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The Economist Podcasts

Every weekday our global network of correspondents makes sense of the stories beneath the headlines. We bring you surprising trends and tales from around the world, current affairs, business and finance—as well as science and technology.

Every weekday our global network of correspondents makes sense of the stories beneath the headlines. We bring you surprising trends and tales from around the world, current affairs, business and finance—as well as science and technology.

 

#2466

Money Talks: Is the future non-fungible?

This week The Economist [auctioned off an Alice in Wonderland-inspired NFT] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2021/10/26/how-the-auction-of-our-nft-cover-went?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) for charity. Host Rachana Shanbhogue finds out how the sale went and explores the [promise and pitfalls of this dizzying new market] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/the-market-for-non-fungible-tokens-is-evolving/21805856?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . Plus, the financial landscape in Africa is changing fast: we ask why the unicorn population has more than doubled this year and speak to Sim Tshabalala, head of the continent’s largest lender, Standard Group Bank. Sign up for our new weekly newsletter dissecting the big themes in markets, business and the economy at [economist.com/moneytalks] (https://www.economist.com/moneytalks/?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) For full access to print, digital and audio editions, subscribe to The Economist at [www.economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

27 Oct 2021

29 MINS

29:36

27 Oct 2021


#2465

Winter is coming: Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

Two months after [the Taliban’s] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/10/23/the-taliban-find-themselves-on-the-wrong-side-of-an-insurgency?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) victory, civilians face a looming disaster. Will Western governments dig their heels in, or turn the aid taps back on? India’s government has increasingly turned to [high-tech means] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/10/16/indias-high-tech-governance-risks-leaving-behind-its-poorest-citizens?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) for delivering government services. But its digital-first solutions are inaccessible to millions of citizens. And we look at the business of renting clothing, as Rent the Runway goes public with a sky-high valuation. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

27 Oct 2021

20 MINS

20:48

27 Oct 2021


#2464

Babbage: Cleaning the air

The World Health Organisation recently declared that [air pollution] (https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/02/25/fossil-fuels-may-be-responsible-for-twice-as-many-deaths-as-first-thought?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) is the greatest environmental [threat to health] (https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2019/11/02/how-air-pollution-can-ruin-schoolchildrens-lives?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) globally. What do cities and governments need to do to [clean up their act] (https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/09/05/air-pollution-is-returning-to-pre-covid-levels?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) ? Also, we explore how Occam’s razor, ​​a theory from a medieval theologist, has influenced science. And, could music be an effective way to [communicate with extraterrestrials] (https://www.economist.com/babbage/2013/02/07/postcards-from-the-edge?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) ? Alok Jha hosts For full access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe at [economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) and sign up for our new weekly science newsletter at [economist.com/simplyscience] (http://www.economist.com/simplyscience?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . Terms and conditions for the book competition featured in this podcast are available at [economist.com/podcast-contest] (http://economist.com/podcast-contest) . &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

26 Oct 2021

28 MINS

28:42

26 Oct 2021


#2463

Trouble in Khartoum: Sudan’s coup

Just as the country was moving towards democracy, its generals have overthrown the civilians—again. We look at what sparked the unrest, and why coups in Africa are on the rise. Ecuador declared a state of emergency last week over a wave of violent crime. It’s just one of several headaches for Guillermo Lasso, the country’s president. And we explain why you have an accent in a foreign language. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

26 Oct 2021

22 MINS

22:31

26 Oct 2021


#2462

To a Lesser Degree: Living in a hotter world

Actions to combat climate change have been primarily focused on mitigation - limiting the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions in the atmosphere. But even with those efforts, the planet's temperature will continue to rise, leading to more extreme weather events. How will humanity adapt? Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, tells us why adaptation in agriculture is critical to feeding the world. We go to China to explore a new kind of “sponge city,” which is designed to absorb water. And we examine the peril and promise of solar geoengineering. Hosted by Vijay Vaitheeswaran, The Economist’s global energy and climate innovation editor, with environment editor Catherine Brahic, and Oliver Morton, our briefings editor. For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at [ ] (http://economist.com/USpod) [economist.com/climatepod] (http://subscribenow.economist.com/standard?utm_campaign=a_io&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=toalesserdegree&amp;utm_content=dr_nativereads-shownotes_nop-io12&amp;utm_term=listeners) and you can sign up to our fortnightly climate newsletter at [economist.com/theclimateissue] (https://www.economist.com/theclimateissue/) . &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

25 Oct 2021

34 MINS

34:50

25 Oct 2021


#2461

You shall not pass: standardising vaccine passports

Covid certificates are a global mess, with countries operating a patchwork of incompatible systems. We look at why it’s so difficult to standardise digital health passes. When the results of Uzbekistan’s elections are published today, the only surprise will be the margin of victory for Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the country’s autocratic leader since 2016. The question is how far he can take his [agenda of economic and political reform] (https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2021/10/21/why-we-are-selling-our-cover-as-an-nft?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . And Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), a way of representing ownership of digital media, have taken the art world by storm. Why The Economist is [getting in the game] (https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2021/10/21/why-we-are-selling-our-cover-as-an-nft?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

25 Oct 2021

20 MINS

20:22

25 Oct 2021


#2460

Editor’s Picks: October 25th 2021

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the [ real-time revolution transforming economics] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/10/23/a-real-time-revolution-will-up-end-the-practice-of-macroeconomics?utm_campaign=editors-picks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) , how [insurgency, secessionism and banditry threaten Nigeria] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/10/23/insurgency-secessionism-and-banditry-threaten-nigeria?utm_campaign=editors-picks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) (10:06) and [our Bartleby columnist on why corporate mission statements deserve more than an eye-roll] (https://www.economist.com/business/2021/10/23/the-meaning-of-mission-statements?utm_campaign=editors-picks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) (17:39) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: [www.economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=editors-picks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

24 Oct 2021

22 MINS

22:44

24 Oct 2021


#2459

Checks and Balance: Labour’s love lost

Wages are going up and employees are walking out - [some to strike] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/striketober-american-workers-take-to-the-picket-lines/21805726?utm_campaign=checks-and-balance&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) , some never to come back. American workers have more leverage than before the pandemic. How permanent is this shift in power? The Economist’s [Simon Rabinovitch] (mailto:simonrabinovitch@economist.com) takes us to a picket line in Pennsylvania and we go back to an earlier walk out in Hollywood. Betsey Stevenson, one of President Obama’s economics advisors, tells us how long this could last. John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman. For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at [economist.com/USpod] (http://economist.com/USpod) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

39 MINS

39:06

22 Oct 2021


#2458

Flu into a rage: Brazil’s Bolsonaro inquiry

President Jair Bolsonaro’s early dismissal of the pandemic as “a little flu” presaged a calamitous handling of the crisis. We ask how a congressional investigation’s [dramatic assessment] (https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2021/10/23/jair-bolsonaro-is-accused-of-crimes-against-humanity-in-brazil?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) of his non-actions may damage him. China’s test of a hypersonic, nuclear-capable [glider] (https://www.economist.com/china/2021/10/23/chinas-test-of-a-hypersonic-missile-worries-america?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) may rattle the global weapons order. And our obituaries editor reflects on the life of level-headed American statesman [Colin Powell] (https://www.economist.com/obituary/2021/10/23/obituary-colin-powell-thought-america-should-tread-carefully-in-the-world?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

21 MINS

21:35

22 Oct 2021


#2457

The Economist Asks: Nobel peace prize winners 2021

This year’s award celebrates [ two journalists working in countries where the screws are tightening on media freedom] (https://www.economist.com/international/2021/10/08/two-journalists-who-have-exposed-human-rights-abuses-win-the-nobel-peace-prize?utm_campaign=economist-asks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . Host Anne McElvoy asks Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Russia’s Dmitry Muratov how they are defending the free press. The editor of Novaya Gazeta explains why he has dedicated his medal to murdered colleagues and the co-founder of Rappler shares how she fights back in the face of online trolling. Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: [www.economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=economist-asks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

26 MINS

26:28

21 Oct 2021


#2456

States of emergency: Nigeria

Criminal gangs in north-western states, jihadists in the north-east, a rebellion in the south-east: kidnappers, warlords and cattle rustlers are making the country [ungovernable] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/how-kidnappers-zealots-and-rebels-are-making-nigeria-ungovernable/21805737?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . The new head of Samsung Electronics has a legacy to build—and aims to do so by breaking into the cut-throat business of [processor chips] (https://www.economist.com/business/2021/10/17/samsung-electronics-wants-to-dominate-cutting-edge-chipmaking?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . And the sci-fi classic “Dune” gets a [good cinematic treatment] (https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2021/09/06/denis-villeneuve-has-produced-the-first-great-dune-adaptation?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) at last. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

23 MINS

23:35

21 Oct 2021


#2455

Money Talks: In a tightening spot

Higher [inflation] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/10/16/is-the-world-economy-entering-a-wage-price-spiral?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) looks likely to last into 2022. The Bank of England could be the first big central bank to raise interest rates—why might it make the first move? Also, our team explores how real-time data are upending economics. And [Michael Dell] (https://www.economist.com/business/2021/10/02/how-bosses-should-write-books?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) , boss of the eponymous tech firm, on why founders are leaving Silicon Valley for Texas and why PCs are still sexy. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts Sign up for our new weekly newsletter dissecting the big themes in markets, business and the economy at [economist.com/moneytalks] (https://www.economist.com/moneytalks/?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) For full access to print, digital and audio editions, subscribe to The Economist at [www.economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

29 MINS

29:42

20 Oct 2021


#2454

Gas-trick distress: a visit to Ukraine

Russia continues to pile pressure on the country, and will soon have the power to cut off its natural gas. Our correspondent pays a visit to find [how Ukrainians cope] (https://www.economist.com/europe/ukrainians-are-coping-stoically-with-russian-aggression/21805700?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . The simplest solution to renewables’ intermittency is to move electricity around—but that requires vast new international networks of [seriously beefy cables] (https://www.economist.com/business/2021/10/16/the-booming-business-of-knitting-together-the-worlds-electricity-grids?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . And Canada’s version of American football is [wasting away] (https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2021/10/09/a-venerable-canadian-sport-is-wasting-away?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

20 MINS

20:26

20 Oct 2021


#2453

Babbage: on Babbage

On the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Babbage, we retrace the footsteps of the brilliant but irascible British inventor, mathematician, and engineer. Host Kenneth Cukier investigates why Babbage is hailed by some as the grandfather of the computer, while others argue his contribution is overblown. And could letting go of parts of his legacy help unleash the future of computing? For full access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe at [economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) and sign up for our new weekly science newsletter at [economist.com/simplyscience] (http://www.economist.com/simplyscience?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

30 MINS

30:44

19 Oct 2021


#2452

Meeting them where they are: a British MP’s murder

Sir David Amess was killed doing what he loved: speaking directly with voters. We examine the dangers inherent in the “ [constituency surgeries] (https://www.economist.com/britain/2021/10/16/the-murder-of-sir-david-amess-will-change-the-nature-of-british-democracy?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) ” that British politicians cherish. The fight against tuberculosis is made harder by mutations that confer drug resistance; we look at [research] (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2021/10/19/most-resistance-causing-mutations-in-tb-have-now-been-identified?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) that has traced nearly every one of them. And why Andy Warhol is big in Iran, again. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

20 MINS

20:46

19 Oct 2021


#2451

To a Lesser Degree: Paying for it

The green revolution won’t be cheap, but there is enough money to make it happen - if it goes to [the right places] (https://www.economist.com/business/billions-are-pouring-into-the-business-of-decarbonisation/21803649?utm_campaign=toalesserdegree&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . What role can finance play in steering economies towards a low-carbon future? Elemental Excelerator’s Dawn Lippert tells us why Hawaii is the best place to help climate start-ups find funding. Tariq Fancy, who ran sustainable investments for Blackrock, asks whether environmental investing makes any difference at all. Hosted by Vijay Vaitheeswaran, The Economist’s global energy and climate innovation editor, with environment editor Catherine Brahic, and Oliver Morton, our briefings editor. For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at [ ] (http://economist.com/USpod) [economist.com/climatepod] (http://subscribenow.economist.com/standard?utm_campaign=a_io&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=toalesserdegree&amp;utm_content=dr_nativereads-shownotes_nop-io12&amp;utm_term=listeners) and you can sign up to our fortnightly climate newsletter at [economist.com/theclimateissue] (https://www.economist.com/theclimateissue/) . &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

33 MINS

33:57

18 Oct 2021


#2450

Chinese draggin’: growth slows

A paltry GDP rise is down to the pandemic, power and property. We ask what growing pains President Xi Jinping will endure in the name of economic reforms. Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, will probably end up in the second round of next year’s election; who will stand against him is [ever more unpredictable] (https://www.economist.com/europe/eric-zemmour-the-anti-immigrant-radical-who-could-supplant-marine-le-pen/21805511?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . And fixing meeting inefficiency with [an 850-year-old idea] (https://www.economist.com/business/2021/10/16/how-to-run-better-meetings?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

19 MINS

19:49

18 Oct 2021


#2449

Editor’s Picks: October 18th 2021

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, [the first big energy shock] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/10/16/the-first-big-energy-shock-of-the-green-era?utm_campaign=editors-picks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) of the green era, how [covid-19 will move from pandemic to endemic] (https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/10/16/how-the-world-learns-to-live-with-covid-19?utm_campaign=editors-picks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) (11:29) and our [Charlemagne columnist assesses the odds of “Polexit” versus a “dirty remain”] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/10/14/poland-is-a-problem-for-the-eu-precisely-because-it-will-not-leave?utm_campaign=editors-picks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) (17:21) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: [www.economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=editors-picks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

17 Oct 2021

23 MINS

23:55

17 Oct 2021


#2448

Checks and Balance: Face palm

Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much, but [in Facebook] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/10/09/facebook-is-nearing-a-reputational-point-of-no-return?utm_campaign=checks-and-balance&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) they’ve found a common enemy. When whistleblower Frances Haugen told a congressional hearing the company knew its products damaged the mental health of its young users, senators rushed to proclaim they would get something done. How harmful is Facebook? And [will politicians take action] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/facebook-flounders-in-the-court-of-public-opinion/21805344?utm_campaign=checks-and-balance&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) ? The Economist’s Hal Hodson tells us we need more evidence to understand social media’s impact on wellbeing.We go back to when video games caused panic on Capitol Hill.And The Economist’s Alexandra Suich Bass explains why this scandal is politically potent. John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman. For full access to print, digital and audio editions as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at [ economist.com/USpod] (http://economist.com/USpod) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

40 MINS

40:50

15 Oct 2021


#2447

Port, and a storm: sectarian violence in Lebanon

The effort to [investigate] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/a-year-after-the-beirut-blast-still-no-bottom-to-lebanons-crisis/21803288?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) last year’s port explosion in Beirut has fired up political and religious tensions—resulting in Lebanon’s worst violence in years. We speak with Dmitry Muratov, a Russian journalist who shared this year’s Nobel peace prize, about what the award [means to him] (https://www.economist.com/international/2021/10/14/a-russian-editor-says-he-won-the-nobel-because-his-slain-colleagues-could-not?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) , and to press freedom. And why autocratic regimes like to [snap up] (https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2021/10/08/why-do-authoritarian-regimes-like-to-buy-english-football-clubs?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) English football clubs. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

23 MINS

23:22

15 Oct 2021


#2446

The Economist Asks: David Chase

Fourteen years after “The Sopranos'' ended, the creator of the hit TV series explains why his show is reaching new and younger audiences. Host Anne McElvoy asks whether mobsters have a moral compass and why audiences root for [the patriarch Tony Soprano? ] (https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2021/10/01/where-tony-soprano-really-comes-from%20?utm_campaign=economist-asks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) The Hollywood veteran talks about bringing the story back to life in the prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark” and why it should be enjoyed in a cinema, not at home. Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: [www.economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=economist-asks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

27 MINS

27:14

14 Oct 2021


#2445

For watt it’s worth: energy markets’ squeeze

A fossil-fuel scramble reveals energy markets in [desperate need] (https://www.economist.com/business/2021/10/16/dont-expect-big-oil-to-fix-the-energy-crunch?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) of a redesign. We examine what must be done to secure a renewable future. Throngs of Hong Kong residents fleeing China’s tightening hand are [settling in Britain] (https://www.economist.com/britain/2021/09/23/britains-newest-immigrant-group-is-unlike-any-that-came-before?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) ; our correspondent finds an immigrant group unlike any that came before. And the boom in [“femtech” entrepreneurs] (https://espresso.economist.com/1b984659debd729d742b0035a987f069?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) at last focusing on women’s health. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

22 MINS

22:52

14 Oct 2021


#2444

Money Talks: A real-world revolution

This year's Nobel prize celebrates [the "credibility revolution" that has transformed economics] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2021/10/11/the-nobel-prize-in-economics-celebrates-an-empirical-revolution?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) since the 1990s. Today most notable new work is not theoretical but based on analysis of real-world data. Host Rachana Shanbhogue speaks to two of the winners, David Card and Joshua Angrist, and our Free Exchange columnist Ryan Avent explains how their work has brought economics closer to real life. Sign up for our new weekly newsletter dissecting the big themes in markets, business and the economy at [economist.com/moneytalks] (https://www.economist.com/moneytalks/?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) For full access to print, digital and audio editions, subscribe to The Economist at [www.economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=money-talks&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

32 MINS

32:03

13 Oct 2021


#2443

Keep your friends close: Pakistan’s shifting role

As the Taliban’s closest ally, the country bears a big responsibility for Afghanistan’s fate. We examine its diplomatic [risks and opportunities] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/10/07/pakistan-got-its-way-in-afghanistan-now-what?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . Mastercard is pressing porn purveyors this week; we look at how financial companies are reluctantly [stepping up] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/credit-card-firms-are-becoming-reluctant-regulators-of-the-web/21805450?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) as the internet’s police. And a timely social-inequality take drives South Korea’s “ [Squid Game] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/10/09/south-koreans-are-bemused-by-the-global-success-of-squid-game?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) ” to the top of Netflix's charts worldwide. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

21 MINS

21:01

13 Oct 2021


#2442

Babbage: Rocks in space

A [probe to study the Trojan asteroids] (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2021/10/09/a-probe-intended-to-study-the-trojan-asteroids-takes-off-shortly?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) is expected to take off this week, but what will this mission uncover about the formation of the solar system? Also, we explore new technology to observe asteroids, as well as a mission to deflect an incoming celestial object. And, we hear from the [Nobel co-laureate] (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2021/10/09/this-years-nobel-prizes-brought-both-delight-and-disbelief?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) in Physiology or Medicine, Ardem Patapoutian, about [temperature and pressure sensing] (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/two-students-of-the-senses-win-the-nobel-prize-for-medicine/21805250?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . Alok Jha hosts. For full access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe at [economist.com/podcastoffer] (http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) and sign up for our new weekly science newsletter at [economist.com/simplyscience] (http://www.economist.com/simplyscience?utm_campaign=babbage&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . Terms and conditions for the book competition featured in this podcast are available at [economist.com/podcast-contest] (http://economist.com/podcast-contest) . &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

30 MINS

30:33

12 Oct 2021


#2441

Exit Poles? A bold challenge to the EU

After a court ruling in Poland that is [an affront] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/10/10/governments-fall-as-the-eu-battles-corruption?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) to a core European Union principle, Poles hit the streets—fearing a “Pol-exit” they do not want. Who will back down? Hydrogen has been touted for decades as a fuel with green credentials. At last its time [has come] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/10/09/hydrogens-moment-is-here-at-last?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) . And the [herd of unicorns] (https://www.economist.com/business/2021/10/09/mexico-is-finally-seeing-a-startup-bonanza?utm_campaign=the-intelligence&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=third-party-host&amp;utm_content=show-notes) popping up in Mexico. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here [www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer] (http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

20 MINS

20:01

12 Oct 2021