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Covid-19: how many people have died? | The Economist

Officially, covid-19 has killed 3m people around the world. But statistical modelling from The Economist suggests the number could be as much as four times higher.

00:00 – How accurate is the official death toll?
01:25 – How to calculate the real death toll
02:10 – How to calculate India’s death toll?
03:25 – Where has the death toll been underreported?
04:14 – Where are excess deaths lower than expected?
05:06 – India’s second wave explained?
06:09 – Is India an outlier?
06:47 – Rich v poor world: how covid-19 has spread

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Is Myanmar a failed state? | The Economist

Myanmar is on the brink of collapse. Its armed forces are continuing a brutal crackdown—arresting, torturing and killing protesters—as Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de-facto leader, is detained. Our experts answer your questions.

00:00 – What will happen to Aung San Suu Kyi?
02:15 – What are India and China doing?
03:37 – Should the West intervene?
05:25 – What’s happening to the Rohingya refugees?
07:16 – How will Myanmar’s neighbours be affected?
08:44 – Will civil war break out?
10:36 – Can the protesters win?
12:05 – Will Myanmar become a failed state?

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Could digital currencies put banks out of business? | The Economist

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have been billed as a major disruptor to finance. But digital currencies issued by governments might be even more radical—they may even threaten the future of traditional banking.

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Is Taiwan part of China? | The Economist

Taiwan’s sovereignty has been a disputed issue for centuries. Though the island sees itself as independent, China insists it is part of the People’s Republic and has not ruled out taking Taiwan by force. That could ignite an all-out war between American and China.

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Why are China and Taiwan divided?

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Alexei Navalny: will the West stand up to Russia? | The Economist

Alexei Navalny’s hunger strike has prompted widespread international support. Vladimir Putin has warned that any country meddling in Russia’s affairs will “regret their actions”. How should the West respond to a tyrant like Putin?

00:00 – What’s happening in Russia?
00:54 – What does Navalny represent for Russia?
01:36 – How should America respond?
03:08 – Do sanctions work?
05:30 – Why were troops sent to the Ukranian border?
07:20 – What if Russia tries to annex more of Ukraine?

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Scottish independence: could Britain break up? | The Economist

The union between the nations of the United Kingdom is looking increasingly fragile, thanks to Brexit. If Scotland were to break away from Britain it would face an uncertain future—as would the rest of the union.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7: fact v drama | The Economist

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” has been nominated for six Oscars. Aaron Sorkin, the film’s screenwriter and director, speaks to The Economist about the tension between historical accuracy and compelling drama.

00:00 – The Trial of the Chicago 7
00:51 – Why is the story still so relevant?
01:34 – How to adapt real events into drama
02:40 – Why the film deviates from historical fact
04:41 – Historical accuracy v artistic truth
05:41 – Altering events in historical drama v fake news

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How AI is transforming the creative industries | The Economist

Artificial intelligence is helping humans make new kinds of art. It is more likely to emerge as a collaborator than a competitor for those working in creative industries. Film supported by Mishcon de Reya

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The remote-working revolution: how to get it right | The Economist

It’s likely working from home is here to stay—for some workers, at least. But this “new normal” will have long-term implications for the relationship between employers and employees—from tax, to employment law, to physical and mental health.

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Can vaccine passports kickstart the economy? | The Economist

Vaccine passports are likely to become a feature of everyday life as lockdowns are lifted across the world. But as “green passes” kick-start economies, what are the potential drawbacks?

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Israel’s election: what next for Netanyahu? | The Economist

Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, is campaigning in the country’s fourth election in two years—while also standing trial on corruption charges. Will this election mark a shift in Israel’s political landscape?

00:00 – Four elections in two years: why?
00:57 – How is Netanyahu polling?
01:59 – Netanyahu’s corruption charges
03:03 – What’s next for the corruption trial?
04:33 – What led to government collapse
05:34 – Where has Netanyahu gone wrong?
07:21 – Who could be the next prime minister?
09:32 – Israel & America: what could change?
10:48 – What next for Palestine?
11:50 – Could the West Bank be annexed?

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The future of shopping: what’s in store? | The Economist

The pandemic has upended the way people buy—online retail has soared as high-street shops and malls close. Brands are now racing to exploit one of the most important weapons in the battle for buyers: their customers’ data.

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How to crunch covid-19 data | The Economist

Data analysis has been crucial to better understanding, tracking and preventing the spread of covid-19. The Economist’s data journalists give an insider’s steer on how their analysis and presentation of data has shaped our coverage of the pandemic.

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How covid-19 is boosting innovation | The Economist

Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of technologies and pushed the world faster into the future. As businesses and organisations look towards the post-pandemic era, what lessons can be learned about innovation? Read more here:

00:00 – How has covid-19 boosted innovation?
01:20 – Drone deliveries
04:20 – How crises lead to innovation
06:47 – How restaurants have innovated
09:29 – Inequality between companies
10:48 – Some start-ups have thrived
12:57 – Working from home
14:15 – E-learning: benefits and challenges

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Nuclear power: why is it so unpopular? | The Economist

The meltdown at a nuclear power station in Fukushima, Japan, ten years ago stoked anxieties about nuclear energy. But nuclear is one of the safest, most reliable and sustainable forms of energy, and decarbonising will be much more difficult without it.

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Iran v America: what’s behind the feud? | The Economist

Iran and America’s decades-long feud has led to hostage-taking, sanctions and proxy wars that have shaped the Middle East. What is behind the feud, and can it be resolved?

00:00 – The history of the feud
01:01 – 1951-53: The Persian Oil Crisis
02:04 – The 1953 coup
04:11 – 1978-1979: The Iranian revolution
05:12 – 1979-81: The hostage crisis
06:58 – 1980-88: The Iraq-Iran war
09:06 – 1983: US embassy bombing
09:50 – Hizbullah
11:00 – The nuclear age
11:53 – 2015: JCPOA signed

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How will covid-19 change travel? | The Economist

The covid-19 pandemic has devastated the travel industry. But as vaccines are rolled out and global travel slowly picks up, how will the industry evolve, and will holidays ever be the same again? Read more here:

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Christine Lagarde: How covid-19 will shape Europe | The Economist

Europe has been widely criticised for its slow response to the covid-19 pandemic. Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, discusses the long-term damage and whether things might have been different had there been more female leaders.

Chapter titles
00:00 – Covid-19 in Europe
00:52 – How covid-19 worsens inequality
03:35 – Why female leaders have performed better
05:10 – How to have more female leaders
06:38 – Europe’s stimulus & economic recovery
08:29 – Central banks & digital currencies

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Can flying go green? | The Economist

Covid-19 has caused the worst crisis in aviation’s history. Is this the industry’s moment for a green reset—and which technologies offer the best hope?

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Can the aviation industry fully recover from the effects of the pandemic?

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Why aren’t all commercial flights powered by sustainable fuel?

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The minimum wage: does it hurt workers? | The Economist

Joe Biden has pledged to raise America’s national minimum wage to $15 an hour. Economists traditionally believed that minimum wages actually hurt workers, but recent research has led to a rethink.

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Why does low unemployment no longer lift inflation?

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Covid-19 vaccines: what information can you trust? | The Economist

Factual and reliable information is vital to creating trust in vaccines and to overcoming the pandemic. Ed Carr, The Economist’s deputy editor, and Natasha Loder, our health policy editor, answer some of the big questions about the global vaccination drive.

00:00 – Challenges in vaccinating the world
00:45 – Trust in vaccines
02:30 – mRNA vaccines
03:23 – Impact of variants on vaccination
04:29 – Time between vaccine doses
06:09 – Mandatory vaccines for travel?

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GameStop: what it reveals about the US stockmarket | The Economist

The frenzied rise of GameStop’s share price baffled Wall Street and panicked the US Treasury. What does the GameStop story reveal about American stockmarkets? Our experts answer your questions.

Chapter titles:

00:00 – GameStop surge explained
00:55 – Was Robinhood right to restrict trade?
01:56 – Short selling and short squeezes
03:05 – Is the stockmarket fair?
06:03 – Will it lead to more regulation?
06:51 – Is the US stockmarket overheated?
10:09 – Is this a trend?

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Joe Biden’s top 7 domestic priorities | The Economist

President Joe Biden faces numerous domestic challenges, from rolling out the covid-19 vaccine and economic stimulus, to tackling racial inequality and political polarisation. Our experts answer your questions on how Mr Biden can achieve his domestic priorities.

Chapter titles
00:00 – America’s multiple crises
00:35 – The covid-19 crisis
02:06 – Climate change
03:51 – Immigration
05:16 – Race relations
07:59 – Income inequality
09:28 – Fake news
10:32 – A divided America

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Covid-19: what will it take to vaccinate the world? | The Economist

The race to immunise the global population against covid-19 is under way. With the distribution of safe and effective vaccines posing an unprecedented challenge, what are the key obstacles to overcome?

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Cindy McCain: what next for the Republican Party? | The Economist Podcast

Cindy McCain shocked the Republican Party when she endorsed Joe Biden for president. Now, the widow of John McCain tells The Economist Asks podcast about her prediction that the Republican Party will split and her hopes for a new era of political co-operation in America.

00:00 Why Cindy McCain endorsed Joe Biden
00:42 – President Biden’s inauguration
02:08 – Reaction to invasion of Capitol building
04:56 – McCain’s relationship with the Republican party
06:25 – John McCain’s view of political tussles
07:18 – Can Biden achieve cross-party co-operation?
08:46 – Has American democracy been damaged?

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How Biden can be a global leader | The Economist

Joe Biden’s greatest challenge will be to repair America’s reputation—currently the lowest it’s been for two decades. How can the new president re-boot America’s global leadership?

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How can business survive climate change? | The Economist

Climate change is about to upend the corporate world through weather-related disasters, regulation and lawsuits. Can businesses react and adapt in time? Read more here:

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The World In 2021: The world could turn a corner on climate change:

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Inflation: could covid-19 cause prices to rise? | The Economist

In the past two decades inflation has puzzled economists by remaining low in good times and bad. Could the pandemic cause it to rise?

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Bill Gates: How to fund the green revolution | The Economist

Bill Gates outlines his vision for a global green revolution. He tells Zanny Minton Beddoes, our editor-in-chief, how renewable energy is merely the first step in combatting climate change.

00:00 – How to fund a green economy
00:38 – Lessons from the pandemic
01:52 – Behaviour change v innovation in technology
03:36 – Most promising renewable technologies
04:31 – Private sector investment in green technology
06:30 – How essential are carbon prices?
07:50 – Net-zero emissions targets for businesses
09:39 – America’s role in climate-change action
12:40 – What are the odds for success of green innovation?

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