The Week Unwrapped

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

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
Are we seeing the rise of the virtual protest?
Hong Kong
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Are we seeing the rise of the virtual protest?

Demonstrators from Israel to Spain are migrating onto the internet to spread their messages
27 Mar 2020
Why is Canada’s black-market cannabis market booming?
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Why is Canada’s black-market cannabis market booming?

Many users still buy from unlicensed dealers despite legalisation of the drug
20 Mar 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Tree power, official weed and skywriting
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The Week Unwrapped: Tree power, official weed and skywriting

Could leaves power the homes of the future? Why isn’t legal cannabis catching on? And will British skies soon fill with messages?
20 Mar 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Arctic chlamydia, oil and ‘nolo’ beer
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The Week Unwrapped: Arctic chlamydia, oil and ‘nolo’ beer

How did an STI get to the Arctic seabed? What’s going on with the price of oil? And why are we drinking more low-alcohol beer?
13 Mar 2020
How has chlamydia infected the Arctic seafloor?
Arctic Ocean
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How has chlamydia infected the Arctic seafloor?

Scientists discover previously unknown bacterial strains related to the STI in mud at bottom of ocean
10 Mar 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Nudism, Hugo Boss and no shades of grey
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The Week Unwrapped: Nudism, Hugo Boss and no shades of grey

Is making fun of naturists a hate crime? Is Hugo Boss a brand bully? And is it time to update our laws on domestic abuse?
6 Mar 2020
Week Unwrapped wins Best News and Current Affairs Podcast
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Week Unwrapped wins Best News and Current Affairs Podcast

5 Mar 2020
Business Unwrapped: intelligent predictions
Artificial intelligence
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Business Unwrapped: intelligent predictions

3 Mar 2020
Nudists call for protection against hate crimes
Naturists
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Nudists call for protection against hate crimes

British Naturism says abuse of recreational nudists should be outlawed
2 Mar 2020
Lesotho scandal: how the PM’s murder charges unfolded
Thomas Thabane, Lesotho, Africa
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Lesotho scandal: how the PM’s murder charges unfolded

Thomas Thabane is seeking immunity over killing of estranged wife
28 Feb 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Swearing, treason and a murder mystery
Protestors march down Central Park West in New York City during a "Not My President's Day" rally on February 20, 2017 as part of a protest against US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / TIM
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The Week Unwrapped: Swearing, treason and a murder mystery

Should swearing be banned? Why is Cambodia trying people for treason? And how does the PM of Lesotho connect to a murder trial?
28 Feb 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Cyborg insects, pacifists and satellites
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The Week Unwrapped: Cyborg insects, pacifists and satellites

Why are locusts being used as bomb sniffers? Are video games becoming less violent? And are there too many satellites?
21 Feb 2020
Bomb-sniffing grasshoppers: the next frontier for security?
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Bomb-sniffing grasshoppers: the next frontier for security?

Scientists ‘hijack’ insects’ brains to detect chemical explosives
20 Feb 2020
Business Unwrapped: beyond zero carbon
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Business Unwrapped: beyond zero carbon

Will businesses of the future have to be carbon-negative, not just carbon-neutral?
18 Feb 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Reincarnation, refugees and BP
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The Week Unwrapped: Reincarnation, refugees and BP

Can VR bring loved ones back from the dead? Could refugee camps cause a pandemic? And can BP reinvent itself for the green era?
14 Feb 2020
Can BP become carbon neutral?
BP CEO Bernard Looney
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Can BP become carbon neutral?

The oil giant has said it’s aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
13 Feb 2020
Moria refugee camp in Lesbos: a pandemic ‘waiting to happen’
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Moria refugee camp in Lesbos: a pandemic ‘waiting to happen’

Doctor warns conditions in overcrowded camp mirror those that first spread Spanish flu in 1918
11 Feb 2020
Why the Malawi election annulment is a big deal
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Why the Malawi election annulment is a big deal

Judges overturn 2019 election result, citing ‘widespread irregularities’
7 Feb 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Mercenaries, Malawi and infidelity tests
Mercenary Michael Mad Mike Hoare
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The Week Unwrapped: Mercenaries, Malawi and infidelity tests

Was mercenary ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare a British hero? Why has Malawi’s election been annulled? And are ‘infidelity tests’ legal?
7 Feb 2020
Business Unwrapped: the intelligent city
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Business Unwrapped: the intelligent city

How high-tech, connected cities will change their inhabitants’ lives
4 Feb 2020
Who owns Antarctica?
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Who owns Antarctica?

Continent threatened by global warming and exploitation of natural resources
31 Jan 2020
The Week Unwrapped podcast: LSD, ice wars and local currency
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The Week Unwrapped podcast: LSD, ice wars and local currency

Could LSD make us more productive? Why is the Antarctic Treaty under threat? And what’s the problem with hyper-local currencies?
31 Jan 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Drug wars, hedge funds and placebos
A Guerrero Community Police member stands guard at a checkpoint in Apaxtla de Castrejon, Guerrero state, Mexico, on March 26, 2018. - In the mountainous area of Guerrero state, one of the poo
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The Week Unwrapped: Drug wars, hedge funds and placebos

Why has Mexico suffered its most violent year ever? Are women better at investing than men? And are placebos the answer to chronic pain?
24 Jan 2020
Mexico murder rate hits all-time high
Sinaloa Drug Cartel
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Mexico murder rate hits all-time high

Nearly 35,000 people were killed in 2019 despite government pledge to curb cartel violence
23 Jan 2020
Business Unwrapped: the productivity conundrum
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Business Unwrapped: the productivity conundrum

Could technology boost British productivity and fend off the risk of recession?
21 Jan 2020
Space tourism: how far has the industry come?
Virgin Galactic
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Space tourism: how far has the industry come?

Japanese billionaire advertising for ‘single woman’ to accompany him on trip to Moon
17 Jan 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Space dates and pub chaperones
Yusaka Maezawa
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The Week Unwrapped: Space dates and pub chaperones

Why is a Japanese billionaire looking for a ‘single woman’ to join him on a trip to the Moon? And what is a ‘sober chaperone’?
17 Jan 2020
East Africa hit by worst locust invasion in 25 years
Locusts
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East Africa hit by worst locust invasion in 25 years

Hundreds of thousands of tons of food destroyed
10 Jan 2020
The Week Unwrapped podcast: Testosterone, vegans and locusts
South African bodybuilder Marius Dohne prepares for a competition at the Arnold Classic Brazil 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 30, 2015. The 3rd annual multi-disciplinary sports compet
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The Week Unwrapped podcast: Testosterone, vegans and locusts

Why are testosterone levels plummeting? Do vegans need legal protection? And why are locusts swarming across East Africa?
10 Jan 2020
Business Unwrapped: the end of petrol
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Business Unwrapped: the end of petrol

How will the rise of electric cars change the lives of consumers, businesses and governments?
7 Jan 2020
Why is France awarding London the Legion d’honneur?
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Why is France awarding London the Legion d’honneur?

Emmanuel Macron sparks controversy with move to commemorate the city’s help during WWII
3 Jan 2020
The Week Unwrapped podcast: Medals and mercy killings
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The Week Unwrapped podcast: Medals and mercy killings

Why is France awarding London the Legion d’honneur? And should euthanasia be available to dementia sufferers?
3 Jan 2020
The Week Unwrapped: end-of-2019 special – The Year Unwrapped
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The Week Unwrapped: end-of-2019 special – The Year Unwrapped

Why is Dolly Parton having a millennial moment? Are fossil fuels dead and buried? And why was 2019 such a good year for investors?
27 Dec 2019