Tea Leaves Podcast

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October 1, 2018

Suhasini Haidar & Indrani Bagchi

Suhasini Haidar and Indrani Bagchi are two of India’s most prominent journalists writing about Indian foreign policy. Recording from New Delhi, Rich turns the table on Haidar, the diplomatic affairs editor of The Hindu, and Bagchi, the diplomatic editor of The Times of India, to ask about the current trends that the journalists are following in India and around the region. The three discuss the U.S.-India bilateral relationship, the implications for India of new U.S. sanctions on Iran, and India’s changing role around the world.

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September 17, 2018

Andrew Shearer

Having served as the national security advisor to two Australian prime ministers, Andrew Shearer brings his unique perspective to the Tea Leaves set, where he joins Kurt for a conversation about Australia and its role in the region and world. Shearer explains how the United States and Australia continue to have a robust and strong relationship. He discusses the role of the national security advisor in Canberra and how the position differs from its counterpart in the White House. As a bonus, Shearer provides listeners with a tour through Australia, emphasizing some of the unique features of the country’s cities.

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September 4, 2018

John Chambers

As chairman and CEO of Cisco, John Chambers guided the company to $47 billion in revenue and developed a reputation as one of the tech industry’s most successful and impressive leaders. In this episode, Rich joins Chambers in the heart of Silicon Valley to discuss Chambers’ upbringing in West Virginia and how he worked his way to become a tech titan. The two tackle questions related to how technology can transform communities and ways that countries can capitalize on the newest tech trends. Chambers also emphasizes the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific and how India, in particular, has prepared itself to benefit from emerging technology.

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August 20, 2018

Ashok Bajaj

Restauranteur Ashok Bajaj has built an empire in Washington, D.C. with multiple award-winning restaurants, including The Oval Room, Rasika, Bibiana, Bindaas, 701, and Sababa. In this episode, Kurt and Rich sit down with Bajaj at The Oval Room to discuss his many experiences from growing up in New Delhi to opening his first restaurant. Bajaj discusses how he opened the first fine-dining Indian restaurant in the U.S. capital and the changing trends in the food industry. At the end of the episode, Bajaj takes the podcast team behind the scenes into The Oval Room’s kitchen to meet Chef Bryan Moscatello and explains what a night of service entails.

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August 6, 2018

Dr. Kurt Campbell and Ambassador Rich Verma

The Asia Group’s own Dr. Kurt Campbell and Ambassador Rich Verma sit down for a one-on-one conversation to discuss current affairs in the Indo-Pacific and United States. During the episode, they share stories about their recent travels, including to South Africa and New Zealand, and evaluate the current domestic and international political environment in Asia. Kurt and Rich also discuss the implications of the June 12 U.S. summit with North Korea, the U.S.-India bilateral, and the changing relationship between Beijing and Washington.

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