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The Week Unwrapped podcast: 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?

The Week Unwrapped Team

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:

UFOs

Despite the Pentagon claiming some time ago that it had disbanded a program to investigate unidentified flying objects, the investigation is still continuing, according to the New York Times, with officials covertly studying seemingly inexplicable encounters with unidentified aerial vehicles. So why the secrecy – and what's really going on?

Boycotts

Reports of the oppression of the Uighur Muslims in China have circulated around the globe, but the role of western companies in supply chains linked to forced labour in Xinjiang has been less well reported. Are high street brands contributing to the genocide? And if so, what can be done to stop their involvement?

Emojis

New research from business communication hub Slack shows that use of emojis on the platform has almost doubled during the coronavirus pandemic. So just how is our ❤️ of these digital icons changing how we communicate in both our work and personal lives - and should we be  or about this linguistic shift?

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