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Anne McElvoy asks the creator of “Tales of the city” about what drew him back to 28 Barbary Lane and a new batch of tales of queer America. Fifty years on from the Stonewall riots that sparked the LGBT civil rights movement, Armistead Maupin talks about how far there is still to go, what young gay men can never understand about his generation and why he has finally decided to abandon his beloved San Francisco
America has blamed Iran for yesterday’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. If that’s true, Iran is playing a dangerous game that involves the whole of the region. The violent militias that control much of Rio de Janeiro might be easy to beat if they weren’t so well-connected. And, a breakaway hit reveals the racial fault lines in country music.
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, huge demonstrations in Hong Kong have rattled the territory’s government. (8:50) America’s biggest defence merger highlights the changing nature of war (17:11) And, why Australia’s pioneering image cloaks a nanny state
An investigative journalist’s release may look like a press-freedom win in Russia—but it represents much more than that. Democratic presidential hopefuls have no shortage of transformative ideas, yet Senate arithmetic ensures there’s little hope of realising them. And, we visit a place where malaria rages while a cure literally grows on trees.
Babbage: Space invaders

Babbage: Space invaders


The business opportunities from small satellite technology are infinite: from an ‘ambulance’ which rescues malfunctioning spacecraft to devices that can measure the oil level in a tanker from space. Are we on the verge of making gene-editing technology safer? And, 50 years after man set foot on the moon, Oliver Morton, senior editor and author, predicts the future of humans’ relationship with lunar exploration. Kenn Cukier hosts
Half of humanity is now online. What will the second half do when it logs on? The same as the first: friendly chat, personal expression and a lot of cat videos. Despite appearances, racism in America is actually going down; the problem is that America’s politics is increasingly fractured along racial lines. And, why is it that screams are so prevalent in popular culture?
There are no women in the running to take over as the next President of the European Central Bank. And, lessons from the Woodford Investment group—even star fund-managers can struggle to outperform the market. Also, why do German billionaires avoid the limelight? Simon Long hosts
A proposed change to the judicial system is just the latest sign that mainland China is exerting pressure on Hong Kong’s autonomy. Authorities seem ready to quell further demonstrations. Although solitary confinement is widely condemned, it’s still common in America; we speak with an inmate who’s spent half a lifetime in solitary. And, the sheikhs of Iraq who help resolve disputes—and are available for hire.
In the end, President Donald Trump’s tariff threat did what he had hoped: Mexico has pledged to tighten immigration flows. But such weaponisation of tariffs bodes ill for the future. China’s “green Great Wall” of trees—a bid to halt desertification—may be doing more harm than good. And, we meet some of the Filipino sailors who keep the global shipping industry afloat.
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the second half of humanity is joining the internet. Citizens of the emerging world will change the web and it will change them. Next, could the slaughter of pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum be Sudan’s Tiananmen? (7:43) And, why baseball reflects America’s desire to be different (14:39)
Comments (54)

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

Edgar de Souza

great talk!

May 22nd

ali mardani

really love this

May 16th

Kenny Mitchell

Really great interview, I enjoyed the style which gets the best ouf of people. Some interesting views from Bret. Hard to disagree with some, even as a millenial myself

May 10th

atawhai tibble

Bret Easton Ellis is awful. Too many G+Ts and joints, in his Ivory Tower where he takes potshots at Millenials and the Metoos. How awful, having to put up with the energy of those who give him and his Mum the fingers!

May 5th

Amanda Nk.

Wow. you need a more powerful interviewer. This was disastrous, the questions were weak. The guest brought up a number of problematic notions and she had no teeth on her questions. This was disappointing. This could have been interesting.

May 3rd


Amanda Nk. 👍

May 3rd

Scott Smith

Behave however you like, just vote Democrat.

Apr 17th

vandehaus vandehaus

Great show

Apr 15th

Niall Carolan

10/10 title.

Apr 10th

Aidan Gardiner

Please stick to realities Economist, Israel has worked with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt when they have reached out in recent history and the present. Don't forget that Hamas is launching rockets literally as you speak in the past few weeks. Israel is indeed surrounded by mostly wolves that are a much greater threat to Democracy than Bibi. I don't mean to deny his alleged corruption or populist tendencies, but please don't characterize his opposition to Assad, Iran, the PA, and Hamas as unjustified.

Mar 29th

Utkarsh Rajvanshi

Jason .. I'm in love with your voice and Intelligence is just an Addiction. I crave for it each day. I also plan to take the subscription of the magazine to give back to the Economist given that I consume a lot of your podcasts but I feel that the cost of it in India is higher when compared to the US or the UK. ($1 = ₹68 but a magazine cost here ₹100). I hope you'll work around the costing in India given the consumer base and rising awareness and literacy in India. Utkarsh, India.

Mar 29th

Leo Lanjewar

Superb !! Thank you Economist.

Mar 13th

O • L I V E in a Pod

From an international point of view...the last sentence says everything..."rate us on Apple podcast". I'm listening to this program at castbox on an android phone from the largest manufacturer in the world. The Anglo world have been on the top of the cast system the last 300 years and you lost your capability to understand other perspectives and to innovate. That's why you lost so much production in the UK and have more of an a service economy today. The only way for ward is to humbly learn languages and cultures, and understand the markets.

Feb 21st

Yermukhan Tuleubay

Hey,which one can you recommend??

Feb 2nd

Pedro Henrique Dias Kowalczuk

thanks o

Jan 25th

Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th

Akshay Desai

This is a lovely podcast.One of my favorites

Dec 14th

h.p. h.p.

more leftist slanted propaganda supporting g continued Mueller probe.

Nov 11th

Modus Pwnens

h.p. h.p. lmao imagine thinking the economist is "leftist". i love that converaderps think anything is leftist propaganda bcs they're actual facts, which you're not used to 🤣

Nov 29th
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