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All public policies -- indeed, all actions by humans -- have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended, and visible; and unintended consequences, which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions.

Presented by Amit Varma (a journalist for a decade-and-a-half, and winner of the prestigious Bastiat Prize for journalism in 2007 and 2015 -- the only person to win it twice), the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects. For example: the ban on surge pricing by Uber in Delhi. What is seen is that Uber no longer costs so much; what is unseen is that you cannot get an Uber at all, because of the scarcity that is a direct result of the price control. The host explains the economic reasoning at work, and talks to an expert who breaks it down further.

The host will have a panel of experts at his disposal, from a variety of disciplines, and will speak to a relevant expert in every episode. Subjects covered will range from broad ones like the state of education in India, to narrower ones like the banning of 'victimless crimes' like prostitution and gambling.

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    • Politics
    • 4.6, 219 Ratings

All public policies -- indeed, all actions by humans -- have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended, and visible; and unintended consequences, which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions.

Presented by Amit Varma (a journalist for a decade-and-a-half, and winner of the prestigious Bastiat Prize for journalism in 2007 and 2015 -- the only person to win it twice), the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects. For example: the ban on surge pricing by Uber in Delhi. What is seen is that Uber no longer costs so much; what is unseen is that you cannot get an Uber at all, because of the scarcity that is a direct result of the price control. The host explains the economic reasoning at work, and talks to an expert who breaks it down further.

The host will have a panel of experts at his disposal, from a variety of disciplines, and will speak to a relevant expert in every episode. Subjects covered will range from broad ones like the state of education in India, to narrower ones like the banning of 'victimless crimes' like prostitution and gambling.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
219 Ratings

219 Ratings

chuckofalltrades ,

In my mind, the best Indian podcast out there

Amit's show is, in my mind, the best Indian podcast out there. Informative, engaging, funny at times, challenging and such good quality guests. He's able to get under a topic so well so even people who know nothing about the topic take something away. 2 hours feels like half an hour, really. Fabulous.

PS: The fact that there are several 1-star ratings by butthurt folks who have stopped believing in facts, shows that this show is excellent!

Simpson Selwyn ,

Like the topics chosen, but not as much the opinions

Amit’s podcast is one of the few to have explored different topics and issues acros a wide spectrum, from history to contemporary, from arts to science. I really like the choice of disucssion topics and some of the speakers brought in.

As far as political topics are concerned, i feel the discussion is biased often only painting one side of the story. You dont have to sing praises about the current regime, but there is a reason why they have been voted to power back to back. If he can balance this part, I think it sould be great podcast for all.

Abhinav Manchanda ,

Insightful podcast, recent episodes are too long

This was one of my favourite podcasts. But the recent episodes are too long, and not focused.

I recommend you listen to the first 50-100 episodes and skip the recent ones.

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