Episodes
The Big Story Ep 105: Simon Biles withdraws from all-around event; athletes' mental health under spotlight 8:33 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Hairianto Diman and Olivia Quay. At the Tokyo Olympics, defending champion Simone Biles has withdrawn from Thursday's individual all-around event, due to ongoing concerns over her mental health. Assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath discusses the recent incidents of top athletes...
Published 07/28/21
ST Connect webinar: How Singapore can tackle racism meaningfully 59:29 mins Listen to a discussion of racial microaggressions and public confrontations, in a webinar organised by The Straits Times live on July 14 on how best to tackle such issues. A recent uptick in race-related disputes and incidents has led to greater discussion of issues surrounding race like discrimination and privilege. The discussion explores what individuals and groups can do to improve understanding and strengthen...
Published 07/26/21
Bookmark This! Ep 23: Walking with Jhumpa Lahiri, Andre Aciman and Natsuko Imamura 16:27 mins Synopsis: A monthly literary podcast by The Straits Times featuring titles in the headlines and sizzling reads. In the latest episode, The Straits Times journalists Olivia Ho and Toh Wen Li look at three meditative new books about walking in cities and the passage of time: Homo Irrealis by Andre Aciman (0:48) Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri (4:56) The Woman In The Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura...
Published 07/22/21
The Big Story Ep 104: Covid-19 markers to look out for before Singapore can emerge from Phase 2 8:31 mins There were 179 new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Wednesday (July 21), including 130 cases connected to the growing cluster linked to the Jurong Fishery Port, and markets and food centres. This brings the total number of cases in the Jurong Fishery Port cluster to 451. There were also eight new cases linked to the KTV cluster. The cluster has a total of 215 cases. Produced...
Published 07/22/21
The Big Story Ep 103: Covid-19: Open conversation can help River Valley school students process tragedy, says expert 5:13 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Hairianto Diman and Olivia Quay. Students from River Valley High School returned to campus on Wednesday (July 21), two days after the alleged killing of a 13-year-old boy. Many were seen carrying bouquets of flowers into the campus to pay their respects to their...
Published 07/22/21
Health Check Ep 64: Understanding the loneliness crisis 16:29 mins Synopsis: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you. Loneliness is toxic. It is associated with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep issues and stress. It can also shorten your life. New research from the Duke-NUS Medical school in Singapore and Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan has found that lonely older adults...
Published 07/21/21
The Big Story Ep 102: Covid-19: No dining in from July 22-Aug 18 as Singapore returns to Phase 2 6:17 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Dylan Ang. Covid-19 measures will be tightened from Thursday (July 22) to August 18, as Singapore goes back to Phase 2 (heightened alert) to stem the recent spike in community cases. In a virtual press conference on Tuesday (July 20) by the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19, Trade and...
Published 07/20/21
Green Pulse Ep 54: How carbon credits can help save tropical forests (Part 2) 11:43 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. Carbon credits are gaining traction as companies and countries pledge to have their emissions reach “net-zero”, some by 2050 and others later. One source of such credits are forest conservation projects. By protecting forests from being...
Published 07/18/21
BT Money Hacks Ep 99: How to turn your passion project or side hustle into an ESG business 12:42 min Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Business Times breaks down useful financial tips. This week's episode looks at how many people have set up a part-time business, or side-hustle, especially amid the disruption and uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Understand how to turn your side hustle into a money-making ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance)...
Published 07/18/21
The Big Story Ep 101: How growing KTV cluster poses risks to households 11:19 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Hairianto Diman and Olivia Quay. Singapore reported 48 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (July 15), including 42 cases in the community. Of them, 33 are linked to the growing KTV cluster, bringing the total number of cases to 87. Investigations into this rapidly growing cluster continue. The Ministry of Health (MOH)...
Published 07/15/21
Power Play Ep 3: Lovable China? How the world sees China's PR struggle 10:08 mins Synopsis: On the third Friday of every month, join Charissa Yong and Danson Cheong - ST’s US and China correspondents respectively based in Washington DC and Beijing - as they both look at various facets of the US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.  They chat about the following: Chinese President Xi Jinping recently said it will be tough to build a "credible, lovable and respectable" image and...
Published 07/15/21
Inside Hong Kong Ep 5: 9 arrested over 'car bomb' plot & plans for a potential travel corridor 4:35 mins Synopsis: Every week, The Straits Times analyses South-east Asia's top news developments. The Straits Times' Hong Kong correspondent Claire Huang speaks to Money FM's Rachel Kelly on the following points: The city's government said it will assess Singapore's new Covid-19 strategy before reviving travel bubble (0:47) The minds behind Hong Kong's revolutionary group, 'Returning...
Published 07/09/21
ST Sports Talk Ep 135: Road to the Olympics: The Joseph Schooling interview 18:55 mins Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the biggest sports talking points every month. After winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, life for swimmer Joseph Schooling is now a grind of sweat and purpose with a break only for Netflix and a rare 9 holes of golf. He shares the lessons he has learnt since then and his preparations for the Tokyo Games. In this episode, assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath and...
Published 07/09/21
Regional Round-up Ep 5: Malaysia’s MCO 3.0 and Indonesia’s Covid crisis 12:27 mins Synopsis: Every week, The Straits Times analyses South-east Asia's top news developments. The Straits Times' regional correspondent Leslie Lopez chats with Money FM's Elliott Danker about the following points: What went wrong during Malaysia’s latest lockdown to try to control the Covid-19 pandemic (1:37) 'White Flag' movement rippling across Malaysia and how Malaysians remain resilient (3:42) The...
Published 07/09/21
Asian Insider Ep 71: Indonesia's Covid-19 crisis deepens 10:04 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. A lack of vaccinations and leaky travel bans fuelled Indonesia's new Covid-19 cases, correspondent Linda Yulisman tells Asian Insider. Introduction 0:00 What led to the surge in infections? 1:20 Hospital beds in Java filling up fast. 3:13  5% of population fully...
Published 07/08/21
Speaking Of Asia Ep 3: The great Asian gold rush 12:20 mins Synopsis: Join The Straits Times's associate editor Ravi Velloor, in this series of podcasts based on his weekly columns on Asian issues, as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent. In this third episode, he discusses the burst of wealth that is taking place in Asia, from Japan to the Middle East, and how European and American lenders are rushing in to manage the money of wealthy Asians.  The great...
Published 07/08/21
The Big Story Ep 100: S'pore doing 'exceptionally well' amid more transmissible Delta variant 5:40 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Hairianto Diman and Olivia Quay. There were 12 confirmed Covid-19 cases as at Wednesday noon, of which five are locally transmitted. Five of the seven imported cases were detected upon arrival while two developed Covid-19 during stay-home notice or isolation. Professor Teo Yik Ying, dean of...
Published 07/08/21
China Perspective Ep 4: Will Beijing’s plans to return Communist Party to revolutionary roots backfire? 8:37 mins Synopsis: Every week, The Straits Times analyses the latest developments in China. The Straits Times' China bureau chief Tan Dawn Wei chats with Money FM 89.3's Elliott Danker about the following points: How Chinese President Xi Jinping's plans to bring CCP back to its revolutionary roots (1:26) The removal of Didi Chuxing on app stores by China’s cyberspace regulator...
Published 07/07/21
Health Check Ep 63: What is sudden cardiac arrest; how to prevent it 15:30 mins Synopsis: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you. Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest when he collapsed during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland, and had to be resuscitated. In Singapore, there have been cases of young and fit individuals who went into cardiac arrests during or after training, and...
Published 07/07/21
Washington Report Ep 5: Biden's report card on Independence Day 11:19 mins Synopsis: Every week, The Straits Times analyses the latest developments in the United States. The Straits Times' US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh chats with Money FM 89.3's Elliott Danker about the following points: What America's been like more than five months into Joe Biden's presidency (1:18) How far the US is from reaching pre-pandemic health, jobs wise (6:39) Why authorities are proceeding with the demolition of...
Published 07/07/21
The Big Story Ep 99: Govt offering Sinovac shots as part of study 4:46 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Hairianto Diman and Olivia Quay. Thousands in Singapore who had allergic reactions to the Covid-19 vaccines used in the country's national inoculation programme will be offered Sinovac jabs by the Government, as part of a study to understand the immunity offered by different vaccines. About 3,600 people who were...
Published 07/05/21
BT Money Hacks Ep 98: How to start a crypto or blockchain-based business 10:14 min Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Business Times breaks down useful financial tips. This week's episode looks at what it takes to start a crypto or blockchain-based business. Understand the foundational technology of crypto in this episode, which is brought to you by Withers KhattarWong: https://www.withersworldwide.com/en-gb/ BT's digital editor Chris Lim hosts Pang Xue Kai,...
Published 07/04/21
Green Pulse Ep 53: Carbon offsets: Are they credit-able? (Part 1) 15:00 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. Carbon credits have been around for many years, but they have recently gained traction amid the global decarbonisation effort.  Such credits, or offsets, essentially allow emitters to pay others to reduce emissions on their behalf. But how credible...
Published 07/04/21
#PopVultures Ep 50: Britney Spears' conservatorship and Sam Jo leaves - 50th episode bonanza! 46:11 mins Synopsis: The Straits Times examines the ins and outs of pop culture in the Asian entertainment and Hollywood scene.  In this landmark 50th episode of #PopVultures, co-host Yeo Sam Jo bids goodbye to the podcast as he moves onto greener pastures. But before that, Jan Lee and Sam Jo talk about Britney Spears' explosive statement about her conservatorship and the humiliation and...
Published 07/02/21
Letter From The Bureau Ep 3: Filipinos cope with an epidemic of despair as Covid-19 takes a toll 14:01 mins Synopsis: Join The Straits Times's foreign editor Bhagyashree Garekar in this podcast series as she talks about life as it goes on amid the screaming headlines and bubbling crises with ST’s correspondents in the Asia-Pacific, the US and Europe every month. They chat about the following: Why is the Philippines in an ‘epidemic of despair’ (0:58) Tackling the mental health dimension of...
Published 07/02/21