Newslaundry Podcast

Development writer and international negotiations watcher Biraj Swain discusses with Urmilesh of Media Manthan of Rajya Sabha TV, media critic Vineet Kumar of Mandi Mein Media fame, Siddharth Bhatia-founding editor The Wire, Sanjay Rajoura of Aisi Taisi Democracy, Bidisha Pillai of SAVE the Children India and Abhinandan Sekhri on Indian media's coverage of the global development summits which influence our lives and shared destinies. They take stock of the content, quality and narrative of the coverage in English and Hindi mainstream media and alternate media, print media and broadcast media. They discuss the challenges and the lack of diversity in the newsrooms. They discuss the reality of the oft-used resource crunch argument for lack of coverage. They also call for greater engagement of news consumers in shaping and influencing content. They conclude with some crystal ball gazing on the possibilities and potential that new media and alternate media provides for development and global summits' reportage and if improvement in journalists' working conditions in news rooms would help. Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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Papa CJ speaks to Abhinandan Sekhri about his new act ‘Naked’ and how comedy has no limits. He also talks about Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code and how modern India has no space for ancient, Victorian laws.

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Radhika Vaz speaks to Abhinandan Sekhri about her book Unladylike and why gender norms irk her. She also talks about women in comedy and addresses the general perception that women aren’t funny.

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This week on NL Hafta, Kishalay Bhattacharjee, journalist and author, joins as we discuss the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. This has been a week where a lot happened in the North East;  a cop confessed to taking part in an alleged fake encounter at the behest of the Chief Minister in Manipur six years back. Big media,though, didn’t think it was worth too much space. Also: is there a way to make the R-Day celebrations more fun? And finally, the most insightful report on the Rohith Vemula suicide yet by Sudipto Mondal.

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Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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This week on NL Hafta, Manu Joseph, former editor of Open magazine, joins us we discuss Bhupendra Chaubey’s interview of Sunny Leone. This hasn’t been a good week for journalists: former NDTV and Tehelka scribe Revati Laul was attacked in Ahmedabad; Siddharth Varadarajan was held hostage by ABVP members at Allahabad University. Varadarajan also joins us on the phone to discuss what happened.  And finally: Rohith Vemula’s suicide, the media coverage and more.  

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Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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A wrap of the good, the bad and the funny from the world of news. In wake of multiple goof-ups while burning effigies, the Newslaundry manual to burning effigies. Also: outrage over North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test, Manipur earthquake, Pakistani media’s reaction to Modi’s surprise visit, Pathankot attack, Mehdi Hasan’s Head to Head, Fuckwah award and much more.

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Anubha Bhonsle's new book exposes all - greedy politicians, insurgency groups, the army and Irom Sharmila, Thangjam Manorama and much more.

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Harvinder Kaur Chowdhury on her PIL that seeks to ban jokes about the Sikh community, limits to freedom of expression, the indominable spirit of Sikhs, her personal struggle to fight against prejudice and whether non-offensive jokes exist.

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Newslaundry subscribers Garima Chitkara and Amol Sharma join us for the 50th Episode of NL Hafta. In this episode, we discuss Kiku Sharda’s arrest and the Supreme Court’s stay on Jallikattu. We talk about contradictory media reports on Masood Azhar’s arrest in Pakistan and the Sabrimala temple case. Also, our guests share with us why they think independent media matters. We wind up with everyone’s picks of the week.

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Development writer and international negotiations watcher Biraj Swain speaks to Claire Melamed of Overseas Development Institute and UN Secy General's High Level Panel on Data Revolution, Ex-Health Secretary cum Census Commissioner- Dr AR Nanda, Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder Editor of IndiaSpend and Factchecker, Prof Ramanan Laxminarayan of Public Health Foundation of India and Princeton University and Rakesh Reddy Dubuddu, Founder FACTLY and pro-disclosure champion on the buzz around data revolution for sustainable development. They discuss the many facets of data, the need for citizens’ engagement in data generation, consumption and accessible indicators. They discuss the capacity, financing challenges and lack of autonomy of statistical commissions. They also discuss the trend of censorship of inconvenient public survey findings by Indian government and others and the constant shrinking of pro-disclosure, RTI spaces. They take a close look at the need for data journalism and why much more needs to be done. They conclude with mapping options and calls to action on what could and should be done to democratise data and enable citizens to claim it as a public good.

Produced by kartik Nijhawan

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