We hear the latest on the crisis in Ukraine and discuss the significance of the emir of Qatar’s visit to Washington. Plus: what’s making headlines in business and the UK celebrates Independent Venue Week.
Our weekend programme comes live from Monocle’s radio studio in Zürich, where Tyler Brûlé and a panel of special-guest thought leaders discuss key topics in front of a studio audience.
Georgina Godwin sets the tone for the weekend. We gauge the mood on the ground in Kyiv as tensions with Russia increase, review the day’s papers and Monocle’s Andrew Tuck shares his thoughts for this weekend.
- COVER STORY Materials of the last century shaped modern life, but at a price From our homes and cities to our electronics and clothing, the stuff of daily life is dramatically different from decades ago. By Carolyn Wilke
- NEWS The coronavirus may cause fat cells to miscommunicate, leading to diabetes By Tina Hesman Saey
- NEWS Neandertals were the first hominids to turn forest into grassland 125,000 years ago By Bruce Bower
On this week’s show: A pill derived from human feces treats recurrent gut infections, and how a squirrel’s microbiome supplies nitrogen during hibernation.
First up this week, Staff Writer Kelly Servick joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss putting the bacterial benefits of human feces in a pill. The hope is to avoid using fecal transplants to treat recurrent gut infections caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile.
Also this week, Hannah Carey, a professor in the department of comparative biosciences within the school of veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, talks with Sarah about how ground squirrels are helped by their gut microbes during hibernation.