Episodes

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.

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 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 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 week ahead: Trump’s unpredictable relations  

As the election dust settles, Nick Pelham and Brooke Unger explore the repercussions of Donald Trump’s win in the Middle East and Mexico. Also: how has espionage adapted to the technological revolution? Jason Palmer hosts

The week ahead: America's easy decision  

Anne McElvoy hosts a special looking forward to the US election on November 8th. Editor in chief Zanny Minton Beddoes explains The Economist's endorsement. Also: the final verdict on the polls, Donald Trump's appeal to Vladimir Putin and why Florida could be a swing and miss state for Hillary Clinton

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