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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.

    Why do US cops keep killing unarmed black men?

    Why do US cops keep killing unarmed black men?

    Why is George Floyd the latest in a long line of unarmed black men killed by US police? Studies show black men are three times more likely to be killed by police in America than white people.

    With Helena Merriman.


    (A man speaks into a bullhorn as demonstrators march in Los Angeles, California. 2 June 2020. Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

    • 22 min
    How far can the Chinese government be blamed for Covid-19?

    How far can the Chinese government be blamed for Covid-19?

    Ever since a mysterious virus was reported in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the world has been watching China.

    Silenced whistleblowers, unregulated wildlife trade in wet markets, limited international cooperation, and even a local biosafety lab have been held up as examples of how China mishandled the crisis. But how far can it be blamed for Covid-19 becoming a pandemic?

    This week on The Inquiry, Kavita Puri asks what the Chinese government could, or should, have done differently to prevent a global catastrophe.

    Producer: Eleanor Biggs
    Presenter: Kavita Puri



    (A man drags a handcart across an emptied road on February 5, 2020 during lockdown in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Getty Images)

    • 24 min
    How will the world pay for Covid-19?

    How will the world pay for Covid-19?

    As governments spend huge sums to get through the coronavirus crisis, how will they fund it all? Slash spending, raise taxes or just accept debt is here to stay?

    With Tanya Beckett.


    (Photo: Variety of world currency notes: Credit: Getty images)

    • 24 min
    Why does Germany have such a low number of deaths from Covid-19?

    Why does Germany have such a low number of deaths from Covid-19?

    To date, 7500 people have lost their lives in Germany in a population of 80 million. Other comparably sized European countries like the UK, France, Italy and Spain – some with smaller populations have deaths far exceeding Germany several times over. In this week’s Inquiry Kavita Puri tries to find out why.

    Producer Jim Frank


    (People walk at Kurfürstendamm, Berlin's popular shopping area during the coronavirus crisis May 2020 Germany. Credit: Maja Hitij /Getty Images)

    • 23 min
    Why are so many ethnic minorities dying in the UK and US?

    Why are so many ethnic minorities dying in the UK and US?

    In news reports and newspapers, pictures of British healthcare workers who have lost their lives to Covid-19 sit side by side.

    And if you look at those faces one thing stands out clearly. Of the 119 cases of NHS deaths more than two thirds are black or an ethnic minority - yet they only make up 20% of the workforce. Figures from the National Health Service in England show a disproportionate number of Covid-19 deaths are amongst these groups. And it’s not just in the UK.

    In the United States on available data – it’s a similar story with African Americans accounting for many more deaths in a community that make up 13% of the population.

    So what’s going on?

    Kavita Puri speaks with:
    Dr Kamlesh Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester
    Professor Kathy Rowan, Director of the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre
    Dr Consuelo Wilkins, Vice President for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Prof John Watkins, Professor Epidemiology, Cardiff University/Public Health Wales

    (Ambulance workers transport patients to St Thomas' Hospital in Westminster, London, UK. Photo credit: Ollie Millington/Getty Images)

    • 24 min
    Why are people attacking 5G mobile phone masts?

    Why are people attacking 5G mobile phone masts?

    Tanya Beckett looks at 5G and examines why it’s become the centre of conspiracy theories linking it to the coronavirus and others. What is it about the latest mobile technology which some find so alarming that it drives them to attack and burn down this infrastructure? And what draws people to conspiracy theories - even when all available evidence says they’re wrong.

    Reporter Tanya Beckett
    Producer Jim Frank

    • 22 min

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