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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
With the grain, assault: Ukraine’s iffy deal

Missile strikes on the port of Odessa have dimmed hopes https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/07/22/after-agreeing-to-let-ukraine-export-grain-russia-rockets-its-port?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 a UN-brokered deal to get Ukraine’s grain on the move. We ask what chances it may still have. Tunisia's constitutional referendum https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2022/07/21/tunisias-president-is-pushing-an-ominous-constitution?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 looks destined to formalise a march back to the autocratic rule it shook off during the Arab Spring. And how Formula 1 is looking to crack America https://www.economist.com/culture/2022/07/14/from-monaco-to-miami-formula-1-bids-to-crack-america?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.

25m
Jul 25
Duty unbound: the January 6th hearings

Last night, the committee https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/21/the-january-6th-committee-has-hobbled-donald-trump investigating the events of January 6th 2021 said that Donald Trump’s failure to stop his supporters’ attack was a “dereliction of duty”. The evidence was strong; whether it will change anything remains unclear. We examine the thinking behind the European Central Bank’s surprise half-point rise https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2022/07/21/the-ecbs-latest-attempt-to-hold-the-euro-zone-together?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 interest rates. And the money motivations of Bangladesh’s loosening booze laws https://www.economist.com/asia/2022/07/21/bangladesh-loosens-its-booze-laws?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.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26m
Jul 22
Knock-down, Draghi-out fight: Italy in turmoil

For the second time in a week, Prime Minister Mario Draghi has tendered his resignation https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/07/14/mario-draghi-italys-prime-minister-tries-and-fails-to-resign?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 his motley coalition government splintered further. The upheaval could not come at a worse time for the country. The pandemic’s devastating costs https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/07/07/governments-are-ignoring-the-pandemics-disastrous-effect-on-education?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 only to children’s learning but also to their development are becoming clearer. And researchers are getting bacteria to make jet fuel https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/07/13/modified-bacterial-fungicides-may-propel-the-planes-of-the-future?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.

22m
Jul 21
Variable-fate mortgage: China’s protests

Property developers are going belly-up, home-buyers are not paying mortgages, protests after a banking scandal have been quashed https://www.economist.com/china/2022/07/14/a-violent-response-to-protests-in-chinas-henan-province?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. We ask about the instability still to come. Ukraine’s new HIMARS rocket launchers are proving exceedingly effective https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/07/13/ukraines-new-rockets-are-wreaking-havoc-on-russias-army?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 against Russian forces. And a look at Britain’s world-leading collection of diseases-in-a-dish https://www.economist.com/britain/2022/06/23/inside-britains-national-culture-collections?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
Jul 20
To a greater degree: widespread heatwaves

Vast stretches of the temperate world are baking or burning, and as climate change marches on widespread heatwaves will only grow more intense https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/07/03/the-danger-posed-by-heatwaves-deserves-to-be-taken-more-seriously?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 more common. After a half-century of insurgency, some rebels of Colombia’s disbanded FARC group needed a new calling: they have become tour guides https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2022/07/07/some-ex-farc-guerrillas-have-become-tourist-guides-in-colombia?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 a look at where Ukraine can store https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/06/27/where-will-ukraine-store-its-grain?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 its considerable grain harvest. 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 19
Steal girders: Brazil’s fraught coming election

President Jair Bolsonaro, an unabashed fan of Donald Trump, is telegraphing https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2022/07/14/might-jair-bolsonaro-try-to-steal-brazils-election?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 he may not accept a loss in the October election—there is too much at stake for him and his family. The West has a delicate chance to stem the tide of Russian weapons that have long been pouring into India https://www.economist.com/asia/2022/06/13/the-west-has-a-chance-to-wean-india-off-russian-weaponry?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 why America is rebranding https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/07/to-hook-american-diners-an-invasive-species-of-carp-gets-a-new-name?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 much-maligned fish. 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
Jul 18
Jeddah mind trick: Joe Biden in Saudi Arabia

Joe Biden lands in Saudi Arabia https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2022/07/12/what-does-the-middle-east-offer-america this morning, having spent two unremarkable days in Israel and the West Bank. As president, he has been unusually disengaged from the Middle East, and will probably return home with little to show for his peregrinations. We survey the state of sex education https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2022/06/23/latin-america-lacks-decent-sex-education-in-its-schools in Latin American schools, and explain why dinosaurs outcompeted other species https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/07/01/how-the-dinosaurs-took-over. 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 15
A bird out of hand: Elon Musk and Twitter

Elon Musk wants out of his deal to buy Twitter https://www.economist.com/business/2022/07/11/with-or-without-elon-musk-twitter-is-overdue-a-shake-up for $44bn. Twitter wants the Delaware chancery court to hold him to the deal. But the company faces an uncertain future, whoever owns it. Why the pandemic has been great for sellers of traditional herbal medicine https://www.economist.com/business/2022/06/30/the-pandemic-is-boosting-sellers-of-traditional-medicine. And looking back on a video game that let users create art, music and animation, with the help of a little barking puppy. 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
Jul 14
Bravery behind bars: Alexei Navalny imprisoned

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, has been transferred to a brutal prison https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/07/04/alexei-navalnys-jailers-are-tightening-the-screws. Other Kremlin opponents have been imprisoned or exiled, as Russia has grown more repressive since invading Ukraine. The world’s population will hit 8bn https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/07/11/which-countries-are-driving-the-worlds-population-growth this year; we discuss which regions are growing and which are not. And why clear wine bottles are a bad idea. 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.

20m
Jul 13
Field work: The race to succeed Boris Johnson

The race https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/07/07/how-does-britains-conservative-party-choose-a-new-leader to succeed Boris Johnson begins today. Numerous Conservative MPs have thrown their proverbial hats into the ring; they are fighting on ground largely staked out by Mr Johnson. American anti-abortion activists believe that fetuses https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/07/a-push-to-recognise-the-rights-of-the-unborn-is-growing-in-america should have all the rights that people do. And why Egypt’s government has turned against its historic houseboats https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2022/07/07/historic-houseboats-fall-victim-to-egypts-addiction-to-cement. To sign up for today’s webinar about Britain’s future after Boris Johnson’s resignation, sign up at www.economist.com/borisresigns http://economist.com/boris-resigns 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
Jul 12
Gota goes: Sri Lanka’s president resigns

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s president, announced he will step down https://www.economist.com/asia/2022/07/09/sri-lankas-president-resigns-in-the-face-of-massive-protests?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 after protestors occupied Colombo, the country’s capital, over the weekend. Whoever succeeds him will inherit a host of thorny economic problems. Why Europe’s big tech firms https://www.economist.com/business/2022/07/04/how-sturdy-are-europes-tech-unicorns?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 well placed to weather a downturn. And remembering Peter Brook https://www.economist.com/obituary/2022/07/07/peter-brook-saw-acting-as-an-uncompromising-search-for-truth?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 extraordinary theatre director who died at the age of 93. To sign up for tomorrow’s webinar about Britain’s future after Boris Johnson’s resignation, sign up at www.economist.com/boris-resigns http://economist.com/boris-resigns.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22m
Jul 11
Tragedy in Japan: the killing of Abe Shinzo

Japan’s prime minister from 2006-07 and 2012-20 died https://www.economist.com/asia/2022/07/08/the-shooting-of-abe-shinzo-a-former-prime-minister-stuns-japan?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 after being shot at a campaign event. Our Tokyo bureau chief analyses the implications for the country and its politics. The resurgence https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2022/06/30/a-resurgence-of-regional-rivalries-imperils-eastern-congo?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 a particularly well-armed militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo threatens to reignite deadly regional tensions. And we introduce you to the robots https://www.economist.com/britain/2022/06/30/which-vegetable-is-the-easiest-for-a-robot-to-pick?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 may soon pick your vegetables. 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 08
Send out the clown: Boris agrees to go

Boris Johnson is standing down https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/07/07/clownfall as Britain’s prime minister. We consider his legacy and impact on British politics. Public attitudes on LGBT rights in South-East Asia are changing fast https://www.economist.com/asia/2022/06/16/south-east-asia-is-beginning-to-accept-same-sex-relationships—and its laws are at last changing, too. And at this week’s Montreal’s Jazz Festival, the pioneering pianist and local hero Oscar Peterson remains the patron saint. 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.

20m
Jul 07
Rishi, you were here: Boris Johnson’s woes

Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, Britain’s finance and health ministers respectively, resigned https://www.economist.com/britain/2022/07/06/two-ministers-resign-weakening-boris-johnsons-hold-on-office?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 yesterday; other officials soon followed suit. Once again, questions about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s political survival are swirling. A ride on London’s sparkling but quiet new railway line hints at the complexities https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/05/19/travel-patterns-have-changed-for-good-transport-systems-should-too?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 post-pandemic public transport. And how off-the-shelf drones are making a difference https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/06/29/how-consumer-drones-are-changing-warfare?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 Ukraine’s war. 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
Jul 06
Pressure gauged: the road to recessions

Hints are turning to hard data: economic slowdowns are coming. We ask about the threat of recessions in different regions and about the effects https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/06/02/a-recession-in-america-by-2024-looks-likely?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 they may have. The reckless behaviour https://www.economist.com/china/2022/06/09/the-hotheads-who-could-start-a-cold-war?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 China’s fighter pilots is just one reflection of the country’s distrust of the West. And a haircut gone wrong leads to a lesson that challenges https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2022/06/16/the-price-of-a-haircut-in-dakar-challenges-a-tenet-of-economics?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 textbook economics. 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 05
Southern strategy: the coming bid to retake Kherson

The city remains Ukraine’s only provincial capital to be taken by Russian forces—can Ukraine overcome its shortages of manpower and firepower to retake the province https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/07/03/ukraine-prepares-a-counter-offensive-to-retake-kherson-province?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? Mexico’s official missing-persons list has topped 100,000; our correspondent describes the skyrocketing total https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2022/06/30/at-least-100000-people-are-missing-in-mexico?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 piecemeal efforts to slow its rise. And research suggests that people choose their friends at least in part by smell https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/06/24/friends-smell-like-one-another?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.

22m
Jul 04