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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 Friday on Economist Radio.

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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 Friday on Economist Radio.

    The Economist Asks: Martin Amis

    The Economist Asks: Martin Amis

    The British novelist tells host Anne McElvoy how anyone can become “an expert on words”. She asks Amis, who first became famous when he published "The Rachel Papers" in 1973 in his mid-twenties, why he never reads young authors and new books now. As he enters his seventies and after writing 14 novels, could "Inside Story" be his last? Also, what does the Statue of Liberty mean to him today?
     
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    The Economist Asks: Fareed Zakaria & John Micklethwait

    The Economist Asks: Fareed Zakaria & John Micklethwait

    Which countries passed and failed "the great covid test"? CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg, have both written books assessing countries' responses to covid-19 and how governments should adapt to the post-pandemic world. Is the global centre of gravity shifting from West to East? 


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    The Economist Asks: Philippe Reines

    The Economist Asks: Philippe Reines

    After President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden's first televised presidential debate resulted in a shout show, Anne McElvoy asks how candidates can win or lose a debate. Philippe Reines was Hilary Clinton’s long term adviser who prepared her for the 2016 debates by studying Mr Trump’s style and played Trump in rehearsals. Did Trump's bullish technique work and how should Biden react as he walks "into the chainsaw"?


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    The Economist Asks: Hilary Swank

    The Economist Asks: Hilary Swank

    Anne McElvoy asks two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank whether the new rules intended to encourage diversity in film will work. The actress argues for change in the Oscars but worries that new diversity standards could limit which stories are told. Why does she enjoy breaking stereotypes, what it’s like filming in the covid-era—and the Hollywood star gives her pitch to play the next James Bond.
     
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    The Economist Asks: David Cameron

    The Economist Asks: David Cameron

    A former British prime minister is optimistic there will be a post-Brexit trade deal. Anne McElvoy asks him if ill-tempered trade negotiations have damaged Britain's global reputation—and what he really makes of Boris Johnson. Also, what could he have done differently when intervening in Afghanistan and did he, as alleged, run a "government of chums"?


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    The Economist Asks: Reed Hastings

    The Economist Asks: Reed Hastings

    Netflix has had a blockbuster year as lockdowns supercharged subscriptions. But competition is intensifying and the American streaming market is close to saturation. Anne McElvoy asks the company’s co-founder and co-CEO how much more Netflix can still grow. How does he respond to the charge that its data-driven entertainment is creating a monoculture? And, why he envies the BBC but fears Disney.


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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 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.

blossoms ,

Bill Gates and Xi

In retrospect, Bill Gates and Xi will likely be regarded as the two most important figures in the fight against COVID-19. Xi shut down Wuhan, demonstrating that similar measures, including scaled down versions adapted to what is acceptable in other social contexts, will be necessary. The episode has also hinted at the massive role played by BG’s foundation. Both deserve Nobel prizes.

armchairargonaut ,

Close-minded hypocrisy

Keep better tabs on world events for your expansive audience. The absurd bias does not go unnoticed, I assure you. I reject the implicit notion that all listeners are so willfully blind.

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