Season 1

Trade Winds

Centuries ago, the global economic order was inverted. Trade across the Indian Ocean set off conquest and exploration. Season 1 is set in the Indian Ocean World. 

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Chatrooms

Interview-style episodes with our experts

16: Decolonizing a Maharajah

16: Decolonizing a Maharajah

A painting of a Maharajah by the Singh Twins complicates the Western narrative of a faithful British subject

14: The Rise of Desi Hip Hop

14: The Rise of Desi Hip Hop

The rise of Desi Hip Hop is the result of the South Asian diaspora looking for ways to express their identity. It’s spread across the world.

9: Disease Goddesses and Scapegoats

9: Disease Goddesses and Scapegoats

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.

8: A Disease Sleuth in Bangalore

8: A Disease Sleuth in Bangalore

British scientist Sir Ronald Ross tries to stops a deadly cholera outbreak in 1895 Bangalore. He applies learnings from the new field of epidemiology

7: An Ancient Pandemic Story

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

4: The water carriers of Calcutta

4: The water carriers of Calcutta

Colonial cities lack proper water and sanitation — and sometimes employ water carriers. We speak to Pratik Chakrabarti

3: The Most Ancient Medicine

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

2: When Plague Hit Bombay

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

1: Medicine at the Border

1: Medicine at the Border

What should nations do, other than shut down borders, when a pandemic hits? We speak to historian Alison Bashford