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    Tax brakes: Britain's PM contenders on the economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 24:55

    As a clear lead hardens and the appointment of a new prime minister looms, both contenders are making noises about cutting taxes. But would either have a firm grip on the country's long-term woes? The vast makeover of Ethiopia's capital city—despite a grinding civil war—is an idealised vision of the country's future. And figuring out why thinking hard is so exhausting. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    The WY and the wherefore: Liz Cheney's loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 26:10

    Wyoming's sole representative in the House, once a Republican leading light and now a pariah for her views on Donald Trump, has been ousted from Congress. We attend her election-night defeat. The science behind behavioural nudges seems to be on increasingly shaky ground. And investigating the UAE's questionable plans to make more rain. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Class action: Kenya gets a new president

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 22:03

    The names are familiar but the establishment-choice and rabble-rouser roles are reversed. That the vote was along class lines rather than ethnicity marks an important shift. Will the result stand? For years Mexico was seen merely as a conduit for illegal drugs; now it has a growing user base as well. And the rising number of Americans bringing guns onto flights. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Poorer, hungrier, safer? Afghanistan one year on

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 23:20

    Rights for women and girls have regressed by decades; the economy is cratering. Yet, for many rural Afghans, things are actually better than they were before America scarpered. Silicon Valley types once righteously spurned the military-industrial establishment—now they're queuing up to fund defence startups. And the surprising truth about the most famous scene in “Bambi”, which is turning 80.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Crimea punishment: A Russian airfield in ruins

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 26:15

    The airbase in Crimea 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, not oil supermajors, are the biggest impediment to a green-energy transition. And pondering the pleasures of barbecue.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Teflon Don: Trump's legal woes

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 24:10

    Donald Trump 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 increasingly rests on services rather than just hardware. And how France is coping with a mustard shortage.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Latin-ex Democrats: Republicans and Hispanic voters

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 24:04

    Our series 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 is a bid to unleash their commercial potential. And meeting a Thai dissident issuing dystopian pop music from self-imposed exile. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Strike repose: Hamas sits out Gaza violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 23:21

    A ceasefire is holding after a weekend of deadly strikes. We ask why Hamas, the Palestinian movement that controls Gaza, did not get involved. As Generation Z tentatively enters the workforce, they are clamouring 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. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Greenlighted: American climate legislation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 26:56

    On Sunday America's Senate passed the most-ambitious climate legislation in the country's history, giving Democrats and President Joe Biden a huge win heading into the midterms. Why Africa is experiencing a boom in startups. And the nascent, necessary efforts to understand how the menstrual cycle affects athletic performance. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Our summer special: a despot, a magic trick and a star

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 36:07

    In a bumper episode, we highlight a summer's-worth of deeply reported stories from 1843, our sister magazine: we profile Muhammad bin Salman, the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, who is both a liberalising reformer and a fearsome consolidator of power. We ask why magicians are behind so many viral videos. And we explore humanity's long-running ambivalence toward the sun. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Real rate of return: Ukraine's Kherson bid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 21:24

    As Russia's campaign in the eastern Donbas region loses steam, our correspondent finds Ukraine's efforts to recapture Kherson 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 that predict how worried people are about climate change. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Nancy meeting you here: a tetchy Taiwan trip

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 22:24

    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 and what it means for Taiwan. Crowdfunding is making a real difference in the war in Ukraine—but its effects vary between the two sides. And a close listen to a young pianist's prizewinning Rachmaninoff-concerto performance.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Not-so-safe house: America kills al-Qaeda leader

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 24:11

    For decades Ayman al-Zawahiri was the chief ideologue of the terrorist group. We ask what his death in Afghanistan means for the broader jihadist movement. A vote on abortion in Kansas today is a sharp test of the electorate following the gutting of Roe v Wade. And remembering Diane Kennedy, an indefatigable food writer and champion of Mexican cuisine.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Blistering pace: monkeypox spreads

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 24:22

    As the first fatal cases outside Africa are reported, we investigate the response 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. And where education is failing even amid encouraging enrolment numbers.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Deus ex Manchina: American climate legislation's revival

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 22:55

    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 on Wednesday. Mr Biden looks likely to notch a major legislative win heading into the midterms. Why women's sports are booming. And remembering a fighter for democracy in Myanmar.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Getting more interesting: the Fed raises rates

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 24:35

    America's central bank has raised 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. And the region where the gender divide in obesity rates is highest. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Kicking the canister down the road: EU energy policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 19:21

    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 further cuts as winter approaches. A new research review suggests the decades-long reliance on SSRIs to treat depression was based on a false premise. And why Dakar's plant vendors show such high levels of trust. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Two to make a quarrel: the battle to be Britain's PM

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 22:58

    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. What will the mud-slinging do for the party's image? We examine a potentially simple solution to address the Catholic Church's problem with child abuse. And why prices are skyrocketing at posh hotels. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    With the grain, assault: Ukraine's iffy deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 25:05

    Missile strikes on the port of Odessa have dimmed hopes 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 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. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Duty unbound: the January 6th hearings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 26:03

    Last night, the committee 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 in interest rates. And the money motivations of Bangladesh's loosening booze laws. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Knock-down, Draghi-out fight: Italy in turmoil

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 22:40

    For the second time in a week, Prime Minister Mario Draghi has tendered his resignation as his motley coalition government splintered further. The upheaval could not come at a worse time for the country. The pandemic's devastating costs not only to children's learning but also to their development are becoming clearer. And researchers are getting bacteria to make jet fuel.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Variable-fate mortgage: China's protests

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 23:43

    Property developers are going belly-up, home-buyers are not paying mortgages, protests after a banking scandal have been quashed. We ask about the instability still to come. Ukraine's new HIMARS rocket launchers are proving exceedingly effective against Russian forces. And a look at Britain's world-leading collection of diseases-in-a-dish.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    To a greater degree: widespread heatwaves

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 24:21

    Vast stretches of the temperate world are baking or burning, and as climate change marches on widespread heatwaves will only grow more intense 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. And a look at where Ukraine can store its considerable grain harvest. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Steal girders: Brazil's fraught coming election

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 23:11

    President Jair Bolsonaro, an unabashed fan of Donald Trump, is telegraphing 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. And why America is rebranding a much-maligned fish.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Jeddah mind trick: Joe Biden in Saudi Arabia

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 22:02

    Joe Biden lands in Saudi Arabia 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 in Latin American schools, and explain why dinosaurs outcompeted other species.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A bird out of hand: Elon Musk and Twitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 21:25

    Elon Musk wants out of his deal to buy Twitter 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. 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 The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bravery behind bars: Alexei Navalny imprisoned

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 20:19

    Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition figure, has been transferred to a brutal prison. Other Kremlin opponents have been imprisoned or exiled, as Russia has grown more repressive since invading Ukraine. The world's population will hit 8bn 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 The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Field work: The race to succeed Boris Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 23:36

    The race 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 should have all the rights that people do. And why Egypt's government has turned against its historic houseboats.To sign up for today's webinar about Britain's future after Boris Johnson's resignation, sign up at www.economist.com/borisresignsFor full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Gota goes: Sri Lanka's president resigns

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 22:09

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's president, announced he will step down 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 are well placed to weather a downturn. And remembering Peter Brook, 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Tragedy in Japan: the killing of Abe Shinzo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 24:12

    Japan's prime minister from 2006-07 and 2012-20 died after being shot at a campaign event. Our Tokyo bureau chief analyses the implications for the country and its politics. The resurgence 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 that may soon pick your vegetables.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Send out the clown: Boris agrees to go

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 20:18

    Boris Johnson is standing down 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—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. Additional music courtesy of Urban Saint.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Rishi, you were here: Boris Johnson's woes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 21:46

    Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, Britain's finance and health ministers respectively, resigned 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 of post-pandemic public transport. And how off-the-shelf drones are making a difference in Ukraine's war. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Pressure gauged: the road to recessions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 22:29

    Hints are turning to hard data: economic slowdowns are coming. We ask about the threat of recessions in different regions and about the effects they may have. The reckless behaviour 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 textbook economics. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Southern strategy: the coming bid to retake Kherson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 22:42

    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? Mexico's official missing-persons list has topped 100,000; our correspondent describes the skyrocketing total and piecemeal efforts to slow its rise. And research suggests that people choose their friends at least in part by smell. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Power strip: SCOTUS's environmental ruling

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 27:09

    America's Supreme Court has essentially shorn the Environmental Protection Agency of its agency in making national policy. We ask what that means for the climate-change fight. Hong Kong is marking 25 years since its handover from Britain to China; the promised “one country, two systems” approach is all but gone already. And why moustaches are back in Iraq.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Son rise: the Philippines' next President Marcos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 22:21

    It is a remarkable turnaround for a notorious family: the late dictator's son just took the reins. But how will he govern? Scotland's separatist party is again pushing for an independence referendum. That will probably fail—and empower the very prime minister that many Scots love to hate. And, why pilots in Ukraine are using an outdated, inaccurate missile-delivery technique. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Uprising tide: the coming inflation-driven unrest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 21:58

    In a global period of belt-tightening, popular anger will spill over. Our correspondent visits places where powderkegs seem closest to being lit; our predictive model suggests where might be next. China's spies have a deserved reputation for hacking and harassing—but fall surprisingly short on other spooky skills. And why America is suffering a shortfall of lifeguards. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A force awakens: NATO's new game plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 24:50

    War in Ukraine has stiffened the alliance's spine; leaders meeting this week will refashion troop-deployment plans reflecting a vastly changed security situation. The property sector makes a staggering contribution to carbon emissions, but our correspondent says it is not cleaning up nearly as fast as other industries are. And reflecting on the life of Roman Ratushny, a steely Ukrainian activist.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Comings to term: America's abortion-rights rollback

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 25:03

    The Supreme Court ruling has convulsed the country; passing the question of abortion rights to the states will divide America yet further. We ask what it means for the court to go so plainly against public opinion, examine the woeful effects the changing scenario will have on women and speak to one woman whose life was saved by a now-threatened procedure. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Shooting from the hip: The Supreme Court expands gun rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 25:59

    Yesterday, America's Supreme Court issued its most important Second Amendment ruling in more than a decade, striking down a New York law that tightly regulated concealed carrying of guns. The ruling means cities will probably see a lot more armed people. Our correspondent caught up with Ukraine's First Lady. And new research into the origins of the Black Death. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Pride and prejudice: China's LGBT crackdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 22:12

    In much of the world, things are improving for sexual minorities. The opposite is true in China, where authorities are cracking down on the LGBT community. Bangladesh is suffering its worst flooding in living memory, but with a surprisingly low death toll (so far). And which city topped the EIU's annual Liveability Index. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Eastern encroaches: Ukraine's losses in Donbas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 26:35

    Russia is making steady, piecemeal gains in the region; Ukrainian forces are simply outgunned. That disparity defines the war's progression—for now. More than 20 countries have radio stations run by and for prisoners, giving those inside a voice. And why a cannabis derivative is proving popular among Japan's elderly. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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