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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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Crypto Choke

Arijit Barman May 14, 2021

With leading banks stopping payments for crypto-currency traders, will the blockchain entrepreneurs, exchanges, or investors be able to fight back? WazirX Founder and CEO Nischal Shetty discusses this with ET’s Sugata Ghosh and Apoorva Mittal.
Clips courtesy: Saturday Night Live, Coinswitch Kuber, India Today, TV 18. Music courtesy: Adhesive Wombat

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SOS from Bharat

Rachita Prasad May 13, 2021

Covid-19 has struck the rural heart of India badly this time. The economic fallout is manageable so far – with some caution, according to Sunil Kumar Sinha, Principal Economist at India Ratings & Research, and K Ramakrishnan, MD – South Asia, Kantar Worldpanel. But Excel sheets may not be able to capture the distress, says Neelesh Misra, Founder of Gaon Connection.
The audio elements used in this episode belong to India Today, CNBC-TV18.

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Pat(i)ent Rights

Devina Sengupta May 11, 2021

A waiver of intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines and drugs alone may not benefit developing countries including India in the battle against the deadly disease. Murali Neelakantan, Former Global General Counsel of Cipla and Glenmark, and Vikas Dandekar, Editor, Pharma and Healthcare, ET Prime, explain what’s at stake for the patent holders and developing nations. The clip featuring Bill Gates used in the podcast belongs to Sky News.

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Call 1098

Indulekha Aravind May 7, 2021

That’s the number to contact to help children orphaned by Covid-19, who are more vulnerable to unscrupulous traffickers, with social media Samaritans unwittingly worsening the situation. Sunil Arora of Bal Asha Trust, Sonal Kapoor from the Protsahan India Foundation and ET’s Devina Sengupta explain how children in this crisis can be helped.

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Indian Pandemic League

Devina Sengupta May 6, 2021

This year’s IPL has been indefinitely postponed midway through the tournament after some players contracted Covid-19. Joy Bhattacharjya, Former Director, Kolkata Knight Riders, K Shriniwas Rao, the Times of India’s Senior Sports Journalist, and ET’s Gaurav Laghate tell us how the virus breached IPL’s bio-bubble and the impact of the postponement. The IPL theme music used in this episode belongs to BCCI. 

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Polled Over

Rachita Prasad May 4, 2021

The triumph of regional parties in the West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu elections was a setback for the BJP, which won only Assam and Puducherry. The Congress was marginalised. ET’s political reporters KR Balasubramanyam, Bikash Singh, Vasudha Venugopal and Dia Rekhi analyse the election results.

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Band-aid Bharat

Indulekha Aravind April 30, 2021

Several countries have come to the aid of India as it battles a devastating Covid-19 wave. How will this affect the global perception of Aatmanirbhar India? Ranjan Mathai, Former Foreign Secretary of India, Tanvi Madan, Director of The India Project at Brookings Institution, Washington, ET Columnist Seema Sirohi and ET’s Manu Pubby give us their insights.

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Let Me Breathe

Devina Sengupta April 29, 2021

India produces sufficient oxygen, but getting it to Covid-19 patients remains a challenge. How can we get out of this crisis? VR Sharma, MD, Jindal Steel, Rajeev Gupta, Founder Vinayak Oxygen and Sandeep Barasia, CBO, Delhivery tackle the logistical issues, while Pulmonologist Dr. Bornali Datta, and ET’s Nabeel Khan recount their experiences in battling oxygen availability.

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Humane Resource Management

Rachita Prasad April 27, 2021

Amid the raging second wave of the pandemic, some companies are trying to ensure the wellbeing of their employees by helping them get beds at hospitals, critical medicines and oxygen, among other things. Meeta Gangrade, COO at 1To1Help, and ET’s Rica Bhattacharyya tell us what more they can do. Also: tips on managing anxiety from psychotherapist Meghna Mukherjee.

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Covid S.H.I.E.L.D.

Arijit Barman April 23, 2021

People from all over are stepping up to help individuals in distress as Covid’s second wave ravages the country. A few bravehearts like Fashion Influencer Amrita Thakur, Mazher Ramzanali of Khaana Chahiye, Ali Shariff of NGO Mercy Mission, and Samaresh Das share their experiences.

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Vax Populi

Indulekha Aravind April 22, 2021

Allowing all adults to get vaccinated against Covid-19 from next month brings new challenges – from supply chain issues to the ethical dilemma of equitable distribution. Gagandeep Kang, Virologist and Professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore, and ET’s Nidhi Sharma discuss the hurdles ahead.

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Blank Board

Devina Sengupta April 20, 2021

Class 10 and class 12 students are in a quandary with their board exams cancelled or rescheduled because of Covid-19 cases. Sushil Dhankar, Spokesperson of National Independent Schools Alliance, Adarsh Khandelwal, CEO of Collegify, Disha Nawani, Dean of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, President of the India Wide Parents Association, tell us how this will affect the future of the students and what the government and schools can do to ease this jolt.