Podcasts

The Substation and the Control of the Arts in Singapore

T. Sasitharan, former Artistic Director of The Substation (1996-2000) talks about its controversial eviction and impending closure, and broader problems with how the arts are controlled, funded, and censored in Singapore (to the country's impoverishment).
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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The Tudung Debate: A Muslim Woman's Perspective

Nur Friday talks to PJ and Sean about the ongoing controversy over Muslim women in frontline public sector roles not being allowed to wear the tudung, and in particular about the lack of female Muslim representation in policy making.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Undi18: Malaysian Youth Fight to Lower the Voting Age

On this episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Lim Wei Jiet, one of the co-founders of the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance, Malaysia’s first youth-driven political party, about their thoughts on this voting age controversy, the challenges the party has faced in getting registered, and the political climate for young politicians in Malaysia.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Deborah Augustin
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Imagining Other Futures

Kokila Annamalai talks about her life, her work and the theory and practice of activism: movement building, non-violent and restorative cultures, and community organising. She also discusses the death penalty, drug policy, and the legal/justice system.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Our Mothers’ Land: Women Resist the Privatisation of Nature

Deborah Augustin speaks to Febriana Firdaus and Leo Plunkett about their recent documentary, Our Mother’s Land. Febriana and Leo talk about their experience with this film and share their thoughts on the challenges women activists face in Indonesia when it comes to environmental activism.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Deborah Augustin
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The Youth Leaders of Singapore's Youngest Political Party

Liyana Dhamirah, head of Red Dot United's (RDU) Youth Wing, and Elijah Tay, the party's youngest member at just 19 years old, talk to PJ and Sean about why they decided to join politics, building RDU, and housing, inequality, and education policy in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
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Empowering Refugee Youth Through Education

Htoi San Nhkum, director of the Kachin Refugee Learning Center, and Abeera Abdullah, a Fugee School alumni and the co-founder of Project Stand Up, talk about their educational experience in learning centres here in Malaysia and the impact the pandemic has had on the informal education system for refugee children.
  • Jaw Tu Hkawng
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Deborah Augustin
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The Angel of the Transgender Community

June Chua, founder of The T Project, Singapore's first transgender shelter, joins PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han to talk about her life, her activism, and the state of transgender rights and social services in Singapore.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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A Deep Dive Into Indonesia's Human Rights Anthem

Dwitri Amalia speaks to Cholil Mahmud, the lead vocalist and guitarist of Efek Rumah Kaca, about using their music to advocate against regressive policies, and the role of art and music in a democracy.
  • New Naratif
  • Dwitri Amalia
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Youth Betrayed: Reflections on the 2017 MRT Protest

Sean Francis Han talks with PJ Thum about his role in the 2017 MRT protest commemorating the 30th anniversary of Operation Spectrum, why he chose to take part, and how it transformed his life. We stand in solidarity with Jolovan Wham.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Making Opposition Politics Relevant and Diverse in Singapore

Wendy Low and Terence Soon, the newly appointed heads of the Progress Singapore Party's new Women's and Youth Wings respectively, talk to PJ Thum about the Youth Wing and its relationship to the party as a whole. They also discuss the challenges to creating a more diverse PSP, especially with regard to women and youth.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Female Genital Cutting in Singapore

Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on the 6th of February, Sya Taha and Saza Faradilla join PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) to discuss the issue of Female Genital Cutting in Singapore, the harm it causes, and the barriers to eliminating it.
  • New Naratif
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Getting to Know Our New Editor-in-Chief

Deborah Germaine Augustin sits down with New Naratif's new Editor-in-Chief, Jacob Goldberg, and they talk about his direction and what members can look forward to under his leadership.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Deborah Augustin
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Building a New Opposition Political Party in Singapore

Wendy Low and Terence Soon, the newly appointed heads of the Progress Singapore Party's new Women's and Youth Wings respectively, talk to PJ Thum about why they decided to join politics, what they hope to achieve, their values and vision for Singapore, and the challenges of establishing their respective wings.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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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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