The Splice Guide to some of Asia’s most interesting podcasts

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By Alan Soon
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This is just the beginning of a list. But this is a good start if you’re looking for Asia-based podcasts. There’s a lot of tech stuff in here, but you’ll also find lots of fascinating city-based podcasts.

We’ll keep this updated. At some point, we’ll get around to putting this into a sortable Airtable. But for now, this will have to do.

Tell us what’s missing here or if any the links don’t work. But tell us if this is useful. Drop us an email or tweet us.

REGIONAL

Asia’s Developing Future by ADB
Explains economics, reaches policymakers and government officials.

COUNTRIES

Sinica Podcast by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn
A weekly discussion of current affairs in China.

Talking Indonesia
From the University of Melbourne. Covers current affairs in Indonesia.

Doh Athan by Frontier Media
Burmese language, created in partnership with Fondation Hirondelle. Aims to drive discussions of human rights. Read our profile on them.

SGN Discuss
Seeks out Singaporeans from all walks of life, experiences and circumstances who have an interesting story to share.

The Bangkok Podcast
Stories and rants about life in Bangkok.

Saigoneer Podcast
Features discussions of news and culture related to Saigon. Read our profile on them.

TECH

Analyse Asia with Bernard Leong
A powerful lineup of guests from Asia’s tech industry. Singapore-based.

China Tech Talk
Weekly podcast on China’s tech industry.

e27 Podcasts
Covers Asia’s tech and startup ecosystem. Singapore-based.

996 Podcast with GGV Capital
Discusses tech and entrepreneurship in China.

Exponent by Ben Thompson and James Allworth
An audio companion to Ben Thomson’s excellent Stratechery newsletter.

Asia Tech Podcast with Graham Brown and Michael Waitze
On Asia tech and entrepreneurship.

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MARKETING

Click2View Content Hour
Singapore-based. Covers discussions around content and the marketing of it.

NOTABLES

QueerCast Singapore
Grew out of a conversation at Mox in Tanjong Pagar. Two friends were frustrated at a lack of discussion and silence around LGBT issues in Singapore. So they started this.

2footsteps Podcast by Vladyslav Koshelyev
Stories about discovering new places, countries and ideas.

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From this week

Platforms

Facebook’s paralysis and negligence in tackling hate speech keep coming up in conversations.

Reuters — which has two of its journalists in prison in Myanmar for reporting on the country’s genocide — put out a special report on Facebook’s hate speech problem in the country. Facebook doesn’t have an employee in this country. Speech moderation is outsourced to Accenture in Kuala Lumpur in a secretive project called “Honey Badger”. But it’s not clear how many Burmese speakers are on the job. People working on the project sign a one-year renewable contract, and agree to never divulge that Facebook is the client. This is what Reuters found out about the project.
Reuters

Facebook’s head of news partnerships Campbell Brown made some off-the-record comments to Australian media executives about traffic referrals that stirred the hornet’s nest.

The Australian, breaking professional protocol in publishing details of that session, quoted her as allegedly saying, “We are not interested in talking to you about your traffic and referrals any more. That is the old world and there is no going back”. Of course, this isn’t new to many publishers who’ve seen their referrals dwindle in the past year. But it’s another reminder to everyone: Facebook is in the business of Facebook. If you’re in publishing and you’re still counting on Facebook’s referral traffic to keep your traffic numbers up, you’re delusional.
Nieman Lab

Transformations

Design

How do you redesign The Wall Street Journal’s 126 newsletters?

1. You cull them by a third. 2. You nudge your readers to subscribe with a prompt. 3. You update market info — in real time. 4. You let people hit reply. People like that whole responding thing. 5. Test readers’ resistance to your paywall. 6. You test a new email platform that plays to your strengths. 7. You add whimsy. At the end of it all, a newsletter is a conversation, and it takes more than machine learning to keep that going. All aboard for whimsy, I say.
Nieman Lab

The product design process can be notoriously difficult.

This is mostly because it’s often seen as an artistic moment of genius broken down into deliverables to a client waiting for results in a process with unstructured feedback. This is also known as herding cats. But we tend to forget that most effective product design works to fix a business problem in a collaborative manner that establishes goals, relies on prototyping, user feedback, and testing. How this product designer explores and tests his own journey is a lesson in process and how we work with it.
UX Design

Notables

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