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A current affairs podcast on Taiwan and the world. Every episode, we invite a journalist to a conversation with an expert to get the big picture context of what we need to know. These are global issues, and this is The Taiwan Take. Nominated for Best News Podcast at 2020 Excellent Journalism Award in Taiwan. Produced by Ghost Island Media in Taipei, Taiwan. 2020年台灣卓越新聞獎 Podcast 新聞獎入圍者.這是一個專門討論臺灣時事的訪談性英文節目, 以「縱觀世界議題,以臺灣觀點論述」為主軸,由記者採訪跨領域專家、名人與來賓等,第一手將臺灣的故事推向國際. 鬼島之音製作播出.
 
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PTT is one of the most open social media platforms in the Chinese language. Though it’s not more populous than Facebook, it’s arguably more impactful than Facebook here in Taiwan. It’s a reflection of Taiwan's spirited democracy, and it’s used heavily as a source for local journalists. We speak with two INDSR researchers on a year-long project, “A …
 
“Democracy is a failure” - that’s the narrative the Chinese Communist Party has been trying to plant over the past year and hopes to take root in international discourse and in the minds of its 1.4 billion citizens. This disinformation has heavy implications for democracy in Taiwan, and it’s never been as serious as it is now. CCP disinformation me…
 
Taiwan’s next referendum will soon vote on activating the nation’s fourth nuclear plant, as well as constructing a natural gas plant on an algal reef that's critical for Taiwan’s biodiversity. These decisions come as governments around the world are scrambling to meet the demands of the Paris Agreement, and as environmental activists fight for a mo…
 
The state of cannabis in Taiwan with the country’s only lawyer who only takes on cannabis-related cases. In 2020, she ran for a seat in the parliament on the platform of legalizing medical marijuana. She’s currently deputy secretary general of the Green Party in Taiwan. In March 2021, Ms. LEE won “Best Show Host” at the inaugural KKBOX Podcasts Awa…
 
(This interview was recorded in November 2020.) In 2019, according to the Pentagon, China launched more ballistic missiles for testing and training than the rest of the world combined. It did it through its newly minted rocket force, the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force - acronym P-L-A-R-F. PLARF is a critical component of China's nuclear dete…
 
Digital Minister and self-taught coding whiz Audrey Tang shares her unconventional life story – from gender identity to hacktivism, why she chose the name “Audrey 唐鳳,” and what conservative anarchism means to her. Having come of age together with Taiwanese democracy and the Internet, Tang relates how she took her education online after dropping out…
 
The first Taiwanese to receive a Michelin star, Chef Andre (江振誠) closed his 2-star restaurant in Singapore in 2018 to come home. He is the subject of the documentary “Andre and His Olive Tree” on his art, life, and what he calls “original intention”. Chef Andre left Taiwan to learn culinary arts at age 13. A citizen of the world, he was inspired wh…
 
Nearly 40% of the 700,000 migrant workers in Taiwan are from Indonesia. We speak to Nick Calpakdjian, producer of the feature-length documentary “Help Is On The Way” (2020) from Indonesia that explores the nuances of being domestic caregivers workers in Taiwan. Stories of these migrant workers begin at a nanny school in West Java. “Help Is On The W…
 
We talk to PhD candidate Lev Nachman about the world of Taiwan Studies in academia. He discusses his entry into the field and provides practical advice for students around the world who are interested in studying Taiwan. Lev Nachman is a PhD candidate in the political science department at UC-Irvine studying social movements and political parties i…
 
20 year journalist veteran Jason Pan of the Taipei Times joins host Courtney Donovan Smith to discuss the impact and import of the visit of the Czech delegation, recent improvements in US relations including the announcement of trade talks and the declassification of key documents, the KMT and racto-politics and finally the KMT party platform and t…
 
Gwhyneth Chen (陳毓襄) is a world-renowned classical pianist who's set to open the 2020/21 season for the NTSO (National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra) on August 29 and 30. Born in Taiwan and trained in the U.S., Ms. Chen is a Pride of Taiwan 台灣之光. Ms. Chen recounts performing for the late President Lee Teng-Hui and chats about the value of music, the imp…
 
CAT Kaohsiung election special ft. Michael Smith On this week's program ICRT Southern Taiwan Correspondent Michael Smith joins host (and ICRT's Central Taiwan Correspondent) Donovan Smith to discuss the upcoming Kaohsiung mayoral race, the candidates, their positioning and marketing, the Kaohsiung voter's response and the possible repercussions for…
 
Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and guest Sean Su (蘇襄) discuss the life and legacy of the late Taiwan President Lee Teng-Hui. All our podcasts from now on are at https://anchor.fm/taiwanreport Find the Current Affairs Podcast on https://anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, an…
 
Metalhead Politics is a new show from Ghost Island Media that’s on music, politics, and Taiwan. Co-hosted by GIM’s own Emily Y. Wu and Freddy Lim, the most famous rockstar politician in Asia. He’s lead vocalist of the metal band CHTHONIC and a member of the parliament in Taiwan. Check out Metalhead Politics now wherever you get your podcasts. 🔌 App…
 
Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and guest Sean Su (蘇襄) discuss the total blowout regarding Kaohsiung Mayor's Han Kuo-Yu's recall vote, what the scene was like on the ground, how this might be a victory of youth activism against populism and demogoguery, Han and Chiang press conferences, Han's future going forward, what this means for the KMT, who the …
 
May 24th marked one-year since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. We talk to life-long LGBT activist, Jennifer Lu, about the development of the LGBT rights movement over the last 30 years in Taiwan. Jennifer is the chief coordinator of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, and has been championing LGBT rights both …
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss updates on Kaohsiung Mayor's Han Kuo-Yu's recall vote, President Tsai's second inauguration, a look at 2022 and 2024 elections, TSMC's new US factory plans, KMT as an opposition party, and some punchable punching paunchy punch-offs. All our podcasts from now on are at https://anc…
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss national unification goals with unexpected supporters of a related bill, Taiwan withdraws from trying for a spot at the World Health Assembly, Han telling his followers not to go to the recall poll, DPP attempting to get irrigation, farmers and fishers cooperatism under control, …
 
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is seriously reshaping security considerations for governments around the world. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Che-chuan Lee (李哲全) and Dr. Yi-suo Tzeng (曾怡碩) about Taiwan’s national security in an uncertain time when the global world order continues to shift. Dr. Lee is chief of the Division of National Security and …
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss some a new race involving giant Matsu statues in Penghu and Taichung and the United Front efforts in Taiwan, the Han Kuo-yu recall updates. Comments on the Milk Tea Alliance and Taiwan's increasing warm power. Finally, talk about how Taiwan has become a more interesting and highe…
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss some new polling showing Hou You-yi is a powerhouse, Han Kuo-yu may be headed to the outhouse, and Johnny Chiang has a house to fix, and it won't be easy. The KMT's prospects in 2022 currently look dire. Is President Tsai "pro-independence?" The Philippines has two different line…
 
On April 12, Taiwan's CPBL (confusingly named, the “Chinese Professional Baseball League” 中華職棒大聯盟) became the first pro baseball league in the world to start its 2020 season. In this episode, we catch up with journalists Jacky Lee and Adam Wang on the innings and outs of the CPBL and on the history of Taiwan baseball. Jacky is a contributor to Fox …
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's upcoming recall vote, and explain why and how his joining the KMT's central standing committee is problematic--and why New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-yi was smart to avoid it, and what that might mean for the future of the KMT. The PRC is demanding naturaliz…
 
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #40 (04-13-2020) Soft Power and the Propaganda Wars Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) take on the week's news, including China pressuring Taiwan militarily and via a massive propaganda push, updates on the Han Recall and his new lawsuit to try to stop it, the complexities of changing national …
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) take on the week's news, including the back-and-forth between a KMT lawmaker and Premier Su after the lawmaker said "Taiwan is not a country" as well as proposals on changing the name of China Airlines and what to put in English on the passports. The government has launched a massive, NT…
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) actually prefer social distancing by avoiding each other in yet another remote podcast episode. This week Donovan talks about doing hard time under quarantine and later the broader implications. The Taiwan People's Party attacks the Taiwan head of the COVID-19 response team. The KMT push…
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) are continuing with their social distancing in this podcast episode. Michael is stuck in a noisy room, so you'll hear plenty of ambient noises from Taiwan. This week the duo cover PRC fishing boats attacking Taiwan coast guard, the Taiwanese stock market crash, pressure on international …
 
On March 19, 2017, Taiwanese pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-Che (李明哲) disappeared in China. Ten days later, China admitted to having taken him. Mr. Lee is now serving a five-year sentence for the “subversion of state” in Hunan, China. Evidence against him included social media activities on QQ, WeChat, and Facebook, both when he was physically ins…
 
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) practicing some social distancing and do a remote audio-only episode of Current Affairs Taiwan. In their isolated anti-coronavirus cages, they talk about negative population group, Wu Sz-huai and requests regarding sensitive data from the ministry of defense, fake news and cyber defense,…
 
Are you wondering where all that sweet daily Taiwan Report News Brief episodes have been moved to? What about those Taiwan Context episodes? They've all been moved to anchor.fm/taiwanreport where you can find all of our podcasts. Current Affairs Taiwan will stay here though! Of course they'll have their own individual channels which you can find at…
 
It’s two more months until the second inauguration of Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen. This episode, we chat with journalist Chris Horton to recap the general election on January 11 and the race for national legislators. (This interview was recorded in late January, 2020.) Chris Horton is a freelance journalist based in Taipei. He is a regular contri…
 
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