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The Economist asks: Is there truth in caricature?  

Donald's Trump's victory has given new verve to cartoonists. But what light does caricature throw on current events and upheavals? Award-winning cartoonist for The Economist Kal Kallaugher and actor Haydn Gwynne talk to host Anne McElvoy about the art of parody and if it still has the ability to challenge

Babbage: What Einstein got wrong  

This week: clues to dinosaur evolution lurk in the amber mines of Myanmar. Author David Bodanis tells us about Einstein’s greatest mistake. And why solar energy is due soon to pay back its carbon debt. Kenneth Cukier hosts

Money talks: How the weakest bank in Europe just got weaker  

We examine Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the bank at the epicentre of the crisis in Italy. Last week OPEC moved to rescue oil prices. Will companies now rush back into exploration? And how the birth of a new motorbike in downtown New York could revitalise inner-city manufacturing

Tasting Menu: Audio highlights from the December 3rd 2016 edition  

This week: America finds a new way to end a marriage, badly botched currency reform in India and the rise of AirBnB for dogs

On Background: Valery Giscard d'Estaing on The Future of Europe  

Zanny Minton Beddoes, our editor-in-chief, and James Harding, the BBC’s director of news, speak to Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing about the future of the European Union. Also on the show: BBC reporter Jonny Dymond on whether the economic and social benefits of the Internet are worth the cost in terms of privacy.

The week ahead: After Fidel  

Our Bello columnist Michael Reid discusses Cuba's future under Raúl and the remaining Castros. Also on the show: Assad’s forces make a crucial advance in Aleppo. And do want your cheating spouse to come back? There’s an agency for that - in China

The Economist asks: What made the world's great universities let women in?  

Anne McElvoy is joined by Nancy Weiss Malkiel, emeritus professor of history at Princeton and author of "Keep the Damned Women Out", to unearth the roots of the sweeping changes that came to elite universities in Britain and America in the 1960s and 1970s. What made institutions that had resisted the presence of women suddenly embrace coeducation? And how far might they still have to go?

Babbage: Big bomber is watching  

This week: how optical navigation can help a bomb find its target without GPS. Researchers at MIT are investigating super-slippery surfaces. Also, why computers are replacing manpower in port security. Kenneth Cukier hosts

Money talks: Is the anger over trade justified?  

Soumaya Keynes speaks to leading economist Richard Baldwin about how to mitigate globalisation's destructive effects. Also on the show: South Africa’s debt rating is just one notch above junk. How might the country bounce back? And why golf is no longer cool in Japan. Simon Long hosts

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the November 26th 2016 edition  

This week: treasure-hunters head out West, the pizza-making robots trying to take a slice of the food industry and why camel trading is increasingly lucrative

On Background: Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Fight for Human Rights  

Zanny Minton Beddoes, our editor-in-chief, and James Harding, the BBC’s director of news, speak to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on threats about the current human rights consensus plus Yoichi Funabashi, the former Editor-in-Chief of Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper, on US-Japanese relations after the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The week ahead: Renzi's risky referendum  

Host Josie Delap sits down with Italy correspondent John Hooper to assess Italy's upcoming referendum, a vote with far reaching consequences in the Eurozone. Also: a surprise challenger for the French Presidency and the slow collapse of a Libyan peace deal

The Economist asks: What does Vladimir Putin want?  

Anne McElvoy is joined in the studio by Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, author of "All the Kremlin's Men", to investigate the murky penumbra of power which surrounds Russian President Vladimir Putin

Babbage: Snapping planets  

Long-distance photography could help us understand far more about exoplanets. We report on the sense of global resilience at climate talks in Marrakech and an audacious plan to tackle air pollution using old jet engines

Money talks: The fate of Trump Inc.  

Our New York bureau chief Patrick Foulis argues Donald Trump should relinquish any control over his businesses before moving into the White House. Also on the show: There’s a new set of reforms worrying Europe’s beleaguered banks and why economists are not immune to fads. Simon Long hosts

Tasting menu: Highlights from the November 19th 2016 edition, in audio  

This week: Samsung’s leap into connected cars, an anti-corruption hotline in Sierra Leone and a concise history of nothing

On Background: US Economy and Al-Shabab  

Zanny Minton Beddoes, our editor-in-chief, and James Harding, the BBC’s director of news, speak to Jason Furman, President Obama's closest economic adviser about globalisation and the US economy; BBC correspondent Alastair Leithhead has a lost story from Somalia.

The week ahead: Nationalism goes international  

Anne McElvoy sits down with Ed Carr to discuss the rise of ethnic nationalism and what liberals need to do to reclaim momentum. Also: the future of Britain's special relationship with the USA and are we looking at the death of the death penalty?

The Economist asks: Is Canada’s liberalism a model for world?  

2016 will be remembered as the year populism surged. But Canada stands as a beacon of liberalism. Can its multicultural model be emulated? Our guest, Douglas Murray debates with Americas editor, Brooke Unger. Also, author Jonathan Tepperman assesses Canada's approach to immigration. Anne McElvoy hosts

Babbage: No news like fake news  

Our deputy editor Tom Standage weighs in on the debate about false news in the aftermath of America's presidential election. We speak to female entrepreneurs at the Web Summit in Lisbon about gender balance in the technology industry. And a new way to measure fish stocks using DNA

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