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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.

    Babbage: From pandemic to twindemic

    Babbage: From pandemic to twindemic

    As the northern hemisphere heads towards its second winter battling covid-19, epidemiologist Professor Dame Anne Johnson explains the risk of a surge in flu cases and how to avoid a double pandemic. Also, a decline in mental health was one of the unforeseen consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Dr Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist, advises how to turn everyday anxiety into a positive emotion. And, a new form of sea defence is part natural, part artificial. Kenneth Cukier hosts. 




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    Running to stand still: Canada’s election

    Running to stand still: Canada’s election

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains in power after Monday’s election, but he emerges without the majority he wanted, and with his soft power damaged. He now faces a fourth wave of the pandemic and an emboldened far-right from a weaker position. Child labour fell markedly in the 16 years after the turn of the millennium. Now it’s on the rise again. Efforts to prevent children from working can often exacerbate the problem. And we consider one of the more unusual ideas for combating climate change: potty-training cows.
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    To a Lesser Degree: Trailer

    To a Lesser Degree: Trailer

    Rising global temperatures have already increased the frequency of floods, wildfires, droughts, and heatwaves around the world. If humanity does not change course rapidly, the effects of climate change will become more extreme.

    What can be done to avoid this outcome?

    Vijay Vaitheeswaran, the Economist’s global energy and climate innovation editor, will be joined weekly by expert guests to explore how everything—from finance to agriculture, transport to international policy—will have to change to take the world’s temperature down ‘To a Lesser Degree'.
     
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    Potemkin polls: Russia’s elections

    Potemkin polls: Russia’s elections

    The winner of Russia’s elections was not in doubt. Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia, came out on top. But despite the ballot stuffing and repression, the opposition still managed to rattle the Kremlin. The Gates Foundation is America’s biggest charitable foundation by far and a powerhouse in the world of public health. But its money could be better spent. And we read the tea leaves to explain why bugs are important for your brew. 
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    Editor’s Picks: September 20th 2021

    Editor’s Picks: September 20th 2021

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the dream and danger of decentralised finance, how America is substantially reducing child poverty (10:02) and a defence of, like, “like” (18:57)
     
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    Checks and Balance: Life choices

    Checks and Balance: Life choices

    When the Supreme Court declined to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after six weeks, it gave the strongest signal yet that its conservative majority is prepared to deny women the right to an abortion. Nearly fifty years after Roe v Wade, might that landmark ruling soon be overturned? 


    Legal historian Mary Ziegler assesses Roe’s chances of survival. We look back to when the abortion debate turned deadly. And pro-life activist Kyleen Wright tells us why liberals are wrong to accuse her movement of hypocrisy. 


    John Prideaux hosts with Mian Ridge and Jon Fasman.


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Western drought

Not only do we have a huge population boom in urbanization of open spaces. We also have the migration boom of illegals crossing our western boarders. So, too, the homeless population is growing exponentially here in the west as renters and homeowners around the country lose their housing. It’s a multi faceted problem…

BGreig3 ,

Biased not balanced. Partisan leftist nonsense.

Warning: you need to fact check everything you hear on this podcast. There is such a heavy bias, most reports are full of lies and innuendo. Presents a hard left-leaning bias peddled to Americans with British accents combined with the occasional American socialist voice. Gets most issues WRONG, especially economic predictions. Economist China reporters have lost their independence and they spread CCP lies and propaganda, such as calling the USA racist, ironic coming from the two most racist nations in history, China and England. Economist USA reporters are clones of failing leftist DNC media, no separation from the other declining USA news organizations. Why don’t you just fire your USA hating reporters and just run CCP and DNC press releases, then you could make more profits. Economist is at its best when reporting worldwide stories from diverse sources. Please spare us your sniveling biased opinions, your whining and your rants. The Economist is so predictable as it constantly defaults to pro-death-abortion advocacy, blaming everything on global warming and gender disparity, as well as nearly every podcast has race baiting segment. Does The Economist intentionally try to insult hundreds of millions of Trump supporters regularly or is it just your thickheaded arrogance showing? Citizens of the United States declared their independence and freedom from England 250 years ago. We don’t need British media and accents to lecture us about our political systems and other matters. GO HOME TO THE UK AND YOU WILL NOTICE THEY AREN’T LISTENING TO YOUR HARD LEFT LABOR SOCIALIST BLATHER EITHER AS UK VOTERS WISELY VOTED FOR BREXIT AND CONSERVATIVE LEADERS AND REJECTED LABOUR’S SOCIALISM. MAYBE YOU WILL FIND AN AUDIENCE IN VENEZUELA, CUBA AND CHINA. STOP TRYING TO RUIN THE USA. The world is turning RIGHT as The Economist and other failing media are turning left. Wake-up and get balanced by moving away from your hard left train-wreck.

Jamieson Mundy ,

Can we get back to the economy, economist?

It was a Good podcast when they discussed the ECONOMY. The past President really screwed up this country’s media and reporting. Over the years I’ve witnessed this publication move away more from what I enjoy and promoted about it, in to just placating to my political side. I canceled my print and digital sub, now the podcast is next. I mean today they were arguing that some random maybe powerful Viking might of been non-binary………. This is coming from the economist. I mean if your going to report this stuff can you at-least try to relate it to…… I don’t know….. the economy? I feel like this is another example of a media source lane jumping for either clicks, subs or the whim of the staff.

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