A round-up of noteworthy articles in the print edition of September 30th - October 6th 2006. In this week's podcast: the extravagant ambitions of Hugo Chavez; why Sir Richard Branson turned green; the virtual economy of Second Life; and testing Americans for HIV....

A round-up of noteworthy articles in the print edition this week: the Pope delivers a difficult message badly; how posh American universities contrive to stay that way; another coup in Thailand; a shadowy boom in corporate credits; and Richard Dawkins takes on God....