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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.
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    The Prince episode 1: Redder than red

    The Prince episode 1: Redder than red

    Xi Jinping is born into the top rung of China's elite. But his family is torn apart while he is still a child. The Economist's Sue-Lin Wong finds out why Xi kept faith in the Communist revolution.
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    • 36 min
    Checks and Balance: House party

    Checks and Balance: House party

    House Republicans have launched their legislative agenda for the next Congress. The “Commitment to America” is fairly brief, pretty unspecific, and filled with standard Republican platitudes around tax cuts and curbing wasteful spending. Kevin McCarthy, who will probably be Speaker if his party wins, calls it “a new direction” for America.  What would Republicans do with control of the House? 
    We dissect what’s in the “Commitment to America”, and look at its famous predecessor.  Representative James Comer, who will likely chair the House Oversight Committee if Republicans win, explains what he plans to do in the role.
    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon.  
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    • 41 min
    Form-annex trick: Russia’s Ukraine-seizure bid

    Form-annex trick: Russia’s Ukraine-seizure bid

    After a series of sham referendums, President Vladimir Putin is expected to annex four partly occupied regions of Ukraine. We ask what risks that move would pose. What has driven China’s president to amass such tremendous personal power? We introduce our new, long-form podcast “The Prince”, which dives deep into his life. And video-game music is rapidly growing in prestige.
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    • 23 min
    The Economist Asks: In times of economic turmoil, can global trade help?

    The Economist Asks: In times of economic turmoil, can global trade help?

    The World Trade Organisation was set up in 1995 to enable the multilateral trading system. But in the past decade, it’s come under pressure. Now, the global economy looks set to enter an unstable new phase. Host Anne McElvoy and Henry Curr, The Economist’s economics editor, travel to the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva to ask Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director-general, how trade can mitigate the pain. They discuss how supply chains need to change and assess the trade-off between efficiency and equality. Dr Okonjo-Iweala examines the rift between China and America and how the WTO needs to reform.
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    • 27 min
    Lula loop: meeting Brazil’s presidential front-runner

    Lula loop: meeting Brazil’s presidential front-runner

    Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a leftist former president, looks well-placed to win a third term. But which Lula would Brazil get—the fiscal conservative or the populist spendthrift? Germany has an earned reputation as an industrial powerhouse, but its dependence on Russian gas and Chinese demand are hobbling it. And why the propaganda-spewing loudspeakers in Vietnam’s capital are firing up again.
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    • 26 min
    Money Talks: The rate shock

    Money Talks: The rate shock

    The world’s financial markets are going through their most painful adjustment since the global financial crisis. Global stock markets have sold off sharply and bond markets are on course for their worst year since 1949. The British pound briefly fell to its lowest level ever against the dollar. And the Japanese government has intervened to prop up the value of the yen for the first time since 1998. What’s underlying this shift?
    On this week’s episode, hosts Alice Fulwood, Mike Bird and Soumaya Keynes are joined by our business affairs editor Patrick Foulis to parse the fallout from this month’s synchronous decision by the majority of the world’s central banks to raise interest rates. They’ll look at the idiosyncrasies of two outliers: Britain, where the government’s tax cuts are at odds with the Bank of England’s desire to reign in prices, and Japan, where the central bank recently decided to keep rates negative. Plus, Blue Bay Asset Management’s chief investment officer Mark Dowding explains why he’s decided to bet against sterling. And former Bank of Japan policy committee member Goushi Kataoka outlines why he thinks a weak yen could spell opportunity for Japan’s ailing economy.
    Sign up for our new weekly newsletter dissecting the big themes in markets, business and the economy at www.economist.com/moneytalks 
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

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The Intelligence

Jon Fasman is not the person to do your remembrances. The segment on Diana Kennedy was too stilted; he inserts himself clumsily into the story.

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Need new hosts

The old format and hosts was much more intelligent and useful. Consider going back to prior format. The Money Talk is particularly awful. Also Babbage WITHOUT Ken Kook-e-aye is good but not worth the listen when he is the host.

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Too liberal

I expected the economist to present a more conservative viewpoint. Disappointed.

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