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The Intelligence

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Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.

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Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.

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A weekly go-to

By Ozymandias1 - Nov 16 2017
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A critical heads-up. Regularly part of my listening.

Interesting

By skiesapples - Oct 24 2013
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Have been listening since a few day nothing but interesting

iTunes Ratings

523 Ratings
Average Ratings
154
341
9
10
9

A weekly go-to

By Ozymandias1 - Nov 16 2017
Read more
A critical heads-up. Regularly part of my listening.

Interesting

By skiesapples - Oct 24 2013
Read more
Have been listening since a few day nothing but interesting
Cover image of The Intelligence

The Intelligence

Updated 26 days ago

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Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.

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Rank #1: To all, concern: a climate-change special

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As the Global Climate Strike gets under way, we look at all matters climatic. History shows that fervent debate—and self-interested misinformation—go back to the mid-20th century. Uncertainties in scientists’ climate models are swamped by uncertainties about what people will do. And, plenty of people are already adapting to climate change, but that presents its own risks. Finally, climate-minded artists add their voices to the debates.

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Sep 20 2019
23 mins
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Rank #2: I can do that, Dave: AI and warfare

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Artificial intelligence is making its way into every aspect of life, including military conflict. We look at the thorny legal and ethical issues that the newest arms race raises. Three executives from Fukushima’s melted-down nuclear-power plant were cleared of negligence today, but the disaster’s aftermath is far from over. And, what a swish new Chinese restaurant in Havana says about China-Cuba relations.

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Sep 19 2019
21 mins
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Rank #3: Ursa minor: Russia-China relations

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In the 20th century Russia was the more powerful partner. Take a look at the flows of money and influence today, though, and it’s clear the situation has reversed. Part-time work first took hold because it offered flexibility to women just entering the labour market—but it costs them both in terms of pay and prospects. And, a look at the burgeoning sports-betting market in Ethiopia.

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Sep 18 2019
21 mins
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Rank #4: Always be my Bibi? Israel back at the polls

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The country has never had two elections in a year, and the second looks to be as close-run as the first. Could that at last spell the end of the Binyamin Netanyahu era? A mysterious illness linked to e-cigarettes has now killed seven Americans—but vaping is still less dangerous smoking. Also, we consider the lobster roll, and a wider truth it reveals about lunch economics.

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Sep 17 2019
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Rank #5: Pipe down: attacks on Saudi oil

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Strikes on the world’s largest refinery are bad news for the state oil firm ahead of a record-breaking stock listing—and worse news for the proxy war between Iran and America. Another coming listing is that of WeWork; we consider whether the office-rental firm can prove its critics wrong. And, how the Spanish Inquisition is affecting some Europhile British Jews.


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Sep 16 2019
22 mins
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Rank #6: To Viktor, more spoils: Hungary’s autocracy

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He was once a liberal reformer, but now no institution is safe from Viktor Orban’s iron grip. His transformation into an autocrat is a troubling lesson about the decline of liberal democracies. Afghanistan’s drug trade has for decades mostly meant opium and heroin; thanks to a native bush, now methamphetamines are on the rise. And, a look at the resurgent musical genre called yacht rock. Additional audio: Soundsnap

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Sep 13 2019
21 mins
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Rank #7: Trust issues: Huawei’s radical plan

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The tech giant finds itself enmeshed in a broad battle between China and America. But Huawei’s boss has an idea that might extricate it: selling off its 5G crown jewels. The battle isn’t only in technology; the documentary “American Factory” examines what happens when a Chinese company comes to Ohio. And, the surprising ease of shutting down an airport using drones.

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Sep 12 2019
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Rank #8: Scapegoating: xenophobia in South Africa

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Migrants have become a convenient scapegoat for South Africans frustrated by a slumping economy and rampant unemployment—and for the politicians who might otherwise take the blame. We take a look at the ever-sharper divisions in America’s abortion debate. And, why the improbably complex business of getting cabs in Beirut is preferred over disrupters like Uber. Additional audio courtesy of Soweton

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Sep 11 2019
19 mins
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Rank #9: Things fall apart: Britain’s fading centre-right

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Parliament is suspended for weeks. The Conservative party has been hollowed out. The prime minister’s hopes for an election have been dashed, twice. What does all this portend for the Tory party? And a special election in a solidly Republican district in North Carolina may shed light on President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. Also, a look at the unsung human superpower of language.

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Sep 10 2019
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Rank #10: Tali-banned: Trump calls off Afghan peace talks

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President Trump has abruptly cancelled talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, raising fears of renewed internal strife. Wales dabbles in nationalism, and it could follow the Scottish push for separatism. Finally, could a deal finally be on the horizon in the US-China trade war? Our correspondent searches for answers in the well-stuffed secrets of Chinese upholstery.

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Sep 09 2019
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