Newslaundry Conversations

Newslaundry Conversations

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A catalogue of all Newslaundry podcasts and shows…


Conversation: Ziya Us Salam on the vilification of the Tablighi Jamaat, its apolitical stance, and his latest book
Aug 5 • 53 min
Ziya Us Salam is a journalist and author. Presently the associate editor of Frontline, he has been associated with the Hindu for over two decades. His latest book, Inside the Tablighi Jamaat, delves into the religious organisation accused by the governing…
vs NL Ep 17: Should traditional currency be replaced by cryptocurrency?
Aug 4 • 24 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Conversation: Nitin Pai on liberal nationalism and how India became a society without compassion
Jul 28 • 17 min
Nitin Pai is the director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy. In the episode of NL Conversations, he speaks with Meghnad S about policy, ideology and technology.Talking about “liberal…
vs NL Ep 16: Is reservation desirable?
Jul 21 • 33 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Conversation: Gautam Mishra on creating the Spotify for news, regulating big tech, and paywalls
Jul 18 • 54 min
Check out Stop Press and susbcribe at https://stoppress.substack.com/In the latest episode of NL Conversations, Newslaundry’s Chitranshu Tewari speaks to Gautam Mishra, joining in from Melbourne. Gautam is the founder and chief executive officer of Inkl,…
Webinar: Do digital media platforms still want viral news?
Jul 17 • 46 min
In this age of the internet, there’s little that doesn’t go viral. Including the news. But there’s some confusion as to what is meant by “viral news” and what constitutes “viral content”. More to the point, is there a difference between “news” and…
Sanjay Jha on what ails the Congress and why he was sacked as party spokesman | NL Interview
Jul 17 • 11 min
Sanjay Jha is a politician, writer, and columnist. He was sacked as a spokesman of the Congress, apparently over a pair of articles in the Times of India where he criticised the party’s “leadership vacuum”, the lack of “internal democratic process that…
Interview: Swara Bhasker on nepotism in Bollywood and being an ‘armchair activist’
Jul 16 • 10 min
Swara Bhasker is one of India’s most outspoken celebrities, regularly lending her voice to progressive causes and public protests. This has made the actor known for her performances in Tanu Weds Manu, Anaarkali of Aarah, and Rasbhari one of the big…
vs NL Ep 15: Should countries be allowed to claim territory in space?
Jul 14 • 29 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Session with Sena: Reporting on the Central Vista project during a pandemic
Jul 8 • 36 min
In May, we released an NL Sena, “The New New Delhi”, a deep dive into the Narendra Modi government’s much-touted project to redesign Central Vista, the heart of the national capital. Reporter Hameeda Syed also analysed just why the government was pushing…
vs NL Ep 14: Should public health be prioritised over personal privacy?
Jul 7 • 30 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Conversation: Kritika Pandey on inspiration and winning the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Jul 6 • 36 min
Kritika Pandey is a writer and poet. Her short story The Great Indian Tee and Snakes recently won the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She has also won the 2020 James W Foley Memorial Award and the 2018 Harvey Swados Fiction Prize. Pandey sat down…
Podcast: Is the press free in India?
Jul 3 • 45 min
On the Global Press Freedom Index, India ranks 142 out of 180 countries. To make sense of why a country that prides itself on being the world’s largest democracy fares so abysmally on press freedom, it’s imperative to locate and speak about the different…
vs NL Ep 13: Should marijuana be legalised in India?
Jun 30 • 27 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Conversation: Lakshmi Chaudhry on news fatigue, newsletters, and news as an experience
Jun 27 • 41 min
The news media, like most spaces, has a big blindspot when it comes to the representation of women, even as they bear the brunt of the negative impact of the information explosion. How and why is it so? What can be done to rectify the situation. To…
What will it take for news media to survive the coronavirus crisis? | NL Webinar
Jun 25 • 89 min
The news media is in a crisis. Already struggling with falling revenues and eroding credibility, the media has been left to battle for survival by the Covid pandemic and its economic fallout. Is there a way of this crisis? If there’s, where does it…
Interview: Hasina Kharbhih on combating human trafficking in Northeast India
Jun 23 • 9 min
Hasina Kharbhih is the founder of the Impulse NGO Network, a civil society organisation based in Shillong, Meghalaya, which works to combat human trafficking in Northeast India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. INGON, as it’s popularly known, has helped…
Podcast: Is TV news dead?
Jun 23 • 49 min
Indian television news has acquired an unsavoury reputation over the past few years owing to the bombastic anchors and their primetime rants peddling bigotry. Now, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, as advertising revenues, the chief source of…
Podcast: Is TV news relevant in India today?
Jun 23 • 51 min
Following up on their last webinar, “Is TV news dead”, Roli Books brought together another panel to debate the other aspect of the topic, “Television News: Relevance and Credibility in Today’s India”. Abhinandan Sekhri, co-founder of Newslaundry, was…
Conversation: Happymon Jacob on India-China conflict, and why Kashmir is certain to erupt again
Jun 23 • 59 min
For over a month, India and China have been locked in a tense border conflict in eastern Ladakh. The standoff turned violent early this week, leading to the killing of 20 Indian soldiers. Grim as the situation is, it is not quite clear what exactly is…
Podcast: Is India’s print media ready for the web?
Jun 23 • 45 min
To sink or to float is the question. In India, as elsewhere, the internet revolution has compelled newspapers and magazines to transition to digital. The transition has been slow, however, and most newspapers and magazines are still primarily in the print…
vs NL Ep 12: Capitalism, socialism, communism, or libertarianism. Which system works best?
Jun 23 • 47 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Interview: Digvijaya Singh on Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP, and toeing the ‘soft Hindutva’ line
Jun 18 • 15 min
THIS IS JUST A TEASER.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW: https://bit.ly/NLInterviewDigvijayaSinghDigvijaya Singh is a senior Congress leader, Rajya Sabha MP, and the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. In this interview, he sits down with Newslaundry’s…
vs NL Ep 11: Does religion have a positive impact on society?
Jun 16 • 25 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Interview: Hardik Mehta on making Kaamyaab, co-writing Paatal Lok, chasing the dream in Mumbai
Jun 14 • 9 min
Hardik Mehta is a filmmaker. He’s known for the documentary Amdavad Ma Famous, which won him the National Award, and the recently released Kaamyaab, a cinematic homage to the Hindi film industry’s “side actors”. He also co-wrote the web series Paatal Lok,…
Interview: Bharatbala on documenting India under lockdown, patriotism, and Maa Tujhe Salaam
Jun 14 • 5 min
Filmmaker Bharatbala, who produced the iconic video for AR Rahman’s ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’, is known for the beauty of his visual frames. His Virtual Bharat initiative aims to document stories from across India through 1,000 films. His most recent initiative…
vs NL Ep 10: Are we living in a simulation?
Jun 9 • 30 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Conversation: Anand Patwardhan on the Centre’s apathy towards the poor, and the Ayodhya verdict
Jun 6 • 48 min
In the latest episode of NL Conversations, Newslaundry’s Mehraj D Lone speaks to Anand Patwardhan, one of India’s most prominent filmmakers and the director of documentaries like Ram Ke Naam, War and Peace, and Reason.Discussing the migrant worker crisis…
vs NL Ep 9: Is Twitter good for journalism?
Jun 2 • 22 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Conversation: Tongam Rina on racism and Big Media’s ignorance about the Northeast
May 30 • 47 min
Tongam Rina, an award-winning journalist, is an editor at the Arunachal Times. A credible and critical voice from India’s Northeast, she has had to deal with state hostility, online outrage, and a near-fatal attack.In this interview with Snigdha Sharma,…
Interview: Sanjaya Baru on Modi’s excessive self-confidence, and why India’s coronavirus response is faltering
May 29 • 8 min
As a veteran journalist, editor, author, former secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and media advisor to former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Sanjaya Baru has closely followed, and been involved in, India’s…
vs NL Ep 8: Which is truly cosmopolitan, Mumbai or Delhi?
May 26 • 29 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Interview: Sudhir Krishnaswamy on joining Facebook’s oversight board, and the ‘cultural difficulties’ of moderation
May 26 • 9 min
Over the past few years, Facebook has been embroiled in a number of controversies, especially those pertaining to the tech giant’s moderation policy. To address the latter issue, the company recently appointed a 20-member oversight board which will have…
vs NL Ep 7: Tea or coffee?
May 20 • 28 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything?We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL.Let’s make…
Conversation: Are public-private partnerships the solution to India’s healthcare woes?
May 13 • 70 min
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed in tragic detail the inadequacies of India’s healthcare system. While public healthcare, especially outside of major cities, is at best rudimentary, the private health sector, which accounts for the bulk of the…
vs NL Ep 6: Should governments spend on welfare?
May 12 • 28 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Webinar: Is India equipped to deal with the economic fallout of Covid-19?
May 12 • 66 min
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Bank says, there is a real risk of a global recession. In India, the economic fallout of the pandemic is compounding the problems – rising unemployment, manufacturing slowdown, and consumption stagnation…
vs NL Ep 5: Is veganism a better choice?
May 5 • 23 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
vs NL Ep 4: Should soldiers be allowed to express dissent publicly?
Apr 28 • 23 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything?We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
vs NL Ep 3: Should India’s sedition law be scrapped?
Apr 21 • 18 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything?We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Interviews: Stranded Indian students on expiring visas and an uncertain future
Apr 15 • 43 min
In this episode of NL conversations, part of Newslaundry’s ongoing series on Covid-19,Varun Thomas and James Asirvadam, discuss what it’s like being stuck in Europe as a result of the pandemic. They are both Newslaundry subscribers.Varun Thomas has…
vs NL Ep 2: Is the Aam Aadmi Party dabbling in soft Hindutva?
Apr 14 • 21 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Interview With Rohit Chakravarty: Don’t blame bats for the pandemic
Apr 11 • 31 min
The world’s gotten a little more interested in bats over the past one month or so, since the novel coronavirus hit global headlines. In this podcast, Manisha Pande brings on board Rohit Chakravarty to discuss this much-maligned mammal. Rohit is a PhD…
vs NL Ep 1: What’s better, Big Government or Small Government?
Apr 7 • 19 min
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don’t really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let’s make…
Interview: Harvard researchers on myths and realities of the coronavirus pandemic
Apr 1 • 56 min
Bhargav Krishna is a doctoral student at Harvard University’s TH Chan School of Public Health in the United States, and serves as adjunct faculty at the Public Health Foundation of India. Atif Adam holds joint faculty positions in the Department of Mental…
Mitigation vs suppression: Tomas Pueyo on fighting coronavirus
Apr 1 • 37 min
In this podcast, we explore various strategies for combating Covid-19.In this interview with Manisha Pande, Tomas Pueyo talks about India’s battle with the novel coronavirus, the fallout of the lockdown, and how the pandemic is reshaping the world.Pueyo…
कोविड-19 से निपटने के लिए सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक वाली रणनीति कारगर होगी
Mar 30 • 12 min
कोविड-19 पॉडकास्ट. इस सिरीज के तहत हम देश और दुनिया के अलहदा मीडिया संस्थानों द्वारा प्रकाशित होने वाली कोरोना से संबंधित लेख और रिपोर्ट्स को हिंदी पॉडकास्ट की शक्ल में आपके सामने रखेंगे. यह मूल लेख का अविकल अनुवाद नहीं बल्कि भावार्थ है.पहले पॉडकास्ट में…
Interview: Journalist Govindraj Ethiraj on busting fake news and data literacy
Mar 17 • 25 min
A journalist for over 25 years, Govindraj Ethiraj is the founder of Boomlive, a fake news busting website, Indiaspend, which specialises in data-driven public interest journalism, and Factchecker, which keeps a record of public figures who spread…