The Intelligence from The Economist podcast

The Intelligence from The Economist

Get a daily burst of illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents. Our reporters dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be. A unique perspective on the issues and events shaping your world. Sign up for Economist Podcasts+ at [http://www.economist.com/podcastsplus-intelligence] (www.economist.com/podcastsplus-intelligence) . If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. For more information about Economist Podcasts+, including how to get access, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) at [https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) 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.

Get a daily burst of illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents. Our reporters dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be. A unique perspective on the issues and events shaping your world. Sign up for Economist Podcasts+ at [http://www.economist.com/podcastsplus-intelligence] (www.economist.com/podcastsplus-intelligence) . If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. For more information about Economist Podcasts+, including how to get access, please visit our [FAQs page] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) at [https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts] (https://myaccount.economist.com/s/article/What-is-Economist-Podcasts) 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.

 

#1322

The Intelligence: Horn under a bad sign

The birth rate of unicorns—firms with a valuation north of $1bn— [has plummeted] (https://www.economist.com/business/2024/02/22/the-age-of-the-unicorn-is-over?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) , and prior investors in them are eyeing what exits exist. We ask why the species is endangered. The struggle to finance and build homes is contributing to a [profound housing crisis] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/02/07/how-to-house-the-worlds-fastest-growing-population?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 sub-Saharan Africa (08:34). And the [return of Parler] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/02/15/the-far-rights-favoured-social-media-platform-plots-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) , a darling social-media platform for America’s far right (17:56). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

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#1321

The Intelligence: Coming to a Nikki end

After a 20-point primary walloping in South Carolina, the state she governed for eight years, Nikki Haley [vowed to fight on] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/02/25/why-nikki-haley-crushed-in-her-home-state-vows-to-fight-on?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) against Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. But why? Seasonal opportunities for natural-gas arbitrage have been juicier during the war in Ukraine—and one [good place to store] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2024/02/15/the-ukraine-war-offers-energy-arbitrage-opportunities?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) cheap gas between seasons is Ukraine (9:31). And examining America’s [cousin-marriage laws] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/02/15/cousin-marriage-is-probably-fine-in-most-cases?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) (16:05). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

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23 MINS

23:45

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#1320

The Intelligence: Ukraine’s war, two years on

In this roundtable discussion our editors examine how the past year has progressed, discuss how things may go over the next year and consider a few fundamentally positive truths about [the whole conflict] (https://www.economist.com/ukraine-crisis?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) . Meanwhile our senior producer travels through Ukraine, getting a measure of both determination and despondency among soldiers and civilians. Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

23 Feb 2024

33 MINS

33:51

23 Feb 2024


#1319

The Intelligence: No water, no lights, no beds

Hardened war-zone doctors say the situation in Gaza is the worst they have witnessed—and that will cost lives long after the current conflict is resolved. Numbers from America’s tight labour market suggest that long-standing gaps between black and white workers [are narrowing] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/02/14/black-workers-are-enjoying-a-jobs-boom-in-america?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) (09:57). And we speak with the maker of The Economist’s shiny [new typeface] (https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2024/02/07/why-has-the-economist-changed-its-typeface?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) (18:18). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

22 Feb 2024

23 MINS

23:52

22 Feb 2024


#1318

The Intelligence: I’m your private lander, a lander for money

If it succeeds—and that is no sure thing—this week’s soft landing of Odysseus will be the first by a private firm. We examine the prospects and the business models of the [Moon rush] (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2024/02/15/a-private-moon-mission-hopes-to-succeed-where-others-have-failed?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) . Our producer visits Ukraine to mark the anniversary of a revolution that helped to shape today’s conflict (11:22). And the rise and coming fall in entertaining [British obituaries] (https://www.economist.com/britain/2024/02/15/british-lives-are-getting-duller?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) (21:25). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

21 Feb 2024

27 MINS

27:25

21 Feb 2024


#1317

The Intelligence: Faith-based reeling

China’s firms are [shedding value at pace] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/02/08/can-xi-jinping-win-back-the-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) and foreign investors are starting to look elsewhere. We ask why faith is fading in a market that once looked unstoppable. Slam poetry, an American invention of the 1980s, is now [conquering Francophone Africa] (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/01/12/the-rise-of-foul-mouthed-female-slam-poets-in-africa?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) (08:54). And why there are [ever fewer] (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/01/26/the-search-for-a-modern-deion-sanders-goes-on?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) athletes who excel at more than one sport (17:32). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

20 Feb 2024

23 MINS

23:29

20 Feb 2024


#1316

The Intelligence: Russia after Navalny

At last President Vladimir Putin’s regime has [succeeded in silencing] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/02/16/how-alexei-navalny-robbed-putin-of-his-power?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 country’s most prominent opposition figure. What happens next? Demand for electric cars is weakening, particularly [in Britain] (https://www.economist.com/britain/2024/02/01/ev-sales-in-britain-are-disappointing-expectations?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 ask how to recharge the market (11:47). And what is remarkable about a [stage production] (https://www.economist.com/china/2024/02/01/watching-the-shawshank-redemption-on-stage-in-china?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 Shawshank Redemption” in China (19:44). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

19 Feb 2024

23 MINS

23:50

19 Feb 2024


#1315

The Weekend Intelligence: One day in the life of Alexei Navalny

When Alexei Navalny flew back to Russia in 2021 he never made it through passport control. In an excerpt from Next Year in Moscow, The Economist’s series on Russian opposition to the war, today’s episode chronicles this period of his life. It’s an account of what turned out to be the last three years of Navalny’s life - peppered with his own words, and told by people who knew him well. 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

17 Feb 2024

30 MINS

30:26

17 Feb 2024


#1314

The Intelligence: Out-of-this-world war

This is not science fiction. Space is already a part of modern warfare and as technology advances, it will be an even more crucial sphere. What will [extraterrestrial conflict] (https://www.economist.com/international/2024/01/31/america-china-and-russia-are-locked-in-a-new-struggle-over-space?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) look like? A look at the latest [Democracy Index] (https://www.eiu.com/n/campaigns/democracy-index-2023/?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) as conflict continues to dent freedoms across the globe (11:47). And, a tribute to [Jack Jennings] (https://www.economist.com/obituary/2024/02/14/jack-jennings-was-one-of-the-allied-pows-who-built-the-burma-railway?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) (23:35) Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

16 Feb 2024

27 MINS

27:19

16 Feb 2024


#1313

The Intelligence: A former general, elected in Indonesia

[Prabowo Subianto] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2024/02/14/prabowo-subianto-will-be-indonesias-next-president?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) stormed to victory in the world’s largest single-day election. But critics say his presidency could jeopardise two decades of democratic progress. Nvidia has dominated the global market for [AI accelerator chips] (https://www.economist.com/business/2024/01/31/could-amd-break-nvidias-chokehold-on-chips?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) for years. Could a company about a third of its size come for its crown (10:51)? And, more people are tuning in to watch people get [slapped] (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/02/01/the-violence-of-power-slap-is-part-of-its-allure?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) (19:20). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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. 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

15 Feb 2024

26 MINS

26:45

15 Feb 2024


#1312

The Intelligence: Split bill

After an all-nighter, a $95bn foreign aid bill for Ukraine and other allies passed the US Senate. But amid much division, it may not even make it to a House vote. [Stray cows] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2024/01/28/the-hindu-rights-pro-cow-policies-are-terrible-for-indias-cows?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 a growing problem for India’s city dwellers. Could a new census help (09:25)? And, how people are spending less on [Valentine’s Day] (https://www.economist.com/britain/2024/02/09/love-frugality-and-home-grown-flowers-are-in-the-air?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) (16:12) Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

14 Feb 2024

21 MINS

21:44

14 Feb 2024


#1311

The Intelligence: Undoing PiS poor laws

Donald Tusk’s predecessors in the hard-right PiS party captured the state and compromised its checks and balances. The newly-elected centrist party is having a hard time [correcting course] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/02/07/poland-is-trying-to-restore-the-rule-of-law-without-violating-it?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) . A [new NASA satellite] (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2024/02/07/nasas-pace-satellite-will-tackle-the-largest-uncertainty-in-climate-science?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) which can map the tiniest of the earth’s particles is set to transform climate science (09:54). And a look at how [motherhood] (https://www.economist.com/interactive/graphic-detail/2024/01/30/how-motherhood-hurts-careers?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) hurts careers (17:41). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

13 Feb 2024

25 MINS

25:05

13 Feb 2024


#1310

The Intelligence: Troubled waters

Squabbles over [the seas] (https://www.economist.com/international/2024/01/11/welcome-to-the-new-era-of-global-sea-power?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) and their tributary waterways are becoming more tense as rivalries deepen and the climate changes. How should the West prepare? An opinion poll with a twist suggests that Xi Jinping is [not as popular as he thinks] (https://www.economist.com/china/2024/01/16/chinas-leaders-are-less-popular-than-they-might-think?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) he is (11:29). And, a [tribute] (https://www.economist.com/obituary/2024/02/07/rosemary-smith-set-out-to-prove-that-women-drivers-could-do-as-well-as-men?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) to the queen of world rallying (17:42). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) Sign up for a [free trial] (http://www.economist.com/podcastsplus-intelligence) of Economist Podcasts+. If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

12 Feb 2024

24 MINS

24:52

12 Feb 2024


#1309

The Intelligence: General dynamics

As had long been telegraphed, Ukraine’s top general Valery Zaluzhny is now out; [Oleksandr Syrsky] (https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2023/06/08/who-is-oleksandr-syrsky-the-head-of-ukraines-ground-forces?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 in. That marks a [new phase in the war] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/02/08/the-dismissal-of-valery-zaluzhny-is-a-crucial-new-phase-in-the-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) , and an opportunity for President Volodymyr Zelensky to reframe its terms. American car-insurance costs are skyrocketing—but, perversely, they are probably [still too low] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/01/18/why-car-insurance-in-america-is-actually-too-cheap?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) (9:43). And the bonkers [conspiracy theories] (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/02/06/the-meaning-of-the-hysteria-over-taylor-swift?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) involving the Super Bowl and Taylor Swift (15:03). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

09 Feb 2024

23 MINS

23:46

09 Feb 2024


#1308

The Intelligence: Going for broker

Our correspondent is travelling with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is on yet another gruelling tour of the Middle East trying to [broker peace] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/02/07/israel-scorns-americas-unprecedented-peace-plan?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) . What are the chances of a lasting deal? We examine the problems arising from Latin America’s [falling fertility rate] (https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2024/01/18/plunging-fertility-rates-are-creating-problems-for-latin-america?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) (11:06). And TikTok has become a destination for news; we meet some of its self-appointed [news anchors] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/01/25/the-rise-of-the-tiktok-news-anchor?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) (17:16). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

08 Feb 2024

23 MINS

23:53

08 Feb 2024


#1307

The Intelligence: At a crossroads (really)

In one of this year’s largest votes, Indonesia will elect a new president in one week’s time; this time the sanctity and future of its democracy [are at stake] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2024/01/11/the-favourite-in-indonesias-presidential-election-has-a-sordid-past?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 Germany prominent people—even Jews—who question Israel’s war in Gaza [are being cancelled] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/01/04/some-german-jews-say-their-country-goes-too-far-defending-israel?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) (10:45). And [how many books] (https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2023/12/22/how-many-books-will-you-read-before-you-die?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 you likely to read in what is left of your life (17:25)? Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

07 Feb 2024

22 MINS

22:51

07 Feb 2024


#1306

The Intelligence: They thought it was Sall over

Macky Sall, Senegal’s president, has said he would not stand again. So what to make of the [move to delay] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/02/04/senegals-democracy-hangs-by-a-thread?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 election until December? Our correspondent says that many artificial-intelligence researchers think fakes will soon become [entirely undetectable] (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2024/01/17/many-ai-researchers-think-fakes-will-become-undetectable?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) (10:11). And as football manager Jürgen Klopp steps down at Liverpool, we ask why being a leader is [so very tiring] (https://www.economist.com/business/2024/01/29/jurgen-klopp-and-the-importance-of-energy?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) (18:03). 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 Feb 2024

24 MINS

24:31

06 Feb 2024


#1305

The Intelligence: Strikes, a careful balance

Dozens of [air strikes] (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/02/03/shock-and-awe-as-america-strikes-irans-proxies?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 Iraq, Syria and Yemen were designed to show American resolve without themselves provoking a deeper conflict. We ask what happens next. Philanthropists are increasingly doing things differently: handing over the cash and [getting out of the way] (https://www.economist.com/special-report/2024-01-13?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) (11:01). And cuteness has wriggled into [every facet of culture] (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/02/02/small-but-mighty-how-cuteness-has-taken-over-the-world?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) —and along the way became a serious subject of study (18:47). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) . If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

05 Feb 2024

25 MINS

25:58

05 Feb 2024


#1304

The Intelligence: Will Apple’s customers share its Vision?

Last month, Microsoft briefly overtook the [iPhone maker] (https://www.economist.com/business/2024/01/24/what-could-bring-apple-down?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) as the world’s most valuable company. As Apple’s core business slows, could the launch of its new augmented reality headset provide much-needed uplift? The Chinese Communist Party loves a [slogan] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2024/01/11/a-guide-to-the-chinese-communist-partys-economic-jargon?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 what does its new one actually mean? Why we may never know (09:17). And a tribute to the double act of [Peter Schickele] (https://www.economist.com/obituary/2024/02/01/peter-schickele-and-pdq-bach-were-sides-of-the-same-coin?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) and P.D.Q. Bach (16:05) Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

02 Feb 2024

23 MINS

23:02

02 Feb 2024


#1303

The Intelligence: Vietnam’s golden opportunity

The populous South-East Asian country is uniquely [well-positioned to benefit] (https://www.economist.com/asia/2024/01/23/few-countries-are-better-placed-than-vietnam-to-get-rich?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) from the deepening rift between America and China, so what’s stopping it? How a breakaway party on [Germany’s far left] (https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/01/11/germanys-new-party-on-the-far-left-may-eat-into-the-far-right?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 appealing to voters in the east (08:13). And, why [VAR] (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/01/19/var-makes-fans-pine-for-the-days-of-wayne-rooney?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 frustrating football fans (16:11). Get a world of insights for [50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+] (https://subscribenow.economist.com/podcasts-plus) If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

01 Feb 2024

23 MINS

23:05

01 Feb 2024


#1302

The Intelligence: Indonesia’s election, more TikTok than tick-box

Campaigning for a coming election in the world’s fourth-most-populous country has been almost entirely policy-free: a good social-media presence is nearly all candidates need. As the [Panama Canal] (https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2024/01/09/the-dwindling-of-the-panama-canal-boosts-rival-trade-routes?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) dries out, neighbouring countries spy an opportunity—but how much of that trade can they expect to siphon off (09:11)? And, the [wild boar hybrids] (https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2024/01/18/wild-boar-hybrids-are-raising-hell-on-the-canadian-prairies?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) causing havoc on Canada’s prairies (15:56). Sign up for a [free trial] (http://www.economist.com/podcastsplus-intelligence) of Economist Podcasts+. If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

31 Jan 2024

20 MINS

20:59

31 Jan 2024


#1301

The Intelligence: China’s ever grander property crisis

One of the country’s [biggest property companies] (https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2024/01/29/evergrandes-liquidation-is-a-new-low-in-chinas-property-crisis?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) , Evergrande, has been crippled by its debt. What does a new court order mean for prospective homebuyers, and the firm’s creditors? Is there a way for Joe Biden to be [replaced] (https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2023/12/15/could-the-democrats-replace-joe-biden-as-their-presidential-candidate?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) by the Democrats’ presidential candidate (09:45)? And the story of the life of a [ Mossad chief] (https://www.economist.com/obituary/2024/01/25/zvi-zamir-oversaw-a-programme-of-israeli-assassinations?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) (15:57). Sign up for a [free trial] (http://www.economist.com/podcastsplus-intelligence) of Economist Podcasts+. If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. 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

30 Jan 2024

22 MINS

22:55

30 Jan 2024