An accompanying podcast to The Historyogi Post, a newsletter on history and politics in Singapore for researchers, history buffs and the general public.
#9 - The history & effects of Singapore's media regulation policies (A conversation with Cherian George)
Singapore Press Holdings recently announced major structural changes to its media business, which has suffered losses for many years. Today, we speak to Professor Cherian George, a media scholar from Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, on the history of Singapore’s media regulation, the application of “calibrated coercion” by the state, whether social media can ever be a true replacement, and the price Singaporeans have to pay for the state’s media policies.
#8 - How should Singapore handle death, grief & funerals? (A conversation with Bernard Chen)
The ongoing pandemic has caused a wave of death, grief and mourning across the world. But even before Covid-19, Singapore has been dealing with how best to support an ageing population as our seniors gradually pass on. Today, we speak to Bernard Chen, who previously worked in the funeral industry and has written extensively about bereavement issues, on what reforms are needed in the local funeral services profession, how we can facilitate conversations around death and feelings of loss, and why he thinks younger people should also be equipped with knowledge on preparing for death. Please note that this episode contains references to suicide.
#7 - The history & significance of The Substation in Singapore (A conversation with T Sasitharan)
The Substation, an independent arts venue at Armenian Street, recently announced its impending closure to much dismay after operating for 31 years. Today, we speak to Mr T Sasitharan, Cultural Medallion winner and former Artistic Director of the Substation, on the Substation’s history and significance. We also discuss what needs to change in the state’s approach to the arts, and whether Singapore has a place for art that makes one uncomfortable.
#6 - The Beginner's Guide to the Five Power Defence Arrangements (A conversation with Euan Graham)
The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) turn 50 this year. However, the FPDA, which brings together Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, is little known by the public and even by non-defence officials. Today, we speak to Dr Euan Graham, Senior Fellow for Asia Pacific Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, on the FPDA’s history, its relevance to the defence interests of member countries, and the challenges it faces given the rapid changes to the region’s strategic environment.
#5 - The history of Singapore's fight against AIDS (A conversation with Roy Chan)
AIDS is an illness that still carries social stigma and moral indignation. The situation was especially worse during the 1980s and 1990s when most patients died painful deaths and moral panic influenced public rejection of those from marginalised communities. Today, we speak to Professor Roy Chan, President of Action for AIDS, on the early fight against AIDS in Singapore, its impact on the gay community, how things have changed since then, and what Singapore still needs to do to decisively defeat the disease.
#4 - The Beginner's Guide to the South China Sea dispute (A conversation with Collin Koh)
The South China Sea dispute has gained increasing prominence in recent years, with China being especially aggressive with its claims. Today, we speak to Dr Collin Koh, Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, on some basic questions about the dispute. We discuss its history, the significance of the nine-dash line, the actions of various claimant states as well as the United States, ASEAN’s lack of unity, the feasibility of a code of conduct, the role of Chinese fishing fleets, and the stakes for a non-claimant state like Singapore.