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The Saigoneer Podcast allows listeners to take our reporting, insight and banter anywhere through in-depth discussions on Vietnamese society and culture, as well as interviews with special guests.

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    • 4.5, 18 Ratings

The Saigoneer Podcast allows listeners to take our reporting, insight and banter anywhere through in-depth discussions on Vietnamese society and culture, as well as interviews with special guests.

    The Snack Chat & Saigon Children Executive Director Damien Roberts

    The Snack Chat & Saigon Children Executive Director Damien Roberts

    This week, we share our love of all things snackable (1:27), whether American classics like Cheez-Its and Fig Newtons or Vietnamese staples like chuối nếp nướng and the astonishing variety of fruit-based snacks available here. Conversely, what are some of the worst snacks?

    Our interview guest (20:01) is Damien Roberts, executive director of Saigon Children, the Saigon-based charity organization which provides education and vocational training to disadvantaged children throughout Vietnam, with a focus on the southern region. We discussed the charity's work over the years, the challenges of fundraising during a global pandemic, and Roberts' goals for the future.

    Find out more about Saigon Children and how you can help here: https://www.saigonchildren.com/

    As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (44:52).

    • 51 min
    A View of Vietnam from World Cinema

    A View of Vietnam from World Cinema

    On this week's single-topic show, we discuss movies about Vietnam created by foreign production companies and directors (1:28). The country's home-grown movie industry has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years (something we'll address in a future episode), but how has Vietnam been depicted from abroad?

    Of course, Hollywood has its classic war movies, most of which make for difficult watching from a Vietnamese perspective, but we dig into a few films (mostly) unrelated to conflict.

    As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (36:33).

    • 47 min
    The End of the National Social Distancing Order

    The End of the National Social Distancing Order

    We're back with a new episode recorded, believe it or not, in our office. This may sound shocking to many around the world, but Vietnam's coronavirus outbreak has been so well-contained that a sense of normalcy has returned, and that's our topic for today.

    We discussed (1:57) reactions to Vietnam's success, possible ways forward, and whether it's too soon for the country to fully celebrate.

    As always, we close with Bánh Mì Banter (24:50).

    • 32 min
    Review Roulette

    Review Roulette

    With no end in sight to working from home - and the coronavirus dominating daily life - we've had to think outside the box for this episode.

    We played a game of 'review roulette,' in which we each submitted a movie, album, TV show and book/article to a random generator, and then reviewed what we received. Most of the submissions were trashy or things we knew other co-hosts wouldn't like very much.

    Mike got 'High School Musical' (2:47), Thi dissected 'Thor: Ragnarok' (10:54), Khoi watched the old YouTube series 'lonelygirl15' (21:56), and Paul pondered the ESPN article 'The true story behind Michael Jordan's brief-but-promising baseball career' (30:02).

    As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (37:10).

    This episode is brought to you by Waves. Learn more about their audio platform at https://waves8.com/.

    • 48 min
    COVID-19 Dispatches from Saigon

    COVID-19 Dispatches from Saigon

    On this working-from-home episode, we each share a dispatch from our respective neighborhood of Saigon in the time of COVID-19 (1:16). What is daily life like? How are we spending our time? What happens to the fish at those weird foot massage places when there are no tourists?

    PSA: Since this episode was reported remotely it doesn't have our usual high-level audio quality.

    As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (31:26).

    This episode is brought to you by Waves. Find out more at https://waves8.com/.

    • 42 min
    Covid-19 Update, Quarantine What If? & Wildlife Conservationist Trang Nguyen

    Covid-19 Update, Quarantine What If? & Wildlife Conservationist Trang Nguyen

    On this week's episode, our 80th (!), we begin (1:29) with the latest, as of March 12, on Vietnam's Covid-19 outbreak, which has entered a worrying stage with a string of new cases in different regions after over three weeks without any new infections.

    Then (19:41), we take a slightly whimsical detour to share how we'd spend a hypothetical 14-day home quarantine period. Reading? Baking? Composting?

    Our interview guest (30:07) is Trang Nguyen, founder of the wildlife conservation organization WildAct. She talked about her childhood interest in animal welfare, her efforts to change attitudes toward wildlife trafficking in Vietnam, and more.

    As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (51:09).

    This episode is brought to you by Waves, Vietnam's biggest podcast app. Learn more at https://waves8.com/.

    • 58 min

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