I understand that this podcast format is fundamentally a dialogue between the host and the guest. But really, the host needs to stop trying to talk over the guest so much. There are so many instances where the host just drones on and on over the guest while the latter is trying to get a word in edgewise. STOP. It is rude and aggravating to listen to.
Great reporting. The world stands with the protesters
Smart and to the point. Highly recommend, especially the daily episodes of The Intelligence.
I have been a U.S. subscriber to the magazine since 1975 when it was printed in and mailed from the U.K. The podcasts are great, as are the articles! Thank you!
You should have your reporters take higher doses of congestion medicine and start pronouncing your R's a little more. It's ok to presume of a public school education but drop the affectation please. Content is otherwise fantastic
I’d been a long subscriber of the Economist and valued their integrity and style of journalism. Off late I have noticed an increasing bias in their news pieces as opposed to neutral reporting (esp. in ones relating to developing nations) which reeks of an attitude of first world supremacy. Unless this is curtailed / fixed, they are quite likely to lose an old patron like me.
Unfortunately I cannot stand Mr Palmer’s voice. The bias in certain stories is painfully obvious as well. You can do better Economist.
Great source of news with an economic focus
Thanks for this free podcast. I often take an opposite view from The Economist's, but your content and analysis is far superior to anything else in these echo chambers of "fake news" these days. Smart!
June 20th editors pick just swayed me off the podcast. Saying that the United States should become like a Frankenstein of California and Texas with broad and not necessarily encompassing facts about those states- weird and judgmental. I thought the pet story wouldn’t be bad but somehow fell into the trope of emphasis that Asia eats dogs. I could not believe my ears.
On the “ President Donald Trump has lost crucial legal battles over his financial records, and more defeats ...”, your listeners left puzzled. News, editorial, or others? Fell short to expectation of The Economist.
Clear, concise and relevant discussions. I can hardly believe the podcast is freely available sometimes.
Jason’s voice made this podcast informative yet not as high-pitchy as other podcasts do.
Really enjoyed Anne McElvoy’s discussion with Preet Bharara
Consistent reminder as to why I cancelled my subscription.
I used to listen and believing that perhaps the Economist was slightly less biased source of news but then they slandered Ben Shapiro with outright lies, which woke me up to wonder what else are they lying and spinning about.
I’m unsubscribing from this after the Economist’s attack on Ben Shapiro by calling him “Alt-right”. Truly disgraceful. How these sloths with major gray-matter deficiencies retain even the most basic of jobs is beyond me
They claim Ben Shapiro is an alt right figurehead, this is a complete lie and one that is so easy to prove incorrect the writers of such articles should not retain their jobs! Stop being a propaganda tool for the left and report facts, for once!
The Economist's podcasts have become one of my primary sources of news and information. Well done on all accounts. I can't recommend it highly enough, particularly to listeners in the US who are confronted with "news" that is often biased or produced to provide entertainment & sensationalism rather than facts and thoughtful, balanced analysis. Thank you Economist.
Jason Palmer sounds like Jimmi Simpson. Neat!
Simply one of the best podcasts available. I personally haven't missed a single episode, but feel free to jump around. In writing this review I just now discovered I've been listening to the Economist podcast for over a decade! Wow! (Can we please have even a temporary revival of Perpetuum Mobile as the intro?) This high quality journalism in podcast form is worth far more than the price of a few ads, and I appreciate that they label the ad sections with tones. You can tolerate the occasional imperfection like Kenneth Cukier's past jarring send-offs "This... is.... the... eco.. no.. mist...." (ugh) while still deeply appreciating his intelligence and style; I'm glad he's there. I hope you can get as attached as I have to this wonderful podcast.
Hi there: I am a Chinese scientist working in US. I love this podcast, especially diversity of the views. But honestly, some podcasts concerning Chinese really makes me feel uncomfortable. I am not saying the viewpoint, the topic, it is background music , the holistic picture you unfold, kind of wield and make me feel some stereotype. Hopefully you could improve.
Love it. American voices report from the UK, while Brits report from the U.S. Not just news: science, technology, literature, even sports.
Neat, now I know something about new developments in immunization and molecular sources which are much briefer and so much more precise. And I appreciate being subscriber and often having keywords and a wide range of data. It improves transfer of information and brings a breath of hope in chronic illness. I watch pupils perk up when they hear important accomplishments by familiar and unknown scientists. Family Doctor Ada
Great balance of news and interesting current topics.....and the British accent is a bonus.
5-6 commercials for each new episode is too many. The content is interesting but it’s not worth it for the intrusive advertisements
Really great insights. Full of relevance to today’s big issues. Thanks!
The Economist covers a range of topics in these long(ish)-form reports. The editor asks deep diving questions and the guests are always original and both avoid cliches.
A very balanced and non-partisan View of the news. Much appreciated!
The Economist is one of the last sources of news that lets the reader or in this case the listener make up their own mind. The opinion pieces are balanced and the research pieces are full of data. Love it
Econ pod that's high quality. But, one of the hosts, Anne McElvoy, likes interrupting her interviewee several times when they try to answer questions. Often the dialogues between her and her interviewees sound like quarrel. I respect strong opinions, but a host should try to let the interviewees talk more instead of expressing his or her own opinions all the time.
I used to listen to this regularly. But I unsubscribed once they paid bannon to appear at their festival. No thanks, I won’t support a magazine that gives white supremacists and racist a voice.
Lately the podcast has stopped on it’s own 4 seconds before the end. This is discouraging when trying to listen to podcasts automatically after each other. Because of the stop one then has to manually skip forward to end the podcast.
Great interviews and fascinating perspectives. Babbage is fantastic tech reporting with an occasional injection of whimsy. I can take or leave Tasting Menu, but the other features on this "channel" are a welcome reorientation away from the debilitating American broadcast / cable news cycle with its 3.4 stories per hour on endless rotation.
The content is worthwhile, however I'd rather have a podcast every few days with original content, than the Economist constantly repeating and rechurning the same content into my feed. I feel like I listen to every interview twice a week. Economist needs to understand the difference between radio and podcasting.
This episode , Babagge : please data versus privacy is full of psycho speakers don’t know what the heck it were talking ab China, full of fabricate BS and lies ...
Long time listener to podcasts. Enjoy the variety and the content. The problem is that the mixing of the various inputs is such that the content is not understandable. For instance, you can hear the moderator ask a question but the response from the second person is so weak that the interview is worthless. More and more people are listening to podcasts on the go - in the train or in the gym. Can’t follow the Economist content. Other podcasts are fine in the same environment.
Best Podcast to listen to, providing rich analysis, prophectic on topics that will be important, and quite funny at times. Anne McElvoy et al. interview and quarrel to ensure the listener gets the best on the topic at hand. The Economist Radio has supplanted NPR and other morning news sources for the listed reasons. Enjoy!
Content good. Inability to have each show on the same sound level bad. Listen to Babbage and you have to turn it up. Next comes tasting menu and it blows out your ear drums on the same setting on your phone.
Some really good news stories unfortunately ruined by a constant typical lefty rant, still jilted over Trump winning the US Presidential election. We get it already, Trump isn’t perfect. Believe me, we got it. I would love to see if some of these host’s actually speak the same way in real life. The posh talk, the classical music in the background, we get that too, a gimmick to reassure the delusion of globalist lefty socialists that they are smarter than everyone else a narrative the lessons of history wouldn’t agree with. It is a little hard to listen to “economists”(Red Academic Pets) that have only read about it and haven’t even ran a lemonade stand. Check their Bio’s. At some point this podcast needs to balance up the narrative if it seeks more listenership. I don’t mind listening to other arguments, but my generation is not the philosophical monoculture you may think we are. We want competing ideas. We business leaders and diverse opinions on air.
How I keep up with all this madness
Been listening to this podcast for years, but nearly had enough at this point. The Babbage segment is good, but most of the rest is ridiculously biased. A paper that seems to consider itself to be such a beacon of intelligence tends to simply follow the most politically convenient positions and, given it's its support of irresponsible economic positions, makes you wonder why it is even named "The Economist" anymore. Do they even have an economist on staff?! If so, only Keynsian economist. Their injections into U.S. politics couldn't be any less informed. They simply regurgitate the standard liberal positions you hear in 99% of the media. Other than Babbage, every podcst leaves me asking "why did I just waste my time listening to this drivel?"
I really don't understand why it is journalistic practice to never endorse faith. But yet allow atheist evangelicals a platform to spread messages that are so disrespectful?
The only podcast I consistently listen to. The hosts are very engaging and the content is excellent.
Per request in podcast today - always enjoyable and informative podcast. I subscribe through an iOS app called Downcast. Leaving my review here as I could not find a comment or feedback section on the Economist Radio website.
With so many inane, chattering podcasts clogging up the world, I expected something more serious and to the point with The Economist. I listen every week. Do t always love every piece but this is high quality journalism.
The Economist podcasts are well put together and help me figure out what I will be interested in reading within the current issue. The analysis and content are first-rate. Interviewers and guests strike the right balance between seriousness and fun.
Best podcast on the Internet.
I love it, highly recommended
Although not the "newspaper", the podcast is a great complementary publication.
Ive long been a subscriber to The Economist because of their outstanding journalism with a global perspective hard to find in the US. This podcast makes it conveniently accessible any time.
I highly recommend the economist simply because they provide factual information without a lot of drama and hyperbole. If you're looking for a current events on world topics this is a great podcast.
As a non-native speaker of English, I had been an avid reader of the Economist in the past 10 years or so, both for the good writing and the fine reporting. It's unfortunate to see that in recent 2-3 years, the quality of its content has deteriorated greatly -- and its podcast reflects the change. The writing is still good for anyone who wants to learn English, but the reporting is pretty much a mixture of opinions disguised as journalism, and outright propaganda. Sad! For similar podcasts, I'd recommend those produced by Financial Times or Bloomberg.
Informed by an unusual level of research and disseminated by an excellent team, the Economist podcasts distinguish themselves among newscasts.
Just what I need to help me stay informed.
A great podcast with insightful information!!
They need to pay attention to how the HTML renders on the podcast description. This is kind of frustrating.
Love getting snippets of the world from these brits! Great podcast!
I love listening to the economist podcast while I commute to work everyday. It offers a broad overview of world events from an analytical perspective.
Podcast has improved over the years. Babbage is undoubtedly the best segment. Worth a listen.
- Volume levels not calibrated - Length of episodes often wrong pre-download
I love the Economist magazine and now even more the podcast. The quality of the magazine has been brought to the audio podcast world too.
I've always been curious about how money works in the real world. Slowly, but surely, I've been educated. Thank you
The host is terrible and distracting. He seems uninformed in some instances, keeps interrupting the flow of the discussion by announcing how many seconds until the next break, then spends a ridiculous amount of time reintroducing the guests after each break. The guests on the episode about the SCOTUS pick agreed on every point. The only really interesting part is the callers.
The Economist is good for American readers since this British publication isn't biased along American divides. They come up with really interesting topics and get good sources. I like most, if not all, of the series. I kind of wish the cover image was more stylish like the individual Economist podcasts.
Everything about the economist is well thought out and well researched. It is a real gift to the public.
I enjoy these quick and insightful podcasts immensely! To be able to spend 10 +/- minutes and learn a little something about the world around you is priceless. I highly recommend fitting this podcast into your daily routine.
Great show, reinforces the best of the weekly traditional edition
Double dose covering the RNC and DNC conventions. Twenty minutes of reporting that will save you four days.
Highly Recommend! Thank you! Cieloscent-
Dry and bland. Unbefitting this medium.
The content is well researched, well written, and insightful. The SCREECH of introductory “music” wears thin, especially when listening to a series of podcasts in succession.
Listening to The Economist's podcasts for several years was informative and stimulating. I know subscribe to the weekly Audio Edition—word for word from the magazine every week.
I do like the content, but hate the way these are put together. Distorted audio, awful reading by a young girl with no voice training of “in other words” articles. The podcasts are short sometimes but yet the sign-off “you just heard another …” are longer than the podcast pieces themselves and are of a different audio level (much louder!) and become super annoying! Please, Economist stop this nonsense! Get better readers and remove the annoying bits! You can do better and you should do better!
Love how the episodes are short and too the point. Always well reasoned and informative. Look forward to each one.
Don't let the name scare you. It's really lovely and concise. Most of the releases are under ten minutes with a couple twenty minute digests thrown in. Since they're so short, they deal with one issue which is usually in the title such as "why are Japan's opposition parties so useless". I didn't know anything about Japan's political structure and without some dry primmer on it, I feel I at least have some idea of what's going on now. I humbly suggest you check it out!
Can't get enough - thoroughly enjoy
My kids will not listen to this no matter how loud I play it. It goes to show that you can't have a show based solely on economics
It is so annoying listening to such stupid ad. Do you suggest only such stupid people would read The Economist, or listening to your podcast? Your content does not stand out among other similar podcasts about economy, and you have such a stupidly annoying ad. It is a strong invitation to unsubscribe.
Awesome content, but the speakers whisper, mumble, and swallow their speech so much it's pointless to listen on a mobile device if there's any ambient noise.
Great mix of international news. Sadly it seems to have stopped updating - what's up?
Inteligent, refreshingly up to date and cover a wide range of topics from everywhere in the world. Absolutely among the best Business News podcast.
Great companion to the magazine.
Format and variety and expertise are fantastic. Love that it brings the English wit and voice of the paper edition.
This podcast hits on all the important articles from each week's issue of the magazine. It's not essential if you read the magazine each week, but it is fun to hear the editors and writers in their own voices.
the content is good, but the audio engineer needs to boost the sound and stop the interviewers from mumbling
This is all that I want
Concise podcasts with an overview of the week's issues and occasional special reports on a single issues. Very informative and a great length.
Episodes download perfectly fine. No issues whatsoever.
Great helpful analysis.
The episodes no longer have descriptions. I e-mailed their support and got the following reply: "The Podcasts are no longer supported so you will not receive the information you did previously." If that is the case, I am not sure why they are spending an effort on recording them at all. Do they expect everybody to use their app to listen? That's a real shame that some of the most well produced and insightful podcasts are being abandoned.
I used to adore this podcast series. Now it's broken and has been for months.
Not loading on iPhone. I am downloading on computer and transferring to iPhone successfully.
the planet money from is way more interesting. This one is just so bland.
Can't download, to bad I love the baggage series.
Why are downloads not working? Simply horrible.
Update: downloads working again. Excellent series & great supplement to the print edition. Original: Many Podcasts have stopped downloading, & stopped loading. Used to be an interesting site, but lately multiple problems &out of date podcasts. Too bad.
What is going on with the podcast download? I haven't been able to download anything for well over a week now, never had this problem before.
But it hasn't been downloading properly for weeks now, hope they figure it out soon and I hope they're not putting up a paywall!! The advertising has got to be enough.
Seems like a bug
…but hate that they're not downloading anymore. Don't they have bright 15-year-olds to fix these things?
Seem to be technical problems. Very frustrating. Otherwise a great podcast.
I agree not downloading. Every episode since "Doing Biz in J'Burg" is not downloading, except for Babbage today. Also not downloading to the desktop. Not having this problem with any other podcasts.
My rating is for the content since the podcasts are an amazing collection is discussions and discourse. Problem is that I am not able to download the podcasts from my iPod Touch. It gives an error and won't download. Started happening about 2 weeks ago. I have to now download them to my computer And then syncing them here.
Like it but not enough to love it.
Not enough content. It was better before!
Must have news
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Solid, stable app with consistently good content. A great choice!
It is great to be able to listen to the editors who choose (and perhaps write) the articles I enjoy. I will be listening to all of these, as long as you produce them, Thanks.
Most of them are really good and give great objective insight on economic issues.
About the only truly Global source. Often imitated, never surpassed. The Economist. Essential.
Usually The Economist provides well written, well researched, and objective reporting. Their recent story on capital punishment -- the death penalty -- was a marked departure from that approach. Seems that they took the copy straight from Amnesty International's script. Not that Amnesty International itself is wrong in what they advocate, but a reporter's job is to avoid allowing personal or political points of view interfer with the reporting. Sadly, this did not occur. I am dropping my subscription and I urge you not to subscribe.
This straightforward podcast is ideal for hard thinkers and those who wish to hone their critical thinking skills. If only the American news audience knew that good audio journalism is available in this form... if only...
I agree with some other reviewers that this podcast may be hit or miss, production-wise, but the interviews are just top-notch. I especially enjoy the Week Ahead episodes. I highly recommend this podcast!
Fantastic news from around the globe. It's the only subscription I have.
Poor execution in lumping multiple podcasts together in a day. As an avid listener who goes through 10-30 podcasts in a day, I can only afford the harddrive space to keep the most recent episode. This means I miss many of the episodes as they are uploaded sometimes 3 at a time or maybe more. If this podcast were to stagger it's releases to one a day, I'd give it 5 stars.
The real story that is not dumbed down, cutesied up, or made to fit into little vapid sound bytes. Nothing here is lobotomized by Rupert Murdoch et al - WSJ and NYT. If you like this podcast you should know that you can get each entire audio of The Economist magazine as put out weekly via the magazine's website. Since the International Herald Tribune stopped their ReadSpeaker podcasts, The Economist stands alone atop the field of audio news broadcasts. PRI and WaPo's P3 Politics Podcast are a distant second.
What else to say! It deals with global issues with a local perspective
An educational and entertaining survey across a range of topics. Deeper than broadcast news and a glimpse into the great articles in The Economist. I look forward to both the Week Ahead overviews and the deeper dives.
Finally a news source that uses true journalism and objectivity. Very impressive
Excerps and interviews from the magazine, great addition for when not able to read whole weeks edition or catching highlights. Best information journal period.
Great podcast which I love listening to on my morning commute to work. Great coverage!
I already love the Economist magazine, and this podcast is a great complement to it. The discussions are mature and often helpfully and satisfyingly technical, and the hosts and guests are extraordinarily well-informed. This is the perfect antidote to the screaming theatrics found elsewhere.
Having subscribed to several Bloomberg podcasts, I looked forward eagerly to the Economist's take on things. Unfortunately, the weird intonation of many of the speakers, who go from mumbling quietly, causing you to turn up the volume, only to be blasted by when they suddenly remember to speak into the microphone, makes this podcast almost useless. If it was video, i suppose they could run subtitles. Or you could just read the newspaper. In any case, what they have to say rarely strays from conventional wisdom, delivered with the unflinching certitude of someone who has gone to all the right schools. Reminds me of an old Kinks song...
Basic news with European viewpoint.
You have to be a regular listener to feel the joy ! each person should listen to this stuff.
Thanks for all adding the new longer format. I love listening to the full articles. There are plenty of podcasts covering the headlines these days, but this one is unique in that some select articles are read in full. It's great thing to listen to on my walk to work. Keep it up!
I'm hesitant to even give the Economist two stars. The content of their podcasts is excellent. But the sound quality, the audio, is abominable. It's like they don't even try. Can't they hire an audio technician? No other podcast I've listened to has as many audio problems. The typical problem is volume levels, especially in interviews. Most of the interview podcasts are recorded telephone calls, in which the Economist reporters sound okay, but the other party is way, way, way too hard to make out or hear. Sometimes I give up trying to listen because I have the volume up all the way on my iPod and still can't hear the interviewee. Other times I frustratedly have to jack up the volume after the reporter asks a question, then quickly turn it back down again before the interview subject finishes. No other podcasts on iTunes have these problems. Radio stations get sound right. Television stations get sound right. What's wrong with the Economist? They should suspend further podcasts until they've gotten their act together. Their credibility is damaged.
The Economist started to make full audio versions of their entire magazine available. Since I love the short intros and love the magazine.... Good news, you can get the cheaper web-subscription and have access to the full audio articles. Bad news, getting it on your ipod is not simple like a podcast. It involves download, unzipping, and transferring... Still, probably worth it..
the biggest reason i keep listening is because it keeps getting better. they just started reading the entire text of the magazine which is a plus. but the depth of discussion they've provided during the (US) bailout has been disappointing (compared to other podcasts like CFR) and editorial is pretty homogenized. but i still listen.
The new format is great, providing one article from each important section in the paper. Its an easy way to get tech, science, and epecially business perspective without having to pay for the Economist itself.
Very informative and interesting. Only complaint: the volume is too low.
if you have subscribed for the [paid] print edition, this free podcast doesn't tell anything new. Otherwise, by all means get this podcast, it expresses the views accross the big pond For the print edition subscribers, each issue is automatically available for download with all articles in mp3 format - word by word. I have had a number of other business/finance subscriptions before, but The Economist is my favorite, especially because of the m3 version. Listening time for all articles is between 6 and 10 hours. Bottom line, this free podcast is good (20min), but the entire issue (10 hours) in mp3 is much better to have, unfortunately not available on iTunes
Where did this podcast go? A great product is only great if it's available.
the economist is probably the best source of info available on this site. check out the mags main site and the full audio download of the mag (hours and hours of info with minimal opinion). everyone has a slant, but these guys do well to make sure that theirs dosnt get in the way of reporting what is actually going on. i am a news junkie and on the road a lot. i was hating life, jonesing when my only two options were npr or conservative talk radio. i found the economist download, and although it is not free, nor cheap, but it is weekly and believe me, if you want to know what is really going on in the world, it is well worth it. i just wish there was a wey to "select" a block of tracks in itunes and delete them all. its easy to load them into my ipod, but in order to purge once i have finished with it, i have to select, click, and confirm each of the 80 or 90 something articles. by the way this review had nothing to do with the podcast itself.
I've always loved the quality and depth of the analyses in each issue of the economist. Unfortunately, the content is 'heavy' enough that I rarely find time to read all of each issue. If all of the content were made available via podcast, I would no longer have this problem. Hopefully the creators of The Economist podcast are reading this...I'd like for them to know that I would GLADLY PAY for a FULL VERSION of the economist newspaper in podcast form. Also, it would be nice if you could normalize the audio levels a bit...I find myself straining to hear some parts of interviews and then quickly turning the sound down when the second speaker comes on.
Good information and usually interesting interviews. It bothers me that the commentator doesn't say Obama's name correctly. It's not just his accent - he's deliberately mispronouncing it and I find that disrespectful.
I listened to about 4 episodes a few weeks ago, and then for 2 weeks there was nothing new.... now (may 20) there are new episodes, but the feed doesn't update, and I can't even download them directly.
Better than anything else out there, and it's brief.
If you're a print subscriber, the entire content of each week's magazine is available on the Economist web site. Great coverage, with a European perspective.
this podcast is biased against the US. it would seem that they take great joy in reporting us economic downtrends.