Episodes

YLB #120 - MOE gets backlash after rant by transgender student & Boris Johnson wants UK to be “like Singapore”

Jan. 19, 2021

A transgender student recently ranted on Reddit about MOE blocking her hormone therapy. The post went viral, and MOE responded with a post of their own. It got backlash, but was it fair? Elsewhere, the British PM Boris Johnson tasks his UK Chancellor wit...

YLB #119 - Trump’s social media ban & Uncle Roger gets backlash about China

Jan. 15, 2021

President Trump’s ban from Big Tech platforms has been lauded by loads of people, but is it a good thing? Closer to home, Malaysian comedian Uncle Roger got backlash for taking down a video collab with Mike Chen (Strictly Dumpling) because of his views o...

YLB Week in History #1: 2017 Australian Open & the birth of Wikipedia

Jan. 14, 2021

It’s our new “3rd EPISODE”, where we look at 2 interesting things that happened this week in any past year. Today, it’s the epic tennis final between Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal (2017) and the birth of Wikipedia (2001). We also have a section dedicated ...

YLB #118 - Backlash against TraceTogether’s data use & PM Lee listed on Carousell for $5m

Jan. 11, 2021

On 4 Jan 2021, the Govt revealed that data from the TraceTogether app could be used by the police for investigation of crimes, which prompted a LOT of debate. WTF or fair compromise? Elsewhere, troll accounts have started listing prominent Singaporeans a...

YLB #117 - Rioters run wild on Capitol Hill & the 3 women accused of whitewashing Mahjong

Jan. 8, 2021

Trump supporters went apeshit and stormed Capitol Hill to protest the 2020 US Election results, but why is that being referred to as a catastrophe of epic proportions? Elsewhere, 3 Texas-based Caucasian women who started a company called Mahjong Line hav...

YLB #116 - KL-Singapore High Speed Rail gets #Cancelled & Man Utd’s Cavani gets banned for a “racial slur”

Jan. 3, 2021

On 1 Jan 2021, the plans for the KL-SG HSR was scrapped after SG & M’sia couldn’t agree on a way forward. But after all the work since 2013, why did this happen? Elsewhere, Uruguayan soccer player Edinson Cavani received a 3-match ban and a £100,000 fine...

YLB #115 - News in 2020 we wanted to talk about but DIDN’T

Dec. 31, 2020

2020 has been _______ . We’ll leave that to you to fill up. Amidst the craziness, that are stories we didn’t cover on YLB for whatever reason. From UFOs to naked people in Bedok to BREXIT and Singapore having the biggest “masturbation gap”, we close the ...

YLB #114 - Ah Boys to Men actor and other celebs flout COVID Rules & the influencers selling “pre-loved” pillows

Dec. 25, 2020

Maxi Lim, the Ah Boys to Men actor, is being investigated for flouting COVID19 rules at his recent wedding, while Sonia Chew and 12 other local celebs did the same at a gathering back in Oct 2020. Why do celebs keep doing this? Elsewhere, a recent viral ...

YLB #113 - Singapore moves into Phase 3 & hotel staycations cause 7-hour queues

Dec. 15, 2020

On 14 Dec 2020, Singapore stopped again to watch PM Lee announce Phase 3 starting on 28 Dec 2020. But why that date, and what does it mean for Singaporeans? On a different note, this past weekend saw check-in queues of up to 7-hours form at various hotel...

YLB #112 - Is Warners Bros killing the cinema industry? Feat Antti Toivonen, co-writer of Tiong Bahru Social Club

Dec. 12, 2020

Warner Bros announced that they’ll be releasing their entire 2021 slate of movies (17 of them) simultaneously on their streaming platform AND cinemas. Lots of Hollywood big guns have fired back and slammed them, but is that the future of films? Joining u...

YLB #111 - MP Shanmugam is unhappy with UN’s decision on cannabis & Yeezy release draws huge crowds in Orchard

Dec. 7, 2020

On 2 Dec 2020, the UN reclassified Cannabis and no longer considers it a risky narcotic. But MP Shan was unhappy and said it’s because of “money”. Does he have a point? Back home, the latest release of the Yeezy Bred 350 Sneakers caused huge crowds to ga...

YLB #110 - Singapore becomes the 1st country to approve lab-grown meat & SAF NSFs get new army vests

Dec. 3, 2020

Food tech startup Eat Just got the go-ahead to sell their lab-grown meat in Singapore, which will be a world’s FIRST. But would you want to eat lab-grown meat? Or should we wait for more testing? Elsewhere, the SAF announced a new high-tech load-bearing ...

YLB #109 - A child rapist gets whipped 146 times in Aceh & the horse-petting event that got backlash

Nov. 30, 2020

The public flogging took place in the conservative province of Aceh, which is ruled under Sharia Law. Human rights organisations want caning to be abolished but what about caning in Singapore? Elsewhere, fashion label In Good Company & EQUAL, a horse-bas...

YLB #108 - Will a UNESCO listing actually be good for “hawker culture” and the breast cancer ad that went wrong

Nov. 24, 2020

Come Dec 2020, we’ll find out if our “hawker culture” is officially listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. But will it actually do anything to preserve hawking, or is it just lip service? Elsewhere, a breast cancer ad by the Breast ...

YLB #107 - A widow gets rejected as a foster parent by the authorities & George Clooney gives his friends $1 million each

Nov. 20, 2020

First, a widow gets rejected as a foster parent by the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) BECAUSE she’s a single parent. Then, her daughter posts about it on Facebook and it goes viral. Then NUS Prof rebutts her points. But why were people pis...

YLB #106 - Calvin Cheng’s “social experiment” on Facebook & local YouTuber gets “sued” by a “marketing guru”?

Nov. 16, 2020

Ex-NMP & current social commentator Calvin Cheng did a Facebook "social experiment” criticising WP's Jamus Lim and Raeesah Khan for their material pursuits. But was it useful or just unnecessary fluff? Elsewhere, local YouTuber Rishi is facing legal acti...

YLB #105 - 21 members of S Korean “cult” arrested in Singapore & can STB + Pokemon Go help tourism?

Nov. 13, 2020

Members of the infamous Shincheonji Church from South Korea were arrested here in S'pore after investigations began in Feb 2020. But why are they considered a “cult”? Does SG have other cults? Elsewhere, Singapore Tourism Board has a tie up with Pokemon ...

YLB #104 - What’s next after Biden finally beats Trump & EVA Air launches speed dating on flights

Nov. 8, 2020

We recorded this episode JUST as Biden was confirmed as POTUS 46, but what happens next? What’s the worst that Trump could do? Elsewhere, EVA Air from Taiwan launches flights to nowhere with speed dating for 40 singles. Good idea or WTF? Check out our #Y...