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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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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: Carl Bernstein

    The Economist Asks: Carl Bernstein

    The veteran reporter was a teenager when he first walked into a newsroom. He tells Anne McElvoy how that moment led him to become one half of the most famous bylines in journalism. They discuss the decline in trust in the media and echoes of Watergate in American politics today. And the author of “Chasing History” reflects on a painful moment from his past being turned into a film. 


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    • 26 min
    The Economist Asks: Mandy Patinkin

    The Economist Asks: Mandy Patinkin

    The Broadway legend has entertained audiences for four decades. He tells Anne McElvoy why he combines acting and activism and how he became a late-life TikTok sensation. And the star of “Homeland” reveals the personal story that inspired him to highlight Europe’s refugee crisis. Also, he gives us a burst of song from his days working with the late Stephen Sondheim.
     
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    The Economist Asks: Robert Kaplan

    The Economist Asks: Robert Kaplan

    The new year presents President Biden with a raft of foreign-policy challenges – from Russian troops on Ukraine’s border, to an aggressive China in the Taiwan Strait. Host Anne McElvoy asks a leading geopolitical thinker how the United States will face the tests to its power in 2022. Plus, the author of “The Revenge of Geography” assesses America’s willingness to go to war and the influence domestic factors will have on diplomacy.


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    The Economist Asks: 2021

    The Economist Asks: 2021

    We look back to some of our favourite moments and guests from the past 12 months—featuring conversations about how our work lives are changing and business is transforming. From technological breakthroughs to shifting workplaces, you’ll hear from six guests we wanted to revisit—Kai-Fu Lee, Joanna Coles and Melora Hardin, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Indra Nooyi, and Ray Dalio. Also features a calming gift of meditation for all our listeners. Anne McElvoy hosts.
     
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    The Economist Asks: Anya Hindmarch

    The Economist Asks: Anya Hindmarch

    The designer is rethinking sustainability and style, but can luxury fashion really be green? She talks to Anne McElvoy about making sought-after handbags out of recycled plastic bottles and biodegradable leather and assesses whether renting clothes is the solution to the environmental impact of changing trends. And which political heavyweight – known for handbagging – inspired her to go into business? 


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    The Economist Asks: Anish Kapoor

    The Economist Asks: Anish Kapoor

    The sculptor is one of the most recognisable figures in contemporary art. Over his four-decade career, how have conversations about representation and appropriation changed? He talks to Anne McElvoy about cancel culture and the risks of tokenism for creative institutions. The Turner prize winner also assesses whether public art needs to be popular and the controversy around his use of the blackest black ever created.


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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
319 Ratings

319 Ratings

Geoplanter ,

Richard Moore interview

I sincerely hope that the Director of MI6 has better things to do than checking politically-correct boxes to ensure that women, minorities and LGBQ people make up a specific percentage of the staff.

If the national health service chose their operating team surgeons in a similar way, the field of medicine would be in deep trouble.

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.

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