What podcasts do you listen to?

Hi everyone,

I have recently started listening to podcasts while travelling (I think I am at least 5 years late to the podcast bandwagon). I have particularly enjoyed ‘the Audio Long Read’ by the Guardian.

A couple of days ago, they published an episode on the history of electric cars. The author pointed out that fuel-run cars were revolutionary at the beginning of the 20th century because they replaced horse-drawn carriages, which drowned cities in horse manure (funnily enough, cars were called horseless carriages back then). However, manufacturers, policymakers and the public did not anticipate the environmental or the geopolitical impact of the large-scale consumption of fuel. The author warns that we must not make a similar mistake with electric vehicles. While they are touted as a solution to our environmental problem - Tesla tells you that you are doing a good deed if you are buying an EV - there are concerns. For example, see this piece, which discusses the child labour involved in cobalt mining, a key component in lithium-ion batteries.

I found the narrative telling. Innovations are projected as if they will only change the world for the better. Social media (read Facebook) was supposed to give voice to the voiceless until it also started manipulating elections. We must keep our eyes open to the adverse effects a technological advancement may cause and work towards mitigating them.

Since I enjoyed this podcast, I want to explore what this world has to offer. Please let me know your favourite podcasts. Also - I have been using Google Podcasts, but I am open to suggestions for better alternatives.

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Thank you Krishnesh, I am quickly listing down the podcasts that I listen to whenever I get time. I usually like to listen them when I am in a commute or doing some household chores. To be honest, I have not been listening as much as I should (not only to podcasts :grin:).

For mind and work

For heart and soul

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Man, when do you guys find the time to listen to podcasts? I have nowhere to drive for that long… One Amit Verma podcast takes me like a month to get through…

Having got the out of the way, I think Anurag Minus Verma has a great podcast

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Thanks Apar, Tanmay and Pranay. I have subscribed to most of these!

I have also started listening to 3 Things by the Indian Express which has become my go-to source for news updates and the Tech News Briefing by the Wall Street Journal.

I highly recommend WSJ’s last podcast on how 9/11 changed data privacy!

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I’m quickly jumping in here to plug my own podcast. It draws on the collective knowledge of civic and political action and has covered the campaign for affordable AIDS medicines, the campaign to boycott apartheid sport, the struggle for prior informed consent to mining in Niyamgiri, the Mahad satyagraha, labour organising in tech, and the campaign for the recognition of home-based work. It is on Spotify here: The Nagrik Podcast | Podcast on Spotify. Or just search for “The Nagrik Podcast” wherever you listen.

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