The Economist and ‘The World’ from GBH and PRX announce audio collaboration

“We share a goal to provide deep context behind complex global issues and events”

David Cotrone
Jan 12 · 4 min read
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The World,” the daily radio program of global news and analysis from public media organizations GBH and PRX, and The Economist, one of the most widely recognized current-affairs publications in the world, announce a collaboration to enhance international news coverage for U.S. listening audiences while expanding the reach and impact of The Economist’s acclaimed offering of podcasts.

“The World” will feature audio stories from The Economist’s podcasts on an ongoing basis, on Fridays. An example of this collaboration can be heard here, addressing the displacement and persecution of the Uighur people.

The Economist’s award-winning podcasts include current-affairs show “The Intelligence” with Jason Palmer and “The Economist Asks” with Anne McElvoy, presenting illuminating conversations with high-profile newsmakers across law, economics, and the arts, such as actor and director Michaela Coel, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, chef Nigella Lawson, António Guterres of the United Nations, U.S. congressman Jim Clyburn, and former Prime Minister David Cameron.

“The World” will also feature correspondents from The Economist to provide insight on issues facing the global community pertaining to business, politics, science and technology, and more. For instance, The Economist’s U.S. Digital Editor, Jon Fasman, recently joined “The World” to discuss President Trump’s damaged legacy.

“The Economist’s approach and authority on the international stage dovetails seamlessly with our news broadcast,” said Patti Daniels, Supervising Producer of “The World.” “We share a goal to provide deep context behind complex global issues and events. We’re thrilled to collaborate in order to bring our listeners even more must-hear perspectives.”

“The Economist and ‘The World’ share a commitment to curiosity about the stories and figures shaping our world and to presenting these with originality and flair to engage our audiences. We believe our podcasts and an established U.S. radio provider are a very fruitful match as we take our audio commitment to the next stage,” said Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor & Director of Economist Radio at The Economist.

One of public radio’s flagship news programs presenting reports on topics of global impact, “The World” from GBH and PRX is hosted by Marco Werman and produced by a team of accomplished journalists. Airing on nearly 300 public media stations in the U.S. and heard by nearly 2 million listeners each week, “The World” is also available free on-demand on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and via audio platforms where podcasts may be found. To hear the latest, visit and follow along on social media @theworld.

With 3 million unique podcast listeners per month, 25 million downloads per month, 1.6 million digital and print subscriptions, and a growing global circulation, The Economist delivers a weekly edition online and in print as well as daily updates online. The Economist provides daily reporting and analysis on the world economy, politics, business and finance, and culture online at, via newsletters, and the Espresso mobile app. The Economist is prioritizing podcasting as a way to extend the reach of its distinctively global, analytical journalism and introduce itself to new audiences, with a roster of shows including “The Intelligence,” published every morning; “Checks and Balance,” a weekly podcast on U.S. politics; and weekly features shows such as “The Economist Asks” chat show and “Money Talks” reporting on key developments in business, finance, and economics. Keep up to date with its podcasts and on-demand audio at @EconomistRadio.

With a growing global audience and a reputation for insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognized and well-read current affairs publications in the world. In addition to the weekly print and digital editions and website, The Economist publishes Espresso, a daily news app and Global Business Review, a bilingual English-Chinese product. Economist Radio produces several podcasts a week and Economist Films produces short- and long-form video. The Economist maintains robust social communities on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium and other social networks. A recipient of many editorial and marketing awards, The Economist was named the most trusted news source by the 2017 Trusting News Project Report.

PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio ranging from iconic public radio programs such as “The Moth Radio Hour,” “TED Talks Daily,” “This American Life,” “The Takeaway,” “Snap Judgment,” “Latino USA,” and “Reveal,” as well as a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia podcast network, PRX generates more than 100 million podcast downloads per month. More at

GBH is the leading multi-platform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories, and information to audiences wherever they are, producing digital and broadcast programming that engages, illuminates and inspires, through drama and science, history, arts, culture, and journalism. Headquartered in Boston, GBH has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital, and journalism awards. Find more information at

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