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Checks and Balance

Where is Donald Trump taking the Republican Party next?

Our weekly podcast on democracy in America. This week, we ponder how the former president dominates the GOP even when he’s absent

The Intelligence

As China struggles to dig out of an economic hole, no one wants to seize the shovel

Also on the daily podcast: Russian spies in Latin America and remembering the ample figures of Fernando Botero

Money Talks

What’s breaking America’s insurance market?

Our podcast on markets, the economy and business. This week, climate change is only part of the explanation for America’s insurance woes

The Intelligence

An end to AIDS is in sight—but will be about far more than better medicines

Also on the daily podcast: Japan’s porn industry comes out of the shadows and how China uses UNESCO to rewrite history


How scientists aim to extend human lifespans

Our podcast on science and technology. This week, slowing ageing was once fantasy, now it is the subject of serious research

The Intelligence

Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine’s intelligence chief, gives us his view on the war

Also on the daily podcast: why Brazil looks likely to lift its ban on gambling and “BookTok” becomes a literary force

Drum Tower

What is the future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Our weekly podcast on China. This week, we travel to Lanzhou, on the ancient Silk Road, to investigate why Xi Jinping is redesigning his signature policy

The Intelligence

The French disconnection: a retreat from Niger

Also on the daily podcast: a reordering of the world’s arms dealers and internet influencers get in the ring

Editor’s Picks

Rethinking the war in Ukraine, Asia’s economic revolution and why Russell Brand symbolises a cruel era in Britain

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist

The Intelligence

Why Europe’s far-right parties are going from strength to strength

Also on the daily podcast: the Murdoch family’s succession story and the American school day starts a bit later

Checks and Balance

Is Australia now America’s closest ally?

Our weekly podcast on democracy in America. This week, we explain how the growing threat from China is reshaping relationships in the Indo-Pacific.

The Intelligence

How is Ukraine adapting to a long war?

Also on the daily podcast: the life of Mangosuthu Buthelezi and how to escape prison