GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM is fighting off a bid to remove him that puts the world’s fifth-largest economy and, possibly, control of the Senate in play for Republicans. Russia’s exercises in Belarus are the largest in 40 years—showcasing a chummy relationship and worrisome military might. And how Dante Alighieri’s masterwork “The Divine Comedy” still holds lessons, 700 years after his death. Runtime: 23 min

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Stitcher | TuneIn

For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer