September 27, 2021

#212 - Singapore tightens COVID restrictions & BooksActually co-founder accused of misconduct by ex-employees

As quickly as we embarked on a COVID-endemic strategy, Singapore has tightened restrictions on social gatherings once again. It’s not the first time we’ve clamped down to reduce the spread, but why is there so much more frustration this time? In other ne...

September 25, 2021

#211 - Paul, the Singaporean deminer who cleared landmines in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq

And we thought our jobs were tough! This week, we speak to Paul Laurence, a Singaporean who clears unexploded RPGs, landmines and IEDs in war-torn countries for a living. After a long career in the SAF, Paul has worked as a deminer in places such as Afgh...

September 22, 2021

#210 - Opposition MP Jamus Lim questions masks outdoors & MMA fighter Victoria Lee tells us what motivates her

This week, Workers’ Party MP Jamus Lim wades into the argument on whether SG should continue its mask mandate in a FB post, triggering a fierce debate online. We also spoke to MMA fighter Victoria Lee, the teenage sensation who burst onto the scene in 20...

September 20, 2021

#209 - SAF General appointed as CEO of pre-school sector agency & Clown PR stunt gets backlash

At the end of the year, a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) General, Tan Chee Wee, will be appointed chief executive of the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). We debate whether a high-ranking military officer really has the competence and knowledge to...

September 17, 2021

#208 - Yale-NUS student talks honestly about the school‘s closure, Chan Chun Sing‘s explanation & Calvin Cheng

Since the bombshell news about the closure of Yale-NUS, we’ve not heard directly from actual students about how they’re coping with the loss. So we connected with Ethel Pang, a final-year student at Yale-NUS, to find out what she and her peers have been ...

September 17, 2021

#208 - Yale-NUS student talks honestly about the school‘s closure, Chan Chun Sing‘s explanation & Calvin Cheng

Since the bombshell news about the closure of Yale-NUS, we’ve not heard directly from actual students about how they’re coping with the loss. So we connected with Ethel Pang, a final-year student at Yale-NUS, to find out what she and her peers have been ...

September 15, 2021

#207 - Minister Vivian Balakrishnan’s “illiterate” insult goes viral & SGeans worry about how the new Copyright Act will affect their weddings

At the recent livestreamed parliamentary debate, a hot mic caught part of a private conversation between several MPs, in which Minister Vivian Balakrishnan had allegedly labelled opposition politician Leong Mun Wai “illiterate”. The minister has since wr...

September 13, 2021

#206 - Why young, single SGeans are moving out earlier & athlete Soh Rui Yong’s publicity stunt angers commandos

A recent feature by CNA highlights a trend of more young, single Singaporeans moving out from their parents’ homes to live in their own rental spaces. We discuss if this is a good idea, how COVID has changed things, and delve into our own experiences for...

September 11, 2021

#205 - Paralympic gold only worth 20% of Olympic gold & Simu Liu might get cancelled in China

We talk about the recent calls for Singapore’s Paralympians to be awarded the same sweet $1,000,000 reward that Olympians receive for winning gold. Also, Simu Liu and Shang-Chi might get cancelled in China for something he said in an interview 4 years ag...

September 09, 2021

#204 - Ho Ching questions MOH decision & fake F&B reviews exposes smear campaign

From conspiracy theorists group-buying ivermectin, to even PM Lee’s wife Ho Ching herself publicly questioning MOH’s decision to stop announcing the number of unlinked cases, it seems like everyone has differing opinions on Singapore’s COVID strategy. Ar...

September 06, 2021

#203 - Authorities encourage limits on social gatherings & Singapore is the most fatigued country in the world

In response to the recent spike in COVID cases, the Ministry of Health advised that all individuals should limit themselves to one social gathering a day, while social gatherings and interactions at workplaces will not be allowed from 8th September. What...

September 04, 2021

#202 - Joe Rogan, world’s #1 podcaster, gets COVID & mysterious death at SingPost Centre ​​

What a strange week it’s been, with that August rain and chilly weather! Mainstream media had a field day when the world’s #1 podcaster Joe Rogan announced on IG that he contracted COVID-19. What did people have to say about the most prominent proponent ...

September 01, 2021

#201 - OKLETSGO’s Dzar Ismail on Radio DJs vs. podcasters, cancel culture, and how he deals with haters

This week, we had the chance to pick the brain of 1 of the 3 men behind Singapore’s #1 podcast, OKLETSGO, Dzar Ismail! He talks about the difference between being a radio DJ and a podcaster, tips for anyone looking to create their own podcast, and what t...

August 30, 2021

#200 - PM Lee says Chinese Privilege is “entirely baseless” & Yale-NUS announces shock closure

It's our 200th episode!!! And we are discussing EPIC topics! In the National Day Rally, PM Lee asserted that it is “entirely baseless” to claim that “Chinese privilege” exists in Singapore; an assertion that eclipsed the rest of the content of his speech...

August 26, 2021

#199 - VP Kamala Harris’ visit to Singapore ruffles feathers in China & OnlyFans U-turns on its decision to ban

US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ first official trip overseas was to Singapore - a big deal in bilateral relations. Why did her visit ruffle so many feathers of Chinese netizens, such that they would label Singaporeans as “bootlickers”? And why did Seah ...

August 23, 2021

#198 - Malaysia army video causes anxiety during NDP & doctor acquitted of molestation charges after 4 years

Over the NDP weekend, on Facebook, Minister Shanmugam shared a Malaysia army video that was released during NDP 2021, and highlighted that the bulk of the video was in English, insinuating that it was a targeted message. This caused some angry reactions ...

August 21, 2021

#197 - Singapore opens up to Germany and Brunei & OnlyFans bans sexually explicit content

On 19th August, the Singapore government announced Vaccinated Travel Lanes to Germany and Brunei; it will be the first time SG residents can go for quarantine-free leisure travel since we shut our borders last March. Sounds good, but why are people still...

August 19, 2021

#196 - Chaos after US withdraws from Afghanistan & YouTuber Dee Kosh charged over sexual offences against minors

Heavy, heavy topics this week, as we dissect the timeline of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and ask: how did the country get back to this situation, 20 years after 9/11? Also, about a year after the story first broke, the sordid details of the allega...

August 17, 2021

#195 - Radio DJ Joshua Simon talks about LGBTQ representation in media, the inspiration behind his new single “We Are Done”, and why Katy Perry is his most memorable interview

Another week, another guest! This week, we talk to Radio DJ / singer-songwriter / podcast host Joshua Simon as he gets personal about his moving story of coming out to family, and shares more about his newest single, “We Are Done”, coming out this week! ...

August 14, 2021

#194 - Mediacorp responds to allegations of bias by ex-BBC journalist & Japanese mayor gets flak for biting Olympic medal

Following allegations that one of its editors had said "viewers did not like watching darker-skinned presenters" to former BBC journalist Sharanjit Leyl , Mediacorp fired back with its own statement. But what can we make of Mediacorp’s response? Elsewher...

August 12, 2021

#193 - Rapper Yung Raja on his Jimmy Fallon feature, being an Artist vs. a Sellout, and why Bill Gates rocks

We talk to Singaporean rapper sensation Yung Raja, whose most recent claim to fame was having his song “Mami” featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. We chart his meteoric rise in the media scene, from a teenage actor on local TV shows like “Figh...

August 08, 2021

#192 - The 2-step easing of COVID19 rules in S’pore & Nas Daily loses 500,000 followers amid controversy

On Aug 10 2021, Singapore will enter the next phase of COVID19 restrictions, but for the better! But if you’re not vaccinated, you’ll have a lot less freedom. What are the differences? Should we be hopeful, or should we expect another lockdown? Elsewhere...

August 05, 2021

#191 - Comedian Dr Jason Leong on anti-vaxxers, Malaysian politics & his dreams of becoming Singaporean

We talk to stand-up comedian Dr Jason Leong from across the causeway about his journey giving up medicine for comedy, and how he’s been adapting since COVID19 hit the live performance scene (hint: he’s been killing it online, and even released his own Ne...

August 03, 2021

#190 - URA gets backlash for apparent powers of safe distancing officers & the NDP poster that spurred racist comments

A viral CCTV video uploaded by local actor Nick Mikhail showed safe distancing officers and ambassadors entering his home without a warrant, under suspicion of COVID-19 breaches. URA fired back, but did they dig a bigger hole for themselves? What powers ...