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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

    Is Britain paying the price for its green energy push?

    Is Britain paying the price for its green energy push?

    Energy prices are spiking in the UK, as gas prices soar and wind turbines stop spinning. The UK's shift to green energy is the envy of the world, but Tanya Beckett asks if there is a lesson for other countries in how to go about it.

    • 22 min
    Is China’s economy in trouble?

    Is China’s economy in trouble?

    For decades China's economic growth has been the envy of the western world. But current signs suggest all is not well.
    Regulations brought in by government to curb businesses reliance on debt have badly hit the its second largest real estate developer, Evergrande and manufacturing output has been hit by power shortages.
    So is China’s economy in trouble?

    Experts:
    Sara Hsu, visiting scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai
    Michael Pettis, Finance Professor at Peking University and a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment
    Iris Pang, ING's Chief Economist for Greater China
    Travis Lundy, independent research analyst in Hong Kong

    Presenter: Charmaine Cozier
    Researcher: Chris Blake
    Production Co-ordinator: Jacqui Johnson
    Sound Engineer: Neil Churchill
    Producer: Ben Carter
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    (Image: People commute in front of the under-construction Guangzhou Evergrande football stadium in Guangzhou, China's southern Guangdong province on September 17, 2021. (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

    • 22 min
    Is Brazil heading for a constitutional crisis?

    Is Brazil heading for a constitutional crisis?

    The President of Brazil is reluctant to play by the rules. Elections are due next year and Bolsonaro is increasingly at loggerheads with his country’s democratic system. Between battles with the Supreme Court and a push to change the voting system, he is willing to go to great lengths to secure a second term.

    Tanya Beckett takes a closer look at Brazil’s politics and whether the country’s constitution is being tested.

    Researcher: Natasha Fernandes

    Editor: Richard Vadon

    (Bolsonaro waves to supporters during a demonstration on Brazil's Independence Day, 7th Sept 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit: Alexandre Schneider /Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    Will America ban abortion?

    Will America ban abortion?

    A restriction on abortion from as early as six weeks into pregnancy is now law in Texas. The state has also outsourced enforcing it to private citizens who can get up to $10,000 if they sue those who perform or assist an abortion that breaks the ban.

    As lawmakers in other American states intend to follow Texas Charmaine Cozier finds out what it means for the political hotspot that is abortion provision in the US.

    Presenter and producer: Charmaine Cozier
    Researched by: Christopher Blake
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    (abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept 11 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

    • 24 min
    Should the knowledge needed to make the Covid-19 vaccines be freely available to all?

    Should the knowledge needed to make the Covid-19 vaccines be freely available to all?

    In May, the Biden administration surprised the world by saying it would not object on an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines.

    America has been a staunch defender of patent protections, which bar new inventions being cheaply copied around the world. So, the first reactions to the announcement were - amazement, really. Second reactions tended to depend on which side of this debate you were on.

    Who should be the gatekeepers of the knowledge which underpins the development of cutting edge pharmaceutical breakthroughs, like Covid-19 vaccines? In this week’s Inquiry, Sandra Kanthal finds out why the answer to that question really depends on who you ask.

    Producer: Sandra Kanthal
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    (Logos of various companies producing the Covid-19 vaccine. Credit: Artur Widak/Getty Images)

    • 24 min
    Did America get its response to the attacks of 9/11 right?

    Did America get its response to the attacks of 9/11 right?

    In the wake of the attacks of 9/11, the United States took several measures at home and abroad to prevent such atrocities happening on its soil again. Twenty years later and after two bitter wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, did America get its response to the attacks of 9/11 right?

    (U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in the Shahi Kot mountains, Afghanistan 2002 . Credit: Jim Hollander/Getty Images)

    • 23 min

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