Ear to Asia

Behind the headlines in a region that's rapidly changing the world

Ear to Asia is produced by Asia Institute, the Asian research specialists, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In Ear to Asia, we talk with Asia researchers to unpack the issues behind news headlines in a region that is rapidly changing the world. Subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts.

While poverty in Indonesia has declined significantly in the 20 years since the fall of Suharto, the gap between the rich and poor has only got worse. Political economists Prof Andrew Rosser and Dr Rachael Diprose discuss the troubling social, health and educational consequences of this rising inequality for ordinary Indonesians. Presented by Peter Clarke.

An Asia Institute podcast

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China’s South-North Water Transfer Project, the world’s largest-ever diversion scheme, is being rolled out to take water from the Yangtze River in the country’s south to quench the thirst of its parched and populous north. Geographers Dr Sarah Rogers and Dr Min Jiang discuss the social, environmental and governance implications of China’s most ambitious engineering megaproject to date. Presented by Ali Moore.

An Asia Institute podcast

produced by profactual.com

Music by audionautix.com

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China’s social credit system is being rolled out and will by 2020 track the behavior of all of its 1.4 billion citizens, doling out rewards and punishments to individuals and communities. Asia Institute China analysts Dr Fengshi Wu and Dr Delia Lin ponder whether the system will succeed in bringing unprecedented security and stability to Chinese society or condemn it to a dystopian future. Presented by Ali Moore.

An Asia Institute podcast

Produced by profactual.com

Music by audionautix.com

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Given the notably mixed results of recent elections in the region, just how healthy is the practice of democracy in Southeast Asia? To distinguish the rhetoric from the political reality, we’re joined by keen Southeast Asia political observers Prof Garry Rodan, Director of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, and by Dr Avery Poole, Assistant Director of the Melbourne School of Government. Presented by Ali Moore.

An Asia Institute podcast, produced by profactual.com.

Music: audionautix.com

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Two decades after winning its independence from Indonesia, Timor-Leste is still grappling with delivering clean water and sanitation to its people, both in Dili and in rural areas. With first-hand accounts of the challenges as well as success stories, we’re joined by Melbourne School of Government development specialist Dr Kate Neely and public health expert Naomi Francis from the Nossal Institute for Global Health. Presented by Ali Moore.

An Asia Institute podcast, produced by profactual.com

Music: audionautix.com

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