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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.

    Checks and Balance: Life choices

    Checks and Balance: Life choices

    When the Supreme Court declined to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after six weeks, it gave the strongest signal yet that its conservative majority is prepared to deny women the right to an abortion. Nearly fifty years after Roe v Wade, might that landmark ruling soon be overturned? 


    Legal historian Mary Ziegler assesses Roe’s chances of survival. We look back to when the abortion debate turned deadly. And pro-life activist Kyleen Wright tells us why liberals are wrong to accuse her movement of hypocrisy. 


    John Prideaux hosts with Mian Ridge and Jon Fasman.


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    • 40 min
    Sub plot: the AUKUS alliance

    Sub plot: the AUKUS alliance

    The alliance between America, Britain and Australia has enormous significance, most of all for its nuclear-submarine provisions. We look at the global realignment it represents. The container-shipping industry has had a wild year and its prices reflect the vast disarray; we ask whether things will, or should, get back to normal. And the growing trend of politicians’ media-production companies.
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    The Economist Asks: Scott Gottlieb

    The Economist Asks: Scott Gottlieb

    As President Biden pushes to get more Americans fully jabbed, Anne McElvoy asks the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration whether America’s vaccine mandates will work. The author of “Uncontrolled Spread” discusses the failures in handling the covid-19 pandemic and the efficacy of booster shots. And, what is the best temperature to cook a steak?


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    Shake, rattle the roles: Britain’s cabinet reshuffle

    Shake, rattle the roles: Britain’s cabinet reshuffle

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has re-allocated a number of key government posts. We ask how the changes reflect his political standing and what they mean for his agenda. A first-of-its-kind study that deliberately infected participants with the coronavirus is ending; we examine the many answers such research can provide. And the rural places aiming to capitalise on their dark skies.
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    Money Talks: Alice in DeFi-land

    Money Talks: Alice in DeFi-land

    After a painstakingly slow start, the financial system is now digitising fast. Alice Fulwood, The Economist’s US finance correspondent, and host Rachana Shanbhogue explore the different emerging models shaping the future of money and payments. 


    With David Marcus, head of Facebook Financial and Novi, its new digital wallet system; Benoît Cœuré, head of innovation at the Bank for International Settlements, a club of central banks (recorded at the 2021 Eurofi forum) and Lex Sokolin, head of decentralised finance at ConsenSys, a blockchain software firm.


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    • 31 min
    Hunger gains: Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

    Hunger gains: Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

    Economic collapse and halting international aid following the Taliban’s takeover have compounded shortages that were already deepening; we examine the unfolding disaster. The verdict in a blockbuster case against Apple might look like a win for the tech giant; a closer read reveals new battle lines. And the data that reveal how polluters behave when regulators are not watching.
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
668 Ratings

668 Ratings

Betsy Jean Ziff ,

Great podcast

Very interesting variety of topics and reporting. My only complaint is the ads interrupting mid-sentence.

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Strangely Soothing

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During the pandemic, especially, as well as the fraught years of Trump’s presidency, The Economist Radio podcast has presented, I believe, an incredibly balanced perspective of current events. In a time in which the news media feels almost hysterically polarized, it is not only refreshing, but quite reassuring to hear different views presented calmly and rationally. Economist Radio feels like one of the few remaining bastions of reasonableness in the news, and I value this podcast so much for that reason alone.

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