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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.

    Checks and Balance: Beef encounter

    Checks and Balance: Beef encounter

    At Thanksgiving Americans express gratitude for family, the harvest… and a big, juicy turkey. Americans consume the most meat per person, but that's not good for the planet. Could they cut back?
     
    The Economist’s Jon Fasman and his sons prepare the Thanksgiving turkey. We go back to a nationwide contest to find the perfect chicken. And Caroline Bushnell from The Good Food Institute discusses how to wean Americans off meat.  
     
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman.
     
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    • 39 min
    A cut-rate theory: Turkey’s currency spiral

    A cut-rate theory: Turkey’s currency spiral

    As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan keeps pushing his upside-down economic ideas, the currency plummets and an immiserated population grows restless. Sunday’s presidential election in Honduras will be a test of the country’s democracy; fears abound of the deadly protests that marred the last vote. And our obituaries editor reflects on the life of Rossana Banti, a storied, lifelong anti-fascist campaigner.
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    The Economist Asks: Claudia Roden

    The Economist Asks: Claudia Roden

    In 1956 the Suez Crisis forced the Egyptian-born cookery writer and her Jewish family to flee Cairo for London. She tells Anne McElvoy why she collected the recipes of fellow refugees to keep the flavours of home alive and what food tells us about stories of migration. The octogenarian author of “A Book of Middle Eastern Food” and “Med” spills the secrets of her kitchen – from embracing mistakes to what to cook for the festive season. 


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    You put your left side in: Germany’s shake-about

    You put your left side in: Germany’s shake-about

    A three-way coalition has struck a deal to govern. We ask who’s who among top ministers and what’s what on the newly centre-left agenda. A shortage of lorry drivers has sharpened Britain’s supply-chain woes; our correspondent hitches a ride with one, finding why it is such a hard job to fill. And what Maine’s new “right to food” actually means. Have your say about “The Intelligence” in our survey here www.economist.com/intelligencesurvey. And for full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer
     
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    • 23 min
    Money Talks: Veni, vidi, VC

    Money Talks: Veni, vidi, VC

    Venture capital is no longer embodied by Silicon Valley investing in its own backyard. A new wave of both capital and competition is powering new ideas across sectors and around the world. Our correspondent Arjun Ramani and host Rachana Shanbhogue speak to veteran VCs, newcomers and founders to find out whether the innovation being funded will be worth the risks.


    With Roelof Botha, partner at Sequoia Capital; Rana Yared, general partner at Balderton; Ali Partovi, chief executive of Neo; Dr Maria Chatzou Dunford, founder of Lifebit.ai and Rachel Delacour, co-founder of Sweep.


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    America’s sneezing: diagnosing global inflation

    America’s sneezing: diagnosing global inflation

    Prices are up all over, especially in America. But whether the world’s largest economy is part of the problem or just suffering the same symptoms will determine how to fix it. Autocratic leaders of middling-sized countries are having a field day as America has relinquished its world-policeman role. And what makes some languages fail to develop a word for blue?
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Customer Reviews

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Border woes

On the whole, I am a huge supporter of The Economist, however, the 11/12 issue of checks and balances was largely unhelpful and lacked any insight. There is no easy answer, so don’t offer one that is pie-in-the-sky and untenable. I’m liberal and pro-immigration but our border woes, as you accurately pointed out, are not really a party-line problem. We are fortunate to have a wealthy country and we need to do as much as possible for the disadvantaged worldwide, but your suggestion of basically throwing open the doors and let anyone who wants to show up to enter is absurd. We have to be measured and we must be courageous enough to say “NO” when that is proper. I do not personally agree with letting wishful immigrants lose in the country while awaiting a legal decision. And, I am absolutely against allowing those who cross illegally to stay. They should get in line like the millions of people from other parts of the world are forced to do. We are governed by the rules of law. We should expect prospective citizens to meet the same standard.

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Checks and Balances

I find the discussions, both for the “Checks and Balances” episode and all the other episodes, but the lack of conservative voices in the discussions is very noticeable. For instance, in this episode there was no consideration of the economic impact of any of the proposed increases of government spending or increased taxation. Very glaring omissions.

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A British/European Perspective

If you’re looking for a more European/global perspective beyond US newspapers, this is a great podcast for you. “The Intelligence” is an awesome daily podcast on global events. I also enjoy “Checks and Balance” and the other sister podcasts as well. While the hosts and guests are certainly opinionated, they do present the nuance and complexities of the issues at hand. Overall, this is another great newspaper to add to your collection of diverse perspectives.

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