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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.
India is known for tigers and peacocks, elephants and leopards, but not kangaroos. The pouched marsupials are native to Australia ... we know that. But do we really?
In this podcast, we visit 4,000 year old caves with archaeologist Jinu Koshy, who recently discovered some very old art by our itinerant ancestors on the stone walls. He says some of the animals in the paintings may be kangaroos! Is that possible?
In 18 minutes, host Anupama takes on the challenge of giving us context, history, a lot of description and then, in true journalistic fashion, a check on Koshy's claim that these creatures are kangaroos at all. It's an alluring mystery. Koshy posits that even if kangaroos didn't hop across to India (there isn't a single fossil to suggest they might have been on the subcontinent) perhaps one of our two-legged ancestors traveled across the Pangea and transmitted an oral memory to their children and children's children – who then drew it upon red rocks in South India. What's the truth? Well, listen to find out.