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The week ahead: Another question of succession

Our senior editor, Michael Reid, says the Catalan question in Spain could catalyse similar movements around Europe. Also, amid the tragedy of another quake, Mexicans can find small consolations. And does New Zealand deserve its clean, green reputation? Josie Delap hosts.

Duration: 00:19:47

The Economist asks: German election special

Senior editor, Anne McElvoy, and Jeremy Cliffe, our Berlin bureau chief, investigate the Merkel-machine ahead of the German general election on Sunday. We go on the campaign trail and catch a rare glimpse of Ms Merkel's seat of power – inside the Chancellery.

Duration: 00:23:40

Babbage: Sailing through space

Electronic sails could lead to faster, cheaper space exploration by harnessing the energy from solar wind. A new paper suggests climate change predictions could have been slightly overheated. And some antivenoms might be more like snake oil than salvation

Duration: 00:17:38

Money talks: Latin lessons from J Balvin

Reggaeton is a genre of music topping the charts across the world. Columbia artist J Balvin joins host Simon Long to discuss why streaming services have played such a vital role in spreading the word. Plus, why Chinese unicorns are worth more than American ones. And could a better economics textbooks help us predict the next recession?

Duration: 00:16:08

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 16th 2017 edition

This week: Japan adopts Western-style entertaining, Parisian drivers are under siege and how Germany’s election differs from that of America

Duration: 00:09:38

The week ahead: Wir schaffen das

Angela Merkel will likely cruise to victory in next week's elections in Germany. But the far right AfD could become the third largest party in the Bundestag. What's behind their rise? Also, the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in some Caribbean islands exceeds their GDP. How will they recover and prepare for the next storm? And Congo's art scene takes off.

Duration: 00:17:03

The Economist asks: Vince Cable - is there an exit from Brexit?

Liberal Democrat leader tells Anne McElvoy that Angela Merkel misjudged her response to David Cameron’s EU reform negotiations and explores whether a new third party is viable in British politics.

Duration: 00:20:22

Babbage: Curing cancer

Miracles in a test tube won't cure cancer; using and adapting the technology we've already got will. Plus how WiFi's little brother LoRa will enable our smart cities to flourish. And why Saturn's space probe Cassini is diving to its death on Friday.

Duration: 00:17:11

Money talks: Donald Trump’s moment to shape the Fed

Henry Curr, our US economics editor, discusses how President Trump will fill the four vacant seats on the board of the American Federal Reserve. Also, a big data breach at the credit-scoring company, Equifax, puts millions at risk. And the contradiction at the heart of China’s internet giants. Simon Long hosts.

Duration: 00:15:18

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 9th 2017 edition

This week: the pitfalls of obscure journalese, Alaska’s rubbish problem and how British spy novels reveal some core truths about the country.

Duration: 00:11:19

The week ahead: Germany’s grand coalition or a clash of ideas?

German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is heading into the final two weeks of her election campaign following a lacklustre televised debate. Is it likely her CDU party will coast to victory? Also, why Aung San Suu Kyi appears to be ignoring the slaughter of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. And why Britain is the isle of spies. Helen Joyce hosts.

Duration: 00:16:18

The Economist asks: Dr Jane Goodall

Humans and apes share the same ancestors and more than 90% of our genes. What separates us from apes? And why do we stand free, whilst chimpanzees are caged and gorillas are hunted? Host Jason Palmer asks the world's leading primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, who's discoveries forced us to redefine what is it to be human.

Duration: 00:20:18

Babbage: I can see you

Facial recognition software can identify you in a crowd. But it will soon be able to judge your mood, your age and ethnicity. We discuss the merits and pitfalls of this fast-advancing technology. Plus, could fish food be the source of antibiotic resistance? And host Jason Palmer gets stuck in a virtual swamp.

Duration: 00:15:08

Money talks: Markets unrattled by North Korea

Philip Coggan explains why markets appear so calm in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat. Also, are China’s capacity cuts for real? And how technology is making banking more inclusive. Simon Long hosts.

Duration: 00:15:09

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 2nd 2017 edition

This week: a bad joke becomes a bad President, how quantum entanglement could help keep conversations secret and the Great British Bake Off goes global.

Duration: 00:20:48

The week ahead: An unwelcome visitor from Pyongyang

This past Tuesday, an inter-ballistic missile encroached into Japanese airspace. What does a belligerent North Korea mean for a pacifist Japan? Also, how will the UK’s Premier League cope with Brexit? And the resurgent party that’s reshaping the German election. Josie Delap hosts.

Duration: 00:18:37

The Economist asks: Bjorn Lomborg

Poverty, health, education or climate change: where should governments spend their money? Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" and president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre debates with Anne McElvoy and Jan Piotrowski, our environment correspondent.

Duration: 00:20:15

Babbage: Weird weather

As heatwaves sear across Europe and hurricanes wreak havoc in Houston, we ask why extreme weather events are becoming more common. Plus why the anti-inflammatory injection canakinumab will not be the next miracle drug and why Norway might leave $65 billion of oil in the earth. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

Duration: 00:15:03

Money talks: Will Uber’s new CEO restore the company’s image and culture?

Uber has finally chosen its new CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi, the boss of Expedia. Will he be able to drive the company away from its recent crises? Also, a glimpse into the once secretive world of Cargill, an American agribusiness giant. And do people migrate when taxes rise? Simon Long hosts.

Duration: 00:17:10

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 26th 2017 edition

This week: religious music is purged in China, knocking down linguistic roadblocks in Peru and the diamonds raining down on Uranus

Duration: 00:13:57

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