The Economist Radio (All audio)

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Episodes

The week ahead: Iran 'on notice'  

What does the future hold for the Iranian nuclear deal? Our diplomatic editor Matthew Symonds says rather than abrogate it, Donald Trump will instead bow to pressures to enforce the deal more rigorously. Also: Our Lexington columnist reports on a fiery town hall meeting that left him hopeful for American democracy. And the diamond industry loses its sparkle. Josie Delap hosts.

The Economist asks: Is this the end of Asia's rise?  

Many assume the shift in economic and political power from West to East is inexorable. Historian and Asia expert Michael Auslin disagrees - and sees potential for conflicts in the region. Our Asia Editor Edward McBride hosts.

Babbage: Oceans of pollutants  

Even the deepest reaches of the sea have been contaminated by man-made pollution. Author Alan Schwartz reveals the extent of ADHD overdiagnosis in America. And how is the scientific community reacting to President Trump?

Money talks: Clean energy’s dirty secret  

Could the rise of renewables be putting the traditional electricity market into a crisis? Also: Economist Diane Elson takes governments to task about the gender biases in their economic policies. And how the Brazilian government is tackling one of its biggest financial problems: pensions.

Indivisible Week 5: The future of national security under Trump  

There are big questions facing the Trump administration about its approach to national security. On Monday, President Trump named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his new national security adviser. McMaster has been critical of how the Bush administration handled the first days of the Iraq war, and his views could lead to a change of tactic in the region. On this episode of Indivisible, hosts Kai Wright and the Economist's John Prideaux take calls from Trump voters on whether they still have confidence in the President’s ability to keep us safe at home -- and abroad. Karen DeYoung, senior national security correspondent for the Washington Post, will discuss the new national security advisor and the leaks coming out of the intelligence community. Plus, on this President's Day, Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore will talk about President Trump’s role in American myth making and how the story of America’s founding mission has changed over time.

Tasting menu: audio Highlights from the February 18th 2017 edition  

This week: Electric vehicles pick up speed, the late greatness of artists and a battle over Trump brand toilets in China

The week ahead: Out like Flynn  

Controversy hit the White House this week after the resignation of national security advisor Michael Flynn. Our Lexington columnist argues this is one thread in a tangle of scandals involving Russia. Also on the show: how Amal Clooney is using her star power to bring Islamic State to justice. And can America’s alt-right movement develop a female base?

The Economist asks: Bill Gates  

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given away grants of over $36 billion in the past decade. But under a new presidency, philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates faces stiff challenges on vaccine programmes, promised clampdowns on federal aid and a mood of distrust toward technocrats. He tells host Anne McElvoy why he still believes in engaging with Donald Trump.

Babbage: Cloning time  

Twenty years ago, Dolly the sheep became the first adult mammal clone. Are we on the cusp of copying humans, too? And we explore how technology is aiding refugees and migrants with their treacherous journeys to Europe

Money talks: Banks on the move  

Are thousands of banking jobs set to migrate from Britain into the eurozone? Patrick Lane discusses potential destinations with host Simon Long. Also: a currency catastrophe in Zimbabwe and the decline of the executive jet

Indivisible Week 4: How will President Trump's foreign policy affect the military?  

Anne McElvoy from The Economist and WNYC's Kai Wright take calls from military families and veterans about how shifting foreign policy might affect their lives. The Economist's Moscow correspondent Noah Sneider weighs in on how Russians are reacting to President Trump and Leo Shane of the Military Times adds his perspective on the relationship between a new Commander in Chief and the armed forces

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 11th 2016 edition  

This week: a big brother bust up in Nigeria, dodgy stats in North Korea and the film that pits online reviewers against the Chinese government

The week ahead: Bibi in DC  

Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will visit Donald Trump against a backdrop of rising tensions in the West Bank. Also on the show: With Dutch elections just over a month away, could another populist victory be on the horizon? And how a transgender television star reflects a Chinese society in flux

Babbage: Game of drones  

Robotic insects could help pollinate plants if bee numbers continue to decline. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on the pitfalls of crowdsourcing knowledge in an era of disinformation. And a protein's structure is key its function but hard to decipher; we explore how citizen science is solving the problem

The Economist asks: Can Trump’s grand bargain with Russia work?  

A deal with Russia could help President Trump’s administration contain China and crush Islamic State. But is a declining economic power like Russia capable of delivering? Mr Trump may not realise that President Putin's aims run counter to America's interests, from recognising Crimea as Russian to ending economic sanctions. Anne McElvoy hosts

Money talks: How to make money from digital entertainment  

Billions worldwide have access to on demand digital entertainment. But how do you turn a profit in the attention economy? Also on the show: The People’s Bank of China is in the throes of an interest-rate tightening cycle. And who pays a higher salary - big or small companies?

Indivisible Week 3: Who belongs in President Trump's America?  

Another week, another threat to immigration in America. President Trump's travel ban has been suspended -- for now -- and that's leaving refugees in the lurch. They flocked to airports Monday hoping to catch flights to their new home country. But whether they get to step foot on American soil is still up in the air. In this episode of Indivisible, WNYC's Kai Wright and John Prideaux from the Economist wade into the battle over who gets to belong in America. We'll talk about whether the idea of a multicultural America is valued. We'll also talk about what religious freedom means to people in their lives. They are joined by author and Stanford professor Jeff Chang and Emma Green, who writes about the intersection of religion, culture and politics for The Atlantic.

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 4th 2016 edition  

This week: Cubans find a way to dodge a digital blockade, Japan struggles to encourage its people to gamble and the booming industry of pet healthcare

The week ahead: Brexit's point of no return  

After 17 hours of intense debate, Parliament voted in favour of a bill allowing for Brexit to begin. Britain editor Tom Wainwright looks ahead to the prime minister's agenda following the vote. Also on the show: David Miliband tells The Economist that President Trump's travel ban will backfire. And how Cubans access apps. Josie Delap hosts.

The Economist asks: Why is Donald Trump’s populism so potent?  

John Judis, author of The Populism Explosion, joins our US Editor John Prideaux to explore what lies behind the surge of political revolts in Europe and America and the difference between left and right-wing populism. Can President Trump turn his brand of disruption into a recipe for government?

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