The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

By Amit Varma

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.

  1. 1.
    Ep 214: Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley's Father's Scooter
    3:08:44
  2. 2.
    Ep 213: A Venture Capitalist Looks at the World
    2:45:02
  3. 3.
    Ep 212: Pandemonium in India's Banks
    2:20:07
  4. 4.
    Ep 211: The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills
    2:02:24
  5. 5.
    Ep 210: Feeding the Hungry in the Pandemic
    2:57:40
  6. 6.
    Ep 209: Two Girls Hanging From a Tree
    2:03:16
  7. 7.
    Ep 208: Lessons in Investing (and Life)
    3:42:14
  8. 8.
    Ep 207: Religion, Food, Indian Society
    2:28:18
  1. 9.
    Ep 206: Lessons From 2020
    2:47:16
  2. 10.
    Ep 205: India's Tryst With Pandemics
    2:59:08
  3. 11.
    Ep 204: A Scientist in the Kitchen
    3:11:32
  4. 12.
    Ep 203: Brave New World
    2:46:56
  5. 13.
    Ep 202: The BJP Before Modi
    3:46:26
  6. 14.
    Ep 201: A Cricket Tragic Celebrates the Game
    2:15:30
  7. 15.
    Ep 200: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted
    4:59:42
  8. 16.
    Ep 199: An Adman Reflects on Society & the Self
    2:27:48
  9. 17.
    Ep 198: Cities and Citizens
    3:07:12
  10. 18.
    Ep 197: Storytelling and Conversation
    2:54:58
  11. 19.
    Ep 196: The Importance of Data Journalism
    2:38:51
  12. 20.
    Ep 195: Memories and Things
    2:01:45
  13. 21.
    Ep 194: The First Assault on Our Constitution
    2:34:36
  14. 22.
    Ep 193: The Fight of the Central Banker
    3:12:30
  15. 23.
    Ep 192: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Trucker
    2:38:30
  16. 24.
    Ep 191: Our Cities After Covid-19
    2:10:12
  17. 25.
    Ep 190: Queeristan
    2:49:10
  18. 26.
    Ep 189: The Acting Life
    1:56:52
  19. 27.
    Ep 188: What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
    3:06:14
  20. 28.
    Ep 187: Dadabhai Naoroji and the Fight for India
    2:21:24
  21. 29.
    Ep 186: What Have We Done With Our Independence?
    3:09:19
  22. 30.
    Ep 185: Fixing Indian Education
    3:20:01
  23. 31.
    Ep 184: Finding Dara Shukoh
    1:41:23
  24. 32.
    Ep 183: The Art of Narrative Nonfiction (+ JBS Haldane)
    2:15:57
  25. 33.
    Ep 182: Conversation and Society
    1:46:37
  26. 34.
    Ep 181: The Dragon and the Elephant
    2:59:16
  27. 35.
    Ep 180: Elite Imitation in Public Policy
    1:59:33
  28. 36.
    Ep 179: The Plight of Our Street Vendors
    1:38:53
  29. 37.
    Ep 178: What Happened to Our Journalism?
    1:20:18
  30. 38.
    Ep 177: India's Economy in the Time of Covid-19
    2:01:44
  31. 39.
    Ep 176: The Nuances of Lockdown
    2:10:58
  32. 40.
    Ep 175: The Indian Armed Forces
    1:46:24
  33. 41.
    Ep 174: Tawaif
    2:08:18
  34. 42.
    Ep 173: The Resonance of Akbar
    2:41:20
  35. 43.
    Ep 172: The Many Cities of Delhi
    1:50:10
  36. 44.
    Ep 171: India's Start-Up Ecosystem
    2:04:24
  37. 45.
    Ep 170: Foreign Policy is a Big Deal
    2:37:44
  38. 46.
    Ep 169: Taking Stock of Covid-19
    2:50:45
  39. 47.
    Ep 168: The Art of Translation
    1:45:00
  40. 48.
    Ep 167: India's Greatest Civil Servant
    2:42:32
  41. 49.
    Ep 166: Nanak Was Here
    2:19:08
  42. 50.
    Ep 165: Genetic Engineering
    2:01:49

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