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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.
 

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    Lost in stagnation? Japan’s economic paradox

    Lost in stagnation? Japan’s economic paradox

    After decades of torpor, is Japan recovering its dynamism? Our correspondent turns to an ancient bento box merchant to test Japan’s economic future. A new study shows how few therapies tested on animals end up being applied to humans (10:02). And if you don’t know a pickle fork from a fish fork, it could be time to take an etiquette class (16:28).
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    • 21 min
    Shelf life: the wild success story of a Chinese grocer

    Shelf life: the wild success story of a Chinese grocer

    Amid China’s economic slowdown, a small supermarket chain in Henan province is thriving against the odds. Pangdonglai’s focus on exceptional service, transparency and quality products draws queues to its shops and is raising the bar for what consumers expect from their local supermarkets.

    David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief and Don Weinland, our China business and finance editor, take you inside Pangdonglai and ask: what can the wild success of one local supermarket chain tell us about China today?

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    An assassination attempt: what next for America?

    An assassination attempt: what next for America?

    After the shocking attempt to kill former President Donald Trump, how will America respond? Though leaders have called for calm, the risk is that an already hate-filled campaign could take a darker turn (11:06). Our correspondents consider the consequences for the two candidates, the presidential race and America at large
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    • 19 min
    The Weekend Intelligence: The battle over America’s soul

    The Weekend Intelligence: The battle over America’s soul

    When Oklahoma erected a monument to the Ten Commandments at their state capitol in 2012 a little-known secular movement called the Satanic Temple responded by unveiling their design for their own monument- of Baphomet and applying for permission to install it. 

    Their stunt, an attempt to underscore America’s foundational separation of faith and state, resulted in Oklahoma’s supreme court ruling that the monument violated the constitution. The Satanists claimed victory.

    What the Satanic Temple had spotted in 2012 was the start of a broader attempt to insert God into government, a bold plan to reshape US politics that has grown in influence over the past decade and found its emissary in Donald Trump. 

    Today, the Satanic church, which has also expanded since Oklahoma, now finds itself caught in an ideological battle over the right to keep religion separate from state and out of politics

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    An officer and a gen AI: the future of war

    An officer and a gen AI: the future of war

    Artificial intelligence is already making a difference in the theatre of war, and more involvement will certainly come. That raises a host of thorny ethical issues. In some cases, scientists just clocked, extinct beasts’ DNA can be extraordinarily well preserved—revealing once-inaccessible biological secrets (10:43). And remembering Pål Enger, who never quite knew why he felt compelled to steal “The Scream” (19:25).
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    • 26 min
    Age-old problem: America's gerontocracy

    Age-old problem: America's gerontocracy

    Despite calls that he is unfit to serve, Joe Biden is determined to stay in the race for president. He's not the only politician reluctant to let go. America's legislators are the oldest in the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries. What's behind their staying power at the top of politics? And what impact have they had on the country?

    Charlotte Howard hosts with John Prideaux and Idrees Kahloon. They’re joined by Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution.

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