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A Fracture and A Truce

Episode 2, 'A Fracture and A Truce' I April 2022
Podcast I 30 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
In the late 1990s, an injured Jarawa boy from the jungles of Andaman islands was medically cared for by settlers. That interaction set off a domino of changes; both good and bad.

Tribal Agency

Episode 4, 'Tribal Agency' I June 2022
Podcast I 30 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Indigenous communities need to have a say in changes being made to their land. An anthropologist, a doctor and a filmmaker who have interacted closely with them, tell us why.

Kamala Thiagarajan: Climate Change and the Poor.

Episode 4, ‘Deconstruct’ I July 2022
Podcast I 24 Minutes
By Chetan Ashish
In a recent British Medical Journal article, Madurai, South India-based freelance writer Kamala Thiagarajan underlines how climate change is also about our economy. Her story holds a stethoscope to income losses of underprivileged people falling sick amid soaring temperatures.

Surabhi Yadav: Leisure is a Feminist Issue

Episode 5, ‘Deconstruct’ I July 2022
Podcast I 24 Minutes
By Shiksha Jural
Surabhi Yadav may be an engineer by education but it is her photography that has cast the spotlight on her. Through an Instagram page filled with pictures of women watching a movie, wearing a beauty mask, or eating an ice cream, she throws light on a gender-biased oddity.

Ojaswwee Sharma: Every Right Has a Gender

Episode 6, ‘Deconstruct’ I August 2022
Podcast I 20 Minutes
By Shiksha Jural
Transgender people face many atrocities if they choose to live a normal life attending school and College. Ojaswwee Sharma talks about a documentary he made on Dhananjay who battled prejudices and attacks to fight for the empowerment of her community.

Shrayana Bhattacharya: Shahrukh, Women and Economics

Episode 7, ‘Deconstruct’ I August 2022
Podcast I 20 Minutes
By Madhura Sen
Economist Shrayana Bhattacharya speaks about her book "Desperately Seeking Shahrukh" and how Shahrukh Khan transformed into a research method to understand the economic lives of women in India.

Paromita Vohra on Writing the Film 'Khamosh Pani'

Episode 8, ‘Deconstruct’ I September 2022
Podcast I 28 Minutes
By Shiksha Jural
Filmmaker and writer Paromita Vohra will walk you through the experience of writing the 2003 film Khamosh Pani that spotlights violence on women during the partition and the impact on their lives following radicalisation in 1970s Pakistan. As we celebrate 75 years of independence and mark equal number of years of partition, this story deserves a revisit.

Religious About Jabs

Episode 2, ‘Keeping the Faith’ I November 2021
Podcast I 12 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Jinesh Shah heads an initiative that tirelessly works to accommodate covid vaccination camps at a Jain temple in India's western metropolis, Mumbai. The initiative looks beyond people's caste or religion, offering help even to the homeless. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Right to Education and Phones

Episode 3, ‘Keeping the Faith’ I November 2021
Podcast I 12 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran and Sayantan Banerjee
As‌ ‌schools‌ in India ‌take ‌the‌ ‌online‌ ‌route‌ ‌due to the COVID-19 pandemic,‌‌‌ economically ‌poor‌ ‌children‌ ‌without‌ ‌smartphones‌ ‌feel ‌abandoned‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌system.‌ ‌But Anjali Gurmukhani Sharma‌, who’s from Charter‌ ‌for‌ Compassion, ‌empathetically‌ ‌tries ‌to‌ ‌ensure‌ ‌that underprivileged school girls,‌ ‌at‌ ‌risk‌ ‌of ‌being‌ ‌married‌ ‌or‌ ‌buried‌ ‌in‌ ‌housework,‌ ‌get‌ ‌phones‌ ‌to‌ ‌continue‌ ‌with‌ ‌online‌ ‌schooling.‌ (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

A Roll Call for Help

Episode 6, 'A Roll Call for Help' I March 2022
Podcast I 11 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Syed Azharuddin is part of the Students’ Islamic Organisation or SIO. During the pandemic many college students studying out of hostels away from home were stranded by the lockdowns. The SIO pedaled to provide food, funds and transport to students irrespective of their religion, squashing Islamophobic biases along the way.

Welfare for All

Episode 7, 'Welfare for All' I March 2022
Podcast I 13 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Indepreet Singh volunteers with the Hemkunt Foundation, a philanthropy that is run by people following the Sikh religion. During the pandemic, volunteers worked to construct makeshift clinics and oxygen-supplying centres during one of the gravest periods of the pandemic.

Ultimate Airbenders

Episode 3, ‘Games of Chance’ I November 2021
Podcast I 19 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran, Sayantan Banerjee
Ultimate frisbee fumigates mouldy sports norms. The mixed-gender, self-refereed sport is proving to be a game changer for underprivileged girls in fishing and tribal hamlets of India's Tamil Nadu state.

Deshi Matchups: Bangladesh’s women slam dunk gender biases

Episode 2, ‘Games of Chance’ I November 2021
Podcast I 21 Minutes
By Sayantan Banerjee
A spirited Bangladeshi sportswomen duo shouldered the responsibility of mentoring young female basketball players. This episode navigates their hurdle-riddled path to the basketball ring where they turned life's air balls into slam dunks.

Empathy douses Hatred and Hunger

Episode 4, 'Empathy douses Hatred and Hunger' I March 2021
Podcast I 14 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Karwan-e-Mohabbat is an organisation trying to fight bigotry with empathy and solidarity for families of people killed or lynched in the name of religion. During a complete shutdown of the country at the onset of the pandemic, they took it upon their shoulders to feed a forgotten group — thousands of workers who were walking home to stave off penury. Sadly, communalism kept raising its ugly head even in this depravity.

Death Does Not Do Us Apart

Episode 1, ‘Keeping the Faith’ I November 2021
Podcast I 12 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Tanveer Ahmed is helping bury and cremate people of all religions dying from the novel coronavirus when their families cannot do so. He is one of the volunteers from Mercy Angels, a philanthropy based in the south Indian city of Bengaluru and run largely by members of the Muslim community. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

A Stitch in Time

Episode 5, 'A Stitch in Time' I March 2021
Podcast I 10 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Delhi, India-based Jesuit Refugee Services(JRS) has been working towards a better life for Afghan and Myanmar’s Chin refugees, who find it tough to earn a livelihood as they are shunned as unwanted immigrants. During the COVID pandemic, many such refugee families spiralled into deeper poverty. But the Jesuit organization started a tailoring group for women to ward off this humanitarian crisis. With earnings trickling in from hand-stitched masks, clothes and decorations, these Chin and Afghan women are sensing some security.

The Return of the Spotted Cat

Episode 4, ‘Will the cheetah change its spots?’ I October 2021
Podcast I 26 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran, 
Sayantan Banerjee
The first few cheetahs get captured in South Africa ahead of their Indian odyssey. Will this wildlife experiment prove to be a boon or a bane for these spotted felines?

Land, Lions and Losses

Episode 2, ‘Will the cheetah change its spots?’ I October 2021
Podcast I 28 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran, 
Sayantan Banerjee
A sanctuary in Central India was readied for lions but the prides never arrived. In 2020, African cheetahs were proclaimed as the new tenants. Unfortunately, displaced indigenous communities bore the brunt of this dilly-dallying.

A Passage to India

Episode 3, ‘Will the cheetah change its spots?’ I October 2021
Podcast I 27 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran, 
Sayantan Banerjee
Grasslands are the favoured habitats of cheetahs. Will the reintroduction of these speedsters revive this much-neglected ecosystem?

End of an Era

Episode 1, ‘Will the cheetah change its spots?’ I October 2021
Podcast I 23 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran, 
Sayantan Banerjee
Cheetahs were docile, beautiful cats that many royals in India chose to capture. This greed for game hunting predators proved to be a death knell for the spotted cats in the South-Asian country.

Surrogate Mothers and the Pandemic

Episode 6, ‘Positive’ I September 2021
Podcast I 13 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Pinky and Meena didn’t imagine that one could conceive a baby without sexual intimacy. Then the financial torment of the pandemic brought them to surrogacy. Dr. Nayana Patel, who runs the hospital where Meena and Pinky enrolled as surrogates, describes the precarious hurdles her hospital faced during the pandemic.

Rukmini S. on Coronavirus Deaths in India

Episode 2, ‘Deconstruct’ I July 2021
Podcast I 25 Minutes
By Sayantan Banerjee
Data journalist Rukmini S. at Scroll.in unearths facts that signalled a clear spike in deaths due to the coronavirus. A mix of on-the-ground reporting and data analysis tells us what the government didn’t want us to know.
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