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Resisting State Injustice

Conventional wisdom holds that there are three ways to respond to injustice by the state: we may leave, complain, or comply. Philosopher Jason Brennan joins Amit Varma in episode 120 of The Seen and the Unseen to argue that there is a fourth option: to resist. 

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Working with Government

This is Episode 95 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Bangalore has at least a 20 year legacy of private citizens working with city and state governments in a variety of ways. V Ravichandar symbolises that, as over the last 19 years, he has worked with governments, has driven change while being completely outside government, and has opposed government policies effectively as well. V...

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ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಪ್ರಾಧ್ಯಾಪಕನ ಬದುಕು-ಬವಣೆ.The Life of an Ecology Professor.

This is episode 21 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಾಧ್ಯಾಪಕರ ಜೇವನ ಹೇಗಿರುತ್ತೆ? ಅದೂ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತವಾದಂತಹ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ? ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ ಪ್ರಗತಿಗೆ ಅನೇಕ ರೆಟಿಯ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ ಆದರೆ ಇದನ್ನು ಸಾಧಿಸಲು ಬೇಕಾದಂತಹ ನಾಡಿನ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ, ಮತ್ತು ಪಾಂಡಿತ್ಯದ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗಳು ಏನು? ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಪಾಡ್ಕಾಸ್ತಿನ 21ನೆ ಎಪಿಸೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಶ್ವೇಶ...

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Modi’s Lost Opportunity

Despite being a Congress spokesperson, economist Salman Soz was hopeful in 2014 that the Modi government would be good for India. As the title of his new book indicates, that turned out to be quite The Great Disappointment. Soz joins Amit Varma in episode 119 of The Seen and the Unseen to elaborate on the many economic failures of the Modi government. He also tackles tough questions on the...

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A Global Vox Populi

Jacob Poushter joins host Hamsini Hariharan to discuss international public opinion and how people around the world think about the United States, China and world politics.

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Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction

The Indian economy has the seeds of a horror film, with zombies stalking the landscape. Air India is one. Jet could have been another had it been rescued. Economist Ajay Shah joins Amit Varma in episode 118 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the importance of creative destruction, and why failing firms should be allowed to die. Also discussed: price controls and market failure.

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ನಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕಳು. The Children of India.

This is episode 20 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಆಹಾರ, ಪೌಷ್ಟಿಕತೆ, ಮತ್ತು ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದು ಸಮಗ್ರತಾ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಗೆ ನೋಡಬಹುದು? ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಪೋಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ 20ನೆ ಎಪಿಸೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಲಲಿತ ಪುಲವರ್ತಿಯವರು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆ, 47ಕೋಟಿಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಲಲಿತ ಪುಲವರ್ತಿ ಅವರು ಸೋಷಿಯೋಲೋಜಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪಿ.ಎಚ್.ಡಿ...

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Freedom on the Internet

This is Episode 94 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Internet access is an essential part of many of our lives. And in 2019, there are more than 500 million broadband internet connections in the country. While celebrating this success, we also need to ask how our rights and freedoms must be protected on the internet. Net neutrality, internet shutdowns, website blocks, online...

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Surat vs the British Empire

Mir Moin joins Hamsini Hariharan to tell the story of how a prince from Surat raised a private's member's bill in the British Parliament in 1856 and changed the course of Indian history.

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What is Libertarianism?

“In a sense there have always been but two political philosophies: liberty and power.” David Boaz. author of The Libertarian Mind, joins Amit Varma in episode 117 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain what libertarian thinking stands for, and to bust some of the misconceptions around it.

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Markets in Space

This is Episode 93 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Space exploration was unthinkable for anyone except the US and the USSR in the early 1960s. Today, students and startups can launch satellites into space. Narayan Prasad joins us on the latest episode of The Pragati Podcast to tell us about this amazing transformation of human activities in space. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly...

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ಬಂತು ಬಂತು, ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಬಂತು! Election Season is here.

This is episode 19 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಅನ್ನೋದು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಹಬ್ಬಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಏನೂ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ನಗರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮತದಾನ ಮಾಡಲು ಏಕೆ ಅಷ್ಟು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಜನರು ಬರುತ್ತಾರೆ? ಈ ವರ್ಷ ಏನಾದರೂ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ಕಾಣಬಹುದೆ? ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಎಚ್. ಎಸ್. ಈ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಸ್ಪೆಷಲ್ ಎಪಿಸೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಜೊತೆ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯ ಹಿಂದೆ...

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India’s Lost Decade

In 2008, India was growing at 8.8% and was described as a miracle economy. It all went downhill in the next 10 years. Puja Mehra, author of The Lost Decade, joins Amit Varma in episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the random events, political imperatives and human dramas that collided to bring us to the brink of a crisis.

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Public Choice, Voting and Governance

Is it rational to vote? Is it rational for us to think about government as a benign entity? Amit Varma is back on Episode 92 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about public choice theory and how it can inform our thinking about governments and public decision-making.

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