Alice Evans on The Great Gender Divergence

Ideas of India | 13 May 2021 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alice Evans about ideas from her upcoming book The Great Gender Divergence. Discusses issues affecting women in India, including drivers of women’s labour force participation, urbanization and social change, single-gender education, son preference, social media, pro-worker reforms, what drives support for gender equality, and more.

If you enjoy this then I highly recommend Alice Evans’ blogpost Why are North and South India So Different on Gender? This reviews the literature on poverty, colonialism, matriliny, cousin marriage, conquests and purdah, labour-intensive cultivation, and ancestral crop yields to assess the roots of India’s regional gender differences.

To The Quad! The Origins of “Indo-Pacific”

ChinaTalk | 13 March 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Medcalf about his book Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region. Discusses 15th-century Korean maps, the promise of the 1947 Asian Relations Conference, Australia and India’s shifting conceptions of their place in the region, the origins of the Quad (US, Japan, Australia-India Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), and China-Australia relations.

Abhijit Banerjee on Theory, Practice, and India

Conversations with Tyler | 30 December 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Abhijit Banerjee discussing premature deindustrialization, charter cities, classical Indian music, why he prefers making Indian sweets to French sweets, the influence of English intellectual life in India, the history behind Bengali leftism, the best Indian regional cuisine, why experimental economics is underrated, reforms to traditional graduate economics training, how his mother’s passion inspires his research, consumer loyalty programs, and more.

The Rise of the East India Company with William Dalrymple

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 26 September 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Dalrymple about his book The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire. Discusses the rise of the East India Company, from the decline of the Mughals to alliance with powerful Indian bankers, as well as weighing in on some of the most important questions which have dogged the role of the British in India for generations.

Caste in Modern India

The Seen and the Unseen | 22 January 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Shruti Rajagopalan, who applies an economist’s perspective to understanding the persistence of caste in India. Frames caste as a problem of economic freedom, perpetuated by a cultural focus on villages, ameliorated by faster urbanisation.