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The Straits Times audio channel showcases key news analyses, and selected episodes from our niche and sponsored series.

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#POPVULTURES (Asian and Hollywood pop culture)

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Produced by podcast editor Ernest Luis, The Straits Times and The Business Times, Singapore Press Holdings.

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The Straits Times audio channel showcases key news analyses, and selected episodes from our niche and sponsored series.

Follow these series on audio apps Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts, on your mobile phones or devices:

ASIAN INSIDER (the Asian perspective on global issues)

GREEN PULSE (environmental watch)

HEALTH CHECK (healthier living)

ST SPORTS TALK (big sports issues)

LIFE WEEKEND PICKS (lifestyle and food recommendations)

#POPVULTURES (Asian and Hollywood pop culture)

BOOKMARK THIS! (books podcast)

LUNCH WITH SUMIKO (up close with prominent newsmakers)

BT PODCASTS (Money Hacks, Mark To Market, WealthWise)

Produced by podcast editor Ernest Luis, The Straits Times and The Business Times, Singapore Press Holdings.

    AUKUS and the Quad - shifting power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific: Asian Insider Ep 76

    AUKUS and the Quad - shifting power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific: Asian Insider Ep 76

    Asian Insider Ep 76: AUKUS and the Quad - shifting power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific 

    18:59 mins

    Synopsis: Each month, The Straits Times' US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh presents an Asian perspective of the week's global talking points with expert guests.

    Power dynamics are changing in the Asia and Indo-Pacific with the mid-September announcement of the decision by the United States to share nuclear submarine technology with Australia, a privilege previously accorded only to the United Kingdom.

    The submarine deal is a key part of AUKUS, the new trilateral security partnership between the US, UK and Australia. Under AUKUS, Australia will acquire or build nuclear-powered submarines, and get Tomahawks and other long range missiles. France, originally contracted to build diesel-electric submarines for Australia, found its contract scrapped. 

    Nirmal Ghosh chats with two expert guests. Dr Aparna Pande is Research Fellow & director of Hudson Institute’s Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia. 

    Dr Carl Thayer is Emeritus Professor of Politics and Visiting Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra. He is a South-east Asia regional specialist who taught at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Australian Command and Staff College.

    They discuss the following points:
    Dr Thayer on what the AUKUS deal means for Australia in countering China (2:10)
    Dr Pande on how India views the Quad group comprising the US, Japan, India and Australia (4:30)
    Dr Thayer on why the Quad should not be mistaken for being an alliance (8:48)
    Will the Asia and Indo-Pacific see an accelerating arms race? (11:20)
    Is the US finally executing its long-awaited "pivot" to Asia? (13:58)

    Produced by: Nirmal Ghosh (nirmal@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis & Fa'izah Sani

    Edited by: Fa'izah Sani

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    China cancels Little Swallow Vicki Zhao, Word Of Honor star Zhang Zhehan and cracks down on entertainment industry: #PopVultures Ep 52

    China cancels Little Swallow Vicki Zhao, Word Of Honor star Zhang Zhehan and cracks down on entertainment industry: #PopVultures Ep 52

    #PopVultures Ep 52: China cancels Little Swallow Vicki Zhao, Word Of Honor star Zhang Zhehan and cracks down on entertainment industry

    48:21 mins

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

    In this episode, host Jan Lee is joined by The Straits Times' China correspondent Aw Cheng Wei as they discuss the recent spate of state-sanctioned cancellations of A-list celebrities in China. They delve into two case studies.

    The first is popular boys' love drama Word Of Honor star Zhang Zhehan, who was erased off the face of Chinese entertainment after photos of him visiting Japan's controversial Yasukuni Shrine surfaced. Yasukuni Shrine houses Class A war criminals from World War II.

    The second is the abrupt and mysterious cancellation of Vicki Zhao, best known for her role in seminal period drama My Fair Princess, which has fuelled vigorous speculation. They share their thoughts on the Chinese authorities' efforts to clamp down on celebrities who are seen as stepping out of line.

    Next, they discuss China's increasing efforts to clean up its entertainment scene, after it shut down idol production competitions, curtailed fan clubs and voting activities on social media, condemned toxic fandom culture, criticised the popularity of boys love dramas and "effeminate" male stars. They share their thoughts and insights on what considerations have fuelled this industry-wide clampdown.

    Here's a quick look at what they cover:
    A brief introduction on China's recent entertainment earthquake (0:42)
    A rundown of the cancellation of Zhang Zhehan and Vicki Zhao (4:08)
    Jan and Cheng Wei reflect on these two cases and the differing ways Chinese celebrities can be cancelled (10:21)
    A brief introduction of Chinese authorities' recent moves in cleaning up its entertainment industry (25:12)
    Jan and Cheng Wei share their thoughts on what is behind the heightened restrictions, curbs and censorship in Chinese entertainment (27:25)

    Image references:

    Actor Gong Jun: https://www.instagram.com/gongjunhahaha/

    Actor Sun Honglei: https://bit.ly/3nXaOBK

    Produced by: Jan Lee (janlee@sph.com.sg), & Penelope Lee

    Edited by: Penelope Lee & Hadyu Rahim

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    Singapore footballer Siti Rosnani Azman on going pro and life in Japan: ST Sports Talk Ep 139

    Singapore footballer Siti Rosnani Azman on going pro and life in Japan: ST Sports Talk Ep 139

    ST Sports Talk Ep 139: Singapore footballer Siti Rosnani Azman on going pro and life in Japan

    20:52 mins

    Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the biggest sports talking points every month.

    While chasing her dream of playing football professionally, Siti Rosnani Azman herded cows and picked fruit to extend her work and holiday visa during her stint with semi-pro club South West Queensland Thunder.

    The national women's footballer recently achieved her goal by signing a professional one-year contract with Japanese club International Athletic Club (INAC) Kobe Leonessa, making her only Singapore's second professional female player.

    In this episode, sports reporter Kimberly Kwek speaks with Siti Rosnani Azman about joining INAC Kobe, what her experience in Japan has been like so far and her football ambitions.

    Produced by: Kimberly Kwek (kimkwek@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis & Penelope Lee

    Edited by: Penelope Lee

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    Is it ever too late to plan for retirement? BT Money Hacks Ep 103

    Is it ever too late to plan for retirement? BT Money Hacks Ep 103

    BT Money Hacks Ep 103: Is it ever too late to start planning for retirement?

    14:15 min

    Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Business Times breaks down useful financial tips.

    This week's 103rd episode explores whether it’s ever too late to start planning for retirement and what you can do if you’re 60 and haven’t.

    Correspondent Howie Lim speaks with Jay Phua, Financial Services Director at Great Eastern.

    Highlights of the conversation:
    The common misconceptions surrounding retirement planning (1:49)
    Is it too late for a 60-year old to start planning for retirement? (4:55)
    Is reducing equity exposure when nearing retirement a good idea? (8:05)
    Unique hurdles to financial planning women face (9:51)
    Survey results: Biggest regrets when retirement planning according to respondents (11:43)

    Produced by: Howie Lim and Ernest Luis

    Edited by: Howie Lim

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    Overcoming obstacles to pricing carbon right (Pt 2): Green Pulse Ep 58

    Overcoming obstacles to pricing carbon right (Pt 2): Green Pulse Ep 58

    Green Pulse Ep 58: Overcoming obstacles to pricing carbon right (Pt 2)

    17:36 mins

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

    Climate scientists have sounded the alarm bells. Now, it is time for policy makers to act. One strategy to reduce emissions of planet-warming gases is by putting a price on carbon. By making emitters pay to pollute, the hope is that they take serious action to curb their release of carbon dioxide. But how effective have carbon pricing schemes been, and will they result in higher costs for the rest of society? 

    In this episode, environment correspondent Audrey Tan and climate change editor David Fogarty discuss the issue with Dr Vinod Thomas, a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore who was a former World Bank vice-president. 

    They discuss the following points: 
    How effective are existing carbon pricing schemes? (1:24) 
    How buying climate credits from nature-based solutions can benefit more than just climate (5:50) 
    What are the obstacles to pricing carbon right? (9:00) 
    How feasible is it for Singapore to implement schemes, such as the carbon fee and dividend, which channel revenue from carbon pricing back to people? (13:05)

    Listen to Pt 1: Taking climate action by putting a price on carbon - https://omny.fm/shows/green-pulse-1/taking-climate-action-by-putting-a-price-on-carbon

    Understand more about a carbon price floor: https://blogs.imf.org/2021/06/18/a-proposal-to-scale-up-global-carbon-pricing/

    Produced by: Audrey Tan (audreyt@sph.com.sg), David Fogarty (dfogarty@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis & Hadyu Rahim

    Edited by: Hadyu Rahim

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    • 17 min
    The 9/11 impact on Singapore, the local Muslim identity, and harmony beyond 2021: ST Podcast 9/11, 20 years on special (Pt 3)

    The 9/11 impact on Singapore, the local Muslim identity, and harmony beyond 2021: ST Podcast 9/11, 20 years on special (Pt 3)

    ST Podcast 9/11, 20 years on special (Pt 3): The 9/11 impact on Singapore, the local Muslim identity, and harmony beyond 2021

    50:25 mins

    Synopsis: 2021 marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks in the United States. This is a special podcast co-produced by The Straits Times and Berita Harian, recorded and filmed at the Berita Harian studios.

    Podcast editor Ernest Luis tackles with his three guests, the impact of the 9/11 attacks in the United States back in 2001, and how it has affected harmony in Singapore and South-east Asia.

    Our special guest is Ustaz Dr Mohamed Ali, vice-chairman and counsellor of the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG), who is also Assistant Professor at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. His areas of research include Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamist ideology, religious extremism, inter-religious relations and in his role at RRG, he also works to rehabilitate Muslim extremists.

    The Straits Times Singapore desk editor Zakir Hussain is in charge of Singapore news coverage and Berita Harian's assistant to the editor - Nazri Hadi Saparin - also comes on the show to give us his pulse of how the Malay community has responded to local challenges and perceptions post-9/11.

    They cover these points:
    Understanding political violence ideology post-9/11; how extremist groups were launching attacks while using religion for political objectives (5:34)
    Ustaz Dr Mohamed on Singapore's efforts to counter deviant religious teachings, with the setting up of bodies such as the Asatizah (religious teachers) Recognition Scheme (ARS), and bodies such as the RRG (6:49)
    Dr Mohamed on how the Singapore government and community partnership is different from other countries (10:12)
    Hadi and Zakir on post-9/11, the Muslim community changing local perceptions, more community sharing of faiths and breaking down of stereotypes (12:44)
    Dr Mohamed on the Singapore Muslim Identity and why these radicals have a problem with it (19:14)
    Hadi on how Berita Harian's media coverage showed a changing Malay community in Singapore in the following decade from 2010-2020; Zakir on ST's coverage in English evolving to adjust inaccurate phrasing used by Western media outlets (21:48)
    Having counselled them, Dr Mohamed breaks down the real sentiments of many radical detainees here (29:09)
    Zakir on countering the speed of online radicalisation with more parent/teacher engagement (31:34)
    Berita Harian's coverage of social media-savvy young religious teachers as part of Muis' Asatizah (religious teachers) Youth Network (AYN) to help with proper online religious guidance for young people (33:04)
    Why Dr Mohamed says the risk of online radicalisation will be greater during the Covid-19 era (38:04)
    Harmony in Singapore and globally is possible, but expect a bumpy road ahead (41:19)
    Dr Mohamed on how Singapore and the younger generation should define harmony in the local context beyond 2021? (45:29)

    Listen to Pt 1: 'Enter at your own risk' – Journalists recall post-9/11 assignment in Afghanistan - https://omny.fm/shows/st-bt/reporters-memories-from-afghanistan-in-2001-st-pod

    Listen to Pt 2: Terror threat seeds in South-east Asia planted way before 2001 attacks in US - https://omny.fm/shows/st-bt/terror-threat-seeds-in-south-east-asia-planted-way

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