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Checks and Balance

What is the best way to treat severe mental illness?

Our weekly podcast on democracy in America. This week, we look at the expansion of involuntary treatment in mental health care

The Intelligence

The kibbutz that fought back when Hamas came

Also on the daily podcast: the world’s most indebted oil company and the return of 2D games

Money Talks

With Sam Bankman-Fried in the dock, does crypto have a future?

Our podcast on markets, the economy and business. This week, the first in a two-part series tracking the rise and fall of crypto—and asking what comes next

The Intelligence

The genocide that no one’s talking about

Also on the daily podcast: the growing threat of bowel cancer and New York is tackling its rubbish problem


Millions of people have unexplained chronic pain. Can scientists help?

Our podcast on science and technology. This week, we investigate the challenge of understanding and treating unexplained, long-term chronic pain

The Intelligence

Is there anything Joe Biden can do to calm tensions in the Middle East?

Also on the daily podcast: India’s politicisation of cricket and why people grieve when famous artists die

Drum Tower

What does America’s bipartisan consensus on China mean for the world?

Our weekly podcast on China. This week we return to Washington DC to find out what unites Republicans and Democrats on China, and how solid their consensus is.

The Intelligence

Higher bond yields are proving costly for governments. How should they respond?

Also on the daily podcast: the Chinese fans of Communist rap and the appeal of Bluey

Editor’s Picks

Israel’s agony, the backlash against greenery and a two-day workweek: misery or bliss?

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

The Intelligence

Will pro-Europe Donald Tusk be Poland’s next prime minister?

Also on the daily podcast: how America can stop wasting useable organs and why handwriting is so important

Checks and Balance

What should America’s Middle East strategy be now?

Our weekly podcast on democracy in America. This week, we consider how the US should respond to Hamas’ attack on Israel

The Intelligence

With no electricity, limited internet and dwindling food supplies, what is life like in Gaza?

Also on the daily podcast: war in Crimea and the health impact of Indian vultures’ demise