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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 157: Taking Stock of Our Republic1/26/2020
    1:27:24
  2. 2.
    Ep 156: Kerala and the Ivory Throne1/20/2020
    2:20:42
  3. 3.
    Ep 155: Films, Feminism, Paromita1/13/2020
    2:49:42
  4. 4.
    Ep 154: The Art and Science of Economic Policy1/6/2020
    2:43:40
  5. 5.
    Ep 153: The Indian Economy in 201912/30/2019
    1:54:12
  6. 6.
    Ep 152: The Citizenship Battles12/22/2019
    2:31:45
  7. 7.
    Ep. 151: Maharashtra Politics Unscrambled12/16/2019
    2:25:06
  8. 8.
    Ep. 150: The Business of Books12/9/2019
    2:13:07
  1. 9.
    Ep. 149: A life in Indian Politics12/2/2019
    2:30:17
  2. 10.
    Ep. 148: The Bombzooka Question11/25/2019
    1:18:41
  3. 11.
    Ep. 147: Jahangir the Curious11/18/2019
    2:10:06
  4. 12.
    Ep. 146: India's Sedition Law11/11/2019
    1:56:16
  5. 13.
    Ep. 145: The Indian Conservative11/4/2019
    2:28:26
  6. 14.
    Ep. 144: Women in Indian History10/28/2019
    1:53:26
  7. 15.
    Ep. 143: What Does China Want?10/21/2019
    2:07:25
  8. 16.
    Ep. 142: Ponzi Schemes10/14/2019
    2:02:56
  9. 17.
    Ep. 141: Being Gay, Loving Books10/7/2019
    2:06:46
  10. 18.
    Ep. 140: India's Agriculture Crisis9/30/2019
    2:04:49
  11. 19.
    Ep. 139: The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism9/23/2019
    2:10:25
  12. 20.
    Ep. 138: Twelve Dream Reforms9/16/2019
    2:52:37
  13. 21.
    Ep. 137: Indian Society: The Last 30 Years9/9/2019
    2:08:32
  14. 22.
    Ep. 136: Data Journalism and Indian Politics9/2/2019
    1:57:59
  15. 23.
    Ep. 135: Two Economic Crises (2008 & 2019)8/26/2019
    2:06:39
  16. 24.
    Ep. 134: Kashmir and Article 3708/19/2019
    2:26:10
  17. 25.
    Ep. 133: Fighting Fake News8/12/2019
    1:46:52
  18. 26.
    Ep. 132: Women at Work8/5/2019
    1:58:06
  19. 27.
    Ep. 131: Political Ideology in India7/29/2019
    1:48:24
  20. 28.
    Ep. 130: Demystifying GDP7/22/2019
    1:34:47
  21. 29.
    Ep. 129: Budget. Bollywood. Badmaashi7/15/2019
    1:41:45
  22. 30.
    Ep. 128: India = Migration7/8/2019
    1:48:51
  23. 31.
    Ep. 127: Our Colorful Past7/1/2019
    2:39:47
  24. 32.
    Ep. 126: Building Sports Ecosystems6/24/2019
    1:48:25
  25. 33.
    Ep. 125: The Importance of Finance6/17/2019
    49:08
  26. 34.
    Ep. 124: Religion and Ideology in Indian Society6/10/2019
    1:54:47
  27. 35.
    Ep. 123: India's Supreme Court6/3/2019
    1:40:44
  28. 36.
    Ep. 122: The 2019 Elections5/27/2019
    1:47:56
  29. 37.
    Ep. 121: Public Choice Theory5/20/2019
    1:01:59
  30. 38.
    Ep. 120: Resisting State Injustice5/13/2019
    1:03:51
  31. 39.
    Ep. 119: Modi's Lost Opportunity5/6/2019
    1:50:08
  32. 40.
    Ep. 118: Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction4/29/2019
    1:05:43
  33. 41.
    Ep. 117: What is Libertarianism?4/22/2019
    2:00:43
  34. 42.
    Ep. 116: India's Lost Decade4/15/2019
    1:51:03
  35. 43.
    Ep. 115: The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva4/8/2019
    1:55:32
  36. 44.
    Ep. 114: Crime in Indian Politics4/1/2019
    1:12:53
  37. 45.
    Ep. 113: The Geopolitics of the Bangladesh War3/25/2019
    2:10:31
  38. 46.
    Ep. 112: Early Indians3/18/2019
    1:34:00
  39. 47.
    Ep. 111: The India-Pakistan Conflict3/11/2019
    1:54:11
  40. 48.
    Ep. 110: Reporting Venezuela3/4/2019
    1:03:32
  41. 49.
    Ep. 109: Plato (or Why Philosophy Matters)2/25/2019
    1:01:30
  42. 50.
    Ep. 108: The Importance of Cities2/18/2019
    1:09:34

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