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#1392

The Intelligence: America’s deeply divided electorate

We have combined polling data to make a detailed portrait of the American electorate. Have a tinker with [our interactive] (https://www.economist.com/interactive/us-2024-election/build-a-voter?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) model: plug in their age, sex, religion, and more, and let us estimate how your hypothetical voter will vote in the presidential election. Allegations of extortion at the Rafah crossing out of Gaza (09:57). And, a tribute to an [heiress-turned-IRA bombmaker] (https://www.economist.com/obituary/2024/04/10/rose-dugdale-went-from-debutante-to-ira-bombmaker?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) (20:17). Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [Subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

12 Apr 2024

27 MINS

27:53

12 Apr 2024


#1391

The Intelligence: The race to save Kharkiv

Since the invasion began, [Ukraine's second city] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/04/07/the-kremlin-wants-to-make-ukraines-second-city-unliveable?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) has suffered a third of all aerial attacks. The latest one has been especially gruelling. A census of [Mexico’s missing people] (https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2024/03/21/amlo-is-trying-to-bury-the-tragedy-of-mexicos-missing-people?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) is likely underestimating the scale of the problem. Is the president deliberately trying to minimise its scale (11:08)? And, why those with the least to spend on [lottery tickets] (https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2024/04/02/the-economics-of-american-lotteries?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) are most likely to try their luck (19:20). Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [Subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

11 Apr 2024

24 MINS

24:17

11 Apr 2024


#1390

The Intelligence: Can Japan and America Trump-proof their alliance?

The leaders of both countries will meet for dinner at the White House tonight. In light of [Asia’s changing geopolitics] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2024/04/09/to-keep-the-peace-in-asia-japan-plans-for-war?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) , defence will certainly be high up on the agenda. [Somali pirates] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/03/21/somali-pirates-are-staging-a-comeback?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) are wreaking havoc in the Indian Ocean again. What explains their resurgence (8:34)? And, have a listen to what AI can do with [music] (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2024/03/21/a-new-generation-of-music-making-algorithms-is-here?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) (13:29). Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [Subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

10 Apr 2024

21 MINS

21:02

10 Apr 2024


#1389

Drum Tower: Xi’s doomed economic plan

The Economist’s editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes was recently in Beijing for the China Development Forum, an annual gathering where senior Chinese officials meet foreign business bosses. She joins our Beijing bureau chief David Rennie to assess Xi Jinping’s [new plan] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/04/04/xi-jinpings-misguided-plan-to-escape-economic-stagnation?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=drumtower&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) to escape economic stagnation. Plus, what is the outlook for China’s relationship with America? Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [Subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

09 Apr 2024

37 MINS

37:18

09 Apr 2024


#1388

The Intelligence: Bear up

In Russia inflation is under control, wages are on the up and supposedly tough sanctions have been successfully skirted. Why is the [pariah economy] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2024/03/10/russias-economy-once-again-defies-the-doomsayers?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) proving so resilient? Despite the nasty rhetoric of many of its politicians, Britain has turned out to be quite good at [assimilating immigrants] (https://www.economist.com/britain/2024/03/18/without-realising-it-britain-has-become-a-nation-of-immigrants?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) (09:29). And how [lorries] (https://www.economist.com/business/2024/03/12/can-lorries-go-green-faster?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) can be electrified faster (19:11). Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [Subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

09 Apr 2024

25 MINS

25:06

09 Apr 2024


#1387

The Intelligence: Rwanda’s genocide 30 years on

The 1994 [slaughter] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/03/25/three-decades-after-rwandas-genocide-the-past-is-ever-present?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) of hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsis completely reshaped the country. It also produced Africa’s most polarising leader, whose outsized power and regional influence is proving ever more divisive. How a [shadow economy] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/03/14/a-shadowy-wartime-economy-has-emerged-in-gaza?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) of gangs and clans is running Gaza (11:45). And a total [solar eclipse] (https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2024/04/02/why-are-total-solar-eclipses-so-rare?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) is coming to America (20:01). Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [Subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Podcast transcripts are available upon request at podcasts@economist.com. We are committed to improving accessibility even further and are exploring new ways to expand our podcast-transcript offering. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

08 Apr 2024

27 MINS

27:13

08 Apr 2024


#1386

The Weekend Intelligence: The man who would lead Palestine

Twenty-two years ago, Palestinian politician-turned-revolutionary Marwan Barghouti was convicted of acts of terrorism and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in an Israeli prison. Now, there’s a chance he could be released. Barghouti is at the top of Hamas’s list of prisoners they want exchanged for the hostages they took on October 7th. And Palestinians overwhelmingly want him to lead them. The Economist's Nicolas Pelham asks who is Marwan Barghouti and could he be the man who will lead Palestine? Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [Subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [ FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [ our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48TlDbL-4vU) explaining how to link your account. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

06 Apr 2024

53 MINS

53:55

06 Apr 2024


#1385

Checks and Balance: Capitol gains

While America’s focus has been on the presidential election, the race for Congress is even more volatile. With razor-thin majorities in the House and the Senate, [both chambers might flip] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/03/24/both-chambers-of-americas-congress-may-flip-hands-in-november?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=checksandbalance&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) in November. What does that mean for governing? And how will the outcomes of these elections shape the next presidency? John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon. They’re joined by The Economist’s Aryn Braun and Jessica Taylor from The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [Subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

05 Apr 2024

48 MINS

48:34

05 Apr 2024


#1384

The Intelligence: Argentina turner?

After more than 100 days in office, President Javier Milei has managed some much-needed [economic reforms] (https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2024/03/19/after-100-brutal-days-javier-milei-has-markets-believing?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) . But the hit to voters’ pockets may limit his popularity, and progress. Sprucing up a peripheral Paris neighbourhood for the Olympics is just part of a plan to [transform] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/03/31/the-new-geography-of-paris?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) the city’s geography (9:42). And the [astonishing life] (https://www.economist.com/obituary/2024/04/03/paul-alexander-lived-longer-than-anyone-in-an-iron-lung?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) of the longest-ever user of an iron lung (17:20). Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) . For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Podcast transcripts are available upon request at podcasts@economist.com. We are committed to improving accessibility even further and are exploring new ways to expand our podcast-transcript offering. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

05 Apr 2024

25 MINS

25:06

05 Apr 2024


#1383

The Intelligence: Bombs squad

The game theory was simpler during a cold war between two states armed to the teeth; the nuclear world order has since become far more complex and dangerous. Nvidia is [on a tear] (https://www.economist.com/business/2024/03/20/can-anything-stop-nvidias-jensen-huang?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) making the artificial-intelligence community’s favoured chips. What plans, and perils, lie ahead for the firm (10:55)? And why there are [ever fewer] (https://www.economist.com/business/2024/03/27/making-accounting-sexy-again?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) accountants on the books in America (18:25). Additional audio "As an accountant" courtesy of Rocky Paterra. Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) . For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Podcast transcripts are available upon request at podcasts@economist.com. We are committed to improving accessibility even further and are exploring new ways to expand our podcast-transcript offering. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

04 Apr 2024

26 MINS

26:02

04 Apr 2024


#1382

The Intelligence: Naan inflationary growth

India is not the first country to leapfrog from poverty-induced undernourishment to also having an obesity crisis—but a [number of factors] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2024/03/07/indian-food-is-great-perhaps-too-great?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) make that a far chunkier problem than it is elsewhere. A [shock local-election result] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/03/31/turkeys-president-recep-tayyip-erdogan-suffers-an-electoral-disaster?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) in Turkey suggests the country’s strongman leader may not be so strong (9:48). And China’s solar-panel bonanza [upsets] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2024/03/14/china-is-churning-out-solar-panels-and-upsetting-sand-markets?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) the lucrative market for ultra-pure sand (17:43). Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) . For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Podcast transcripts are available upon request at podcasts@economist.com. We are committed to improving accessibility even further and are exploring new ways to expand our podcast-transcript offering. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

03 Apr 2024

24 MINS

24:23

03 Apr 2024


#1381

The Intelligence: Bibi bumps

As yet more aid workers die in Gaza and an airstrike levels an Iranian consulate, pressure on Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu mounts. But all that chaos is [paradoxically protective] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/03/17/deposing-israels-king?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) . We take an economist’s view on the “superfakes” that are [chipping away] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2024/03/07/an-economists-guide-to-the-luxury-handbag-market?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) at the luxury-handbag industry (10:18). And French winemakers face the [twin challenges] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/03/27/why-the-french-are-drinking-less-wine?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) of brewers and abstemious youth (18:37). Listen to what matters most, from global politics and business to science and technology— [subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) . For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) or watch [our video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczo71bg1uY) explaining how to link your account. Podcast transcripts are available upon request at podcasts@economist.com. We are committed to improving accessibility even further and are exploring new ways to expand our podcast-transcript offering. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information. ... Read more

02 Apr 2024

23 MINS

23:46

02 Apr 2024