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The Intelligence

“There was a sense they’d just tried everything else”—Italy votes for a far-right government

Also on the daily podcast: Latin America’s horrific prisons, and a surprise hit film in China

Editor’s Picks

A new-look Gulf, Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilisation and the Google-Meta advertising duopoly

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist

Checks and Balance

What’s the future of America’s Ukraine policy?

Our weekly podcast on democracy in America. This week, we consider how effective Joe Biden’s Ukraine strategy has been and whether the midterms might change it

The Intelligence

“She wants to permanently bar him from running a business in New York”—Donald Trump’s legal woes

Also on the daily podcast: Cloud-computing wars, and “The Joy of Sex” at 50

The Economist Asks

Why is progress on gender equality slowing?

Philanthropist Melinda French Gates explains how recent global shocks have pushed gender equality further out of reach—and how the world can get back on track

The Intelligence

“Chairman Powell made clear there would be more pain to come”

Also on the daily podcast: Modern slavery abounds, and remembering an astronomer obsessed with extraterrestrial life

Money Talks

Who should pay for the costs of a warming planet?

Our podcast on markets, the economy and business. This week, why lawsuits aimed at greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise

The Intelligence

“Putin promised to use all the resources he has”—Russia threatens and mobilises

Also on the daily podcast: Democrats fight for rural voters, and the world’s oldest amputation

Babbage

How science can save the world

Our podcast on science and technology. This week, we speak to Martin Rees, Britain’s Astronomer Royal, about how science can prevent the next global catastrophe, and the role of scientists in modern life

The Intelligence

“King Charles will ensure he matches his mother’s enthusiasm”—the future of the Commonwealth

Also on the daily podcast: Saudi Arabia’s most cosmopolitan city faces the bulldozer, and why China’s economy may struggle to overtake America’s

The Intelligence

“The people of Chile have shown they don’t want a hard-left vision baked in”—a new constitution flops

Also on the daily podcast: the changing view on prosperity and fertility, and the HARM missiles harming Russian forces

Editor’s Picks

Why the British monarchy matters, Vladimir Putin’s failing war and China’s worsening property crisis

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist