Opinion: Inflation Stays High, Obi Remakes Nigeria, Male Contraception Pills

February 20, 2023: A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, why inflation will be hard to bring down, Peter Obi’s plans to transform Nigeria (9:55) and a promising step towards a male contraceptive pill (15:20).

Movie Industry Profiles: Peris Costumes In Madrid

Monocle Films (February 20, 2023) – Peris Costumes is the world’s largest company dedicated to selling and renting costumes for film, stocking more than 10 million garments. Monocle took a peek behind the scenes of its Madrid-based HQ to meet its artisans and see how the industry is booming, thanks to the rise of streaming platforms.


Cotswolds Tour: Cowley Manor Country House

The Cotswold Explorer (February 19, 2023) – Cowley Manor is a 30 bedroom contemporary country house hotel and spa located in the glorious Cotswold countryside surrounded by 55 acres of parkland, woods and meadows. The gardens feature natural springs, lakes and Victorian cascades.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – Feb 27, 2023

“Curiosities” by Edward Steed.

The New Yorker – February 27, 2023 issue:

It’s Time to Rethink the Idea of the “Indigenous”

A set of five heads connected by string. Each face is showing a different part of a map.

Many groups who identify as Indigenous don’t claim to be first peoples; many who did come first don’t claim to be Indigenous. Can the concept escape its colonial past?

Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s Minister of Chaos

As unrest roils the country, a controversial figure from the far right helps Benjamin Netanyahu hold on to power.

The Dystopian Underworld of South Africa’s Illegal Gold Mines

When the country’s mining industry collapsed, a criminal economy grew in its place, with thousands of men climbing into some of the deepest shafts in the world, searching for leftover gold.

News: Russia-Ukraine War Analysis, Growing Role Of Poland In Europe, BAFTA

February 20, 2023: We bring you the latest from Kyiv as we begin our special coverage of the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine.

Plus: Poland’s growing role in Europe ahead of President Biden’s visit, aviation news and all the winners, losers and surprises at the Bafta Film Awards.

Front Page: The New York Times – February 20, 2023


U.S. Warnings to China on Arms Aid for Russia’s War Portend Global Rift

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken says Washington has indications that Beijing is strongly considering giving military aid to Moscow for the war in Ukraine.

One Year Into War, Putin Is Crafting the Russia He Craves

In Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion has met setback after setback. But its effect at home has been very different.

Biden Drawing Up a 2024 Playbook That Looks a Lot Like 2020’s

President Biden’s strategy is to frame the race as a contest between a seasoned leader and a conspiracy-minded opposition, while batting away concerns about his age.

A Fraught New Frontier in Telehealth: Ketamine

With loosened rules around remote prescriptions, a psychedelic-like drug has become a popular treatment for mental health conditions. But a boom in at-home use has outpaced evidence of safety.