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One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate. Anne McElvoy hosts The Economist's chat show. Published every Thursday on Economist Radio.

One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate. Anne McElvoy hosts The Economist's chat show. Published every Thursday on Economist Radio.
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One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate. Anne McElvoy hosts The Economist's chat show. Published every Thursday on Economist Radio.

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English


Episodes

The Economist asks: Can America remain the world's biggest economic power?

10/18/2018
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Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, and The Economist’s Adrian Wooldridge discuss America's rise to global economic prominence and its future outlook. Also, what caused the 2008 financial crash, can another bust be avoided — and the challenge posed by China. Anne McElvoy hosts.

Duration:00:34:56

The Economist asks: What would Churchill do in 2018?

10/11/2018
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We ask Andrew Roberts, historian and Churchill biographer, how the most famous British Prime Minister might have responded to today’s global turmoil. What can current politicians learn from his legacy - and are 21st century critics right about his flaws? Anne McElvoy hosts

Duration:00:26:25

The Economist asks: What can history teach spies?

10/4/2018
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Christopher Andrew, author of "The Secret World", warns intelligence services of the dangers of historical attention span deficit disorder. He argues we can only understand Vladimir Putin — and allegations of meddling in foreign elections — in the context of the long history of Russia. And who was the Edward Snowden of the Victorian era? Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:22:03

The Economist asks: Bishop Michael Curry

9/27/2018
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The first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church tells Anne McElvoy about the invitation to speak at the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Also, his views on the role of religion in a divided America and whether President Donald Trump acts in good faith

Duration:00:23:06

The Economist asks: Steve Bannon

9/20/2018
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As part of the Open Future festival Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, discusses how his economic protectionism could result in price rises for US consumers and why he thinks that’s ok. Also, are there any ultra populists in Europe too right-wing for his movement? His advice to Boris Johnson on Brexit — and his disagreements with Ivanka Trump. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:34:56

The Economist asks: Francis Fukuyama

9/13/2018
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The age of ideological struggle failed to end with the Cold War. Francis Fukuyama, who coined the phrase “the end of history”, talks to Anne McElvoy about the rise of identity politics, whether there is any force that can rival it, and which party is playing the identity game better in the American midterms. Music by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:18:47

The Economist asks: What are the forces reshaping today’s Europe?

9/6/2018
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Anne McElvoy talks to historian Ian Kershaw about the continent’s rollercoaster half-century. They discuss Europe's turbulent friendships with America and Russia and the accusations of anti-Semitism against Britain's Labour party. Also, the EU needs a reboot but is Angela Merkel the person to lead it?

Duration:00:23:16

The Economist asks: John McCain’s last word

8/30/2018
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Has the late Senator’s final address damaged Donald Trump? What will John McCain’s legacy be? Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, recalls our interview with the political nonconformist and war hero - and talks to Senator John Barrasso about their last visit to Vietnam, Rick Wilson, Republican strategist, and Madeleine Albright, Democrat and former Secretary of State. Audio excerpt courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Audio from “Every Day is Extra” by John Kerry. Copyright © 2018 by John Kerry. Aired...

Duration:00:19:39

The Economist asks: Can one whistleblower tame the tech titans?

8/23/2018
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Christopher Wylie tells Kenneth Cukier why he blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica. They discuss whether platforms are doing enough to protect users’ privacy and what governments can do to safeguard independent elections Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:21:07

The Economist asks: Who was Adam Smith?

8/16/2018
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Anne McElvoy investigates the life of the Scottish philosopher now known as the father of modern economics. What does an author who died in 1790 have to teach us about trade wars and crony capitalism in the 21st century? And which American television villain kept a copy of “The Wealth of Nations” on his bookshelf? Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:19:46

The Economist asks: should the veil be a matter for the courts or conscience?

8/9/2018
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Masih Alinejad tells Anne McElvoy how she took My Stealthy Freedom, her viral campaign against compulsory hijab in Iran, from social media to the streets – could reform be on the way? Also, the impact of visiting Western female politicians wearing the veil and why she believes Iranian women do not want to be liberated by the West. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:15:27

The Economist asks: David Sedaris

8/2/2018
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The humourist talks to Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about making people laugh, overhearing conversations and when can he look back at sad or embarrassing experiences with humour? Also, why he wanted to feed his tumour to a turtle and is there a funny gene in families? And, he reveals all about his sequin culottes.

Duration:00:26:33

The Economist asks: Bjorn from ABBA

7/26/2018
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Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA tells Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about the melancholy beneath the exuberant voices and his musical influences. Would he write the same songs in the #MeToo era and which song has had its lyrics changed for a different feminist time?

Duration:00:22:56

The Economist asks: Tony Blair

7/19/2018
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The former British prime minister tells Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, why Britain should vote again on whether to leave the European Union. What should the referendum question be? And why he talks to Team Trump on the Middle East. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:28:38

The Economist asks: How is warfare changing?

7/12/2018
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Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, went on an outing of top-brass Anglo-German military — to discuss how they are preparing for future risks of urban warfare. She had exclusive access to a mock city in eastern Germany - and visited Nazi bunkers where armies are learning from decisive urban battles in history. And they explore the way ISIS and a renewed threat from Russia is changing conflict scenarios. Music by Chris Zabriskie (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:29:08

The Economist asks: How do you revive a classic musical as a tale for today?

7/5/2018
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Anne McElvoy heads to the Palladium theatre in London to interview Bartlett Sher, Tony award-winning director of “The King & I”. They discuss the challenges of reviving a story written in the 1950s – and set in the 1860s – for an audience in 2018. Also, the ways in which Hamilton is not so revolutionary and the limits of colour-blind casting.

Duration:00:21:01

The Economist asks: Madeleine Albright

6/28/2018
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America’s first female secretary of state on how populism can slide into fascism, what Kim Jong Il and Vladimir Putin were like in person, and what Donald Trump could learn from reading her lapel pins. Anne McElvoy hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:30:37

The Economist asks: James Comey

6/22/2018
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The sacked director of the FBI on the message of Melania Trump's jacket, why Special Counsel Robert Mueller is the straightest person he’s ever known and how Trump might unintentionally be helping America unite. Anne McElvoy hosts.

Duration:00:36:52

The Economist asks: Do safe spaces and trigger warnings clash with liberal values?

6/21/2018
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Across America, there have been calls on university campuses to limit free speech. Anne McElvoy travels to the University of Chicago to explore the arguments. And a US correspondent, Idrees Kahloon, reflects on his student days at Harvard, when social justice campaigns riled him. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

Duration:00:21:48

The Economist asks: How should the West respond to Russian meddling?

6/14/2018
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On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, former American ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, says the US needs to stand up to Putin — build up resilience in the electoral technology, set targeted sanctions — and he explains how it feels to be the target of Putin’s steely eyes. Anne McElvoy hosts.

Duration:00:27:32