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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.
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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.
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    The Economist Asks: Will Germany succeed in transforming its foreign policy?

    The Economist Asks: Will Germany succeed in transforming its foreign policy?

    Days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, announced a radical shift in the country’s foreign and security policy. Host Anne McElvoy asks Christoph Heusgen, a former advisor to Angela Merkel, whether the Zeitenwende (“turning point”) will be delivered or derailed. The veteran diplomat, who now chairs the Munich Security Conference, also assesses Germany’s China policy and how to mend fences with European allies.
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    • 22 min
    The Economist Asks: How could Ukraine win the war?

    The Economist Asks: How could Ukraine win the war?

    Ben Hodges, a former commanding general of US Army Europe, believes that Ukraine has achieved “an irreversible momentum” since the liberation of Kherson. He predicts the country could declare victory against Russia by the summer. Host Anne McElvoy asks him how Ukraine could pull it off. He assesses whether Western countries will hold their nerve as the conflict drags on and what could happen if Vladimir Putin loses on the battlefield.
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    • 28 min
    The Economist Asks: Will the clean-energy transition be fast enough?

    The Economist Asks: Will the clean-energy transition be fast enough?

    As the end of COP27 nears, US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm talks to Anne McElvoy from the climate summit in Egypt. They discuss the impact the global energy crisis is having on Joe Biden’s green agenda, whether the hype around hydrogen will endure and if the president is willing to put aside a tussle with China for the sake of climate cooperation. Plus, Vijay Vaitheesawaran, The Economist’s global energy and climate innovation editor, measures the ambitions declared at COP27 against what is achievable.
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    • 26 min
    The Economist Asks: What does Binyamin Netanyahu’s comeback mean for Israel and the world?

    The Economist Asks: What does Binyamin Netanyahu’s comeback mean for Israel and the world?

    Binyamin Netanyahu is set to return to power in Israel, after winning a majority in last week’s general election. His coalition is likely to include Religious Zionism, a far-right bloc. Host Anne McElvoy asks Anshel Pfeffer, The Economist’s Israel correspondent and a biographer of Mr Netanyahu, what the partnership could mean for Israel’s democracy. And David Makovsky of the Washington Institute assesses how the change in government could affect Israel’s alliance with America and burgeoning relationships in the Middle East.
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    • 25 min
    The Economist Asks: Can New York solve its housing crisis?

    The Economist Asks: Can New York solve its housing crisis?

    Eric Adams, the mayor of New York, grew up on the verge of homelessness. Now he’s in charge of fixing the city’s housing crisis. Host Anne McElvoy asks him how he plans to do it. They discuss how an influx of 20,000 migrants, many from the southern border, adds to the problem. Mr Adams, a former police captain, defends his record tackling violence and relays his concerns about the Democrats’ pitch ahead of the midterms.
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    • 21 min
    The Economist Asks: How will Rishi Sunak lead Britain?

    The Economist Asks: How will Rishi Sunak lead Britain?

    On Tuesday, Rishi Sunak became Britain’s new prime minister–its third in two months. Host Anne McElvoy speaks to Matthew Holehouse, The Economist’s British political correspondent, about the new leader’s first few days in office and the shape his premiership could take. Mr Sunak inherits a fractured Conservative Party that’s taken a pummelling in the polls. Anne asks Matt Goodwin, a pollster and professor of politics at the University of Kent, if the Tories can restore their image in time for the next general election.
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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
353 Ratings

353 Ratings

Geoplanter ,

War in Ukraine - what happens next?

Hey Zanny,

A large part of your discussion pivoted around what Biden should do and the fear of a return of Trump.

So…what about Boris Johnson? His clownish behavior and unserious working style does not exactly give one great confidence in the UK’s. Remember how Thatcher had to “stiffen the spine” of George HW Bush before the first Gulf war? What would Johnson do??

moving on-missu ,

Just turned mean

Anne McElvoy is an interesting interviewer, Jon Fasman is just a political talking head. Anne asks questions, sometimes too harshly, probing the topic. Jon just leads a dim one sided stream of words boarding on a rant. Keep Anne, dump Jon.

Edmister76123 ,

Bias and Smug

Terrible show. The host Ann McElvoy is so Smug and have very biased view on issues. Contributing correspondents are not better either. Truly a terrible show. I expect better from the Economist. In contrast. Check and Balance is much much better.

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