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

Aug. 30, 2021

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 res…

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

Aug. 26, 2021

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 “b…

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

Aug. 23, 2021

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. Thi…

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

Aug. 21, 2021

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 …

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

Aug. 19, 2021

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, th…

#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

Aug. 17, 2021

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…

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

Aug. 14, 2021

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 …

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

Aug. 12, 2021

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 acto…

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

Aug. 8, 2021

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 expe…

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

Aug. 5, 2021

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…

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

Aug. 3, 2021

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 hol…

#189 - Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over “Black Widow” release & dating apps in SG to show vaccination status

Aug. 1, 2021

Last week, “Black Widow” star actress Scarlett Johansson sued Disney for breaching their contract after it streamed the film at the same time as its cinema release. A big part of it has to do with money and earnings, but wit…

#188 - Simone Biles’ Olympic withdrawal divides the Internet & Joseph Schooling bows out of the games

July 30, 2021

Last week, arguably the greatest ever gymnast, Simone Biles, pulled out of the Olympic games, citing mental health concerns. Following that, the Internet was abuzz with heaps of praise for her and her bravery. But there were…

#187 - Anti-vaxxers start petition against easing of restrictions for vaccinated people & Norwegian female athletes fined for not wearing bikinis

July 27, 2021

During the parliamentary sitting on 26 Jul, MPs Lawrence Wong and Ong Ye Kung spoke of potential easing of restrictions, but only for vaccinated people. Since then, a petition was started against that policy by an anti-vaxxe…

#186 - NDP 2021 is postponed (did we predict that?) & a SG women refuses to share lift with deliver rider

July 25, 2021

After political debate, an online petition, and much chatter online, it was announced that NDP 2021 is postponed to 21 Aug, with the fireworks and fighter jet displays cancelled. But is that fair? Are people still pissed? El…

#185 - MP Ong Ye Kung explains the slide back to P2HA & the petition to cancel NDP 2021

July 22, 2021

On 22 July 2021, the whole of Singapore reverts back to Phase 2 Heightened Alert (a.k.a PATOOHA) and people are pissed. But Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung explains that it’s not because of the KTV cluster - it’s the cluster …

#184 - The horrible death at River Valley High School & the SG secret intelligence service launches a recruitment website

July 20, 2021

On 19 July 2021, the whole of Singapore had to confront the gruesome reality that a Sec 4 student attacked and caused the death of a Sec 1 student at River Valley High School. It’s so tragic, and so unfamiliar to Singapore. …

#183 - KTV COVID-19 cluster gets Singapore buzzing & actress Chantalle Ng forgets her car, but why is that on the news??

July 16, 2021

Within a few days, Singapore has gone from “ready to open up” to “wtf is going on?” with the still-developing COVID-19 cluster at KTVs. Aside from the climbing numbers, a lot of questions are being asked about the people inv…

#182 - Singapore Govt leads the way to stop climate change & local rapper Yung Raja featured on Jimmy Fallon’s show!

July 14, 2021

It’s Climate Action Week here in Singapore (did you even know that?) and the Govt has laid out plans for the civil sector to lead the charge towards reducing carbon emissions. What’s in the plan? Does it sound realistic or t…

#181 - The sudden obsession with tech CEOs buying GCBs & TikToker charged after stunt at SG Zoo’s rhino enclosure

July 12, 2021

Within the span of 2 weeks, there have been numerous articles across mainstream media about purchases of GCBs (Good Class Bungalows) by CEOs of Tech companies (e.g. GRAB, Razer & Secret Lab). But why are these newsworthy? Is…

#180 - The Parliamentary showdown about CECA & the proposed Copyright law to protect content creators

July 7, 2021

On 6 Jul 2021, MPs Ong Ye Kung and Tan See Lee spoke in parliament in response to claims about CECA by Leong Mun Wai from the PSP. It got heated, but did people agree with what the PAP said? Or could their approach have been…

#179 - Why we need to talk about the CECA debate & $50,000 raised for the British expat who refused to wear a mask

July 5, 2021

This week in Parliament, Ministers will be talking about CECA and the “false allegations” that foreigners get a “free hand” to live and work in SG. But why is it important to talk about it? Do people know enough about CECA i…

#178 - Bill Cosby released from prison after court reverses conviction & NDP 2021 to be at Marina Bay

July 1, 2021

So Bill Cosby is free again, after his conviction got overturned. People are pissed, but what are they pissed about? Because it’s not a simple case - does this mean he is innocent? Or is it a legal technicality? What happens…

#177 - KF Seetoh slams NEA for increasing hawker rent by 40% & top SG lawyers scammed by alleged investment fraud

June 29, 2021

Amidst increasingly public struggles faced by hawker stall owners, as well as calls to preserve the UNESCO-approved hawker culture, NEA went ahead and increased the rent of some hawker stalls. KF Seetoh went public, but does…