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Why Sikkim’s Addicts are Skateboarding

Episode 1, ‘Games of Chance’ I September 2021
Podcast I 21 Minutes
By Sayantan Banerjee

In the hilly city of Gangtok in the eastern state of Sikkim, a local skateboarding group struggles to wriggle free from a rampant culture of drugs among the youth. This episode traces the story of two youngsters’ war against addiction through the support of a skateboarding community.

The Pandemic Rekindles a Search for the Missing

Episode 5, ‘Positive’ I August 2021
Podcast I 11 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

Menson Aruldas grew up without his mother. The news of deaths surrounding the pandemic has made him pedal harder to find her. He doesn’t want to regret missing an opportunity to reconnect with her.

Dinner with the Kaws

Episode 2, ‘The Dinner Table’ I July 2021
Video I 27 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Ganesh Rajaraman, Abhishek Yadav

Fleeing Kashmir in 1990, as over 70,000 other families did under threat from violence by Islamist militants, the Kaw family resettled in the northern India but they still miss their “home.” Host Harshita Rathore explores what identity-based discrimination and violence do to the minds and hearts of members of a community.

Young Lifeguards Patrol the Corona Ocean

Episode 4, ‘Positive’ I June 2021
Podcast I 11 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

A youth organisation transforms into a call centre to help Corona patients and their families scrambling for assistance. Anger simmers about government inadequacies.

Next Stop: India’s Villages

Episode 3, ‘Positive’ I June 2021
Podcast I 10 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

An unexpected death rocks a far flung tribal settlement, previously untouched by the pandemic. Regi George, a doctor running a hospital in this remote region, and his team chalk out a prescription plan for Sittilingi valley in South India.

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

Episode 2, ‘Positive’ I June 2021
Podcast I 13 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

Behavioural science researcher Anushka Ashok dissects roadblocks to vaccinating the world.

A Son Soaks in Grief

Episode 1, ‘Positive’ I June 2021
Podcast I 9 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

Sayantan Banerjee, who is only 23 years old, learnt a life lesson as he soaked in the sorrows of others during his mother’s hospitalisation.

Seed Saving Farmers Struggle

Episode 4, ‘Eat Different’ I May 2021
Podcast I 34 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

Seed saving is an age-old act of conserving varieties and propagating them. Members of this vanishing guild share stories of astounding and resilient varieties of grains and vegetables that are a boon in a climate-changing world.

Selfless Service

Newsreel I May 2021
Video I 14 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh, Abhishek Yadav

At the height of the COVID-19 infections and deaths in India, a Sikh group, called Hemkunt Foundation, together with young volunteers, save lives amid what is being seen as a gross neglect by the government.

Foraged Plants and Insects

Episode 3, ‘Eat Different’ I May 2021
Podcast I 33 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

Forest dwellers have always known the how, why, when, what and where of foraged foods. Seasonal weeds, medicinal plants, squirmy insects form a part and parcel of their stunning and delicious food platter.

Farming to Have More Leisure

Episode 2, ‘Eat Different’ I May 2021
Podcast I 34 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

Modern agricultural practices are a barrage of poison on our foods and lands. A gentle approach of tending soil, water and crops without any synthetic dressing results in food security alongside an afternoon nap.

The Dalit Non-Cookbook

Episode 1, ‘Eat Different’ I May 2021
Podcast I 23 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran

Dalit writers refuse to label a collection of their family recipes as a cookbook. They desist because it diminishes the truths of their sorrowful past.

Dinner with the Khans

Episode 1, ‘The Dinner Table’ I March 2021
Video I 25 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Surabhi Singh, Abhishek Yadav

Nearly four years after their son was lynched for being Muslim, the Khan family in the northern state of Haryana struggles to cope with the grief while fighting for justice. Host Harshita Rathore explores what identity-based discrimination and violence do to the minds and hearts of members of a community.
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