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Babbage: Water and the Jevons Paradox

Technology is helping us access previously inaccessible water reserves. But the more efficient we become at extracting it, the more we use. Is the world’s water crisis set to get worse? Also, we ask the Royal Horticultural Society how we should prepare our gardens to survive while we are away on vacation. Kenneth Cukier hosts

Duration: 00:17:07

Money talks: Tricky trading

As NAFTA trade talks begin, we examine whether a deal can be made and discuss the investigation President Trump has ordered into China's trading practices. Artificial intelligence often gets a bad rap but could it create as many jobs as it takes? Plus, how fidget spinners have transformed the toy industry.

Duration: 00:14:09

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 12th 2017 edition

This week: eye-watering transfer fees in the world of football, baths running out in Japan and the best puns in the world

Duration: 00:16:35

The week ahead: A war of words, for now

Are America - and the world - on the brink of war with North Korea? Our defence editor, Matthew Symonds, explains why Donald Trump's fiery rhetoric raises the risk of a catastrophic escalation. Also, a woman has a stillbirth in El Salvador and is charged with homicide. How did a miscarriage lead to a murder charge? And why rich Chinese are going glamping. Helen Joyce hosts.

Duration: 00:20:38

The Economist asks: How should companies evolve in the digital age

Technology has embedded itself within almost every facet of society. It is transforming the way people live their lives and run their businesses. So as the digital revolution continues to disrupt in waves, how should companies adapt to stay ahead? To explain, technology correspondent Hal Hodson is joined by renowned academics Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson from the MIT Initiative on the digital economy

Duration: 00:12:26

Babbage: A plug for batteries

Better batteries are providing the jump start that electric cars need. Plus, could nuclear power plants soon be floating at sea? And why most areas on Earth are more biodiverse now than ever before, thanks to humans

Duration: 00:18:09

Money talks: Silicon sexism

Google fires a software engineer after his anti-diversity memo was leaked. However, this points to wider culture wars in Silicon Valley. Janet Yellen’s term watching over America’s central bank will end in February. We look at possible candidates. And how Say's law, a 200 year-old economic theory, still has relevance today. Simon Long hosts.

Duration: 00:13:10

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 5th 2017 edition

This week: China stops importing foreign rubbish, a trip to a Disneyfied Paris and how to make better holograms

Duration: 00:10:46

The week ahead: Billionaires and generals

Will Mr Trump heed the advice of his newest chief of staff, John Kelly? Maybe in the short-term, says Jon Fasman, but even the best generals cannot discipline their commander-in-chief. Also, why China is radically overhauling its military policy. And you can now learn High Valyrian, a language from the series "Game of Thrones", through an app. Can it help our Johnson columnist, Lane Greene, achieve fluency? We put him to the test. Josie Delap hosts.

Duration: 00:17:42

The Economist asks: How do you win the AI race?

Artificial intelligence is growing fast in China. But is it likely to deepen the suppression of freedom? One of China's most successful investors Neil Shen has a short answer to that question. But Chinese AI companies also have potential to take on their western rivals - we explain why. Anne McElvoy hosts with Economist AI expert Tom Standage

Duration: 00:16:43

Babbage: Hollow-grams?

Holograms have fallen short of the vivid, floating projections seen in science fiction. However, one scientist is copying an iridescent butterfly to create better effects. Also, how blow flies are helping to solve murder mysteries. And why genetic testing is threatening the insurance industry. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

Duration: 00:19:09

Money talks: Billion dollar TV deal, Becker and Beckham

Discovery Communications and Scripps Network team up to fight the competition. Also on the show: Why are economists so interested in human capital? And David Beckham’s Miami soccer dream might finally be realised.

Duration: 00:15:19

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 29th 2017 edition

This week: a potential cure for goat plague, why Dumbo is one of the most sought after areas of Manhattan, and how much people really know the animals they love

Duration: 00:10:34

The week ahead: Sharif no longer chief

Dominic Ziegler, our senior Asia correspondent, assesses the impact of the resignation of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister. Also, what can be done about Venezuela's slide towards dictatorship? And in Europe, why Poles are taking to the streets to defend their constitution. Josie Delap hosts.

Duration: 00:20:01

The Economist asks: What can economists learn from literature?

Morton Schapiro is an American economist and the author of “Cents and Sensibility”. He joins host Soumaya Keynes to discuss why economic models rarely reflect reality and how Tolstoy's War and Peace could be the key to understanding Putin.

Duration: 00:12:04

Babbage: A boring episode

Elon Musk may be the most prominent advocate of boring technology, but there are projects across the world revamping the way we dig tunnels. The co-founders of the venture firm Public discuss how technology is transforming public services. Also, military researchers are using electricity to get more from the human brain

Duration: 00:21:37

Money talks: International monetary fun

Host Philip Coggan and guests discuss the economic futures of the UK and USA,both of which have had their prospects downgraded in the International Monetary Fund’s updated World Economic Outlook. Also: the recent compromise ending a so-called Bitcoin "civil war".

Duration: 00:12:57

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the July 22nd 2017 edition

This week: An exorcism in Paris, a challenge to the cult of Che, and how American English is influencing that of the British

Duration: 00:12:51

The Economist asks: Admiral McRaven

Which country poses the greatest global threat? The former Navy SEAL, who led the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, analyses strategies against North Korea's irrational leader and its nuclear ambitions. And could making your bed lead to success? Anne McElvoy hosts.

Duration: 00:21:29

Babbage: Winter is coming

Scientists have pinpointed the cause of a catastrophic freeze across Europe during the Middle Ages—could a similar event be on the horizon? Author Douglas Rushkoff on why technology firms are criticised so often. And beauty in the eyes of artificial intelligence

Duration: 00:17:45

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