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The Economist was founded in 1843 "to throw white light on the subjects within its range". For more from The Economist visit

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Former Chief Secretary of the territory, Anson Chan, has called on leader Carrie Lam to withdraw a controversial law which sparked a wave of protests. Anne McElvoy asks her whether Hong Kong’s special status is under threat and, 30 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, if history might repeat itself? Anne also speaks with our Asia columnist, Dominic Ziegler, who has been reporting on the story since it began For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Investors are piling into safe assets as markets whipsaw: what’s driving the global economy these days is anxiety. Is all the worry justified? Nestled among the conflicts and suffering in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast national park that is trying to make the most of its stunning natural beauty. And, why are some languages so damnably hard to learn? Additional audio by ‘sctang’ from For information regarding your data privacy, visit
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, markets are braced for a global downturn. (10:00) Bernie Sanders could hand the Democratic ticket to a moderate. (18:02) And, investors are growing disenchanted with Narendra Modi For information regarding your data privacy, visit
President Mauricio Macri’s thumping presidential-primary loss in Argentina left the markets fearing a left-wing resurgence. To win over voters, he’s announced a relaxation of some austerity measures. Will it be enough? In the Arctic, wildfires are rampant—and they’ll amplify the very temperature rises that caused them. And, a look at the unlikely rise of Gulf-state book fairs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Babbage: A cure for Ebola?

Babbage: A cure for Ebola?


Two treatments for Ebola have emerged from a clinical trial in Africa. Scientists estimate that sea-levels across the globe will rise by 50cm or so in the next 80 years; in some places they could go up by twice as much. Are governments and businesses prepared to deal with the rising tides? And, as face-recognition technology spreads, so do ideas for subverting it. Kenneth Cukier hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Talk grows ever-louder of Britain exiting the European Union without a divorce agreement. Most parliamentarians would rather avoid that—but can they do anything to stop it? We join a Ukrainian military exercise as the country seeks to beef up defences that were nearly wiped out by Russia’s annexation of Crimea. And, China’s tech companies train their sights on the tech-savvy elderly. Additional audio: "English Dawn Chorus, Rural, late spring" by odilonmarcenaro at and “Puzzle Pieces” by Lee Rosevere. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
The first ever computer program was written in 1843 by Ada Lovelace, a mathematician who hoped her far-sighted treatise on mechanical computers would lead to a glittering scientific career. Today, as we worry that modern systems suffer from “algorithmic bias” against some groups of people, what can her program tell us about how software, and the people who make it, can go wrong? For information regarding your data privacy, visit
President Trump has delayed some tariffs on Chinese imports. Soumaya Keynes, our US economics editor, explains the surprise decision and its implications for the global economy. Also, is data as valuable an asset as oil? What can companies learn from the oil industry about keeping data safe? And, the secrets of success for online fashion retailers. Rachana Shanbogue hosts For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Companies are rushing to fill new niches for would-be parents: in vitro fertilisation extras, swish egg-harvesting “studios” and apps to track reproductive health. But some companies promise more than science can deliver. The worrying flare-up of piracy off west Africa presents new challenges and unmitigated risks to sailors. And, lessons learned from a shooting simulator for police. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Over the weekend, armed rebels overran Aden, the seat of Yemen’s internationally recognised government. They had defected from a loose, Saudi-backed coalition that looks increasingly shaky. The gaming business is huge, but isn’t yet part of the streaming revolution seen in films and music; who will become the Netflix of gaming? And, an update to a 1970s book on sexuality reveals much about modern female desire, and how it’s perceived.Additional music by Rymdkraft and Kuesa. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Comments (64)


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

Ryan Jones

km Yes...

Aug 8th

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

Zhang Ke Wei

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

Edgar de Souza

great talk!

May 22nd

Word Prep

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
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