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The week ahead: Trump v the world  

The White House has signalled it will cut its financial contributions to the United Nations. This will undermine global stability, argues The Economist's Xan Smiley. Also: What does the British public want from Brexit? And why officials in South-East Asia are cracking down on street food.

The Economist asks: Tony Blair  

Can Brexit be stopped? 29th March is the trigger day for Britain leaving the EU. Former British prime minister Tony Blair has to put himself at the helm of a fightback. But can he succeed and are "liberal elites" an answer or the problem? Anne McElvoy hosts.

Babbage: Uber's trail of woes  

Why the ride-sharing company is in turmoil following the departure of its president Jeff Jones. Scientific publishing is slowing down progress; how might it be reformed? Also, dust devils in the Atacama desert solve one mystery—and spark another

Money talks: A most unusual company  

The one-time bookseller Amazon accounts for more than half of every new dollar spent online in the US. But how did it get to be the fifth most valuable company in the world? Also: why it costs the American government more to borrow money on the bonds market than European ones. And the big brands used to account for two-thirds of the tyre market. Now China has massively deflated their share. Simon Long hosts.

Indivisible Week 9: Trump and Russia -- What does the FBI know?  

We could soon be learning more about President Trump's ties to Russia. FBI Director James Comey was quizzed by the House Intelligence Committee on Monday -- where he revealed that the bureau is investigating possible links between Moscow and the White House. He also dismissed the President's claims that he was wiretapped during last year's election. On this episode of Indivisible, WNYC’s Kai Wright and John Prideaux from The Economist talk with Washington Post reporter Karoun Demirjian about Comey's testimony and other highlights from the hearing. Then, journalist Casey Michel joins the conversation to discuss his new report for People For the American Way about the far right’s connection to Putin.

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 18th 2017 edition  

This week: Why cities should respect street-food vendors, China’s football season is greeted with grumbles and how the business model of the Olympics is running out of puff

The week ahead: Populism's defeat  

Many were expecting a populist victory in the Netherlands' election this week. But it didn't happen. Correspondent Sacha Nauta explains why the Dutch delivered a vote of confidence for the competent centre. Also on the show: K-pop is just one of the many Korean exports boycotted in China after a row erupts over missiles. And Saudi Arabia experiences an exodus of women. Josie Delap hosts

The Economist asks: What are the economics of art?  

Are the new players in the art world opening it up or destroying it? Economist Richard Davies profiles one dealer accused of creating turmoil in the market. Also on the show: Artist Schandra Singh ponders the intricate relationship between art and money. And senior director at the auction house Sotheby's, Philip Hook, on the dealers who made art history. Anne McElvoy hosts.

Babbage: Little green men  

Earth has received a cluster of mysterious radio signals; some scientists believe they could be propelling alien spacecraft across the universe. So what's the verdict? Also, an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil is decimating local monkey populations. And the true worth of spiders is revealed, in how much they eat

Money talks: Microsofter  

Microsoft has reinvented itself under its new CEO Satya Nadella with a move to the cloud. Is its friendlier approach to program developers likely to pay off? Also: as the Netherlands goes to the polls, our Europe editor Matt Steinglass examines how each party’s financial manifestos were put to the test. And: many people are fed up with their banks. Now help is at a hand from Europe’s banking regulators. Simon Long hosts.

Indivisible Week 8: Can Washington Fix America's Health Care System?  

The American Health Care Act could be hitting its first snag. A new report released on Monday by the Congressional Budget Office found that the proposed Republican plan would force millions of people to lose coverage -- as many as 14 million people could be left uninsured by next year. And the bill is already facing a chorus of criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. On this episode of Indivisible, hosts Anne McElvoy and Kai Wright dig into health care in America and why a workable system has been so politically and economically fraught. They are joined by Elisabeth Benjamin from the Community Service Society of New York to take calls about how the Republican replacement plan would affect listeners across the country.

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 11th 2017 edition  

This week: Quantum leaps for quantum physics, the fat cats of Istanbul and a decline in Britain’s youth crime

The week ahead: Trump the (cheer)leader  

In this special episode we look back at Donald Trump's 50 days in office. Our Lexington columnist first tell us about the president's uneasy transition from stump speaker to leader. And our Moscow correspondent ponders whether Russia has bungled its approach to the new administration. Also on the show: Author John Avlon on George Washington's goodbye. Anne McElvoy hosts.

The Economist asks: What would a modern utopia look like?  

In this special episode, Anne McElvoy interviews best-selling author Rutger Bregman in front of a live studio audience at the RSA in London. His book, "Utopia for Realists" advocates that we re-embrace grand dreams of progress. But history has its share of dangerous utopian fanatics - so why revive idealism at all?

Babbage: Building from the atom up  

A second quantum revolution is happening at the atomic level. What will it mean for the future of computers? Also: a new battery based on aluminium provides up to ten times the power. And why yellow taxis are much less likely to get into accidents. Kenn Cukier hosts.

Money talks: GM says ‘au revoir’ to Europe  

General Motors has sold its Vauxhall and Opel brands to PSA in France. Adam Roberts our European business editor asks how the car industry is reacting to the consolidation. Also: can Snapchat succeed as a public company? And might President Trump’s accusation that China hasn't been playing by the rules have a point? Simon Long hosts.

Indivisible Week 7: Why Does Russia Matter To The Trump Administration?  

On this episode of Indivisible, hosts Jami Floyd and John Prideaux delve into the controversy surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions having had contact with the Russian Ambassador while Trump was still campaigning for the presidency. Jami and John are joined by law professor and president of the National Constitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen, to discuss the role of the Department of Justice in investigating the administration. And Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation, talks about the stakes of the political fight over Russia. Then join the conversation with your calls on the issue you care about most during the Trump administration. What is getting you to pay attention to politics in ways you haven’t before?

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 4th 2017 edition  

This week: Mexico’s anti-corruption tour bus, Japan’s ultranationalist kindergarten and the medicinal benefits of dragon blood

The week ahead: The deportation machine  

Our correspondents Emma Hogan and Haley Cohen discuss how Germany and America plan to deport and detain illegal migrants. Also: Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' president, does have some workable policies, but they are overshadowed by his bloody war on drugs. And the latest on the murder investigation of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korea's dictator. Josie Delap hosts.

The Economist asks: What is consciousness?  

Where does human consciousness arise from? Was there an evolutionary moment when the light switched on? Are animals conscious, too? We ask the philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett

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