Newslaundry Podcast

Poonam Agarwal, a journalist with The Quint, was recently booked under the Official Secrets Act after an army jawan allegedly committed suicide because of her ‘exposé’ of the sahayak system in the army. While The Quintshould have been better and swifter to respond, why isn't the rest of the media outraging over this? Raghu Karnad, contributing editor of The Wire, joins us this week to talk about the serious consequences of the Official Secrets Act and what this means for journalists. Joining him is the regular Hafta gang, Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan, Deepanjana Pal and Manisha Pande. We also discuss why crucial things such as the Finance Bill, 2017  and money bill are barely getting any coverage on prime time? They also take on the Anti-Romeo Squads in Uttar Pradesh, the crackdown on slaughterhouses and much more. Listen Up!

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One of this week’s most significant stories was pertaining to the Babri Masjid demolition case. LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will now be tried for criminal conspiracy and the Hafta team discusses what bearings this would have on the BJP and 2019 General Elections. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, editor of Economic and Political Weekly, joins the regular Hafta gang, that is, Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan to discuss this and the ongoing debate on the use of human shields in conflict areas.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm IST

This week, Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss Vidya Balan's Begum Jaan and what went wrong with the film. The duo also discusses a short film produced by the India Today Group, This Bloody Line, Raveena Tandon's Maatr woes,  Asha Parekh's autobiography, The Hit Girl with a foreword written by Salman Khan. And of course the most anticipated trailer of the year--the Sachin Tendulkar biopic, Sachin A Billion Dreams. All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of the Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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After 22 long years, Chelsea and John Terry decided to part times. Rahul and Samar pay tribute to the former captain in this special football episode. The two also pick their winners from the Champions League matches and ruminate if Chelsea is choking in their run to the title. Listen up!


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Category:general -- posted at: 7:40pm IST

There have been few things as hotly debated as Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs). Science has been circling the subject for years. Shruti Muralidhar, Abhishek Chari and Navneet Vasistha give you the lowdown on GMOs-the science, the laws, the regulations and why they can't be dismissed outright. 

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley snuck in 27 amendments in the 31-page long Finance Bill. Some of these remove the cap on political contributions from corporations, also doing away with the requirement to disclose the name of the party to which contributions are made. It also empowers IT officials to raid people without disclosing the reason and makes Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns. We have Meghnad S, a public policy analyst, who discusses the bill at length. Plus, we have the regular Hafta gang, Abhinandan Sekhri, Deepanjana Pal, Madhu Trehan, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan. We also talk about Yogi Adityanath, UP's anti-Romeo squads, and the shuttering of illegal slaughterhouses. And finally, the question that's been plaguing us all, will BJP finally build the Ram Mandir?

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm IST

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s a little sneak peak of the complete episode where strategic affairs analyst Sushant Sareen joins us to discuss French newspaper Libération's editorial judgement in publishing a picture of Syrian children who were victims of a chemical attack, Sudarshan TV Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke’s arrest for fanning communal violence, the Election Commission’s open challenge to hack the EVMs and Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence.


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This week, Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss This American Life and Serial's new podcast, S-Town. Sekhri explains why every journalist should listen to this podcast. The duo also discuss Pepsi's new ad which they had to pull down and the trailers of Half Girlfriend and Noor. Finally, Sen and Sekhri talk about the recently-concluded National Awards. Did Akshay Kumar deserve the best actor award for Rustom? All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm IST

Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round-up of sports. This week, they analyse the first week of the Indian Premier League and talk about the US Masters. In addition, Khan and Puri discuss the legacy of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan and why they feel it's the end of the road for Indian tennis legend Leander Paes. Listen up.

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Saket Bahuguna, ABVP's National Media Convener talks to Abhinandan Sekhri on student politics; the ABVP's stand on various student issues, Golwalkar's Bunch of Thoughts and the controversy surrounding the screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai in Kirori Mal College. He talks about the media bias against the ABVP, the definition of Hindu Rashtra, JNU's role and how student politics can become better if there was less interference from mainstream political parties.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am IST