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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: Face palm

    Checks and Balance: Face palm

    Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much, but in Facebook they’ve found a common enemy. When whistleblower Frances Haugen told a congressional hearing the company knew its products damaged the mental health of its young users, senators rushed to proclaim they would get something done. How harmful is Facebook? And will politicians take action?


    The Economist’s Hal Hodson tells us we need more evidence to understand social media’s impact on wellbeing. We go back to when video games caused panic on Capitol Hill. And The Economist’s Alexandra Suich Bass explains why this scandal is politically potent. 


    John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Jon Fasman.


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    • 40 min
    Port, and a storm: sectarian violence in Lebanon

    Port, and a storm: sectarian violence in Lebanon

    The effort to investigate last year’s port explosion in Beirut has fired up political and religious tensions—resulting in Lebanon’s worst violence in years. We speak with Dmitry Muratov, a Russian journalist who shared this year’s Nobel peace prize, about what the award means to him, and to press freedom. And why autocratic regimes like to snap up English football clubs.
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    • 23 min
    The Economist Asks: David Chase

    The Economist Asks: David Chase

    Fourteen years after “The Sopranos'' ended, the creator of the hit TV series explains why his show is reaching new and younger audiences. Host Anne McElvoy asks whether mobsters have a moral compass and why audiences root for the patriarch Tony Soprano? The Hollywood veteran talks about bringing the story back to life in the prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark” and why it should be enjoyed in a cinema, not at home.


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    • 27 min
    For watt it’s worth: energy markets’ squeeze

    For watt it’s worth: energy markets’ squeeze

    A fossil-fuel scramble reveals energy markets in desperate need of a redesign. We examine what must be done to secure a renewable future. Throngs of Hong Kong residents fleeing China’s tightening hand are settling in Britain; our correspondent finds an immigrant group unlike any that came before. And the boom in “femtech” entrepreneurs at last focusing on women’s health.
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    • 22 min
    Money Talks: A real-world revolution

    Money Talks: A real-world revolution

    This year's Nobel prize celebrates the "credibility revolution" that has transformed economics since the 1990s. Today most notable new work is not theoretical but based on analysis of real-world data. Host Rachana Shanbhogue speaks to two of the winners, David Card and Joshua Angrist, and our Free Exchange columnist Ryan Avent explains how their work has brought economics closer to real life.


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    • 32 min
    Keep your friends close: Pakistan’s shifting role

    Keep your friends close: Pakistan’s shifting role

    As the Taliban’s closest ally, the country bears a big responsibility for Afghanistan’s fate. We examine its diplomatic risks and opportunities. Mastercard is pressing porn purveyors this week; we look at how financial companies are reluctantly stepping up as the internet’s police. And a timely social-inequality take drives South Korea’s “Squid Game” to the top of Netflix's charts worldwide.
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Customer Reviews

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98 Ratings

98 Ratings

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A Balanced View

Delivering the News has become all that much harder now as the battle for our time and attention is touch and go. I enjoy what gets covered by The Economist in terms of the lengths Of research that goes into the story and then the perspective presented which tends to respect all sides of the story rather than look to make me believe a certain perspective. Asking the right questions is better than trying to have all the answers

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