COVID-19 Pandemic

Listen To Our Episodes On COVID-19 Pandemic

With India entering a critical phase in the fight against this pandemic, we are amplifying our coverage of this outbreak. Here is a list of episodes we have produced so far which looks at what COVID-19 is, what we know so far about it and India’s preparedness; how health inequities and access to health matter in times of pandemic; what social distancing potentially means for the poor of India.

Sep 07, 2022

Life After Covid - How I started supporting myself
This is the last reported episode in season 2 of Gasping for Breath. In this episode, Suno India’s Menaka Rao has an extended chat with Girish Pasupathy, a software engineer from Coimbatore who is living with L...

25 mins

Sep 10, 2022

How to reduce suicides in India
The World Suicide Day falls on September 10. As per the World Health Organisation, an estimated 703000 people die by suicide every year. The recent data from National Crime Records Bureau or NCRB recorded the h...

35 mins

Sep 20, 2020

Our Cities After Covid-19
In normal times, cities are an engine of prosperity. In these strange times, they are also an engine of pandemic. Vaidehi Tandel joins Amit Varma in episode 191 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss how importa...

130 mins

Aug 30, 2020

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
The Indian economy has been on a wild ride, traumatic in parts, for the last 73 years. And Arvind Subramanian was on a wild ride of his own as Chief Economic Advisor in the Indian government between 2014 and 20...

186 mins

Jul 05, 2020

Elite Imitation in Public Policy
Indian decision makers often blindly copy public policy from abroad, without considering whether it would work in local conditions. Shruti Rajagopalan and Alex Tabarrok join Amit Varma in episode 180 of The See...

120 mins

Jun 14, 2020

India's Economy in the Time of Covid-19
Our economy was going down, down, down well before Covid-19 struck. And now? Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 177 of The Seen and the Unseen to spread his usual quota of sunshine and joy.   Also check out...

122 mins

Jun 07, 2020

The Nuances of Lockdown
What do past epidemics teach us about Covid-19? What do past disasters teach us about politics and the state? Is there a false binary between lockdown and no-lockdown? Anup Malani joins Amit Varma in episode 17...

131 mins

Apr 26, 2020

Foreign Policy is a Big Deal
So much of the lives of common people depends on the relationships between nations. But is foreign policy an arcane subject, meant only for wonks and elites? No! Pranay Kotasthane and Manoj Kewalramani join Ami...

158 mins

Apr 19, 2020

Taking Stock of Covid-19
How should India handle Covid-19? Every option on the table carries huge costs, and will take countless lives. Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 169 of The Seen and the Unseen to help navigate the...

171 mins

Mar 20, 2021

Indian Economy Explained- How the government implement the right to work programmes
According to the latest data released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy,  the unemployment rate in the country has increased to 6.9%. In this scenario, most people fall back on the government to provi...

33 mins