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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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    • 4.6, 287 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
287 Ratings

287 Ratings

Doyleberry ,

Most interesting and effective news summaries

You can’t beat 3 topical news pieces in 20min. With balanced views and some great questions from the intelligence team.

Nickxvan ,

Daily Brain Food ...

Thanks to the Intelligence team for a great show - this is my daily commute brain food while driving the streets of Johannesburg South Africa! It is so great to get an international news perspective which is objective, current and interesting ... keeps us sharp. I look forward to more ...

GCTLewis ,

Healthy but Still Tasty Vegetables

I listen to a lot of podcasts. A lot of podcasts.

The vast majority of which are of little intellectual value. I get pangs of guilt that I should stretch myself and be better informed so I make myself listen to a daily news based podcast a day. It was a chore for the longest time and kind of pointless. The podcast would be on in the background but I’d zone out and not actually take it in...

Till I discovered the Economist podcast.

Well, goshdarnit, a news and current affairs pod I actually enjoy!

It manages to be informative and really interesting without pandering or being pretentious.

A couple of examples...

A piece about the reclusive Algerian President. Elderly and sick he hadn’t been seen in public since 2014. Yet supposedly he’s running the country. Fascinating. My previous knowledge of Algeria would barely fill a postage stamp.

Then you’ll have a lighter but no less interesting report on the rise of competitive male pole dancing. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.

And each piece is long enough to tell you what you need to know without outstaying it’s welcome and becoming boring.

The presenter, whose name escapes me, has a lovely voice too. I’d like him to read to me at night when my insomnia kicks in.

This podcast is like eating your veg but they’re covered in mayo or ketchup.

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