Samanth Subramanian is a journalist and author. Currently, he is a senior reporter covering the future of capitalism for Quartz magazine. Previously, Subramanian was a deputy editor for special projects at Mint, the Indian business newspaper, and a former sub-editor at, a cricket news website. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and WIRED. Subramanian's first book, "Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast," was published in 2010. His second book, "This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan Civil War," was published in 2015, and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. His third book, "A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J. B. S. Haldane," was published in 2019. Subramanian received his B.A. in Journalism from Penn State University, and his M.A. in International Relations from Columbia University.
Rachel and Simon talk to magazine writer and author Samanth Subramanian. Samanth is a contributing writer to the Guardian Long Read, and his writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, WIRED, Granta, Harper's and 1843, among other publications. He is the author of three books, “Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast,” (which won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in 2010), “This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War” (winner of the 2015 Crossword Prize for Non-Fiction) and his latest, “A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J. B. S. Haldane”, published in 2020. We spoke to Samanth about studying journalism as an undergraduate, his transition to narrative journalism, and about the gruelling realities of freelance life. You can find us online at, on Twitter @takenotesalways, and on Facebook at Our crowdfunding page is Always Take Notes is presented by Simon Akam and Rachel Lloyd, and produced by Artemis Irvine. Our music is by Jessica Dannheisser and our logo was designed by James Edgar.
Australia and New Zealand are often considered close cousins. So why do we know so little about each other, and what can we gain by studying our trans-Tasman neighbour? And, we revisit our September interview with journalist Samanth Subramanian about the problematic polymath that was J.B.S Haldane.
With President Trump refusing to accept the results of the election, analysts are asking if he’s trying to wage a coup. On this week’s On the Media, why so many Republicans support the president’s claims, despite the evidence. Don’t miss On the Media, from WNYC Studios. 1. Bob on the latest Trumpian Big Lie, concerning the very foundation of democracy. Listen. 2. Casey Newton [@CaseyNewton], author of the Platformer newsletter, on the surging post-election popularity of the social media platforms Parler and MeWe. Listen. 3. Matthew Sheffield [@mattsheffield], former conservative journalist and host of the Theory Of Change podcast, on why he hopes to "free people" from the very media ecosystem he helped build. Listen. 4. Samanth Subramanian [@Samanth_S], journalist, on the Trump administration's assault on public data. Listen.   Music: Hidden Agenda  - Kevin MacLeodSlow Pulse Conga - William PasleyAccentuate the Positive - Syd Dale Double Dozen and Alec GouldBlues: La dolce vita dei Nobili - Nino Rota  
Jimmy Anderson doesn’t talk to the press much, he’s started being more verbal of recent years through his podcast, but he’s still known as a very monosyllabic grunter. But in lockdown, he finally opened up in some very long chats with Samanth Subramanian. So, we got Samanth on to discuss Jimmy’s bowling, James’ off field personality and why his run up is longer now. To support the podcast please go to our Patreon page. If you like this podcast, you may like the YouTube page You can find Samanth Subramanian on twitter You can subscribe to his Substack here here is the article we are discussing: [Over and over and over again: Jimmy Anderson keeps on running | 1843 magazine | The Economist] ( This podcast is edited, mixed and produced by Nick McCorriston, he's at and The theme tune is by Red Crickets
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