The Economist: The week ahead

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In these podcasts, our correspondents look each week at what may make the headlines

Episodios

  • Trudeau in trouble: a sunny leader in stormy times

    Trudeau in trouble: a sunny leader in stormy times

    06/03/2019 Duración: 19min

    Canada’s fresh-faced leader has been a icon for embattled liberals. But now he faces damaging accusations of meddling in a judicial process. Will Justin Trudeau be contrite or fight? And free money sounds like a grand idea. Here’s how universal basic income is being tested in practice. Also, young men in Pakistan grow some very fancy beards.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Xi’ll meet again: China’s People’s Congress opens

    Xi’ll meet again: China’s People’s Congress opens

    05/03/2019 Duración: 20min

    The National People's Congress of China gathers today for ten days of deliberations. Tensions with the West over the trade war and disagreement about the role of technology giant Huawei will be in the background. Bosses are not always the most reliable narrators for an investor seeking to gain insight into a company. But there are new data sources that are making it harder for executives to mislead them. And an attic in France has yielded a find some claim to have been painted by the 17th century master Caravaggio. But how do we assess whether an unsigned, orphaned work is the real, very expensive deal?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A thirsty world: the future of water

    A thirsty world: the future of water

    04/03/2019 Duración: 23min

    Fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, as climate change and population growth puts greater pressure on resources. But the problem is one of mismanagement, rather than supply. When Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s president in January, he spoke of a national effort to fix the country’s economy and to tackle crime and corruption. Can he deliver on those promises? And how a big-budget Chinese film reflects the philosophy of the country’s leader.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Bibi one more time? Binyamin Netanyahu

    Bibi one more time? Binyamin Netanyahu

    01/03/2019 Duración: 22min

    Israel’s prime minister has been indicted, pending a hearing, just weeks before an election. We look at the charges he faces, and how he has already transformed the country’s politics. Huawei, a Chinese technology giant, has drawn global scrutiny of its tactics and perceived relationship with the Chinese state. But a greater concern is going unmentioned. And, why autonomous-vehicle firms are taking their wares to retirement communities.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Line of control: India-Pakistan

    Line of control: India-Pakistan

    28/02/2019 Duración: 20min

    Air strikes by India and Pakistan this week represent a worrying flare-up of tensions that have simmered for years. We examine the forces and politics at play between the nuclear-armed powers. What’s causing the chill in the global manufacturing sector, and how to escape it? And, under the threat of a potentially costly infectious disease, Denmark is building a border wall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Chaos and calculation: Brexit

    Chaos and calculation: Brexit

    27/02/2019 Duración: 22min

    Grand fissures have opened in Britain’s politics; the two main parties’ leaders are struggling to keep control. What does it all mean for Brexit, just a month away? As pharmaceutical companies defend their prices this week, we look at the push to use cheap, existing drugs in new ways. And, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the desire to adequately mourn the dead opens a market opportunity for paid wailers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Two for the show: Trump meets Kim

    Two for the show: Trump meets Kim

    26/02/2019 Duración: 20min

    As Kim Jong Un arrives in Vietnam ahead of a second summit with President Donald Trump, we ask about the real prospects for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. Chicago votes for a new mayor today; we speak with Rahm Emanuel, the outspoken incumbent, about what he has—and hasn’t—done for the city. And, we examine Hungary’s curious effort to stem its population slide.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • It’s bean difficult: the China-America trade war

    It’s bean difficult: the China-America trade war

    25/02/2019 Duración: 23min

    As President Donald Trump delays further tariffs on $200bn-worth of Chinese goods, there are hints of an end to the trade war. We assess the damage already done by looking at the global soyabean market. Countries around the world are struggling with the ethics and security concerns around re-admitting their citizens who have fought with Islamic State. And, there’s a rising favourite among wine investors—but it could represent a bubble.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Alms held up: Venezuela

    Alms held up: Venezuela

    22/02/2019 Duración: 20min

    Venezuela is in dire need of humanitarian aid, and Juan Guaidó, the interim president, has pledged to deliver it tomorrow. Will Nicolás Maduro, the dictatorial leader still formally in power, let him? Ahead of Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders, we look back on a half-century’s-worth of wisdom from the “Sage of Omaha”. And in Japan, longer lives are leading to more books by and for the elderly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Sins of the fathers: the Vatican and child abuse

    Sins of the fathers: the Vatican and child abuse

    21/02/2019 Duración: 21min

    The Vatican is hosting a high-profile meeting on child abuse by the clergy. It’s a topic that has been woefully overlooked, and one that threatens to define the tenure of Pope Francis. We visit the world’s largest building, in the city of Chengdu. Inside there’s a giant wave pool, thirty thousand workers, free cats—and a glimpse of the state of China’s economy. And, an effort to resurrect the native language of Hawaii has brought unexpected benefits.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Prince on tour: Muhammad bin Salman

    Prince on tour: Muhammad bin Salman

    20/02/2019 Duración: 19min

    Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, is on a tour of Asia, striking deals and trying to polish his image. What kind of influence will he have in the region? Every year as much as a quarter of the global corporate-tax bill is avoided—legally. We take a look at where all that money is going. And we speak to Nadine Labaki, the first female Arab film-maker nominated for an Oscar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Labour’s love lost: British politics

    Labour’s love lost: British politics

    19/02/2019 Duración: 19min

    Seven parliamentarians have split from Britain’s opposition Labour party. That could change the calculus of Brexit, and just might be the nucleus of a new movement. There’s a little-noticed shift in the relationship between Islam and the West; a new generation is lighting the way. And our Russia editor has a bit of a hobby—one that puts him at the nexus of language, drama and truth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • State of the unionising: Amazon

    State of the unionising: Amazon

    18/02/2019 Duración: 22min

    We examine the aftermath of the online behemoth’s withdrawal of its New York expansion plans, and speak with its Midwestern workers about growing talk of unionising. President Emmanuel Macron hopes to quell protests across France with a series of “town halls”; we drop into one. And mezcal is on the rise, but can tequila’s more-traditional cousin survive if the whole world wants a shot?Music credit: "Chez Space" by The Freeharmonic Orchestra (CC-BY)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Emergency measures: America’s border deal

    Emergency measures: America’s border deal

    15/02/2019 Duración: 20min

    President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today, to fund his southern-border wall. We ask why that would be an uncomfortable constitutional precedent. Nigeria’s general election this weekend will be a nail-biter, and allegations of electoral fraud are already flying; the only certainty is that the result will be contested. And, we bid farewell to Opportunity, a Mars rover that vastly exceeded what was expected of it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • IS this the end? Islamic State’s last stand

    IS this the end? Islamic State’s last stand

    14/02/2019 Duración: 20min

    In Syria the few remaining Islamic State fighters are hemmed in. The caliphate’s territory may be diminished, but the idea will live on. A Valentine’s Day look at the digital dating market reveals the protocols and pitfalls of online matchmaking. And the derailment of an attempt by India’s railway minister to tout a new high-speed line.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • It’s not easy: the Green New Deal

    It’s not easy: the Green New Deal

    13/02/2019 Duración: 22min

    As America’s Senate majority leader pledges a vote on the Green New Deal, a sweeping set of policies around climate and much more, we examine just what the legislation does—and doesn’t—lay out. Following Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address, we explore the challenges South Africa’s president faces as an election looms. And our language columnist declares war on misused metaphors. Additional audio courtesy of Sunrise Movement & FDR Presidential Library.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Independents’ day: Catalans on trial

    Independents’ day: Catalans on trial

    12/02/2019 Duración: 19min

    Today 12 leaders of Spain’s Catalonia region go on trial, accused of rebellion. The proceedings will lay bare long-running tensions about democracy and unity. As Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, joins America’s presidential race, we ask whether her centrist tendencies are an advantage or a handicap. And a retrospective of the photographer Don McCullin’s work reveals extremes of human experience and suffering.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • You say you want: Revisiting Iran’s revolution

    You say you want: Revisiting Iran’s revolution

    11/02/2019 Duración: 24min

    We examine how the echoes of Iran’s revolution, 40 years ago, still influence how the Islamic Republic deals with the West today. Harley Davidson has become entangled in the Trump administration’s trade war just as changing demographics have put the brakes on the motorcycle-maker. And, we tackle an old ethics conundrum and its relevance to future autonomous vehicles.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Princess unbridled: Thai politics

    Princess unbridled: Thai politics

    08/02/2019 Duración: 19min

    A Thai princess enters the running for prime minister—a development that reshuffles the country’s centres of power completely. Our obituaries editor chronicles the heartbreak of an Iraqi archaeologist. And Chinese scientists have come up with a smarter way for Earthlings to try contacting aliens—but what kinds of messages is humanity sending them?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Intelligence: Weapons redrawn

    The Intelligence: Weapons redrawn

    07/02/2019 Duración: 19min

    After America and Russia pull out out of a cold war-era weapons treaty, we examine the picture of global stability without it. Our China columnist visits with members of the Hui, a repressed Muslim minority spread throughout the country. And Europe launches a system to combat fake-medicines—an expansive and expensive project that few think is necessary.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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