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The Week Unwrapped podcast: Vaccines, animal labour and psychological 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?

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

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In this week’s episode, we discuss:

HIV eradication

Researchers have announced a breakthrough in HIV prevention: a highly effective new drug administered via an injection every two months rather than in pill form every day. With infection rates plateauing, could such a drug finally end the HIV/AIDS epidemic four decades after it began?

Animal labour

UK supermarkets are boycotting products made from coconuts picked by monkeys that activists say are exploited and abused. Meanwhile, the authorities in Myanmar are struggling to care for thousands of unemployed captive elephants no longer needed to haul logs following a deforestation crackdown. So does working for humans ever work out for animals?

Targeted ads

“You've got a loyalty problem... they whisper about you.” A group of never-Trump Republicans has taken its attack on the president to a new level, with an advert described by war studies expert Lawrence Freedman as psychological warfare”. So will the ad make Trump more unstable, and could it change political advertising forever?

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