President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga on Latvia and Putin

In Russia's Shadow

An Interview with Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

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Latvia's world-renowned former president talks about political life in Russia's shadow.

  James Grant on Walter Bagehot and <em>The Economist</em>

The Economist

An Interview with James Grant

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A leading financial journalist of today talks about his excellent new biography of Walter Bagehot, the greatest financial journalist of his age.

Soul Singer

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Contemporary fado star Cristina Branco explains what fado is and why this mysterious folk music from Portugal is so powerful.

To Be A Kurd

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A student ambassador for Justice for Kurds explains what it means to him to be a Kurd and why the Kurds need the West's help.

  Mario Vargas Lllosa on culture and democracy

The Storyteller

An Interview with Mario Vargas Llosa

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The Nobel Prize-winning novelist spoke with us about how the erosion of culture means the erosion of political liberty.

  Deborah Lipstadt on how anti-Semites go mainstream

Scapegoats

An Interview with Deborah Lipstadt

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A leading historian explains how the oldest hatred has captured more and more minds in our polarized era.

Going Viral

How phages can save the world from superbugs

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Phages are the latest weapon (and may be our last hope) in our fight against superbugs, argues a prominent epidemiologist in her new book The Perfect Predator.

Game of Phones

By Emily de La Bruyere and Nathan Picarsic

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The race to control 5G standards and hardware is a key part of Chinese geostrategy. Why doesn't America have anything similar in its toolkit?

Best Shot

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Robert Capa took a series of pictures of the Omaha landings. We spoke to Amanda Vaill about the mysteries around the photos and their creator.

Tragic Sense

How ancient tragedies can save modern politics

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Charles Edel and Hal Brands' new book explains how Sophocles and Thucydides hold valuable lessons for contemporary politicians.