In this podcast, The Economist's Jon Fasman talks about his on-ground experience of covering the US presidential elections. Over the past few months Jon travelled across the country, attended rallies, conducted interviews, met strangers, filed articles, wrote online, did live-blogging, recorded podcasts and met crazy deadlines. To report the greatest political event on the planet, a little bit of insomnia came in handy too. Given a chance, would he do it again? "In a heartbeat", he says.

To get a glimpse of what his job entailed as the election campaign heated up, listen to this 30 second snippet:

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The Euro Zone goes under all over again. The latest numbers suggest that all 17 countries of the Euro have posted two consecutive quarters of negative growth. And thats what the economists call a recession. The US which is known to come up with fancy phrases to describe their economic plights have done it again. This time its called the fiscal cliff. Back home in India, Raymond, the apparel maker will soon launch its own brand of beer shampoo.

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Indicast # 175: Bal Thackeray dead

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:30

 

The man had a mafia like control over the city so much that he had it change its name because he didn't like it. In this podcast we talk a bit about Bal Thackeray's beginnings, his quirks, agendas and of course his legendary oratorical skills. In other political news, Rahul Gandhi has been asked to lead the Congress poll campaign in the upcoming 2014 general elections. In some happy news, a bunch of doctors from University of Michigan claim to have devised a pacemaker which can be powered by the motion of heart beats.

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In this episode we talk about the alleged sweetheart deal bewtween Haryana government, DLF and Shri Robert Vadra. Many knew about it but only Arvind Kejriwal decided to talk about it. The other topcis include the NSE crash, Nobel prize winners and a couple of listener emails.

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Indicast # 174: Of Diwali and Kejriwal bomb

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 05:30

The greatest spectacle on the American soil comes to an end and Barack Obama wins it for the second time. But we are more interested in George Bush Jr accidentally voting for Obama. Back home, Arvind Kejriwal tops the popularity charts on all news channels and newspapers. Vijay Mallya sells off a majority stake in his spirit business in the hope to rescue his airline company. And Happy Diwali to everyone!

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Kotak Money Watch #3: The Gold Wave

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 11:38

Gold investment

Gold has had an Usain Bolt like for the last few years. In fact it is the only investment option which has broken all records for the past 10 years. In this podcast, Dharmesh Bhatia, the Associate VP at Kotak Commodities tells us how long he thinks will the gold rush last and if it makes sense to put your money in the yellow stuff.

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In this episode Sandesh Kirkire, CEO of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Ltd joins us to talk about inflation and how it affects the common man. He chips in with his views about the more important quesiton about some of the investment options that are available with us during such times.

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Indicast # 172: Justice in slow motion

Friday, 07 September 2012 05:30

It takes time. Justice. In India. The verdict for 2002 Gujarat riots is out. 32 people have been sentenced to life. Similarly, supreme court upholds Kasab's death sentence, but apparently he can appeal yet again. In other news, our prime minister makes it to the cover pages of many a newspaper. Washington post and the Wall Street Journal have called him "names" and the Congress demands an apology from these publications. At the Paralympics, Girisha Nagarajegowda wins us a silver medal in long jump. Another 15 year old Brit smashes the world record in swimming. In cricket, India beat New Zealand 2-0.

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