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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.

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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.

    Shopee job cuts: Are tech companies in trouble?

    Shopee job cuts: Are tech companies in trouble?

    Big names like Netflix, Paypal and Tesla have either shed jobs or cooled on offers. At home, the conglomerate Sea Limited has run into rough waters with management suspending salaries. What's going on? Has growth at all costs come home to roost and what does this mean for tech jobs in Singapore? Otelli Edwards speaks to Yorlin Ng, chief operating officer of Momentum Works and assistant professor Ng Weiyi at the NUS Business School.

     
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    • 28 min
    Hunt for global talent: Why can't Singaporeans fill top jobs?

    Hunt for global talent: Why can't Singaporeans fill top jobs?

    The new Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass (ONE Pass) plans to draw rainmakers globally. How is it different from other visas? Why do we need such talent now and how will they help Singaporean workers? Steven Chia gets answers from Manpower Minister Tan See Leng, co-founder of Carousell, Marcus Tan and Jaya Dass, managing director of Permanent Recruitment in Asia Pacific at Randstad.
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    • 37 min
    Removing parks for homes: Is land use in Singapore a case of conflicting needs?

    Removing parks for homes: Is land use in Singapore a case of conflicting needs?

    When news broke that ORTO leisure park in Yishun will make way for housing, residents expressed sadness and disappointment. They asked: Why are we building so many flats? Why can't we keep spaces that matter to a community? Steven Chia puts these questions to Dr Woo Jun Jie, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies and Dr Liu Thai Ker, former chief planner.
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    • 30 min
    Why are students behaving so badly in and out of class?

    Why are students behaving so badly in and out of class?

    Viral videos of students displaying poor discipline in classrooms or beating up fellow classmates have made the rounds recently. Have things gotten worse? How can teachers be better supported? Steven Chia speaks to Dr Wong Hwei Ming, senior research scientist at the National Institute of Education, Ryan Ong, a 24-year-old university student and founder of The Catalyst Collective and Sarah, an ex-teacher who requested anonymity.
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    • 33 min
    Swimming against the tide on Joseph Schooling’s confession of cannabis use

    Swimming against the tide on Joseph Schooling’s confession of cannabis use

    When Olympic medalist Joseph Schooling and fellow swimmer Amanda Lim admitted to cannabis use, some said "go easy" on them because it's "just weed". Is Singapore's strict zero-tolerance approach a case of "swimming against the tide" of more liberal attitudes? Finally, does this signal an end to Schooling's sporting career? Steven Chia gets answers from Nicholas Fang, managing director of Black Dot consultancy, Eugene Tan, associate professor of law at Singapore Management University and Dr Omer Ali Saifudeen, senior lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and former CNB officer.

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    • 26 min
    377A repeal: How could it become a messy affair?

    377A repeal: How could it become a messy affair?

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's announcement repealing Section 377A during this year's National Day Rally was widely anticipated. Are matters about to get messier before they get clearer? What could make things worse for all the key stakeholders involved? Steven Chia rakes it over with Gillian Koh, Deputy Director (Research) at the Institute of Policy Studies, Terence Ho, Associate Professor in Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Associate Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University, Eugene Tan.

     
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 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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