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The Economist Asks

One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate. Anne McElvoy hosts The Economist's chat show. Published every Thursday by Economist Podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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The Economist Asks: Herbert Diess

When will the electric car rule the road? Herbert Diess, the chief executive of Germany's Volkswagen Group, talks to Anne McElvoy and Simon Wright, The Economist’s Industry editor, about its plans to switch from the internal-combustion engine to electrification. More than a dozen countries have set a date for when they will prohibit sales of fossil-fuelled cars -- but are these plans realistic? He also tells us why his daughter doesn’t own a car and who he thinks will win the electrification race.Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/podcastoffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

28mins

18 Feb 2021

Rank #1

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The Economist asks: Richard Thaler

Anne McElvoy, with Buttonwood columnist Philip Coggan, quiz renowned behavioural economist Richard Thaler on how his theories will shape the future of policy and economics Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

16mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #2

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Cards on the table: The Economist interviews Donald Trump

Donald Trump has become the surprise Republican frontrunner early on in the 2016 US presidential cycle. His popularity – and fame – is reflected in the wide media coverage he has been enjoying. His policies, such as they are, have had less attention Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

40mins

3 Sep 2015

Rank #3

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The Economist Asks: Janet Napolitano

The world’s universities face a new academic year like no other. Anne McElvoy asks Janet Napolitano, until recently president of the sprawling University of California system, whether higher education can pass the test of covid-19. Can universities survive without legions of high-paying international students, and convince increasingly sceptical young people that their degrees are worth the investment?Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/podcastoffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

30mins

27 Aug 2020

Rank #4

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The Economist Asks: The Suleimani killing—masterstroke or madness?

As America announces new sanctions and Iran threatens further revenge attacks, Anne McElvoy interviews Ambassador Ryan Crocker about what the killing of Qassem Suleimani means. The former US chief diplomat to Iraq, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon explains why his reaction to the news was one of satisfaction and how the loss of its top general will reshape Tehran's influence in the region. They explore whether America can stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Or will the conflict become President Trump’s own endless war? Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

29mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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The Economist Asks: Edwin Moses

How do you become a world-class athlete? Edwin Moses was undefeated in the 400m hurdles for 9 years, 9 months and 9 days and held the world record on four separate occasions. Anne McElvoy asks Moses, the chair of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, if state-sponsored doping can be eradicated, how the pandemic is affecting the Olympic Games and what does protest in sport achieve. Also, how should intersex and trans women compete in sports?Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/podcastoffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

29mins

30 Jul 2020

Rank #6

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Special: Liveable and Unliveable Cities

Anne McElvoy hosts a response to the Economist Intelligence Unit's recent survey of the world's cities, which ranks them by liveability. Talking to ten Economist correspondents scattered across the globe, she investigates cities in crisis, new destinations for Brexit refugees and the poisoned chalice of urban perfection Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

21mins

15 Sep 2016

Rank #7

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The Economist Asks: The Lincoln Project

President Trump is on course to lose his re-election bid albeit with the second-highest number of votes ever recorded. Anne McElvoy asks Jennifer Horn, founder of the Lincoln Project, a conservative coalition that campaigned against the president, why Trumpism proved so attractive to swathes of America. Beyond the presidency, which forces are the winners and losers of this election? And, The Economist's deputy editor Edward Carr on what record turnout but contested results say about American democracy.Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/podcastoffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

32mins

5 Nov 2020

Rank #8

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The Economist asks: Ben Shapiro

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?Music by Chris Zabriskie, “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

30mins

21 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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The Economist asks: Jordan Peterson

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) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

54mins

24 May 2018

Rank #10

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

Artificial intelligence is developing fast in China. But is it likely to enable the suppression of freedoms? One of China's most successful investors, Neil Shen, has a short answer to that question. Also, Chinese AI companies now have the potential to overtake their Western rivals -- we explain why. Anne McElvoy hosts with The Economist's AI expert, Tom Standage Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

16mins

3 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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The Economist asks: Thirty years on, is Germany still divided?

On November 9th 1989, Anne McElvoy and Conny Günther were in East Berlin watching the impossible—the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thirty years later they retrace their steps to find out how decades of division transformed and still shape German lives. They talk to those who risked their lives tunnelling under the wall to help people escape, delve into the surveillance files kept on them by the Stasi, and hear from a new generation about the future of post-Wall Germany Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

34mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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The Economist asks: Hillary Clinton

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? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

30mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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The Economist asks: How has DNA shaped the human race?

Jason Palmer, editor of the Espresso daily-briefing app, is joined by geneticist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford to get to the bottom of the stories told by human DNA. They discuss the genetics of sprinters, the misguided nature v nurture debate and how promiscuous humans' forebears were. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

18mins

18 Aug 2016

Rank #14

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The Economist Asks: Thomas Piketty

The idea that inequality is rising is being used to explain everything from tribalism to low voter turnout. But how much is known about the gap between the haves and the have-nots, is it growing and why does it matter? Economist Thomas Piketty, dubbed “the modern Marx” for his theories on how wealth concentrates, talks to Anne McElvoy and Henry Curr, The Economist’s economics editor, about his new book, “Capital and Ideology”. They debate how unfair societies can learn from their mistakes and whether inequality is ever in the public interest. Also, why Piketty would like to pay more tax on his bestsellers, and what life with three daughters has taught him about equality in the homePlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/radiooffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

25mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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The Economist asks: Anna Wintour

For more than 30 years as editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour has been the gatekeeper of high style. Anne McElvoy asks if the fashion business can genuinely deliver sustainability and shift catwalk stereotypes. They discuss why Wintour personally avoids social media and the consequences of Donald Trump’s tweets about non-white congresswomen. Also, she addresses why Melania Trump has not been asked to appear on Vogue's cover since becoming first lady Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

29mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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The Economist asks: Admiral McRaven

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

21mins

20 Jul 2017

Rank #17

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The Economist asks: What grounds do we have to be optimistic about an Open Future?

We ask Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now, why he is so optimistic about human progress. We also discuss wars, inequality and should there be more good news on the front pages. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

21mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #18

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The Economist asks: Richard Dawkins

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? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

20mins

2 Nov 2017

Rank #19

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The Economist asks: Is conservatism in crisis?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, George Will, and Adrian Wooldridge, The Economist’s political editor, debate whether the conservatism movement is reorienting into one that chooses populism over prudence and they dissect the challenges that conservatism faces around the world. Anne McElvoy asks them whether the next generation of conservative leaders will be made in the image of Donald Trump. And, can a baseball nation and a cricket nation unite over conservatism? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

25mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #20