Episodes

The week ahead: Mrs May's June surprise  

The British prime minister announces she will hold a snap general election after repeatedly saying she would not. Our Britain editor Tom Wainwright discusses the implications for Brexit and the beleaguered Labour party. Meanwhile, France holds the first round of its presidential elections. And North Korea cooperates with the international community - over birds. Josie Delap hosts.

The week ahead: Turkey's fragile future  

Turkey is holding a referendum on giving sweeping new powers to Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Our deputy editor Edward Carr explains what's at stake for the country. Also on the show: Chinese writers use science fiction to criticise their society. And while most of the world is migrating to cities, a growing numbers of urban dwellers in Italy are taking up farming. Josie Delap hosts.

The week ahead: Donald decisive  

Donald Trump launches an airstrike in Syria in response to the regime's use of chemical weapons. Our defence editor Matthew Symonds discusses Mr Trump's capacity for surprise. Also on the show: Where we park our vehicles shapes our cities - usually for the worse. And Ethiopia enters Africa's space race. Josie Delap hosts.

The week ahead: More twists in the Russian enigma  

Our US editor John Prideaux discusses the seemingly endless probes, counterprobes, allegations and counter-allegations in the enquiry into Team Trump's ties to Russia. Also on the show: Conflicts across the African continent have put a staggering 20 million people at risk of starvation. And what do you do when the enemy taking aim at you is a nine-year-old? Christopher Lockwood hosts.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 week ahead: Rise of the Herbal Tea Party?  

Once a Supreme Court justice is confirmed, Republicans could have control over all three branches of the federal government. Our Lexington columnist David Rennie weighs the Democrats' options for a comeback. Also on the show: a leaked report highlights the terrible state of Venezuela's economy. And should America worry about Russia's media channel RT? Josie Delap hosts.

The week ahead: One nation under Trump  

In this inaugural special we hear from our Lexington columnist David Rennie as he reflects on the new president's very partisan address. Data expert Matt Hindman discusses Mr Trump's troubled relationship with the press. And John Prideaux identifies potential conflicts in the cabinet over Russia. Robert Guest hosts.

The week ahead: Hacks, leaks and videotape  

Matthew Symonds joins host Josie Delap to explain how the relationship between Donald Trump and the intelligence community fell apart and ask whether it can be rebuilt. Also: Modi's teflon streak and fishy economics in Japan

The week ahead: Desperately seeking Reagan  

Host Richard Cockett brings in Lexington columnist David Rennie to discuss how American conservatives plan to square their agenda with Donald Trump's. Also: how Theresa May's background will shape Brexit and the radio telescope making waves in the South African wilderness

The cultural review of 2016 and preview of 2017  

A look back at the highlights of 2016: including gender-bending Shakespeare and “In Praise of Weiner” - a political disaster documentary 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and we discuss the "confluence": Venice Biennale, Documenta in Kassel and the Munster sculpture show Anne McElvoy is joined by The Economist’s Fiammetta Rocco and Jonathan Beckman

The week ahead: Christmas and New Year special  

We look at the highlights from the Christmas double issue with its editor Oliver Morton. John McDermott reports on how Finland's reindeer herders fight to keep their traditions alive. And magazine mogul Hu Shuli on why China's business leaders worry more about Brexit than a Trump presidency. Josie Delap hosts.

The week ahead: War for a war weary America  

Our Lexington columnist David Rennie reports from a 25,000 mile trip with America's outgoing defence secretary. Also on the show: Big data meets big brother in China. And mobile phones are transforming Africa, but only where they can get a signal. Josie Delap hosts.

The week ahead: Will he or won't he?  

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tenders his resignation after a crushing referendum defeat. But will he actually step down? Also on the show: Gambia's president promised to stay in power for 'a billion years' but a political novice cuts his rule short. And should we be worried about the rise in hate crimes in America? Christopher Lockwood hosts.

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