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    The Economist Asks: John Bolton

    Whether Trump wins or loses the election, what next for the Republicans? The President’s former national security adviser lays out his vision of a Reagan-style future party, where Donald Trump is “a crazy uncle tweeting from the basement”.   More

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    What Xi said: China’s five-year plan

    The party’s fifth plenum sets out a five-year vision; we mine the plan for clues about how China views itself in the world—and how long Xi Jinping intends to lead. The pandemic has the rich world thinking and talking about death in a way not seen since the second world war.   More

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    Babbage: Life, the universe and everything

    From precious moonwater to a handful of asteroid that could provide clues to the origins of life, recent discoveries in our solar system lead host Alok Jha to investigate fundamental questions about the universe.   More

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    Stumbling bloc: Europe’s second wave

    Across the continent, covid-19 cases are rising steeply and containment measures are still divergent. We look at the challenges of finding policies that are efficacious and sustainable. Tanzania’s election today is all but zipped up; President John Magufuli has been trampling the country’s hard-won democratic traditions.   More

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    Money Talks: The great divergence

    As the covid-19 pandemic continues, disparities in the prospects of economies, industries and businesses are increasing. Host Rachana Shanbhogue and Henry Curr, our economics editor, investigate how the pandemic will recast the global economic order.   More

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    Chagrin, and Barrett: America’s Supreme Court

    Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation marks the first time since the 1930s the court has leaned so conservative, and has stoked another partisan battle that may further reshape the court. Following the announcement of water on the Moon, we look at a looming, broader battle: who will own the water rights?   More

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    The World Ahead: A shot in the arm

    What are the prospects for coronavirus vaccines and the challenges involved in rolling them out around the world in 2021? The Economist’s health policy editor explains what regulatory and logistical obstacles must be overcome as vaccines move from the laboratory to the clinic.   More

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    Coming write-up: Chile votes to overhaul its constitution

    The country has roundly rejected its dictatorship-era charter and mapped out how to fashion a new one. What do Chileans stand to gain—and to lose? Rising populations of the elderly in the world’s prisons are creating deepening problems, both for jailers and the jailed.   More

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    Editor’s Picks: October 26th 2020

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: how to deal with free speech on social media, a “no deal” Brexit can be avoided (10:05), and is a blue wave on the way?   More

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    Checks and Balance: What Don’s done

    “Promises made, promises kept” is one of President Trump’s campaign slogans. His main achievements on tax, deregulation, or appointing new judges would be hallmarks of any Republican administration. How has Donald Trump changed the country in ways no other president would have?   More

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    Checks and Balance: What Don’s done

    “Promises made, promises kept” is one of President Trump’s campaign slogans. His main achievements on tax, deregulation, or appointing new judges would be hallmarks of any Republican administration. How has Donald Trump changed the country in ways no other president would have?   More

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    Civil proceedings: America's presidential debate

    America’s final presidential debate had less noise and more substance. But polls seem immovable and nearly 50m Americans have already voted; will the race change? South Korea’s population-boosting efforts have failed, so it is encouraging more women into the workforce—and that will redress some long-standing inequalities.   More

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    The Economist Asks: Brené Brown

    The Texan research professor, podcaster and adviser to CEOs explains how to preserve mental health in the covid-19 era. Anne McElvoy asks what her study of isolation shows about the effects of pandemic restrictions.   More

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    Pandemic power-grabs: autocrats’ covid opportunism

    As it has with so many other trends, the pandemic has hastened the decline of democracy and human rights; covid-19 provides autocrats with perfect cover. The plummeting price for the cobalt that powers electronics has upended lives and driven crime in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   More

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    Babbage: Herd mentality

    As new waves of covid-19 sweep around the world, scientists are clashing over the concept of herd immunity. Host Kenneth Cukier asks scientists on both sides of the debate whether covid-19 should be left to spread freely among the young and healthy?   More

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    Secular-stand nation: terror in France

    The brutal murder of a schoolteacher comes amid warnings of mounting Islamism in the country. The attack will only harden resolve for a secular society. Alexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition leader, speaks with our correspondent about the attempt on his life; it signals, he says, a regime in decline.   More

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    Money Talks: Xinomics

    A new economic era is dawning in China—a potent mix of autocracy, technology and dynamism. Our Asia economics editor Simon Rabinovitch and host Simon Long speak to local business owners and economists about this evolution of state capitalism.   More

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    Loved Labour’s won: landslide in New Zealand

    After a term spent steering the country through crises, Jacinda Ardern has led her Labour party to a thumping victory; what will they do with their historic majority? Far from taking on water as the pandemic progresses, the shipping industry is steaming ahead.   More

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    Editor’s Picks: October 19th 2020

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the persecution of the Uyghurs, Trumponomics (11:05), and Formula 1: man vs machine (17:20).    More