Newslaundry Podcast (general)

It was World Press Freedom Day on May 3 and we kick off this week's Hafta with a discussion on the current state of media in India, especially the television news media -- did Arnab Goswami kill TV journalism? Atul Chaurasia, executive editor at Newslaundry, joins the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan and Manisha Pande to discuss the Aam Aadmi Party fiasco and the murder of a Muslim man in Bulandshehar by alleged Hindu Yuva Vahini members. The team also discusses Justice CS Karnan's non-bailable warrants against seven Supreme court judges and Hasan Minhaj's performance at White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Oh, and we have three song dedications this week!


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This week, Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, the trailers for Behan Hogi Teri, Baywatch and ALT Balaji's latest show The Test Case. And of course, there are so many ads to discuss, from Heineken to Shan Food's, created by Ogilvy India and Ogilvy Pakistan. They also weigh in on Vir Das's debut performance at Conan O'Brien's show and Hasan Minhaj's performance at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner and what it says about journalism in the age of Trump. 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. They discuss the fierce competition in the Premier League, the difficult English weather and why teams from the Premier League seem to do well domestically but struggle in Europe.

They also talk about the fairytale win of Aizwal FC in the I-League, and what it means for Indian football. Could there be a biopic on the young lads of Aizwal?

And the fight between the BCCI and the ICC. Does there need to be changes made to the game? Listen Up!


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In Rajasthan's Alwar, a diary farmer, Pehlu Khan was killed by a cow vigilante group affiliated to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal, on the suspicion that he was smuggling cows. Yet ministers like Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi are refuting the existence of such groups or incidents-why is that? Ullekh NP, Executive Editor, of Open, joins the Hafta gang Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan and Anand Vardhan to discuss beef politics and how he managed to write about the personal life of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his latest book The Untold Vajpayee. We also discuss the working conditions of doctors in India, and if they should be striking at all. And finally, the Uttar Pradesh government's decision to waive off farmer loans worth Rs 36,359-crore. How good or bad is this decision? Is Urijit Patel right in criticising the idea? This and much more discussed and dissected on this episode of Hafta. Listen Up!

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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s a little sneak peak of the complete episode where Deepanjana Pal joins us to discuss Amit Shah's Mission Bengal, Sukma attack and its media coverage and more.

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round-up of sports. This week they wade into the Messi vs Ronaldo debate in the wake of El Clásico; Maria Sharapova's return and what this means for tennis. They also discuss the rising crop of young players and their impact on this year's IPL. All this and more on this week's Just Sports.

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Raghu Rai, one of India's most well-known photographers, with five decades of experience, speaks to Madhu Trehan about his latest book Saint Teresa of Calcutta: A Celebration of Her Life & Legacy. Rai also discusses working closely with Indira Gandhi, covering the Jayaprakash Narayan movement and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the relationship he shared with Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his views on mobile photography.

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This week Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss The Zookeeper's Wife and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Noor,which is based on Saba Imtiaz's novel Karachi, You're Killing Me! The two also discuss Deepika Padukone's new coke ad, Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and Prayaag Akbar's book, Leila. All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of the Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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Prayaag Akbar speaks to Madhu Trehan about his book Leila. Is Leila Muslim or Hindu? He cracks open the economic divide that creates psyche separations. Do we now have to live in the shadow of vigilantism? Is there any place in the world that is safe? Divisiveness is now official all over the world.

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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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