The Week Unwrapped

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

Tech tiffs, shipping shortages and mammoth science projects
Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes
Podcast

Tech tiffs, shipping shortages and mammoth science projects

Why has Elizabeth Holmes’ court case divided opinion? What is causing Ikea’s delivery tailbacks? And could wooly mammoths roam the earth again?
17 Sep 2021
Alien soil, cookies and long dogs
Mars
Podcast

Alien soil, cookies and long dogs

Why does Nasa want to bring Martian soil samples back to Earth? Will cookie warnings soon be a thing of the past? And are dachshunds getting too cute …
10 Sep 2021
Germany’s left turn, glass shortages and a gaming ban
Test tubes in a lab
Podcast

Germany’s left turn, glass shortages and a gaming ban

Are German voters turning away from Angela Merkel and the centre-right? What’s really causing an NHS test tube shortage? And why is China banning game…
3 Sep 2021
Plague jabs, Havana syndrome and meat-free Mondays
A plague doctor
Podcast

Plague jabs, Havana syndrome and meat-free Mondays

Will a new vaccine finally banish the Black Death? Why are US diplomats falling ill all over the world? And is flexitarianism a step to permanent chan…
27 Aug 2021
Pensions, elephants and middle-class drugs
An elephant eats some leaves
Podcast

Pensions, elephants and middle-class drugs

Why is the government changing pension rules? How did a herd of elephants cross China? And will well-heeled drug users be named and shamed?
20 Aug 2021
Mercenaries, climate angst and the right to repair
Podcast

Mercenaries, climate angst and the right to repair

What are Russian soldiers doing in Libya? Are doom-laden climate headlines bad for our mental health? And are DIY gadget fixers about to get a break?
13 Aug 2021
Pay cheques, sporting pressure and ancient plants
Equal pay campaigners
Podcast

Pay cheques, sporting pressure and ancient plants

Should we all know what our colleagues are paid? How will Olympic athletes cope with social media scrutiny? And could a strange desert plant unlock hu…
6 Aug 2021

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Flash floods, Tunisian turmoil and rich racing
Flash floods in London in July 2021
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Flash floods, Tunisian turmoil and rich racing

Are cities ready for a rise in extreme weather? Why has Tunisia’s president sacked the prime minister? And is the ‘most expensive race on earth’ worth…
30 Jul 2021
Health data, green banking and flawed maps
An MRI scanner
Podcast

Health data, green banking and flawed maps

How will we deal with knowing so much more about our health? Should central banks seek to fight climate change? And is Google Maps leading us astray?
23 Jul 2021
Cuba, friendship and office dogs
Havana streets
Podcast

Cuba, friendship and office dogs

What’s behind the latest Cuban protests? Can dating apps help us make friends? And should we welcome animals at work?
16 Jul 2021
Strict schools, swimming caps and four-day weeks
A 1950s schools scene
Podcast

Strict schools, swimming caps and four-day weeks

Do more rules make for a better education? Is a ban on “Afro caps” a blow to sporting diversity? And will Covid boost calls for a four-day working wee…
9 Jul 2021
Hazardous heat, nuclear fusion and divisive dieting
Controversial weight loss device
Podcast

Hazardous heat, nuclear fusion and divisive dieting

What does a Pakistani city hitting temperatures too hot for the human body tell us about climate change? Could a new nuclear project provide a breakth…
2 Jul 2021
Kibbutzniks, quitters and patriotism
Last Night of the Proms
Podcast

Kibbutzniks, quitters and patriotism

What does a row about a kibbutz say about modern Israel? Are record numbers of people about to give up their jobs? And why can’t we work out how to ce…
25 Jun 2021
The Week Unwrapped: Pride flags, Denmark and animal magic
Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Catfishing, malaria and timelessness
Deep Time project
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
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