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Epic histories from the developing world, through the eyes of the marginalized. Hear about ruthless emperors, cunning corporations that colonized half the world, a world-renowned sci-fi writer who stumbled on a treasure ship, and other stories from history, science and cultures. Presented in 3-D sound to immerse you in the past. Hosted from India, journalists Mary-Rose Abraham and Gayathri Vaidyanathan reflect on how these histories define our lives today.

Epic histories from the developing world, through the eyes of the marginalized. Hear about ruthless emperors, cunning corporations that colonized half the world, a world-renowned sci-fi writer who stumbled on a treasure ship, and other stories from history, science and cultures. Presented in 3-D sound to immerse you in the past. Hosted from India, journalists Mary-Rose Abraham and Gayathri Vaidyanathan reflect on how these histories define our lives today.

Location:

United States

Description:

Epic histories from the developing world, through the eyes of the marginalized. Hear about ruthless emperors, cunning corporations that colonized half the world, a world-renowned sci-fi writer who stumbled on a treasure ship, and other stories from history, science and cultures. Presented in 3-D sound to immerse you in the past. Hosted from India, journalists Mary-Rose Abraham and Gayathri Vaidyanathan reflect on how these histories define our lives today.

Language:

English


Episodes

Rerun: An Ancient Pandemic Story -- an Ayurveda Text Warns of Environmental Degradation

8/25/2021
A Sanskrit scholar narrates a pandemic story from an ancient Ayurveda text warning about the perils of polluting nature and human health

Duration:00:12:46

Bonus Episode: The Shameful Legacy of Indigenous Residential Schools

8/11/2021
How indigenous residential schools erased identities and subjected children to horrific abuse across countries and centuries

Duration:00:35:47

Rerun: Crooked Cats - Why is there Human Animal Conflict?

7/28/2021
Anthropologist Nayanika Mathur discusses why there's human animal conflict in India and the importance of non-expert voices

Duration:00:15:37

Rerun: Sir Ronald Ross learns about cholera, mosquitoes in Bangalore

7/14/2021
British scientist Sir Ronald Ross tries to stops a deadly cholera outbreak in 1895 Bangalore. He applies learnings from the new field of epidemiology

Duration:00:13:32

Rerun: Ayurveda & Science

6/30/2021
Can the great divide between Ayurveda and modern science ever be bridged? We talk to biologist Annamma Spudich who's studied traditional medicine.

Duration:00:19:25

We're Going on a Brief Hiatus

5/26/2021
Season 1 We're Going on a Brief Hiatus It goes without saying, this is a difficult time in India, as we cope with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, among the sadness, anger, and pain, there is also hope. For ourselves, we have found hope in creating this podcast, and learning how history can offer us some guidance in our current times. As we prepare to roll out fresh binaural narrative episodes in Season 1 of Scrolls & Leaves, we are taking a short break. In this episode, we...

Duration:00:17:34

Chatroom 18: Drawing Famine, History of Science

5/12/2021
Arghya Manna is a cartoonist who communicates the history of Indian science through comics. He discusses art and famine

Duration:00:20:23

Chatroom 17: Nature's Voice - Tuvan Throat Singing

4/28/2021
From the mountains of Central Asia comes a musical form that borrows from Nature. Ft. Saylyk Ommun.

Duration:00:23:51

Chatroom 16: Decolonizing a Maharaja

4/14/2021
A painting of a Maharajah by the Singh Twins complicates the Western narrative of a faithful British subject

Duration:00:12:38

Chatroom 15: New World Coins Flows to Mughal India

4/1/2021
From the mines of South America, tons of silver travel to Mughal India to fill the coffers of Emperors

Duration:00:10:19

Chatroom 14: The Rise of Desi Hip Hop

3/17/2021
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.

Duration:00:14:03

Chatroom 13: The Case of the Severed Breasts on the Windowsill

3/3/2021
The appearance of severed breasts on a windowsill reveals lessons about the perils of harsh policing

Duration:00:12:37

Chatroom 12: The Evolution of Indian Blues, or Bidesia

2/17/2021
The British took Indians to Fiji to work on plantations. There, they would sing bidesia, lamenting for a lost homeland.

Duration:00:13:29

Chatroom 11: When Technology Meets Ayurveda

2/3/2021
The influx of technology such as pocket watches beginning in the 1860s transformed India’s traditional medical systems

Duration:00:10:31

Chatroom 10: Encounters with India's Maneaters

1/20/2021
Indians are sharing space with predators and wild animals, with deadly consequences. How can we co-exist? Ft. Nayanika Mathur

Duration:00:15:20

Chatroom 9: Disease Goddesses and Scapegoats

1/6/2021
In India, each illness was assigned a Disease Goddess who was believed to both cause and protect from the disease

Duration:00:10:23

Chatroom 8: A disease sleuth in Bangalore

12/16/2020
British scientist Sir Ronald Ross tries to stops a deadly cholera outbreak in 1895 Bangalore. He applies learnings from the new field of epidemiology

Duration:00:13:12

Chatroom 7: An Ancient Pandemic Story

12/2/2020
A Sanskrit scholar narrates a tale from one of the oldest Ayurvedic texts, Charaka-samhita, that has surprising resonance with our current lives

Duration:00:11:51

Chatroom 6: You're being tracked: Pandemic Capitalism

11/18/2020
A public health vacuum left by governments over decades is being filled by tech companies, which have increased surveillance as a response to Covid-19

Duration:00:23:02

Chatroom 5: Ayurveda & Science

11/4/2020
Can the great divide between traditional medicine like Ayurveda and allopathic medicines ever be bridged? We look at the evidence with biologist Annamma Spudich

Duration:00:18:59