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


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Rollup ecommerce: Fastest unicorns

Ratna Bhushan December 3, 2021

Rollup ecommerce companies-firms that acquire multiple brands and help them scale up rapidly—are the latest disruptors in the ecommerce space. They are also the fastest entrants to the $1 billion unicorn club.
Nitin Agarwal, CEO of Global Bees brands and Aqib Mohammed, co-founder of Powerhouse91 explain. Credits: DHL, ET Now, This Week in Startups

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Omicron: What’s the Concern?

Dia Rekhi December 2, 2021

The new variant of the novel coronavirus has got the world on the edge as experts fear it could be more infectious and vaccine evasive. Host Dia Rekhi talks to Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at John Hopkins Center for Health Security and ET’s Teena Thacker and Anirban Chowdhary to take stock of the situation.Credits: NDTV, CNBC-TV18, Capone

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Trinamool National Express

Arijit Barman November 30, 2021

As All India Trinamool Congress expands beyond Bengal, party chief Mamata Banerjee’s national aspirations become more apparent. Is she already prepping for the 2024 national elections? Host Arijit Barman talks to parliamentarians Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and Sushmita Dev and ToI’s Mohua Chatterjee to better understand Didi’s politics.Credits: India Today, CNN-News18, ANI News, Hindustan Times, The Print, Republic World, Tanmoy Abhinaba Banerjee and All India Trinamool Congress

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Paytm’s Aftershocks

Nehal Chaliawala November 26, 2021

 Paytm’s IPO has left a bitter aftertaste for investors and upcoming IPOs, especially in the fintech space, may pay the price. Host Nehal Chaliawala talks to ET’s Nishanth Vasudevan and Arijit Barman about how IPOs today are not very different from gambling and what led to Paytm’s lacklustre listing. Credits: CNBC TV18

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Crypto Chaos

Devina Sengupta November 25, 2021

The news on the ban of private cryptocurrencies by the centre has jolted the investors, crypto companies and analysts. Host Devina Sengupta talks to Rameesh Kailasam, CEO of India Tech, Nischal Shetty, CEO of WazirX and ET’s Sugata Ghosh about the inherent issues of Crypto as currency and as an asset in India and whether the ban is the right way ahead for India’s nascent crypto economy. Credits: Euro News and Wion

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Farm Law 2020: A Tactical Repeal?

Anirban Chowdhury November 23, 2021

PM Modi announced the repeal of the three controversial farm laws which triggered the biggest farmer protests in India. Host Anirban Chowdhury along with Avik Saha, Secretary of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, Ashok Gulati, Agricultural Economist and ET’s Kumar Anshuman takes us through the controversies, what led to the repeal and find out whether this is a successful election strategy or a failed agricultural reform. Credits: Sahilonline TV News, NDTV, ABP News, The Quint

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Cop Out – Are we hooked on coal?

Arijit Barman November 19, 2021

India’s COP-26 coal stand of ‘phase down’ over ‘phase out’ has stirred a debate. Host Arijit Barman in conversation with Deepayan Basu Ray, Climate Initiative lead at Climate Outreach, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Managing Director, Apraava Energy and ET’s Urmi Goswami discuss the reason behind defending coal and whether the promised targets are attainable? Credits: Breathe by Pink Floyd from Dark Side Of The Moon, Fragile By Sting, DW News, Guardian News, AFP News agency, ITV News, WION

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Inflation & the India Story

Anirban Chowdhury November 18, 2021

Costs are spiralling for consumers, thanks to a high rate of inflation in the Indian economy. Anirban Chowdhury gets the final word on why wallets are getting lighter from Sonal Varma, managing director and chief economist at Nomura; Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at CARE Ratings and ET’s Chaitali Chakravarty. Credits: Peepli Live (Raghubir Yadav, Bhadwai Village Mandali, T-Series), BJP

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What’s next for Nykaa?

Ratna Bhushan November 16, 2021

After making a stellar stock market debut, what will it take for Nykaa to sustain its sky-high premium? VS Kannan Sitaram, Venture Partner at Fireside Ventures and Neeraj Shrimali, Executive Director at Avendus Capital discuss what’s next for Nykaa with host Ratna Bhushan.Credits: ET Now, Nykaa, Mridul Walia, Shivangi Sharma

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New Playbook for Sneakers

Arijit Barman November 12, 2021

A new start-up called Plaeto is out to disrupt the Indian sneaker market for kids that is dominated by Bata, Campus and Nike.Listen to host Arijit Barman chat with Ravi Kallayil, one of Plaeto’s founders and Mathew Cyriac, CEO of Florintree Advisors and one of the angel investors in the company to figure out how science & design is being used to make kids more active through sports. But it is no child’s play. Credits: Anabolic Beatz, Nike, Reebok, Netflix, Adidas, Espresso

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Rehab for The Drug Act

Devina Sengupta November 11, 2021

Why is India’s Narcotics, Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985 in need of a revamp? Host Devina Sengupta in conversation with Dr Rajesh Kumar, executive director at Society for Promotion of Youth & Masses, Bharat Chugh, advocate and former judge, Neeraj Kumar, former Delhi police commissioner and ET’s Anubhuti Vishnoi delves deeper into the Drug Act and finds out what can make the law more humane towards those who are users of narcotic substances and not traders. Credits: India Today, HW News English, NDTV

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Good COP, Bad COP

Rachita Prasad November 9, 2021

Much rides on the COP26 conference as the effects of climate change become more real around the world. From Glasgow, Sumant Sinha of ReNew Power and ET’s Urmi Goswami give a ground report about the tussle between the developing and the developed nations, India’s sustainability goals and how successful the conference has been. Credits: United Nations, UN Climate Change, CNBC Television, Times Now, BBC, Narendra Modi, Guardian News