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Synopsis: The Straits Times has a range of specialist shows on Asian geopolitics, health, climate change, money, career, social issues, sports, pop culture and entertainment. 

Follow our shows on your favourite audio apps Apple Podcasts, Spotify or even ST's app, which has a dedicated podcast player section.

Produced by podcast editor Ernest Luis & The Straits Times, SPH Media Trust.

    Will Taylor Swift win the Nobel Literature Prize someday?

    Will Taylor Swift win the Nobel Literature Prize someday?

    One of our guests also shows us the brilliance of her lyrics by reading them out to us. What are your faves?

    Synopsis: Each month, The Straits Times examines the ins and outs of pop culture in the Asian entertainment and Hollywood scene.

    American superstar Taylor Swift has dominated pop culture with her mega-successful Eras Tour, her historic fourth Grammy win for Album of the Year in 2024 and her fairytale-like romance with American football star Travis Kelce. 

    And she will soon be bringing her tour for a sold-out six-night show at National Stadium in Singapore from March 2-9. Ahead of her concert, #PopVultures host Jan Lee sits down for a throwback to her English-literature-student days.

    Joining her in this episode to explore Swift's multi-generational appeal, are Life correspondent and "Swiftie" Yamini Chinnuswamy, 15-year-old Gen-Z "Swiftie" Yvonne Inglin as well as Ravi Agarwal, a 51-year-old connoisseur of Swift's lyrics.

    Together, they discuss the literary value of her songs while Ravi also reads out the best of her lyrics. They analyse the appeal of her songs and how different songs reflect different periods in Swift's life. 

    They spotlight three of Swift's most famous songs from different eras of her career - Blank Space, Anti-Hero and All Too Well (10 Minute Version) - and talk about Swift's use of metaphors, rhymes and sentence structure. They also talk about their own impressions of these songs and why it fascinates and appeals to them.

    They also ponder the very important question: Is a Nobel Literature Prize in Swift's future? 

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    3:30 Introduction and everyone's favourite Swift kitty - is it Olivia Benson, Meredith Grey or Benjamin Button?

    7:00 Favourite songs

    9:30 Dissecting Blank Space

    16:40 Examining/Exploring Anti-Hero

    26:20 Debating All Too Well (10 Minute Version)

    35:30 Rapid-fire Swiftie questions for Yvonne & Ravi

    Watch the special video podcast version of this episode on the new Straits Times’ Podcast YouTube channel, where Yamini has set up a mini-Taylor Swift shrine: https://str.sg/itdC

    Produced by: Jan Lee (janlee@sph.com.sg), Yamini Chinnuswamy (yaminic@sph.com.sg), Amirul Karim and Eden Soh

    Video Producers: Joel Chng, T Kumar, Zeke Tan and Marc de Souza

    Edited by: Amirul Karim and Eden Soh

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    Guns, drugs, politics ravaging Manipur in India’s north-east

    Guns, drugs, politics ravaging Manipur in India’s north-east

    Hear why most Manipuris - of different ethnic groups - just want an end to militarisation and violence.

    Synopsis: Every fourth Friday of the month, The Straits Times' global contributor Nirmal Ghosh shines a light on Asian perspectives of global and Asian issues with expert guests.

    Manipur, in north-east India, is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious state of 3.1 million people. In May 2023, violence exploded between the ethnic Meitei and Kuki people, leaving many dead. Ongoing ethnic violence has claimed many more than 200 lives and left tens of thousands displaced. 

    Next door in Myanmar, the military regime has at best, tenuous control over its own borders given drug and other kinds of trafficking across the Myanmar-Manipur border. 

    Most Manipuris - of different ethnic groups - just want an end to militarisation and violence, says Manipur native Binalaskshmi Nepram. The writer, democracy activist, Sean McBride Peace Prize recipient and founder of several local organisations working for disarmament and peace in Manipur and across the north-east, speaks with host Nirmal Ghosh.

    They shine an insider’s light, on the complexities and the traumas of the troubled border state in a volatile region. 

    Highlights (click/tap above): 

    1:33 Eruption of violence in Manipur the result of decades of neglect and discrimination, a criminal political nexus and violent extremism

    4:58 War-within-a-war phenomenon: Manipur had about three to four armed groups in the 70s but that has grown to 60 today

    8:09 Why the struggle in the north-east of India is also about identities

    14:18 What is the future for children growing up in Manipur? 

    16:45 India wants to build a fence along the border with Myanmar to curb trans-border crime and trafficking

    Produced by: Nirmal Ghosh (nirmal@sph.com.sg) and Fa’izah Sani

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    Wee Cho Yaw's impact on Singapore's banking industry

    Wee Cho Yaw's impact on Singapore's banking industry

    Do local banks really have succession issues?

    Synopsis: Every third Monday of the month, hosts Lee Su Shyan and Ven Sreenivasan - both associate editors and senior columnists at The Straits Times - offer you an extra edge in managing your hard-earned money.

    In February 2024, banker Wee Cho Yaw passed away at the age of 95. His father founded the predecessor of UOB but it was Mr Wee that grew the bank, and made UOB what it is today. Together with DBS and OCBC, UOB is now among the top three local banks in Singapore.

    In this episode, we delve more into the impact Mr Wee had on the banking industry. Over at DBS, there has always been talk about who will take over from CEO Piyush Gupta.

    Su Shyan and Ven discuss these succession plans and the outlook for the banking sector. Also, as interest rates may be cut in 2024, according to the US Federal Reserve, how will Singapore local banks be affected? 

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    2:00 Wee Cho Yaw's impact on the local banking industry; will his passing affect ops and strategy?

    7:20 Are there succession issues within top three local banks?

    9:50 Today, there are more than enough Singaporeans with global exposure and capability to step up in these local banks

    11:50 Challenges ahead: S&P Global Ratings recently said Singapore’s net interest margins (NIM) will peak this year at 2% to 2.2%

    Produced by: Lee Su Shyan (sushyan@sph.com.sg), Ven Sreenivasan (ven@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis and Teo Tong Kai

    Edited by: Teo Tong Kai

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    On the edge: Why everyone needs to talk about planetary tipping points

    On the edge: Why everyone needs to talk about planetary tipping points

    Tipping points are a grave threat but it’s not too late for humanity to reduce the risks. 

    Synopsis: Every first and third Sunday of the month, The Straits Times analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change.

    The world is on the brink of major changes to the natural world that could have truly devastating consequences for billions of people. 

    These are parts of the natural world that are at risk of abrupt and irreversible changes. For instance, runaway melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets; collapse of a key ocean circulation in the Atlantic; melting of permafrost; dieback of the Amazon rainforest and warm-water coral reefs. There are many more. 

    What’s causing this? Man-made global warming is a major reason. So is pollution and over-exploitation of resources. 

    Planetary tipping points represent one of the gravest threats to humanity, yet many people seem unaware of the danger. And some of these tipping points might be close to, or already past the point of no return.

    Yet, there’s still time to stop others from occurring if we act fast. 

    To learn more about this, we speak to Professor Tim Lenton, Director of the Global Systems Institute at Exeter University in Britain. Tim recently led the biggest study yet into global tipping points. 

    Highlights of conversation (click/tap above):

    1:29  What are planetary tipping points and why should we be concerned?

    2:23  What are some examples and how close are we to some of these tipping points?

    4:06 And what are the major tipping point risks for Asia?

    9:01 Tell us more about the danger from a cascade of tipping points, where one major planetary change causes a domino effect of triggering other tipping points?

    14:29  The good news is that there are steps humanity can take – positive tipping points. What are some examples?

    17: 40 But humanity has already caused major changes to the planet. Does that mean we have to adapt to a rapidly changing world no matter what we do? 

    Produced by: David Fogarty (dfogarty@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis and Amirul Karim

    Edited by: Hadyu Rahim

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    • 22 min
    First impressions of Budget 2024 for the youth

    First impressions of Budget 2024 for the youth

    This Budget 2024 special analysis examines how measures announced would benefit Singaporean youth, from education, to housing, childcare and inflation. 

    Synopsis: Titled “Building our Shared Future Together”, Budget 2024 was delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Feb 16, 2024. 

    The plan for revenue and expenditure of the Singapore government was laid out to address immediate challenges like cost-of-living pressures while investing in longer-term goals of strong economic growth, better jobs and a culture of lifelong learning.

    We examine how Budget 2024's measures announced would benefit Singaporean youth, from education, to housing, childcare and inflation. 

    In this special episode, ST assistant podcast editor Lynda Hong hosts two guests:

    Ms Cherlyn Ng, 35, a video producer who has two young children. Ms Ng is also a young union leader with Creative Media Publishing Union, which is affiliated to NTUC. 

    Mr Jod Gill is global employer services partner at Deloitte Singapore.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    1:46 Should the SkillsFuture Level-Up Programme, which gives $4,000 to a Singaporean worker aged 40 and above, also in future, include workers in their 30s?

    4:38 Cherlyn on how the new SkillsFuture Level-Up programme might in future, help young mothers restart their careers for example; Jod on the impact on younger workers

    7:40 Thoughts on the financial support from the (Open Market) Voucher under the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme for young couples waiting for Build-To-Order (BTO) homes.

    9:08 Would new subsidies for pre-schools be enough to push Ms Ng to consider having a third child? Pre-school subsidy indicative of inflation pressures on younger families?

    11:25 Cherlyn on renewed support for cost-of-living measures like CDC vouchers and U-save rebates; Jod on how personal tax rebates can help cushion higher cost of living

    15:40 Reacting to how ITE graduates will get S$5,000 when enrolling for a diploma, and a S$10,000 CPF top-up when attaining it

    Read ST's Budget 2024 coverage: https://str.sg/6kzj

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    Will U.S. interest in Asia hold if Trump returns?

    Will U.S. interest in Asia hold if Trump returns?

    Former South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha also ponders the challenges posed by Kim Jong Un’s moves on missiles and Moscow, and Seoul’s ties with Japan. 

    Synopsis: Every second Friday of the month, join The Straits Times' associate editor and senior Asia columnist Ravi Velloor, as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent.

    In this episode, Ravi speaks with Dr Kang Kyung-Wha, the incoming President and CEO of Asia Society. In 2017, she was the first woman to be appointed foreign minister of South Korea, holding the post until early 2021.

    They discuss how she handled the Trump administration as foreign minister, the South’s position on nuclear deterrence vis a vis a provocative Pyongyang, and her plans for Asia Society.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    4:38: The US is “certainly overextended”; will US interest in Asia survive a Trump return?

    10:11 US-China tensions “will probably increase”

    15:30 On North Korea: “War preparation is not the right interpretation”

    22:36 Analysing the Kim Jong Un-Putin relationship; does South Korea intend to go nuclear?

    30:30 On her experience on multilateral diplomacy

    34:54 Will Asia Society open a China office?

    Produced by: Ravi Velloor (velloor@sph.com.sg) and Fa’izah Sani

    Edited by: Fa’izah Sani

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