The Economist Radio (All audio)

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Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 22nd 2016 edition  

This week: Bhutan’s surprising success, experiments in automated consumption and why clowning is on the rise in Cuba

The week ahead: Sturgeon's Scoxit gambit  

Host Josie Delap investigates whether Britain's vote to leave the EU will give Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon enough momentum to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom. Also: resurgent racism in South Africa and the battle to liberate Mosul

The Economist asks: Should we turn our understanding of the Middle East on its head?  

Host Anne McElvoy is joined by Peter Frankopan, historian and bestselling author of The Silk Roads, to discuss how reorienting how the history of the Middle East is viewed could have far reaching ramifications for diplomacy

Babbage: Prospects for new life  

Scientists in Japan grow artificial mouse pups from skin cells; could the same technique one day be used for humans? Planetary scientist Dr Claire Cousins explains where we might find life on Mars as the ExoMars satellite and probe arrive at the red planet. And we explore why virtual reality has taken a foothold in China

Special Relationship: The Struggle for Syria  

With the election looming and the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dominating the headlines, Celeste and John step back to focus on one of the greatest challenges the next president must face: dealing with war-torn Syria. Celeste speaks with Christina Psarra of the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieresabout her work helping refugees and educating the public about their experience through MSF's traveling exhibition "Forced From Home." Next, former Senate majority leader and special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell talks to John about if, how and when the wrenching conflict in Syria will end, potentially under the administration of a new president and United Nations secretary-general. This episode was produced by Alan Haburchak and Jon Marston.

Money talks: Countdown for Tesla  

Patrick Foulis joins host Simon Long to take a look at the financial gymnastics keeping Elon Musk's business empire afloat. Also: the shadow economies that need a fuse of transparency and private equity's socialist secret

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 15th 2016 edition  

This week: China’s disgruntled police, a corruption crackdown in South Korea and an existential trip into the Amazon

The week ahead: Farewell, King B  

The death of Thailand's long-serving monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has spawned worries about the country's stability. The last presidential debate might be Donald Trump's political swan song. So-called 'localists' in Hong Kong challenge Beijing's rule. And female protesters in Poland pressured the government to back down from an abortion bill. Rob Gifford hosts.

Special Relationship: Highly Debatable  

With one final presidential debate left to go, the hits keep on coming for Donald Trump. The Republican nominee is now not only defending himself against accusations of prurient behavior towards women, but finds himself embroiled in a civil war with the top figures in his own party, just weeks away from the election. This week, Celeste and John break down the latest in the race for president and look ahead at what could might come next with the help of Economist Washington Bureau Chief David Rennie and Mic Politics Editor Luke Brinker. Our producer is Alan Haburchak.

Economist asks: Has Alan Greenspan carried too much blame for the financial crash?  

Anne McElvoy investigates whether the legacy of former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has been fairly or unfairly tarnished by the perception of his role in the financial crash. She is joined by Greenspan's biographer, Sebastian Mallaby, and by the prominent economic historian Niall Ferguson

Babbage: Samsung's meltdown  

Our technology editor examines the long-term fallout after Samsung's flagship smartphone is pulled from production. The Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new drug for muscular dystrophy proves controversial and Matt Kaplan explains why higher-class people spend less time looking at their fellow humans

Money talks: Flash Crash Bang Wallop  

Philip Coggan joins host Simon Long to explain the political and technological roots of the latest flash crash in the value of the pound. Also: Ryan Avent delves into the work that won the latest Economics Nobel prize

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the October 8th 2016 edition  

This week: Brazil’s record-breaking ballot spoiling, Nigeria’s blossoming trade in love literature and a glimpse inside the world of a superyacht owner

The week ahead: Brexit stage right  

Our Brexit editor John Peet says Theresa May signals a hard Brexit, which would take Britain out of Europe's single market. We check back in with our Bello columnist following the vote against the peace deal in Colombia. And President Obama advises his successor on economic policy in this week's issue. Josie Delap hosts.

The Economist asks: How should we perceive reality?  

Host Tom Standage sits down with renowned physicist Carlo Rovelli to discuss the fragile borders of reality, what political radicalism has in common with scientific invention and whether humanity's days on earth are numbered

Don't Believe the Liberal Media?  

The media is under siege in this election — and the phenomenon isn't limited to the campaign for U.S. president. In this episode, Celeste and John talk with two powerful news editors in the United States and Europe about covering politics in an era when people think they're entitled not just to their own opinions, but their own facts. Marty Baron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning executive editor of The Washington Post, speaks about the moral obligation — and occasional frustrations — of truth-telling, against the backdrop of an extraordinary election between two presidential candidates who are by turns openly hostile toward and suspicious of the press. And from Germany, Bild Digital Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt weighs in on how Europe's largest news outlet combats the "post-factual" criticisms of a radical right AND left that are waging an information war against what they call the "Lügenpresse" — the "lying press." Our producer is Alan Haburchak.

Babbage: Elevated intelligence  

Google launches a handful of hardware to deliver its artificial intelligence. We speak to Professor Chris Phillips about this year's Nobel prize for physics, and research analyst Alberto Noel discusses how machine learning is enhancing factory automation and what the global implications are in the world of work

Money talks: Deutsche's dilemma  

Patrick Lane our banking editor discusses how a hefty fine from the Department of Justice is one of many problems facing Deutsche Bank. Joel Budd says microfinance is making a comeback. And finally, Adam Roberts talks about how Norway's sovereign wealth fund sets an example for the world. Simon Long hosts.

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 30th 2016 edition  

This week: Aleppo’s descent from riches to rubble, the real reasons for Hungary’s referendum and how a stealthy bit of business in the printer industry has left people crying over spilt ink

The week ahead: Beauty queen and the beast  

US editor John Prideaux joins host Josie Delap to examine the fallout from the first Presidential debate and the brewing feud between the Republican nominee and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Also, a historic peace deal in Colombia and China's lost generation

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