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  • Money Talks: Is the West losing its sanctions war?

    42:42
    It's been two years since Russia brought war to Ukraine. America, Britain and the European Union may not have intervened by putting boots on the ground—but they have launched a massive financial counteroffensive. Vladimir Putin’s government, his cronies and the businesses profiting from the war are all subject to sanctions, yet the Russian economy has proved remarkably resilient. So, does financial warfare work?Hosts: Mike Bird, Alice Fulwood and Tom Lee-Devlin. Guests: The Economist’s Cerian Richmond Jones; Juan Zarate, the architect of America’s sanctions after the September 11th attacks; and Nicholas Mulder, author of “The Economic Weapon”, which examines the rise of sanctions as a tool of war.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.

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  • Money Talks: Rise of the robo-teacher

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    Across America, schools spend just 2% of their budget on technology, compared with an average of 8% for companies. Education has long been a digital laggard. Could AI finally change that?Hosts: Tom Lee-Devlin, Alice Fulwood and Mike Bird. Guests: Mario Barosevcic, partner at venture capital firm Emerge; and Kate Edwards, chief pedagogist at Pearson, a textbook publisher.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.
  • Money Talks picks: How worried should Amazon be about Shein and Temu?

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    An article from The Economist read aloud. Chinese e-commerce giants Shein and Temu are trying to make it big in America. That could be a problem for Amazon.
  • Money Talks: Silicon rally

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    After years of people fleeing in droves, keen to escape extortionate rent, rampant crime and poor schools, San Francisco is experiencing a revival. The boom in AI is luring brainy types back to the city. Can the city seize this second chance and solve any of its problems? Hosts: Alice Fulwood, Mike Bird, Tom Lee-Devlin. Guests: Aryn Braun and Callum Williams from The Economist; London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco; and Christina Melas-Kyriazi, Partner at Bain Capital Ventures in San Francisco.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.
  • Money Talks: How much trouble is China’s economy in?

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    In China, investors are feeling the pain everywhere you look. The housing market has seized up and more than $1trn in market value has been wiped from exchanges in China and Hong Kong since the start of the year. And no government rescue package seems to be on the way. So how worried should people be?Hosts: Mike Bird and Alice Fulwood. Guests: The Economist’s China business and finance editor, Don Weinland; Yuen Yuen Ang from Johns Hopkins University and Ben Fanger, founder of ShoreVest Partners.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.
  • Money Talks picks: Jürgen Klopp and the importance of energy

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    An article from The Economist read aloud. Our Bartleby columnist explores the secret superpower that every successful CEO must have.
  • Money Talks: Can crypto really save the web?

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    Are we on the cusp of a new internet era? Social media apps built on top of open public blockchains technology are becoming a reality–they offer a radical new model for content sharing, in which users own and control what they contribute. If they take off they could undercut the dominance of Meta, Google and other tech giants. In his new book, “Read Write Own”, Chris Dixon, one of the biggest names in Silicon Valley venture capital, argues this would be a force for good. This week, we speak to Mr Dixon and Stani Kulechov of Avara, who is busy building a blockchain based social platform. Hosts: Alice Fulwood, Mike Bird and Tom Lee-Devlin. Guests: Chris Dixon, partner at a16z and author of ‘Read Write Own’; and Stani Kulechov, founder of Avara.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.