The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma
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Presented by Amit Varma (a journalist for a decade-and-a-half, and winner of the prestigious Bastiat Prize for journalism in 2007 and 2015 -- the only person to win it twice), the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects. For example: the ban on surge pricing by Uber in Delhi. What is seen is that Uber no longer costs so much; what is unseen is that you cannot get an Uber at all, because of the scarcity that is a direct result of the price control. The host explains the economic reasoning at work, and talks to an expert who breaks it down further.
The host will have a panel of experts at his disposal, from a variety of disciplines, and will speak to a relevant expert in every episode. Subjects covered will range from broad ones like the state of education in India, to narrower ones like the banning of 'victimless crimes' like prostitution and gambling.
Ep 191: Our Cities After Covid-19
Ep 190: Queeristan
Ep 189: The Acting Life
Ep 188: What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
Ep 187: Dadabhai Naoroji and the Fight for India
Ep 186: What Have We Done With Our Independence?
Ep 185: Fixing Indian Education
Ep 184: Finding Dara Shukoh
Ep 183: The Art of Narrative Nonfiction (+ JBS Haldane)
Ep 182: Conversation and Society
Ep 181: The Dragon and the Elephant
Ep 180: Elite Imitation in Public Policy
Ep 179: The Plight of Our Street Vendors
Ep 178: What Happened to Our Journalism?
Ep 177: India's Economy in the Time of Covid-19
Ep 176: The Nuances of Lockdown
Ep 175: The Indian Armed Forces
Ep 174: Tawaif
Ep 173: The Resonance of Akbar
Ep 172: The Many Cities of Delhi