The week ahead: Israel 70 years onThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
We ask the author Amos Oz about 70 years of independence for Israel. And, the benefits of integrating refugees around the world. Also, the lasting damage being done to Poland by its ruling party, PiS. Simon Long hosts
The Economist asks: What grounds do we have to be optimistic about an Open Future?The Economist Radio (All audio) add
We ask Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now, why he is so optimistic about human progress. We also discuss wars, inequality and should there be more good news on the front pages. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)
Babbage: The planet hunterThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Professor Sara Seager joins us to discuss the launch of the spacecraft TESS, and its two-year mission to discover new planets. Also, physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow explains elastic thinking. And, how robots are learning to assemble flat-pack furniture. Kenneth Cukier hosts
Money talks: Circling around WPPThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Our media editor, Gady Epstein, assesses the future of the advertising giant WPP after its CEO Sir Martin Sorrell stepped down. Also, should the USPS be privatised? And the latest figures on China’s economy. Helen Joyce hosts
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 14th 2018 editionThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Germany is becoming more diverse, open, informal and hip. With the right leadership, it could be a model for the West. Also, disrupting the business of death. And the son of a Swiss peasant who revolutionised London’s high society. Rob Gifford hosts
The week ahead: War crimes in SyriaThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
What should the response be to the barbaric chemical attack in Syria? Also, how Germany is rethinking its identity. And, the evolution of the funeral business. Simon Long hosts
The Economist asks: Have identity politics gone too far?The Economist Radio (All audio) add
Tribalism has always existed, but is now playing a far more pivotal role in society: from the rise of gender and ethnic affiliation, to nationalist parties in Europe and even the appeal of Donald Trump. Amy Chua, author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" and "Political Tribes", explains why the politics of sharp-edged identities have become so powerful.
Babbage: Zuckerberg faces Capitol HillThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Hal Hodson, our technology correspondent, joins us from Washington to discuss Mark Zuckerberg and the future for Facebook. Also, the connection between personality and music. And, how possible is it to populate other planets? Kenneth Cukier hosts.
Money Talks: Trade 301The Economist Radio (All audio) add
President Trump’s proposals for tariffs threaten a trade war between America and China. Is there a negotiable way out of the problem? Also, reported merger talks between two legal giants could herald a wave of transatlantic deals. And an assessment of social-safety nets in poorer countries reveals a mixed picture. Helen Joyce hosts.
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the April 7th 2018 editionThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Murder is set to soar in some cities of the developing world. How to curb the killing? Latin America, which has 8% of the world’s population but 38% of its murders, holds the answers. Also, the abiding power of the words of Martin Luther King, and could Britain’s queen be related to the Prophet Muhammad? Lane Greene hosts
The week ahead: A murder mysteryThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Latin America has 8% of the world's people but 38% of its recorded murders. Who is killing whom and why? Also, the story behind the speeches of Martin Luther King. And, Japan’s sex industry is getting less sexual. Simon Long hosts
The Economist asks: Will China’s tech giants overtake Silicon Valley?The Economist Radio (All audio) add
We ask Kai-Fu Lee, CEO of Sinovation Ventures, what’s next for big tech in China and beyond. And will an AI simulation present this podcast better than our host Anne McElvoy?
Babbage: The information gameThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
How requesting personal data from companies leads to a bureaucratic tangle. Also, nurturing scientific talent in Africa. And, the surprising importance of paint colour for self-driving cars. Kenneth Cukier hosts
Money talks: A bumpy rideThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
We ask Henry Curr, our US economics editor, if global stockmarket volatility is the new normal. Also, is India’s economy on the right track? And, the impact of the mobile-phone industry on Vietnam. Helen Joyce hosts
The week ahead: US and themThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
How will Putin react after America expels 60 Russian diplomats? Also, the latest developments in Catalonia’s quest for independence. And, on the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement a special feature from our Britain Editor, Tom Wainwright. Christopher Lockwood hosts.
The Economist asks: How can America fix its problem with gun violence?The Economist Radio (All audio) add
Student survivors from the recent Florida school shooting talk to Anne McElvoy about their campaign to make schools safe. And Doug Jones, Senator for Alabama, discusses how to find the common ground over gun reform. Andrew Miller hosts.
Babbage: Working AI to fiveThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Alexandra Suich Bass, our US technology editor, discusses the rise of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Also, the link between genetics and exam success. And, understanding the language of bees. Kenneth Cukier hosts.
Money talks: Trading tit for tatThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, explains why the Trump administration’s strategy towards China is risky. Also, are the advertising agency giants doomed? And the economics of Vibranium in Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie. Helen Joyce hosts
Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the March 24th 2018 editionThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
Facebook is facing the biggest crisis in its history – it needs not just to repent but to reform. The Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky on pushing his audiences and his actors to their limits. Plus, the astronomer’s guide to the perfect haiku. Anne McElvoy hosts
The week ahead: Gunning for changeThe Economist Radio (All audio) add
As America's Congress dithers on gun control, some states move forward with reforms. But will these laws save lives? Also, a new Russian generation speaks out. And, the hygiene revolution in Bangladesh. Christopher Lockwood hosts