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The new podcast from ETH Zurich is here! The topics are as varied as the formats: In exciting background reports and expert talks we want to include everything that is thrilling, controversial, and fun about science and technology. ETH Zurich – Where the future begins! Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge. At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for i ...
 
From the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast features interviews and conversations with scholars and researchers working in and around Southeast Asia, all of whom have been invited to give a Gatty Lecture at Cornell University. Conversations cover the history, politics, economics, literature, art, and cultures of the region. Interviews are hosted by graduate students at Cornell University, and podcast topics cover the many nations and peoples of Sou ...
 
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How can students be expected to develop into intellectual adults if they are never exposed to the best reading that the English language has to offer?The New South Wales curriculum acknowledges that English is the national language of Australia, but what is it actually doing to educate the state's children in its use? Join us this week as we "talk …
 
On Wednesday, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court struck down the Maharashtra law that granted reservation to the Maratha community in admissions and government jobs in the state. The verdict in the matter is significant because it also talks about whether states should be allowed to identify and give reservation to Other Backward …
 
First, Indian Express’ investigative journalist Ritu Sarin, joins us to talk about her report that reveals how the lack of government coordination has led to a halt in the country’s largest oxygen cylinder manufacturing units. Next, Indian Express’ Abhishek Angad, explains how COVID-19 infections are increasing in rural Jharkhand, and how some doct…
 
First, Liz Matthew joins the show to discuss LDF's victory in Kerala, the reasons for BJP's abysmal performance, and the challenges that lie ahead for the new government. Next, Amitabh Sinha explains the role of the double mutant variant in India's second surge. He also explains why it is essential to study emerging variants of Covid-19. (11:00) An…
 
In this week's episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast, Michael chats with Joe Pittayaporn about a talk he gave at Cornell in February 2021, as part of the Gatty Lecture series. That talk, was titled, "Old Thai and the Arrival of Thai in Central Thailand." Joe and Michael also discuss his broader work on the history of language in Thailand, and…
 
Earlier this week, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Mamata Banerjee made history by returning to power in West Bengal for a third time. This happened despite the anti-incumbency against it, a wave of desertions from the party, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulling out all the big guns and resources to contest the polls. But how did the TM…
 
First, Kaunain Sheriff joins the show to discuss some members of India's Covid task force are pushing for a nation-wide lockdown. Next, Dr Anthony S Fauci, chief medical advisor to the Biden Administration, speaks to Indian Express about what India should do to contain the second surge of the coronavirus. And finally, Sofi Ahsan Patients joins to t…
 
First, Indian Express’ Associate Editor, Shubhajit Roy talks about the significance of India deciding to accept donations and aid from foreign nations after 16 years. Next, Indian Express’ Anand Mohan shares the findings of his analysis that shows the gap between the official covid deaths in Delhi and what we are seeing in the city’s crematoriums a…
 
First, Prabha Raghavan joins the podcast to explain the possible reasons behind the recently-announced prices of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. Next, Deeptiman Tiwary discusses the latest problem in the supply of the life-saving oxygen in our pandemic-hit country. Finally, we go over details of the Co-Win app crash yesterday after registration began for…
 
First, Indian Express’ Ritika Chopra, who reports on the Election Commission (EC), talks about why the Madras High Court has criticized the commission, to what extent its criticism is fair, and what the EC didn’t end up doing. Next, Indian Express’ Arun Janardhanan, who reports on Tamil Nadu, talks about why the state government has allowed Vedanta…
 
In the 47th episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast, Michael sits down with John Burgess, author and former journalist at the Washington Post, to discuss a recent lecture he gave at Cornell, titled, "Cambodia's Angkor Temples as a Military Prize: The World War II Experience." They also discuss John's broader book project, Angkor's Temples in th…
 
First, Shubhajit Roy, Deputy Chief of Indian Express' National Bureau joins the show to discuss the Biden administration extending support to India, the reasons for this change in stance, and its significance. He also talks of support to pandemic-ridden India from unexpected quarters. Next, Manoj CG discusses why four Opposition states have said th…
 
First, Sofi Ahsan joins the show to discuss the ongoing court battle between the Delhi government and the Centre with regard to the acute oxygen shortage in the national capital. Next, Apurva Vishwanathan gives us details of the Supreme Court’s suo motu cognizance in pandemic-related matters including concerns raised about the appointment of Harish…
 
The Magna Carta has become an enduring symbol of freedom, a triumph over power and tyranny. But would you be surprised to learn that, not only did the great charter have many lives it, "was completely misrepresented?"This is the story, beautifully and methodical told, in historian Dr Zachary Gorman's latest book: Summoning Magna Carta: Freedom's Sy…
 
First, Astha Saxena, who reports on health for the Indian Express (IE), talks about how hospitals in Delhi are struggling with an acute shortage of oxygen, the reasons behind it, and what is being done to solve this problem. Next, Avaneesh Mishra, who reports on Uttar Pradesh for the IE, talks about how the state is dealing with the current COVID-1…
 
ETH series on the topic of uncertainty, part 5 Helga Nowotny is an internationally recognised researcher on Social Studies of Science. She is professor emerita from the ETH and is on many advisory boards. Eric Burns just finished his Ph.D. at ETH and is pursuing a career in Switzerland. In the last episode of the Uncertainty-Series, we talk to Helg…
 
First, Indian Express' Prabha Raghavan joins the show to discuss the big changes in the government's vaccine policy that were recently announced. Next, Manoj CG tells us about the concerns being raised by Opposition Chief Ministers regarding the changes. And finally, we go over the details of the tragedy in Nashik where an oxygen tank leakage cause…
 
India has been struggling to deal with the second COVID-19 wave. This wave, which is bigger than the first one, came as a surprise to many, including some health experts. But at the same time, there were others who had warned us about this. It is now evident that red flags raised by serosurveys and genome sequencing were ignored, and this left us i…
 
In this week's episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind, Michael sits down with Van Tran to discuss her recent Gatty Lecture, "Activist Resilience under Repression:  The Role of Bystander Protection in the Burmese Pro-Democracy Movement." The organizations and individuals mentioned in the podcast are: (myanmar-now.org), (frontiermyanmar.net), (@the_ayem…
 
First, Astha Saxena, who reports on health for the Indian Express (IE), talks about why Delhi is India's worst affected city by COVID-19 right now, how it is struggling with a shortage of bed and oxygen, and the measures the government is taking to bring down the surge cases. Next, Krishn Kaushik, who covers defence for IE, talks about China’s refu…
 
First, Amitabh Sinha joins the show to tell us about an important new study published by The Lancet that indicate towards Covid-19 transmission being primarily airborne. Next, Tabassum Barnagarwala explains the extent of the shortage of medical oxygen in India along with the reasons behind the crisis. And finally, Prabha Raghavan talks about US' em…
 
India is on everyone's agenda here in Australia, but do we really understand the country -- and the opportunities it offers? We're joined this week by Natasha Jha Bhaskar, general manager of Newland Global Group (NGG) and a frequent commentator on Australia-India relations. With 12 years of experience working in the Indian Parliament, Natasha now h…
 
First, Sukrita Baruah, who covers education for the Indian Express (IE), talks about the government’s decision regarding CBSE exams, and why Class 12 exams are not being considered for the online mode. Next, Sohini Ghosh, who reports on Gujarat for IE, talks about how the state is handling the current wave of the pandemic. From lack of medical infr…
 
First, Kaunain Sheriff joins the show to tell us all we need to know about foreign vaccines in India, from the government’s fast-track approval process to how it will affect the ongoing inoculation drive. Next, Vishwas Waghmode, Indian Express’ correspondent from Mumbai tells us about the new curfew-like curbs in Maharashtra. (9:45) And finally, Di…
 
India is grappling with a massive second wave of COVID-19 infections. Due to this rise, it has become the country with the second-highest number of cases globally. In this episode, we speak to noted epidemiologist Dr Giridhar Babu about the reasons behind this surge, whether a lockdown would be an effective strategy against it, the role of vaccinat…
 
In the first episode of Season 6 of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast, Michael sits down with Professor Cheree Quizon to discuss her recent Gatty Lecture, "Beyond Bloody Reds: Notes on the Significance of Morinda in the Bagobo Textile Hierarchy." Michael and Professor Quizon discuss her work in textiles in the Philippines, her current projects, rese…
 
First, we are joined by Kaunain Sheriff M to discuss Covid-related issues flagged by the Central team of experts from the top three surge states. Then we talk to Tabassum Barnagarwala about the reasons behind the shortage of Remdesivir, how its affecting the country’s pandemic response, and how it is being dealt with. And finally we go over the eve…
 
First, Ravik Bhattacharya, who writes on West Bengal politics for (IE), talks about four people being killed by CISF in Cooch Behar during polls. He details what led to the incident, and the political reactions to the incident. Next, Krishn Kaushik explains the controversy around a US warship passing through India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), t…
 
Many cultural forces continue to weed out books, tear down statues and shame celebrities, who buck fashionable opinion. As a result, the cultural putsch in many western institutions strikes at liberal values. We are told these purges are necessary to “prevent harm.” In any case, society has “moved on” from the past.But is cancel culture simply abou…
 
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