The Week Unwrapped

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

Parks, mindful robots and selfish vaccines
Paris at dusk
Podcast

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
Podcast

#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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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.
In Brief

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

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Culture Unwrapped - 2020: vintage year for books or literary dud?
Best books
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Culture Unwrapped - 2020: vintage year for books or literary dud?

A look through the literary highs and lows of 2020 and our predictions for the year ahead
8 Dec 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Kushner, puberty and a telescopic loss
Senior Trump advisor Jared Kushner
In Review

The Week Unwrapped: Kushner, puberty and a telescopic loss

What is Jared Kushner up to? How will a new court ruling affect young trans people? And why was a great telescope left to rot?
4 Dec 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Epilepsy, hydrogen and a retail boom
Sterling notes and credit cards
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Epilepsy, hydrogen and a retail boom

Why are retail sales growing? Should social media companies clamp down on flashing images? And why are German railways turning to hydrogen?
27 Nov 2020
Culture Unwrapped: the future of food
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Culture Unwrapped: the future of food

Is posh takeaway the future of fine dining?
24 Nov 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Pacific trade, tracing and a gay paradox
South Pacific Islands
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The Week Unwrapped: Pacific trade, tracing and a gay paradox

Can a trade deal unite the Pacific rim? Is Covid making us too willing to hand over data? And why are gay rights under attack?
20 Nov 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Viral faith and mythical prejudice
Ultra orthodox Jews pray at the tomb of Reb Nachman of Breslov, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Viral faith and mythical prejudice

Is religion helping to spread the pandemic? Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting? And are legends and fairytales inevitably non-PC?
13 Nov 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Afghanistan, the Mafia and mindfulness
Islamic State
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The Week Unwrapped: Afghanistan, the Mafia and mindfulness

What can we learn from an attack in Kabul? Why is the Mafia leading anti-lockdown protests? And how can meditation help the army?
6 Nov 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Google wars, passports and Wuhan tours
Google
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The Week Unwrapped: Google wars, passports and Wuhan tours

Should courts break up Google’s monopoly? Why do some countries sell citizenship? And would you visit Covid ground zero on holiday?
23 Oct 2020
The Week Unwrapped: German gender, Insta-unions and the Moon
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The Week Unwrapped: German gender, Insta-unions and the Moon

Can German pronouns redress inequality? Should social media celebrities unionise? And are we seeing the start of a new space race?
16 Oct 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Banksy, intervention and refugee art
Show me the Monet by Banksy will go for auction at Sotheby’s
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Banksy, intervention and refugee art

Is Banksy a hypocrite? Could ‘active bystanders’ stop police violence? And are Syrians well served by a theatrical protest?
9 Oct 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Green China, Amnesty and online politics
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In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Green China, Amnesty and online politics

Will China save us from climate change? Are modern leaders immune to shame? And what can we learn from online party conferences?
2 Oct 2020
Pregnancy pains, electric bubble and killer spies
Pregnant woman Covid
In Brief

Pregnancy pains, electric bubble and killer spies

Should doctors monitor mothers’s alcohol intake? Are electric cars an investment bubble? And should spies have a ‘licence to kill’?
25 Sep 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Sporting genes, Colombia and orcas
South African athlete Caster Semenya
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Sporting genes, Colombia and orcas

What does Caster Semenya’s latest defeat say about gender? Is Colombia slipping into conflict? And are killer whales turning against us?
18 Sep 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Border spats, office gurus and inflation
China India
In Brief

The Week Unwrapped: Border spats, office gurus and inflation

Are China and India on the war path? Does your office need spiritual guidance? And what is the Fed up to on inflation?
11 Sep 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Singing dogs, plastic and Covid tech
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In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Singing dogs, plastic and Covid tech

Where have New Guinea’s dogs been hiding? Is Africa being targeted by Big Plastic? And what will coronavirus do to gadgets?
4 Sep 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Polio, virtual armies and office nomads
Polio vaccine
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The Week Unwrapped: Polio, virtual armies and office nomads

What can we learn from a victory against polio? Why is the MoD building a virtual copy of Britain? And would you work from Bermuda?
28 Aug 2020
Business Unwrapped: fresh start
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Business Unwrapped: fresh start

How the coronavirus crisis and our response to it could change business for the better
25 Aug 2020
Author names, Thai protests and galaxies far, far away
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In Depth

Author names, Thai protests and galaxies far, far away

Should George Elliot now be called Mary Ann Evans? Is the Thai monarchy in trouble? What can our twin galaxy tell us?
21 Aug 2020
Business Unwrapped: clean growth
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Business Unwrapped: clean growth

How a new breed of battery will help to power a lower-emission economy
18 Aug 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Pet pandemic, peak meat and Covid gigs
Puppies used to smuggle heroin into the United States
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Pet pandemic, peak meat and Covid gigs

Are pets for life or just for lockdown? Is the world losing its taste for meat? And will concert audiences put up with being penned in?
14 Aug 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Sovereign citizens, troops and suits
crime police line
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Sovereign citizens, troops and suits

Could we all opt out of the legal system? Why does Germany want to keep its US troops? And why are we all giving up on the suit?
7 Aug 2020
The Week Unwrapped: UFOs, boycotts and emojis
UFO
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The Week Unwrapped: UFOs, boycotts and emojis

Why is the US funding research into UFOs? Are fashion brands funding genocide in China? And are emojis at work ok?
31 Jul 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Toast, pensioners and liars
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In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Toast, pensioners and liars

What is the connection between toast and violence? Should lying be classified as a disorder? And why is Greece wooing pensioners?
24 Jul 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Rising stocks and falling birth rates
Stock market traders in Chicago
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Rising stocks and falling birth rates

Why are global stock markets soaring in the middle of a recession? And why has the Italian birth rate slumped to its lowest since 1861?
17 Jul 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Vaccines, animal labour and psych ads
HIV red ribbon
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Vaccines, animal labour and psych ads

Are we on the verge of eradicating HIV? Could a political advert get under Donald Trump’s skin? And should humans set animals to work?
10 Jul 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Illegal raves, Isis drugs and Kosovo
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In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Illegal raves, Isis drugs and Kosovo

Why might Covid-19 lead to a new round of raves? Why is Isis sending drugs to Europe? And is tension brewing again in the Balkans?
3 Jul 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Floating cities, ADHD and £100k speeches
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In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Floating cities, ADHD and £100k speeches

What is seasteading? Why are being prescribed video games? And what can we learn from a £100,000 speech?
26 Jun 2020
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