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The Economist asks: Melinda Gates

20:12 | May 10th

Anne McElvoy asks Melinda Gates whether gender equality starts in the kitchen. The American philanthropist explains why the tech world risks entrenching bias into the future, but defends the Gates Foundation’s decision to halve its paid family leave....Show More
And then, silence: a Paris icon burns

19:34 | Apr 16th

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, was already battling the flames of national protest when fire broke out at the Notre Dame cathedral. Will the tragedy, and Mr Macron’s leadership, bring the country together? America’s armed forces often don’t kno...Show More
The Economist asks: Who will decide the fate of Hong Kong?

25:34 | Aug 16th

Former Chief Secretary of the territory, Anson Chan, has called on leader Carrie Lam to withdraw a controversial law which sparked a wave of protests. Anne McElvoy asks her whether Hong Kong’s special status is under threat and, 30 years after the Ti...Show More
Yield signs: the global economy

22:27 | Aug 16th

Investors are piling into safe assets as markets whipsaw: what’s driving the global economy these days is anxiety. Is all the worry justified? Nestled among the conflicts and suffering in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast national park that ...Show More
Editor’s picks: August 15th 2019

31:02 | Aug 15th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, markets are braced for a global downturn. (10:00) Bernie Sanders could hand the Democratic ticket to a moderate. (18:02) And, investors are growing ...Show More
Poll reposition: Macri fights back

20:24 | Aug 15th

President Mauricio Macri’s thumping presidential-primary loss in Argentina left the markets fearing a left-wing resurgence. To win over voters, he’s announced a relaxation of some austerity measures. Will it be enough? In the Arctic, wildfires are ra...Show More
Babbage: A cure for Ebola?

20:31 | Aug 14th

Two treatments for Ebola have emerged from a clinical trial in Africa. Scientists estimate that sea-levels across the globe will rise by 50cm or so in the next 80 years; in some places they could go up by twice as much. Are governments and businesses...Show More
Let’s not make a deal: Brexit

21:38 | Aug 14th

Talk grows ever-louder of Britain exiting the European Union without a divorce agreement. Most parliamentarians would rather avoid that—but can they do anything to stop it? We join a Ukrainian military exercise as the country seeks to beef up defence...Show More
The Secret History of the Future: Bug in the System

32:51 | Aug 14th

The first ever computer program was written in 1843 by Ada Lovelace, a mathematician who hoped her far-sighted treatise on mechanical computers would lead to a glittering scientific career. Today, as we worry that modern systems suffer from “algorith...Show More
Sex cells: the modern fertility business

21:16 | Aug 13th

Companies are rushing to fill new niches for would-be parents: in vitro fertilisation extras, swish egg-harvesting “studios” and apps to track reproductive health. But some companies promise more than science can deliver. The worrying flare-up of pir...Show More
Raid in Aden: Yemen’s fragmented conflict

22:01 | Aug 12th

Over the weekend, armed rebels overran Aden, the seat of Yemen’s internationally recognised government. They had defected from a loose, Saudi-backed coalition that looks increasingly shaky. The gaming business is huge, but isn’t yet part of the strea...Show More
The Economist asks: Is LA the model for a more diverse America?

31:43 | Aug 9th

Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, argues America’s second largest city benefits from being a melting pot. Anne McElvoy asks him how he is faring in tackling the city’s housing crisis and why he is not running for the Democratic nomination in 2...Show More
Editor’s picks: August 8th 2019

19:47 | Aug 8th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, China’s response to the protests in Hong Kong could have global repercussions.  The British government claims it is too late for MPs to prevent the ...Show More
Babbage: Meno-Pause

20:56 | Aug 7th

Can pioneering surgery help delay the menopause and how will it impact women's lives? And, Clara Vu, of Veo Robotics, explains some of the challenges of designing “cobots”, robots that work collaboratively with humans on manufacturing tasks. Also, sh...Show More
The Secret History of the Future: Dots, Dashes and Dating Apps

33:04 | Aug 7th

In the 19th century, young people wooed each other over the telegraph. But meeting strangers on the wires could lead to confusion, disappointment, and even fraud. Do modern online dating apps have anything to learn from telegraph romances? For infor...Show More
The Economist asks: Should race matter on stage?

30:13 | Aug 2nd

Wendell Pierce, best known for his roles in the television dramas “The Wire”, “Suits” and “Jack Ryan”, plays Willy Loman in a new production of “Death of a Salesman”, moving to London’s West End in the autumn. Anne McElvoy caught up with him backstag...Show More
Editor’s picks: August 1st 2019

23:36 | Aug 1st

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the collapse of the Amazon, which is home to 40% of Earth’s rainforest, would be felt far beyond Brazil’s borders. America’s central bank has cut ra...Show More
Babbage: Hot as hell

28:03 | Jul 31st

Record-breaking heatwaves are becoming routine and they are killing people. But many of the potentially life-saving solutions are both low-tech and low-cost. Governments should be doing more. Also, we visit Lake Chad in the Sahel to understand how cl...Show More
The Secret History of the Future: Mars on Earth

34:26 | Jul 31st

Polar exploration was the Victorian equivalent of the space race. Major powers vied to outdo each other, funding expeditions to the most inhospitable parts of the world as demonstrations of their supremacy over nature and each other. Today, the resul...Show More
Money talks: Warren of Wall Street

23:13 | Jul 30th

Can US Senator Elizabeth Warren convince Wall Street to back her and how are the other candidates faring in the Democratic competition for the 2020 presidential nomination? And, David Autor, an economist at MIT, speaks to Money Talks about how comput...Show More
Primary culler: Democrats’ second debates

23:01 | Jul 30th

The fields of American presidential candidates just keep getting bigger, and party rules incentivise extreme views and dark-horse entrants. That might not be what’s best for either party. The fast-shipping arms race sparked by Amazon is radically res...Show More
The world ahead: Sunshady business

18:46 | Jul 29th

If efforts to cut emissions fall short, might some nations resort to solar geoengineering — building a sunshade in the stratosphere — to buy more time? Also, what if Facebook blocked Europeans from using its services? Tom Standage hosts For informat...Show More
One country, one system: Hong Kong’s protests

21:53 | Jul 29th

Authorities in Beijing held a rare press conference addressing unrest in Hong Kong. That gives lie to the region’s “one country, two systems” governance; fears of a vicious crackdown are growing. Beneath what might seem to be advancements of women’s ...Show More
Editor’s picks: July 25th 2019

20:36 | Jul 25th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, to stop a no-deal Brexit, moderate Tory MPs must be ready to bring down Boris Johnson. The growing friendship between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping ...Show More
Babbage: Return of the king

18:21 | Jul 24th

Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has reclaimed its crown as the world’s most valuable listed company. What can other firms learn from its reboot? Also, Reshma Shetty, cofounder of Gingko Bioworks, explains the potential of synthetic biology to harness ...Show More
The Secret History of the Future: Meat and Potatoes

36:20 | Jul 24th

The potato seemed strange and unappetizing when it first arrived in Europe. But it grew into a wonder food that helped solve the continent’s hunger problems. Can its journey tell us what to expect from current efforts to replace animal meat with soci...Show More
Money talks: Europe’s bright spots

16:42 | Jul 23rd

A few resilient countries and sectors have helped cushion the effects of a trade and manufacturing slowdown on the euro zone. But can that continue? Also, Tyler Cowen, an economist and blogger, stands up for big business. And, it’s all in the small p...Show More
The Economist asks: Anna Wintour

29:57 | Jul 19th

For more than 30 years as editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour has been the gatekeeper of high style. Anne McElvoy asks if the fashion business can genuinely deliver sustainability and shift catwalk stereotypes. They discuss why Wintour personally ...Show More
Editor’s Picks: July 18th 2019

21:52 | Jul 18th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is likely to be even more racially divisive than his first. WhatsApp has become Africa’s most popular messaging ...Show More
The Secret History of the Future: Unreliable Evidence

27:52 | Jul 17th

In the early 20th century a new forensic technique—fingerprinting—displaced a cruder form of identification based on body measurements. Hailed as modern, scientific, and infallible, fingerprinting was adopted around the world. But in recent years dou...Show More
Money talks: How slow can you grow?

21:33 | Jul 16th

Last week’s episode asked how long American economic growth could last. Now, new figures reveal that China’s growth is the slowest in nearly three decades. What can the Chinese government do about it? Insurance companies make their money from predict...Show More
The Economist asks: Is conservatism in crisis?

25:01 | Jul 12th

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, George Will, and Adrian Wooldridge, The Economist’s political editor, debate whether the conservatism movement is reorienting into one that chooses populism over prudence and they dissect the challenges t...Show More
Tsai hopes: Taiwan’s president on tour

22:32 | Jul 12th

The delicate diplomatic dance that America is performing during Tsai Ing-Wen’s visit hints at the island’s strategic importance. Two of the deadly blazes of Australia’s “Black Saturday” were deliberately set; we ask what makes someone start fires. An...Show More
Editor’s picks: July 11th 2019

19:27 | Jul 11th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: could America’s longest economic expansion on record be coming to an end? How India’s hunt for “illegal immigrants” is aimed at Muslims, including m...Show More
Unspeakable truths: Britain’s US ambassador

22:36 | Jul 11th

The “special relationship” has been strained this week, following the leak of frank diplomatic cables. The conditions of Sir Kim Darroch’s departure are a window into both Britain’s current politics and its future. International development projects ...Show More
Babbage: How tech is my valley?

22:51 | Jul 10th

China is promoting a tech district that it hopes will be a serious contender to America’s Silicon Valley. Hal Hodson, The Economist’s technology correspondent, visits the new hub. Lord John Browne, author of “Make, Think, Imagine”, on how advancement...Show More
From Russia with launch codes: Turkey’s new hardware

22:51 | Jul 10th

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces increasing pressures at home and abroad, and he’s adding to them—most of all by acquiring Russian missile defences that make Turkey’s NATO allies nervous. As Colombia emerges from a half-century of conflict with F...Show More
The Secret History of the Future: Second Wind

30:16 | Jul 10th

For thousands of years we sailed our cargo across oceans using zero-emission, 100 percent renewable wind. Then we switched to ships that run on oil, creating a global maritime fleet that pumps greenhouse gases into the sky. Could we go back to wind-p...Show More
Money talks: When the growing gets tough

18:19 | Jul 9th

America’s economy has been expanding for 121 months in a row—unemployment is low and the stock market has soared. But how long can this last? History suggests a painful recession might be around the corner. Nobel prizewinner and economics professor J...Show More
Late to the parting: Deutsche Bank shrinks

22:23 | Jul 9th

For years, management at Germany’s largest bank knew the firm was in serious trouble. Why didn’t they do more? The massive cuts announced this week may be too little, too late. We consider Texas and California as political and social laboratories: wh...Show More
In the after-Ba’ath: Syria’s rising Kurds

22:23 | Jul 8th

For years, Syria’s Kurdish people were largely invisible: their language, flag and festivals were all suppressed. Now, in much of the country’s north and east, they rule over the Arabs who once ruled over them. A brutal murder in a sleepy German vill...Show More
The Economist asks: Mark Carney

24:24 | Jul 5th

The Governor of the Bank of England explains how central banks are preparing for a riskier world. Mark Carney, who is due to step down next year, singles out climate change as a significant emerging risk for insurance companies and markets. But what ...Show More
New Democracy in an old one: Greece’s election

22:34 | Jul 5th

Kyriakos Mitsotakis looks likely to lead his New Democracy party to victory in this weekend’s snap election. But can he deliver on all the promises of his big-tent campaign? We examine the controversy and the politics surrounding the detention of mig...Show More
Editor’s picks: July 4th 2019

27:39 | Jul 4th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the global crisis in conservatism. Royal Dutch Shell’s boss delivers some hard truths on oil and climate change (10:18). And, insects become fish fo...Show More
Putin on a show: Russia’s resurgence

23:15 | Jul 4th

Russia’s president is glad-handing in Italy, where his anti-liberal roadshow resonates. But Mr Putin’s is a twisted vision of liberalism, and at home many of his compatriots see through the ruse. We examine the “Swedish model” of prostitution laws, a...Show More
Babbage: DeepMind games

20:57 | Jul 3rd

The child chess prodigy who created a computer that outplays human grandmasters—Demis Hassabis, founder of DeepMind, explains how games are a testing ground for algorithms and what real-world challenges he hopes to tackle with artificial intelligence...Show More
Growth anatomy: America’s expansive decade

22:04 | Jul 3rd

What’s behind the record-breaking economic boom and how much longer can it last? Does America’s central bank have the tools it needs to handle the inevitable downturn? The racial gap in Americans’ life expectancy is as small as it’s ever been; we exa...Show More
The Secret History of the Future: A Familiar Tune

39:26 | Jul 3rd

The 19th-century invention of the phonograph left composers worried they might not be paid for recordings. The 20th-century proliferation of digital sampling outmoded old copyright laws. Can these previous tech disruptions of the music business teach...Show More
Break a LegCo: Hong Kong’s protests boil over

21:24 | Jul 2nd

Protesters are in a defiant mood—a hard core of them has smashed up Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. But demonstrations aren’t going to make the territory any more free. The state-owned investment vehicles known as sovereign-wealth funds are usually ...Show More
Armoured Khartoum: Sudan’s bloody transition

22:11 | Jul 1st

Protesters returned to the streets of Khartoum this weekend, again with deadly consequences. We look back to last month’s violent crackdown, and consider Sudan’s troubled push for democracy. China’s swine-flu outbreaks threaten hundreds of millions o...Show More
Editor’s picks: June 28th 2019

21:16 | Jun 28th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, how should the world contain Iran? Reparations for slavery is a morally appealing but flawed idea (9:08). And, Europe heroically defends itself agai...Show More
Census and sensibility: landmark SCOTUS rulings

23:09 | Jun 28th

America’s highest court has handed down decisions that will shape voter representation for years to come. The rulings make clear the court’s reluctance to become politicised. As China’s and America’s leaders meet on the sidelines of the G20 gathering...Show More
Babbage: Curing the big sea

19:51 | Jun 27th

Researchers hope to use disease-fighting genes found in whales to help find treatments for cancer in humans. Airliners that mix batteries and fossil fuel could dominate the skies in the future. And, are people more honest than they think they are? Ke...Show More
Fight if you Haftar: the struggle for Libya

22:02 | Jun 27th

Life in Libya’s capital seems calm, even as a warlord backed by ragtag forces bids to take the city. Meanwhile the putative government can muster little political power—or electric power. We examine a miracle in Moldova: after years as a swamp of pos...Show More
The Economist asks: Can Labour solve Brexit?

31:30 | Jun 26th

While British headlines are dominated by the race to become the next Conservative prime minister, the opposition Labour party is divided over how to resolve the Brexit stalemate. Anne McElvoy interviews John McDonnell MP, the shadow chancellor, who i...Show More
Rights on Q: same-sex marriage in Japan

21:44 | Jun 26th

A bill to recognise same-sex marriage has failed in Japan’s parliament, exposing a widening divide between the views of its politicians and the values of its people. For some officials, Burundi’s election tax is an excuse for extortion; for some citi...Show More
The Secret History of the Future: Season 2 Trailer

02:33 | Jun 26th

What can 19th century polar exploration teach us as humans plan missions to Mars? Do modern online dating apps have anything to learn from romances over the telegraph wires? Dig into the past, and you’ll find surprising lessons about what’s next for ...Show More
Money talks: Bargaining chips

17:54 | Jun 25th

The trade war between America and China is intensifying after America blacklisted five more Chinese technology entities. Will this jeopardise any talk of a trade deal at the upcoming G20 summit? Could low-denomination treasury bills help Italy’s cash...Show More
Money in the West Bank: Kushner’s peace plan

21:06 | Jun 25th

Tensions between Iran and America are distracting from Jared Kushner’s long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. It’s got plenty of dollar signs, but no sign yet of a political solution. We ask why Argentina’s former president is now running for v...Show More
The World ahead: In the Sharenthood

29:11 | Jun 24th

What if America decided to pull out of NATO? And a trip to 2029 to report on a landmark case in which parents are required to pay damages for sharing images of their children online, and refusing to take them down when the children grow up. Tom Stand...Show More
Lover or Leaver? How Brexit divided Britons

22:15 | Jun 24th

Exactly three years after the referendum result, it’s clear: Brexit has driven Britain a bit batty. We look into the grand societal divides that the vote exposed. In Istanbul, a repeat mayoral election reaches the same result: the ruling party lost. ...Show More
The Economist asks: Which Democrats can challenge Donald Trump in 2020?

30:17 | Jun 21st

Anne McElvoy and John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, interview two distinctive hopefuls in the race to replace Donald Trump. Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, assesses America's role in the world and sets out his pla...Show More
Blonde ambition: Boris’s bid for power

23:06 | Jun 21st

Charming buffoon or cunning chameleon? Welcoming liberal or snarling Brexiteer? We ask why, despite having no guiding philosophy, Boris Johnson is so likely to become Britain’s prime minister. Our obituaries editor remembers the socialite Claus von B...Show More
Editor’s Picks: June 20th 2019

21:59 | Jun 20th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Boris Johnson is the favourite to become Britain's next Prime Minister (8:23). America’s future will be written in the two mega-states—California an...Show More
Hawks, stocks and peril: Iran-America brinkmanship

19:53 | Jun 20th

Iran’s downing of an American drone today is just the latest source of tension between the countries. Where does it end? As facial-recognition technology improves, rising privacy concerns are hampering its adoption. And in Britain, advertisements tha...Show More
Babbage: Facebucks

19:31 | Jun 19th

Facebook wants to create a global digital currency—what could possibly go wrong? Also, why billionaire Stephen Schwarzman, founder of Blackstone private-equity firm, is donating £150m to fund a humanities centre at Oxford University. And, what can be...Show More
Money talks: Banking bad

16:43 | Jun 18th

Deutsche Bank plans to create a new division, a “bad bank”, which will hold tens of billions of euros of assets as part of an overhaul of it is operations. Will the remaining firm become profitable enough to satisfy regulators and investors? And the ...Show More
Lam to the slaughter: Hong Kong’s shocking U-turn

23:17 | Jun 17th

Calls for the resignation of Carrie Lam, the territory’s leader, are intensifying. Hong Kongers may have put a recent freedom-crimping bill on ice, but more challenges to their independence await. We speak to the mother of a child genius who reveals ...Show More
The Economist asks: Armistead Maupin

23:19 | Jun 14th

Anne McElvoy asks the creator of “Tales of the city” about what drew him back to 28 Barbary Lane and a new batch of tales of queer America. Fifty years on from the Stonewall riots that sparked the LGBT civil rights movement, Armistead Maupin talks ab...Show More
What’s yours has mines: the Gulf of Oman attack

21:32 | Jun 14th

America has blamed Iran for yesterday’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. If that’s true, Iran is playing a dangerous game that involves the whole of the region. The violent militias that control much of Rio de Janeiro might be easy to beat if they...Show More
Editor’s Picks: June 13th 2019

23:11 | Jun 13th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, huge demonstrations in Hong Kong have rattled the territory’s government. (8:50) America’s biggest defence merger highlights the changing nature of ...Show More
Babbage: Space invaders

23:36 | Jun 12th

The business opportunities from small satellite technology are infinite: from an ‘ambulance’ which rescues malfunctioning spacecraft to devices that can measure the oil level in a tanker from space. Are we on the verge of making gene-editing technolo...Show More
The Economist asks: Who can lead Britain through Brexit?

36:16 | Jun 6th

Anne McElvoy speaks to two candidates in the race to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader and Britain's prime minister. She catches up with Rory Stewart, the international development secretary, who proposes a “citizens’ assembly” to solve Brex...Show More
Babbage: Fusing the future

20:03 | Jun 5th

In this week’s Babbage, Alok Jha investigates the organisations and companies trying to crack a technology that could solve all of the world’s energy problems in a stroke—nuclear fusion. From Iter, the world's largest collaborative fusion experiment,...Show More
Get pomped up: Trump’s British visit

22:46 | Jun 3rd

President Donald Trump kicks off his state visit to Britain with some opening shots at London's mayor Sadiq Khan. But larger issues will take center stage. Amid Brexit, a leadership contest and simmering security tensions, we discuss the strains to t...Show More
The Economist asks: Who will run tomorrow’s top companies?

27:15 | May 31st

Anne McElvoy asks Ursula Burns about how she became the first black woman to run a Fortune 500 company. She explains why she now champions gender quotas, having vehemently opposed them. And, as AI threatens more traditional jobs, how CEOs should bala...Show More
Protectionist racket: trade-war rhetoric

22:13 | May 31st

As President Donald Trump threatens new tariffs on Mexican goods, retaliatory ones between China and America are starting to bite. That puts China’s party leaders—and their hardening nationalist message—in a tricky spot. We examine how the global gro...Show More
Editor’s Picks: May 30th 2019

26:01 | May 30th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Britain’s constitutional time-bomb. Brexit is already a political crisis—sooner or later it will become a constitutional one too. How floods and sto...Show More
Likudn’t: Israel’s political crisis

20:48 | May 30th

For the first time since Israel’s founding, efforts to form a government have failed. What will the resulting snap election mean for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu? Alleged meddling in the Czech judiciary has sparked protests; it seems that challe...Show More
Babbage: Rash behaviour

19:25 | May 29th

The measles resurgence around the world has been blamed on parents refusing to vaccinate their children but is vaccinating children enough? Also, how a new glove for humans is teaching robots how to feel. And Kenneth Cukier asks Carl Benedikt Frey, e...Show More
Baba Go Slow: Nigeria’s President gets another term

18:48 | May 29th

Muhammadu Buhari earned the nickname “Baba Go Slow” for a lackadaisical approach to reform as Nigeria’s president. He mismanaged the economy, failed to tackle corruption and has been unable to restrain the terrorist group Boko Haram. Will he be more ...Show More
Money talks: Just the job

20:53 | May 28th

The received wisdom is that work is becoming low-paid and precarious, with jobs lost to automation and the gig economy. The data say otherwise. What does the jobs boom in the rich world mean for the global economy? Also, will Alibaba’s plans to list ...Show More
The world ahead: Food for thought

22:07 | May 27th

After the successful stockmarket flotation of Beyond Meat, maker of the Beyond Burger, we assess the potential impact of meat substitutes on global meat consumption. Also, is space tourism about to take off? And what can be done to preserve indigenou...Show More
The Economist asks: Are the Victorians a model for Brexit Britain?

34:26 | May 24th

With Theresa May on her way out of 10 Downing Street and Britain no closer to achieving the Brexit she promised, Anne McElvoy takes the long view. She asks Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative MP, and Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Mus...Show More
Editor’s Picks: May 23rd 2019

23:26 | May 23rd

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party has won a second landslide victory. The prime minister, Narendra Modi, should make better use of his latest tr...Show More
Repeat performance: India’s election

20:51 | May 23rd

Narendra Modi’s BJP appears to have won a convincing re-election victory. What will that mean for India and the region? We look back on the life of Bob Hawke, a former Australian prime minister who convinced the world that his country deserved a plac...Show More
Babbage: Data to the rescue

24:47 | May 22nd

Access to the right data can be as valuable in humanitarian crises as water or medical care, but it can also be dangerous. Misused or in the wrong hands, the same information can put already vulnerable people at further risk. Kenneth Cukier hosts thi...Show More
In a heartbeat: abortion in America

21:37 | May 21st

The strict anti-abortion bills cropping up in multiple American states aren’t expected to become the law of the land—but proponents want them to chip away at Roe v Wade, which is. Attacks on albinos have risen ahead of Malawi’s presidential election;...Show More
The Economist asks: Cass Sunstein

23:23 | May 17th

Anne McElvoy asks Cass Sunstein, a former advisor to Barack Obama and co-author of "Nudge", how far the state should define our quest for personal freedom. They discuss how we might need a GPS to navigate through life, the limits of nudging and why l...Show More
Private iniquity? The Abraaj case

21:05 | May 17th

Not long ago, Abraaj was one of the world’s highest-profile private-equity firms. We take a look at its spectacular downfall, and the fate of its charismatic boss, Arif Naqvi. This weekend Australian voters will elect a new parliament. How can politi...Show More
Editor’s Picks: May 16th 2019

23:43 | May 16th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, as the rivalry between China and the United States grows, surging sanctions create both risks and unexpected business opportunities. Why the feeble ...Show More
May, EU live in interesting times: Brexit

21:16 | May 16th

As party leaders grill Britain’s prime minister—and with a looming European election the country was due to avoid—we examine how the Brexit mess is dissolving party allegiances. Turkey was once seen as a success story in dealing with Syrians fleeing ...Show More
Babbage: Facing the future?

21:10 | May 15th

Legislators in San Francisco have just voted to ban the use of facial recognition—is this a victory for privacy or a setback for technology? Also, new research on how machine learning can be used to predict the likelihood of breast cancer. And Amazon...Show More
Money talks: A US-China game of nerves

26:24 | May 14th

Two-way trade between America and China hit $2bn a day last year. But the growing mistrust between the two countries is turning business from a safe space into a field of contention. David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief, has travelled a...Show More
Unbalance of trade: China-America talks

22:44 | May 10th

Negotiations to end the trade war have been ruffled as the Trump administration again ramped up tariffs. But even if a deal is struck, that won’t address serious systemic troubles in the countries’ relationship. Many diets rely on simply counting cal...Show More
Editor’s Picks: May 9th 2019

21:02 | May 9th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, our cover story reports on the brewing conflict between America and Iran. Both sides need to step back. Also, why the Mexican-American population is...Show More
Generals’ election: Thai politics

21:52 | May 9th

The military junta that runs Thailand almost completely sewed up a momentous vote—almost. After further electoral meddling the generals will now lead a weak government, with a surging youth-led party nipping at their heels. As Russia intensifies bomb...Show More
Babbage: Uber traffic

20:31 | May 8th

As Uber prepares for its public listing this week, a new study in San Francisco shows that ride-hailing companies cause major road congestion. Also, how much should smart speakers see as well as hear? And, author Douglas Rushkoff explains why he view...Show More
Nuclear diffusion: Iran

21:28 | May 8th

Exactly a year after President Donald Trump pulled America out of the Iran nuclear deal—and days after America moved warships into the Persian Gulf—Iran has announced it will break the terms of the deal. Is it more than just sabre-rattling? We examin...Show More
Money talks: Tech’s raid on the banks

23:22 | May 7th

Digital disruption is coming to banking at last. Helen Joyce travels across Asia to see how fintechs like Ant Financial are transforming how people spend, save and invest their money, and asks whether traditional banks can catch up. Who will win the ...Show More
Mayor may not: Turkey’s election re-run

21:40 | May 7th

Turkey’s ruling AK party never conceded defeat in Istanbul’s mayoral election in March. Now the result has been annulled, worrying the opposition and international observers. A China-America trade deal has been thrown into doubt thanks to a president...Show More
Everything in moderation: YouTube

23:34 | May 6th

Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive, tells our correspondent that moderating the streaming giant’s content is her biggest challenge. No wonder: every minute, 500 hours-worth of it is added. Also, how West African research is being used to addre...Show More
The Economist asks: Bret Easton Ellis

27:26 | May 3rd

Anne McElvoy asks author and iconoclast Bret Easton Ellis about why he has decided to take on the social mores of millennials. From the #metoo movement and freedom of expression to anger on social media, he discusses the dangers of a growing generati...Show More
Editor’s Picks: May 2nd 2019

28:28 | May 2nd

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the fight against jihadists is moving to Africa. Despite Western help, governments in the Sahel are struggling to beat back violent extremists. Next...Show More
Babbage: Net zero Britain

21:00 | May 1st

This week the Committee on Climate Change releases its anticipated recommendations for Britain to become a carbon-free economy, but will the Government take meaningful action? Also, the controversial subject of lung cancer screening. And David Spiege...Show More
Money talks: Rise of the No Men

19:09 | Apr 30th

Since the financial crisis, compliance officers in charge of minimising banks’ regulatory woes have never been more in demand. Will banks reach peak compliance? Also, author Caroline Criado Perez exposes what she calls “data bias in a world designed ...Show More
The world ahead: When the drugs don't work

21:39 | Apr 29th

In this edition of The world ahead we examine a possible future where antibiotics no longer work. What causes such antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and what can be done to remedy it? And in another health-care scenario, we examine technology's potentia...Show More
The Economist asks: Ian McEwan

26:39 | Apr 26th

Anne McElvoy asks Man Booker prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan what distinguishes humans and robots in the age of AI. They discuss his new novel "Machines Like Me", a Promethean story which argues that engineers are the mythic gods of today. They als...Show More
Editor’s Picks: April 25th 2019

22:35 | Apr 25th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, how to stop the rot in South Africa. The liberal opposition cannot win the elections on May 8th, so the president must clean up his own party. Next,...Show More
Babbage: The genetic revolution

21:09 | Apr 24th

Kenneth Cukier takes a look at the future of genetic engineering and what it means to be human. He speaks to leading scientists, doctors and philosophers to ask if ethics and regulations are able to keep up with the technology
Troubling: a death in Northern Ireland

21:35 | Apr 24th

A young journalist will be buried today, after being accidentally shot by dissident republicans in Northern Ireland. The killing is a worrying reminder of bygone decades of violence that fraught Brexit negotiations may be rekindling. We take a look a...Show More
Money talks: Waging bull

22:46 | Apr 23rd

As the debate about raising the minimum wage in America intensifies, it seems that wages for the lowest-paid Americans are already on the increase.  Also, why is wage growth in the UK picking up at last? Finally, the most expensive homes in the world...Show More
The Economist asks: Renée Fleming

23:25 | Apr 19th

Anne McElvoy goes backstage at New York’s newest arts centre, The Shed, to talk to the Grammy and Polar music prize-winning soprano. They discuss bending the rules of genre and gender opposite Ben Whishaw in “Norma Jeane Baker of Troy”. Also, why ope...Show More
Editor’s Picks: April 18th 2019

19:39 | Apr 18th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the trouble with tech unicorns. These billion-dollar businesses seem to have it all—except a path to high profits. Next, why did a fire at Notre Dam...Show More
The Economist asks: Preet Bharara

30:48 | Apr 12th

Anne McElvoy asks the former United States attorney for the powerful Southern District of New York whether the law can still do justice in America. He explains the failure to prosecute any Wall St executives after the financial crisis and his concern...Show More
Bashir and present danger: Sudan’s coup

23:05 | Apr 12th

A protest movement that began in December at last brought Sudan’s military brass on board. The country’s cycle of dictatorship and democracy may be repeating itself. Bitcoin just turned ten, but it’s still far from fulfilling its promise to upend the...Show More
Editor’s Picks: April 11th 2019

28:02 | Apr 11th

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, mass protests have ousted Sudan’s dictator. The big question now is who will succeed him. Our Lexington columnist argues that Donald Trump is a pro ...Show More
Brussels’ doubts: another Brexit delay

21:34 | Apr 11th

Britain now has a new Brexit deadline: the end of October. But those negotiations magnified divisions within the European Union that Brexit is revealing—and causing. We visit one of the Chinese towns whose governments are running social experiments, ...Show More
Bibi got back: Israel’s election

19:28 | Apr 10th

Binyamin Netanyahu looks set to win a fifth term as prime minister. How will his policies affect negotiations about some of the most contested land on Earth? Meanwhile in space, Israel’s Beresheet probe is set to land on the Moon—but the recent spate...Show More
The Economist asks: Juan Manuel Santos

25:21 | Apr 5th

Anne McElvoy asks the former president of Colombia whether the country can sustain a lasting peace with the left-wing FARC guerrilla group. They discuss the best way to tackle the global drug trade and why Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolás Maduro, needs ...Show More
Theresa looks left: Brexit negotiations

23:26 | Apr 5th

Having seemingly exhausted options within her own party, Prime Minister Theresa May is now trying to strike an EU divorce deal with Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the opposition. We profile the hard-left Labour leader. This weekend marks 25 years since o...Show More
Editor’s picks: April 4th 2019

20:09 | Apr 4th

A selection of three defining articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the promise and perils of synthetic biology—the nascent human capacity to redesign life. Now that Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resign...Show More
Resigned to it: Algeria’s president

20:34 | Apr 4th

After two decades as president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned. But the cabal that’s been running the country doesn’t want to give up power and the opposition is disorganised. Will anything change? Medical professionals staged protests in Canada t...Show More
Babbage: Dino-more

20:45 | Apr 3rd

A little-known paleontologist may have found the last piece of the puzzle explaining the fate of the dinosaurs: what actually happened when the giant asteroid struck the Earth. Also, Paul Davies, a renowned physicist, explains the systems of informat...Show More
Fund while it lasted: the 1MDB scandal

20:38 | Apr 3rd

Today Malaysia’s former prime minister faces his first of several trials, for alleged involvement in the disappearance of billions of dollars from 1MDB, a state-run fund. Businesses also endure their share of scandals, too—the latest one surrounding ...Show More
Vote with pride: LGBT politicians

20:33 | Apr 2nd

Chicago votes for a new mayor today. Either way it will become the largest American city run by an African-American woman, but it may also get another openly gay mayor. We examine America’s proliferation of LGBT candidates. Mark Zuckerberg’s open let...Show More
The Economist asks: Matteo Renzi

24:53 | Mar 29th

Anne McElvoy asks the former prime minister of Italy what lessons the European Union should take from the turmoil of Brexit. They discuss where the power lies in the union today, why Europe needs to make friends with China and why Westminster is look...Show More
Editor’s picks: March 28th 2019

24:14 | Mar 28th

A selection of three defining articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Binyamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, provides a parable of modern populism. Flaws in Bitcoin suggest that a lasting revival of cryptocurrenc...Show More
Babbage: DiagNoses

24:09 | Mar 27th

How scientists followed the nose of a super-smeller to identify a new test for Parkinson’s disease. Also, historian Kate Brown tells us what she uncovered from decades of researching the Chernobyl disaster. And scientists in China have found a potent...Show More
Money talks: Too close to the Son

18:44 | Mar 26th

Masayoshi Son reinvented investing — as he prepares to raise billions of dollars for Vision Fund 2, what are the governance questions? Chickenomics and how chicken became the rich world's most popular meat. And, our Bartleby columnist explores the ro...Show More
Loan behold: a global-economy danger

20:17 | Mar 26th

The world has only just recovered from the last global financial shock. But a new trend has economists worried: the rising debt on companies’ balance-sheets. Methamphetamine use is skyrocketing in East Asia; we look into the causes and the effects. A...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 23rd 2019 edition

14:39 | Mar 25th

To understand the future of Silicon Valley, look across the Atlantic, where the European Union is pioneering a new way of controlling big tech. Plus, the hackers perfecting the art of getting free stuff, and why civilisations create the gods that sui...Show More
The world ahead: Slow social

24:45 | Mar 22nd

In this episode we discuss why, after years of trying to make their products as addictive as possible, social-media companies are now heading in the opposite direction. We look forward to key dates later this year for elections, Chinese anniversaries...Show More
The never-ending saga: Brexit delayed

22:51 | Mar 22nd

European leaders nixed Theresa May’s request to postpone Brexit for three months, but have given her a short-term reprieve - delaying it by a few weeks and possibly longer. Thailand is about to hold its first election since the military seized power ...Show More
The Economist asks: Ben Shapiro

30:43 | Mar 21st

Anne McElvoy asks the controversial podcast host, and author of “The Right Side of History”, why he thinks the West needs a revival of old-fashioned values. In the wake of the mass shootings in New Zealand, they debate whether individuals, platforms ...Show More
Babbage: Insectageddon?

19:45 | Mar 20th

The insect apocalypse may not be imminent, but the decline of insect species is still a concern. And we speak to Dr Angela Gallop about her career as one of Britain’s most eminent forensic scientists. Also, when will a robot barista serve you a latte...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 16th 2019 edition

12:55 | Mar 18th

After Theresa May’s deal was decisively rejected for a second time, Brexit will almost certainly be delayed. It is time for Parliament to seize the initiative. Plus, how sharing a plate of food could help international diplomacy. And, the world wide ...Show More
Replacement anxiety: White supremacist terrorism

23:43 | Mar 18th

The terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, has left 50 people dead and a lot of unanswered questions. How big a threat are violent white supremacists? We take a look at a network of museums in China trying to commemorate that country’s murder...Show More
Can't deal with it: Brexit

22:02 | Mar 15th

It’s been another brutal week for Britain’s prime minister as her deal to leave Europe was swatted down comprehensively—again. As a delay to Brexit looks likely, we ask what all the chaos reveals about how Brexit will ultimately play out. Ahead of gl...Show More
The Economist asks: Ricky Gervais

20:47 | Mar 14th

Anne McElvoy asks the award-winning stand-up comedian and creator of "The Office" whether there are any taboos left in comedy and if it matters when people are offended. They discuss seeing the funny side of illness, addiction, death and grief in his...Show More
Babbage: Pioneers of the WWW

20:45 | Mar 13th

Kenneth Cukier gets in the Babbage time machine and travels to 1989, when Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote the famous memo that laid the foundations for the world wide web. Kenn speaks to some of the other key figures that influenced its invention, like Ted...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 9th 2019 edition

16:18 | Mar 11th

A new “scramble for Africa” is taking place. This time Africans themselves stand to benefit the most. Also, a dispatch from the frozen Antarctic, and what the samba-dancers of Rio de Janeiro reveal about Brazil’s neglected history – and its present. ...Show More
The Economist asks: Is education the great leap forward for feminism?

47:21 | Mar 8th

Meghan Markle (the Duchess of Sussex), Annie Lennox, Adwoa Aboah, Julia Gillard and other guests discuss feminism with Anne McElvoy on International Women’s Day. They debate how to end period poverty, what men and boys can do and does the Duchess get...Show More
The Economist asks: Christine Lagarde

25:54 | Mar 7th

The head of the International Monetary Fund tells Anne McElvoy what it is like to be the “firefighter” of the global financial system. They debate how realistic it is to push for multilateralism against a backdrop of tariff wars, whether Brexit will ...Show More
Trudeau in trouble: a sunny leader in stormy times

19:02 | Mar 6th

Canada’s fresh-faced leader has been a icon for embattled liberals. But now he faces damaging accusations of meddling in a judicial process. Will Justin Trudeau be contrite or fight? And free money sounds like a grand idea. Here’s how universal basic...Show More
Money talks: Winter is coming

18:58 | Mar 5th

How a once white-hot tech sector in China is shedding capital, employees and bonuses and heading for a freeze. Plane stupid — a look at the private jet industry and why airlines are phasing out first class seats. Also, Jim Collins, author of the best...Show More
Xi’ll meet again: China’s People’s Congress opens

20:47 | Mar 5th

The National People's Congress of China gathers today for ten days of deliberations. Tensions with the West over the trade war and disagreement about the role of technology giant Huawei will be in the background. Bosses are not always the most reliab...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 2nd 2019 edition

13:55 | Mar 4th

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi may be hoping brinkmanship against Pakistan will fire up voters ahead of April’s elections. Both countries must stop playing with fire. Plus a tour of the neglected treasures of ancient Peru—and is there such a th...Show More
The Economist asks: Is Brexit happening?

28:38 | Feb 28th

Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s former Ambassador to the EU, says Brexit will happen in 2019. Anne McElvoy also asks him whether Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, is right to take a no-deal exit off the table, what was his advice and how much did she...Show More
Babbage: The element-hunters

20:00 | Feb 27th

It is 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev discovered the periodic table, the innate order underpinning the elements. Kenneth Cukier explores how this simple grid has shaped our understanding of the universe and our place in it. In a laboratory near Mosc...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 23rd 2019 edition

13:12 | Feb 25th

The Chinese economic model of steroidal state capitalism is facing a global backlash and offering diminishing returns. Can President Xi be persuaded to reform? Plus, how gumbo tells the story of the American South and why a good astronaut needs a sen...Show More
The world ahead: Shifting sands of the Sahel

22:02 | Feb 22nd

In this episode of our future-gazing podcast we discuss how an often-ignored region in Africa seems set grow in prominence, for the wrong reasons. Professor Stephen Hsu discusses the implications of genomic risk-scoring in health care. And we look at...Show More
The Economist asks: Chiwetel Ejiofor

22:43 | Feb 21st

After earning an Oscar nomination for "12 Years a Slave" and his super-villain stripes in "Doctor Strange", Chiwetel Ejiofor has turned his hand to directing. Anne McElvoy asks him what it will take for Hollywood to start casting black actors as the ...Show More
Babbage: Joker AAAStronauts

21:00 | Feb 20th

The latest buzz from the AAAS, the largest general science meeting in the world, from The Economist’s science correspondent, Alok Jha. NASA scientists presented initial findings on how a year in space changes astronauts’ bodies. Why a good sense of h...Show More
Money talks: B&B — Brexit and Business

15:47 | Feb 19th

It is not yet clear how Britain will leave the European Union on March 29th. But for companies that have to ship stuff to the other side of the world, Brexit has already arrived. What are British companies doing to prepare themselves for Brexit and w...Show More
Labour’s love lost: British politics

19:48 | Feb 19th

Seven parliamentarians have split from Britain’s opposition Labour party. That could change the calculus of Brexit, and just might be the nucleus of a new movement. There’s a little-noticed shift in the relationship between Islam and the West; a new ...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 16th 2019 edition

12:59 | Feb 18th

After three decades in the wilderness, socialism is back. Millennial socialists offer a sharp critique of what has gone wrong in Western societies—are they right? Also, why atomic clocks, like wine, get better with age and government-sanctioned scien...Show More
The Economist asks: Why is there always trouble in the Trump White House?

23:02 | Feb 14th

Former White House Staffer Cliff Sims, author of “Team of Vipers”, tells Anne McElvoy why he’s suing Donald Trump. They unpick the paradox of how a man who stirs such fierce loyalty in his supporters inspires so little inside his administration. Also...Show More
Babbage: Regulating fake news

20:40 | Feb 13th

Tech giants face regulation on news after UK media review. Its author, Dame Frances Cairncross, tells us even the technology platforms recognise the need for change. Roger McNamee, one of Facebook’s early investors, asks if it’s now too powerful. And...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 9th 2019 edition

12:36 | Feb 11th

Despite wildfires and polar freezes, energy firms are planning to increase fossil fuel production. The climate consequences could be grave. Also, the challenge of putting the morals back into McDonald’s. And the next express beauty trend – botox-to-g...Show More
The Economist asks: how to tax the rich?

26:36 | Feb 7th

Rutger Bregman, author of "Utopia for Realists", told Davos that more tax is better than corporate good works. Our economics editor, Henry Curr, challenges him on whether governments should soak the rich. And is income, wealth or inheritance the best...Show More
Babbage: A bill of data rights

20:36 | Feb 6th

Should individuals have rights over their data that are protected similar to human rights? We discuss the universe with Jo Dunkley of Princeton. And why the oceans are turning a different shade of blue. Kenneth Cukier hosts
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 2nd 2019 edition

12:42 | Feb 4th

The world’s democracies are right to seek change in Venezuela. The question is how. Plus, why Christian pilgrims are flocking to Abu Dhabi, the joy of missing out, and who really was Wild Bill Hickok? Anne McElvoy hosts
The Economist asks: Jacinda Ardern

25:08 | Jan 31st

The prime minister of New Zealand explains why her country is a laboratory for progressive politics. The Economist’s Anne McElvoy and Zanny Minton Beddoes ask her about the economics of well-being and whether she really is “the anti-Trump”. Also, why...Show More
Babbage: Ethically challenged

16:13 | Jan 30th

As the controversial story of the editing of the genomes of two babies in China unfolds, we ask how can science be more ethical — and how to tackle “ethics dumping”. Also, how environmental factors can influence the national security of countries aff...Show More
Money talks: Calming down hyperinflation

17:48 | Jan 29th

With the economic turmoil crippling Venezuela, we ask what can be done to bring a quick resolution to hyperinflation? Also, the Chinese giant grain producer that is threatening the global industry. And yet another controversy for the credit-default s...Show More
The Intelligence: Deal, delay or dither?

21:55 | Jan 29th

It’s another crucial vote in the Brexit saga as Prime Minister Theresa May learns whether her leaving plan will be derailed or delayed. Autonomous weapons are coming along just as fast as autonomous vehicles are. But who’s tackling the ethics of kill...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 26th 2019 edition

12:02 | Jan 28th

The global flow of money and goods is stagnating. The world needs to prepare for a new era of “slowbalisation”. Plus, why more people are braving the bullring in America. And we introduce “The Intelligence”, a new daily current-affairs podcast from E...Show More
The world ahead: Regulating AI

21:48 | Jan 24th

In this episode we discuss what the future holds for the regulation of artificial intelligence. Is populism on the rise in Canada and will it impact Justin Trudeau's chances of re-election? And does China’s new record-breaking bridge really bring it ...Show More
The Economist asks: Is this the era of slowbalisation?

28:15 | Jan 24th

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Anne McElvoy asks our editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes and Patrick Foulis, author of the cover story, why globalisation has run out of steam and what will future economic growth look like?
Babbage: Droning on

19:20 | Jan 23rd

How can new technology deal with rogue drones? And what can be learned from Dutch hospitals in the fight against superbugs. Also, the development of a simple camera that can see around corners. Tim Cross hosts
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 19th 2019 edition

11:34 | Jan 21st

This week's cover story analyses Britain's Brexit mess and argues the case for a second referendum as the only way out of it. Also, why modern work is so miserable and a night ride with the rebel bikers of Yangon. Anne McElvoy hosts
The Economist asks: What’s behind the new anti-Semitism?

28:42 | Jan 17th

Deborah Lipstadt made headlines for facing down a libel charge from the English author David Irving after she accused him of Holocaust denial. Anne McElvoy asks her about the return of “the oldest hatred”. They discuss how the Pittsburgh massacre cha...Show More
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the January 12th 2019 edition

11:48 | Jan 14th

Could China become a scientific superpower? Plus, the perils of competitive parenting and a movement for gender equality in European street names. Josie Delap hosts
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. Music by Chris Za...Show More
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