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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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May 21, 2020

This week the Undercurrents team explore two perspectives on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ben speaks to Dr Urvashi Aneja from the Asia-Pacific Programme about the Indian government's response to the virus, exploring the impact of a severe lockdown and the limitations of a new contact tracing app. 

Then Agnes discusses how the media has covered the crisis with James Ball of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. What is the media's role during such catastrophes? And how far can it go in terms of critiquing government policy?

Read the Expert Comment:

Temptations Abound as COVID-19 Drives Need for Private Data

Read the World Today article:

India: Living with coronavirus


Speakers: Urvashi Aneja, James Ball

Hosts: Agnes Frimston, Ben Horton

Sound Editor: Jamie Reed

Producer: Ben Horton

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