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Justin Trudeau will remain prime minister, but will lead a minority government. He will probably be able to continue with his progressive push, but his halo is a bit tarnished. It’s ten years this month since Greece’s financial implosion; we look back on a decade spent balancing the books. And, the surprising success of fun stock-ticker symbols. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here For information regarding your data privacy, visit
It might have been a clarifying vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit motion; instead, more legislation and frustration. We dig through the parliamentary procedure to try to map out what happens next. Sports fans’ easy access to the world’s games poses a threat to some sports, and is even changing the nature of others. And, Indonesia’s curious push for halal pianos. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
America’s withdrawal from northern Syria and the subsequent Turkish invasion have overturned the power balance in the region, displacing tens of thousands of America’s former allies, the Kurds. Ash Carter helped build that alliance as US secretary of defence. John Prideaux, The Economist’s US editor, asks him how America’s actions in Syria will affect its ability to deal with future threats. Also, why Secretary Carter believes some American companies are too quick to abandon American values. And, how to run the biggest organisation in the world For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson has a newly struck European Union divorce deal in hand. He has defied the expectations of many, but he still faces a tricky vote in Britain’s parliament. Turkey’s pummelling of the Syrian border area will pause for five days, but the decline of America’s role and image in the region has not been halted. And the burgeoning business of therapeutic psychedelics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a blow to America’s credibility. (09:40) The proposed Brexit agreement is different to anything advertised during the referendum. (14:40) And the Japanese royal family has little room to make itself more relevant. Zanny Minton Beddoes hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Our journalists interview Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s president, about his efforts to clean up his country and his African National Congress party. He’s the right man for the job, but the clock is ticking. The markets are rife with funds run by computers, but handing decisions to the machines comes with plenty of risk. And how political polarisation is driving a new dictionary of discourtesy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Babbage: Cough up

Babbage: Cough up


Over the past two decades the Global Fund has fought the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but now many in the field fear its progress is under threat. The founder and CEO of language-learning app Duolingo, Luis von Ahn, on his plans to help the 750m illiterate adults in the world learn to read. And, why net-zero carbon emissions targets are measuring the wrong thing. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Amid the growing disquiet in Hong Kong are a few survivors of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. These once-moderate voices are changing their minds about whether the protesters should keep provoking the Chinese government. Even as a currency crisis unfolds, Lebanon’s central bank is keeping things stable—so far. The bank has a solid history, in part because of one man who guarded a pile of Ottoman gold. And an effort to wrangle the dialects of the Canadian Arctic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
What causes poverty? Rachana Shanbhogue interviews this year’s winners of the Nobel prize for economics—Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer. Their pioneering work has changed the understanding of one of the hardest problems in economics: why do some countries grow rich while others stay poor? Plus, Europe’s Nordic banks are embroiled in money-laundering scandals. What do regulators need to do to restore confidence? For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Twelve candidates take to the stage again tonight, with two clear front-runners. We ask how the winnowing field reflects the mood of the party. We also examine an unlikely candidate in a lesser-watched race: that for the Republican nomination. And, why the shattering of the two-hour-marathon mark has much to do with snazzy footwear. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Comments (77)

Louis Pazttor

Maduro dictator

Sep 28th


The segment on gravitational waves was fascinating.

Aug 28th
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zeki kadiroğlu

Editor picks episodes are so boring due to style of telling. I felt as if listening fairy tale.

Aug 26th
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Mar Ko

who wants to hear about a US food?

Aug 25th


after the pilot was accused for rioting, u kbow what happend in Cathay? they just let him do what he did as the same time rejected the applying for the sheet of rioting airline staffs from China airline admin department.i just emmm, what the H???? so should this be called rule of law? absurd! hope this company falling and go die. never a building in Shenzhen should possible be hit by an airplane...

Aug 24th
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i think the essence of this Cathay case is a warning. so, basically what the woman said is right. but from a common mainland Chinese perspective, like me living in Shenzhen, with a distance maybe 20km from the HK airport. its quiet make sense to seriously concern abt this case. just considering one pilot(OMG its pilot!) was among those radical protestors. damn Cathay. should godie earlier. Shenzhen airport is waiting for this with great pleasure.

Aug 24th

Johanan John Grêat

This is really ground-breaking research. Could gut microbes have any connection to other mental conditions?

Aug 24th

Laercio Ferracini

The situation is alarming

Aug 20th


Andrew Yang has more "Buzz" than all the candidates mentioned here. Check Google trends (especially compare "Google Search" vs. "YouTube Search" volume). The media ("main stream" + Economist) is completely missing this.

Aug 7th
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Brian Stidman


Jul 11th

Robin Gill

brilliantly interesting episode. great job to all involved

Jul 10th


The report on Sudan turned The Economist into a radio theatre. Please don't do that.

Jul 3rd


Can't wait for the new season!

Jun 26th

Ezra Greene


Jun 24th

Zhenhui Lyu

I just left out some bad words about HK in this podcast

Jun 23rd

AdeNike A

What's the name of the Chinese actress?

Jun 22nd

Sen Yao

colony of Beijing just like colony of Britain??? unsubscribed.

Jun 17th

Francesco Vultaggio

if this episode was on YouTube we would have seen an interesting spectacle in the comments section

Jun 14th

Diego Gorrais

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May 31st

Aidan Gardiner

This is so pretentious that my mind is imploding.

May 24th
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