Ep. 89: Science Journalism in India

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Great science needs great journalism, and that's in short supply in India. Nandita Jayaraj and Vasudevan Mukunth talk about science journalism on Episode 89 of The Pragati Podcast.

The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations, hosted by Pavan Srinath.

Nandita Jayaraj is the co-founder of www.thelifeofscience.com, an independent collective and a media platform focusing on women scientists in India. This includes articles, interviews and a podcast. Vasudevan Mukunth is the Science Editor for The Wire, who built the science section of The Wire from the ground up.

Some suggested links:
www.thelifeofscience.com
Blood Ties with Suku-Shan, by Nandita Jayaraj: https://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/blood-ties-with-sukushan/article4771801.ece
Vasudevan Mukunth's writings on The Wire: https://thewire.in/author/mukunth

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Ep. 75: True Financial Inclusion

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How is India doing on increasing access to finance for all its citizens? When we talk about microfinance, are we actually talking about only loans?

Malavika Raghavan has a wide-ranging conversation on financial inclusion with host Pavan Srinath and guest co-host Manasa Venkataraman on Episode 75 of the Pragati Podcast.

Malavika is a lawyer by training and heads the Future of Finance initiative at Dvara Research. She is also a 2018 Chevening Financial Services Fellow, and has written and researched extensively on policy and regulation at the intersection of technology, finance, and inclusion.

If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.

Kannada barutta? Check out the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast, co-hosted by Pavan Srinath. This week on Episode 3, they talk about hacking and cybersecurity with guest Sandesh Anand. ಬನ್ನಿ ಹರಟೆ ಹೊಡಿಯೋಣ! 

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Ep. 74: Why Should Indians Care About Distant ISIS?

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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, is rapidly losing territory and seems to be collapsing. Can this collapsing Islamic State pose new challenges to India and its neighbourhood?

Foreign policy scholar Kabir Taneja  talks to host Pavan Srinath  on ISIS and terrorism in the age of social media on Episode 74 of the Pragati Podcast. He makes a persuasive case for more attention and scholarship on ISIS.

Kabir Taneja is an Associate Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and works on India's relations with West Asia. He recently published a monograph on The ISIS Phenomenon: South Asia and Beyond.

If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.

This week, host Pavan Srinath has also launched the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast with Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi on the IVM Podcast Network. Kannada barutta? Then check out this new weekly podcast that bridges the worlds of Kannada and English, and Karnataka and the world. ಬನ್ನಿ ಹರಟೆ ಹೊಡಿಯೋಣ!

The first two episodes available here: [http://ivmpodcasts.com/thaleharate-episode-list]
You can follow the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast at @Haratepod on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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Ep. 73: Can the Courts Protect India's Environment?

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How well have Public Interest Litigations and the National Green Tribunal served the cause of upholding environmental concerns in India? Is it really Environment versus Development, as most debates frame it?

Supreme Court Lawyer Ninad Laud joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 73 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about PILs, the NGT and overall environmental governance in India.

Ninad Laud is a lawyer practicing at the Supreme Court. His core areas of practice are mining, environment and economic offences, apart from general commercial litigation. He has had his share of public interest litigation, and was the lawyer for Shreya Singhal in the celebrated case where the Supreme Court struck down Sec. 66A of the Information Technology Act.

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Ep. 67: No, China Isn't Taking Over the World

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Does China really have a grand strategy to take over the world? Is Chinese media nothing more than a mouthpiece of the Chinese government? And has China side-stepped an overpopulation problem with good public policy?

China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins host Pavan Srinath again in Episode 67 to dispel more myths about China. Manoj is an Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution, and has spent over 11 years as a journalist in China and India. Manoj also pens a weekly newsletter Eye on China available at www.thinkpragati.com

Which of these myths are actually true?
Myth #5: The Chinese media is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government.
Myth #6: The Chinese copy very well but do not innovate.
Myth #7: China successfully controlled its overpopulation problem and achieved more as a country because of it.
Myth #8: China has a grand strategy to take over the world.

In case you missed it, check out episode 66 of the Pragati Podcast where Manoj busts four other myths about China.

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