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The Economist


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The week ahead: Japanese voters go to the polls

Japanese voters go to the polls in a snap election, called with the intention of solidifying the prime minister’s position. Could a lurking nuclear threat from North Korea produce a shock result? Also, as Kurdish fighters relinquish control over Kirkuk, where does that leave their dream of independence? And why Italy is tinkering with its electoral law. Josie Delap hosts.

Duration: 00:14:23

Babbage: Deus ex machina

With the release of Blade Runner 2049, we explore the future of artificial intelligence and whether it could teach us how the human mind works. The Economist's Oliver Murton and Jan Piotrowski debate with host Tim Cross.

Duration: 00:22:24

Money talks: Tense trading

Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, discusses whether President Trump's drastic proposals will break the NAFTA trade pact. Also: Why IBM’s recovery is incomplete and a rare glimpse into the HQ of the German retailer Aldi. Simon long hosts.

Duration: 00:17:29

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 14th 2017 edition

This week: why Latin America’s left needs a new hero, the author Salman Rushdie on identity politics and how your sense of smell could determine who you fall for

Duration: 00:13:39

The Economist asks: Hillary Clinton

Anne McElvoy, our Senior Editor, and Zanny Minton-Beddoes, The Economist's Editor-in-Chief, ask the former Democratic Presidential candidate what stops a woman from becoming America's President and how can the Democrats win again. Also: how might other female candidates avoid getting 'Hillaried' - and is President Trump stoking two nuclear crises?

Duration: 00:31:04

The week ahead: The world's most powerful man

China's president Xi Jinping wields tremendous power both at home and abroad; our China editor explains why this is cause for concern. Also, foreign radio stations take aim at North Korea. And we discuss the nominees for this year's Man Booker prize

Duration: 00:16:35

The Economist asks: Salman Rushdie

Are identity politics a new obsession? Author Salman Rushdie and host Anne McElvoy explore whether Trump, Brexit and the Catalonian referendum have something in common. And we discuss life under a fatwah and whether he'll be appearing on the TV show ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’.

Duration: 00:22:43

Babbage: Are C-sections fuelling the obesity epidemic?

Babies born via a Caesarean section are more likely to be obese says new research. Plus how glass is getting a makeover and we explore the question of why you’re attracted to the people you’re attracted to. The Economist's science correspondent Tim Cross presents.

Duration: 00:16:15

Money talks: A nudge in the right direction

We discuss the winner of this year's Nobel in economics, Richard Thaler. Ukraine's finance minister speaks to us about the battle against corruption, and reforming the beleaguered country. Also, the banks that look like software companies

Duration: 00:20:26

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 7th 2017 edition

This week: why the home towns of African leaders are raking in Chinese aid, Berlin defends its most radical theatre, and a requiem for the Playboy emperor

Duration: 00:15:18

The week ahead: Crisis management

As Spain descends into turmoil, our Europe editor explains what the Madrid government should do to placate Catalonia’s secessionists and keep the country together. And a vivid report from Puerto Rico reveals the devastation and confusion left in the wake of hurricane Maria

Duration: 00:17:03

The Economist asks: Is it game over for Theresa May?

After the Tory party conference, the prime minister's future has been called into question. She suffered coughing fits and was even pranked by a comedian. Can Mrs May hang on to her position? Anne McElvoy hosts with Adrian Wooldridge.

Duration: 00:20:50

Babbage: Sleep, space and a striking storm-source

This year's Nobel science prizes have been announced and The Economist's science team explain the discoveries behind them. Plus: the link between international trade and lightning strikes, and research suggests that standing desks might be good for your productivity as well as your health.

Duration: 00:19:59

Money talks: Can the emerging-markets boom continue?

The Economist’s Simon Cox argues emerging markets are more resilient these days, and are less tied to the US Fed's interest-rate decisions. Also, how big is the gender gap in pensions? And the buzz around the Jiophone launch in India. Simon Long hosts.

Duration: 00:18:00

Tasting menu: Lexington special

After five years reporting on American politics, our departing Lexington columnist talks about political partisanship, his method and why some elections are like bad pizzas.

Duration: 00:17:53

The week ahead: Macron’s mega-mission

Sophie Pedder, our Paris bureau chief, analyses whether President Macron will succeed in his grand plans to reform France and the European Union. Also, are China’s courts improving? And we discuss the increasing number of political murders in South Africa. Josie Delap hosts.

Duration: 00:16:43

The Economist asks: Could Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister?

Jeremy Corbyn has energised the Labour Party. Is the optimism justified? Senior editors Anne McElvoy and Adrian Wooldridge head to Brighton — the site of the Labour Party conference — to dissect the Corbyn phenomenon.

Duration: 00:17:54

Babbage: Send in the microbots

The hunt is on among the world’s airlines for faster and more efficient ways to keep jet engines in tip-top condition. Could the answer be tiny robots that inspect and fix them from the inside? Also, a new study shows that birds deliberately weave cigarette butts into their nests to help keep parasites away. And is it right to relinquish control of our identities to private companies? Jason Palmer hosts.

Duration: 00:18:51

Money talks: How have markets been reacting to Merkel’s tentative victory?

Adam Roberts, our European business correspondent, analyses how German companies have reacted to the return of the far-right in German politics. Also, will London ban the ride-sharing company Uber and we get excited about some boring-sounding new rules for finance, MiFiD II. Simon Long hosts.

Duration: 00:15:20

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 23rd 2017 edition

This week: Venezuela pushes rabbit as a food source, Russia celebrates a new national hero, and the pros and cons of the serial comma

Duration: 00:14:19

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