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All public policies -- indeed, all actions by humans -- have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended, and visible; and unintended consequences, which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions.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.

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All public policies -- indeed, all actions by humans -- have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended, and visible; and unintended consequences, which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions.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.

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Intelligent

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Well researched and intelligent to tickle your grey cells.

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Super interesting, thought provoking and desperately needed in these times. A must listen!

iTunes Ratings

89 Ratings
Average Ratings
80
6
1
0
2

Intelligent

By Aksceb - Jan 17 2019
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Well researched and intelligent to tickle your grey cells.

Love this- keep it coming!

By Aiyengar - Dec 08 2017
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Super interesting, thought provoking and desperately needed in these times. A must listen!
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The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

Latest release on May 24, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Ep. 52: Caste in Modern India

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Modern India's greatest shame is that even after 70 years of Independence, we still haven't solved the problem of caste. Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 52 of the Seen and the Unseen to shed light on some of the ways in which we have messed up at an institutional level.

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Jan 22 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 134: Kashmir and Article 370

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Kashmir is in lockdown, and Article 370 is history. What does this mean for Kashmir -- and for India? Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 134 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the historical, geopolitical, ideological and moral questions at the heart of the Kashmir problem.

Also check out:

  1. War and Peace in Modern India -- Srinath Raghavan
  2. The Geopolitics of the Bangladesh War -- Episode 113 of The Seen and the Unseen.
  3. Understanding the India-Pakistan Conflict -- Episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen.
  4. Uncle Sam in South Asia -- Episode 93 of The Seen and the Unseen.
  5. We Won’t Need To Fight A War If We Can Win The Peace -- Amit Varma.
  6. The Article 370 Amendments: Key Legal Issues -- Gautam Bhatia
  7. Article 370: A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir -- AG Noorani
  8. A People's Constitution -- Rohit De
  9. The Generation of Rage in Kashmir -- David Devadas

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Aug 19 2019

2hr 26mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 42: Behavioral Economics

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To celebrate Richard Thaler's Nobel Prize, behavioural econ geek Nidhi Gupta joins Amit Varma in episode 42 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss key concepts from the field -- all which explain many of the Unseen Effects of our actions, and the way we're wired.

Check out www.seenunseen.in for more episodes

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Nov 13 2017

27mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 95: The Indianness of Indian Food

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What does it mean when we say that something is 'Indian'? Does origin matter? Food writer Vikram Doctor joins Amit Varma in episode 95 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about how most of what we think of as Indian food originated elsewhere -- and it doesn't matter.

Also check out The Real Food Podcast on Audiomatic

Nov 19 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 102: The Paradox of Narendra Modi

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Shashi Tharoor, author of The Paradoxical Prime Minister, joins Amit Varma in episode 102 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the many faces of Narendra Modi, as well as the nature of politics, the idea of India and his own journey as a politician.

Also read:

The Paradoxical Prime Minister on Amazon, as well as Shashi Tharoor's other books. The Facts Do Not Matter  -- Amit Varma No Free Trade For Horses  -- Ep 13 of The Seen and the Unseen, on the Anti-Defection Law.

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Jan 07 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #6: Ep 152: The Citizenship Battles

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Why is India burning over the Citizenship Amendment Bill? Why does the NRC matter? What is happening in Assam? Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 152 of The Seen and the Unseen to give historical perspective on our current ferments. For detailed show notes, head on over to seenunseen.in.

Dec 22 2019

2hr 31mins

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Rank #7: Ep. 44: The Delhi Smog

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It is well known that the key cause of Delhi's smog is the 'stubble' burnt every year by Punjab's farmers. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma to discuss the bad incentives in play, how government sops might have caused this problem, and what can be done about it.

Check out www.seenunseen.in for more episodes

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Nov 27 2017

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Rank #8: Ep. 145: The Indian Conservative

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Is there such a thing as Indian conservatism? What does it mean and where did it come from? Jaithirth Rao joins Amit Varma in episode 145 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss his latest book.

Also check out:

  1. The Indian Conservative -- Jaithirth Rao
  2. Conservatism: Ideas in Profile -- Roger Scruton
  3. Why I am Not a Conservative -- Friedrich Hayek
  4. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva -- Episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel)
  5. Religion and Ideology in Indian Society -- Episode 124 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Suyash Rai)
  6. Political Ideology in India -- Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma)
  7. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism -- Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul)
  8. Our Colourful Past -- Episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu Pillai)
  9. The Right to Property -- Episode 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)
  10. Marching for Salt -- Amit Varma
  11. The works of Edmund Burke on Amazon.
  12. The column archives of Jaithirth Rao in Indian Express.

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Nov 04 2019

2hr 28mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 122: The 2019 Elections

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Elections in India are madly complex, and defy simple explanations. Sadanand Dhume joins Amit Varma in episode 122 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the Age of Modi, and what these elections mean for India, the BJP and the Congress party.

Also check out:

  1. Sadanand Dhume's bio and archives

  2. The Questions That Election 2019 Leaves Us With -- Amit Varma

  3. Beware of the Useful Idiots -- Amit Varma

  4. Amit Varma's writings+podcasts on DeMon, in one twitter thread

  5. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva -- ep 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel)

  6. Modi's Lost Opportunity -- ep 119 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Salman Soz)

  7. The BJP's Magic Formula -- ep 45 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prashant Jha)

  8. Rajesh Jain's Journey to Dhan Vapasi -- ep 94 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rajesh Jain)

  9. The Paradox of Narendra Modi -- ep 102 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shashi Tharoor)

  10. Why Both Modi and Trump are Textbook Populists -- Amit Varma

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May 27 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 112: Early Indians

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Who were the first Indians? Where did the Harappans go? Who were the Aryans? Whose descendants are we? Tony Joseph joins Amit Varma in episode 112 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how massive scientific advances in the last few years have given us answers to these questions.

Also check out:

Early Indians -- Tony Joseph

Who We Are and How We Got Here -- David Reich

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Mar 18 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #11: Ep. 149: A life in Indian Politics

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Jayaprakash Narayan was trained as a physician, served in the IAS, and went on to start a political movement. JP joins Amit Varma in episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his insights on Indian politics, the nature of the state and what we need to do to change India for the better.

Also check out:

  1. The State of Indian Politics -- Episode 50 of The Seen and the Unseen (w JP Narayan)
  2. What Is It Like to Be a Bat? -- Thomas Nagel (pdf link)
  3. Lessons from an Ankhon Dekhi Prime Minister  -- Amit Varma
  4. Where Have All The Leaders Gone? -- Amit Varma
  5. Government's End -- Jon Rauch
  6. The Emergency -- Episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gyan Prakash)
  7. Urban Governance in India -- Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)
  8. Crime in Indian Politics -- Episode 114 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Milan Vaishnav)
  9. The Indianness of Indian Food -- Episode 95 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vikram Doctor)

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Dec 02 2019

2hr 30mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 103: The Emergency

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The Emergency of 1975 was not an aberration, but was written into the DNA of the Indian state. Historian Gyan Prakash joins Amit Varma in episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on why the framers of the constitution gave such draconian powers to the state -- and why we may not have become so free in 1947 after all.

Also read:

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Jan 14 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #13: Ep 168: The Art of Translation

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There are over 6000 languages in the world. How can we possibly understand one another? Arunava Sinha joins Amit Varma in episode 168 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the importance of translation, and literature itself, in these divisive times..   Select books translated by Arunava: 1. Chowringhee -- Sankar 2. When the Time is Right -- Buddhadeva Bose 3. Shake the Bottle and Other Stories -- Ashapurna Debi 4. Seventeen -- Anita Agnihotri 5. Harbart -- Nabarun Bhattacharya 6.. The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told -- Arunava Sinha (ed) 7, The Moving Shadow: Electrifying Bengali Pulp Fiction -- Arunava Singa (ed) Also check out:  1. Why Translation Matters -- Edith Grossman 2. Through the Language Glass -- Guy Deutscher 3. Translating Neruda -- John Felstiner 4. The Task of the Translator -- Walter Benjamin 5. The Impossibility of Translating Homer into English -- Emily Watson Twitter thread 6. The Odyssey -- Homer (Trans. Emily Watson) 7. The Way by Swann's -- Marcel Proust (trans. Lydia Davis) 8. The Vegetarian -- Han Kang (trans. Deborah Smith) 9. The Business of Books -- Episode 150 of The Seen and the Unseen (w VK Karthika)

Apr 12 2020

1hr 45mins

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Rank #14: Ep 167: India's Greatest Civil Servant

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In 1906, a 13-year-old boy burnt down his school in a village in Kerala and ran away from home to work in the gold mines of Kolar. Decades later, he put this country together. Narayani Basu joins Amit Varma in episode 167 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the extraordinary life of VP Menon.   Also check out: 1. VP Menon: The Unsung Architect of Modern India -- Narayani Basu 2. Integration of the Indian States -- VP Menon 3. The Transfer of Power in India -- VP Menon 4. Kashmir and Article 370 -- Episode 134 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Srinath Raghavan)

Apr 05 2020

2hr 42mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 78: Crowd Violence in India

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More and more, across this country, violent crowds are taking the law into their own hands. What's going on? Legal experts Madhav Chandavarkar and Alok Prasanna Kumar share their insights with Amit Varma in episode 78 of The Seen and the Unseen. We Don't Need Another Law (https://express.thinkpragati.com/2018/07/18/why-dont-need-another-law/)-- Amit Varma

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Jul 23 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 111: The India-Pakistan Conflict

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What are the hidden dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict? What are the possible ways of resolving it? Historian and foreign policy analyst Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the game theory and geopolitics of this messy situation.

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Mar 11 2019

1hr 54mins

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Rank #17: Ep. 115: The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva

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The ideology of Hindutva dominates our political and cultural landscape today. How did it begin, and what is it precisely? Aakar Patel, author of the forthcoming book Our Hindu Rashtra, joins Amit Varma in episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on three important Hindutva thinkers.

Also check out:

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Apr 08 2019

1hr 55mins

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Rank #18: Ep. 37: Obamacare

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Obamacare is almost an article of faith for elite American liberals, but it has had devastating Unseen Effects. Economist Sudhanshu Neema, who joins host Amit Varma on episode 37 of The Seen and the Unseen, believes that it was responsible for Trump coming to power. Listen up!

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Sep 25 2017

25mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 34: Uber Surge Pricing

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Isn't surge pricing exploitative? Shouldn't it be banned? Karthik Shashidhar joins Amit Varma to speak about the Unseen Effects of price caps. He also describes how Uber turned an illiquid market into a liquid one.

Check out www.seenunseen.in for more episodes

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Sep 04 2017

26mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 83: Young India

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India is a young country, and young Indians today are entitled and angry. Snigdha Poonam joins Amit Varma in episode 83 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the turmoil in small-town India.

Also read: Snigdha's book, Dreamers: How Indians are Changing the World

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Aug 27 2018

1hr 25mins

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