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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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    The Intelligence: He said, she fled

    The Intelligence: He said, she fled

    All over the world, young men are identifying more with the political right, even as women drift more to the left. What is behind the gulf, and how to close it? The seeming drop in crime in Naples is not because the notorious mafia activity has disappeared—it has evolved (10:11). And exploring the history and the present of the flat white (17:08).
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    • 22 min
    Babbage: The microbiome-medicine revolution

    Babbage: The microbiome-medicine revolution

    Scientists are still uncovering the myriad ways in which the gut microbiome affects human health. An out-of-kilter ecosystem of microbes can cause diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. But it has also been linked to obesity and conditions such as liver disease and Alzheimer’s. Understanding those connections opens up a new type of medicine. Is the era of microbiome treatments about to arrive?

    Host: Gilead Amit, The Economist’s science correspondent. Contributors: Désirée Prossomariti and Simon Goldenberg of St Thomas’ Hospital in London; Glenn Gibson of the University of Reading; Debbie Shawcross of King’s College London; Matt Cheng, boss of Kanvas Biosciences; Natasha Loder, The Economist's health editor.

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    The Intelligence: The most personal choice

    The Intelligence: The most personal choice

    The case for assisted dying is essentially one of individual freedom—and plenty of Britons support a change in the law to permit it. Japan’s Noto peninsula is still reeling from a New Year’s Day earthquake. It could well have been worse, but geography and demography may ultimately limit improvements to earthquake preparedness (10:46). And the pros and cons of corporate uniforms (18:49).
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    • 26 min
    Drum Tower: South China Seaside

    Drum Tower: South China Seaside

    For centuries, most Chinese turned their back on the sea. But a boom in domestic tourism and the pandemic changed that. Now, whether they want the perfect seaside-selfie or to commune with nature, millions are heading to the beach for the very first time.

    Rosie Blau, The Economist’s international China correspondent, spends a day at Dameisha beach, on China’s southern tip, where she explores what China’s new beach culture reveals about the country today.

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    The Intelligence: A region holds its breath

    The Intelligence: A region holds its breath

    For the first time Iran launched a huge attack on Israel from its own territory, though the effort largely failed. Israel’s response could easily lead to regional war; what is it likely to be? The first of the four criminal trials that Donald Trump faces will get under way today. It is by some margin the tawdriest (11:46). And celebrating the 150th anniversary of Impressionism (20:02).   
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    • 26 min
    The Weekend Intelligence: Everything my Mum left behind

    The Weekend Intelligence: Everything my Mum left behind

    In January, Economist correspondent Rosie Blau’s mum died. She left behind a houseful of possessions, accumulated over a lifetime. Items suffused with memories, items catalogued as useful - in a rainy day kind of way - and items, like toenail clippings and broken tennis rackets, that had no utility at all. In the months since her death, Rosie has been sorting through her mum’s house. The reality and enormity of the task has left her reflecting on her mum’s relationship with stuff and why she kept so much of it.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

Phantomark ,

Loved the Should I Own a Gun episode. Very thoughtful and objective.

As a retired, 20-year Army veteran with Desert Storm and Iraqi freedom experience, I always enjoyed live-fire weapons training. Yet, while consistently qualifying expert with hand guns, rifles, and grenades, etc., I’ve never had the desire to own a personal weapon. I respect responsible gun ownership, while feeling concerned about the consequences irresponsibility has wrought on our society.
Great podcast!!

Kurt in Detroit ,

Our allies and our responsibilities

Our Asian allies are much more committed to there self defense than most of our European allies.I believe we should match or exceed their commitment if necessary. Our NATO allies have been slacking in their efforts and need to step up their efforts. The Chinese threat is much more urgent currently , even though the Russian threat is active. Australia is included in my Asian assessment. We need to find a balance of meeting our commitments and not bankrupting our nation!

Aboghix ,

Highest quality no ads

Always if the highest quality in standards of journalism but free of junk both ads and self aggrandizing statements by politicians. Just good reporting with value added insight.

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