Dear Permanently Temporary Workers, Go Home!

25 May 2020 – What do Kangaroos and Sex buddies have in common? Almost nothing, but find the answer to that question that and a whole lot more about Australia’s troubled COVID-19 response towards migrant workers on this week’s episode. As Sanushka Mudaliar reveals, Australia may have flattened the curve on covid but it faces…

Shining Light on the Hill

18 May 2020 – South Korea has been held up as the leading example of how to respond to COVID-19. Yet, recent flare-ups in night clubs have reminded us all that we’re in for a long period of suppress-release-repeat. We check in with our former colleague, Sijeong Lim to hear about how the LGBTQ community…

Its not the 30 pesos, its the 30 years

May 1 2020 – How do you enforce a lockdown when nobody trusts the government? That’s the dilemma confronting the COVID-19 response in Chile, where the government entered the crisis with historically low approval ratings after introducing a 30 peso rate hike on public transport in the Spring. Abbey and Darshan chat with Carla Alberti…

Quaran ‘Strongly Requests’ You Stay Home

    April 24 2020 – In countries like the Netherlands, stereotypes of ‘authoritarian’ and ‘obedient’ Asian societies have been used to explain why Europeans need more ‘liberal’ responses to COVID-19. In this podcast Kyohei Yamada helps us untangle some of these ideas, detailing Japan’s peculiarly non-intrusive measures, and pointing to the unique historical and…

Sunshine in the Abyss: COVID-19 Shakes International Politics

3 April 2020 – Francesca Grandi & Antonio Barroso – This week Abbey introduces us to two of her pals from London. Francesca has her fingers on the pulse of the UN response to COVID-19 and Antonio is a risk analyst guiding governments and businesses on how to address uncertainty in a time of ‘assumptions…

Stock Up on Hand Cream Before Lockdown

    25 March 2020 – As country after country adopts stricter measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, our listeners want to know what to expect in a lockdown. Abbey and Darshan speak to Oxford scholar, Andrea Ruggeri about his experiences, the impact on Italian democracy and daily life. And yes, Andrea advises buying…

Winter is Coming

  20 March 2020 – As Europe shuts down in response to the spread of COVID-19, other African countries are just beginning to grapple with the early signs of the pandemic. In this show, we discuss the COVID-19 response in South Africa, where an impending winter, a long history of the HIV-AIDS pandemic, and xenophobic…

Much Ado About Le Pen?

April 24 2017 – Francois Bonnet. Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the frontrunner in the first round of elections for the French Presidency. Though, the leading story of the night was the success of Marine Le Pen of the National Front Party in securing second place and an opportunity to participate in the run off…

Surviving at the Expense of…? A Rejoinder to Loren Landau

April 3 2017 – Michael Onyebuchi Eze. Three weeks ago, Loren Landau conversed with us on how poor, black South Africans use violence to demand the attention of political elites. In this week’s rejoinder Michael Onyebuchi Eze argues that it is more a symptom of a nation much too stuck in its frozen transition to…