The Week Unwrapped

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

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
Culture Unwrapped - 2020: vintage year for books or literary dud?
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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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
The Week Unwrapped: Hibernation, Instagram MPs and Assad
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In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Hibernation, Instagram MPs and Assad

Will humans soon be able to hibernate? Has social media given rise to a new type of politics? And has war arrived inside the Assad family?
19 Jun 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Alcohol, furlonteering and sewage
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The Week Unwrapped: Alcohol, furlonteering and sewage

Why are South Africa’s hospitals overflowing? Should furloughed staff be working for free? And why are British beaches still not clean?
12 Jun 2020
The Week Unwrapped: sad doctors, paedophile hunters & crypto
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The Week Unwrapped: sad doctors, paedophile hunters & crypto

Why are UK doctors depressed? Why is a paedophile claiming vigilantes violated his rights? And will China have a future without cash?
5 Jun 2020
Why everyone’s talking about Newcastle’s Saudi takeover
St James’ Park is the home stadium of Premier League club Newcastle United
In Depth

Why everyone’s talking about Newcastle’s Saudi takeover

Controversial £300m deal hangs in balance as WTO rules kingdom is behind pirate TV channel
29 May 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Gucci, sacred land and Saudi Magpies
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The Week Unwrapped: Gucci, sacred land and Saudi Magpies

Why is Gucci renouncing seasons? Why has an Aboriginal heritage site been blown up? And who are Newcastle Utd’s prospective new owners?
29 May 2020
The Week Unwrapped bonus episode: 25 Years of The Week
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The Week Unwrapped bonus episode: 25 Years of The Week

How did the magazine begin? How has it developed its unique approach to the news? And what did a British spy have to do with it?
27 May 2020
How coronavirus has bolstered Taiwan’s independence movement
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan
In Depth

How coronavirus has bolstered Taiwan’s independence movement

Taipei’s swift response to pandemic has saved lives - and boosted support to challenge China
22 May 2020
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