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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 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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    The Intelligence: America’s deeply divided electorate

    The Intelligence: America’s deeply divided electorate

    We have combined polling data to make a detailed portrait of the American electorate. Have a tinker with our interactive model: plug in their age, sex, religion, and more, and let us estimate how your hypothetical voter will vote in the presidential election. Allegations of extortion at the Rafah crossing out of Gaza (09:57). And, a tribute to an heiress-turned-IRA bombmaker (20:17).
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    Checks and Balance: Six months in

    Checks and Balance: Six months in

    Six months after the October 7th attacks, the once solid alliance between America and Israel is beginning to fray. Joe Biden has called Binyamin Netanyahu’s approach in Gaza “a mistake”. But what does the Biden administration want right now?

    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon. They’re joined by Aaron David Miller of The Carnegie Endowment and The Economist’s Anshel Pfeffer.

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    The Intelligence: The race to save Kharkiv

    The Intelligence: The race to save Kharkiv

    Since the invasion began, Ukraine's second city has suffered a third of all aerial attacks. The latest one has been especially gruelling. A census of Mexico’s missing people is likely underestimating the scale of the problem. Is the president deliberately trying to minimise its scale (11:08)? And, why those with the least to spend on lottery tickets are most likely to try their luck (19:20). 
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    Money Talks: What’s next for behavioural economics?

    Money Talks: What’s next for behavioural economics?

    Five decades ago, the field of behavioural economics was just getting off the ground, as psychologists brought insights from their studies to the theory-heavy world of academic economics. The discipline shot to international fame in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and faced a major test during the covid pandemic, when governments around the world used the theories of its founding father, Daniel Kahneman, to encourage people to stay at home and get vaccinated. Following the death of Mr Kahneman last month, what’s next for the field of behavioural economics?

    Hosts: Mike Bird, Alice Fulwood, and Tom Lee-Devlin. Guests: Simon Cox, The Economist’s China economics editor; George Loewenstein, one of the founders of behavioural economics; and Caltech’s Colin Camerer, who applies psychology and neuroscience to economics.

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    The Intelligence: Can Japan and America Trump-proof their alliance?

    The Intelligence: Can Japan and America Trump-proof their alliance?

    The leaders of both countries will meet for dinner at the White House tonight. In light of Asia’s changing geopolitics, defence will certainly be high up on the agenda. Somali pirates are wreaking havoc in the Indian Ocean again. What explains their resurgence (8:34)? And, have a listen to what AI can do with music (13:29). 
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Customer Reviews

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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!!

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.

kilgoretrout1871 ,

arrogant propaganda for the rich and powerful

the economist serves the same purposes today as it did when it justified slavery, colonialism, and war in the 1800s - to give an intelligent and benevolent *expert opinion* appearance to the propaganda of mass murderers. no change, perhaps even more arrogant and detached from the reality of most people today

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