32 episodes

We’re fascinated by everyday objects and what they can tell us about the global economy. Join us every week as reporters from our global newsroom dig into the most fascinating facets of an object: where it came from, how it got to us, and what it can tell us about the forces that are changing the way we live and work.

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    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

We’re fascinated by everyday objects and what they can tell us about the global economy. Join us every week as reporters from our global newsroom dig into the most fascinating facets of an object: where it came from, how it got to us, and what it can tell us about the forces that are changing the way we live and work.

    Edible insects: The original superfood

    Edible insects: The original superfood

    Between lab-grown meat and veganism going mainstream, we're in an age of abundance for alternative protein options. But one hasn’t been getting as much attention as the others: Edible insects, popular in places like Ghana and Mexico, are nutritious, plentiful, and much less damaging to the environment than, say, a steak. What would it take to put insects in more kitchens around the world?
    Sponsored by EY.
    Learn more about sustainable supply chain research from EY. Is your ESG data unlocking long-term value?
    Episode art by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi
    Transcript: https://qz.com/2156082

    • 24 min
    National debt: Acceptable imbalance

    National debt: Acceptable imbalance

    As individuals, we know it’s not great to have too much debt. But at the macro level, that narrative falls apart. In fact, most governments need some debt to take care of their people, especially in the wake of a crisis like a pandemic. How a country invests in itself—and how its leaders talk about that investment—says a lot about how it sees its future.
    Sponsored by EY
    Is your technology moving fast enough to realize your ambitions? Learn more in the latest EY Tech Horizon Survey.
    Episode art by Eric Helgas, styled by Alex Citrin-Safadi
    Transcript: https://qz.com/2158771

    • 29 min
    Pasta: A global staple

    Pasta: A global staple

    Pasta's path to pantries all over the world is inextricably tied to Italy, the country that used technology and mass production to turn a homemade food into a commercial product. Even as pasta-makers market an idealized version of the Italian lifestyle to the world and to Italians themselves, some of the things that make pasta the taste of home might be due for a rethink.
    Sponsored by EY.
    Discover how EY can help you unlock new opportunities to reframe your future.
    Episode art by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi
    Transcript: https://qz.com/2160804

    • 22 min
    Replacement rate: Counting our chickens

    Replacement rate: Counting our chickens

    2.1—that’s how many children every woman “needs to have.” Any fewer, and a country’s population will eventually stop growing, age, and shrink, which could inhibit its economic growth and drain government coffers. But it’s easier said than done: China has been well below replacement rate for some time; India is just hitting that number. What happens to the world when 2.1 stops being a guarantee?
    Sponsored by EY
    EY Work Reimagined webcast: How to prepare for renaissance and recommitment: https://bit.ly/3MZdDLR 
    EY 2022 Work Reimagined Survey: https://bit.ly/3P7QzMI
    Episode art by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi
    Transcript: https://qz.com/2162845

    • 26 min
    Dyslexia: Thinking differently

    Dyslexia: Thinking differently

    Though scientists have known about dyslexia for well over a century, education systems still struggle to teach students with the condition. In the English-speaking world, it’s become a great unequalizer, pushing those with means into lucrative careers, and those without to the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. But as technology mediates and alters how we read, it could level the economic playing field for people with dyslexia.
    Sponsored by EY.
    EY Work Reimagined webcast: How to prepare for renaissance and recommitment: https://www.ey.com/en_gl/webcasts/2022/05/work-reimagined-how-to-prepare-for-renaissance-and-recommitment 
    EY 2022 Work Reimagined Survey: https://www.ey.com/en_gl/workforce/work-reimagined-survey
    Episode art by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi
    Transcript: https://qz.com/2166242

    • 30 min
    Perfume: The strangest supply chain

    Perfume: The strangest supply chain

    Shipping snafus have hit everything from Pelotons to paper towels, and they're coming for perfume. From Chanel No. 5's secret recipe to the modern proliferation of DIY scents, this global industry has supply chains as delicate as the scents captured in its tiny bottles. How does perfume adapt to a changing world?
    Sponsored by EY. Discover how EY can help you unlock new opportunities to reframe your future: https://www.ey.com/en_gl/reframe-your-future
    Episode art by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi
    Transcript: https://qz.com/2167846

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Nickname1792804 ,

Entertaining AND Informative

A spoonful of entertainment helps the information go down.

lalawelo ,

Disco: Choosing Joy

Kira & Camille I so appreciated this episode as I am an old disco diva that lived & loved the disco scene. My husband & I were a deep part of subculture. He was the DJ & I was the dancer. We both agree that disco never died. I consistently tell people my feelings on this explaining it’s the foundation of many of the genres that followed. I specifically appreciated your including Puerto Rican people being a part of this history. Today my husband & I do a podcast playing disco and talking about the artist, the clubs and keeping disco alive. ps … I am known for my love of the disco ball … 😉 Great job!

NursingMama923 ,

Perfect for the curious

Two of my favorite shows are Planet Money and The Daily, and this is kind of a perfect combination of the two. Really smart conversations about topics that help you understand how the world works.

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