The Intelligence

19 EpisodesProduced by The Economist

Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.

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Sins of the fathers: the Vatican and child abuse

February 21st, 2019


The Vatican is hosting a high-profile meeting on child abuse by the clergy. It’s a topic that has been woefully overlooked, and one that threatens to …

Prince on tour: Muhammad bin Salman

February 20th, 2019


Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, is on a tour of Asia, striking deals and trying to polish his image. What kind of influence will he have …

Labour’s love lost: British politics

February 19th, 2019


Seven parliamentarians have split from Britain’s opposition Labour party. That could change the calculus of Brexit, and just might be the nucleus of …

State of the unionising: Amazon

February 18th, 2019


We examine the aftermath of the online behemoth’s withdrawal of its New York expansion plans, and speak with its Midwestern workers about growing talk of unionising. President Emmanuel Macron hopes to quell protests …

Emergency measures: America’s border deal

February 15th, 2019


President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today, to fund his southern-border wall. We ask why that would be an uncomfortable …

IS this the end? Islamic State’s last stand

February 14th, 2019


In Syria the few remaining Islamic State fighters are hemmed in. The caliphate’s territory may be diminished, but the idea will live on. A …

It’s not easy: the Green New Deal

February 13th, 2019


As America’s Senate majority leader pledges a vote on the Green New Deal, a sweeping set of policies around climate and much more, we examine just …

Independents’ day: Catalans on trial

February 12th, 2019


Today 12 leaders of Spain’s Catalonia region go on trial, accused of rebellion. The proceedings will lay bare long-running tensions about democracy and unity. As Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, joins America’s …

You say you want: Revisiting Iran’s revolution

February 11th, 2019


We examine how the echoes of Iran’s revolution, 40 years ago, still influence how the Islamic Republic deals with the West today. Harley Davidson has …

Princess unbridled: Thai politics

February 8th, 2019


A Thai princess enters the running for prime minister—a development that reshuffles the country’s centres of power completely. Our obituaries editor …

The Intelligence: Weapons redrawn

February 7th, 2019


After America and Russia pull out out of a cold war-era weapons treaty, we examine the picture of global stability without it. Our China columnist …

The Intelligence: Credible, but critical

February 6th, 2019


Today the Trump administration is expected to announce its nomination for head of the World Bank today. He’s a Treasury official with a sharply critical view of the institution and, to a degree, he’s right. A troubled …

The Intelligence: Don’t despair, America

February 5th, 2019


Tonight President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address; we ask what he’ll be saying, and what the state of the union really is. Yesterday the jury began its deliberations in the trial of “El Chapo”, an …

The Intelligence: A despot’s calculation

February 4th, 2019


Internal and international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro brings Venezuela to the brink of change. As Facebook turns 15, it’s lurching from …

The Intelligence: Be careful on the way out

February 1st, 2019


As progress appears to have been made in peace talks between America and the Taliban, the Senate urges the Trump administration not to rush for the door in Afghanistan. Origami might be pretty, but it hides great …

The Intelligence: Down and out in “iPhone City”

January 31st, 2019


As trade talks with China continue in Washington, our correspondent takes a trip to China’s “iPhone City” to see how the country’s slowdown is …

The Intelligence: This is not a coup

January 30th, 2019


International pressure is mounting on the dictatorial regime of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. As he hints at negotiations with a resurgent opposition, …

The Intelligence: Deal, delay or dither?

January 29th, 2019


It’s another crucial vote in the Brexit saga as Prime Minister Theresa May learns whether her leaving plan will be derailed or delayed. Autonomous weapons are coming along just as fast as autonomous vehicles are. But …

The Intelligence: Trailer

January 23rd, 2019


The Intelligence is a new current-affairs podcast, published every weekday by Economist Radio, that provides a unique perspective on the events shaping your world. Drawing on the expertise of The Economist’s global …

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