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One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate. Anne McElvoy hosts The Economist's chat show. Published every Friday on Economist Radio.

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One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate. Anne McElvoy hosts The Economist's chat show. Published every Friday on Economist Radio.

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Mamet

By Themoknows - Sep 08 2019
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David Mamet is an over rated pompous playwright as this interview clearly show

Should billionaires

By Jena265 - Aug 31 2019
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Great show about time someone said it. Tax the billionaires!

iTunes Ratings

142 Ratings
Average Ratings
104
19
6
6
7

Mamet

By Themoknows - Sep 08 2019
Read more
David Mamet is an over rated pompous playwright as this interview clearly show

Should billionaires

By Jena265 - Aug 31 2019
Read more
Great show about time someone said it. Tax the billionaires!
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The Economist Asks

Latest release on Jan 17, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The Economist asks: Anne-Marie Slaughter

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What works better in foreign policy: cooperation or coercion? North Korea and Russia pose a challenge to Western leaders in ways that hearken back to the power politics of the Cold War. But there are plenty of problems that don’t fit into that pattern, like cybersecurity, pandemics and terrorism. Kenneth Cukier speaks to the former director for policy planning at the US State Department, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and our deputy foreign editor, Anton La Guardia, about how network theory could be applied to global problems. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 20 2017

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Rank #2: The Economist asks: The language of Greece's debt crisis

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From debt bumps to paperology and the power of "oxi" - the crisis vocabulary in Berlin, Brussels and Athens tells us a lot about differing attitudes For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 13 2015

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Rank #3: The Economist asks: Is populism the problem or the fix?

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Can Steve Hilton, host of Fox News’s “The Next Revolution”, convince Yascha Mounk of Harvard University that populist movements could return power to the people? They debate whether Donald Trump will deliver on radical reforms, whether he poses a threat to a free press and if there should be a second Brexit referendum. Anne McElvoy hosts

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Dec 06 2018

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Rank #4: The Economist asks: Frank Trentmann on consumer cultures

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Frank Trentmann discusses his history of consumerism "Empire of Things" with Anne McElvoy and Brooke Unger, our consumer expert, and reveals the guilty purchasing pleasures he can't resist For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 29 2016

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Rank #5: Britain's election: Foreign affairs

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Watched sparingly in France and with only mild interest in Washington, this election is a reminder of Britain's diminishing role on the world stage For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 01 2015

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Rank #6: The Conservatives return: Britain stays blue

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Our editors discuss why the Conservatives won, why a federal Britain might not be too far off and what the chances are of Britain leaving the European Union For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 08 2015

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Rank #7: The Economist asks: Ben Shapiro

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Anne McElvoy asks the controversial podcast host, and author of “The Right Side of History”, why he thinks the West needs a revival of old-fashioned values. In the wake of the mass shootings in New Zealand, they debate whether individuals, platforms or governments are responsible for controlling extreme content online. Also, does Ben Shapiro ever regret having gone too far and which presidential hopeful gets his bet for 2020 and beyond?

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Mar 21 2019

30mins

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Rank #8: The Economist asks: Jordan Peterson

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We ask the author of '12 Rules for life' what is wrong with modern liberalism.  And he discusses #MeToo, whether people should date their co-workers - and who is the feminist he most admires? Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)


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May 24 2018

54mins

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Rank #9: The Economist asks: Hillary Clinton

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

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Oct 16 2017

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Rank #10: Britain's general election: As the dust settles

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Our correspondents are joined by Alistair Darling and Michael Dobbs, the creator of "House of Cards", to consider the aftermath of Britain's general election For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 18 2015

7mins

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Rank #11: The great debate: Assisted dying

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The Economist's editor-in-chief Zanny Minton-Beddoes, Lord Falconer, Baroness Finlay and professor Theo Boer debate the arguments for and against assisted dying with Anne McElvoy For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 25 2015

42mins

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Rank #12: The Economist asks: how to tax the rich?

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Rutger Bregman, author of "Utopia for Realists", told Davos that more tax is better than corporate good works. Our economics editor, Henry Curr, challenges him on whether governments should soak the rich. And is income, wealth or inheritance the best target? Anne McElvoy hosts

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Feb 07 2019

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Rank #13: The Economist asks: Richard Dawkins

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Anne McElvoy and Jan Piotrowski ask one of the world's best-known evolutionary biologists whether science can guide us through a turbulent world of post-truth. Can there really be an objective truth, or will our existing biases win out?

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Nov 02 2017

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Rank #14: The Economist asks: David Sedaris

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The humourist talks to Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, about making people laugh, overhearing conversations and when can he look back at sad or embarrassing experiences with humour? Also, why he wanted to feed his tumour to a turtle and is there a funny gene in families? And, he reveals all about his sequin culottes.

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Aug 02 2018

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Rank #15: The Economist asks: Have identity politics gone too far?

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Tribalism has always existed, but is now playing a far more pivotal role in society: from the rise of gender and ethnic affiliation, to nationalist parties in Europe and even the appeal of Donald Trump. Amy Chua, author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" and "Political Tribes", explains why the politics of sharp-edged identities have become so powerful.

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Apr 12 2018

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Rank #16: The Economist asks: What’s the future of the Republican party?

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Ahead of the 2020 American presidential election, John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, talks to Bill Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, Joe Walsh, a talk radio host and former Illinois congressman, and Mark Sanford, a former governor of South Carolina. While Donald Trump enjoys near 90% approval ratings among his party, can anyone challenge him for the Republican presidential nomination? And how has he changed what it means to be a Republican? Anne McElvoy hosts

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Nov 29 2019

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Rank #17: The Economist asks: Ricky Gervais

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Anne McElvoy asks the award-winning stand-up comedian and creator of "The Office" whether there are any taboos left in comedy and if it matters when people are offended. They discuss seeing the funny side of illness, addiction, death and grief in his new comedy, “After Life”, and whether dogs might save the world

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Mar 14 2019

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Rank #18: The Economist asks: Is Russia waging war on the West?

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Anne McElvoy, our Senior Editor, asks Sir Francis Richards, former head of GCHQ, and Arkady Ostrovsky, our Russia Editor, if the diplomatic clash sparked by the Skripal case will escalate — and what has changed since the Cold War.

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Mar 15 2018

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Rank #19: The Economist asks: Has liberalism failed?

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We ask political scientist Patrick Deneen if the world’s most successful political theory is in retreat or just responding to the demands of the modern world. How have Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian challenged the liberal creed? Anne McElvoy presents.

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Jan 18 2018

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Rank #20: The Economist asks: What is the greatest threat to democracy?

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Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, explores how democracies die with Professor Steven Levitsky, a political scientist. Also, is there a tension between diversity and democracy? And why Harvard University should invite Sarah Palin to speak

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Feb 01 2018

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