#PodernFamily is a new interview series where we catch up with audio producers and podcasters whose work we admire. In our first instalment we interview the team behind the podcast 37 Graus.

Bia Guimarães and Sarah Azoubel in the field.

Q: What were you both doing before you started making your podcast?

A: I (Bia Guimarães) am a journalist and Sarah Azoubel has a PhD in Biology. Sarah used to listen to many podcasts (such as This American Life, Radiolab, Invisibilia, Snap Judgment) while working on her PhD research, in the lab, where she was repeatedly pipetting substances from one container to another. …

by Menaka Raman

It’s felt like the season of public apologies on social media lately. In the past few months, we’ve seen a number of celebrities and high-profile influencers apologise for misdemeanours past and present. The apologies are in the form of Medium articles, Instagram posts and stories or tweet threads.

When apologising for problematic tweet threads from the past, the tendency is to say “I am no longer that person and I have grown”, for more recent wrongdoings apologies tend to fall into either the “I’m sorry if I…” or “I’m sorry, but…” categories.

Given the public nature of…

by Radhika Viswanathan

There’s a great podcast Hrishi Hirway made called Partners which I love. Part of the show’s description, which showcases fulfilling partnerships of all shapes and sizes from business to the creative, is that everyone wants to connect meaningfully with another person.

Vaaka Media was set up by myself and Samyuktha, my co-founder, and one of the things we think about a lot is how to build teams. Samyuktha and I work really well together, but if this partnership works well for us, it’s because we’ve worked very hard at it. We’ve learned to develop complementary skills, give…

by Samyuktha Varma

The best way to find a new podcast is on another podcast. So when I heard Michaela Coel on Grounded by Louis Theroux raving about The Butterfly Effect I went straight to it. The 7-part series by journalist Jon Ronson was on all the lists a few years ago because it’s a brilliant, kind, funny, deep look at how the internet has changed the porn industry.

Starting high “up” in the offices of a digital porn platform with Jon Ronson meeting with a digital porn entrepreneur, the show then goes all the way “down” to the San…

by Menaka Raman

Can I make a confession?

Poetry makes me feel inadequate. “Have I understood what the poet is trying to say here?”, “Is this what they mean?” and “Have I understood the symbolism embedded in these lines?” are just some of the fraught conversations I have with myself as I read a poem.

But a recent conversation with a friend about how COVID-19 has changed friendships, and the ways in which we now spend time with each other, had her send me a link to an episode of the podcast ‘Poetry Off the Shelf’ called Wild at the…

by Samyuktha Varma

I’ve started to make a playlist again, after ages, and it’s made me feel so good! My private playlist always turns out to be a cross between a self-care playlist and the soundtrack of my life. Especially because of Robyn — who is my favourite, and a constant recurring presence. I can’t really put into words how I feel about her, so this week’s Delete Monday is a tour of some podcast episodes about Robyn. …

by Menaka Raman

When I was in my final year of college, I did the GM diet. Raise your hand if you’re old enough to remember the week-long plan that ordered me to eat only vegetables on Monday, fruits on Tuesday, only fruits and vegetables on Wednesday, bananas and milk on Thursday, and the GM soup (boiled cabbage in water) on Friday and a weekend bonanza of rice, vegetables, fruits, AND GM soup. Or something like that.

The first time I did the diet, I lost 5 kgs in a week. I was euphoric, despite the raging headache behind my…

by Radhika Viswanathan

What’s the one thing you do when you have a free moment? I’d wager you get onto Instagram and scroll and scroll and scroll. Maybe you’ll buy something, or you’ll roll your eyes at an influencer’s post and then DM it to a girlfriend — followed up with a snarky comment.

Social Influencers! Don’t you just love to hate them? They make you want to be them, but leave you feeling woefully inadequate. And yet you don’t unfollow them. You keep going back for more.

And within the influencer world is a particularly thriving subset: the world…

by Radhika Viswanathan

To line up with the thirtieth-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the BBC released a story set in Berlin as part of its Intrigue series.

It’s the fantastic story of West Berlin university students who came together to dig an underground tunnel to help East Berliners escape. This was a time when the Berlin wall had just been erected, and suspicion and fear defined the lives of the local people. The tunnel was a high stakes endeavour fraught with risk, twists and turns (literal ones too!).

Designed as a ten-part series and narrated by…

by Menaka Raman

I love museums. Art museums. World War II museums. Childhood Museums. Gardening Museums. If there’s a museum in a place I’m visiting, I’ll be standing in queue for a ticket. I think my fascination for them stems from one of my favourite books of all time: ‘From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler’ by E. L. Konigsburg. In the book, Claudia and Jamie Kincaid run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they settle down, outwitting staff, security, and other patrons. The book captivated my imagination as a…

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