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15 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
Ep. 43: Umran Malik
In this episode, Umran Malik, the fastest bowler to emerge from India in recent years, speaks to the Indian Express about his first full IPL season with Sunrisers Hyderabad, his family, his early years in Jammu & Kashmir, and his love for fast bowling. (Illustration: Suvajit Dey)
25 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
Ep. 42: Nikhat Zareen
In this episode, boxer Nikhat Zareen spoke to the Indian Express right after she won the world championship in May 2022. She talked about how people ridiculed her choice to become a boxer as a girl, her struggles in a conservative society and how she feels women boxers wearing hijab is a matter of choice. (Illustration: Suvajit Dey)
35 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Ep. 41: Wendy Doniger
In this episode, Professor Wendy Doniger, who is one of the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism and Sanskrit, speaks to the Indian Express about what drew her to study Sanskrit and Hinduism, and the backlash over her most successful book “The Hindus: An Alternative History” which was published in 2014. She also talks about why, at its core, Hinduism has always been diverse. (Cover image illustration: Shyam Kumar Prasad)
39 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Ep. 40: D Subbarao
In this episode, former RBI Governor D Subbarao speaks to the Indian Express on the need for structural reforms, investment, and cryptocurrency, and why we should be looking at growth drivers instead of numbers. (Cover image illustration: Suvajit Dey)
42 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Ep. 39: Gautam Gambhir
In this episode, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir speaks to the Indian Express about how it is being in politics, why reducing the Ghazipur landfill has been more satisfying than winning a World Cup, why he is against hero-worshipping and why BJP has a difficult run in the MCD polls.
83 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Ep. 38: Rajeev Chandrashekhar
In this episode, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, speaks about how different citizens in India use the internet differently, what exactly the “splinternet” is and the risks it poses, and how to balance safety and security.
57 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Ep. 37: Anju Bobby George
In this episode, world championship medallist Anju Bobby George speaks about training in the US, facing fatigue, the importance of a good coach, India’s performance in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the issue of doping in sports.
72 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Ep. 36: Alia Bhatt
In this episode, Alia Bhatt speaks about her transition into the role of producer at her production house Eternal Sunshine, the magic of submitting to the moment to make movies, and what it means to be a star in the age of OTT.
90 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
Ep 35: Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya
In this episode, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Chemicals and Fertilizers speaks to Indian Express’ Anant Goenka and Kaunain Sheriff about the Indian government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, subsidies on fertilizers to protect farmers, preventing non-communicable diseases, and how he goes incognito in hospitals to see how the last mile implementation of policy plays out.
23 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Ep 34: Pankaj Jha
In this episode, Pankaj Jha, who played the notorious MLA in Amazon web series Panchayat, talks to Indian Express’ Nishant Shekhar about his days of theatre, life in Mumbai, how he never begged for a role, and why he never regretted missing out on big films.
57 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Ep. 33: Bhupinder Singh Hooda
In this episode, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the current leader of the opposition in Haryana, talks about what the Congress needs to do to give a good fight to the BJP, preparing for the 2024 elections and giving farmers their due in a session moderated by Manraj Grewal Sharma.
72 minutes | May 13, 2022
Ep 32: Prashant Kishor
In this episode, political analyst Prashant Kishor speaks to Anant Goenka, Executive Director and Vandita Mishra, National Opinion Editor at the Indian express eAdda. They discuss the future of the BJP in Indian politics, the job of the Opposition in combating the spread of Hindutva, and whether the role of polarisation is overhyped.
26 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Ep 31: Dr Rathin Roy
In this episode, ODI's Managing Director, Dr Rathin Roy speaks about plateauing domestic consumption, implementing smart policy and the need to create employment to boost the economy.
109 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Ep 30: Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
In this episode, Nobel Prize Winners and professors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo speak about the explosion of inequality, fostering trust in economists, and the impact automation will have on the economy among other pressing topics.
75 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
Ep 29: Arun Shourie
In this episode, economist, journalist, and politician Arun Shourie dicusses the ideological and political techniques of the BJP, the problem with trying to create a “middle ground” when it comes to factual events, and the role the media plays in holding governments accountable. Tune in. (This conversation was a part of Indian Express' Idea Exchange recorded on April 4, 2022)
35 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
Ep 28: Anil Kakodkar and Suresh Gangotra
In this episode, Indian Express' Senior Editor Amitabh Sinha speaks to nuclear physicists Anil Kakodkar and Suresh Gangotra, authors of the book: Fire and Fury: Transforming India’s Strategic Identity. They talk about about India’s nuclear industry, the strategic power of being a nuclear nation, and the national pride involved in the space programme. Tune in.
29 minutes | Apr 2, 2022
Ep. 29: Jagadesh Kumar
In this episode, UGC head M Jagadesh Kumar talks about how the common entrance exam for central universities won’t make board exams irrelevant but will take the pressure off students. This session was moderated by Sourav Roy Barman, Senior Correspondent, The Indian Express.
53 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Ep 26: Indra Nooyi
In this episode, former chairman and CEO of Pepsi-Co, Indra Nooyi speaks to Shyamal Majumdar, Editor at the Financial Express about the mega global trends she sees appearing in the coming years, integrating women into the workplace, and keeping the Pepsi-Co engine going.
101 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
Ep. 26: Dr. S. Jaishankar
In this episode, Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs speaks to C Raja Mohan, Contributing Editor, The Indian Express, and Shubhajit Roy, Associate Editor about India's foreign policy and its new dimensions, and the future of the nation's relationship with its neighbours.
99 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
Ep 24: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra
In this episode, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of the Indian Meteorology Department speaks to Indian Express' Amitabh Sinha about whether we are investing enough in dealing with climate change, the kind of human and technological changes required, and how climate forecasting is changing. Tune in. (This exchange was a part of Explained Live streamed on Jul 28, 2021)
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