#276 - Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas sparks fierce debate & Russia replaces McDonald’s

March 22, 2022

Lia Thomas, a transgender collegiate athlete from the US, sparked fierce debates this past week when she competed in and won several women’s events at a NCAA swimming competition. Many called this a moment of change for the …

#275 - Kanye West’s IG suspended for using racial slur on Trevor Noah & otters go on killing spree in Yio Chu Kang

March 18, 2022

The Kim-Kanye-Pete controversy took a dark turn when Kanye West used a racial slur to attack Trevor Noah, which led to the suspension of his IG account. Wait, what Kim-Kanye-Pete controversy; why are we even talking about th…

#274 - M’sia politicians drag Singapore into Umno debate & Naomi Osaka rattled by heckler at Indian Wells

March 14, 2022

In the run up to the Johor state elections last weekend, Malaysian politicians went back and forth about whether Singapore would have been more or less developed if it was under Umno’s rule. Why was Singapore dragged into th…

#273 - Can Singapore deal with honour-based MC system & Chelsea football club faces sanctions because of Russian owner

March 11, 2022

As we move beyond the pandemic, can the no-MC-needed sick leave policy that many employers have been practising still continue into the future? Also, the UK government sanctions Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for his close t…

#272 - Uniqlo defends decision to stay in Russia & Gojek driver clashes with dog owner about cancellation of ride

March 9, 2022

Against the overwhelming trend of corporations pulling out of or cutting business ties with Russia, Uniqlo doubled down on its decision to keep its almost-50 stores open in the country. The CEO even justified the decision by…

#271 - Minister Josephine Teo defends SPH Media Trust & MP Shawn Huang cries about SG science and tech

March 7, 2022

Last Friday, Minister Josephine Teo defended the government’s stance of financially supporting SPH Media Trust to the tune of $900 million over 5 years. She explained the government’s stance and answered questions posed by P…

#270 - Minister Shanmugam comments on 377A & MP Ang Wei Neng suggests expiry date for degrees

March 4, 2022

In parliament, Minister Shanmugam commented on the courts’ recent judgement in the constitutional challenge to Section 377A, and reinforced that the government will not proactively enforce the law. Is this a step in the righ…

#269 - “Just Saying” producer Dew Francis reveals his motivation behind the talk show, how COVID changed him for good, and why he hates Single’s Inferno

March 2, 2022

In this episode, we speak to local creative Dew Francis of “Just Saying” fame, and discover what it takes to produce and star on Singapore’s most beloved online talk show. Known for being “raw” and “authentic” in everything …

#268 - What the Russia/Ukraine war means for Singaporeans & SG postpones resumption of team sports

Feb. 28, 2022

In the past few days, the news cycle has been dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What is going on, how are people around the world responding, and how should we in Singapore think about this? We also discuss how detr…

#267 - Actress/writer Malene Waters talks about serial killers, Excel spreadsheets and Twitter beef

Feb. 26, 2022

To celebrate the launch of our MARS TV series, we have one of the stars from the show as a guest; today, actress/writer Malene Waters touches down on YLB’s “campsite”! In her first ever podcast, Malene goes deep about her ob…

#266 - Ong Ye Kung pens letter to healthcare workers & SG influencer names and shames online trolls

Feb. 24, 2022

On Monday, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung sent a letter to public healthcare workers to boost their morale and encourage resilience in the face of the Omicron wave. Did it have the desired effect? Elsewhere, SG influencer Chrys…

#265 - GST hikes, wealth taxes & more from Budget 2022, with Reggie from The Financial Coconut

Feb. 21, 2022

Last Friday, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong delivered his first-ever budget proposal, with the theme “charting our new way forward together". We talk through the major points with Reggie, founder of the Financial Coconut (TF…

#264 - Healing The Divide’s Iris Koh raises almost $100K for legal fees & runner Soh Rui Yong excluded from SEA Games

Feb. 18, 2022

Iris Koh, the founder of anti-vaccine group, Healing the Divide, raised over S$96,000 in one week to foot her legal fees in court hearings. Are there that many anti-vaxxers in SG willing to help her by donating that much mon…

#263 - Actress Vikneswary Se discusses her love of love, dancing and phonetics

Feb. 16, 2022

Hold up! Another star of our MARS TV series enters YLB’s orbit! This time, Vikneswary Se brings her deep philosophical thoughts about love and relationships to the podcast, plus she also talks about her work as a tutor and w…

#262 - Singaporeans in Ukraine advised to evacuate & WSJ writer gets backlash about wearing shoes indoors

Feb. 14, 2022

On Sunday night, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Singaporeans in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible, given the threat of an imminent Russian invasion. What exactly brought about this tense political sit…

#261 - Raeesah Khan gets fined but WP leadership could face criminal charges & leaked screenshots show staff making lewd comments

Feb. 11, 2022

The Committee of Privileges released a bombshell report that recommended a $35,000 fine for Raeesah Khan, but more importantly, also referred WP’s Pritam Singh and Faisal Manap to the public prosecutor for further investigat…

#260 - US-born Chinese athlete Eileen Gu wins Olympic gold & NTUC Fairprice accused of fowl play with chicken weight

Feb. 9, 2022

American-born Chinese athlete Eileen Gu was crowned the new golden girl of China athletics after she won gold at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. But why has her meteoric rise captured the attention of both Western and Chin…

#259 - Joe Rogan apologises for using N-word & SG women targeted in “leaked photo” scam

Feb. 7, 2022

Joe Rogan came under fire recently for his choice of guests on his podcast, and now a clip of him using the N-word repeatedly on his show has surfaced. Are the calls to cancel Joe Rogan justified? Closer to home, young SG wo…

#258 - Experts call for easing of SG’s COVID restrictions & NYT’s “Singapore Chicken Curry” recipe causes outrage

Feb. 5, 2022

With our high vaccination and booster rates, experts say that Singapore has a window of opportunity to ease some Covid-19 measures, especially since the Omicron variant seems to be less severe. Elsewhere, New York Times’ but…

#257 - US warns against travel to SG & BMT exercise mats raise online furore

Feb. 2, 2022

On Monday, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised against travel to a dozen countries because of high rates of coronavirus infection, one of which was Singapore. Why is SG getting labelled with such …

#256 - Actor-musician-funnyman James Kumar talks about MARS, Forrest Gump and why he loved CB

Jan. 30, 2022

Star of our MARS TV series, James Kumar drops by YLB to talk about how he started his career as a director but ended up in front of the camera, how Forrest Gump inspires him till today, and how he thrived during the COVID lo…

#255 - SG extends F1 race another SEVEN years & Dee Kosh says he’s not a pedophile

Jan. 28, 2022

On Thursday, it was revealed that Singapore has renewed the contract to host the F1 race by another whopping 7 years, which is the longest extension since this night race was first incorporated in 2008. What does this say ab…

#254 - Unvaxxed allowed to worship in groups of 5 & Peter Dinklage calls out Disney for “Snow White” remake

Jan. 26, 2022

It was recently announced that concessions would be made for unvaccinated worshippers to attend private worship in small groups of 5. This was due to appeals made by a couple of religious organizations in the last few weeks.…

#253 - Our first-ever LIVE podcast, where we talked through YOUR favourite Yah Lah But episodes in 2021!

Jan. 23, 2022

Welcome to our first ever LIVE podcast recording, which was recorded as part of Funny Fridays at the National Gallery! And for this momentous occasion, we decided to pay tribute to all the awesome listeners who have supporte…