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The Jab: Will there be enough vaccines?

It is one thing to design and test covid-19 vaccines. It is another to make them at sufficient scale to generate the billions of doses needed to vaccinate the world?s population. How are the vaccines produced, why is production so variable and will it meet demand this year?

We speak to Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest supplier of vaccines. The Economist?s technology correspondent Hal Hodson explains why some vaccines take longer to produce than others. James Fransham from our data team discusses when supply will meet demand.

Alok Jha, The Economist's science correspondent, hosts with our health policy editor, Natasha Loder. Oliver Morton, The Economist's briefing editor, joins them.

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2021-03-01
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Coup fighters: Myanmar?s persistent protesters

The temperature keeps rising: as demonstrations continue to grow, the army is becoming more brutal. We ask how the country can escape the cycle of violence. In a pandemic, laws against misinformation have their merits?but are also easily put to work for censorious governments. And why British dependencies want to get growing in the medical-marijuana game.

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2021-03-01
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Editor?s Picks: March 1st 2021

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the superpowers' tug of war for South-East Asia, America digital markets shift towards oligopolies (09:48) the future of homeschooling post pandemic (18:54)

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2021-03-01
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Checks and Balance: Back problems

?America is back? President Biden has told allies. Hard power, including a fearsome nuclear weapons arsenal, is the foundation of America?s global influence. But many Democrats would like to demilitarise foreign policy. Can Joe Biden live up to his own rhetoric as he tries to re-engage with the world? 

We hear from Shashank Joshi, The Economist?s defence editor, and Fiona Hill, who advised President Trump on Russia. Our obituaries editor Ann Wroe profiles George Shultz, architect of the first arms control treaty. 

John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.

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2021-02-26
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Mutual-appreciation anxiety: Putin and Erdogan

The presidents of Turkey and Russia make an odd couple; their former empires have clashed over centuries. We look at the fragile?but nonetheless worrisome?alliance between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. India?s economy is recovering but a longstanding drag on growth persists: the overwhelming fraction of women absent from the labour force. And an unlikely protest anthem rattles Cuba?s regime. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer

 

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2021-02-26
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The Economist Asks: Fiona Hill

How should President Joe Biden deal with President Vladimir Putin? At a point of ?acute confrontation? between America and Russia, Fiona Hill, former official at the US National Security Council and expert on Russia, tells Anne McElvoy how post-Trump relations might look. Also, why Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny is like Harry Potter? challenging a ruthless leader. Also, was Hill herself poisoned on a research trip in Russia in 2002?

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2021-02-25
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Hell for Tether: a cryptocurrency crimped

The notionally dollar-pegged ?stablecoin? quietly underpins many crypto-market moves. We ask what the currency issuer?s clash with New York authorities means for the wider crypto craze. In many African countries, parliamentarians are asked to fill public-service gaps?at great personal cost. We examine moves toward a fairer forking out of funds. And why physical-education exams are popping up in China.

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2021-02-25
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Babbage: Collusions and collisions

After Facebook reached a deal with Australia, the tech giants are coming under fire once again -- this time from each other. Are their cosy monopolies under threat? Also, The Economist?s defence editor investigates the multi-billion dollar industry which exploits vulnerabilities in vital software. And, how whales could help the study of seismology in the ocean. Kenneth Cukier hosts 

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2021-02-24
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Let the games be thin: Tokyo?s Olympic tussles

Planners are in a corner. Delaying or cancelling the summer tournament looks like defeat; pressing ahead looks like a danger. We take a look at the sporting chances. Britain has decarbonised faster than any other rich country, but getting to ?net zero? will be a whole lot harder. And why South Koreans have such trouble with noisy neighbours.

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2021-02-24
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Money Talks: Pricing pollution

Could the success of the world?s biggest carbon market provide a model for the world? Plus, Cristina Junqueira, cofounder of Nubank, a Brazilian digital bank, on how the pandemic is supercharging the fintech revolution. And, why sports cards? leap from the schoolyard to the stock exchange reveals the growing financial power of social networks. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts.

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2021-02-23
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Confirmation biases: Biden?s cabinet picks

President Joe Biden?s top posts are shaping up as Senate confirmation hearings continue?but some controversial nominations await a vote. We look at who is on the docket. Politics in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become messy, at the expense of some promised and much-needed reforms. And why the global rap scene is picking up a London accent. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer

 

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2021-02-23
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The Jab: Are the vaccines effective enough?

Three vaccines have been approved by stringent regulators. Ten are being used in one or more countries. How do they work and are they effective enough against new variants of the coronavirus?

Sarah Gilbert, inventor of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine, tells us adapting to new variants should be easy. The Economist?s Beijing bureau chief David Rennie reports from China, which faces a huge test of its homegrown vaccine technology as it tries to re-open. James Fransham from our data team on how far the variants have spread.

Alok Jha, The Economist's science correspondent, hosts with our health policy editor, Natasha Loder. Slavea Chankova, The Economist's health-care correspondent, joins them.

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2021-02-22
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The World Ahead: When cities breathe out

Covid-19 has dented the prosperity, populations and popularity of big cities around the world. But adapting to shocks is what great cities do. How will urban centres change in the post-pandemic world and what are the political implications of a shift towards more remote working from suburban areas? Tom Standage hosts.

 

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2021-02-22
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Contrary to popular opinion: Mexico?s president

Andrés Manuel López Obrador roared into office with a grand ?fourth transformation? agenda. Even after two years of policy failures and power-grabbing, he remains wildly popular. An eye-catching new report implores economists to take biodiversity into account?and puts some sobering limits on growth. And a chat through the state of the art in conversational computers.

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2021-02-22
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Editor?s Picks: February 22nd 2021

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, America?s ambitious attempt to deal with climate change, why SPACs are a useful way to take firms public (08:52) and how data on inbred nobles support a leader-driven theory of history (15:16)

 

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2021-02-22
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Checks and Balance: The switch

Plans to overhaul American energy will soon come before Congress. There will never be a better chance for Joe Biden to show real ambition on climate. If the blackouts in Texas are any guide, it would not just be the world that thanks him, but Americans, too. But the politics of greening America are never easy. What might the new president get done?

We hear from John Kerry, Mr Biden?s climate envoy, Varshini Prakash of Sunrise, a movement of young climate activists who helped get the new president elected, and from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, whose vote will be crucial in passing new laws.

John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.

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2021-02-19
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Have I not news for you: Facebook?s Australian battle

A media code that would obligate tech giants to pay for linking to news stories looks set to pass. In response, Facebook pre-emptively took down those links?and a whole lot more. So-called honour killings persist in the Arab world; we examine the support for such murders and look at attempts to reform lax laws. And remembering the jazz-fusion giant Chick Corea.

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2021-02-19
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The Economist Asks: Herbert Diess

When will the electric car rule the road? Herbert Diess, the chief executive of Germany's Volkswagen Group, talks to Anne McElvoy and Simon Wright, The Economist?s Industry editor, about its plans to switch from the internal-combustion engine to electrification. More than a dozen countries have set a date for when they will prohibit sales of fossil-fuelled cars -- but are these plans realistic? He also tells us why his daughter doesn?t own a car and who he thinks will win the electrification race.

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2021-02-18
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Watts the problem: Texas?s energy failings

Crippling blackouts can be explained in part by the state?s unique energy market, but the disaster exposes wider failures that must be confronted amid a changing climate. Today?s landing of another Mars rover broadens the hunt for evidence of extraterrestrial life?an effort that is expanding faster and farther than ever before. And soft rock shakes off its milquetoast manner.

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2021-02-18
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Babbage: Hard reboot

Intel is the world?s biggest chipmaker. So why is it underperforming?and can its new boss turn the company around? As the search for life on Mars hots up, astrophysicist Avi Loeb argues science has already detected evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life. And, why parents of daughters are more likely to divorce than those with sons. Kenneth Cukier hosts 

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2021-02-17
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The next of 1,000 cuts: Hong Kong activists on trial

It is not violent young protesters in the dock: the accused are the architects of the territory?s democracy. Our correspondent examines the city?s descent into authoritarian rule. In Colombia, activists are disappearing or being killed at a horrific rate. We ask why, and what can be done. And weighing up Oregon?s daring drug-decriminalisation experiment.

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2021-02-17
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Money Talks: Return of the wheelie-bag

Globetrotting had never been easier?then the pandemic brought it to a standstill. The Economist?s industry editor Simon Wright investigates how mass travel has changed the world and what it will take to get people moving again. Could this shock to the system be an opportunity to make the future of tourism greener, safer and more enjoyable?

With Michael O?Leary, CEO of Ryanair, James Liang, chairman of CTrip and Trip.com, Gloria Guevara, president of the World Travel and Tourism Council, and Brian Pearce, chief economist of the International Air Transport Association.

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2021-02-16
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Desert stands: France in the Sahel

Terror groups and separatists run riot in the sprawling region, and France has had some success in keeping the peace. But how, and when, to draw down its troops? Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the World Trade Organisation?s history-making new leader, has quite the task ahead to rebuild trust in and among the institution?s members. And the worrying shifts in subsea soundscapes. Additional audio courtesy Jana Winderen. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer

 

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2021-02-16
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The Jab: How well will vaccines work?

The race between infections and injections is in its most crucial phase. What life is like on the other side of the pandemic depends on three things: how well vaccines work, whether there are enough and how many people take them.

Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist who has advised President Biden, tells us the world stands at an inflection point. After getting his jab in Jerusalem, our correspondent there says the vision of the future Israel offers other countries is not as rosy as it first seemed. James Fransham from The Economist data team unpicks the vaccination numbers so far. 

Alok Jha, The Economist's science correspondent, hosts with our health policy editor, Natasha Loder. Edward Carr, The Economist's deputy editor, joins them.

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2021-02-15
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No Capitol punishment: Trump?s acquittal

Donald Trump was all but certain to be cleared in his Senate trial, and so it went. But the few Republican votes to convict are telling. What next for the former president? A look into Swiss efforts to track down a missing $230m raises disturbing questions. And why women aren?t getting the laughs as stand-up comedy grows in China.

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2021-02-15
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Editor?s Picks: February 15th 2021

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: how to cope with endemic covid-19, the persecution of the Uyghurs (11:40) and the perks and perils of business leaders (16:50)

 

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2021-02-15
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Checks and Balance: Lacking class

Nearly half America?s children are yet to return to the classroom a year after the pandemic began. President Biden says it?s a national emergency, but he has already diluted a pledge to reopen the majority of schools in his first 100 days. Why is getting back to school so hard?

We hear from The Economist?s US policy correspondent Tamara Gilkes Borr and Adam Roberts, our Midwest correspondent.

John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.

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2021-02-12
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Exit-stage plight: Brexit?s costs come due

Stock-trading is shifting to the continent; businesses are bound up in red tape; border issues are still simmering. There is far more than mere ?teething problems? as Britain and Europe adjust to their new relationship. Our correspondent looks at the slippery nature of risk by speaking with wing-suited daredevils. And in Kenya the flower-industry bounce-back is blooming great news.For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer

 

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2021-02-12
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The Economist Asks: Christine Lagarde

What next for the euro area? Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank and the former head of the IMF tells The Economist's editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, why the continent needs more fiscal support in coming years, why she isn't worried about inflation, and why climate change matters for monetary policy. China is already testing a digital currency -- but a virtual euro may not be too far off. And why women make better leaders. 

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2021-02-11
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The coup is on the other foot: Myanmar

A power-grab by the army?s commander, Min Aung Hlaing, is not turning out to be easy: the greatest protest movement in a generation is gathering steam. Debates over trans rights are particularly fraught in criminal-justice systems. We examine the balancing act going on in America. And a historical tour of autocrats? luxuriant bathrooms reveals there?s a lot to loos. 

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2021-02-11
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Babbage: Go with your gut

The human microbiome consists of trillions of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Scientists are researching how these tiny creatures could be linked to Parkinson?s disease, diabetes and other diseases. Also, how understanding soil microbiomes could help combat climate change. Kenneth Cukier hosts. 

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2021-02-10
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Like hell out of a bat: SARS-CoV-2?s origin

The World Health Organisation unveiled preliminary findings, suggesting the coronavirus probably jumped to humans via an intermediary animal and all but ruling out a laboratory leak. We examine the many remaining questions. Nefarious regimes find it ever easier to reach across borders, subjecting dissidents to repression and surveillance abroad. And why it?s so hard to buy a car in Algeria. 

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2021-02-10
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Money Talks: Twin peaks

As the price of oil rises, so too does the value of the battery metals that could replace it. Host Patrick Lane asks what?s driving these competing bets on the fuels of the future. Plus, the rise of the hairy zombies: why some of the most pandemic-battered shares in USA Inc are confident of an afterlife. And, how remote work is playing havoc with American taxes. 

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2021-02-09
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Very long covid: the lasting risks to Africa

So far it seems the continent has weathered the pandemic well. But current numbers mask a future reckoning that is likely to have dire human and economic costs. We look into the ?predatory trading? that in part explains recent, frenzied action in stockmarkets. And a surprising discovery about the plastics that sink to the oceans? depths. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer

 

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2021-02-09
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The Jab: Trailer

In this new weekly podcast series, The Economist unlocks the science, data and politics behind the most ambitious inoculation programme the world has ever seen.

Alok Jha, The Economist?s science correspondent, hosts with Natasha Loder, our health policy editor. Each week our reporters and data journalists join them in conversation, along with scientists around the world. They inject the perfect dose of insight and analysis into the global effort to escape the pandemic. 

?The Jab from Economist Radio? will be published every Monday, initially for 12 weeks. It is the latest addition to our slate of podcasts which includes the award-winning podcasts ?The Intelligence?, ?The Economist Asks?, "Money Talks", ?Checks and Balance? and "Babbage".

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2021-02-08
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The art of the done deal: Trump on trial, again

The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump will make history, but its outcome is assured. We ask what the proceedings say about the Republican Party. China?s youth are making their own way, even as the Communist regime tries to win greater loyalty from them; we examine the country?s future leaders. And another, overlooked pandemic: that of loneliness at work. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer

 

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2021-02-08
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Editor?s Picks: February 8th 2021

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: the real revolution on Wall Street, Africa?s long covid (10:20) and who is to blame for short-termism? (18:40)

 

 

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2021-02-08
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Checks and Balance: Camera operators

Congress is flexing its muscles. The new president needs to pass a bumper stimulus plan. The old one faces trial in the Senate. Stakes are high for both parties, as the leadership vies with fringe members ever more adept at hogging attention. How will the new Congress work?

We speak to Idrees Kahloon, The Economist?s Washington correspondent. Josh Holmes, a former aide to the Republican Senate leader, and Sarah Bryner of the Center for Responsive Politics also join.

John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.

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2021-02-05
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Ballot bonanza: Latin America?s year of elections

Ecuador?s elections on Sunday kick off a packed year of polls in the region. Democracy?s foothold in South America looks assured; in Central America, less so. Engineers are vastly improving the core technologies in televisions. We preview the viewing pleasure to come. And remembering Nikolai Antoshkin, a Soviet general who faced unknowable danger to save untold lives.

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2021-02-05
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The Economist Asks: Heather Cox Richardson

What does American history tell us about politics now? Anne McElvoy asks the professor at Boston College and author of the popular newsletter "Letters from an American". Using the sweep of history since the civil war, she brings a long view to febrile US politics and explains why she thinks the GOP is like a car driven into a deep ditch. Also her personal connection to the sea shanty?the nautical songs taking over social media.

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2021-02-04
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Cheques notes: getting America?s stimulus right

Congress is on the cusp of pushing through a $1.9trn stimulus bill. But would it be money well spent? We examine the economics. Nearly half of India?s students attend cheap, efficient private schools that have been hit harder by the pandemic than the state-run kind. And the latest bid to clean up Earth?s celestial neighbourhood?and how to finance it.

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2021-02-04
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Babbage: Clash of the titans

As Facebook and Apple go head-to-head over privacy, the impact could be felt across the digital world. We ask Michael Wooldridge, a leading AI researcher, whether artificial intelligence is the answer to the world?s problems, the seed of humanity?s eventual destruction?or neither. And the world would look very different without the LED: we speak to one of the engineers behind this illuminating technology. Kenneth Cukier hosts 

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2021-02-03
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Rise above the cloud: Amazon?s new chief executive

Jeff Bezos is relinquishing the reins?partly?of the firm he founded. We take a look at Andy Jassy, who will replace him as chief executive at a profitable but tricky time. Our annual Democracy Index isn?t brimming with great news; we examine how democratic norms are faring worldwide. And the capture of the biggest drug lord you?ve probably never heard of. 

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2021-02-03
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Money Talks: UnStoppable

The GameStop saga continues?does it reveal a cheat code to how to beat the stockmarket, or is it a sign of a deeper transformation at work in the financial system? Plus, property is the biggest asset market in the world and nowhere bigger than in China. Host Simon Long asks how long China?s property boom can hold. And, our Buttonwood columnist shares some hard truths about investing in bricks and mortar. 

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2021-02-02
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As a general rules: Myanmar?s coup

The army already had plenty of political power, but following a landslide election loss it dramatically seized more. After five years of democracy, will the country abide a return to military rule? The wind-power boom has driven a scramble for balsa wood?harming the Ecuadoreans who live where it grows. And a better way to test the language skills of would-be citizens. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer

 

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2021-02-02
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More needles in the haystack: vaccine candidates proliferate

That a coronavirus vaccine could be developed in a year is astonishing?and promising candidates just keep coming. How will the virus?s variants change the dynamic? Palestine may at last hold elections, after 15 years of promises. But Mahmoud Abbas, the incumbent president, may end up as the only viable candidate. And the probable first big market for lab-grown meat.

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2021-02-01
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Editor?s Picks: February 1st 2021

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: who will go nuclear next?, new leadership is needed in the West Bank and Gaza (9:45) and can Boeing fly without government help? (15:35) 

 

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2021-02-01
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Checks and Balance: Sleeves up

Around 85% of Americans need to be vaccinated for the country to return to normal. Much rests on how quickly the Biden administration can get shots into the arms of those most at risk from covid-19. Racial equity is a priority for the new president. What are the barriers to faster and fairer vaccine roll-out?

We hear from two doctors administering the vaccines: Martin Stallone of Cayuga Medical Centre and Seiji Hayashi, a family physician in Washington DC. The Economist?s US policy correspondent Tamara Gilkes Borr also contributes.

John Prideaux, our US editor, hosts with New York bureau chief Charlotte Howard, and Jon Fasman, US digital editor.

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2021-01-29
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Tug of warheads: the nuclear order

Successful arms-control diplomacy has kept proliferation at bay for decades. But many states now have nuclear ambitions; we look at an increasingly worrying shift. Rapid development in sub-Saharan Africa has led to a ?double burden? of malnutrition: obesity is skyrocketing even as undernourishment continues. And the riches and the tensions to be found at a Greenland rare-earth-minerals mine. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer

 

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2021-01-29
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The Economist Asks: What happened in Wuhan?

A year ago the Chinese city of 11 million people cut itself off to contain the spread of a deadly virus. Hao Wu, the director of "76 Days" a documentary about the Wuhan lockdown, talks to Anne McElvoy about the first casualties, life under quarantine and the personal impact of covid-19. Why did Hao Wu avoid politics in the film and why has he been trolled for making it?  Also The Economist's Beijing bureau chief, and Chaguan columnist David Rennie, on how Chinese people's view of democracy has been eroded by the virus.

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2021-01-28
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