The Week Unwrapped

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

Pregnancy pains, electric bubble and killer spies
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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
The Week Unwrapped: Skin hunger, Taiwan and Zoom University
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The Week Unwrapped: Skin hunger, Taiwan and Zoom University

How long can we live without touch? Has coronavirus advanced Taiwanese independence? And will virtual education take off?
22 May 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Salaries, sorties and dropshippers
Megan Rapinoe
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The Week Unwrapped: Salaries, sorties and dropshippers

How did the US women’s football team lose their equal pay case? Why isn’t the RAF on lockdown? And what is dropshipping?
8 May 2020
Saudi Arabia ends executions of minors
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In Depth

Saudi Arabia ends executions of minors

Kingdom to commute sentences of convicts facing death for offences committed under the age of 18
1 May 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Dreams, Zooms and executions
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The Week Unwrapped: Dreams, Zooms and executions

Why are so many people having vivid dreams? Are Zoom weddings the new norm? And why has Saudi Arabia stopped executing minors?
1 May 2020
The best and worst countries for press freedom
Lyra McKee
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The best and worst countries for press freedom

UK slips to 35th in global index after violence against Northern Irish journalists
24 Apr 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Food, free speech and gold
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The Week Unwrapped: Food, free speech and gold

Is counting calories unhealthy? Why has the UK fallen down the press freedom index? And is the price of gold headed for an all-time high?
24 Apr 2020
Behind the Beatles’s breakup
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Behind the Beatles’s breakup

Handwritten lyrics to Hey Jude sell for £730,000 in auction to mark 50 years since the band broke up
17 Apr 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Beatles, hunting and ‘Cinderella’ abuse
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The Week Unwrapped: Beatles, hunting and ‘Cinderella’ abuse

Are the handwritten lyrics to Hey Jude worth $910,000? Has Prince Harry shot his last pheasant? And why is sororal violence on the rise?
17 Apr 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Radiation, Rwanda and revisionism
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The Week Unwrapped: Radiation, Rwanda and revisionism

Why is radiation spiking near Chernobyl? How many bodies are yet to be found in Rwanda? And why has Prague removed a Soviet statue?
10 Apr 2020
Chernobyl forest fire: is the public at risk?
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Chernobyl forest fire: is the public at risk?

Atmospheric radiation spikes in exclusion zone following suspected arson blaze
8 Apr 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Happiness, coral and gay Singapore
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The Week Unwrapped: Happiness, coral and gay Singapore

Can we learn to be more joyful? Are the world’s coral reefs doomed? And why is gay sex still illegal in Singapore?
3 Apr 2020
The countries where homosexuality is illegal
Gay marriage
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The countries where homosexuality is illegal

Singapore court upholds law criminalising gay sex
3 Apr 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Virtual protest, RuPaul and rhinos
An angry rhinoceros has attacked a car in a Mexican safari park
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The Week Unwrapped: Virtual protest, RuPaul and rhinos

How do you march if you’re in self-isolation? Is RuPaul really an oil baron? And are rhino numbers heading in the right direction?
27 Mar 2020