BIC TALKS

BIC TALKS

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Informed conversations by the Bangalore International Centre


Treating Cancer
Jun 1 • 32 min
Oncologist Dr. Hari Menon of Cytecare Cancer Hospital, Bengaluru talks to host Pavan Srinath about how treatable cancer is today, and a how cancer diagnosis is no longer always terminal. Don’t miss filmmaker and theatre practitioner Ranjan Kamath’s…
The Natural History of Viruses
May 28 • 46 min
Author, environmentalist and biochemist Pranay Lal talks to host Pavan Srinath about the curious world of viruses, their natural history, biology, and their role in maintaining human and global systems. Lal takes listeners on a rhapsodic journey through…
The Search for a Coronavirus Cure
May 25 • 47 min
Dr. Gagandeep Kang talks to host Pavan Srinath about ongoing drug development efforts against COVID-19. She discusses the challenges of developing antiviral medicines, unpacks the drug discovery process, and talks about the ongoing trials for drugs old…
Cultural Metaphors
May 21 • 47 min
Indian Ambassador Nirupama Menon Rao and Pakistani singer/writer Ali Sethi engage on the meaning of South Asian identity today. Is there a logic that makes for greater South Asian integration? South Asia is an integer despite the political and security…
Being a Smart City CEO
May 18 • 38 min
Raj Cherubal, CEO of Chennai Smart City Limited, talks to Pavan Srinath and Ravichandar about his life as an outsider, now working in an executive role within government - he is the first ‘non Government service’ CEO of a smart city. Raj Cherubal shares…
Aarogya Setu protocol
May 15 • 28 min
Arghya Sengupta, Founder and Research Director at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, talks to host Pavan Srinath about the Aarogya Setu app. He discusses how the app works, its benefits to health services and users, its trade-offs on privacy, and how its…
Legislating a Pandemic Response
May 11 • 31 min
M.R. Madhavan, President of PRS Legislative Research, talks to host Pavan Srinath about how the Indian State and Union legislatures have been missing in action during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the UK, New Zealand and other democracies have had an…
Migrants in Torment
May 7 • 47 min
Journalist Rohini Mohan talks to Clifton D’Rozario and Rajendran Narayanan on the dire challenges faced by millions of migrant workers stranded across India during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Rohini is an independent journalist. Clifton is a…
WhatsUp With Media
May 4 • 38 min
Journalist Krishna Prasad talks to Ravichandar about the disturbing present and future of news media in India. India ranks 140 out of 180 in press freedom in 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown may accelerate the decline of credible journalism,…
The Fiscal Action We Need Now
Apr 30 • 36 min
Eminent economist and former member of the 13th Finance Commission, Dr. Indira Rajaraman, talks to host Pavan Srinath about what immediate fiscal action can be taken by Union and State governments in India, as India exits the COVID-19 lockdown in May…
Pandemics in Prose
Apr 27 • 26 min
Samhita Arni and Gautham Shenoy discuss pandemic literature and what they reveal about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with host Pavan Srinath. Stories set during pandemics reveal a lot about human society – from The Iliad, to UR Ananthamurthy’s Samskara, to…
The Future of Performing Arts
Apr 23 • 31 min
Arundhati Nag, Nandita Das and V Ravichandar join host Pavan Srinath for a conversation on the future of arts and culture in India. They discuss how artists from all walks of Indian society are managing in these challenging times, and what the future…
Quest for a Vaccine
Apr 20 • 43 min
Award-winning Medical Scientist Dr. Gagandeep Kang talks to host Pavan Srinath about the development of vaccines, ongoing efforts on COVID-19, and the challenges of developing immunity and resistance against the pandemic. Dr. Kang is the Executive…
A Pandemic and American Politics
Apr 16 • 34 min
DC-based Chidanand Rajghatta talks to Ravichandar and Pavan Srinath. New York City and the United States are the global centres of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, with 500,000+ infected people and 20,000 deaths across the country. Chidanand Rajghatta…
Locked in: Mental Health, circa Covid-19
Apr 14 • 31 min
Dr. Shyam K Bhat and Anna Chandy in conversation with host Pavan Srinath. Mental health remains a stigma 2020. How can Indians overcome anxiety and depression? What are the new challenges posed by a global pandemic and an indefinite lockdown? Shyam is a…
Double Trouble: A Pandemic meets India’s Banking Crisis
Apr 10 • 33 min
The world in 2020 is facing an unprecedented health crisis and a daunting economic crisis. India has a festering banking crisis that makes dealing with the economic fallout of COVID-19 all the more difficult. Columnist, emerging markets investor and…
A Reformer We Forgot: VP Menon
Apr 6 • 40 min
Ambassador Nirupama Menon Rao talks to historian Narayani Basu about Narayani’s latest book: VP Menon: The Unsung Architect of Modern India. Who was VP Menon, and how did history forget the legendary civil servant and statesman? They discuss VP Menon’s…
Hospital Preparedness for Covid-19 in India
Apr 2 • 31 min
Dr. H Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman of the Manipal Group of Hospitals, speaks to host Pavan Srinath and provides clarity about what the Indian Health system needs to do handle Covid-19. Dr. Ballal is a Nephrologist, President of NatHealth and part of the…
Ramping up India’s Covid-19 testing
Mar 30 • 31 min
Dr. Vijay Chandru, Chairman Strand Life Sciences is in conversation with Pavan Srinath. Dr. Chandru talks about the nature of the SARS-COV-2 genome and the race to ramp up testing in India.
Tackling Covid-19 with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Mar 27 • 33 min
Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw talks to Pavan Srinath on day 1 of the 21 day lock down in India. She talks about the need for the lock down, the need for more focussed testing, the availability of test kits, vaccine development, treatment drugs and the…
Episode 0: Starting Out
Mar 26 • 9 min
BIC Talks continues the BIC ethos - to inform, engage and delight listeners. Episode 1 is a soft launch. Ravichandar, Raghu Tenkayala and Lekha Naidu of BIC are in conversation with host, Pavan Srinath. They provide the rationale for BIC Talks and what…