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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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Fast and Furious

Arijit Barman April 16, 2021

Not enough drugs, beds and oxygen – that’s the state of affairs in this second and larger wave of Covid-19 that’s hit India. Vikas Dandekar of ET Prime gives us the lowdown on Remdesivir, the drug that’s in high demand for treating coronavirus cases. And we have ground reports from Krishna Kumar in Mumbai, Vatsala Gaur from Lucknow and Akshatha M in Bengaluru.

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New Jabs for the Job

Rachita Prasad April 15, 2021

As the second wave of Covid-19 batters the country, the Indian government has approved the use of vaccines authorised in the US, UK, Europe and Japan to combat the dreaded disease. ET’s Teena Thacker and Nidhi Sharma tell us about the challenges ahead and how soon will every citizen in India be vaccinated. 

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Unicorns by the Dozen

Indulekha Aravind April 13, 2021

Global investors have converted 10 Indian startups into unicorns – each valued at $1 billion at least – this year, with six in just a week. We discuss what’s driving the funding rush and whether such valuations are sustainable with the Founders of two unicorns – Souvik Sengupta of Infra.Market and Nithin Kamath of Zerodha – along with Archana Rai, Editor-South at ET.

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Political Rap

Arijit Barman April 9, 2021

Young Indian hip-hop artists are now more vocal than ever about political issues and what’s brushed under the carpet. We catch up with Arivu of ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ fame, who is also a Lyricist and a Tamil playback singer, and Rounok Chakraborty, alias Cizzy, a Bengali Rapper with viral music videos like ‘Kolkatar Rasta,’ to find out why politics is making them angry and spurring their creativity.

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Jab Ration-ale

Indulekha Aravind April 8, 2021

With India battling the second wave of Covid, voices asking for more vaccinations and vaccines to be allowed are growing louder. What should be India’s vaccine strategy? Virologist Dr. V. Ravi, who is on the Sputnik V’s advisory board, and ET’s Divya Rajagopal discuss.

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Cold Savings Realities

Rachita Prasad April 6, 2021

The government’s overnight u-turn on the slashing of interest rates for small savings schemes raised eyebrows. Financial Planner Melvin Joseph and ET’s Sugata Ghosh talk about the significance of such schemes and suggest that even though a cut remains imminent, the interest rate cycle may be bottoming out.

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Kwik! Save My Data!

Devina Sengupta April 2, 2021

The alleged data leak at Mobikwik once again highlighted shortcomings in the security infrastructure of fintech companies, which put millions of users at risk. Siddharth Vishwanath, Cybersecurity Leader at PwC, and Independent Researchers Srinivas Kodali and Rajshekhar Rajaharia explain what happens when data falls into the wrong hands and how to prevent more breaches.

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Epicentre Nandigram

Indulekha Aravind April 1, 2021

As Nandigram, the most fiercely contested constituency in West Bengal, goes to the polls, ET’s Deputy Resident Editor (Mumbai) Arijit Barman and Senior Assistant Editor Vasudha Venugopal join in from Ground Zero to tell us why this election is unlike any other and what’s at stake for Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

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IT’s Party Time

Rachita Prasad March 30, 2021

While most service sectors are struggling to recover from the pandemic, IT companies are expanding like never before. How is this pivotal sector seemingly thriving in an economy hit by Covid-19? Listen to anecdotes from IT professional Pallavi Thakur, while staffing firm Xpheno Founder Kamal Karanth and ET’s Ayan Pramanik dive deeper into the jobs boom.

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Explosives, Cops, Corruption

Devina Sengupta March 26, 2021

Explosives, a dead man, a top cop, a senior politician and allegations of extortion – this baffling scandal involving the Mumbai Police will have far-reaching implications for the police, politicians and the people, say our guests D Sivanandhan, Former Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Arun Bhatia, Former IAS Officer and Writer-Editor Meenal Baghel. Sound bytes courtesy Times Now. 

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Covid, 365 Not Out

Rachita Prasad March 25, 2021

It’s been a year since we’ve been cooped up in fear of a fast-spreading virus. How have the job market, economy, and bourses reacted and adapted to this black swan event? ET’s Deepshikha Sikawar, Saumya Bhattacharya, Nishanth Vasudevan, and Divya Rajagopal discuss. Janata curfew byte courtesy TOI Online.

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Game, Set, Listing

Indulekha Aravind March 23, 2021

Will the bumper investor response to e-gaming firm Nazara Technologies’ IPO turbo charge India’s fast-growing gaming industry? Nazara founder Nitish Mittersain and ET’s Disha Sharma talk about what lies ahead for esports in India.