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Chhavi Sachdev runs Sonologue and is India's second most experienced podcaster, having started putting out podcasts on her own and for clients like the Blue Frog in 2008... long before Serial, leading her mother to tell other people "I don't know what she does. Something to do with radio on the Web."
Over the last 10 years, she has developed and launched several podcasts that are successfully running, as well as produced the LSDcast - India's definitive podcast about love, sex, and dating, and Tall Tales Takeaway -- bite size true stories, told live.
She also conducts workshops on DIY podcasting, audio editing, and consults for organizations that need a little handholding in the audio format.
To pay the bills, Chhavi is a freelance multimedia journalist and producer covering science, health, development, sustainability, and women's issues extensively. She has co-hosted episodes for BBC's World Hacks and CrowdScience and she's a frequent presenter on PRI's The World, BBC's Health Check and several Deutsche Welle programs.
She listens to podcasts while exercising, doing chores, and also when she's felled by migraines.
More than two thirds of the world's people can't digest milk, but most everyone drinks it! Part of it is cultural, part of it is the dairy lobby... and some of it is science. Listener Nancy from Scotland asks whether swapping it for a plant-based "mylk" like soy, rice, oat or something similar is better for the planet (think cow farts, cow feed, land use, water). And whether giving up dairy milk would actually impact our health.
In this episode, host Graihagh meets a genetic evolutionist as well as someone who has studied the economics of the dairy chain. Here's one thing she found:
"If the whole world were willing to swap dairy for soy, we would free up a land mass the size of Australia and reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically."
Oh, and even factoring in the cost of flying the soy milk from round the world would have a lower ecological footprint than drinking local cow's milk.But should we? They then talk about lactose intolerance and genetics, as well as nutrition, bone density, and general health. The bottom line? You'll have to decide if you care enough to give it up (assuming you're in the minority that can even digest it).