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The Week Unwrapped podcast: Singing dogs, African 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?

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:

African plastics

Major oil companies are lobbying the US to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against plastic waste, according to environmentalists who fear the African continent will be used as a dumping ground. The request from the American Chemistry Council comes as the US and Kenya negotiate a historic trade deal. So could securing the agreement carry a steep environmental cost?

Coronavirus gadgets

This week Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Z Fold 2, one of several highly-anticipated foldable phones released recently. But despite the fanfare, sales of foldable devices are way down, in part due to lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic. How else will coronavirus influence our gadget consumption in the near future?

Singing dogs

This week the New Guinea singing dog made its voice heard once again. A cousin of the dingo famous for its haunting polyphonic howling, it was thought to have gone extinct in the wild. But a new study shows that this fascinating creature, regarded as an evolutionary “missing link”, is alive and well in the highlands of New Guinea.

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