage: Highlights special

17:06 | Dec 27th, 2017

In this special festive episode, we look back at some of the highlights from this year’s coverage. A better way to sail into the stars, why birds are weaving cigarette butts into their homes and what the future of electric cars might look like when c...Show More

Tasting Menu: The remarkable changelessness of Icelandic

24:13 | Dec 25th, 2017

A special festive edition of Tasting menu. Our language columnist Lane Greene speaks to Dr Ruth Sanders, Professor Emerita at Miami University of Ohio, about how isolation and determination have kept the Icelandic language so stable for centuries.

The World in 2018: Vying for Leadership

27:56 | Dec 22nd, 2017

President Donald Trump steers America away from an international leadership role, President Xi Jinping rises and President Emmanuel Macron of France makes his mark. We look at the shifting power balance of global leadership. And Joshua Wong, leader o...Show More

The Economist asks: Niall Ferguson

24:29 | Dec 21st, 2017

From the Medici family’s blending of politics and finance to Donald Trump’s use of social media, networks have played a vital role in the search for control. In an interconnected world, will power shift into the hands of the masses? Or will they furt...Show More

Babbage: Remaking tigerland

26:00 | Dec 20th, 2017

Science correspondent Hal Hodson tells the story of T3, a tiger whose bid for freedom and remarkable journey across India highlighted the underlying tensions between humans, nature and conservation

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

19:51 | Dec 18th, 2017

How Doug Jones became Alabama's first Democratic senator in 25 years; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former prime minister of Denmark, on the top three trouble spots facing the world in 2018; and... er... the importance of... um… hesitating... in good conve...Show More

The World in 2018: Global risks

26:00 | Dec 15th, 2017

As we head towards the new year, we look at the risks millions of refugees around the world are facing. Joining us are the former prime minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Jan Egeland. We also ask: will instability will increase in the Mi...Show More

The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part two

22:48 | Dec 15th, 2017

Anne McElvoy and Lane Greene continue their look at the role of creativity in today’s society. They visit a London railway station to hear how commuters get their creative juices going by playing pianos in public spaces. Lane looks at how the concept...Show More

Babbage: Greetings, Earthlings

23:07 | Dec 13th, 2017

Astronomers say a curious cigar-shaped asteroid passing by the sun is not native to our solar system. Could it be an alien spacecraft? Also, a pioneering patient who set out to find a cure for his own life-threatening disease. And the great avocado s...Show More

Money talks: Once bitcoined, twice…

20:18 | Dec 12th, 2017

Philip Coggan, our Buttonwood columnist, asks if we should worry about the freakish rises in cryptocurrency prices. Also, Businesses leave Catalonia in the face of political uncertainty.  And the Jedi effect: can the remake save Hollywood? Simon Lon...Show More

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

15:39 | Dec 11th, 2017

Melinda Gates on how contraception will change the developing world; Anne McElvoy tickles the ivories to learn the secrets of creativity; and why the best place to make a killing in cryptocurrencies is Siberia

The week ahead: South Africa's road from ruin?

20:06 | Dec 8th, 2017

The week ahead: South Africa's road from ruin? In the coming week, the African National Congress, South Africa's ruling party, chooses its next leader. It is a chance for the country to recover from the dysfunctional rule of Jacob Zuma or slide furth...Show More

The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part one

28:20 | Dec 7th, 2017

Anne McElvoy and Lane Greene look at the current debate around creativity, and its value to our society. In this first episode, Anne tackles a Bach prelude with the help of pianist James Rhodes who believes that keyboard mastery is “just a physics pr...Show More

Money talks: A Christmas gift for the president

21:08 | Dec 5th, 2017

We digest the ambitious overhaul of the American tax system and whether the bill will become law by Christmas. And Soumaya Keynes talks to the EU Commissioner for Trade about how the EU is trying to keep China in check. Also market exuberance: shall ...Show More

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

18:21 | Dec 4th, 2017

Rebellion in the 21st century from Russia's Pussy Riot; the world champions of Scrabble in Nigeria; and the man who taught Britain to make—and eat—pasta. Lane Greene hosts.

The week ahead: A weird and disputed election

26:14 | Dec 1st, 2017

Has the Honduran election been rigged? Also, how Yemen became the most wretched place on earth. And the discreet charms of a no-deal Brexit. Chris Lockwood hosts

The Economist asks: Pussy Riot

26:52 | Nov 30th, 2017

Nadya Tolokonnikova, a founding member of the Russian protest punk group Pussy Riot, told Daniel Franklin, Editor of 'The World in 2018', how she aims to inspire people to enact change. She talks about her latest immersive theatre production in Londo...Show More

Babbage: The electric-flight plan

22:18 | Nov 29th, 2017

Electric cars have become a common sight. So are battery-powered planes likely to take off soon? Also, the engineered bacterium that uses two synthetic DNA letters to make artificial proteins. And how digital technology is transforming speakers and h...Show More

Money talks: Company politics

19:33 | Nov 28th, 2017

We ask not whether companies will play a more political role but how expansive that role might be?  And, how cheese tells us all we need to know about the economics of trade.  Also, how giving your company a Chinese name is tricky business.  Simon Lo...Show More

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

16:52 | Nov 27th, 2017

This week: something fishy in the Dutch herring industry; an eloquent defence of the humble pager; and just how rich do you have to be to get hitched?

The week ahead: Fixing a broken Zimbabwe

24:17 | Nov 24th, 2017

Robert Mugabe could not conceive of an end to his 37 years of rule. But now he’s gone. So is this a new dawn for the citizens of Zimbabwe? Also, how the last act of Angela Merkel’s political story is getting messy. And why some see natural disasters ...Show More

The Economist asks: Could a woman oust Donald Trump in 2020?

25:33 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Final episode of a three-part series. Anne McElvoy explores the potential impact of the female vote in America's next presidential election. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake discusses how recent sexual-harassment allegations could shape future politi...Show More

Babbage: The whizz of Oz

24:09 | Nov 22nd, 2017

China’s rising demand for electric car batteries has produced a mineral boom in the Australian outback. But is there enough mined cobalt to go round? Also, how the European Union is working towards mitigating climate change. And why the humble fusebo...Show More

Money talks: Feeding frenzy for 21st Century Fox

21:32 | Nov 21st, 2017

As Disney and others eye up the sale of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets — our media editor Gady Epstein asks why Rupert Murdoch is breaking up his empire.  Are Millennials forcing a step change in socially-responsible investing? And a fishy s...Show More

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

18:29 | Nov 20th, 2017

This week: the sudden end of an era in Zimbabwe, trouble in the American marijuana industry and the sound of silence in the frozen Baltic

The week ahead: Mugabe’s downfall

21:45 | Nov 17th, 2017

We assess the future for Zimbabwe following the removal of President Robert Mugabe. Also, will Alabama send a Democrat to the US Senate? And Chile’s disgruntled voters head to the polls to elect a new President. Robert Guest hosts

The Economist asks: How has Donald Trump impacted America's cities?

35:43 | Nov 16th, 2017

In this special episode, Anne McElvoy travels to Chicago and New York to get a sense of how each city’s power players are responding to the presidency. She talks to Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor, about dealing with the city’s problems while at odds w...Show More

Babbage: Negative emissions

24:22 | Nov 15th, 2017

Countries around the world have agreed to cut carbon emissions but what are they doing to remove the existing CO2 from the air? And how a new generation of surgical robots is about to enter the operating theatre. Also, why do birds really have such c...Show More

Money talks: Can you say CPTPP?

24:24 | Nov 14th, 2017

Only three days into his term, President Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Now, the remaining 11 countries are forming a new trade deal called the CPTPP. Host Philip Coggan and Soumaya Keynes speculate whether China might join, now t...Show More

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

18:19 | Nov 13th, 2017

This week: our Washington correspondents go head-to-head to find out who knows more about the first year of the Trump presidency; how crapsules might just save your life; and the consolations of philosophy for the middle-aged

The week ahead: The Trump test

34:53 | Nov 10th, 2017

One year after President Trump was elected, we quiz our correspondents' knowledge about his time in office. What is the connection between Larry Flynt and Mr. Trump? And what was behind that pained expression in Sean Spicer's eyes? We answer all thos...Show More

The Economist asks: How has President Trump changed Washington?

42:42 | Nov 9th, 2017

In this special episode, Anne McElvoy returns to America's capital one year-on from the election to find out how party politics has been transformed by Donald Trump's presidency. She checks in with his biographer Marc Fisher, who says he was thrown i...Show More

Babbage: Leapfrogging forward

24:57 | Nov 8th, 2017

Technology in Africa is making huge advances but will it enough to close the economic gap between Africa and the West? Plus, how scientists are trying to harness the microbiome to rid us of tooth rot. And scientists have developed a 'spaghetti' probe...Show More

Money talks: ICO Bubble with benefits

26:38 | Nov 7th, 2017

Our Technology Editor, Ludwig Siegele, says that despite the froth, Initial Coin Offerings could challenge the dominance of the tech giants.  Also, will Venezuela finally default on its debt and how are markets reacting to the arrest of the Saudi War...Show More

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

20:58 | Nov 6th, 2017

This week: Richard Dawkins on the only source of absolute truth; the croissant crisis in France; and a tribute to Fats Domino, the real king of rock ’n’ roll

The week ahead: Do social media threaten democracy?

29:38 | Nov 3rd, 2017

As the US Senate hears evidence on the spread of Russian misinformation online, we ask if social media are undermining democracy. Plus, how the Weinstein storm is ripping through Westminster. And could America's good cop, bad cop routine ease tension...Show More

The Economist asks: Richard Dawkins

30:32 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Anne McElvoy and Jan Piotrowski ask one of the world's best-known evolutionary biologists whether science can guide us through a turbulent world of post-truth. Can there really be an objective truth, or will our existing biases win out?

Babbage: Unidentified flying rock

25:37 | Nov 1st, 2017

The first interstellar visitor to the solar system arrives, turns and leaves. What can be learned from the mysterious object? Also, researchers are kitting out drones to deliver supplies to the battlefield. And if wireless charging takes off, electri...Show More

Money talks: A healthy deal?

24:09 | Oct 31st, 2017

Is Amazon’s rumoured entry into the pharma market the real impetus behind the CVS Health and Aetna deal? And Barry Eichengreen, Economist from the University of California, questions how long the dollar can stay dominant. Also, how is France coping ...Show More

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

22:54 | Oct 30th, 2017

This week: Armando Iannucci on the farce in the White House; the bad side of driving in Myanmar; and a cultural history of hauntings for Halloween

The week ahead: Separatism and sensibility

34:18 | Oct 27th, 2017

As Catalonia’s regional government declares independence, we explore the next stage of the unfolding crisis in Spain. Russia's president Vladimir Putin has established himself as the country's latest Tsar. A trip to Mexico reveals how Donald Trump is...Show More

The Economist asks: Armando Iannucci

29:39 | Oct 26th, 2017

The creator of the hit satire shows "Veep" and "The Thick of It" explains how to laugh at a mass-murdering former dictator, how Russia is receiving his latest film "The Death of Stalin", and whether President Trump really has killed satire

Babbage: All about that base

29:00 | Oct 25th, 2017

Minutes ago, Nature announced an important development in gene editing. Host Hal Hodson and Natasha Loder discuss how this technique is so precise and what this means for curing genetic diseases. Plus, why sperm whales like heavy metal music. And why...Show More

Money talks: Wait and See MPC

26:19 | Oct 24th, 2017

Callum Williams, our Britain economics correspondent, argues that the Bank of England should raise interest rates early next year rather than next week.  Nobel Economist Jean Tirole shares his worries about competition in the digital economy. And dr...Show More

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

26:38 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Hilary Clinton ran a close race when it came to being America’s first woman president. But what does she think the Democrats need to do to win back the White House? Also, why artificial intelligence no longer needs its human helpers. And the man who ...Show More

The week ahead: Abandoning hope

23:33 | Oct 20th, 2017

Japanese voters go to the polls in a snap election, called with the intention of solidifying the prime minister’s position. Could a lurking nuclear threat from North Korea produce a shock result? Also, as Kurdish fighters relinquish control over Kirk...Show More

Babbage: Deus ex machina

32:24 | Oct 19th, 2017

With the release of Blade Runner 2049, we explore the future of artificial intelligence and whether it could teach us how the human mind works. The Economist's Oliver Morton and Jan Piotrowski debate with host Tim Cross.

Money talks: Tense trading

27:30 | Oct 18th, 2017

Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, discusses whether President Trump's drastic proposals will break the NAFTA trade pact. Also: Why IBM’s recovery is incomplete and a rare glimpse into the HQ of the German retailer Aldi. Simon long hosts.

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

23:39 | Oct 17th, 2017

This week: why Latin America’s left needs a new hero, the author Salman Rushdie on identity politics and how your sense of smell could determine who you fall for

The Economist asks: Hillary Clinton

40:16 | Oct 16th, 2017

Anne McElvoy, our Senior Editor, and Zanny Minton-Beddoes, The Economist's Editor-in-Chief, ask the former Democratic Presidential candidate what stops a woman from becoming America's President and how can the Democrats win again. Also: how might oth...Show More

The week ahead: The world's most powerful man

26:35 | Oct 13th, 2017

China's president Xi Jinping wields tremendous power both at home and abroad; our China editor explains why this is cause for concern. Also, foreign radio stations take aim at North Korea. And we discuss the nominees for this year's Man Booker prize 

The Economist asks: Salman Rushdie

31:42 | Oct 12th, 2017

Are identity politics a new obsession? Author Salman Rushdie and host Anne McElvoy explore whether Trump, Brexit and the Catalonian referendum have something in common. And we discuss life under a fatwah and whether he'll be appearing on the TV show ...Show More

Babbage: Are C-sections fuelling the obesity epidemic?

25:40 | Oct 11th, 2017

Babies born via a Caesarean section are more likely to be obese says new research. Plus how glass is getting a makeover and we explore the question of why you’re attracted to the people you’re attracted to. The Economist's science correspondent Tim C...Show More

Money talks: A nudge in the right direction

29:48 | Oct 10th, 2017

We discuss the winner of this year's Nobel in economics, Richard Thaler. Ukraine's finance minister speaks to us about the battle against corruption, and reforming the beleaguered country. Also, the banks that look like software companies

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

25:01 | Oct 10th, 2017

This week: why the home towns of African leaders are raking in Chinese aid, Berlin defends its most radical theatre, and a requiem for the Playboy emperor

The week ahead: Crisis management

27:04 | Oct 8th, 2017

As Spain descends into turmoil, our Europe editor explains what the Madrid government should do to placate Catalonia’s secessionists and keep the country together. And a vivid report from Puerto Rico reveals the devastation and confusion left in the ...Show More

The Economist asks: Is it game over for Theresa May?

29:36 | Oct 5th, 2017

After the Tory party conference, the prime minister's future has been called into question. She suffered coughing fits and was even pranked by a comedian. Can Mrs May hang on to her position? Anne McElvoy hosts with Adrian Wooldridge.

Babbage: Sleep, space and a striking storm-source

29:59 | Oct 4th, 2017

This year's Nobel science prizes have been announced and The Economist's science team explain the discoveries behind them. Plus: the link between international trade and lightning strikes, and research suggests that standing desks might be good for y...Show More

Money talks: Can the emerging-markets boom continue?

28:00 | Oct 3rd, 2017

The Economist’s Simon Cox argues emerging markets are more resilient these days, and are less tied to the US Fed's interest-rate decisions.  Also, how big is the gender gap in pensions? And the buzz around the Jiophone launch in India. Simon Long hos...Show More

Tasting menu: Lexington special

26:39 | Oct 2nd, 2017

After five years reporting on American politics, our departing Lexington columnist talks about political partisanship, how he prepares his articles and why some elections are like bad pizzas.

The week ahead: Macron’s mega-mission

26:43 | Sep 29th, 2017

Sophie Pedder, our Paris bureau chief, analyses whether President Macron will succeed in his grand plans to reform France and the European Union. Also, are China’s courts improving? And we discuss the increasing number of political murders in South A...Show More

The Economist asks: Could Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister?

27:53 | Sep 28th, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has energised the Labour Party. Is the optimism justified? Senior editors Anne McElvoy and Adrian Wooldridge head to Brighton — the site of the Labour Party conference — to dissect the Corbyn phenomenon.

Babbage: Send in the microbots

27:53 | Sep 27th, 2017

The hunt is on among the world’s airlines for faster and more efficient ways to keep jet engines in tip-top condition. Could the answer be tiny robots that inspect and fix them from the inside? Also, a new study shows that birds deliberately weave ci...Show More

Money talks: How have markets been reacting to Merkel’s tentative victory?

24:06 | Sep 26th, 2017

Adam Roberts, our European business correspondent, analyses how German companies have reacted to the return of the far-right in German politics.  Also, will London ban the ride-sharing company Uber and we get excited about some boring-sounding new ru...Show More

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

23:05 | Sep 25th, 2017

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

The week ahead: Another question of succession

28:32 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Our senior editor, Michael Reid, says the Catalan question in Spain could catalyse similar movements around Europe. Also, amid the tragedy of another quake, Mexicans can find small consolations. And does New Zealand deserve its clean, green reputatio...Show More

The Economist asks: German election special

32:57 | Sep 21st, 2017

Senior editor, Anne McElvoy, and Jeremy Cliffe, our Berlin bureau chief, investigate the Merkel-machine ahead of the German general election on Sunday. We go on the campaign trail and catch a rare glimpse of Ms Merkel's seat of power – inside the Cha...Show More

Babbage: Sailing through space

26:41 | Sep 20th, 2017

Electronic sails could lead to faster, cheaper space exploration by harnessing the energy from solar wind. A new paper suggests climate change predictions could have been slightly overheated. And some antivenoms might be more like snake oil than salv...Show More

Money talks: Latin lessons from J Balvin

26:08 | Sep 19th, 2017

Reggaeton is a genre of music topping the charts across the world. Colombian artist J Balvin joins host Simon Long to discuss why streaming services have played such a vital role in spreading the word. Plus, why Chinese unicorns are worth more than A...Show More

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

18:54 | Sep 18th, 2017

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

The week ahead: Wir schaffen das

27:02 | Sep 15th, 2017

Angela Merkel will likely cruise to victory in next week's elections in Germany. But the far right AfD could become the third largest party in the Bundestag. What's behind their rise? Also, the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in some Caribbean i...Show More

The Economist asks: Vince Cable - is there an exit from Brexit?

29:07 | Sep 14th, 2017

Liberal Democrat leader tells Anne McElvoy that Angela Merkel misjudged her response to David Cameron’s EU reform negotiations and explores whether a new third party is viable in British politics.

Babbage: Curing cancer

26:14 | Sep 13th, 2017

Miracles in a test tube won't cure cancer; using and adapting the technology we've already got will. Plus how WiFi's little brother LoRa will enable our smart cities to flourish. And why Saturn's space probe Cassini is diving to its death on Friday.

Money talks: Donald Trump’s moment to shape the Fed

24:35 | Sep 12th, 2017

Henry Curr, our US economics editor, discusses how President Trump will fill the four vacant seats on the board of the American Federal Reserve. Also, a big data breach at the credit-scoring company, Equifax, puts millions at risk. And the contradict...Show More

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

20:06 | Sep 11th, 2017

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

The week ahead: Germany’s grand coalition or a clash of ideas?

25:47 | Sep 8th, 2017

German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is heading into the final two weeks of her election campaign following a lacklustre televised debate. Is it likely her CDU party will coast to victory? Also, why Aung San Suu Kyi appears to be ignoring the slaughter ...Show More

The Economist asks: Dr Jane Goodall

30:18 | Sep 7th, 2017

Humans and apes share the same ancestors and more than 90% of our genes. What separates us from apes? And why do we stand free, whilst chimpanzees are caged and gorillas are hunted? Host Jason Palmer asks the world's leading primatologist Dr Jane Goo...Show More

Babbage: I can see you

25:08 | Sep 6th, 2017

Facial recognition software can identify you in a crowd. But it will soon be able to judge your mood, your age and ethnicity. We discuss the merits and pitfalls of this fast-advancing technology. Plus, could fish food be the source of antibiotic resi...Show More

Money talks: Markets unrattled by North Korea

24:26 | Sep 5th, 2017

Philip Coggan explains why markets appear so calm in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat. Also, are China’s capacity cuts for real? And how technology is making banking more inclusive. Simon Long hosts.

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

30:49 | Sep 5th, 2017

This week: a bad joke becomes a bad President, how quantum entanglement could help keep conversations secret and the Great British Bake Off goes global.

The week ahead: An unwelcome visitor from Pyongyang

28:37 | Sep 1st, 2017

This past Tuesday, an inter-ballistic missile encroached into Japanese airspace. What does a belligerent North Korea mean for a pacifist Japan? Also, how will the UK’s Premier League cope with Brexit? And the resurgent party that’s reshaping the Germ...Show More

The Economist asks: Bjorn Lomborg

30:15 | Aug 31st, 2017

Poverty, health, education or climate change: where should governments spend their money? Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" and president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre debates with Anne McElvoy and Jan Piotrowski, our env...Show More

Babbage: Weird weather

24:09 | Aug 30th, 2017

As heatwaves sear across Europe and hurricanes wreak havoc in Houston, we ask why extreme weather events are becoming more common. Plus why the anti-inflammatory injection canakinumab will not be the next miracle drug and why Norway might leave $65 b...Show More

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

27:10 | Aug 29th, 2017

Uber has finally chosen its new CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi, the boss of Expedia. Will he be able to drive the company away from its recent crises? Also, a glimpse into the once secretive world of Cargill, an American agribusiness giant. And do people mig...Show More

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

23:57 | Aug 28th, 2017

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

The week ahead: Summer special

27:19 | Aug 24th, 2017

Josie Delap selects her top moments of the year so far, including a Trump-stumping quiz, Vladimir Putin singing 'Blueberry Hill' and how the price of tuna relates to the Japanese economy. 

The Economist asks: What were this year's best interviews?

36:40 | Aug 24th, 2017

As a summer highlights special, Kenneth Cukier reflects on the most memorable Economist asks this year. We listen to Bill Gates discuss vaccine policy and actor Haydn Gwynne satirise Margret Thatcher. Also, why one guest's dead silence on the topic o...Show More

Babbage: Memorable moments in technology and science this year

26:20 | Aug 23rd, 2017

In this special summer episode, we look back at this year's coverage. What are the ethics of human cloning? Is it possible to fuse a computer into the human brain? And could mysterious signals picked up by an observatory really be from space aliens?

Money talks: Summer special

28:25 | Aug 22nd, 2017

In this episode, we do summer stock-taking and highlight some popular items of the year so far. From amazing Amazon - and how it became one of the world's most valuable companies - to the burgeoning business of illegal sand mining.

Tasting menu: Farewell to the Tower

21:09 | Aug 21st, 2017

In this special episode we celebrate our iconic former office building, as The Economist begins the next chapter of its history in The Adelphi building off The Strand.

The week ahead: The Disunited States

30:40 | Aug 18th, 2017

By tying their fate to President Donald Trump, Republicans are harming their country and their party, says John Prideaux. Also on the show, Theresa May’s government accepts some inconvenient truths about Brexit. And why the world's most liveable citi...Show More

The Economist asks: Stockard Channing

29:03 | Aug 17th, 2017

Women are underrepresented on the big screen. Last year, less than a third of speaking characters in the highest-grossing films were female - a trend that hasn't changed in over a decade. Stockard Channing - best known for her role as Rizzo in the 19...Show More

Babbage: Water and the Jevons Paradox

26:05 | Aug 16th, 2017

Technology is helping us access previously inaccessible water reserves. But the more efficient we become at extracting it, the more we use. Is the world’s water crisis set to get worse? Also, we ask the Royal Horticultural Society how we should prepa...Show More

Money talks: Tricky trading

24:09 | Aug 15th, 2017

As NAFTA trade talks begin, we examine whether a deal can be made and discuss the investigation President Trump has ordered into China's trading practices. Artificial intelligence often gets a bad rap but could it create as many jobs as it takes? Plu...Show More

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

25:21 | Aug 13th, 2017

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

The week ahead: A war of words, for now

30:37 | Aug 11th, 2017

Are America - and the world - on the brink of war with North Korea? Our defence editor, Matthew Symonds, explains why Donald Trump's fiery rhetoric raises the risk of a catastrophic escalation. Also, a woman has a stillbirth in El Salvador and is cha...Show More

Babbage: A plug for batteries

27:09 | Aug 9th, 2017

Better batteries are providing the jump start that electric cars need. Plus, could nuclear power plants soon be floating at sea? And why most areas on Earth are more biodiverse now than ever before, thanks to humans

Money talks: Silicon sexism

22:40 | Aug 8th, 2017

Google fires a software engineer after his anti-diversity memo was leaked. However, this points to wider culture wars in Silicon Valley. Janet Yellen’s term watching over America’s central bank will end in February. We look at possible candidates. An...Show More

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

20:46 | Aug 6th, 2017

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

The week ahead: Billionaires and generals

27:41 | Aug 4th, 2017

Will Mr Trump heed the advice of his newest chief of staff, John Kelly? Maybe in the short-term, says Jon Fasman, but even the best generals cannot discipline their commander-in-chief. Also, why China is radically overhauling its military policy. And...Show More

The Economist asks: How do you win the AI race?

26:13 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Artificial intelligence is developing fast in China. But is it likely to enable the suppression of freedoms? One of China's most successful investors, Neil Shen, has a short answer to that question. Also, Chinese AI companies now have the potential t...Show More

Babbage: Hollow-grams?

28:09 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Holograms have fallen short of the vivid, floating projections seen in science fiction. However, one scientist is copying an iridescent butterfly to create better effects. Also, how blow flies are helping to solve murder mysteries. And why genetic te...Show More

Money talks: Billion dollar TV deal, Becker and Beckham

25:19 | Aug 1st, 2017

Discovery Communications and Scripps Network team up to fight the competition. Also on the show: Why are economists so interested in human capital? And David Beckham’s Miami soccer dream might finally be realised.

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

20:34 | Jul 31st, 2017

This week: a potential cure for goat plague, why Dumbo is one of the most sought after areas of Manhattan, and how much people really know the animals they love

The week ahead: Sharif no longer chief

30:00 | Jul 28th, 2017

Dominic Ziegler, our senior Asia correspondent, assesses the impact of the resignation of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister. Also, what can be done about Venezuela's slide towards dictatorship? And in Europe, why Poles are taking to the streets...Show More

The Economist asks: What can economists learn from literature?

22:04 | Jul 27th, 2017

Morton Schapiro is an American economist and the author of “Cents and Sensibility”. He joins host Soumaya Keynes to discuss why economic models rarely reflect reality and how Tolstoy's War and Peace could be the key to understanding Putin.

Babbage: A boring episode

30:40 | Jul 26th, 2017

Elon Musk may be the most prominent advocate of boring technology, but there are projects across the world revamping the way we dig tunnels. The co-founders of the venture firm Public discuss how technology is transforming public services. Also, mili...Show More

Money talks: International monetary fun

22:57 | Jul 25th, 2017

Host Philip Coggan and guests discuss the economic futures of the UK and USA,both of which have had their prospects downgraded in the International Monetary Fund’s updated World Economic Outlook. Also: the recent compromise ending a so-called Bitcoin...Show More