The Week Unwrapped

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days

The Week Unwrapped: Ethiopia, passwords and a plague of mice
A pair of rats
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The Week Unwrapped: Ethiopia, passwords and a plague of mice

Is the Ethiopian PM a hero or villain? Should the police have power over our passwords? And why are mice multiplying like rabbits in Australia?
18 Jun 2021
The Week Unwrapped: Pride flags, Denmark and animal magic
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The Week Unwrapped: Pride flags, Denmark and animal magic

Why won’t the Pentagon fly the flag for gay pride? What led Denmark to deport Syrian refugees? And how do birds see through magicians’ tricks?
11 Jun 2021
Fuel protest, Danish spying and living to 150
An oil rig
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Fuel protest, Danish spying and living to 150

How are oil shareholders changing the climate debate? Is Copenhagen a US stooge? And could we really double human lifespans?
4 Jun 2021
Fashion for rent, a chip shortage and euthanasia
A selection of microchips
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Fashion for rent, a chip shortage and euthanasia

Will we start borrowing clothes instead of buying them? Why has the world’s supply of microchips dried up? And has the tide turned on assisted dying?
28 May 2021
Toxins, abortions and rectal breathing
A baby breastfeeding
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Toxins, abortions and rectal breathing

What should we know about ‘forever chemicals’? Are abortion rights at risk in Northern Ireland? And can we breathe through our bottoms?
21 May 2021
France in revolt, junior networks and digital emotions
Emmanuel Macron
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France in revolt, junior networks and digital emotions

Why are French soldiers up in arms? Is Instagram the right place for children? And can computers recognise emotions?
14 May 2021
Psychedelics, peacekeeping and office productivity
The effect of LSD on the brain
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Psychedelics, peacekeeping and office productivity

Could hallucinogenics replace antidepressants? How can peacekeepers be more effective? And what can Google tell us about the post-pandemic workplace?
7 May 2021

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Catfishing, malaria and timelessness
Deep Time project
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Catfishing, malaria and timelessness

Why are dating scams on the rise? Have scientists made a breakthrough in the battle against malaria? And can humans live without a sense of time?
30 Apr 2021
Greens, investments and space privateers
Investment chart
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Greens, investments and space privateers

Are the world’s environmentalists about to take power? Is financial advice getting cheaper? And why are private citizens leading the space race?
23 Apr 2021
Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names
A protester is confronted by police
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Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names

Are human rights going backwards? Is Russia squaring up to Ukraine again? And why are we censoring maps?
16 Apr 2021
Rare earths, Jordan and dishonour
Greenland
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Rare earths, Jordan and dishonour

What has Greenland’s general election got to do with China? Why has Jordan’s royal family split? And who has been stripped of their honours in secret?
9 Apr 2021
Votes, Cuban vaccines and empty churches
An American church
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Votes, Cuban vaccines and empty churches

Are the Democrats falling into a hypocrisy trap? How did Cuba develop such a strong biotech industry? And will anything reverse religious decline?
2 Apr 2021
Scams, shares and male skirts
Traders buying shares
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Scams, shares and male skirts

Why has Covid caused a surge in scams? What’s got into the world’s stock markets? And will men really start wearing skirts?
26 Mar 2021
Ireland, Wombo and laser vision
Stormont protests
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Ireland, Wombo and laser vision

Is the Good Friday Agreement unravelling? How much of a threat are AI deepfakes? And can we really now see round corners?
19 Mar 2021
Business Unwrapped - Navigating China
China’s space programme
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Business Unwrapped - Navigating China

The cultural, legal and ethical questions for British companies working in China
16 Mar 2021
Nuclear testing, flat-hunting and the other megxit
A nuclear test
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Nuclear testing, flat-hunting and the other megxit

Why are we only now learning about France’s atomic legacy? Is social networking changing the rental market. And why are migrants leaving the UK?
12 Mar 2021
Business Unwrapped - China’s legal system
Chinese soldiers on guard duty
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Business Unwrapped - China’s legal system

The cultural, legal and ethical questions for British companies working in China
9 Mar 2021
Missiles, ransoms and awe
A missile takes off
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Missiles, ransoms and awe

Does the US still need ballistic missiles? Why is Boko Haram releasing schoolgirl hostages? And do we need to experience more awe?
5 Mar 2021
Business Unwrapped - China’s culture and customs
China and the UK shaking hands
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Business Unwrapped - China’s culture and customs

The cultural, legal and ethical questions for British companies working in China
2 Mar 2021
Carbon apps, super shoes and VR art
van Gogh's Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat
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Carbon apps, super shoes and VR art

Can phones measure our carbon footprint? Is tech more important than sporting talent? And could we turn our homes into virtual art galleries?
26 Feb 2021
New news, equality in space and small talk
A rocket blasting off
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New news, equality in space and small talk

Will new TV news channels threaten impartiality? Is space the final frontier for disability? And do we really need lessons in chit-chat?
19 Feb 2021
Martial monks, high living and Turks in space
A skyscraper in London
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Martial monks, high living and Turks in space

What links monks and Myanmar’s military? Are we past peak skyscraper? And why is Turkey joining the space race?
12 Feb 2021
Culture Unwrapped - art in the age of Covid
Pandemic art gallery
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Culture Unwrapped - art in the age of Covid

Covid has made the art market more local, inclusive, and socially responsible. But how many of these changes will remain after the pandemic eases?
8 Feb 2021
Snake robots, farm protests and pet food
A dog
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Snake robots, farm protests and pet food

What can we learn from the skin of sidewinders? Why are farmers descending on Delhi? And would your cat eat lab-grown mouse protein?
5 Feb 2021
Culture Unwrapped - owning digital culture
Virtual dress
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Culture Unwrapped - owning digital culture

The online age has given rise to new kinds of assets – digital possessions, but do they have any real-world value and what will happen to them when we…
26 Jan 2021
Australia, Egypt and the British Virgin Islands
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
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Australia, Egypt and the British Virgin Islands

Are the BVIs as corrupt as their former governor claims? Is Egypt any closer to democracy? And will the sun set on Australia Day?
22 Jan 2021
Forced labour, virtual bailiffs and Cumbrian coal
Coal-miner
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Forced labour, virtual bailiffs and Cumbrian coal

Are British companies doing enough about modern slavery? How can we regulate digital repossessions? And why are we still opening new coal mines?
22 Jan 2021
Parks, mindful robots and selfish vaccines
Paris at dusk
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Parks, mindful robots and selfish vaccines

Will offices give way to green spaces? Are robots on the verge of mastering empathy? And what’s gone wrong with the EU’s vaccine plan?
15 Jan 2021
Culture Unwrapped - art and entertainment after the pandemic
Minack Theatre
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Culture Unwrapped - art and entertainment after the pandemic

The Week Unwrapped takes a whirlwind tour through the best art, music, fashion and culture that is yet to come
12 Jan 2021
#PakistanToo, Jack Ma and printing money
The MeToo movement
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#PakistanToo, Jack Ma and printing money

How is the Me Too movement evolving as it spreads? Why is China going after its best-known businessman? And what are the consequences of quantitative …
8 Jan 2021
The Year Unwrapped: Safety, Kenya and Marx reborn
Karl Marx
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The Year Unwrapped: Safety, Kenya and Marx reborn

Would we rather be safe than free? Is Kenya finally realising its potential? And is Generation Z really dabbling with Marxism?
31 Dec 2020
Culture Unwrapped - how live performance will stage a comeback in 2021
A stage performance in London's West End
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Culture Unwrapped - how live performance will stage a comeback in 2021

New technology and creative thinking will help theatre, music and dance return next year
22 Dec 2020
Sporting peril, boycotting France and farming tomorrow
Rugby player Chris Ashton
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Sporting peril, boycotting France and farming tomorrow

Will rugby survive a concussion crisis? Why are French goods being recalled across the Arab world? And what’s happening down on the farm?
18 Dec 2020
Cut-price music, Brexit fur and a presidential trio
Rocks thrown at police during a peasants protest demanding a higher salary in Ica, Peru.
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Cut-price music, Brexit fur and a presidential trio

Why don’t artists make money from streaming? Will Britain ban fur post-Brexit? And how did Peru have three presidents in a week?
11 Dec 2020