Best Currentaffairs Podcasts (2020)
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Bloomberg | Quint is a multi-platform, Indian business and financial news company. We combine Bloomberg’s global leadership in business and financial news and data, with Quintillion Media’s deep expertise in the Indian market and digital news delivery, to provide high quality business news, insights and trends for India’s sophisticated audiences.
 
CNA Talks covers the topics of today from foreign policy and defense to policing, education and more. Each episode features a discussion on current affairs led by our in-house experts. CNA is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance.
 
With the clowns having taken over the asylum in Washington D.C., it's only right that you get your weekly news analysis from comedians.Risking their own sanity to help make sense of the world around us, Dr. David Robinson and 'The Black Voice of Reason 'Tymon Shipp' are joined by a rotating panel of Cognitive Dissidents including Erika Schickel, Jim Coughlin, Cat Alvarado, Josh Greenberg, Michelle March, Liz Stewart and more! Take all that and add a 'Burst of Durst' from five-time Emmy nomin ...
 
A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world. A SupChina production, hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn.
 
Daniel Harper is a researcher into the far-right who goes where few others can bear to go: he listens to what the white nationalists, white supremacists, and nazis (and all the rest) say to each other in their huge online subculture of podcasts, etc. In this timely, popular, shocking but (hopefully) accessible and entertaining anti-fascist podcast, Daniel tells his buddy Jack Graham all about what he learned from listening to what the terrible people of the far-right say to each other in *th ...
 
Ever wondered how automation will change the world? Maybe you puzzle over what India could do to ease traffic congestion, or how China's aircraft carriers will transform Indian Ocean geopolitics? All Things Policy, a daily podcast brought to you by the Takshashila Institution, brings you all the answers. Every weekday, our researchers break down complex economic and geopolitical ideas through the lens of current events. For everyone from the busy executive to the curious student, All Things ...
 
Bangalore International Centre (BIC) is a non profit, public institution which serves as an inclusive platform for informed conversations, arts and culture. BIC TALKS aims to be a regular bi-weekly podcast that will foster discussions, dialogue, ideas, cultural enterprise and more.
 
Welcome to the Irrelevant News Podcast! A weekly podcast where we talk about the worst news stories, so you don't have to. Hosted by Joe Parker, Callum Parker, Lo Axenderrie, and Will Strike. Join us on our journey throughout the kingdom of irrelevant journalism, and hopefully, have a few laughs along the way. Catch us late every weekend.
 
Sit down with Viewpoints each week as we report on social issues, the environment, history, food – you name it. What’s it like to give birth in prison? Could the plague resurface with climate change? How has politics been permanently reshaped by the Trump era? Candid stories on topics you should know, plus Culture Crash – a three-minute recap on a timely topic in media to keep you up-to-date on all things music, TV and film. Hosted by Marty Peterson, Gary Price, Evan Rook and produced by Ami ...
 
In this podcast we will discuss current affairs centered around national security, politics, religion, and social justice issues. Our goal is not to give our listeners the answers but rather to encourage them to discover their own authentic truth. My goal is to encourage people to think beyond their comfort zones. I want to encourage people to recognize their biases and challenge themselves to extend their thinking to consider different points of view. Incidentally, I do not see "bias" autom ...
 
A fortnightly podcast that explains things in the news to help you appear smarter, to an audience that knows no less ;-). Basically, we take topics and attempt to deconstruct them - using generous pilfering from Wikipedia, a bit of humour (that's a flexible usage of the word), Wodehouse quotes and more. Occasionally, we invite guests who know better than us (not a high bar) to discuss fun careers and stuff. Hosted by three pun-loving madcaps who think Malad is the best thing since Android: C ...
 
Stance is an independent award-winning arts and culture podcast run by journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis. Guests so far include musician Four Tet, singer-producer Nao, authors Yaa Gyasi, Sayaka Murata and Valeria Luiselli, lawyer and campaigner Gina Miller, singer Jessie Ware, poets Fatimah Asghar, John Cooper Clarke & Kate Tempest, actor Riz Ahmed, Me Too founder Tarana Burke, playwrights Inua Ellams, Natasha Gordon & Sabrina Mahfouz, writer and activist Janet Mock, DJ-producer Kaytra ...
 
Foreign correspondent and world affairs editor John Simpson has risked life and limb reporting for the BBC for over 52 years. The Tiananmen Square massacre, Iraq, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Bosnia – you name it he was there. He’s been punched by a UK Prime Minister, bombed by US ‘friendly fire’, watched Saddam Hussein’s execution and whilst experimenting with some hallucinogenic offerings in the deepest Amazon was once hugged by a six foot goldfish wearing sunglasses. On season 1 of John Simpson ...
 
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The United States, the Afghan government, and the Taliban are vying for advantage in the ongoing talks. In a conversation with Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan, Takshashila's distinguished fellow, Anand Arni dissects the strategies of various players and what they mean for India. You can follow Anand on twitter: @anand_arni (https://twitter.…
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with the Los Angeles–based film producer Peter Shiao about his vision of bringing wuxia 武侠 — a genre that tells stories of chivalrous martial artists with supernatural abilities — to global audiences through comics, graphic novels, and films. The son of renowned martial arts novelist Shiao Yi (蕭逸 Xiāo Yì), who pass…
 
Preetipls (Singapore’s TOP everything!) has made waves as a viral internet sensation with videos ranging from her parody of 'Orchard Road’s Fashion Police' to videos poking fun at more serious topics such as 'racial harmony' in Singapore. She discusses her life, comedy, and philosophy with PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore). In partic…
 
Reforms are long overdue in India's power sector. Does the recent draft Electricity Amendment Bill offer viable solutions? Anupam Manur and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the challenges India's power sector faces and analyze whether the draft bill provisions can address them. You can follow Anupam on twitter: @anupammanur (https://twitter.com/anupammanur)…
 
On the latest episode of our occasional series, Polar Politics, Josh Tallis sits down with Mark Rosen and Cornell Overfield. They discuss the treaties and agreements that govern the Polar Regions writ large, before taking a deep dive into the Antarctic Treaty system. Go to www.cna.org/CNAtalks to learn more about the participants and listen to more…
 
A recent declaration from a group of experts calls for a different strategy to deal with COVID-19: one of achieving herd immunity while protecting the vulnerable. The majority of experts oppose this, pointing out that the idea is impractical and that there are no alternatives to robust public health measures. Sunila Dixit and Shambhavi Naik talk to…
 
It has been a busy time for content moderation and social media. Facebook has updated its policy on holocaust denial and Delhi’s Peace and Harmony Committee recently talked about the outcomes of content moderation practices on Facebook. Manoj Kewalramani talks to Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth for analysis on developments. Link to register for our w…
 
Authors Devi Yesodharan and Samhita Arni talk about how sex is depicted in literature and epics and how they can inform healthier conversations in the 21st century. They explore how Indian epics like Kalidasa’s Kumārasambhava, to Andal’s poetry, to the Arabian Nights and Dante’s Divine Comedy, approach various aspects on sex, courtship, and relatio…
 
What’s fuelling political instability in Pakistan? Why are opposition parties rallying behind former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - and against army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa? Has the COVID-19 pandemic altered Pakistani politics? In a conversation with Suyash Desai, Pranay Kotasthane and Anand Arni try and unpack the dramatic developments in …
 
On this week's episode of the Unnatural Selection Podcast we discuss a bunch of stuff: Clean cut boy joins the show - where’s Pirate Direen? Everyone’s upset about the lockdown, but please don’t take it out on the horses. The unofficial VicGov needle exchange in hotel quarantine. Australia Post gifts $20,000 in watches for senior managers. James Sh…
 
With the election looming on the horizon, this week brought lots of questions like: “Can you really say someone is ‘being Presidential’ if it’s more likely that they’ve just ‘been sedated’?” “Do debates actually serve any purpose?” And “Is the horizon really the best place to loom?” Cognitive Dissidents Klee Wiggins, Ed Greer, “The Black Voice of R…
 
Musician and Museum Director Manasi Prasad joins host Pavan Srinath to talk about the life and work of Mysore T Chowdiah (1885 – 1967), violin maestro, innovator, composer and teacher of Carnatic music. Manasi also discusses the larger role of Mysore in music and performing arts over the last two centuries, and locates Chowdiah within it. She also …
 
The Arthashastra is famously believed to have been composed by Chanakya, the prime minister of Chandragupta Maurya. But a new wave of scholarship is challenging that idea. Was Chanakya real? Who really wrote the Arthashastra, and what does it tell us about the literature, courts and politics of both modern and ancient India? To get answers, Anirudh…
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Sebastian Strangio, the Southeast Asia editor at The Diplomat, about his new book, In the Dragon's Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century. The book examines how each of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (except Brunei) has coped with China's rapid reemergence as a regio…
 
Philosopher Farhan Idris returns to Political Agenda to discuss how liberation of the mind goes hand in hand with liberation of the body, and how Bras Basah Open tries to create spaces where people can come together and engage in new modes of humanistic inquiry, discussion and critique for collective freedom. He also discusses his life, being a phi…
 
Around 97% of all global communications are facilitated by submarine telecom cables. These cables, and the online connectivity they enable, are crucial to India's economic recovery and progress. What are the possible threats to these cables? And how can India secure them? Anirudh Kanisetti joins Aditya Pareek to discuss. You can find Aditya Pareek'…
 
Prolonged periods of isolation and loss of jobs due to COVID-19 have resulted in rising cases of suicide, depression, and anxiety. Open conversations about mental health are the best way to address the stigma surrounding it. Sunila Dixit talks to Ann John of Global Youth Mental Health awareness about various aspects of mental health and what can be…
 
The US Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law came out with a 449-page report on monopoly power in digital markets. How might recommendations from this report impact the functioning of Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook across different countries? Anupam Manur and Rohan Seth join Prateek Waghre in reading the fine print. Lin…
 
It's been an eventful couple of weeks in matters relating to space, with eight nations signing an agreement on moon exploration and new advances in the reusable craft. Suyash Desai talks to Aditya Pareek about these developments and more. You can check out Aditya Pareek's newsletter Space Matters here: https://takshashila.org.in/space-matters-v-0-1…
 
This week we take a deep dive into how to manipulate elections, whilst breaking open a large story connecting Brexit and the Russian ambassador. We also go through how Murdoch consolidates media outlets, how foreign nations conduct PsyOps as well as how companies likely Cambridge Analytica are hired to swing elections. 3 big stories on the 1 year a…
 
In 2016, President Trump ran on a platform that vowed to deport all of the undocumented immigrants in the country. However, four years later and this population is still relatively the same. Is it a practical plan to deport millions who have lived in the U.S. for more than a decade, are law-abiding and fill important jobs that would otherwise be va…
 
Each year, white collar crime results in losses that range between 300 and 800 billion dollars. Comparatively, other street-level crimes only total 16 billion dollars. Despite the huge cost, we seldom hear about lasting consequences for corporate offenders. We explore the prevalence of white-collar crime in our country and the systems that allow th…
 
Leave it to the shambling heap of viral load to wuss out of a debate and still try to talk over his opponent. Can America survive another four years of a man whose best argument against the existence of institutionalized racism is that he’s a racist, but he still hasn’t been institutionalized? Cognitive Dissidents David "Rosie" Rosenberg, Cat Alvar…
 
Christopher Cantwell, the 'Crying Nazi', was recently tried and convicted in a federal court in New Hampshire. As our regular listeners will know, we've been following Cantwell's fortunes for some time. In this episode, Daniel and Jack are joined by special guest, journalist and Cantwell expert Hilary Sargent, to talk about the trial, and the long,…
 
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