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.
Interview-style episodes with our experts
In the late 1800s, the British took Indians to Fiji to work on plantations. There, they would sing bidesia, lamenting for a lost homeland.
The influx of technology such as pocket watches beginning in the 1860s transformed India’s traditional medical systems
We are increasingly sharing space with predators and wild animals. We learn how to co-exist from Nayanika Mathur
In India, a rich tradition of Disease Goddesses assigned a female deity to each illness. She was believed both to cause and protect from the disease.
We follow British scientist Ronald Ross as he stops a cholera outbreak in 1895 Bangalore.
A Sanskrit scholar narrates a tale from one of the oldest Ayurvedic texts, Charaka-samhita, that has surprising resonance with our current lives
A public health vacuum left by governments over decades is being filled by tech companies, which have stepped up surveillance
Can the great divide between traditional and allopathic medicines ever be bridged? We talk with biologist Annamma Spudich about Ayurveda
Colonial cities lack proper water and sanitation — and sometimes employ water carriers. We speak to Pratik Chakrabarti
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
An old draconian law from 1897, when plague hit Bombay, has been reinstated for Covid-19. Interview with historian Tarangini Sriraman
What should nations do, other than shut down borders, when a pandemic hits? We speak to historian Alison Bashford