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To make sense of the week’s hottest stories in business, economy and markets, senior editors from the Economic Times chat with reporters and industry leaders in this thrice-weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) podcast.


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The Rise of Shareholder Activism

Devina Sengupta October 21, 2021

Minority shareholders’ voices are getting louder and they’re pushing back against management decisions that they think are unfair to investors. What’s behind the rise of shareholder activism? Shriram Subramanian, MD, InGovern Research as well as Amit Tandon, MD, IiAS, and ET’s Pavan Burugula explain this phenomenon. Credits: Flame of Truth (RIL), CNBC-TV18, MoneyControl, News in 30 Seconds, Wipro, BloombergQuint

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Vaccinating India’s Kids

Dia Rekhi October 19, 2021

While the government is looking at approving Covaxin for those between 2-18, experts advise exercising caution amidst a lack of choices and data for healthy kids before they return to school. Virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang and Dr. Anand Pillai, Assistant Professor, Global Institute of Public Health, Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute, Trivandrum, discuss the issue. Credits: T-Series, Maithri Manthan, India Today, WHO, WION, Shubham Jha.

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Old, Ailing King Coal

Shashwat Mohanty October 15, 2021

India is facing one of its worst ever coal crises in decades, with power outages hitting several states. What led to the problem, and how long is it likely to last? Partha Bhattacharyya, former chairman and managing director of Coal India, and Sanjiv Sahai, former power secretary, along with ET’s Sarita Singh explain what kindled the shortage. Clip credits: WION, India Today, NDTV, CNBC-TV18, Walt Disney Records, Michael Ghelfi – RPG Audio

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Check-in Time: Oyo’s IPO

Devina Sengupta October 14, 2021

Ritesh Agarwal’s Oyo Rooms is entangled in many legal battles and controversies even as the hospitality sector was severely hit by the pandemic, yet, an ambitious IPO plan. What does the SWOT analysis say? Hear from our guests Anirudh A Damani, Managing Partner, Artha Venture Fund, S. Sundareswaran, former head of Morgan Stanley’s M&A team and ET’s Anumeha Chaturvedi on whether this is the right time for Oyo’s IPO and will it successfully check in to the bourses. Credits: Oyo Rooms, Dream On Aerosmith, CNBC TV18,Explified,The Hotelier HR, 

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The Maharajah Chronicles

Anirban Chowdhury October 12, 2021

Almost a century before Air India became a white elephant that had to be sold, it was a successful startup by a young Parsi businessman. ET’s Anirban Chowdhury tells the story of the Maharajah through the eyes of the women and men who spent their lives working at the airline. Credits: Air India, Rajiv Mehrotra, Indian National Congress, Shemaroo Filmi Gaane

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Return to Cinemas

Ratna Bhushan October 8, 2021

It’s Lights, Camera, Action, all over again! Daniel Craig’s No Time to Die lit up screens last week and has set the box office ringing. But can the Friday magic return? Join us as we ask PVR joint MD Sanjeev Bijli, MD of Roy Kapur Films and President of the Producers Guild of India, Siddharth Roy Kapur, renowned film critic and editor at Film Companion South Baradwaj Rangan and ET’s Assistant Editor Gaurav Laghate how they see this potboiler play out. Credits: James Bond 007, TheAmericanGazette, The Suite Suit Movie, Adele, Zee Music Company, T Series Music, Sony Music South, Aditya Music, YRF, Social Things, HuntingFox1

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Opening Pandora’s Box

Anjali Venugopalan October 7, 2021

The Pandora Papers have once again pointed fingers at many world leaders, industrialists, and celebrities with their wealth parked in tax havens. Even as some defend the investments as kosher, large patches of grey remain.Bijal Ajinkya, Partner at Khaitan and Co. and ET’s Sugata Ghosh take you through the world of foreign bank accounts and offshore trusts.
Credits: CBS Mornings, BBC News, CNBC TV-18, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Narendra Modi, Beach Boys.

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Amazon Under Attack

Arijit Barman October 5, 2021

From ministers to trade bodies and from the RSS to ED and the Future Group, Jeff Bezos is facing a multi-pronged assault in India. K Giri, the DG of Empower India, Vinod Kumar, President of India SME Forum, and ET’s Vasudha Venugopal and Rasul Bailay help understand why Amazon is finding itself under such scrutiny.Credits: NDTV, ET Now, Mojo Story, Editorji, CNBC-TV18, India Today, Prime Video  CNN-News18, Amazon India

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Green Hydrogen: Hope or Hype?

Rachita Prasad October 1, 2021

Green hydrogen could be the most practical solution to the conflict between climate change and our growing energy needs. Haim Israel, head of global thematic investment research at BofA Securities and ET’s Urmi Goswami explain how green hydrogen can also help India reduce its dependence on fossil fuel.Credits: DD National, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, CNBC-TV18

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SaaS-y Chennai: Freshworks & more

Bhavya Dilipkumar & Dia Rekhi September 30, 2021

With Freshworks’ listing on Nasdaq, Chennai finds itself in the spotlight. ET deep dives into understanding what makes the city home to a thriving SaaS ecosystem through the eyes of founders, employees and other stakeholders. Credits: Jerin G, Chennai Super Kings, Sony Music South, Times Music South, Muse For Music, CNBC TV-18, Tamil Mazhai, Whatsapp Status Video Tamil, Sony Music India

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When the Gig becomes a Gag

Arijit Barman September 28, 2021

Will the first of its kind Supreme Court PIL against Ola, Uber, Zomato, and Swiggy seeking legitimacy for workers change the rules of the game forever? Gayatri Singh, co-founder of Human Rights Law Network and the advocate who filed the PIL, Noopur Raval, researcher, AI Now Institute at New York University, and Shaik Salauddin, National General Secretary of the Indian Federation Of App Based Transport Workers (IFAT) get you the on-ground realities of our app riders. Credits: Ola, Swiggy India, Zomato, Uber India, The Quint, Reuters, CBS New York, BBC News, Al Jazeera English.

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Howdy Modi 2.0

Nehal Chaliawala September 24, 2021

PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington DC is a busy one, from the Quad summit to bilateral meetings with discussions on national security, tariffs and more. It will also shape foreign policy with the Biden administration for years to come. ET’s Pranab Dhal Samanta dissects the trip. Credits: Guardian News, NewsX, @SameeraKhan, Indian Express Online, CNBC, WION, DD News, Economic Times, Fox News, Sky News.