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The Economist Asks: Is it moral to be wealthy  

Author and film director Lauren Greenfield’s latest project, “Generation Wealth”, represents three decades photographing and interviewing people about their relationship with money. She thinks we are living in a time of unprecedented obsession with wealth and status. But can consumerism also be a force for good? Anne McElvoy hosts.

Babbage: Taxi for Travis  

What next for Uber following the departure of the company's CEO Travis Kalanick? A pathogen that causes cystic fibrosis is being used to fight tuberculosis. Also, the head of Bloomberg's venture capital fund Roy Bahat on the complexities of AI replacing jobs

Money Talks: The scandal that won’t go away  

Barclays and four of its former executives have been charged with fraud, a throwback to the 2008 financial crisis when the bank raised billions from Qatari investors. But what happened nine years ago? And why have the company's actions been investigated? Also, how buyers are striking a hard deal at the Paris Air Show. And why meddling by Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad bin Salman in Aramco might scupper the world’s biggest IPO. Hosted by Simon Long.

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 17th 2017 edition  

This week: Civilian drones lift off, South America’s lithium hotspots and why there is now gender parity in hurricanes

The week ahead: The march of justice  

He may be embattled, but attorney-general Jeff Sessions is already leaving his mark on America says John Prideaux. Also, questions mount over the cause of the fatal fire at a tower block in London. Is Jeremy Corbyn the Bill Gates of modern politics? And our Lexington columnist goes on the road with General Mattis. Josie Delap hosts.

Babbage: Civilian drones take flight  

Most drones today are either cheap toys or expensive weapons. But innovative commercial uses are emerging in the middle, says our deputy editor Tom Standage. Also, physicist Geoffrey West on his theory of scale and how it relates to cities. And do pollsters deserve their bad reputation?

The Economist asks: Ken Rogoff about Trumponomics and free speech battles on campus  

From Trumponomics to Brexit, the world’s economies are insecure. Yet economist Ken Rogoff is upbeat. He also talks to Senior Editor Anne McElvoy about austerity – and whether Oxford beats Harvard

Money talks: A poison chalice for GE’s new boss  

Patrick Foulis asks if a break-up is on the cards as General Electric appoints a new CEO. Also, Uber is on a collision course as it grapples with management problems. Why confidence among European companies is sky high. And tension in global trade in aluminium. Hosted by Philip Coggan.

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 10th 2017 edition  

This week: Competitive climbing is getting a leg-up, a new camera system to lead the blind and the green-fingered Jesus trying to save the world’s plants

The week ahead: UK general election special  

Prime Minister Theresa May’s gamble to hold a snap election turned out to be a big mistake. After failing to secure a majority in Parliament, her future is in doubt and the country in turmoil. Anne McElvoy speaks to strategists in Westminster about the practicalities of minority government. Our roundtable of experts mull the future of a Brexit deal without a clear mandate. And Nigel Farage - former UKIP leader - tells us he might return to politics.

The Economist asks: Is Brexit a disaster for trade?  

On the day Britain leaves the EU it will be withdrawn from hundreds of treaties. The newly elected government will strive hard to find new trade deals and renegotiate old ones. Will it find success or is the task too enormous? The Economist's Anne McElvoy and Callum Williams speak to former trade envoy, Lord Marland, about Brexit and why he thinks trade deals are not important.

Babbage: Battle of the maps  

Companies are striving to control an evolving digital infrastructure that will guide everything from self-driving cars to drones. Veteran investor Bill Janeway explains the parallels between artificial intelligence and electricity. Also, a Braille-controlled camera system offers an efficient way to guide the blind

Money talks:  Super Mario to the rescue  

As the European Central Bank meets in Estonia this week, is it time for Mario Draghi to withdraw support from the Eurozone economy? Emerging Markets Editor Simon Cox on why the BRICs label is still relevant. And, how investors are taking care of the planet. Simon Long presents

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the June 3rd 2017 edition  

This week: Miami’s homeowners try to fend off climate change, why queens are more warmongering than kings and how the horse shaped the history of mankind

The week ahead: The missing middle  

Editors Adrian Wooldridge and Anne McElvoy go in search of Britain's liberal centre and cross-examine polls predicting a hung parliament. Also: Congo's refugee crisis swells. And puritanical Saudi Arabia opens up to country music. Josie Delap hosts.

The Economist asks: Are we too dependent on big data?  

Data has become an invaluable resource for business leaders, politicians and everyone else. But our guest this week, the consultant Christian Madsbjerg, claims that this fixation on numbers ignores what makes us human. Kenneth Cukier finds out more.

Babbage: When AI makes music  

Can computer-generated composition compete with human creativity? 3D printing is adopting traditional techniques to give us reinforced floors. And cricket adds yet more technology into the game: what does this mean for the sport's hallowed commentators?

Money talks: British Airways hits turbulence  

After a disastrous weekend of technical glitches for British Airways, our correspondent Charles Read estimates the long-term damage to the airline's reputation. Also: America's army of small banks are demanding lighter regulation. And Anne McElvoy travels to Portugal to find out about Economy Minister Manuel Cabral's plans for the country. Simon Long hosts.

Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the May 27th 2017 edition  

This week: Translators struggle against technological change, France embraces positive psychology and why Hong Kong’s dolphins are in peril

The week ahead: Manchester in mourning  

Our Britain correspondent Richard Cockett reports on a moving vigil held for the victims of the Manchester attack. Anne McElvoy and Adrian Wooldridge ponder the two sides of Theresa May. And how Brazil’s president Michel Temer could weather a mega-scandal: Josie Delap hosts

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