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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 • 21 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.

    A Look Back

    A Look Back

    After a few months away, we take a look back at the podcast since it started; reminiscing on previous recording locations, co-hosts, and memorable moments.

    Editor-in-Chief (and co-host) Mike Tatarski has moved on from Saigoneer, so we took this chance to revisit the past - while still opening with Bánh Mì Banter.

    We're not quite sure when the podcast will return at this stage, but we hope to bring it back to your feed in the future!

    • 41 min
    Rating 2021; Lunar New Year or Gregorian New Year?

    Rating 2021; Lunar New Year or Gregorian New Year?

    In our first episode of the new year, we begin with Bánh Mì Banter, before rating 2021 on the usual criteria of deliciousness, billability and would you miss it?

    Then, in 'This or That,' we debate the pros and cons of the Lunar New Year and the Gregorian New Year - January 1 - to determine which we'd rather celebrate.

    • 53 min
    Hannah Hà, Mark Gergis, Jan Hagenkoetter & the Making of 'Magical Nights'

    Hannah Hà, Mark Gergis, Jan Hagenkoetter & the Making of 'Magical Nights'

    This special episode builds on our recent article about the creation of 'Magical Nights - Saigon Surf Twist & Soul,' the recently released album of Phương Tâm's songs from the early 1960s.

    Hannah Hà, Mark Gergis and Jan Hagenkoetter were the driving force behind the album - Hannah, Tâm's daughter, shares how she learned about her mother's past as a rockstar singer in 1960s Saigon - a previous life that no one in her family knew about.

    The trio also discuss how they connected, the arduous process of tracking down physical copies of Tâm's music during the first year of the pandemic, the delicate work of bringing her songs to life on 'Magical Nights,' and the importance of bringing Vietnamese voices to music from the 1960s.

    The audio quality on this episode isn't up to our usual standards, as this is a phone recording of a Zoom call that wasn't planned for the podcast, but we think this is worth sharing as a companion to the website feature, which can be found here: https://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/20780-what-to-do-when-you-discover-that-your-mom-was-a-superstar-singer-in-1960s-saigon

    Happy holidays from the Saigoneer Podcast team!

    • 56 min
    The (Brief) History of 'Day of Phở;' and Weddings or Rooftop Bars?

    The (Brief) History of 'Day of Phở;' and Weddings or Rooftop Bars?

    We begin this week with Bánh Mì Banter, before exploring the Day of Phở in our latest 'That Time We...' segment. Created in 2018, this day celebrates arguably Vietnam's most famous dish - but what other delicacies are worthy of their own day?

    Then, in 'This or That,' we debate whether we'd prefer to attend a standard Vietnamese wedding, or a party at a glitzy Saigon rooftop bar.

    • 45 min
    Rating 'Hello Vietnam,' Plus Waterbus v. Metro

    Rating 'Hello Vietnam,' Plus Waterbus v. Metro

    After a brief Covid-related break, we're back with a new episode beginning, as always with Bánh Mì Banter (0:59).

    Then (9:21), in 'We Rate Stuff,' we analyze the song 'Hello Vietnam,' which was originally composed in French by Marc Lavoine and called 'Bonjour Vietnam.' The English version performed by Quỳnh Anh is now best-known as the song played on VietJet flights, but the lyrics contain some rather outdated language that may come as a surprise.

    Finally (31:30), in 'This or That,' we debate whether we'd prefer (in a true dream world) a Waterbus system that takes full advantage of Saigon's sprawling network of waterways, or a complete Saigon Metro system with all planned lines completed.

    • 48 min
    Riding on a Motorbike With Someone; Karaoke or Nightclub?

    Riding on a Motorbike With Someone; Karaoke or Nightclub?

    We begin this week with Bánh Mì Banter (1:04), including some banter about an actual bánh mì and the hilarious incompetence of the Saigon Waterbus.

    Then (10:52), we rate the wonders (and possible pitfalls) of riding around with someone on a motorbike - either as the driver or the passenger.

    Finally, in This or That (32:46), we debate whether we'd prefer to spend a night out in a Saigon karaoke parlor, or a Saigon fruit-plates-on-the-table, Vinahouse-blasting nightclub.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

CDuckie ,

Mourning A Lost Friend

As an expat living on the Mekong Delta I’ve always enjoyed this podcast. It made me feel like Vietnam is my home. Banh mi banter was my favorite part of each program. Thanks to Mike and the staff for your work. I wish all of you the best of luck in whatever comes next.

Rich Hughes
Cao Lanh

podcastlover732423 ,

5 Stars!

Learn something new each episode

life4orce ,

This podcast has progressively gone downhill

I used to enjoy the podcast. It’s become a laborious listen and I unsubscribed. There’s just too many negatives about this podcast to overlook at this point that I gave up.

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