Economist Podcasts

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Every weekday our global network of correspondents makes sense of the stories beneath the headlines. We bring you surprising trends and tales from around the world, current affairs, business and finance — as well as science and technology.

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Our Editor's Take

Millions rely on The Economist for their economic, science, technology, and world news. The Economist Podcasts includes several distinct podcasts on these topics. Episodes come out every weekday.

Secret History of the Future podcast analyzes the history of technology. It also prophesied the world's future and illuminates how technology operates in the present. Babbage is about people and innovations that are changing the world. The World Ahead is especially captivating. It envisions the science fiction future that may come to be. Science fiction lovers and realists may feel excitement or alarm when listening. Whatever the case, all these podcasts provide up-to-date information on science and technology.

Other Economist podcasts on this feed devote themselves to economics, politics, and business. These include Checks and Balances. Host John Prideaux leads colleagues worldwide in discussions of the US presidential elections. Money Talks offers a more direct view of present happenings in business and the economy. Those interested in The Economist's print articles can listen to Editor's Picks. If listeners want to hear directly from those who make the news, there is The Economist Asks. It provides entertaining and informative debates between newsmakers. Anne McElvoy hosts this chat show, which comes out every Thursday.

The Economist Podcasts are for everyone. These podcasts understand that the economy runs on more than money. The way money moves and who gets access to science and technology is political. From The Intelligence to Drum Tower, The Economist covers it all and more.

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Babbage: The hunt for dark matter
Babbage: The hunt for dark matter
Dark matter is thought to make up around a quarter of the universe, but so far it has eluded detection by all scientific instruments. Scientists know it must exist because of the ways galaxies move and it also explains the large-scale structure of the modern universe. But no-one knows what dark matter actually is.Scientists have been hunting for dark matter particles for decades, but have so far had no luck. At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held recently in Denver, a new generation of researchers presented their latest tools, techniques and ideas to step up the search for this mysterious substance. Will they finally detect the undetectable? Host: Alok Jha, The Economist’s science and technology editor. Contributors: Don Lincoln, senior scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Christopher Karwin, a fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; Josef Aschbacher, boss of the European Space Agency; Michael Murra of Columbia University; Jodi Cooley, executive director of SNOLAB; Deborah Pinna of University of Wisconsin and CERN.Get a world of insights for 50% off—subscribe to Economist Podcasts+If you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you’ll have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our FAQs page or watch our video explaining how to link your account. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.