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#1500

Checks and Balance: How long?

President Trump changed tone and course this week, extending federal guidelines on social distancing to the end of April. New York is now the epicentre of the global pandemic. Yet large parts of the US remain relatively unaffected by covid-19. [Public opinion] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/04/02/covid-19-and-americas-political-system) supports tough measures to contain the virus for now. But how sustainable are [strict curbs] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/04/01/covid-19-presents-stark-choices-between-life-death-and-the-economy) on personal freedom in a country founded on individual liberty? The Economist’s healthcare correspondent Slavea Chankova explains the [epidemiological models] (https://www.economist.com/briefing/2020/04/03/the-hard-choices-covid-policymakers-face) behind the lockdown, we tell the story of history’s most notorious asymptomatic carrier, and Senator Cory Booker reflects on political division in national crises. John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. Read The Economist’s [full coverage] (https://www.economist.com/news/2020/03/11/the-economists-coverage-of-the-coronavirus) of the coronavirus. For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: [www.economist.com/pod2020] (http://www.economist.com/pod2020) . For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

03 Apr 2020

33 MINS

33:11

03 Apr 2020


#1499

Trough to peak: how high will American unemployment go?

The coronavirus pandemic has sent America’s mighty jobs machine into screeching reverse. How bad might the labour market get? Covid-19 is just one reason why Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, is finding 2020 to be a much harder year than he’d hoped. And we report on the fight to save a 44,000-year-old cave painting. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/radiooffer] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

03 Apr 2020

22 MINS

22:26

03 Apr 2020


#1498

The Economist Asks: Cory Booker

The global total of confirmed coronavirus cases has exceeded one million; a quarter of them are in America. The new epicentre of this pandemic is the [New York tri-state area] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/03/29/new-york-is-fast-becoming-the-worlds-next-coronavirus-hotspot) . As politicians argue over how to [save lives] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/04/01/covid-19-presents-stark-choices-between-life-death-and-the-economy) and the [economy] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/04/01/how-high-will-unemployment-in-america-go) , Anne McElvoy asks Cory Booker, a senator from New Jersey, whether America can unite to fight the virus. They talk about tussles over vital equipment between states and the federal government. Also, does he agree with the mayor of LA on recommending masks to lessen the risk of contracting covid-19? Plus, the former Democratic presidential hopeful shares his“dad joke” for a moment of cheer. The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register [here] (https://my.economist.com/user#newsletter) . For more coverage, see our coronavirus [hub] (https://www.economist.com/news/2020/03/11/the-economists-coverage-of-the-coronavirus) . Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: [www.economist.com/radiooffer] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

02 Apr 2020

29 MINS

29:27

02 Apr 2020


#1497

No port of call: coronavirus may sink the cruise industry

Cruise ships had been enjoying a golden era—until covid-19 came along. The pandemic has been a catastrophe for the industry. Stranded passengers have taken ill and even died, ships have been banned from ports, and revenue has collapsed. But lawmakers are unlikely to bail it out. In Sweden, daily life has been pretty normal, despite the coronavirus, but can that continue? And we report on Dutch disease—the language’s unusual affinity for poxy swear words. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/radiooffer] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

02 Apr 2020

21 MINS

21:43

02 Apr 2020


#1496

Babbage: Fighting contagion with data

How are [ location data] (https://www.economist.com/briefing/2020/03/26/countries-are-using-apps-and-data-networks-to-keep-tabs-on-the-pandemic) from mobile phones being used to combat covid-19? And, as more people are forced to stay at home, can broadband and mobile internet connections keep up? Plus, the epidemiologist who helped defeat smallpox, Larry Brilliant, on what needs to be done against the coronavirus. Kenneth Cukier hosts. The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register [here] (https://my.economist.com/user#newsletter) . For more coverage, see our coronavirus [hub] (https://www.economist.com/news/2020/03/11/the-economists-coverage-of-the-coronavirus) . Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: [www.economist.com/radiooffer] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

01 Apr 2020

27 MINS

27:19

01 Apr 2020


#1495

Wishful thinking: America’s offer to Venezuela

The Trump administration makes Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro an offer he seems sure to refuse: an end to sanctions in return for power-sharing and elections. The coronavirus pandemic has crushed oil prices at the same time a price war is raging: the industry has never seen anything like it. And as videoconferencing brings your workmates into your home, we suggest how to create the right impression. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/radiooffer] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

01 Apr 2020

22 MINS

22:52

01 Apr 2020


#1494

Money Talks: The home front

At the beginning of a financial year like no other, millions of newly furloughed or unemployed Americans face rent and mortgage payments. How long can the financial system withstand the strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic? Many employees have had to make a quick transition to remote working. Businesses struggling to make the switch could look to those companies that have [never had an office] (https://www.economist.com/business/2020/03/26/how-to-manage-a-business-without-a-headquarters) . And, a [day in the life of Bartleby] (https://www.economist.com/business/2020/03/26/diary-of-a-home-worker) —and his cat. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts. The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register [here] (https://my.economist.com/user#newsletter) . For more coverage, see our coronavirus [hub] (https://www.economist.com/news/2020/03/11/the-economists-coverage-of-the-coronavirus) . Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: [www.economist.com/radiooffer] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

31 Mar 2020

22 MINS

22:58

31 Mar 2020


#1493

In need of Comfort: New York's covid-19 crisis

New York is at the centre of America’s—and the world’s—coronavirus crisis. The metropolis has also been caught in a damaging three-way political division, involving three of its native sons. In the Middle East and north Africa, governments have imposed unusually harsh covid-19 crackdowns, but will the authoritarians let up afterwards? And we report on a golden age for African art. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/radiooffer] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

31 Mar 2020

23 MINS

23:31

31 Mar 2020


#1492

The World Ahead: Pandemic predictions

As the [covid-19 situation] (https://www.economist.com/news/2020/03/11/the-economists-coverage-of-the-coronavirus) worsens, host Tom Standage explores what the pandemic reveals about the perils of prediction and what other future threats we might be overlooking. Also, what a simulation of a future mission to Mars could teach us about self-isolation on Earth today. And, the hit video game “ [Plague, Inc] (https://www.economist.com/prospero/2020/03/19/the-rise-and-rise-of-video-games) ” is teaching players about the dynamics of pandemics—and how to stop them. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: [www.economist.com/radiooffer ] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) [or here for The World in 2020] (https://ukshop.economist.com/products/the-world-in-2020) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

30 Mar 2020

25 MINS

25:20

30 Mar 2020


#1491

Containment or complacency? Covid-19 in Japan

Japan has reported a relatively low number of coronavirus cases. But concern is growing. The Olympics have at last been postponed and infections are on the rise. Uganda’s president faces a challenge from a pop star—and has his own backing group. And turtles have a deadly appetite for plastic. To them, it may smell like lunch. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/radiooffer] (http://www.economist.com/radiooffer) For information regarding your data privacy, visit [acast.com/privacy] (https://www.acast.com/privacy) ... Read more

30 Mar 2020

22 MINS

22:22

30 Mar 2020