#324 - Joseph Schooling confesses to taking drugs & Chan Chun Sing asks school alumni to help ease teachers’ workload

Sept. 1, 2022

In a shocking announcement, Singapore’s sporting icon Joseph Schooling confessed to consuming cannabis while overseas training for the SEA Games. We discuss if there's a way back for our Olympic golden boy. In another post-N…

#323 - Minister Vivian Balakrishnan talks global politics & SQ passengers shamed for rushing for bags

Aug. 29, 2022

In a wide-ranging interview with The Straits Times, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan detailed the global challenges that Singapore will be facing in the near future. We discuss why the interview was important, and why it…

#322 - Singapore to go mask-free indoors & St Andrew’s student threatens teacher

Aug. 26, 2022

The COVID-19 multi-ministry task force announced that from 29th August, people in Singapore will no longer be required to wear a mask except on public transport and in healthcare facilities. Is Singapore really ready to go m…

#321 - Ministers clear up confusion about 377A repeal & TikTok’s ability to monitor users’ keystrokes exposed

Aug. 24, 2022

After the bombshell announcement at NDR 2022 that Section 377A will be repealed, Ministers K Shanmugam, Lawrence Wong and Edwin Tong all sat down for interviews with mainstream media outlets to clear up the confusion about t…

#320 - Singapore repeals Section 377A & Finland PM faces backlash for party videos

Aug. 22, 2022

At the National Day Rally 2022, PM Lee Hsien Loong announced that Section 377A will finally be repealed, which ends the criminalisation of gay sex. At the same time, he also announced that the traditional definition of marri…

#319 - A mother on how she dealt with her 6-year-old daughter’s cancer

Aug. 19, 2022

We had the privilege of speaking to Lavaniyah Ganapathy, an inspiring mother whose ​​daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 6 last year. Since the diagnosis, Lavaniyah has started a blog to s…

#318 - Did Tommy Koh really say SG is snobbish & Naomi Neo backlash over prank video

Aug. 18, 2022

In a recent CNA podcast, Singapore's ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh called Singapore a "very snobbish and hierarchical society". We break down his comments and why it needs to be taken in context. Elsewhere, Naomi Neo faced a…

#317 - Orchard Towers nightlife outlets to be shut & NDP crying man sparks discussion

Aug. 15, 2022

The Singapore police announced that licences for club and bar operators in Orchard Towers will not be renewed beyond May 2023 due to concerns about law and order. What does this mean for the Orchard Road nightlife scene? Als…

#316 - Writer Sudhir Thomas Vadeketh on why he feels sad for LKY & how he’s creating a sustainable media company in Jom

Aug. 6, 2022

It’s been a long time coming, but we finally managed to get writer/commentator and now Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Thomas Vadeketh onto YLB to tell us about his exciting new media outfit, Jom, and about his explosive e-book about…

#315 - Government takes back Sports Hub & Cyclist sues PUB after fall

Aug. 3, 2022

On Monday, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong detailed the rationale behind terminating the public-private partnership with Sports Hub Pte Ltd, and taking over the management of Singapore Sports Hub. We dis…

#314 - Will Smith posts apology video & Bishan seafood stall to charge GST and service charge

Aug. 1, 2022

And after our short COVID holiday, we are back! And so is Will Smith, who got us to “take a minute, just sit right there” to watch his apology video on his YouTube channel, 4 months after slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. W…

#313 - Comedian Rishi Budhrani on hosting NDP, his physical transformation & the anti-repeal town hall

July 27, 2022

We get honest (and humbling) thoughts from Rishi about the behind-the-scenes of NDP 2022 and being hand picked as one of the 4 hosts. We also chat about the motivation behind his 110-day physical transformation, the future o…

#312 - Government audit finds lapses at MHA and MCI & NDP K-pop aunties segment draws flak

July 22, 2022

An annual audit of government agencies conducted by the Auditor-General's Office found lapses in the procurement processes of the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Home Affairs. We run through th…

#311 - HCI counsellor rapped over anti-LGBTQ content & viral TikTok flower prank backfires

July 20, 2022

This week, a Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) school counsellor was suspended from conducting further sex-ed lessons after making a presentation containing anti-LGBTQ content to students. Since then, HCI, Pink Dot, truelove.is an…

#310 - The Woke Salaryman on why you should give your kids nothing, how to earn more money, and why SG is awesome

July 18, 2022

The Woke Salaryman is Singapore’s top personal finance webcomic, and in this episode, we got to pick the brains of the founders, Goh Wei Choon and He Ruiming, for almost 2 hours! Hear about how spitefulness motivated them to…

#309 - Grab cuts grace waiting time for bookings & government solicits feedback on proposal for online safety in SG

July 16, 2022

On 18th July, Grab will officially cut the grace waiting time for ride-hailing bookings from 5min to 3min.This announcement stirred a lot of unhappiness among customers, but was cheered by drivers. Is this really the best wa…

#308 - Woman and son in road rage video doxxed & NUS censors protest during graduation ceremony

July 13, 2022

And we’re back from the fresh COVID wave! The woman at the center of the viral road rage incident at Tuas Second Link has called for the harassment of her and her son to stop. How did she end up in this situation anyway? Els…

#307 - Jamus Lim and Alvin Tan debate over response to rising cost of living & government dismisses rent control for coffee shops

July 7, 2022

In parliament, Opposition MP Jamus Lim suggested some government actions, like letting the currency appreciate, to counter the rising cost of living in Singapore. Sounds easy, but is it really? We discuss whether Minister of…

#306 - $40 million Yishun coffeeshop promises not to raise prices & Cathay busker Jeff Ng gets cancelled by ex-girlfriend

July 4, 2022

The chairman of Chang Cheng Group, the new owner of the Yishun coffeeshop which was recently sold for $40 million, has promised not to raise coffee and cai png prices when he takes over in October. We examine the recent tren…

#305 - Shanmugam defends SG policies on BBC’s HardTalk & Rachel Wong’s defamation case

July 2, 2022

K Shanmugam recently jousted with British journalist and presenter Stephen Sackur on a 24-minute BBC podcast interview for the programme HardTalk. While the interview had some coverage on mainstream media, it has generally g…

#304 - Lawrence Wong unveils Forward Singapore exercise & Tour De Singapore cycling race announced

June 30, 2022

In a recent speech, DPM Lawrence Wong unveiled the ‘Forward Singapore’ roadmap to review and refresh the country’s social compact by engaging Singaporeans through 6 pillars. We go through some of the details and what we thin…

#303 - US Supreme Court overturns abortion rights & insurance agent takes back balloon from toddler

June 27, 2022

Over the weekend, the US Supreme Court overturned the historic 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that recognised a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. This ignited a political firestorm within the country and also sent shockwa…

#302 - Investing, the current economy & what is Grab doing to help us? Feat. Wenbin Wong, head of GrabFin Singapore

June 24, 2022

As the economy continues to shock everyone, it’s getting increasingly confusing to figure out what to do about our personal finances. So we speak to someone at the forefront of the industry, Wenbin Wong, head of GrabFin Sing…

#301 - Singaporeans’ attitudes toward 377A shift & uproar over restaurant’s $50 fee for birthday cake

June 22, 2022

Just in time for Pride Month, a recent study on Singaporeans’ attitudes towards same-sex relationships by market research firm Ipsos found that 44% of respondents still support 377A, which was a drop from 55% in 2018. What d…