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Poorer, hungrier, safer? Afghanistan one year on

Rights for women and girls have regressed by decades; the economy is cratering. Yet, for many rural Afghans, things are actually better https://www.economist.com/asia/2022/08/11/afghanistan-is-poorer-and-hungrier-than-a-year-ago?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 than they were before America scarpered. Silicon Valley types once righteously spurned the military-industrial establishment—now they’re queuing up https://www.economist.com/business/2022/08/08/can-tech-reshape-the-pentagon?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 fund defence startups. And the surprising truth about the most famous scene in “Bambi”, which is turning 80 https://www.economist.com/culture/2022/08/11/bambi-offers-a-horrifying-portrait-of-eco-catastrophe?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 full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

23m
Aug 15
Checks and Balance: Chuck yeah!

Democrats have finally passed https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/08/08/americas-climate-plus-spending-bill-is-flawed-but-essential?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=checksandbalance&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners their climate, tax and health care legislation through the Senate. Chuck Schumer and his colleagues are toasting their successful out-manoeuvring of the GOP. How will the Inflation Reduction Act https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/08/09/joe-bidens-signature-legislation-passes-the-senate-at-last?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=checksandbalance&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners affect carbon emissions, prescription drug prices and the deficit? And will it improve voters’ views of Joe Biden and his party? ’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran assesses the climate provisions in the bill. We go back to another occasion when Democrats had to go it alone in Congress. And ’s Elliott Morris considers whether a legislative victory can change voters' minds.  John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon. You can now find every episode of Checks and Balance in one place http://www.economist.com/checkspod and sign up to our weekly newsletter https://www.economist.com/newsletters. For full access to print, digital and audio editions, as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to at economist.com/uspod http://economist.com/USpod. * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

44m
Aug 12
Crimea punishment: A Russian airfield in ruins

The airbase in Crimea https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/08/11/wrecked-planes-smoulder-at-russias-saky-airbase-in-crimea?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 lies in ruins. Ukraine hasn’t claimed credit, many suspect they carried out the daring attack more than 100 miles behind enemy lines. Our defence editor explains why the war has entered a new phase. Why state-owned firms https://www.economist.com/business/2022/07/25/state-run-oil-giants-will-make-or-break-the-energy-transition?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, not oil supermajors, are the biggest impediment to a green-energy transition. And pondering the pleasures of barbecue https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/08/09/of-meat-and-men-why-the-american-barbecue-is-about-friendship-not-food?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 full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

26m
Aug 12
The Economist Asks: What does it mean to win a war today?

As the prospect of a long war in Ukraine https://www.economist.com/briefing/2022/06/30/does-a-protracted-conflict-favour-russia-or-ukraine?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theeconomistasks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners looms, host Anne McElvoy asks national security expert Philip Bobbitt how to define victory in 21st-century warfare. They assess the war on terror, as the one-year anniversary of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan approaches. And, the author of “The Shield of Achilles” shares memories of his uncle, President Lyndon Johnson, and describes what it's like to be inside Washington’s war rooms. * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

37m
Aug 11
Teflon Don: Trump’s legal woes

Donald Trump https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/08/10/the-raid-on-mar-a-lago-could-shake-americas-foundations?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 endured an FBI raid, questioning in a civil lawsuit and an adverse court ruling, all in 48 hours. But at least in the short-term, he’s making political hay from his legal woes. Why Apple’s future https://www.economist.com/business/2022/07/31/apple-already-sold-everyone-an-iphone-now-what?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 increasingly rests on services rather than just hardware. And how France is coping with a mustard shortage https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/08/09/why-there-is-a-shortage-of-dijon-mustard-in-france?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 full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

24m
Aug 11
Money Talks: Fragile economies

From Sri Lanka to Pakistan, El Salvador to Ghana, Egypt to Tunisia, some emerging economies are feeling the pain https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2022/07/20/the-53-fragile-emerging-economies?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners of rising commodity prices, higher interest rates and a strong dollar. Is a wave of historic debt defaults https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/are-emerging-economies-on-the-verge-of-another-lost-decade/21808963?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners coming for emerging markets? On this week’s episode, hosts Soumaya Keynes, Mike Bird, and Alice Fulwood continue their exploration of the impact of the strong dollar. First, Kroll chief economist Megan Greene explains which countries she thinks are most vulnerable. Then, a look at what was behind the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s, which led to an economic downturn more severe than the Great Depression. Finally, our trade and economics editor Ryan Avent says that many nations have learned lessons https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/07/21/emerging-market-crises-have-become-harder-to-resolve?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners from past crises that could help them weather this difficult period. Sign up for our new weekly newsletter dissecting the big themes in markets, business and the economy at www.economist.com/moneytalks  https://www.economist.com/moneytalks/?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners For full access to print, digital and audio editions, subscribe to at www.economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33m
Aug 10
Latin-ex Democrats: Republicans and Hispanic voters

 Our series https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/07/democrats-have-a-hispanic-problem?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 on America’s mid-term elections begins with a visit to a citizenship class in Doral, Florida, given by Republicans. We examine how the GOP is cutting into Democrats’ advantage with Latino voters. Britain’s trial of a superhighway for drones https://www.economist.com/britain/2022/07/21/a-superhighway-for-drones-to-fly-between-british-cities?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 a bid to unleash their commercial potential. And meeting   a Thai dissident https://www.economist.com/culture/2022/07/28/a-thai-pop-star-uses-her-music-to-critique-her-homeland?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 issuing dystopian pop music from self-imposed exile. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24m
Aug 10
Babbage: The child hepatitis mystery

Since April a mysterious outbreak https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/07/27/the-cause-of-a-new-type-of-hepatitis-in-children-is-found?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=babbage&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners of hepatitis in children around the world has baffled doctors. Some children have required liver transplants and more than 20 have died. Recent findings may link the spike in cases to covid-19 lockdowns. We examine the evidence and ask how a lack of exposure to bugs can affect immune systems. What other consequences could pandemic restrictions have for the long-term health of children—and adults? Kenneth Cukier hosts. For full access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe at economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=babbage&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes and sign up for our weekly science newsletter at economist.com/simplyscience http://www.economist.com/simplyscience?utm_campaign=babbage&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42m
Aug 09
Strike repose: Hamas sits out Gaza violence

A ceasefire is holding after a weekend of deadly strikes. We ask why Hamas, the Palestinian movement that controls Gaza, did not get involved https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2022/08/07/the-attack-on-gaza-may-bolster-israels-prime-minister?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 Generation Z tentatively enters the workforce, they are clamouring https://www.economist.com/business/2022/07/21/what-gen-z-graduates-want-from-their-employers?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 more flexibility and money than their forebears enjoyed. And reflecting on the flawed but brilliant poet Philip Larkin on the centenary of his birth https://www.economist.com/culture/2022/07/28/philip-larkins-verse-is-tender-his-prejudices-are-controversial?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 full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23m
Aug 09
Editor’s Picks: August 8th 2022

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, MBS: despot in the desert https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/07/28/mbs-despot-in-the-desert?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes, the era of big-tech exceptionalism may be over https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/07/27/the-era-of-big-tech-exceptionalism-may-be-over?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes (49:05), and why it’s OK not to be perfect at work https://www.economist.com/business/2022/07/28/why-its-ok-not-to-be-perfect-at-work?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes (55:30).   Please subscribe to for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 1m
Aug 08
Greenlighted: American climate legislation

On Sunday America’s Senate passed the most-ambitious climate legislation in the country’s history, giving Democrats and President Joe Biden https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/08/04/joe-biden-has-disappointed-everyone?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.listenersa huge win heading into the midterms. Why Africa is experiencing a boom in startups https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2022/07/21/african-startups-are-raising-unprecedented-amounts-what-next?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 the nascent, necessary efforts to understand how the menstrual cycle https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/07/20/how-menstruation-affects-athletic-prowess-is-poorly-understood?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 affects athletic performance. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26m
Aug 08
Checks and Balance: Pennsylvania mania

The second part of our occasional series on the race for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/06/09/mehmet-oz-and-john-fetterman-square-off-in-pennsylvania?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=checksandbalance&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners. For now the campaign is largely happening online, with Democrat John Fetterman staying off the trail due to a health scare, and Republican Dr Oz failing to take advantage of the open lane. But away from the memes and internet stunts, what do voters actually want? Local journalist John Micek gives an update on the horse race. We go back to a sea-change moment in Pennsylvania’s electoral landscape. And s Stevie Hertz heads into the Philadelphia suburbs to find out how voters are feeling with less than 100 days to go until the midterms. What can one state tell us about the national picture? John Prideaux hosts with Idrees Kahloon and Jon Fasman. You can now find every episode of Checks and Balance in one place http://www.economist.com/checkspod and sign up to our weekly newsletter https://www.economist.com/newsletters. For full access to print, digital and audio editions, as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod http://economist.com/USpod. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46m
Aug 05
Our summer special: a despot, a magic trick and a star

In a bumper episode, we highlight a summer’s-worth of deeply reported stories from 1843, our sister magazine: we profile Muhammad bin Salman https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/07/28/mbs-despot-in-the-desert, the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, who is both a liberalising reformer and a fearsome consolidator of power. We ask why magicians https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/07/28/how-magicians-won-facebook are behind so many viral videos. And we explore humanity’s long-running ambivalence toward the sun https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/07/28/the-sun-is-both-our-creator-and-destroyer. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36m
Aug 05
The Economist Asks: Can we learn to disagree better?

In a polarised world the opportunities to disagree are plentiful – and frequently destructive. Host Anne McElvoy asks Adam Grant, an organisational psychologist and the author of “Think Again”, why he thinks the key to arguing well is to be open-minded. They discuss whether social media erode reasoned argument, and the new breed of powerful political communicators. Plus, how does the psychology of resilience help those who are “languishing”? Please subscribe to for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=economist-asks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33m
Aug 04
Real rate of return: Ukraine’s Kherson bid

As Russia’s campaign in the eastern Donbas region loses steam, our correspondent finds Ukraine’s efforts to recapture Kherson https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/07/28/ukraine-is-gathering-strength-for-an-assault-on-kherson?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 gaining momentum. But at what cost? India is notorious for its staggering road-death statistics; we ask what is being done to improve them. And the two surprising factors https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2022/07/22/do-men-and-women-think-about-climate-change-differently?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 that predict how worried people are about climate change. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21m
Aug 04
Money Talks: Top dollar

This year, the dollar is up https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/07/20/why-the-dollar-is-so-strong?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners by 15% against the yen, 10% against the pound and 5% against the yuan. In July, it briefly hit parity against the Euro, something that last happened two decades ago. What’s behind the greenback’s rise? In this week’s show, hosts Mike Bird, Alice Fulwood and Soumaya Keynes examine what the dollar’s strength says about its role as the world’s dominant reserve currency https://www.economist.com/briefing/2020/01/18/americas-aggressive-use-of-sanctions-endangers-the-dollars-reign?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners. First, our US economics editor Simon Rabinovitch goes in search of lunch to determine if the dollar is overvalued. Then, Eurizon chief executive Stephen Jen tells us why the dollar is smiling. Finally Megan Greene, a senior fellow at Brown University and global chief economist for CRO, explains why efforts to replace the dollar https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/01/18/the-search-to-find-an-alternative-to-the-dollar?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners as the world’s reserve currency have mostly failed. Sign up for our new weekly newsletter dissecting the big themes in markets, business and the economy at www.economist.com/moneytalks  https://www.economist.com/moneytalks/?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners For full access to print, digital and audio editions, subscribe to at www.economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39m
Aug 03
Nancy meeting you here: a tetchy Taiwan trip

The visit of America’s speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has Chinese tempers flaring. We ask what the trip suggests about American policy https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/08/02/nancy-pelosis-trip-to-taiwan-highlights-americas-incoherent-strategy?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 what it means for Taiwan. Crowdfunding is making a real difference https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/07/27/how-crowdfunding-is-shaping-the-war-in-ukraine?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 the war in Ukraine—but its effects vary between the two sides. And a close listen to a young pianist’s prizewinning https://www.economist.com/culture/2022/07/21/the-wonder-of-lim-yun-chans-performance-of-rach-3?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 Rachmaninoff-concerto performance. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22m
Aug 03
Babbage: How AI cracked biology’s biggest problem

DeepMind’s artificial-intelligence system AlphaFold has predicted the three-dimensional shape https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/11/30/how-do-proteins-fold?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=babbage&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listenersof almost all known proteins. The company’s boss Demis Hassabis tells us how the AI was able to solve what was, for decades, biology’s grand challenge. Plus, Gilead Amit, The Economist’s science correspondent, explores the significance of the breakthrough for scientists tackling neglected diseases and designing new molecules. The leap forward could be AI’s greatest contribution to biology to date, but how else could machine learning help science? Kenneth Cukier hosts. For full access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe at economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=babbage&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes and sign up for our weekly science newsletter at economist.com/simplyscience http://www.economist.com/simplyscience?utm_campaign=babbage&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34m
Aug 02
Not-so-safe house: America kills al-Qaeda leader

For decades Ayman al-Zawahiri was the chief ideologue of the terrorist group. We ask what his death https://www.economist.com/asia/2022/08/02/the-death-of-al-qaedas-leader-may-not-halt-a-jihadist-resurgence?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 Afghanistan means for the broader jihadist movement. A vote on abortion in Kansas today is a sharp test https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/25/lawsuits-leave-abortion-rights-up-in-the-air-in-many-states?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 electorate following the gutting of . And remembering Diana Kennedy https://www.economist.com/culture/2022/07/26/diana-kennedy-devoted-her-life-to-chronicling-mexican-cuisine?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, an indefatigable food writer and champion of Mexican cuisine. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24m
Aug 02
Editor’s Picks: August 1st 2022

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, what happened to the Ukrainians who fled to Russia https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/07/28/east-of-mariupol-what-happened-to-the-ukrainians-who-fled-to-russia?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes, how the sun is both our creator and destroyer https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/07/28/the-sun-is-both-our-creator-and-destroyer?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes (27:56), and how magicians won the attention economy https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/07/28/how-magicians-won-the-attention-economy?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes (34:32).     Please subscribe to for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 13m
Aug 01
Blistering pace: monkeypox spreads

As the first fatal cases outside Africa are reported, we investigate the response https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/07/23/monkeypox-is-declared-a-global-health-emergency?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 disease, and the parallels with the early days of HIV. Nuclear waste has been stockpiled in supposedly temporary pools for decades; our correspondent visits the first place it is being permanently entombed https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/06/22/the-first-underground-warren-for-disposing-of-spent-nuclear-fuel?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 where education is failing https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2022/07/25/schools-in-poor-countries-are-failing-women?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 even amid encouraging enrolment numbers. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24m
Aug 01
Checks and Balance: Peak progressive

The Democratic party is in the throes of a rude awakening https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/07/14/the-democrats-need-to-wake-up-and-stop-pandering-to-their-extremes?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=checksandbalance&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners. Despite Donald Trump remaining at its head, the Republican Party is widely expected to make significant gains in the upcoming mid-term elections. Working class and Hispanic voters seem to be turning away from the Democrats. In some liberal cities, voters are in open revolt against progressive policies. How did the party lose touch with its voters https://www.economist.com/briefing/2022/07/14/democrats-in-america-are-realising-they-must-moderate-or-die?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=checksandbalance&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners? And does a flurry of recent dealmaking https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/28/democratic-hopes-for-a-big-spending-bill-are-revived?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=checksandbalance&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listenerssuggest it can moderate in time to avoid electoral disaster? Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, makes the case for progressive success beyond the mid-terms. We ask Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of “The New Politics of Evasion”, how the central myths of the Democratic party have changed. And Ro Khanna, a Democratic congressman from Silicon Valley, argues for how to reframe the Democratic narrative. John Prideaux hosts with Idrees Kahloon and Charlotte Howard You can now find every episode of Checks and Balance in one place http://www.economist.com/checkspod and sign up to our weekly newsletter https://www.economist.com/newsletters. For full access to print, digital and audio editions, as well as exclusive live events, subscribe to The Economist at economist.com/uspod http://economist.com/USpod "Triplicity, or Donkey, Moose or Elephant", by L. Mae Felker and H.S. Gillett, performed Harry Style * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46m
Jul 29
Deus ex Manchina: American climate legislation’s revival

Joe Biden’s climate legislation stalled, in large part because Joe Manchin, West Virginia’s senior senator and a Democrat, had reservations. But Mr Manchin reversed course https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/28/democratic-hopes-for-a-big-spending-bill-are-revived?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 on Wednesday. Mr Biden looks likely to notch a major legislative win heading into the midterms. Why women’s sports https://www.economist.com/international/2022/07/21/the-womens-euros-are-selling-out-stadiums?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 booming. And remembering https://www.economist.com/obituary/2022/07/27/ko-jimmy-was-determined-to-make-myanmar-free?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 fighter for democracy in Myanmar. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22m
Jul 29
The Economist Asks: How can America counter China and Russia?

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping bonded on basketball courts when they were vice-presidents. Today their relationship has turned tense as they tussle over Taiwan and trade. But the war in Ukraine is also consuming much of President Biden’s attention https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/06/16/how-america-tries-to-grapple-with-china-while-confronting-russia?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theeconomistasks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners. Host Anne McElvoy asks Wendy Sherman, America’s deputy secretary of state, how the administration is balancing its two biggest foreign-policy challenges as well as its renewed focus on the Indo-Pacific. And the steely negotiator discusses the frustrating reality of high-stakes talks. Please subscribe to for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=economist-asks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26m
Jul 28
Getting more interesting: the Fed raises rates

America’s central bank has raised https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2022/07/27/the-fed-is-no-longer-taking-baby-steps-to-rein-in-inflation?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 interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point—its fourth rise this year. It is walking a fine line between cooling the economy and tipping the country into recession. Scientific results fundamental to more than a decade’s-worth of Alzheimer’s research may have been fabricated https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/07/23/critical-research-on-the-causes-of-alzheimers-may-have-been-falsified?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 the region where the gender divide in obesity rates is highest. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24m
Jul 28
Money Talks: How should crypto be regulated?

The crypto winter https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2022/06/29/will-this-crypto-winter-be-the-last?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners has left many investors out in the cold. People have lost money as lending platforms have gone bust and complex stablecoin systems have unravelled. The push for better guardrails to be put in place has accelerated. But how do you protect consumers without stifling innovation? This week hosts Alice Fulwood, Mike Bird and Soumaya Keynes hear from Senator Cynthia Lummis, co-author of a bill that would split oversight of crypto in the US between existing agencies. They then speak to the head of one of those agencies, Rostin Behnam from the CFTC, about the role it can play. And our editor Kim Gittleson heads to an industry gathering in Paris, to find out how European crypto insiders are reacting to attempts to regulate them. Sign up for our new weekly newsletter dissecting the big themes in markets, business and the economy at economist.com/moneytalks https://www.economist.com/moneytalks/?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners For full access to print, digital and audio editions, subscribe to at www.economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=moneytalks&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41m
Jul 27
Kicking the canister down the road: EU energy policy

Russia cut the gas flowing through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline by half in what many see as retaliation for Europe’s support of Ukraine. EU energy ministers fear https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/07/26/the-flaws-in-europes-deal-to-ration-gas?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 further cuts as winter approaches. A new research review suggests https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/07/20/a-popular-medical-explanation-for-depression-is-rebuffed?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 decades-long reliance on SSRIs to treat depression was based on a false premise. And why Dakar’s plant vendors https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2022/07/21/why-nurseries-in-senegal-leave-pricey-plants-unguarded?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 show such high levels of trust. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19m
Jul 27
Babbage: Can technology personalise your diet?

Digital tools and sophisticated wearable devices are being combined with the latest knowledge on metabolic science to build personalised eating plans https://www.economist.com/what-if/2021/07/03/what-if-everyones-nutrition-was-personalised?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=babbage&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners. Slavea Chankova, The Economist’s health-care correspondent, explores the future of nutrition. Data from new nutrition technology https://www.economist.com/technology-quarterly/2022/05/02/apps-interpreting-data-from-wearable-devices-are-helping-people-to-live-better?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=babbage&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners can also be tied to exercise monitoring devices and blood biomarkers, to build algorithms that aim to make people get healthier. But can the emerging personalised nutrition era make a real difference to public health? Alok Jha hosts. Listen to our recent collection of episodes on the digital health revolution at economist.com/babbagewearables http://economist.com/babbagewearables?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=babbage&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners. For full access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe at economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=babbage&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes and sign up for our weekly science newsletter at economist.com/simplyscience http://www.economist.com/simplyscience?utm_campaign=babbage&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43m
Jul 26
Two to make a quarrel: the battle to be Britain’s PM

The campaigning is a bit nasty, by British standards, as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak vie to become Conservative Party leader and thus prime minister https://www.economist.com/britain/2022/07/21/the-choice-between-rishi-sunak-and-liz-truss?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 will the mud-slinging do for the party’s image? We examine a potentially simple solution https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/07/14/the-catholic-church-should-scrap-the-requirement-for-priestly-celibacy?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 address the Catholic Church’s problem with child abuse. And why prices are skyrocketing https://www.economist.com/business/2022/07/21/are-vacationing-plutocrats-the-true-victims-of-inflation?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 at posh hotels.  For full access to print, digital and audio editions of , subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer http://www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22m
Jul 26
Editor’s Picks: July 25th 2022

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, why ESG should be boiled down to emissions https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/07/21/esg-should-be-boiled-down-to-one-simple-measure-emissions?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes, why the Tory leadership race should focus on Britain's growth challenge https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/07/21/the-tory-leadership-race-and-britains-growth-challenge?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes (10:00), and how software developers aspire to forecast who will win a battle https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/07/20/software-developers-aspire-to-forecast-who-will-win-a-battle?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes (18:20)    Please subscribe to for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/podcastoffer http://www.economist.com/podcastoffer?utm_campaign=editors-picks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=third-party-host&utm_content=show-notes   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33m
Jul 25