Season 1

Trade Winds

Centuries ago, the global economic order was inverted. Trade across the Indian Ocean set off conquest and European colonialism. Season 1 takes place on the Indian sub-continent and spans 1 CE to the 20th century. 

Chatrooms

Interview-style episodes with our experts

Chatroom 7: An Ancient Pandemic Story

Chatroom 7: An Ancient Pandemic Story

A Sanskrit scholar narrates a tale from one of the oldest Ayurvedic texts, Charaka-samhita, that has surprising resonance with our current lives

Chatroom 5: Ayurveda & Science

Chatroom 5: Ayurveda & Science

Can the great divide between traditional and allopathic medicines ever be bridged? We talk with biologist Annamma Spudich about Ayurveda

Chatroom #3: The Most Ancient Medicine

Chatroom #3: The Most Ancient Medicine

Folk Healing is the most ancient form of medicine. G. Hariramamurthi has visited more than 12,000 villages across India to document folk medicine practices

Chatroom 2: When Plague Hit Bombay

Chatroom 2: When Plague Hit Bombay

An old draconian law from 1897, when plague hit Bombay, has been reinstated for Covid-19. Interview with historian Tarangini Sriraman