How will businesses use the metaverse?

From The Economist. The metaverse could offer multi-trillion-dollar opportunities for businesses in the long term, with the potential to transform many aspects of daily life. 00:00 – How the metaverse could transform our daily lives 01:22 – How filmmakers are using metaverse technology 02:30 – What is the metaverse? 04:09 – An opportunity for creative…

COP27: does it go far enough?

From The Economist. COP27, the United Nations climate conference, has drawn to a close in Egypt. The Economist’s environment editor, Catherine Brahic, shares her assessment on the talks’ breakthroughs, the frantic conclusion of the summit and the limitations of the agreement that emerged. 00:00 – COP27 has drawn to a close 00:17 – The final…

Why is the World Cup important to Qatar?

From The Economist. Qatar is about to host the most expensive World Cup ever, costing as much as $300bn. Why has this small, gas-rich kingdom chosen to host football’s most prestigious event, and how does it fit into its broader plans for economic transformation? 00:00 – Why is Qatar hosting the World Cup? 00:57 –…

Trump 2024: could he win again?

From The Economist. It’s official: Donald Trump is running for president in 2024. What will his campaign look like, and does he stand a chance of winning? Our Washington bureau chief reacts to the announcement. 00:00 – Trump is back 00:50 – Trump makes 2024 presidential bid 02:23 – Who is Trump’s new rival? 03:08…

G20: The Economist interviews Indonesia’s president

From The Economist. The host of this year’s G20 considers himself a key player in resolving geopolitical tension. But to many, Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, is a bit of a mystery. The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, sat down with him. 00:00 – Bali is hosting the G20 00:44 – Mitigating global tension 03:30 –…

Climate justice: who should pay for a warming planet?

From The Economist. Campaigners who believe world leaders are not doing enough to combat climate change are taking matters into their own hands—and suing governments and fossil-fuel companies. But can the climate catastrophe really be resolved in court? 00:00 – A rapidly warming world 01:25 – Climate effects in Peru 03:54 – Climate adaptation funding…

Iran protests: can they topple the regime?

From The Economist. Protests in Iran pose the biggest threat to the country’s authoritarian regime in decades. But how does an uprising transform into a revolution? Lessons from Iran’s own history offer some clues. 00:00 – How can Iran’s protests topple the regime? 01:00 – Four factors affect the success of the protests 01:20 –…

Why Belgium is now the cocaine capital of Europe

From The Economist. With record seizures of cocaine at Belgian ports, the country has become Europe’s cocaine-trafficking capital. As the flow of drugs increases, local authorities are struggling with corruption and violence. 00:00 – Antwerp: Europe’s cocaine trafficking capital 01:48 – How much cocaine gets seized? 03:18 – Why do traffickers choose the port of…

Climate change: can money stop deforestation?

From The Economist. Rampant deforestation has driven economic growth, but accelerates climate change. How do you put a price on trees, to make them worth more alive than dead? Film supported by Bain and Company 00:00 – Can money grow on trees? 00:55 – What Costa Rica can teach us 01:52 – Down with the…

Lula beats Bolsonaro: what happens now?

From The Economist. President Bolsonaro has lost the Brazilian election to former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva by a razor-thin margin. Will Bolsonaro and his supporters accept the result, and what does Lula’s win mean for Brazil, and for the world? 00:00 – Lula wins the Brazilian election 00:55 – How might Bolsonaro react?…

Incels: how online extremism is changing

From The Economist. “Incels” are an online community of mostly young men, some of whom promote violent hatred of women. In the online world, violent extremism is evolving in ever more fluid ways — with fatal consequences in the real world. Film supported by @Mishcon de Reya LLP See more from our Now & Next…

Rishi Sunak: what challenges await Britain’s new PM?

From The Economist. Britain has a new prime minister—again. Rishi Sunak inherits a mountain of problems. The Economist’s Britain editor assesses the challenges Mr Sunak faces. 00:00 – Britain’s new Prime Minister 00:30 – The markets react 01:07 – Public services under pressure 02:34 – Rishi’s balancing act 03:06- Political instability: the ongoing risk Sign…

How Trump is still damaging American politics

From The Economist. As Donald Trump and his supporters continue to falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen, American democracy looks fragile. With election-deniers running for office, and many new voting restrictions, how will the midterm elections shape the playing field for the 2024 presidential election? 00:00 – Democracy is under assault in America 01:38…

CCP Congress: what will Xi do next?

From The Economist. What’s it like to attend the Chinese Communist Party’s most important political meeting? Our correspondent, who was at the opening of the 20th National Congress, explains what it was like and what we might learn about Xi Jinping’s plans for China’s future in the coming days 00:00 – What is the Chinese…

Brazil elections: the enduring threat of Bolsonaro

From The Economist. President Jair Bolsonaro, the Trump of the Tropics, has undermined democracy, drummed up division and inspired cult-like devotion from his followers. Whether he is re-elected or not, the right-wing populist movement he has unleashed is unlikely to go away. 00:00 – The appeal of Bolsonaro 01:02 – Bolsonaro’s power in Congress 03:20…

How the Mexican cartels are making profits now

From The Economist. Mexican cartels and criminals are the leading producers of illegal synthetic drugs. This shift is fuelling the latest phase in America’s opioid crisis. 00:00 – The growing market of illicit synthetic drugs 01:05 – Mexico’s booming production of illegal fentanyl 02:22 – The third wave of America’s opioid crisis 03:56 – What…

Brazil’s elections: the man taking on Bolsonaro

From The Economist. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, commonly known as Lula, is the former leftist president of Brazil and the man taking on Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing incumbent, in the country’s upcoming presidential election. In an exclusive interview with The Economist, Lula discusses his campaign and his plans for Brazil. 00:00 – The man…

Who Is Xi Jinping?

From The Economist. This year Xi Jinping is expected to begin a historic third term as president, cementing his status as China’s strongest leader since Mao. The future of China’s 1.4 billion people—and perhaps world peace—now depend to a large extent on the mind of one man. So who is President Xi, and what is…

War in Ukraine: Putin’s speech analysed

From The Economist. On September 21st Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilisation of 300,000 Russian reservists to strengthen his forces in Ukraine and warned he would use all weapons at his disposal—chillingly warning, "this is not a bluff". Our experts discuss how far he’s willing to go. 00:00 – Putin’s speech: three takeaways 00:30 –…

Why hate is fuelling politics

From The Economist. Hate is fuelling politics in America and Britain, as arguments over racial justice, transgender rights and other issues become more polarised. These tribal "culture wars” spell bad news for democracy. 00:00 – Are we becoming more divided? 01:16 – Critical race theory 06:48 – What are culture wars? 11:32 – Transgender rights…

Why America’s murder rate has spiked

From The Economist. In 2020 the murder rate in the US rose by nearly 30%—the country’s largest-ever recorded annual increase. It has not fallen significantly since. What is it about America that led to this jump, and what can be done to reduce the violence? 00:00 – America’s murder rate soared in 2020 01:15 –…

Is the war in Ukraine nearing its end?

From The Economist. Ukraine’s surprise counter-attack has inflicted a huge defeat on Vladimir Putin’s forces. Has the tide turned in the war? Our correspondents discuss the latest developments, what they might mean for Putin’s grip on power in Russia and whether a Ukrainian victory is possible. 00:00 – How effective has the Ukrainian counter-offensive been?…

What to expect from King Charles III

From The Economist. King Charles III has very large shoes to fill. How will he change the British royal family? 00:00 – Britain has a new king 01:08 – The English constitution 01:57 – The importance of religion 03:56 – Charles has big shoes to fill 06:09 – Slimming down the monarchy 07:21 – Will…

Queen Elizabeth II: her reign in numbers

From The Economist. Queen Elizabeth II has died. Her 70-year reign was the longest of any British monarch—and spanned a period in which the world has radically changed. This is the story of her remarkable reign in numbers. 00:00 – Queen Elizabeth II: her reign in numbers 01:20 – How Britain transformed 03:00 – How…

Will Trump be president again?

From The Economist. Despite losing in 2020, Donald Trump has managed to strengthen his grip on the Republican Party. Will he run again for president—and if so, could he win? 00:00 – Will Trump run again? 01:47 – Do Republicans want Trump back? 03:22 – Why are the upcoming midterms important? 04:45 – Will Trump…

The Saudi prince: how dangerous is MBS?

From The Economist. Muhammad bin Salman, or MBS—the millennial crown prince of Saudi Arabia—appears increasingly invincible. With the war in Ukraine disrupting energy supplies, Western leaders are eager to get their hands on his oil. But should they worry about the young prince’s power? 00:00 – How dangerous is MBS 01:06 – How MBS has…

Taiwan: will there be war?

From The Economist. The uneasy status-quo between China and Taiwan, which has existed for six decades, is looking more fragile than ever. Is war inevitable? 00:00 – Threat to Taiwan’s peace 00:38 – Are we closer to war? 01:47 – China’s growing power 03:01 – Taiwan’s allies 03:45 – Taiwanese public opinion 04:45 – Rising…

What is nuclear power’s role in the green future?

From The Economist. One of the keys to a smooth transition to a green economy is nuclear power. It’s a proven alternative to fossil fuels—but the most important barriers to its adoption may not be what you think. 00:00 – The role of nuclear power 00:48 – The advantages of nuclear energy 01:41 – The…

High inflation: what you need to know

From The Economist. In many countries, inflation is at its highest level since the early 1980s, and consumers are feeling the pinch. What can be done to bring it under control? 00:00 – Global inflation is rising again 00:24 – What is inflation? 00:51 – Why is high inflation a concern? 01:40 – How to…

How are offices changing? | The Economist

From The Economist. The pandemic and hybrid working have changed the very idea of the office. This is not only changing the design and purpose of offices, but the look of cities too. Chapters 00:00 – The office: a shifting concept 00:57 – What do future offices look like? 02:30 – The office as a…

How are offices changing?

From The Economist. The pandemic and hybrid working have changed the very idea of the office. This is not only changing the design and purpose of offices, but the look of cities too. Chapters 00:00 – The office: a shifting concept 00:57 – What do future offices look like? 02:30 – The office as a…

The global food crisis, explained

From The Economist. The war in Ukraine threatens the world with unprecedented hunger. Even with a deal in place to get Ukraine’s food exports moving, serious weaknesses in the global food system would remain. Can anything be done to prevent future crises? 00:00 – The emerging global food crisis 00:31 – Why is mass hunger…

Black holes: why they matter

From The Economist. Black holes could be a key to understanding the universe, but they remain shrouded in mystery. So what are black holes—and how do scientists detect them? 00:00 – The mystery of black holes 00:39 – What is a black hole? 01:54 – What are the different types of black holes? 03:12 –…

Boris Johnson resigns: what happens next?

From The Economist. After weeks of clinging on, Boris Johnson has agreed to resign as British prime minister. What happens now, and what challenges will his successor face? 00:00 – Boris Johnson’s resignation 00:29 – Will the Tory party persist with populism? 01:14 – Britain’s economy 02:21 – War in Ukraine 03:09 – Brexit 04:00…

How China crushed Hong Kong

From The Economist. In 1997 China promised to protect Hong Kong’s freedoms for the next five decades—but just 25 years after the handover, Hong Kong is now a police state. So how did China crush Hong Kong? 00:00 – How China crushed Hong Kong 00:44 – Tiananmen square massacre vigil banned 02:37 – China’s ambition…

How gene editing could reduce the cost of cosmetics

From The Economist. The cosmetics business has exploited natural resources for centuries. With consumers now demanding more sustainable products, gene-editing technology could give the industry a makeover—and make cosmetics cheaper. 00:00 – Could gene editing make cosmetics more sustainable? 01:01 – Hunting sharks for skincare 02:58 – How does synthetic biology work? 05:39 – What…

Alien life: are we about to find it?

From The Economist. The thought of finding alien life has fascinated people since the time of the ancient Greeks—but developments in astrobiology could be about to turn this possibility into reality. How do you hunt for life beyond Earth—and might this be the decade when we find it? 00:00 – Is there life beyond Earth?…

War in Ukraine: is Putin ill? | The Economist

From The Economist. Speculation about Vladimir Putin’s health has intensified since the start of the war in Ukraine—including rumours of blood cancer, Parkinson’s and paranoia. Could the Russian dictator be seriously ill? 00:00 – Is Putin sick? 00:52 – What’s driving the speculations of Putin’s ill health? 03:24 – What do the rumours suggest about…

War in Ukraine: how has the world changed? | The Economist

From The Economist. It’s been more than three months since Russian tanks rolled across the border into Ukraine. The global impact—from the isolation of Russia to the hit on the world economy—has been far-reaching. Our experts explain how the invasion has fundamentally changed the world for the foreseeable future. 0:00 – The Ukraine war: three…

China in Africa: should the West be worried? | The Economist

From The Economist. In the past 20 years, China has built ever closer bonds with African nations. It has spent billions transforming infrastructure across the continent, and extending its influence into politics and society. It even placed its only overseas military base there. How worried should the West be? 00:00 – China in Africa: should…

Will Sudan and Ethiopia go to war? | The Economist

From The Economist. Recent events have revived a century-old border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan over al-Fashaga—a fertile region that both countries claim as their own. Could these tensions throw the entire region into conflict? 00:00 – The border dispute: Sudan and Ethiopia 00:58 – The history of the dispute 02:33 – How does Abiy…

War in Ukraine: the emerging global food crisis | The Economist

From The Economist. The impact of the war in Ukraine is spreading across the world — global food supplies are now threatened. The Economist’s experts consider the consequences, and discuss how the addition of Finland and Sweden will change the NATO alliance. 0:00 – War in Ukraine: the global impact 1:30 – How Ukraine’s agriculture…

War in Ukraine: why is Russia’s army so weak? | The Economist

From The Economist. As Russia celebrates Victory Day, our defence correspondent considers why the Russian army has performed so badly in Ukraine. 00:00 – The poor performance of Russia’s armed forces in Ukraine 00:40 – Why has the Russian army struggled in Ukraine? 02:00 – What’s behind Russia’s brutal warfare? 03:27 – Donbas: the next…

Press freedom: why you should be worried | The Economist

From The Economist. Global press freedom is facing its greatest challenge in decades—not just in authoritarian countries, but in democracies too. Governments are using more subtle tactics to muzzle the media. What’s going on and why is it so worrying? 00:00 – Introduction: global press freedom is in decline 01:08 – How journalists are being…

Rape in the British military: women speak out | The Economist

From The Economist. Almost two-thirds of women in the British armed forces have experienced sexual harassment, bullying or discrimination, yet few report their experience because of a culture of fear and impunity. What creates this culture, and how can it be addressed? 00:00 – Sexual harrassment in the British armed forces 01:17 – A culture…

Dr Fauci: follow the science | The Economist

From The Economist. Death threats, misinformation and dedication to public service: Dr Anthony Fauci discusses his personal experiences of the covid–19 pandemic with The Economist’s deputy editor, Edward Carr. 00:00 – Who is Dr Anthony Fauci? 00:38 – Should scientists be apolitical? 01:30 – The importance of political neutrality 03:55 – Being a scientist in…

Crypto: a beginner’s guide | The Economist

From The Economist. Cryptocurrencies, decentralised finance and blockchain technology—what do these terms really mean? The Economist’s finance correspondents guide us through the key concepts of crypto. 00:00 – Crypto can be confusing 00:19 – What is crypto? 01:08 – What is a blockchain? 02:05 – What is mining? 03:15 – What is Bitcoin? 04:00 –…

Brexit: What will happen to Ireland? | The Economist

From The Economist. The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is one of the most contentious in the world. But what really divides Ireland? And after Brexit, is Irish unification a real possibility? 00:00 Ireland’s irregular border 00:45 Ireland’s history divided 02:31 Caught on the wrong side 04:36 The Troubles 06:30 Working towards peace…