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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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Diwali Car Shortage

Anirban Chowdhury August 20, 2021

If you plan to buy a new car this Diwali, chances are you may not get it on time. A global shortage of semiconductor chips is causing months-long waiting periods for car buyers, explains Ravi Bhatia, president of JATO Dynamics and ET’s Ketan Thakkar and Nehal Chaliawala in this part 1 of our two-part series on the impact of the chip crisis.

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As Afghanistan Falls…

Devina Sengupta August 19, 2021

Will China, Pakistan and Russia’s nod to a Taliban-led Afghanistan force others to accept this new regime? We spoke to a teacher in Afghanistan who wants to identify as Jangzapali, a student who managed to flee his homeland Afghanistan and settle in India and ET’s Pranab Dhal Samanta to understand the fallout of this humanitarian crisis and its impact on India. Credits: AlJazeera, Today, Wion ABC News, Hindustan Times, CNBC Television, TRT World, TSA 

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Is your city going underwater?

Anjali Venugopalan August 17, 2021

The latest IPCC report on climate change warns that 12 of India’s cities could go underwater by 2100. But the disasters might be closer than we think. Climate scientist Roxy Mathew Koll, lead author and contributor to IPCC’s report, and ET’s Shashwat Mohanty discuss. Credits: IPCC, NDTV, WION, BBC, ABC.

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What a mess, Sirji!

Arijit Barman August 13, 2021

Within 3 years of joining forces to create India’s largest telecom company, what went wrong for Vodafone Idea that the prospect of a Birla company going belly up has become real? ET’s Romit Guha and Devina Sengupta discuss. Credits: CNBC TV-18, Bloomberg Quint, NDTV, Mint.

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BNPL – Trap or Treat?

Bhavya Dilipkumar August 12, 2021

Investors and young consumers are lapping up Buy Now Pay Later services that lend micro loans for online shopping without a credit score. Lizzie Chapman, CEO of ZestMoney and ET’s Ashwin Manikandan explain the business model of these fintech credit platforms.Clip Credits: Moneysmart, Preet Banerjee, Finder Australia, Next Gen Personal Finance, App Of The Day, Youth Finance, NDTV, Yahoo Finance, CNBC Television, Bajaj Finserv, Warikoo

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Ghosts of Taxes Past

Devina Sengupta August 10, 2021

The Union government recently introduced a bill burying the controversial retrospective taxation amendment that had led to a series of rulings in the Cairn and Vodafone cases that went against India in international tribunals. Mukesh Butani, managing partner at BMR Legal, and ET’s Gulveen Aulakh tell us why the bill is a positive signal from India to global investors. Clip Credits: Lok Sabha TV, CNBC-TV18, Narendra Modi’s Youtube Channel, NDTV, NDTV Profit, India Today

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Chak De Odisha

Arijit Barman August 6, 2021

Contemporary Indian hockey cannot ignore the role the state has played, as a sponsor and a springboard. Rajiv Seth, Project Director, Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High Performance Centre and TOI’s Manuja Veerappa tell the story of how Odisha became the biggest backer of Indian hockey. Clip credits: Yash Raj Films, OTV, Hockey India, FIH and RSTV.

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Game of Drones

Anjali Venugopalan August 5, 2021

From deliveries to despatches, the business of drones is set to boom as regulators relax laws. But while companies and consumers benefit, for some countries it is also becoming a security hazard and a tool for terror attacks. Academic and tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa and startup Skylark Drones’ CEO Mughilan Thiru Ramasamy tell us what the drones of the future will look like, and what we need to do to keep our skies safe.

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New bird in the Akasa

Nehal Chaliawala August 3, 2021

The Big Bull of stock markets Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is backing an ultra-low-cost airline, Akasa. Aviation industry veteran Suresh Nair and ET’s Anirban Chowdhury tell us candidly on what are the possible turbulence ahead and can it withstand the competition and take off. Clip credits: NDTV, Bloomberg, CNBC TV18, Yahoo Finance, India Today, CNA

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Mind Before Medal

Arijit Barman July 30, 2021

Star gymnast Simone Biles’ pullout from the Tokyo Olympics and tennis player Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open has yet again brought mental health of athletes back in focus. Olympic bronze medalist Gagan Narang shares with us what it’s like to be in the pressure cooker of the world’s most intense competition, while sports psychologist to elite athletes Vaibhav Agashe shares why it’s important to train the mind and not just the body. Clip credits: Netflix, Guardian, Entertainment Tonight, Olympics.com , NDTV, HBO, TODAY

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Digital Rupee

Devina Sengupta July 29, 2021

An RBI-backed central bank digital currency (CBDC) could potentially bring together the best of two worlds – traditional money and cryptocurrencies. Shehnaz Ahmed, fintech lead at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, WazirX CEO Nischal Shetty and ET’s Sugata Ghosh explain what a digital currency is and its potential impact on cryptocurrencies.

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All The NSO’s Men

Indulekha Aravind July 28, 2021

The Pegasus scandal has raised allegations of snooping on politicians, journalists, and technocrats. Public policy lawyer Vrinda Bhandari, ET Prime’s Nirmal John, and ET’s Sachin Dave discuss why corporates and civilians should pull up their firewalls and fight for privacy. Credits: CBS, The Guardian, NDTV, WION, Pro Sound FX, Sound Response, Otternest