Episodes

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

The week ahead: A tale of two rallies  

The week ahead: A tale of two rallies by The Economist

The week ahead: Sturgeon's Scoxit gambit  

Host Josie Delap investigates whether Britain's vote to leave the EU will give Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon enough momentum to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom. Also: resurgent racism in South Africa and the battle to liberate Mosul

The week ahead: Farewell, King B  

The death of Thailand's long-serving monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has spawned worries about the country's stability. The last presidential debate might be Donald Trump's political swan song. So-called 'localists' in Hong Kong challenge Beijing's rule. And female protesters in Poland pressured the government to back down from an abortion bill. Rob Gifford hosts.

The week ahead: Brexit stage right  

Our Brexit editor John Peet says Theresa May signals a hard Brexit, which would take Britain out of Europe's single market. We check back in with our Bello columnist following the vote against the peace deal in Colombia. And President Obama advises his successor on economic policy in this week's issue. Josie Delap hosts.

The week ahead: Beauty queen and the beast  

US editor John Prideaux joins host Josie Delap to examine the fallout from the first Presidential debate and the brewing feud between the Republican nominee and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Also, a historic peace deal in Colombia and China's lost generation

The week ahead: Crumbling ceasefire  

Jonathan Rosenthal says Syria's turmoil will deepen if John Kerry fails to salvage a ceasefire with Russia. John Prideaux previews the Clinton-Trump clash in the first presidential debate. And Matthew Valencia talks about Azerbaijan's reputation management through caviar diplomacy. Anne McElvoy hosts.

The week ahead: Drawbridge dystopia  

Protectionists stage protests across Germany. Andreas Kluth, our Berlin bureau chief, explains why anti-Americanism and a fear of globalisation are at the heart of the demonstrations. Also on the show: al-Qaeda's pragmatic comeback; and what are the odds that a party-less outsider could become France's next president? Helen Joyce hosts.

The week ahead: Battling for power  

With election day only two months away, we analyse the state of the race to the White House. Our public policy editor explains how to save the NHS and Ed Lucas explains the murky succession following the death of Uzbekistan's leader. Anne McElvoy hosts

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