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The news and the most complex issues of our times - simplified (and made fun) for the policy makers of tomorrow!
Brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood NewsDidi!

    Of Growing Forests in Cities

    Of Growing Forests in Cities

    When was the last time you visited a forest? In this episode we explore our relationships with forests (or the lack thereof)! From exploitation to reverence, we all tend to look at forests differently and that's often determines how we treat them too. 

    We also speak with Mr.Shubhendu Sharma- the Founder and Director of Afforest, an organization that's in the business of growing forests- aaah how cool is that! 

    They have also created free, easy to follow video tutorials to help people understand their forest creation techniques better.

    Here's a link to the video tutorials: this video

    They have a Tiny Forest Creation service for individuals who own a small piece of land and wish to convert it into a tiny forest. It’s a small-scale, end-to-end service in the field of forest creation.

    Credits: 

    Podcast Hosts- Prishita Dharampal, Vaidehi Saxena, Asmita Prabhakar
    Outreach Manager: Nishtha Sehgal
    Podcast Editor: Anushree Sanjai

    Other links and references from the episode: 

    Akira Miyawaki  - Dr. Akira Miyawaki

    Miyawaki Model - The Miyawaki Model

    Afforestt  - Afforest Website

    The Mini Forest Revolution 

    Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a forest in your backyard | TED Talk - Shubhendu’s Ted Talk on making forests more accessible

    Climate Activist Dies After Setting Himself on Fire at Supreme Court - The New York Times - The incident referred to in the podcast ( TW : self-immolation)

    Write to us on vianewsdidi@gmail.com to tell us what you thought of the episode? Be sure to check out the latest edition of our newsletter and more on our website !

    • 35 min
    News Didi meets Slam Out Loud!

    News Didi meets Slam Out Loud!

    Supriya, Chanda and Jyoti are 3 increadible poets from Slam Out Loud and our guests on this episode. We had the best time talking about the people, places and things that inspire them to write. We asked them if art can play a role in social movements like the one for Climate Change and heard their poetry that spoke straight to our hearts! 

    Recording this episode felt like warm cup of chai on a rainy day- it was blissful! 

    Tune in and decide for yourself! 

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    • 39 min
    Episode 8_Of Vaccines for Children and Re-opening Schools

    Episode 8_Of Vaccines for Children and Re-opening Schools

    Schools have finally reopened for all grades after 19 long months. While we made sure all teachers must be fully vaccinated, did we do the same for students? Are vaccines available for children? Are they safe? Are children less susceptible to the virus? What should we do increase our immunity against the virus? What should schools do to prepare for the reopening? 

    To help us understand this and more, listen to us talk with Dr. Malik, a senior consultant pediatrician at Madhukar Rainbow Children’s hospital. He has been the head of pediatrics at Moolchand Medcity for 16 years and also served the Indian army as a consultant across the country for 26 years! 

    Do listen to his answer on what is the 'One Thing' the world needs right now! 

    Want to share your answer to this question? Write to us on vianewsdidi@gmail.com 

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    • 29 min
    Episode 7_Of Schools and Mental Health

    Episode 7_Of Schools and Mental Health

    10th October is celebrated as the World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world, and lately it has become more important to talk about it.

    Mental health problems in students have been on the rise since Covid-19. In this episode, we are going to talk about what are some things students struggle with, how can they acknowledge these challenges and get help, how did Covid affect students when they did not have schools as a safe space for them outside of home, what we can do to normalize mental health amongst others and what are some practices students should follow to prioritize their mental health.

    Tune in to answer these questions with our guest speaker, Rashi Bhatia, a school counselor and special educator working with 3 schools. She holds a degree in theatre, English and Psychology and has previously worked as a behavior and creative therapist for students.

    Don’t forget to listen to the career section to know how you can pursue psychology and work with different mental health issues.

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    You can write to us on vianewsdidi@gmail.com :)

    • 27 min
    Episode 6_Of Gaming bans and Getting skilled

    Episode 6_Of Gaming bans and Getting skilled

    Did you know that China banned video games for children on the weekdays? Can India also take that step someday? How has gaming risen over the past few years? And what is this eSports that everyone is talking about?


    To answer these questions and more, tune in to the episode with our guest speakers, Apar and Devv. Apar has over two decades of experience in game design and gamification and is the founder of All Things Gamified. Devv is in grade 10 and an ardent gamer who has made more friends playing online than you’d think! 

    Don’t forget to listen to the career section to know how you can pursue your love for gaming, designing, programing and more! 

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    Good News!  

    - Airbus’ zero carbon emission plane 

    - Paint that absorbs Carbon 

    - Saving bird lives with a paint

    • 33 min
    Episode 5_Your honour, where are all the women?

    Episode 5_Your honour, where are all the women?

    Have you ever been to a court? Do you think the judges and lawyers are really like the ones portrayed in films? And can you guess the number of female judges we have in the Supreme Court? You are going to be surrrprised.

    To answer these questions and more, tune in to the episode with our guest speaker, Kritika, a Cambridge Alum and a Supreme Court lawyer.

    Don’t forget listen to her roadmap to becoming a judge yourself!

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    Good News:

    1. 12 year old boy wins Young Eco-Hero award

    2. Delhi to see more women drivers behind the wheels of public transport

    • 24 min

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