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Sudan impact: the war the world forgot

Much of Sudan has already collapsed into chaos (https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2024/05/24/sudan-the-war-the-world-forgot). Now a crucial city may fall, the United Nations is belatedly scrambling to avert a bloodbath. Gary Lineker (https://www.economist.com/britain/2024/05/25/footballer-broadcaster-podcast-mogul-the-career-of-gary-lineker) is a former footballer, broadcaster and podcast mogul. He also embodies Britain’s social aspirations (10:52). And the women in Japan (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/05/21/the-controversial-cult-of-the-host-club-in-japan) who pay men to praise them (18:49).

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Fight for his party to the right: Nigel Farage

Britain’s pint-sipping rabble-rouser of the right has joined the campaigning (https://www.economist.com/britain/2024/06/06/the-return-of-the-farage-ratchet?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) ahead of a general election. Win or lose, he will make an impact. America’s stadiums and arenas are often built using taxpayer dollars; they are also often terrible value for money (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/06/03/a-new-wave-of-stadium-building-is-busting-budgets-in-america?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) (10:08). And a tribute

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A real work of peace? An Israel-Hamas deal

America’s upbeat assessment of a ceasefire deal masks deep divides (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/06/12/hamas-and-israel-are-still-far-apart-over-a-ceasefire-deal?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) that may not, in fact, be bridgeable. There are nevertheless reasons for optimism. Our data team digs into the accusation that the New York Times’s bestseller list is biased (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/06/11/is-the-new-york-times-bestseller-list-politically-biased?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) against

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America’s next top-job model: our election forecast

We have dusted off and tuned up our forecast model (https://www.economist.com/interactive/us-2024-election/prediction-model/president?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) for America’s presidential race. So far it gives Donald Trump a marginally higher chance of a second term. There is at last progress on not one but two vaccines to beat malaria (https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2024/05/30/new-fronts-are-opening-in-the-war-against-malaria?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) (9:02). And a look at the “tradwives

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Doing their not-own thing: “generation rent”

Across the rich world millions spend more than a third of their disposable income on rent. We ask why policymakers have such terrible ideas (https://www.economist.com/international/2024/05/29/is-your-rent-ever-going-to-fall?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) on easing the pressure. America’s bid to crimp TikTok has raised a flurry of issues (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2024/05/30/the-side-effects-of-the-tiktok-tussle?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) far graver than social-media scrolling (9:53). And why pop stars are

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French anti-foreign legion: an EU-election shock

Hard-right parties did well in Europe’s parliamentary elections—so well in France that President Emmanuel Macron called (https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/06/09/as-the-french-hard-right-triumphs-in-eu-elections-macron-calls-snap-vote?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) a risky snap election. Elsewhere, though, the political centre held. We examine the policies that are getting America’s many chronically truant students

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The Modi Raj 1: The chaiwallah’s son

Narendra Modi has been chosen to lead India for the third time in a row. But after 10 years in power, he was humbled at the national election. What kind of leader will he be? Stories from his youth in the Hindu nationalist movement offer clues.

This episode draws on audio from the following publishers: Narendra Modi YouTube, ANI, Legend Global Studios, Lalit Vachani, Prasar Bharti Archives, Desh Gujarat, The New York Times, NDTV, Doordarshan and BBC.

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One dam thing after another? Ukraine and reconstruction

When Russia attacked the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine a year ago, lives were lost, families stranded and towns submerged. But from that devastation emerged discussion on post-war reconstruction (https://www.economist.com/interactive/europe/2024/06/05/russias-explosion-of-a-huge-ukrainian-dam-had-surprising-effects). Our correspondent spent months investigating Narendra Modi (https://www.economist.com/audio/podcasts/the-modi-raj), the strongman who was humbled at this week’s Indian election (10:02). And remembering Barry Kemp (https://www.economist.com/obituary/2024/06/06/barry-kemp-spent-his-career-digging-up-akhenatens-abandoned-city), the Egyptologist who dug up Akhenaten’s abandoned city (17:18).

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Labour’s pains: Britain’s growth problem

As Britain’s general-election campaign heats up, party leaders are vague on their economic plans (https://www.economist.com/britain/2024/06/03/can-britains-economy-grow-as-fast-as-it-needs-to). With growth so slow, how could the victor energise the economy? We visit the D-day beaches 80 years on, as war rages in Europe once again (10:19). And Venice’s new daytripper fee (https://www.economist.com/culture/2024/05/13/venices-new-admission-fee-cannot-curb-overtourism) is designed to curb crowds. But putting a price on protecting beauty is proving controversial (17:42).

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Modi’s mess: a shock election result spells uncertainty for India

Narendra Modi, the strongman of India, will have to compromise now his party has lost its majority (https://www.economist.com/asia/2024/06/04/a-shock-election-result-in-india-humbles-narendra-modi). What does the surprise result mean for the country? As some foreign investors shy away from Africa, the continent’s private sector (https://www.economist.com/business/2024/05/23/africa-inc-is-ready-to-roar) is serving domestic customers to fill that hole (10:02). And how mastering circus stunts (https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2024/05/08/to-stay-fit-future-moon-dwellers-will-need-special-workouts) could help future moon-dwellers exercise (16:42).

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The big gag: Hong Kong’s crackdown on freedom

There has been a slow strangling of freedom (https://www.economist.com/china/2024/05/30/hong-kong-convicts-14-pro-democracy-activists?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) in the territory where pro-democracy activists have been convicted; an annual vigil for the victims of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing in 1989 has been replaced by a food fair. A boom in startups suggests America is recovering its pioneering spirit

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I, Claudia: Mexico’s new leader

Claudia Sheinbaum has been elected Mexico’s first female president (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/06/03/mexicos-new-president-must-do-a-high-stakes-u-turn?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners). Now the real fight begins: crime is rocketing, corruption is rampant and the country is divided. Hurricane season has arrived in the Atlantic, and America’s coastal states are braced for a stormy one

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Choose this podcast: abortion and the election

In 2022 the Supreme Court gave control of abortion back to “the people and their elected representatives.” This November will be the greatest test yet of what that means. Democrats are running hard on the issue (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/05/30/the-pro-choice-movement-that-could-help-joe-biden-win?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=checksandbalance&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) and as many as 16 states will vote directly on abortion. A grassroots movement

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Trump found guilty: what does this verdict mean?

Donald Trump is a convicted felon. Historic, yes. Game-changer? Probably not.

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Out on a ledger: Trump convicted

The former president was found guilty (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/05/30/the-disgrace-of-a-former-american-president?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) on all 34 charges of falsifying business records. But his convictions leave lots of room for appeals, and for supporters to cry foul. South Africa’s ruling party is set to lose its majority in its worst electoral performance since Nelson Mandela’s victory. What might a coalition look like (09:28)? And, we say goodbye to Ore (17:08).

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Trailer: The Modi Raj

Narendra Modi may well be the most popular politician on the planet. India’s prime minister is eyeing a third term atop the world’s biggest democracy.

A tea-seller’s son, Mr Modi began life an outsider and the man behind the political phenomenon remains hard to fathom. India has become an economic powerhouse during his ten years in charge. But he’s also the frontman for a chauvinistic Hindu nationalist dogma.

Can Mr Modi continue to balance both parts of his agenda and finish the job of turning India into a superpower? The Economist’s Avantika Chilkoti finds out what makes him tick.

Launching June 2024.

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The Intelligence: Rishi Sunak’s report card

Ahead of a general election (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2024/05/22/rishi-sunaks-election-call-makes-no-sense-but-is-good-news?utm_campaign=a.io&utm_medium=audio.podcast.np&utm_source=theintelligence&utm_content=discovery.content.anonymous.tr_shownotes_na-na_article&utm_term=sa.listeners) in July, we reflect on 14 years of Conservative rule. It’s not a great record, but will the prime minister be able to spin it on the campaign trail? Latin America is still being torn apart by some of the world’s worst gang violence

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NATO’s boss wants to free Ukraine to strike inside Russia

NATO’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, has called on allies to lift restrictions on Ukraine’s use of NATO weapons inside Russian territory. Speaking to The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, Stoltenberg discussed in detail how the alliance can deal with the multiple threats Russia poses to global security—and prepare for a second Trump presidency.

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Who is “Europe’s last dictator”?

Four years ago Belarus’s dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, stole a presidential election. Belarusians have just voted again, in parliamentary and local polls. This time there was little chance of a repeat of the protests that followed the rigged vote in 2020. How has Mr Lukashenko tightened his grip?

00:00 – Why Lukashenko is called “Europe’s last dictator”
00:57 – How Lukashenko came to power
01:29 – Why Lukashenko is dependent on Putin

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Read more about the region: https://econ.st/3OV7JP1

Belarus prepares for another fraudulent election: https://econ.st/49OehXU

How much power does Alexander Lukashenko have?:https://econ.st/3SVVeUH

Why Belarus is called Europe’s last dictatorship: https://econ.st/3SVVeUH

Belarus’s

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Alexei Navalny, in his own words

The Economist interviewed Alexei Navalny, who has reportedly died in an Arctic penal colony, in the run-up to Russia’s 2018 presidential election. He discussed the breadth of his political support, his experiences in prison and offered some predictions for the future of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

00:16 – The death of Navalny
00:41 – Navalny in prison
02:00 – Putin’s goals

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Alexei Navalny didn’t just defy Putin—he showed up his depravity: https://econ.st/48mUUE0

What Navalny’s death means for Russia, Putin and the world: https://econ.st/3T366RZ

Russia’s opposition has lost a crucial leader but gained a martyr: https://econ.st/3I2qa0u

Graphic detail: A short history of Russia and Ukraine: https://econ.st/4bLbwZ6

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The life of Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, has died in a penal colony near the Arctic Circle, according to the Russian prison service. Listen to this excerpt on Navalny’s life and career from our podcast series “Next Year in Moscow”.

Original podcast: Producers: Sam Colbert, Pete Naughton, Ksenia Barakovskaya, Lika Kremer; Sound design: Weidong Lin; Original music: Darren Ng; Executive producer: John Shields.

00:00 – Alexei Navalny has died
01:14 – Navalny’s poisoning
07:26 – Returning to Russia
11:40 – His political work
18:50 – Navalny’s prison sentence
21:27 – Alexei Navalny’s legacy

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Obit: Alexei Navalny didn’t just defy Putin—he showed up his depravity:
https://econ.st/3OMDcmq

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Indonesia’s election: who is Prabowo Subianto?

Prabowo Subianto, the frontrunner in Indonesia’s election, hides a dark past. He has been accused of war crimes, overseeing the abduction of democracy activists and falsely declaring victory in two elections. Who is Prabowo and what does this election mean for the most powerful nation in South-East Asia?

00:00 – Who is Prabowo?
00:41 – Prabowo’s attitude to democracy
01:23 – What does this election mean for Indonesia?

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Who will be the next leader of Indonesia? – Indonesian election tracker: https://econ.st/3UBiBoW

A controversial general looks likely to be Indonesia’s next leader: https://econ.st/49ApJGB

Five reasons why Indonesia’s election matters: https://econ.st/48tN3F7

The favourite in Indonesia’s

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Is there a path to peace?

Things look bleak in the Middle East after Binyamin Netanyahu scorned America’s push for an end to the fighting. But in private he’s said to be more flexible. Could diplomacy actually work?

00:00 – The Saudi normalisation deal
00:42 – Israel and Saudi Arabia’s history
01:10 – How to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
02:26 – Will the deal happen?

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To read more on the conflict, visit our Israel and Hamas hub: https://econ.st/3HPfwtU

Israel scorns America’s unprecedented peace plan: https://econ.st/3SO4knJ

How to end the Middle East’s agony: https://econ.st/3OCHrRw

Listen to our podcast on Antony Blinken: the hardest working man in diplomatic business: https://econ.st/3OyKkCQ

America’s shuttle diplomacy to

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Is AI the future of movie-making?

What if text prompts enabled anyone to make a blockbuster movie, or even an entire box-set’s worth of TV? That is the promise of AI. This technology could one day prove as transformative to the movie business as sound, colour, or even the camera itself. Generative AI can already make videos in seconds which would normally take a visual-effects artist days to create. However it has yet to master photo-realistic video. The people at the forefront of this tech say it is only a matter of time.

00:29 How does AI-generated video work?
02:43 How long until feature films are generated by AI?
03:57 Can AI-generated videos be photorealistic?
04:36 How revolutionary is AI in film?
05:05 A dystopian threat to jobs or democratisation of the industry?

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Why is crypto like a cockroach?

It’s really hard to kill cockroaches. Stamping on them, chopping off their head and even flushing them down the toilet won’t work. Much like cryptocurrency—an industry which, despite some recent setbacks, seems able to bounce back when you least expect it.

00:00 Why crypto is like cockroaches
00:25 Crypto is soaring
00:48 Why is crypto so hard to kill?

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More on our cockroach theory of crypto: https://econ.st/3OeZqxb

Decoding Sam Bankman-Fried: https://econ.st/3HwCzcP

More on the fall of crypto bosses: https://econ.st/3HyebHG

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Sam Altman: there’s no “magic red button” to stop AI

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, speak to The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, about what the future of AI will really look like.

00:00 Sam Altman and Satya Nadella talk to The Economist
00:25 What’s next for ChatGPT?
1:33 How dangerous is AGI?
2:32 AI regulation

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Read more of our AI coverage: https://econ.st/3O9fK2v

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Read our write up of the interview: https://econ.st/3HpwbUL

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Sam Altman on AGI: people will freak out then move on

If artificial general intelligence is achieved, it will be able to outperform humans on most intellectual tasks. The Economist asks Sam Altman, the boss of OpenAI, how worried the world should be about AGI.
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Altman: there’s no magic red button to stop AI

Sam Altman, chief executive of OpenAI, talks to The Economist’s Editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, about how he navigates the risks raised by artificial intelligence.
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Why America’s next war may begin on a small tourist island

Guam, an island in the northern Pacific, is just 48km long and has a population of about 170,000. So why is it so important to America’s strategy to defend Taiwan from a potential Chinese invasion?

00:00 – Where is Guam?
00:13 – Why is it so important?
01:00 – What makes it vulnerable?

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Guam, where America’s next war may begin: https://econ.st/47lP9WN

America is lavishing attention on Pacific island states: https://econ.st/47of0xd

How the Pentagon thinks about America’s strategy in the Pacific: https://econ.st/3tG49RG

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Read more of our China coverage: https://econ.st/3S9G6nC

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Why is Ethiopia risking war for a port?

Ethiopia’s president, Abiy Ahmed, has signed a deal with Somaliland to get his landlocked country direct access to the sea. Abiy hails this as an act of diplomacy, but could it destabilise an already volatile part of the world?

00:00 – a new dispute in the Horn of Africa
01:00 – the historical context
01:29 – the implications of the new deal

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Read more about the region: https://econ.st/4b1lIwv

Ethiopia’s deal with Somaliland: https://econ.st/3tJGQGB

Why does Ethiopia want access to a seaport?: https://econ.st/3H9RA45

Why Somaliland isn’t a recognised state: https://econ.st/48pfwMY

Conflict in the Horn of Africa: https://econ.st/48mt7of

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