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You know the headlines. Now take a deeper dive into the Heart of the Matter with CNA each week as we talk to newsmakers and experts who give us their take on the some of the most talked about news developments.

Heart of the Matter CNA Podcasts

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You know the headlines. Now take a deeper dive into the Heart of the Matter with CNA each week as we talk to newsmakers and experts who give us their take on the some of the most talked about news developments.

    Would a 'right to disconnect' law work in Singapore?

    Would a 'right to disconnect' law work in Singapore?

    Australia is the latest country to propose legislation around the right for workers to disconnect after office hours. Changing work patterns and 24/7 availability have produced issues like burnout. But would legislation create more problems for companies or could this effect an important shift in Singapore’s work culture? Steven Chia moderates the discussion with Raj Joshua Thomas, a lawyer and nominated member of Parliament, Dr Brandon Koh, an organisational psychologist at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and Dr Jaclyn Lee, chief human resources officer at Certis Group.
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    • 20 min
    What will it take for people to stop littering and keep toilets clean?

    What will it take for people to stop littering and keep toilets clean?

    Feedback on littering offences has increased, and rat-related problems are on the rise. Coffee shop toilets continue to rate poorly. Will plans to increase surveillance and name and shame litterbugs work? How long can Singapore rely on an army of cleaners? Steven Chia speaks to Andrew Khng, chairman of the Public Hygiene Council, Dr Serene Koh, director of The Behavioural Insights Team; and Rosie Ching, Principal Lecturer of Statistics from the Singapore Management University.
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    • 23 min
    How can teachers help kids understand controversial topics?

    How can teachers help kids understand controversial topics?

    Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) lessons in Singapore schools came under public scrutiny recently because of discussions on the Israel-Hamas war. How can contentious issues be discussed in classrooms and what skills do teachers need to navigate children in an increasingly polarised world? Steven Chia explores this with Dr Thavam Kanagaratnam, master specialist at the CCE branch of the Education Ministry, Philibert Leow, principal of Jurongville Secondary School and clinical psychologist Dr Annabelle Chow.
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    • 22 min
    Tengah woes: Legitimate concerns or normal teething problems?

    Tengah woes: Legitimate concerns or normal teething problems?

    Some of the first batch of residents who moved into Singapore's newest HDB town have complained of lack of shops, poor internet connection, condensation issues with the centralised cooling system - the first of its kind in a residential estate. Are teething problems to be expected when building a new town or have buyers' expectations changed? Woo Jun Jie from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and Nicholas Mak, a real estate analyst, discuss with Steven Chia.
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    • 18 min
    Education and awareness matters more in dealing with casual racism

    Education and awareness matters more in dealing with casual racism

    It was recently announced that casual racism allegations will be investigated as disciplinary breaches in the police force. But are guidelines always so clear cut? Where are the grey areas and how can organisations deal with it? Dr Mathew Mathews, head of the Institute of Policy Studies Social Lab, Aamir Bana, an undergraduate at Yale-NUS College and Jerviel Lim, head of people and culture at Tatsu Works have an honest conversation about how we should deal with casual racism in our society and workplaces.
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    • 20 min
    Is Singapore's anti-drug messaging resonating with our young?

    Is Singapore's anti-drug messaging resonating with our young?

    There’s been a worrying rise in the number of young people arrested for drug abuse, with the youngest just 14 years old, says the Central Narcotics Bureau. Despite Singapore’s zero tolerance on drugs and years of intensive messaging, liberal attitudes among young people appear to be stubbornly sticky, with cannabis the choice of drug. How should anti-drug messaging be tailored better to suit a generation that’s consuming a largely social media diet? Otelli Edwards finds out from Dr Lambert Low, deputy chief of the department of addiction medicine in the Institute of Mental Health, Ravindran Nagalingam, board member at the National Council Against Drug Abuse and Tham Yuen Han, clinical director at WE CARE Community Services.
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Dickson_G ,

Covid19 discussion between 2 scientific experts

The latest Covid19 discussion was fantastic (and electrifying!). It’s almost like the mirage of a conservative Lawrence Wong debating a more liberal OYK, except these are the scientists. I learnt so much! The interviewer was very competent too. Pls do more of these- I wish we can hear more from scientific experts, not just the MTF, when it comes to Covid.

Macboy85 ,

Great podcast

I think the latest episode about second hand smoke was a episode I thoroughly enjoyed.
It was fair, informative, covered both sides of the matter and had a good conclusion.

Keep it up!

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