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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. 

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

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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.

    The $1 chip that keeps Taiwan’s tech devices in working order

    The $1 chip that keeps Taiwan’s tech devices in working order

    Feeling peckish? Here is an appetising story from Taiwan correspondent Yip Wai Yee about why Taiwan is mad about the “Kuai Kuai” brand of corn snacks. 

    Synopsis: Every first Friday of the month, The Straits Times chats with ST’s correspondents in the Asia-Pacific, the US and Europe, about life as it goes on, amid the screaming headlines and bubbling crises. 

    Taiwan is the world’s top manufacturer of semiconductors and advanced chips. But here is the super-chip that rules them all: a corn chip snack that is a favourite among Taiwan kids. 

    Bags of it can be found atop laptops, ATM machines, printers all over the island, even in the offices of engineers in Hsinchu Science Park – home of the island’s semiconductor industry. 

    In this episode, ST’s foreign editor Li Xueying chats with ST’s Taiwan correspondent Yip Wai Yee about how these chips became the go-to lucky charms for Taiwan appliances, and the folk traditions and pseudoscience that continue to thrive in the technologically advanced society.

    Highlights (click/tap above):1:00: Why Kuai Kuai corn chips are so popular in Taiwan2:05: How they “bestow their magical powers” on appliances

    4:28: TSMC, the world’s leading semiconductor company, has its own edition of Kuai Kuai chips

    5:47: The propensity for Taiwanese to turn to such folk beliefs 8:29 The wrong use of Kuai Kuai chips was believed to have crashed Taiwan’s tax filing system in May 2017 Read Wai Yee’s article here: https://str.sg/6vYn

    Produced by: Li Xueying (xueying@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis and Fa’izah Sani

    Edited by: Fa’izah Sani

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    A new way of selling cars in Singapore?

    A new way of selling cars in Singapore?

    No other car company has invested as much as Porsche to sell cars to consumers in Singapore with a high-end “studio” in the heart of the city. How is it working?

    Synopsis: The Straits Times offers expert insights if you are in the market for a new vehicle or are tracking transportation trends.

    Cars in Singapore are the most expensive in the world. In this episode, ST's senior transport correspondent Lee Nian Tjoe visits the Porsche Studio Singapore in Guoco Midtown along Beach Road, to speak with Mr Brendan Mok, head of PR and communications at Porsche Asia Pacific.

    They discuss how the German sportscar brand is going to sell more units in Singapore.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    4:30 What is so different about how Porsche is selling cars in Singapore? 

    17:20 How frequently do car companies review their contracts with dealers?

    19:00 Answering the EV question 

    23:25 Only one in five Porsches sold are actually “sports cars” 

    28:30 Porsche’s sales projection for Singapore in 2024 

    36:30 When there will be a garage sale of Porsche in Singapore

    Produced by: Lee Nian Tjoe (niantjoel@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis, Teo Tong Kai, Eden Soh, T Kumar & Willy Wong

    Edited by: Teo Tong Kai

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    • 44 min
    New Lions head coach Tsutomu Ogura talks his vision for SG football

    New Lions head coach Tsutomu Ogura talks his vision for SG football

    So why do the Lions have yet another Japanese coach?

    Synopsis: Every fourth Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times dives into a sports topic and tackles the hard questions with its guests on Hard Tackle.

    In this episode of Hard Tackle, Deepanraj Ganesan is joined by Football Association of Singapore president, Bernard Tan and the newly appointed head coach of the Singapore national football team, Tsutomu Ogura.

    For the first time since Ogura’s appointment on Feb 1, Tan describes the process undertaken by the FAS in terminating former head coach Takayuki Nishigaya’s contract and then selecting Ogura to lead the Lions. 

    Ogura also shares his journey to becoming the Lions’ head coach, his vision for the team and his plans ahead of his first match in charge of the Lions, when they take on China in a World Cup qualifier on Mar 21. 

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    2:49 When and how did the process to fire Takayuki Nishigaya and hire Tsutomu Ogura began?  

    8:30 Ogura’s initial thoughts when he was offered the Singapore national team head coach job 

    14:19 What gave Ogura the edge over the other candidates?  

    24:07 Ogura on the importance of working with a local coach  

    35:38 Does FAS president Bernard take sole responsibility for the hire of Ogura? 

    Read: https://str.sg/q8ro

    Produced by: Deepanraj Ganesan (gdeepan@sph.com.sg) & Amirul Karim

    Edited by: Amirul Karim

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    • 44 min
    Young hawkers talk: Cost pressures from food, rental and manpower

    Young hawkers talk: Cost pressures from food, rental and manpower

    Two young hawkers chat about the profession in this era of high inflation - how to maintain profitability while still serving that affordable meal. 

    Synopsis: Every second and fourth Monday of the month, The Straits Times takes a hard look at social issues of the day with guests.

    The cost of living has gotten more expensive in the last two years. Inflation measured by a basket of consumer goods was 4.8 per cent higher in 2023 than 2022, more than in 2021 when the price increase was at 2.3 per cent. For young hawkers who also have their families to care for, maintaining a profit margin while resisting raising prices, can be challenging. 

    Cost differences between running a stall in private coffee shops vis a vis hawker centres managed by NEA, could make a stark difference in profitability, according to two hawkers. In this episode,ST podcast assistant editor Lynda Hong speaks with Jeevan Ananthan, 32, who sells Li Na noodles - bak chor mee - in three stalls in coffee shops with a central kitchen. Also in the studio is Cornelius Tan, 38, vice-chairman of the Chinatown Complex Hawker association. He is also a second-generation hawker of Chai Wee Cuttlefish stall in a hawker centre managed by the NEA.  

    They also talk about how the government subsidy waives the 0.5 per cent transaction fee that stallholders will have to pay for each digital transaction – those made via QR code payments under the Singapore Quick Response Code (SGQR) platform.

    The new subsidy window, under the Hawkers Go Digital initiative to spur more merchants to digitalise, continues until Dec 31, 2024 – the second time it has been extended. It was initially extended to the end of 2023 to support stallholders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    7:34 “Let hawkers increase prices without guilt”? How rentals in hawker centres managed by NEA are charged differently from private coffee shops and food courts

    13:20 Juggling manpower costs: Hiring Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs)

    15:19 Is there "greed" when it comes to rent in private coffee shops and food courts? 

    16:13 Why the SGQR unified payment code method has helped many hawkers survive lately

    17:30 Jeevan's and Cornelius' journey from the corporate world to the hawker profession; did their university degrees help in current hawker profession?

    24:32 Overseas ventures: How will the Lina Noodles empire strike out next?26:01 Advice for young and aspiring hawkers or “hawkerpreneurs”

    Produced by: Lynda Hong (lyndahong@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis and Hadyu Rahim

    Edited by: Hadyu Rahim

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    • 31 min
    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

    Download ST's Taylor Swift 9-era infographic series in high-res PDF: https://str.sg/qQQU

    More of ST's Taylor Swift coverage here: https://str.sg/CJDx 

    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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    • 45 min
    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

    Edited by: Fa’izah Sani

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