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.
Interview-style episodes with our experts
From the mountains of Central Asia comes a musical form that borrows from Nature. Ft. Saylyk Ommun.
A painting of a Maharajah by the Singh Twins complicates the Western narrative of a faithful British subject
From the mines of South America, tons of silver travel to Mughal India to fill the coffers of Emperors
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.
The appearance of severed breasts on a windowsill reveals lessons about the perils of harsh policing
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
Indians are sharing space with predators and wild animals, with deadly consequences. How can we co-exist? Ft. 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.
British scientist Sir Ronald Ross tries to stops a deadly cholera outbreak in 1895 Bangalore. He applies learnings from the new field of epidemiology
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 medicine like Ayurveda and allopathic medicines ever be bridged? Ft. Annamma Spudich
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