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One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate. Anne McElvoy hosts The Economist's chat show. Published every Thursday by Economist Podcasts.

The Economist Asks The Economist

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    • 4.3 • 316 Ratings

One question posed to a high-profile newsmaker, followed up with lively debate. Anne McElvoy hosts The Economist's chat show. Published every Thursday by Economist Podcasts.

    The Economist Asks: Eric Cantor

    The Economist Asks: Eric Cantor

    The former House majority leader and Virginia congressman assesses whether the Republican Party needs Donald Trump to win. The one-time rising star of the GOP talks to Anne McElvoy about the lessons learnt from losing his seat to a Tea-Party challenger. Is bipartisanship broken or can his old frenemy President Joe Biden fix it? 


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    • 27 min
    The Economist Asks: Claudia Roden

    The Economist Asks: Claudia Roden

    In 1956 the Suez Crisis forced the Egyptian-born cookery writer and her Jewish family to flee Cairo for London. She tells Anne McElvoy why she collected the recipes of fellow refugees to keep the flavours of home alive and what food tells us about stories of migration. The octogenarian author of “A Book of Middle Eastern Food” and “Med” spills the secrets of her kitchen – from embracing mistakes to what to cook for the festive season. 


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    The Economist Asks: Armando Iannucci

    The Economist Asks: Armando Iannucci

    When covid-19 lockdowns shuttered his productions, the renowned satirist vented his frustrations in a new form – a mock-epic poem called “Pandemonium”. He talks to Anne McElvoy about seeking inspiration in the works of John Milton and how to find humour in difficult days. Is any joke out of bounds for the creator of the television shows “The Thick of It” and “Veep” and what’s on his pick-me-up reading list?


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    • 25 min
    The Economist Asks: Euan Blair

    The Economist Asks: Euan Blair

    Host Anne McElvoy asks the founder of Multiverse why he thinks apprenticeships are the best route into the workplace and whether the education policies of former British prime minister Tony Blair, his father, mean too many young people go to university. He reflects on growing up in the spotlight and what proximity to power has taught him. And is there the tech entrepreneur’s dress code?


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    • 27 min
    The Economist Asks: Brian Cox

    The Economist Asks: Brian Cox

    The leading man who made his name playing the baddie talks to Anne McElvoy about what makes the best villains and his recent memoir “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat”. The star of HBO’s “Succession” says why the series struck a chord during the Trump presidency and what links the two powerful patriarchs Logan Roy and Shakespeare’s King Lear. Also, have young actors lost the craft of theatre?


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    • 24 min
    The Economist Asks: Indra Nooyi

    The Economist Asks: Indra Nooyi

    Is work-life balance possible at the top? Host Anne McElvoy asks the former chief executive of PepsiCo how she juggled family commitments with leading a Fortune 500 company. She shares her lessons on mixing business with politics – and how should top companies respond to criticism that they pay too little tax? And why did she plump for a corporate career when she could have been a rock star?


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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
316 Ratings

316 Ratings

WaitsTooLongToReview ,

Offers some great interviews you can’t get anywhere else, but can be hit or miss

Guests are usually great. I much prefer the business/political guests (Gates/Hastings/Cameron/Hong Kong futures) that are active in the “real world” more than the arts/literature guests that report on what others are doing, but the different perspectives are nice I suppose.

I alternate between cheering Anne for asking great questions and rolling my eyes and shaking my head at her. Her bias shows through very often, which I can deal with, but when The Economist brings in guests that are really polarized it is frustrating to listen to (Reines). I wish it was overall more balanced to the center.

lrhhrl ,

Depends on the guest

But it’s an interview show so that is expected. Eric Berkowitz is an idiot. Michael Johnson was great. Anne is always super.

mujalifah ,

Anne is a gifted interviewer

She maintains the respect of the people she interviews in a way that lets her go deeper and explore more critically the thinking of her subjects. I can’t name many interviewers who can do that without either cloyingly chumming-up to their subjects or being overtly hostile to them. From Anne’s interviews you get a clearer understanding of her subjects and also understand how their ideas play in or against others in the domains of politics and culture.

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