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Making sense of the world, one story at a time. Host Malika Bilal and journalists from Al Jazeera's international bureaus and beyond share their take on the most important stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Making sense of the world, one story at a time. Host Malika Bilal and journalists from Al Jazeera's international bureaus and beyond share their take on the most important stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    France’s pension protests and the future of work

    France’s pension protests and the future of work

    More than a million people have protested France’s controversial pension reform plan, which was formally presented on Monday. The majority of people – along with all of France’s biggest unions – oppose the reforms, which would raise the retirement age and the threshold of years worked to get a full pension. President Emmanuel Macron says the reforms are essential to erase deficits in the system by 2030, but even though the increases are slight, many protesters see it as a standoff over the future of work. With more demonstrations planned, is Macron risking civil unrest to get his plan through? 

    In this episode: 



    Bernard Smith (@JazeeraBernard), Al Jazeera correspondent


    Axel Persson, General Secretary, CGT Railway Workers Union, Trappes

    Episode credits:

    This episode was produced by Ashish Malhotra with Negin Owliaei and our host, Halla Mohieddeen. Chloe K. Li, Alexandra Locke and Ney Alvarez fact-checked this episode.

    Our production team includes Chloe K. Li, Miranda Lin, Ashish Malhotra, Negin Owliaei, and Amy Walters. Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera's head of audio.

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    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

    • 19 min
    What happens when governments turn to McKinsey?

    What happens when governments turn to McKinsey?

    Global consulting firm McKinsey works all over the world, but in South Africa, it faces criminal charges for corruption. The case centers on its role in the country’s biggest post-apartheid scandal, known as state capture. The firm has also consulted on everything from looking at privatizing the UK National Health Service to researching Saudi Arabian dissidents. So what exactly does McKinsey do, and why?

    In this episode: 


    Walt Bogdanich, investigative reporter at the New York Times and co-author of ‘When McKinsey Comes to Town’

    Episode credits:

    This episode was produced by Negin Owliaei with our host, Halla Mohieddeen. Ruby Zaman fact-checked this episode.

    Our production team includes Chloe K. Li, Miranda Lin, Ashish Malhotra, Negin Owliaei, and Amy Walters. 

    Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera's head of audio.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

    • 21 min
    Why Philippines journalist Maria Ressa still reads the news

    Why Philippines journalist Maria Ressa still reads the news

    When it comes to the media, Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa has dealt with it all: attacks on the freedom of the press in the Philippines, audiences turning to social media, and misinformation. We spoke with her in Manila on January 17th, ahead of an acquittal in some of the legal cases against her. But these problems aren’t only in the Philippines. For our 500th episode, we’re looking at how we get our news and why. Spoiler alert: the state of the media isn’t great. So at a time when many say journalism is more important than ever, what can be done to turn around that distrust and disinterest?

    In this episode: 


    Maria Ressa (@mariaressa), founder of Rappler and Nobel Peace Prize winner


    Nic Newman (@nicnewman), founding member of the BBC’s internet services and Senior Research Associate at Reuters Institute

    Episode credits:

    This episode was produced by Amy Walters with Chloe K. Li and our host, Halla Mohieddeen. Miranda Lin fact-checked this episode.

    Our production team includes Chloe K. Li, Miranda Lin, Ashish Malhotra, Negin Owliaei, and Amy Walters. 

    Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera's head of audio.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

    • 24 min
    We need to talk about Davos

    We need to talk about Davos

    The World Economic Forum is known for glitzy parties, exclusivity, and dealmaking – in addition to panels on topics ranging from climate change to ‘stakeholder capitalism’. The theme of this year’s annual meeting in Davos is “cooperation in a fragmented world,” and Davos mainstays are the world’s most powerful networkers. They wield an enormous amount of economic and political power. So who are they? What actually happens at Davos, and what do the people left off the invite list need to know about it?

    In this episode: 


    Peter S. Goodman (@petersgoodman), global economics reporter at The New York Times and author of Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World
    Max Lawson (@maxlawsontin), Head of Inequality Policy, Oxfam

    Episode credits:

    This episode was produced by Negin Owliaei with Ashish Malhotra and our host, Halla Mohieddeen. Miranda Lin fact-checked this episode.

    Our production team includes Chloe K. Li, Miranda Lin, Ashish Malhotra, Negin Owliaei, and Amy Walters. 

    Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera's head of audio.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

    • 24 min
    ‘Texas is not abortion-free yet’ – after Roe v Wade, what’s next?

    ‘Texas is not abortion-free yet’ – after Roe v Wade, what’s next?

    Texas is the largest US state with a near-total ban on abortion. Legislators and activists want to make 2023 the year of closing the loopholes that remain, whether that’s travel to nearby states for the procedure or targeting abortion medication by mail. The state is also where the Roe v Wade legal case was first filed. It had made abortion legal across the United States after the US Supreme Court ruled on the case 50 years ago this week. We hear from one former abortion provider about life in a post-Roe world.

    In this episode: 


    Dr Jessica Rubino, abortion provider
    Amina Waheed (@atwaheed), producer for Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines
    Mary Tuma (@TumaTime), journalist

    Episode credits:

    This episode was produced by Khaled Soltan and Alexandra Locke with our host, Halla Mohieddeen. Amy Walters and Chloe K. Li fact-checked this episode.

    Our production team also includes Chloe K. Li, Miranda Lin, Ashish Malhotra, Negin Owliaei, and Amy Walters. Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera's head of audio.

    For more:

    Watch the Fault Lines documentary, ‘The End of Roe: Living without abortion rights’

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

    • 21 min
    In Cambodia, scammers are also victims

    In Cambodia, scammers are also victims

    What happens when you fall victim to a cyber scam? And who's really at fault? In Cambodia, an entire economy of these scams is operating, and the scammers Al Jazeera found in a city called Sihanoukville are often held against their will. Tens of thousands of people are being trafficked, and authorities are alleged to be complicit.

    In this episode: 


    Mary Ann Jolley (@jolleyma), senior reporter at Al Jazeera’s 101 East

    Episode credits:

    This episode was produced by Amy Walters with our host Halla Mohieddeen. Ruby Zaman fact-checked this episode. 

    Our production team includes Chloe K. Li, Miranda Lin, Ashish Malhotra, and Negin Owliaei. 

    Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Tim St. Clair mixed this episode. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera's head of audio.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

    • 21 min

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