The Economist Radio (All audio)

Babbage: Don't panic



As British petrol stations run dry, we explore the behavioural science of panic buying. Also, a dried-up lake bed reveals evidence about America’s first inhabitants. And neuroscientist Anil Seth explains what a new theory can tell us about our conscious experiences of the world—and a chance to win his book. Kenneth Cukier hosts.  For full access to The Economist’s print, digital and audio editions subscribe at and sign up for our new weekly science newsletter at and conditions for the book competition featured in this podcast are available at  See for privacy and opt-out information.