Episodes
The Big Story Ep 114: Are there enough ICU beds as Covid-19 cases strain Singapore hospitals? 6:51 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Hairianto Diman and Olivia Quay. On Wednesday (Oct 20), the Health Ministry said that the surge in Covid-19 cases has placed significant pressure on public hospitals here with 89 per cent of isolation beds and 67 per cent of intensive care unit beds occupied. Produced by: ST Video...
Published 10/22/21
Bookmark This! Ep 25: Hooked on the Booker Prize? Not quite 25:13 mins Synopsis: A monthly literary podcast by The Straits Times featuring titles in the headlines and sizzling reads. In the latest episode of this literary podcast, The Straits Times journalists Olivia Ho and Toh Wen Li lay down what they loved (and didn’t) about the six books on this year’s Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist, from heavyweights such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Powers and three-time Booker nominee Damon...
Published 10/22/21
Health Check Ep 70: Unlock your ADHD 21:49 mins Synopsis: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you. It’s October, the ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) Awareness month, and ST senior health correspondent Joyce Teo is going to find out more about what you can do if you have this disorder. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity....
Published 10/20/21
Asian Insider Ep 78: An insider's view of the magnitude of the Myanmar crisis 17:34 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. Myanmar's military, also known as the Tatmadaw, overthrew Myanmar's elected government in a coup on Feb 1. It was met with widespread mass protests. Since then, the country's economy has crashed. Myanmar's currency - the kyat - has plunged badly...
Published 10/19/21
Green Pulse Ep 60: Saving biodiversity: It should be in our nature 17:36 min 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. The world is full of amazing plant and animal life, without which humans could not survive. Nature, from forests to coral reefs, to soils and grasslands, provides humanity with food and materials to live. Yet nature is under great threat from our...
Published 10/17/21
BT Money Hacks Ep 105: Make money while doing good with ESG investing 14:24 Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Business Times breaks down useful financial tips. In this 105th episode of Money Hacks, brought to you by UOBAM, correspondent Howie Lim speaks to Koh Hwee Joo, senior director, Sustainability Office at UOB Asset Management, about how doing good doesn’t mean sacrificing returns these days with ESG investing. Highlights of the conversation:  Why investors...
Published 10/17/21
ST Sports Talk Ep 140: Hariss Harun on his first SPL title; eyeing 2nd Suzuki Cup 20:52 mins Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the biggest sports talking points every month. In our 140th episode, national football team captain Hariss Harun added another accolade to his trophy-laden career when he lifted the Singapore Premier League (SPL) title on October 10 with the Lion City Sailors. The Sailors, Singapore’s first privatised club, have stated their ambition to establish themselves as...
Published 10/17/21
Power Play Ep 6: Dissecting impact of Huawei CFO's release on US-China relations 10:47 mins Synopsis: On the third Friday of every month, The Straits Times examines various facets of the US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.  Join Charissa Yong and Danson Cheong - ST’s US and China correspondents respectively based in Washington DC and Beijing - as they chat about the following: Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, received a hero's welcome upon returning to Shenzhen...
Published 10/14/21
The Big Story Ep 113: New Covid-19 protocols should help 'very stressed' hospitals: Expert 5:12 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Hairianto Diman and Olivia Quay. A simpler set of rules for Covid-19 patients and their close contacts rolled out from Monday (Oct 11), bringing an end to quarantine orders and leave of absence notices. Produced by: ST Video team Edited by: ST Video team and Penelope Lee Discover The Straits...
Published 10/12/21
The Big Story Ep 112: Iswaran discusses minimising risks from S'pore opening up quarantine-free travel 13:17 mins Synopsis: This is a special episode of The Straits Times' video series The Big Story, hosted by Hairianto Diman and Olivia Quay. In an interview with The Big Story on Monday (Oct 11), Transport Minister S. Iswaran shares more about the expansion of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme to include more countries, and the need to minimising risks. Produced by: ST Video...
Published 10/11/21
Speaking of Asia Ep 6: Europe will not be torpedo-ed from Asia  47:54 mins Synopsis: Join The Straits Times's associate editor Ravi Velloor, in this series of podcasts as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent. In this sixth episode, he has two special guests - the French ambassador to Singapore Marc Abensour and the newly arrived European Union ambassador, Iwona Piorko. They discuss the recent Australian decision to drop a contract with France to build...
Published 10/08/21
WealthBT Ep 6: How do you juggle multiple financial goals? 12:08 min Synopsis: Learn to protect and grow your wealth in this monthly Business Times podcast series for affluent individuals.  How do you balance multiple financial goals? BT Wealth editor Genevieve Cua speaks with Angeline Alexander, Prudential’s head of high net worth and affluent segments, in  this sixth episode of WealthBT, brought to you by Ascend by Prudential: https://www.prudential.com.sg/ascend Highlights of the...
Published 10/06/21
WealthBT Ep 5: Longevity + financial planning = win-win plan for you 10:43 min Synopsis: Learn to protect and grow your wealth in this monthly Business Times podcast series for affluent individuals. BT wealth editor Genevieve Cua looks into how an expected longer life span can help you achieve more holistic financial planning, in this fifth episode of WealthBT, brought to you by Ascend by Prudential: https://www.prudential.com.sg/ascend She tackles the following points: Implications of...
Published 10/06/21
#PopVultures Ep 53: Let's talk Shane Pow, Chantalle Ng, Britney Spears and Squid Game!  18:48 mins Synopsis: The Straits Times examines the ins and outs of pop culture in the Asian entertainment and Hollywood scene. This week #PopVultures host Jan Lee runs down note-worthy entertainment news for listeners. In local news, she talks about former Mediacorp Shane Pow's comeback after his second drink driving conviction landed him in jail and goes through local actress Chantalle Ng's...
Published 10/04/21
Green Pulse Ep 59: COP26 @ Glasgow, the last chance climate saloon? 18:04 min 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. In less than two months, delegates from around the world will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for one of the most important climate conferences ever held. Called COP26, the meeting aims to agree an ambitious global deal to step up the fight against...
Published 10/03/21
Letter From The Bureau Ep 6: Celebrating Chuseok and observing gender inequality in South Korea 20:34 mins Synopsis: The Straits Times' foreign editor Bhagyashree Garekar chats with ST’s correspondents in the Asia-Pacific, the US and Europe every month. They talk about life as it goes on, amid the screaming headlines and bubbling crises. In this episode, she chats with ST's South Korea correspondent Chang May Choon about the following: What is Chuseok; difference between Chuseok...
Published 09/30/21
Asian Insider Ep 77: Citizens should push politicians and companies on climate crisis and vaccine inequity, says UNDP head 17:12 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. The climate crisis and the Covid pandemic's global vaccine inequity were the two main issues on the agenda at the just-concluded United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by the United States and China. In...
Published 09/29/21
Health Check Ep 69: Can plant stanols lower my cholesterol? 15:35 mins Synopsis: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you. In this episode, we look at whether plant stanols and a more natural diet can help reduce cholesterol. Plant stanol ester is a natural compound which is used as a cholesterol-lowering ingredient in functional foods and food supplements. ST senior health correspondent Joyce Teo speaks with...
Published 09/29/21
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...
Published 09/23/21
#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...
Published 09/22/21
ST Sports Talk Ep 139: 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...
Published 09/21/21
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...
Published 09/19/21
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...
Published 09/19/21
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...
Published 09/17/21
ST Podcast 9/11, 20 years on special (Pt 2): Terror threat seeds planted in South-east Asia before 9/11 attacks in US 50:25 mins Synopsis: 2021 marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks in the United States. ST's mobile editor Jeremy Au Yong catches up with three newsroom colleagues to bring out the behind-the-scenes revelations of their actual post 9/11 scoops. ST Indonesia correspondent Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, has been covering terrorism in Indonesia for decades and has even spoken to some...
Published 09/17/21