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The Subverse

The Subverse, presented by Dark ‘n’ Light is a podcast that uncovers the hidden and marginal in stories about nature, culture and social justice. From the cosmic to the quantum, from cells to cities and from colonial histories to reimagining futures. Join Susan Mathews every fortnight on a Thursday for weird and wonderful conversations, narrated essays and poems that dwell on the evolving contingencies of life.

The Subverse

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To understand life, you must understand proteins, the workhorses of the human cell. What a protein does and how it does it, depends on how it folds up after its creation into its final intricate shape and function.

In this episode, Susan talks to Sudha Neelam, a cell biologist who studies the mechanisms of protein synthesis; exploring how misfolded proteins cause diseases and how therapeutics can intervene to correct the damage it causes.

Sudha compares protein folding to origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, which has entertained generations with its beautiful simplicity. Proteins are our own biological origami, folding spontaneously based on a series of codes in the form of amino acids, akin to the crease patterns and folds of origami. Connecting the folds back to her childhood memories, she muses on how paper folding and protein folding are unique in their creativity and similar in their need for precision and perfection.

The Subverse is the podcast of Dark ‘n’ Light, a digital space that chronicles the times we live in and reimagining futures with a focus on science, nature, social justice and culture. Follow us on social media @darknlightzine, or at darknlight.com for episode details and show notes.





Poromboke is a medieval Tamil word that refers to communally held commons such as water bodies, grazing lands and community forests. These lands were carefully managed, yielded value to the community, and were subject to strict regulation. But over time, they began to be perceived as ‘wastelands' and have been dismissed as worthless.

In this episode, Susan speaks to Nityanand Jayaraman, a Chennai and India-based writer, social activist, and a member of the Chennai Solidarity Group — a collective that fights environmental injustice and discrimination. 

As competition for access to natural resources pits powerful corporations against farmers, fishing communities and indigenous people in violent conflict, Nityanand has placed himself on the side of the latter, working to ensure that the rule of law and ideals of democracy are not buried at the altar of commerce. 

Listen to Nityanand hold forth on the origins of these commons, spanning from medieval through colonial times, and touch upon industrialisation, the rise of the metropole and the role of art in protest. Carnatic musician TM Krishna's soulful rendition of Chennai Poromboke Paadal (written by Kaber Vasuki) provides a beautiful foil to Nityanand's rousing call to action. 

The Subverse is the podcast of Dark ‘n’ Light, a digital space that chronicles the times we live in and reimagining futures with a focus on science, nature, social justice and culture. Follow us on social media @darknlightzine, or at darknlight.com for episode details and show notes.





Ryan Christie is a holistic movement coach who loves helping people achieve goals that at one time seemed unattainable, making the impossible possible. Moving and coaching people from children as young as 6 to his more life-experienced clients of 70+ years of age, Ryan's focus with his coaching clients is to provide support with ‘life’ coaching, focusing on mindset and mental tools, enhancing emotional intelligence through conversation, and increasing physical strength, power, stamina, and flow.

In this episode, Ryan and Susan speak about flow and play, improving our vestibular intelligence- the doors of our perception, and how we relate to our environment. They talk about how Ryan's work helps change mindsets, provides a physical boost, instills fun moving and grooving, and how he just so joyfully shares his wisdom and empathy.

Flow is both go and slow, time can be pliable and elastic and so is our brain. So, we do need to try out new things, learn new languages, make origami shapes, cook up a storm, play a musical instrument, find our playgrounds, embrace our inner child, go exploring and invite novelty and creativity into our lives.

The Subverse is the podcast of Dark ‘n’ Light, a digital space that chronicles the times we live in and reimagining futures with a focus on science, nature, social justice and culture. Follow us on social media @darknlightzine, or at darknlight.com for episode details and show notes.





Devaki Panini is an environmental lawyer with conservation on her mind. Her work has taken her across the world, and she has witnessed first-hand how human actions are altering ecosystems. And yet she feels that our conversations on conservation still circle around mega-fauna, and we forget that bees, ants and spiders are the critical species that prevent mass extinction.

Devaki believes in the power of poetry and art to reach young minds. Her poems add a funny, tender and personal note to the difficult road that lies ahead of us. In this episode, Susan Mathews and Devaki Panini speak about the inspiration behind her
poetry and her interests in hidden and lesser-known species.

The Subverse is the podcast of Dark ‘n’ Light, a digital space that chronicles the times we live in and reimagining futures with a focus on science, nature, social justice and culture. Follow us on social media @darknlightzine or at darknlight.com. 





The Subverse, presented by Dark ‘n’ Light is a podcast that uncovers the hidden and marginal in stories about nature, culture and social justice. From the cosmic to the quantum, from cells to cities and from colonial histories to reimagining futures. Join Susan Mathews every fortnight on a Thursday for weird and wonderful conversations, narrated essays and poems that dwell on the evolving contingencies of life. 

For more information go to www.darknlight.com.