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Join hosts Ryan McDermott (Faculty Director), John Buchmann (Executive Director), and Elise Ryan (Faculty Fellow), for conversations from Beatrice Institute, an ecumenical learning and research community that supports advanced inquiry in the Christian intellectual and cultural traditions. Animated by intellectual friendship inside and outside the academy, Beatrice Institute serves all who pursue the Beautiful, the True, and the Good.
 
Ever wondered how automation will change the world? Maybe you puzzle over what India could do to ease traffic congestion, or how China's aircraft carriers will transform Indian Ocean geopolitics? All Things Policy, a daily podcast brought to you by the Takshashila Institution, brings you all the answers. Every weekday, our researchers break down complex economic and geopolitical ideas through the lens of current events. For everyone from the busy executive to the curious student, All Things ...
 
From Plato to quantum physics, Walter Benjamin to experimental poetry, Frantz Fanon to the history of political radicalism, The Podcast for Social Research is a crucial part of our mission to forge new, organic paths for intellectual work in the twenty-first century: an ongoing, interdisciplinary series featuring members of the Institute, and occasional guests, conversing about a wide variety of intellectual issues, some perennial, some newly pressing. Each episode centers on a different top ...
 
The Episcopal Podcast is an initiative of intellectual formation by Bishop Richard Umbers, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney. In the context of a fortnightly informal discussion with co-hosts and guests, the podcast aims to bring awareness to the riches that make up the Christian intellectual tradition, which includes philosophy, theology, history, the sciences, languages and the arts. Conversations will last between 30 and 45 minutes and be organised around discussions on specif ...
 
In this ten-lecture course sponsored by Steve Berger and Kenneth Garschina, intellectual historian David Gordon guides students through a survey of the greatest thinkers, and evaluates these scholars by their arguments for and against the idea of Liberty.Download the complete audio of this event (ZIP) here.
 
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) in the University of Queensland is dedicated to high level research in a range of humanities disciplines with a focus on Intellectual and Literary History, Critical and Cultural Studies, the History of Emotions, and Science and Society. It has a core of permanent research-focused academics and postdoctoral researchers working on specific projects, and hosts short stay Faculty and Visiting Fellows.
 
US Naval Institute Warrior Writers: a decade by decade podcast from the Naval Academy Museum on the influence of ideas on the development of the US Navy through the influence of both its intellectual and material capital. We will discuss the thinkers, leaders, politicians, and technical developments that each decade added in the building of the world's greatest navy.
 
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As the Delta variant spreads, there is fear of new mutations causing further waves of COVID-19. Genomic surveillance is key to identify and contain the spread of these new variants. In this episode, Shambhavi Naik, Ruturaj Gowaikar and Priyal Lyncia D'Almeida discuss India's genomic surveillance efforts and the ways in which it can increase its cap…
 
What is the role of religion and caste in Indians’ lives? How do we think about our identity as Indians? What do our choices about how we worship, what we eat, and what we wear say about our identity? Pew Research Center conducted face-to-face interviews with 29,999 Indians across India to obtain answers to these questions and more. In this episode…
 
Bangladesh’s per capita GDP has been on a rise as it emerges as the garment factory of the world. Has Bangladesh defied the received wisdom that countries outside East-Asia and Europe can’t have an export-led growth? Sarthak Pradhan and Apurva Kumar discuss the new miracle economy of Bangladesh and the factors that contributed to its growth story. …
 
Only around 6% of Indians have been fully vaccinated. While there are supply-side constraints, demand-side bottlenecks such as vaccine hesitancy are a challenge. With a new virus variant hitting several countries, vaccine hesitancy in a vast country like India can reverse the gains made in the past few months. One of the factors that are driving va…
 
Over the last 10 years, the optimism surrounding social media platforms has given way to skepticism and concerns about their impact on democracy. In this episode, Nitansha Bansal and Prateek Waghre discuss some of the defining characteristics of social media and digital communication networks, and how they can affect strong or weak, liberal or auth…
 
China has reportedly begun the construction of more than 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in a desert near the northwest city of Yumen. Pranav Satyanath and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what this development means for China's evolving nuclear strategy, and the US-China and Sino-Indian nuclear dyads. Pr…
 
Royal men and their conquests dominate our imagination of medieval India - but they are merely one part of an enormously diverse and complex group of societies. Medieval Kashmir offers fascinating examples of how women could rise to power and rule as successfully as any man. From women's erasure in history-writing to the legacy of the queens of med…
 
The Constitution of India forms the basis of the republic and influences all aspects of our lives. But is it really that powerful? Suman Joshi and Apurva Kumar talk about the role common citizens played in building constitutional values through the years. This discussion is premised on Rohit De's book, A People's Constitution, in which the author c…
 
The Chinese state is cracking down on the ‘barbaric growth’ of its tech companies. Twenty-five apps from Chinese tech giant Didi were removed from Chinese app stores last week. Rohan Seth talks to Manoj Kewalramani to understand what’s driving this dramatic move by China’s authorities. Link to Manoj’s book: https://www.amazon.in/Smokeless-War-China…
 
Dr. Dan Hall is a surgeon and an Episcopal priest who, in addition to teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, performs surgeries and conducts research at the VA health system. Dan joins Grant for a provocative exploration of the intersections of physical and spiritual health, the adva…
 
In this episode, Bishop Umbers and Silvana speak with Professor Tracey Rowland about her forthcoming book titled Beyond Kant and Nietzsche: the Munich Defence of Christian Humanism (2021). Each of the key figures covered in Prof Rowland's book is someone who was influential in Munich in the years between the end of the First World War and the end o…
 
Humans have always been fascinated by the Moon, but have never managed to agree on a common set of rules governing our activities on the lunar surface. As outer space becomes increasingly commercialized, competitive, and contested, the US is pushing for the Artemis Accords, a series of bilateral agreements, meant to lay down rules for lunar activit…
 
India has ambitious plans for setting up theatre commands for its armed forces. These are expected to facilitate better planning and unified military response to any future contingency. But, are these theatre commands really necessary? In this episode, Nitin Pai discusses this with three former decorated officers from India's armed forces, Lt. Gene…
 
Christianity in India is as diverse and complicated as anything else in the subcontinent. Though the story of the Portuguese and the Goan Inquisition might dominate airwaves today, the history of Catholicism in Tamil Nadu offers fascinating examples of local Indian beliefs evolving in continuity with the veneration of Catholic saints. Anirudh Kanis…
 
The Chinese Communist Party celebrated its centenary this month. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai discuss the big ideas and major themes of the build-up to the celebrations and the challenges that the party faces in the future. Follow Manoj Kewalramani on Twitter - https://twitter.com/thechinadude?s=21 Follow Suyash Desai on Twitter - https://twi…
 
How does the Constitution of India codify democratic principles? Why does it see an overarching role for a centralized state? How does it address the issue of representation? In this episode, Apurva Kumar and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the motivations and intentions of the framers of India's constitution. This episode is based on the book - India's Fo…
 
On 23 June, news emerged that Russian forces had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of Royal Navy’s HMS Defender. Russia alleged the British warship was intruding in its territorial waters in the black sea. However, the UK has denied this and downplayed the incident. Dr. Andrey Gubin joins Aditya Pareek to discuss the event and some …
 
US’ Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) is the progenitor of many technologies which are synonymous to modern life today. Several countries including India strive to duplicate DARPA and its success in their own respective defence R&D ecosystem. None have been successful due to various policy, funding and structural reasons. Aditya Pare…
 
The animation, visual effects, gaming and comics (AVGC) industry has seen unprecedented growth and has immense potential in creating jobs and economic opportunities. In this episode, Biren Ghose talks to Sarthak Pradhan about the need for a policy to enable this sector to thrive in the coming years. Biren Ghose is the Vice Chairman at CII National …
 
China's growing technology prowess has led many countries to rollout old-style industrial policies of their own. What is the likelihood these measures will succeed? Is there a way beyond subsidies? And does the notion of indigenizing high-tech supply chains even make sense? Aditya Ramanathan and Pranay Kotasthane discuss. Further reading: Technopol…
 
Get to know the Beatrice Institute podcast hosts, Ryan McDermott and Grant Martsolf, as they take turns interviewing each other. In this wide-ranging conversation, Ryan and Grant explore utilitarian tendencies in higher education, what religious institutes can offer a university community, and the relationship between immortality and incorruptibili…
 
Over the last decade, India has been facing a flurry of cyber attacks targeted at critical infrastructure sectors for reasons such as espionage or information theft among others. However, information around cyberspace, its definition, and policies remain unclear. It is high time this changes, in the face of increased vulnerability to risks. Ameera …
 
In this episode, Bishop Richard and Silvana speak with Dr Paul Morrissey, President of Campion College Australia, about the ins and outs of the liberal arts, the benefits of studying a liberal education and what Campion College offers, as Australia's first Liberal Arts college. To find out more about Campion College, click on this link: https://www…
 
On 21 June, The Department of Consumer Affairs invited comments on draft amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2020. Anupam Manur and Rohan Seth join Prateek Waghre to unpack the changes proposed and the impact they might have on India’s e-commerce industry. Links: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1729201 https://pd…
 
This month marked the first anniversary of the Galwan Valley clash between China and India, which resulted in the deaths of 20 Indians and at least four PLA soldiers. Even after 13 months of friction, the two sides have only disengaged at Galwan and Pangong Tso. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Ameera Rao to discuss the possible Chinese moti…
 
At its peak, the Harappan culture was the powerhouse of the Bronze Age world. It stretched from the lush meadows of Punjab to the salt flats of Kutch and the deserts of Sindh, its sway extending over nearly 40% of the human population of the time. What do excavations really tell us about the nature of this unique culture? And what does it have to d…
 
Over time, the proportion of children getting enrolled in schools has increased. But the quality of learning remains a concern. In this episode, Devang Bhandari and Aanchal Govindani talk to Sarthak Pradhan and suggest some measures to improve learning outcomes. The discussion revolves around ideas to improve teacher performance and teaching method…
 
In May, US President Joe Biden ordered an intelligence probe into the origins of the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2. Suspicions that the virus potentially leaked from a lab in Wuhan could have consequences for China. But countries must focus on a science-based investigation rather than politicizing the issue. What is the best way to get closer to …
 
Even as platforms struggle to balance their roles as both reluctant arbiters of truth and protectors of speech, the concentration of power in their hands concerns many scholars. Some proposals aim to strike a balance between competition and free speech by unbundling functions and features on social media platforms. Prateek Waghre and Atish Padhy jo…
 
The Government of Odisha launched KALIA or Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation in December 2018 to provide financial assistance to its agricultural workforce. It intends to benefit the state's small and marginal farmers and its sharecroppers, tenant farmers, and landless agricultural households. In this episode, Shilpa Kumar t…
 
Historical fiction can be a powerful tool to explore the individual people who have shaped our pasts. But why has it not caught on in India? What comprises good historical fiction, and what does it teach us about history and how we see it? Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to journalist and author Rajat Ubhaykar, author of Truck De India!: A Hitchhiker's Gu…
 
Nearly 60% of the price you pay for petrol goes to the Union and State Governments as taxes. As petrol prices hover around Rs. 100 per litre in many cities, there is a call for bringing petrol under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the potential benefits of this and how it can be achie…
 
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference was held earlier this month and had some interesting implications for both privacy and how the company is going to operate globally. Manoj Kewalramani talks to Rohan Seth to consider what this might mean for crucial markets like India and China. Links mentioned in the podcast: https://www.amazon.in/Hatching-T…
 
In this episode, Bishop Umbers and Silvana are joined by Anna Krohn to discuss the life, writings and philosophy of Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977). To find out more about research, conferences, reading groups, discussion and on-line news in the promotion of the thought and life of Dietrich von Hildebrand - the Hildebrand Project - based at Fra…
 
The number of influence operations being discovered on social media platforms continues to rise sharply. As attention turns to the Indian subcontinent, Manoj Kewalramani and Prateek Waghre discuss how their effectiveness is measured and how platforms respond. Links: https://techpolicy.substack.com/p/of-the-many-influences-of-influence https://carne…
 
India's states have often followed very different trajectories. In this episode, Suman Joshi and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the performance of some states, their capacity for governance, and the challenges they face. This episode is based on the book "Despite the State: Why India Lets Its People Down and how They Cope" by M. Rajshekhar - https://www.a…
 
What makes a continent? Is it the tectonics of plates? Is it geographical boundaries? Is it population? Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to educator and history communicator Arjunan Ullas about the fascinating politics of the naming of continents, from the fictional lost continent of Kumari Kandam in the Indian Ocean to Russian claims that Europe is a subc…
 
As the world continues its vaccination drive, countries like India and South Africa have been calling for an intellectual property waiver to make vaccine manufacturing easier. This has led to a heated discussion on the purpose of intellectual property rights and whether they serve as an incentive or roadblock in such times. Rohan Seth talks about t…
 
Dr. Karina Schumann is an assistant professor and the social program chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on identifying factors that help people successfully manage their conflicts and respond to challenging social interactions in prosocial ways. She leads the Conflict Resolution (CORE) Lab at…
 
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