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So it’s the centenary episode of NL Hafta and i t had to be special right? Well, it was all that and more. Six of our subscribers from different parts of the world joined our regular panel . Listen to how they took the floor and took our panel to the cleaners, elegantly. Our usual suspects Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan, Deepanjana Pal and Manisha Pande were all ears . Also, we discussed Swati Chaturvedi’s new book I Am a Troll, an investigation into Bharatiya Janata Party's social media cell, and the horrifying statements of the democratically elected Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s way. In media news, there's a FIR against Zee News for reporting on the Dhulagarh riots, and we discuss whether the media can stand shoulder to shoulder for freedom of speech. Sudhir Chaudhary for reporting on Dhulagarh Riots. Find out who wrote #NLHafta100’s most retweeted tweet and of course, there’s a song at the end. Enjoy!

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This week, Abhinandan Sekhri joins Deepanjana Pal on the podcast, which means we need to preface this with an advisory: some of the language this time is, ummm, strictly PG-16. Find out what Pal has to say about the criticism that some feminists had for Dangal and Sekhri's favourite film of the year. Find out which was the greatest movie of 2016, according to our duo. Sekhri has a lot to say about Priyanka Jagga's exit from Bigg Boss. And then we have the trailer of Blade Runner 2049, ad campaigns by Pampers and Dainik Bhaskar, and All India Bakchod’s high hopes for 2017 as detailed in "Peeke Mat Chala". All this and more, discussed and dissected, for your listening pleasure.

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It's that time again when we look back fondly at the year that's almost past. This week, Samar Khan and Rahul Puri recall the wins, the fails, the highs and the lows of 2016's sporting scene. From BCCI and Supreme Court going head to head at home, to Leicester City premier league on foreign shores, listen up as our sport-obsessed duo gear up for the new year by getting just a little nostalgic about 2016.

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Josy Joseph, National Security Editor of The Hindu, joins us on this episode of NL Hafta to talk about the state of the nation, his book A feast of Vultures and the defamation suit that Jet Airways has filed against Joseph. He's got some great advice for journalists as well as sharp insights into how successive governments in India have mishandled insurgencies. We've also got consulting editors Anand Ranganathan and Kishalay Bhattacharjee on the panel, along with Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Deepanjana Pal and Manisha Pande. From Narendra Modi's words being lazily reported, Madonna's speech about being a woman in the American music industry, to the fuss about Taimur, violence in Bengal and a discussion on the controversies surrounding the new Chief of Army Staff, listen to the news of the week being discussed and dissected. Plus, Anand tells you a little bit about the legendary mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan; the panel gives you reading and listening recommendations; and of course, there's a song. Listen up!

 

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What's in a movie trailer? When it comes to Subhash Kapoor’s  Jolly LLB 2 and Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jassoos, a lot. Rajyasree Sen and Deepanjana Pal talk about moustaches and other curiosities as they dissect these newly-released trailers. Both of them are fans of Madonna’s speech, delivered after the pop icon won BillBoard’s Woman of The Year award. They're less impressed by Bindass’ web series, The Trip. And there's total disagreement when the two talk about the new cover of National Geographic. Also, they tell you why Amazon Prime's over-cautious self censoring is a bad sign. All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

Up your pop culture game with a little help from these two critics. And as always, there's a question at the end of the podcast. Send us your answers and comments to contact@newslaundry.com.

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their sporty round-up. This week they discuss football matches over the last weekend, January transfer window: is it even relevant? Indian Premier League and players who were let go. Finally, a little on the state of hockey in India, and why it needs more attention and resources. All this and more, discussed and dissected on this episode of Just Sports.

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Why have journalists become punching bags for politicians? And why are some scribes choosing to remain silent on this? Ravish Kumar of NDTV India joins us on Hafta this week. Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan and Manisha Pande and our guest talk about Rahul Gandhi’s claim of evidence against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “personal corruption”. Should news media take him seriously? The panel discusses the idea of moral equivalence in journalism: Are there always two sides to a story? There are also discussions on the arrests that have followed the Supreme Court’s National Anthem order, Aleppo, cyclone Vardah and Jet Airways’ defamation suits against investigative journalist Josy Joseph.

In the end, there’s a very special song dedication for some very special people.

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This week, Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen start off with Aditya Chopra’s Befikre, the bizarre characterisation & whether Ranveer Singh & Vaani Kapoor have done a good job. Also, Ok Jaanu’s trailer about yet another couple having premarital sex, Shah Rukh Khan telling us to be his guest in Dubai in a new ad film, La La Land and finally William Dalrymple & Anita Anand’s new book on the KohinoorAll this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

Up your pop culture game with a little help from these two critics. And as always, there's a gem of a question at the end of the podcast. Send us your answers and comments to contact@newslaundry.com.

 

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their sporty roundup. This week they discuss the UEFA Champions League match lineup--Arsenal are to go up against Bayern Munich; is Arsenal just jinxed? The two also ponder why only goal scorers are awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or; does the rest of the team not count? What does the recent Manchester United game say about Pep Guardiola? And, most importantly, is Virat Kohli the best thing that could ever happen to Indian cricket? All this and more, discussed and dissected on this episode of Just Sports.

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On this week's Hafta, our columnist TS Sudhir joins the regular panel of Madhu Trehan, Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Ranganathan and Deepanjana Pal. Sudhir has been providing some of the best updates and reports on how Jayalalithaa's final days unfolded and he gives us all the news from the Southern front. Did Jayalalithaa really pass away at 5pm, as some news channels reported? Why were all the MLAs called in and made to sign a blank sheet of paper? Was O Panneerselvam sworn in as the new CM in a rush?  
 
There's also discussion on the RBI leaving a few journalists out of its press conference and demonetisation. Find out what our panellists think about Trump winning the TIME's Person Of The Year and there's a musical bonus in this episode since Sekhri taps into his ghazal-loving side to bring a song that's perfect for this season of demonetisation. Listen, learn and enjoy!
 
As always, we've also got reader's comments. If you'd like to get your words in, write to us at contact@newslaundry. 
 
 
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