Category Archives: Politics

News Analysis: Hurricane Ian, Right-Wing Politics

New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the state and federal response to Hurricane Ian and recent election victories by right-wing political parties across Europe.

Headlines: Hurricane Ian Destruction, Russia’s Sham Annexation, Brazil Threat

More than 700 people needed to be rescued after Hurricane Ian tore across Florida. We hear from some of them. Russia moves to annex four occupied areas of Ukraine. And threats of violence hang over Brazil’s upcoming presidential election.

Political Analysis: Brazil – A Fractured Nation (FT)

Latin America’s largest nation is facing its most important election in decades as Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva square off amid deep political and cultural polarisation. FT Brazil bureau chief Bryan Harris travels the nation to look at the enormous economic and social challenges facing the next president. He meets wealthy farmers, truckers, evangelicals and those facing food insecurity. Read more at https://on.ft.com/3Cjrg5T

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous.

Stories: Hurricane Ian Flooding, Gas Pipeline Sabotage, UK Turmoil

Hurricane Ian roared ashore in Southwest Florida bringing historic flooding and winds more than 140mph. Some European leaders are blaming Russia for explosions that damaged two gas pipelines in the Baltic sea. And the Bank of England steps in to prevent economic turmoil in the UK.

Previews: The Economist Magazine – October 1, 2022

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How not to run a country

Liz Truss’s new government may already be dead in the water

Hurricane Ian pummels Florida

The Sunshine State has seen 40% of America’s hurricanes and a huge population boom

Stories: Hurricane Ian Hits Florida, Leaks In Russian Gas Pipeline, Healthy Food

Hurricane Ian is making its presence known on Florida’s Gulf Coast after knocking out power all over Cuba. Two and a half million people are under evacuation orders across the state.

There are a lot of questions about leaks at two offshore pipelines that transport Russian gas to Europe. Several nations have called the leaks suspicious and point the finger at Moscow. And what’s the Biden administration’s plan to get Americans better access to healthy food?

Ukraine War Analysis: Time Magazine – Oct 10, 2022

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Inside the Ukrainian Counterstrike That Turned the Tide of the War

What to Know About the Protests Over Mahsa Amini’s Death

Is the Crypto Community in Puerto Rico Helping or Hurting After Hurricane Fiona?

Republicans Reveal Immigration Agenda Ahead of Midterms

Opinion: A New Look Gulf, Putin’s Desperate Draft & The Google-Meta Duopoly

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, a new-look Gulf, Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilization (10:45), and the Google-Meta advertising duopoly (15:00). 

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – October 3, 2022

Aaron Judge towers over the catcher and hits a baseball at a stadium.
By Françoise Mouly, Art by Mark Ulriksen


The New Yorker Magazine – October 3, 2022

The Shock and Aftershocks of “The Waste Land”

T. S. Eliot’s masterpiece is a hundred years old, but it has never stopped sounding new. By Anthony Lane

Did a Nobel Peace Laureate Stoke a Civil War?

After Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, ended a decades-long border conflict, he was heralded as a unifier. Now critics accuse him of tearing the country apart.

Stories: Far-Right Meloni Wins In Italy, Russian Men Flee Conscription, NASA

A far-right nationalist is on track to become Italy’s first female prime minister. What led Italians to back a candidate who is accused of spreading white supremacist ideas?

Also, thousands of Russian men are fleeing the country to avoid military service under President Putin’s mobilization order. Plus, why NASA scientists are getting ready to slam one of their spacecrafts into an asteroid.