Barbecue is so much more than just throwing meat on a grill. It is a time for family and friends to come together in celebration. From Turkey’s shish kebabs, which originated from hunted animals skewered on swords, to earth ovens in the South Pacific, which involve cooking food underground, we’ll take a look at how cultures barbecue around the world.
Anne McElvoy asks the former German ambassador to the US, Wolfgang Ischinger, if America can still be relied upon as a “protective uncle” and how it should deal with China.
And, who will succeed Chancellor Merkel in 2021? Anne talks to German cabinet minister Jens Spahn, one of a proposed ‘dream team’ of candidates in the upcoming party leadership contest.
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: after the pandemic, will inflation return? Religious discrimination in a New York village (09:35). And, the global repercussions of an English ruling on transgender teens (13:45)
A round-up of the weekend’s most interesting discussion topics with Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, Benno Zogg, Chandra Kurt and Marcus Schögel, plus a check-in with Kaius Niemi, senior editor in chief of Finland’s ‘Helsingin Sanomat’ newspaper.
Tyler Brûlé speaks to Rob Cox and Christoph Lenz, while the Monocle teams in Europe and Asia unpack a dramatic week in global newsrooms.
Tea is deeply rooted in many cultures. It tends to be more than just a beverage in countries around the world, but a moment of togetherness and connection. From the very first cup of tea, dating back to ancient China in 2732 BC, tea and tea culture have impacted the very way countries socialize. There are many rituals and traditions for tea as well as many different types. From Taiwan’s bubble tea to Argentina’s yerba mate, we look at TK ways teas are enjoyed around the world.
Beyond The West inspires a fresh understanding of global contemporary architecture beyond the Western Countries.
Architects throughout the world work against a backdrop of rapidly growing cities, changing societies and climate, and emerging economies. But while Western architecture has largely dominated the discourse, architecture firms from non-Western countries have been establishing local and global -recognition for themselves, often finding strikingly different solutions to local requirements, including sustainability, transportation and migration, construction materials, and traditions. Beyond The West journeys across Asia, Africa, and the Americas to under-stand how local architects respond to a changing world, and focuses its wide lens on inspiring and truly global architecture.
It’s been about a month since the Chinese Communist Party forced a national security law on Hong Kong. This new law made it illegal for anyone anywhere in the world to promote democratic reform in the region. Recent arrests of top media and political figures have made it clear that Hong Kong’s relatively free political system is over.
- Plus, the risk of space attacks against U.S. satellites is growing.
- And, some hopeful pandemic parenting advice from Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Guests: Axios’ Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, and Miriam Kramer and special thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the Asian American Journalists Association.
The Economist updates Covid-19 rates spiking around the world, McDonald’s fast food profits plunge and other top international business and economic news.