Newslaundry Podcast (general)

This week, there are beasts and heroes popping up all over the world of pop culture. The new version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is raking in the moolah across the world. Find out what Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen thought of the retelling of this beloved fairy tale. Hint: they're not very impressed with Belle. However, they've got a lot enthusiasm for the leading ladies of Feud and Big LIttle Lies. As far as Aparna Sen's new film Sonata is concerned, they're a tad bit dubious. Find out why. Sen and Pal also discuss Chetan Bhagat's new plan to become India's Elon Musk and develop an electric car. There's scandal in Bollywood with Nawazuddin Siddiqui taking on Filmfare, a Times of India publication, and asking for an apology because the magazine claims his marriage is on the rocks. Sen is very excited about Spirited Traveller, a new cooking show anchored by chef Kiran Jethwa. All this and more, discussed and dissected in this episode of The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap. 

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round-up of sports. This week they discuss Australia's performance in the third Test against India at Ranchi. The two also had advice for Indian captain Virat Kohli. Moving on to football, they talk about the Champions Leagues' clash between Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti. Khan and Puri laud Roger Federer for winning his fifth Indian Wells title against Stan Wawrinka. Listen up.

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Economist Arun Kumar talks to Abhinandan Sekhri about his book, Understanding The Black Economy And Black Money in India. Kumar explains why demonetisation did not have a compelling effect on the growth, how black money is calculated, and how movements can bring change in India.

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Abhinandan Sekhri speaks to Dr Vishal Rao, a Bangalore-based oncologist, who has developed a voice prosthesis called Aum that can help throat cancer patients speak after surgery. And unlike the expensive ones available in the market today, this device will cost Rs. 50.

The two also discuss the obstacles facing healthcare in India and what it costs to solve the healthcare needs of a country.

Read the full article here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2017/03/20/how-an-indian-doctor-is-giving-voice-to-the-voiceless

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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s a little sneak peak into the episode in which we discussed the recent assembly election results, Bharatiya Janata Party’s clean sweep in Uttar Pradesh elections, sexual harassment allegations against The Viral Fever’s Arunabh Kumar and more of the week's news.

Direct download: Chhota_Hafta_Episode-111.mp3
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Let's Talk About... has gone behind the paywall, but because we love our listeners, here's a sneak peak into the latest episode. Here's Let's Talk About: Privacy.

Privacy -- is it a personal or a policy issue? The dictionary defines privacy as a state in which one is free of attention and today, that state is harder and harder to achieve. Our privacy is often being invaded without us even realising it and many shrug at this fate. "What do I have to hide?" is the standard response to privacy being lost but the real question is "Why is your privacy so precious to others?" With the data collected by the Unique Identity project, aka Aadhaar, surfacing in unexpected, unauthorised places, you must know what your rights are and how the government helps you uphold them (or not). In this episode of Let's Talk About, Meghnad S, a public policy nerd and compulsive Lok Sabha TV watcher, speaks to lawyers, journalists, researchers, and businessmen to figure out what privacy is in the digital age and whether Aadhaar really is the way forward.

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What, dear listener, is freedom? Is it theaghori rolling around on the banks of the Ganges so that the American camera crew films him? Is it watching Lipstick Under My Burkha? Is it something that Randeep Hooda and his curly beard will give you? This week, Rajyasree Sen and Deepanjana Pal ponder on all this while they talk to director Alankrita Shrivastava about her "lady-oriended" film, Lipstick Under My Burkha. Hear their reviews of CNN's Believer With Reza Aslan and Hooda's new show on MTV, The Big F. Also, was Mira Rajput's comment on working women worth this much fuss? And both ladies have a lot to say about the allegations of sexual harassment against The Viral Fever's Arunabh Kumar. Also, Baahubali 2! All this and a lot more discussed and dissected in this episode of Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

 

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round up of sports. This week, they preview the third Test between India and Australia. They also talk about the DRS drama that refuses to die down despite BCCI withdrawing the complaint. Khan and Puri also discuss FC Barcelona's spectacular comeback in the Champions League tie against PSG. Listen up.

 

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Voting in all the five states have concluded, and as we wait for the results to be announced, news channels are busy predicting the results. Some news channels are relying on pollsters and some are asking parrots and tarot card readers. But can anyone actually predict the results? Saurabh Dwivedi, editor, TheLallantop.com, joins us on Hafta this week. Dwivedi has just returned to Delhi after travelling in Uttar Pradesh and covering as many constituencies as Akhilesh Yadav did. Dwivedi reflects on the ground realities of poll bound states, often ignored by prime time reports. The regular Hafta gang – Abhinandan Sekhri, Deepanjan Pal, Anand Ranganathan & Manisha Pande also discuss Swami Aseemanand’s acquittal in the Ajmer Dargah blast case, Rajeev Chandrashkhar’s temporary injunction notice against stories published in TheWire.in. Everyone weighs in on The Quint’s silence on gunner Roy Mathew’s death and a lot more. Listen up!

Direct download: NL_Hafta_Episode-110.mp3
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This week #JustSports discuss India’s win in the Bangalore test and Virat Kohli's comments on the use of the Decision Review System. Rahul Puri and Samar Khan argue if cricket is ready to make a comeback in Pakistan, and the worth of promises made by politicians to winning athletes. The two also debate the fate of Arsene Wenger whose contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season.

Direct download: Just_Sports_Episode-25.mp3
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