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. 121: Public Choice Theory
Ep. 120: Resisting State Injustice
Ep. 119: Modi's Lost Opportunity
Ep. 118: Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction
Ep. 117: What is Libertarianism?
Ep. 116: India's Lost Decade
Ep. 115: The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva
Ep. 114: Crime in Indian Politics
Ep. 113: The Geopolitics of the Bangladesh War
Ep. 112: Early Indians