Ones-and-Tooze-podcast-foreign-policy-logo-3000x3000 (1)

Ones and Tooze

Scandal at the IMF and World Bank


Ones and Tooze Override Photo

On FP’s new economics podcast, columnist Adam Tooze shares what’s behind the China ranking scandal at the World Bank.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will begin their annual meetings on Monday, bringing together some of the most powerful financial people globally. It’s a big year for them, especially as they discuss how various countries can handle the economic effects of the pandemic. But one scandal is seeming to eclipse all these important matters: IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva allegedly increasing China’s ranking in a World Bank index when she was CEO of the World Bank.

However, Adam Tooze and Cameron Abadi discuss whether we even should consider the World Bank ranking of China controversial on the latest episode of Ones and Tooze.

Also on the show: what the steep rise in China’s life expectancy says about China—and about the United States.

Ones and Tooze is Foreign Policy’s weekly economics show. On each episode, Abadi and Tooze examine two data points that explain the world.

Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

About Ones and Tooze:  Foreign Policy economics columnist Adam Tooze, a history professor and a popular author, is encyclopedic about basically everything: from the COVID shutdown, to climate change, to pasta sauce. On our new podcast, Tooze and FP deputy editor Cameron Abadi will look at two data points each week that explain the world: one drawn from the week’s headlines and the other from just about anywhere else Tooze takes us. Check out Adam Tooze’s column here.  See All Episodes


More Ones and Tooze episodes:

The Economics Revolution and the Nobel Prize

On FP’s economics podcast, Cameron Abadi and Adam Tooze talk about what three economists did to win the big prize.

Is Olaf Scholz the German Joe Biden?

On Foreign Policy’s new economics podcast, columnist Adam Tooze discusses two data points that explain the world.

Is Evergrande the New Lehman Brothers?

On Foreign Policy’s new economics podcast, columnist Adam Tooze discusses two data points that explain the world.

Other Foreign Policy podcasts:


The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO)

A new Foreign Policy series hosted by Reena Ninan about women creating change through economic empowerment. You’ll learn about a new approach to affordable childcare in Kenya, increasing awareness about women working informally in India, and women challenging gender dynamics within their homes in Uganda, among others. HER♀ is a Foreign Policy production with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. HER listeners can learn more about these topics by signing up for special access to an FP Analytics policy brief on gender equality. Sign up by clicking here.


I Spy

I Spy

Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But here at Foreign Policy, we get them to open up. On I Spy, we hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, who kill adversaries, who turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling the story of one operation. Want swag? Check out I Spy's merch by clicking here. And for a limited time only, download custom iSpy digital artwork from three of our most popular episodes by entering your email here. 5 lucky participants will be picked randomly to receive one of our iSpy enamel pins as well.


To learn more about creating a podcast with FP Studios, contact Andrew Sollinger at