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The world is on fire. There's a coup. A former president is being indicted. Inflation is through the roof, and AI is taking our jobs. What does it all mean? Each week, Matt Bevan explains the biggest story in world news while hiding in his basement from assassins and authoritarian regimes.

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The world is on fire. There's a coup. A former president is being indicted. Inflation is through the roof, and AI is taking our jobs. What does it all mean? Each week, Matt Bevan explains the biggest story in world news while hiding in his basement from assassins and authoritarian regimes.

    The Ayatollah who dreamed of an Iranian caliphate

    The Ayatollah who dreamed of an Iranian caliphate

    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was a revolutionary leader with a revolutionary idea.

    In just 10 years as Supreme Leader, Iran became a global pariah; virtually friendless in the international community.

    Yet when he died, millions of Iranians hysterically grieved his death.

    In today's episode, how Ayatollah Khomeini changed the course of Middle Eastern history, and how his ideas are still affecting us today.

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    • 17 min
    How the Shah's cancer led to Iran's rift with the US

    How the Shah's cancer led to Iran's rift with the US

    In 1974, the Shah of Iran was diagnosed with cancer.

    It led to a Shakespearean tragedy that brought about the end of the Iranian monarchy and shaped the Middle East conflict we're seeing today.

    As open warfare between the US and Iran becomes more and more likely by the day, it's worth remembering that it all started with something tiny — a small lump in the spleen of one man.

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    • 16 min
    How Houthi rebels are embarrassing the world's biggest navy

    How Houthi rebels are embarrassing the world's biggest navy

    The Red Sea is the most trafficked trade route in the world, and now the US Navy and a group of militant Houthi rebels are going to war over it.

    The Houthis are attacking ships it says are linked to Israel and its allies; America is desperately trying to stop them. I mean, America might not get directly involved in the Israel-Gaza conflict, but you bet they'll protect their trade routes.

    The stakes couldn't be higher — if the US can't prove they have this under control, plenty of other groups around the world might decide to try their hand at blocking global trade as well.

    Editor's note: This introduction has been edited to clarify that not only Israeli ships have been targeted in Houthi attacks.

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    • 16 min
    Can Zelenskyy get the world to care about Ukraine again?

    Can Zelenskyy get the world to care about Ukraine again?

    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has a new problem. As well as fighting Russia, he also has to fight Israel and Hamas for the world's attention.

    The shift in attention to Gaza has already meant Ukraine has lost crucial support.

    The question is — can Zelenskyy get the world to care about Ukraine again? And if not, what will that mean for the war?

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    • 18 min
    What is China's "panda diplomacy"?

    What is China's "panda diplomacy"?

    China's pandas are not just pandas. They're diplomats.

    You're friendly to China? You get a panda. You criticise China? You get no pandas.

    In recent years China has been hostile toward the West, with the most literal symbol of their displeasure being the withdrawal of their pandas from zoos around the world.

    And yet, Chinese President Xi Jinping appears to be having a change of heart.

    This may indicate something very important — a return to a more peaceful relationship with the West.

    But why? And why are pandas the key to understanding it?

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    • 18 min
    Can OpenAI save us from a robot apocalypse?

    Can OpenAI save us from a robot apocalypse?

    The world's most famous artificial intelligence company, OpenAI — the creator of ChatGPT — was set up to create a superintelligent AI, while at the same time safeguarding humanity from an omnipotent robot overlord which could enslave us all.

    But last week the company fell into chaos. OpenAI fired its wunderkind CEO Sam Altman.

    Just days later, under intense pressure, Sam Altman was put back in charge and the entire board was booted.

    So is an AI apocalypse possible, and with Altman back in charge, will OpenAI be able to protect us from its own robots?

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Customer Reviews

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4.7K Ratings

Edda Marine ,

Excellent

The episodes about the background of Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran were just excellent. I find the presenter to be impartial and objective, and I entertaining at the same time.

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Required listening

In a world full of content, this podcast series stands out as one of the best. Detailed info about world events, insights into backgrounds and causes and objective commentary fill episodes. This is top quality journalism at its best. Too bad episodes aren’t longer - they always seem to end too quickly.

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Informative and entertaining

Matt is a great storyteller.

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