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Every weekday our global network of correspondents makes sense of the stories beneath the headlines. We bring you surprising trends and tales from around the world, current affairs, business and finance—as well as science and technology.

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Unpicking the thread: forced labour in Xinjiang

Sanctions are tightening around the Chinese province amid suspicions of forced labour. Western firms that are reliant on the region’s cotton and other commodities are in a bind. The pandemic has shown the merits of some governments’ digitised bureaucracies, but rushing the digital shift comes with risks. And how Canada’s border closures threaten a tiny town in remotest Alaska. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

9 Sep 2020

Rank #1

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Editor’s Picks: June 29th 2020

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the next catastrophe and how to survive it; (9:40) the risks of annexation for Israel; (21:50) and the Wirecard scandal. Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/podcastofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

28 Jun 2020

Rank #2

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And then, winter: ten years after the Arab Spring

A revolutionary conflagration a decade ago has almost entirely flickered out. We ask what happened to all the optimism and why real change has been so hard to achieve. A widely watched lawsuit reveals the slow march of feminism in China, one case at a time. And a look back at Ludwig van Beethoven’s life and work, 250 years on. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23mins

17 Dec 2020

Rank #3

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Arms within reach: Israel's vaccination lead

Aggressive purchasing, solid logistics and a competitive health-care system have led to a world-beating rate of immunisation—but, as ever, politics is playing a role, too. Big oil had a terrible 2020, but the sector’s troubles pre-date the pandemic; we look at the supermajors’ varying approaches to an uncertain future. And how covid-19 is reshaping China’s clubbing scene.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23mins

4 Jan 2021

Rank #4

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Checks and Balance: Ctrl Alt Delete

Joe Biden faces multiple crises after four years that often resembled a denial-of-service attack on American governance. How will the new administration reboot Washington? Washington residents reflect on an unusual inauguration, we look back to previous presidencies birthed in crises, and speak to Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the Brookings Institution about repairing the machinery of government.John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.The Economist data team tracks Joe Biden’s first 100 daysFor access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/USpodSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

22 Jan 2021

Rank #5

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Checks and Balance: Poor choices

Congress must decide whether to extend federal aid for the unemployed beyond July. Ten million more Americans are out of work than in February, but evidence has emerged of falling poverty levels due to the stimulus. Could the coronavirus change the politics of poverty?John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

10 Jul 2020

Rank #6

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Futurewatch: The death of cash

As digital payments become the norm, will there be a need for cash? The Economist’s Finance editor Helen Joyce takes a look behind the scenes of the future, from Sweden to Shanghai. She explores how digital payments will transform the economy, and how they risk leaving some people behindPlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radioofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

16mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Checks and Balance: California vice

After a deliberately quiet few months, Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden seized the news cycle this week by announcing Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. We hear about what she really stands for. And we ask what her time as California’s Attorney General tells us about how she would wield power in practice.John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpodSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

14 Aug 2020

Rank #8

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Much to repair: Biden’s first day on the job

The watchword was unity as Joe Biden took office—he struck a calming tone and got immediately to work. We analyse the gargantuan tasks that lie ahead. Messaging services such as WhatsApp provide a needed online forum; as users flood to new apps we examine questions of privacy and security. And the Parisian street artist depicting brutal protests to unsettling effect.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

21 Jan 2021

Rank #9

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Coming write-up: Chile votes to overhaul its constitution

The country has roundly rejected its dictatorship-era charter and mapped out how to fashion a new one. What do Chileans stand to gain—and to lose? Rising populations of the elderly in the world’s prisons are creating deepening problems, both for jailers and the jailed. And we explore a theory that blames political chaos on too many would-be elites.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

26 Oct 2020

Rank #10

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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 ladySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Checks and Balance: Out of control

The United States is home to the world’s most renowned disease-fighting agency, the CDC. Americans might have expected its scientists to coordinate a testing programme, public health messaging and supplies to keep the pandemic under control. That hasn’t happened. America faces a secondary surge of coronavirus cases not seen anywhere else in the world. Can America beat covid-19?This episode includes excerpts from CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield’s interview with the Economist Asks podcast.John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpodSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

17 Jul 2020

Rank #12

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Checks and Balance: The American way

America has passed a grim milestone: 100,000 deaths from covid-19. Many Americans think the country has been hit uniquely hard and that the president’s bungled response is to blame. That view is not borne out by international comparisons. But, as all 50 states reopen with the virus still prevalent, Americans are right to be nervous. How will America’s efforts to recover impact the presidential race?John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, hosts with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman. US policy correspondent Idrees Kahloon and Henry Curr, our economics editor, also join.For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: www.economist.com/pod2020.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36mins

29 May 2020

Rank #13

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Futurewatch: The future of banking

Futurewatch: The future of bankingWill the bricks and mortar of high-street banks be replaced by the silicon chips of data centres? Looking at the rise of "neobanks" around the world, The Economist’s finance editor Helen Joyce explores how technology is changing traditional bankingPlease subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radioofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Editor’s Picks: June 7th 2019

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the second half of humanity is joining the internet. Citizens of the emerging world will change the web and it will change them. Next, could the slaughter of pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum be Sudan’s Tiananmen? (7:43) And, why baseball reflects America’s desire to be different (14:39)See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Checks and Balance: Leaving today

New York became the epicentre of the pandemic when it first hit America. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have died of covid-19. An estimated 300,000 have left the city as its health infrastructure stretched beyond capacity, schools closed, and crime spiked. The loss of commuters and tourists leaves a huge hole in the city's finances. But the city has bounced back from bankruptcy, and worse, before. Can it recover in 2021?We speak to funeral director Sal Farenga and Kelley Cabrera, a nurse in The Bronx. Kathryn Wylde of The Partnership for New York City tells us recovery is not guaranteed.John Prideaux, The Economist's US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.For access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe: economist.com/2020electionpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

1 Jan 2021

Rank #16

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The Economist asks: Where does power lie in America?

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams was the first African-American woman to win a major-party nomination for governor in 2018, narrowly losing to the incumbent she accused of suppressing non-white votes. Anne McElvoy asks what the fraught Georgia race taught her, whether identity politics is a benefit or drawback to her party -  and whether she would serve as Joe Biden’s vice-president. Also, who would Abrams, as spy novelist, like to see in the role of James Bond?Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radioofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Checks and Balance: Disruptor-in-chief

How far has President Donald Trump delivered on his promise to remake American power in the world? With so much attention focused on the impeachment drama originating in Ukraine, John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, identifies the places more likely to determine the fate of Trump’s presidency. And has America’s global standing been damaged as Trump’s critics allege? Co-hosts Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman debate President Trump’s foreign policy with David Rennie, Beijing bureau chief, and Shashank Joshi, defence editor.Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radioofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

24 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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

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 ____________________ For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, go to www.economist.com/radiooffer ____________________ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

29 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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The Economist Asks: Bill Gates

Our editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes asks the philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft what it will take to defeat the coronavirus. They talk about why a Biden presidency might not transform America’s prospects of defeating the pandemic. And, as rich countries scramble to be front of the queue for vaccines, should it be down to charitable billionaires to fund vaccinating the world's poorest?Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/podcastofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

20 Aug 2020

Rank #20