Podcasts

Building a Mentally Healthy Community

PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) speak to Reetaza "Reetz" Chatterjee, the founder of "Your Head Lah!" about her own experiences with mental illness, her journey in figuring out her role in activism, and about the mental health landscape in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
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A Faithful History of Colonisation

Fidellithy Tan, writer and host of the "History of Colonisation" podcast, discusses with PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) about her podcast, her goals, and her thoughts on history, colonialism, and education in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
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Charles Yeo, the Chairman of the Reform Party

Charles Yeo skyrocketed to fame in Singapore's recent elections and subsequently was elected chairman of the Reform Party. He talks to PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up, Singapore) about his life and political beliefs, immigration policy and the future of the Reform Party.
  • New Naratif
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The Universal Periodic Review of Singapore's Human Rights Record

Singapore's next review of its human rights record by the UN is due in mid-2021. Jolene Tan and Emmy Charissa, who contributed to Singapore's civil society reports for previous and upcoming iterations of the review, sit down with PJ Thum to explain the Universal Periodic Review, why it matters and the latest civil society report.
  • New Naratif
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Behind Malaysia’s Drug Laws: A Family’s Ordeal

On this week's episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to filmmakers Loh Jo Yee and Hidayah Hisham as they delve into Malaysia’s criminal justice system with their upcoming documentary, Ayahku, Dr G (My Father, Dr G), which follows Siti and her 60-year-old father, who faces the death penalty for using medical cannabis to treat his chronic illnesses.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Deborah Augustin
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The Climate Crisis Is Not Just About the Climate

Annika Mock and Kristian-Marc James of SG Climate Rally join PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (WakeUp Singapore) to talk about the global, Singaporean, and human contexts of the climate crisis, how structural change can occur, and how people can help.
  • New Naratif
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Singaporean Foreign Policy in the Eras of Trump and Biden

Prof Ian Chong, returns to talk about Singapore's place in Trump’s foreign policy; how that will change under Biden; the repercussions of domestic behaviour on international relations; and how the lack of discussion in Singapore on where Singapore's interests lie negatively affects the country.
  • New Naratif
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An American Political Insider Explains American Politics

Antonio Peronace, the founding Creative Director of the Democratic Caucus in, first, the House of Representatives and then the Senate, answers your most curious questions about the nature of American politics from the perspective of someone who has intimately participated in it for well over a decade.
  • New Naratif
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A Future Rooted in Our Forests

On today’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Shaq Koyok, a contemporary artist from the indigenous Temuan community about his thoughts on the plan to degazette 97% of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve in Malaysia, an area that not only has an important role to play in conserving biodiversity, but is also significant to the indigenous communities who rely on it to survive.
  • Deborah Augustin
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Crumbling Caliphate

New Naratif talks to Noor Huda Ismail, a former member of Darul Islam, and a social entrepreneur, film-maker and scholar about his thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding the Caliphate podcast produced by the New York Times.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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Activism Amidst Crisis

How do activists cope with, question, and challenge the multiple existential and ideological crises that humanity collectively faces? The "Activism in Crisis" online conference sought to discuss all these questions. Two organisers, Tim Min Jie and Suraendher Kumarr, join PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (WakeUp Singapore) to discuss these and more.
  • New Naratif
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Preetipls: Singapore's TOP Activist!

Preetipls, comedian and activist, discusses her life, activism, and philosophy with PJ and Sean, and in particular her political awakening and her growth as a political activist
  • New Naratif
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Critical Theory in Singapore and the Philosophy of Social Justice

Philosopher Farhan Idris discusses how liberation of the mind goes hand in hand with liberation of the body, and how Bras Basah Open tries to create spaces where people can come together and engage in new modes of humanistic inquiry, discussion and critique for collective freedom.
  • New Naratif
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Why Wares Mutual Aid?

Singapore is, by many measures, one of the richest countries in the world with a government famous for efficient interventions in society. So why is there widespread poverty, and why does civil society have to independently organise to help those in need? PJ Thum talks to a volunteer with Wares Mutual Aid, a community-run spreadsheet which aims to connect those in need with offers of support.
  • New Naratif
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Doth Indonesia Protest Too Much?

Aisyah Llewellyn talks to Damai Pakpahan and Dr. Ian Wilson about the recent protests, the historical background and impact of demonstrations in Indonesia, and what the future may bring with the upcoming regional elections.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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Articulating an Alternative to the PAP's Singapore

PJ Thum reflects on GE2020, outlines three major ideologies which underpin People's Action Party (PAP) governance in Singapore, uses the Worker's Party as a case study of how an opposition party has positioned itself in relation to these ideologies, and challenges the Progress Singapore Party (and all other political parties) to articulate a coherent alternative.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Parti Liyani: A Volunteer Speaks

The trial of Parti Liyani rocked Singapore and brought down one of Singapore's most powerful businessmen. Dr Stephanie Chok, part of the team supporting Parti Liyani, gives an inside view on the case, the possible mishandling of the investigation by the police, the problems with the trial, and how this is not an isolated incident but related to broader structural issues plaguing Singapore.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Malaysia's Shifting Political Alliances

On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Professor Wong Chin Huat, a political scientist working on political institutions and group conflicts about the feasibility of an anti-hopping law in Malaysia and the larger systemic issues that have led to these shifting political alliances.
  • Deborah Augustin
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Subhas Nair, Renaissance Man

Subhas Nair is a musician, activist, philosopher, athlete, and renaissance man. He discusses his life, his music, his philosophy, and all the positive change he wants to bring to the world with PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han
  • New Naratif
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