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Hear in Taiwan

English, Talk, 1 season, 604 episodes
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We know it's impossible for you to come join us at the metaphorical office water cooler to hear what we talk about in the newsroom. That's why we created the program: Hear in Taiwan. Tune in every weekday for a panel discussion with the news team to learn about the stories that caught our attention but did not quite make their way into the nightly newscast.
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Taipei's mayor races and Pingtung stands watermelons

Join Amanda and Tristan as they revisit some of the more lighthearted news that came about from Taiwan's 2024 Dragon Boat festival celebrations. They discuss dragon boat racing, and the interesting substitution for egg standing that happened in Pintung county.
6/15/20240
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Hear in Taiwan - 2024-06-09

2024-06-09
6/8/20240
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Mystery bones and apologetic words from director

Join Amber and Fil as they discuss a spooky story about discovery of 3 people's remains and movie director Wei Te-sheng apologized about his arbitrary comments about TSMC.
6/2/20240
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Legal surrogacy and naked bodies on public posters

Tristan, Amber, and Fil talk about the legalization of surrogacy in Taiwan, YouTube creator Toyz starting his prison sentence, and artwork of naked bodies needing censored for public posters.
5/25/20240
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Hear in Taiwan - 2024-05-19

2024-05-19
5/18/20240
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Miaoli cheerleaders win, drunken foreigners lose

Amber, Tristan, and Hanna talk about the recent commotion caused by a group of foreigners on the MRT, as well as the success of the National Miaoli Special School's cheerleading team at the 2024 World Cheerleading Championships in Florida.
5/4/20240
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Hear in Taiwan - 2024-04-28

2024-04-28
4/27/20240
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Hear in Taiwan - 2024-04-21

2024-04-21
4/20/20240
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Welcome Cambridge U Students!

A very special episode of Hear in Taiwan that talks with visiting Columbia University students studying Chinese in Taiwan!  Listen to learn about their experiences living in our island country!
4/13/20240
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An earthquake update and pet-friendly MRT

Michelle is joined by Amanda (for the first time) and Ching-en to update the public about where they were when the quake struck and in more positive news, the new pet-friendly(?) MRT system!
4/6/20240
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A coconut, unusual pizza, and teaching jobs

Michelle and Fil are in the studio with some... odd... stories!  Where is the last place you'd expect to find a coconut, what are the last things you'd expect on a pizza, and why Taiwan is hiring so many English teachers?
3/30/20240
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Driver crashes into a Family mart, American impressions about Taiwan and Taiwan the happiest country in Asia

Join Mary Anne, Amber and Fil as they chat about how a driver crashed into a family mart, what Americans think about Taiwan and how Taiwan is the happiest country in East Asia!
3/23/20240
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Students do farming, Blossoms bloom, and Tigers arrive

 Join Amber, Iris and Mary Anne as they talk about sakura blossoms, an interesting group of school students secretly growing crops in their school, and we find out that Amber really likes tigers, apparently. 
3/16/20240
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YouBikes, chili powder, and flight delays

Michelle hosts Hear in Taiwan with Ching-en and Fil to chat about misuse of YouBikes, contaminants found in chili powder, and recent trouble caused by Taoyuan Airport construction.
3/9/20240
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Hear in Taiwan - 2024-03-03

2024-03-03
3/2/20240
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Lantern Festival, fake doctor, and puppies!

Join Fil and Sharon as we chat about several closely related (seriously, not) stories of Taiwan this week.
2/24/20240
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Lucky paw picks winning lottery ticket, mahjong gambling dens and animal hospital in Taoyuan

Join Fil and Ching-en as they talk about animals, mahjong, and lottery tickets in today's episode of Hear In Taiwan.
2/17/20240
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Hear in Taiwan - 2024-02-10

2024-02-10
2/9/20240
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Rubber ducks, lit cherry blossom trees and a student posting her dad's picture on betel nut stands

Join Mary Anne and Fil in the studio as they chat about the return of rubber ducks to Taiwan, an student's creative idea of posting her dad's picture on betel nut stands and cherry blossom trees being lit up at night!
2/2/20240
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Taiwan's passport ranks 35th, Snow on Yangmingshan, and What the Dragon Year will bring

In today's episode of Hear in Taiwan, Amber, Fil, and Ching-en chat about the possibility of snow in Taiwan in the coming days, predictions of what's to come in the Year of the Dragon, and how Taiwan's passport ranks in the world. 
1/19/20240
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Hear in Taiwan - 2024-01-13

2024-01-13
1/12/20240
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Gambling, the Death Penalty, and COVID Tests

Michelle's back once again with Fil and Amber to talk about a Texas Hold 'Em gambling ring, our thoughts on Taiwan's ongoing death penalty debate, and COVID19 tests at the airport!
1/5/20240
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Coffee, Fighting, and Forgeries

Michelle hosts the last episode of Hear in Taiwan of 2023 with Fil and Amber weighing in on the blooming Taiwanese coffee industry, a fight that broke out at a late-night eats joint, and an apprehended forgery ring.  Happy New Year everyone!
12/29/20230
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Gogoro+UberEats, University Moods, and Naturalization

Michelle hosts this week's Hear in Taiwan joined by Filip Leskovsky and Chris Gorin!  The conversation moves from the green benefits of a huge partnership, a recent study of Taiwanese college students, to naturalization numbers and improvements!
12/22/20230
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Taipei 101 New Year's fireworks, kindness over at the MRT, and YouBike rider insurance

Join Mary Anne and Fil as they talk about the New Year's fireworks at the iconic skyscraper, great services provided by the MRT and suggested YouBike insurance. 
12/15/20230
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A missing snorkeler, a salon dispute, and a successful hiking rescue

On today's episode, Amber and Fil talk about a dispute in a salon resulting in a lawsuit, the dangers of the ocean, and the dangers of hiking without being prepared. 
12/9/20230
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David Guetta in Taiwan, Missing hikers found and Memorial for Taiwanese feminist activist held

Join Mary Anne, Fil and Ching-en as they talk about their music interests, a happy ending in an incident with hikers and a memorial for a Taiwanese feminist activist.  
12/1/20230
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Taipei Thanksgiving feast options, accelerating decline in certified teachers, NTU plans to recruit 50-60 foreign students a year for semiconductor program

Join Fil, Michelle, and Ching-en as they talk about teaching professions, food-related holidays, and semiconductor opportunities. 
11/17/20230
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What not to do on Lidong, must visit Tainan, and increased immigration to Taiwan

Join Amber and Fil as they talk about some things that you should avoid on this winter solstice, Tainan being on the National Geographic list of 30 must-see places, and 25% increased immigration to Taiwan. 
11/10/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-11-04

2023-11-04
11/3/20230
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Gun-toting grandma, dressing evil can be unfortunate to some, Taiwan's most popular names list

Join Fil, Mary Anne, and Ching-en on today's Hear In Taiwan, where they talk about monkeys stealing food, Halloween costumes and their good fortune, and Taiwan's most popular names.
10/31/20230
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Declining corals in Xiao Liuqiu, and Taiwan's pride parade

Join hosts Amber, Ching-en, and Fil as they discuss protesters wielding Nazi flags on a Taipei street, the declining coral in Xiao Liuqui's waters, and Lai Ching-te's planned attendance at the Pride parade.
10/27/20230
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Smart bus stops, Ed Sheeran is coming to Taiwan, new language support added to 1999 hotline

Join Fil, Mary Anne, and Amber on today's Hear In Taiwan as they discuss implementing smart bus stops, information about Ed Sheeran's upcoming concert, and newly added hotline language support.
10/24/20230
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Graffiti artist arrested, tourist information raffle, Apple watch linked to leak information

Join Amber, Fil and Ching-en as they discuss potential punishments for graffiti in Taiwan, stamp collection to participate in a raffle and spy-like series of events with the floating barrier. 
10/20/20230
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Unusual wedding photo shoot, free baseball game tickets, beach cleanup

Join Fil, Mary Anne, and Ching-en as they talk about environmentally related subjects in today's Hear in Taiwan.
10/17/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-10-15

2023-10-15
10/14/20230
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Cloud Gate shares AI-inspired project ‘Wave,’ Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Scott performs in Kaohsiung, EVA Air makes top ten global ranking

  Join Fil and Jess as they chat about Cloud Gate showing AI-inspired project ‘Wave,’ Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Scott performing in Kaohsiung, EVA Air being ranked one of the top airlines in the world, and more!
10/13/20230
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KMT absent at National Day celebration, Woman nearly dies after becoming stuck in freezer and Ferry runs aground in Penhu

Join Mary Anne, Fil and Amber as they sit down to chat about the Kuomintang (KMT) party declining to attend the National Day celebration, a woman nearly dying from being stuck in a freezer and a ferry boat running aground in Penhu
10/10/20230
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Eel Bones, Work Hours, and Halloween

Michelle, Fil, and Mary Anne are in the studio chatting about a failed lawsuit over an eel bone injury, recent statistics about work hours, and a Halloween event at MRT Zhongshan station!
10/9/20230
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Taipei's top 20 tourist attractions, runaway capybaras, 10kg of amphetamines drug bust

Join Amber and Fil as they discuss the top tourist spots in Taipei, help the owner find his lost capybaras, and how the Criminal Investigation Bureau seizes 10kg of Amphetamines disguised as milk powder.  
10/6/20230
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French student injured during hike, AI systems to prevent night time swimming, more hornet attacks

Join Fil, Amber, and Mary Anne as they discuss current topics in Taiwan. In today's episode, they discuss Hiking safety and a recent incident, Keelung's AI system to prevent night time swimming and hikers getting attacked by hornets once again. 
10/3/20230
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Barbequed Crocodiles, a Transgender Rights March and a Mercedes Benz set on fire

Tune in to Mary Anne as she hosts Here in Taiwan with Fil Leskovsky and Ching-en Chiou as they talk about Mid-autumn festival barbeques with crocodiles on the menu, a transgender march and a Mercedes Benz set on fire.
10/2/20230
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Taboos on Mid-Autumn Festival, Country of origin pilot program for eggs, NTU's global ranking

Join Fil and Ching-en as they discuss the Mid-Autumn festival and its taboos, egg shortage, and the follow-up implementations and ranking of universities.
9/29/20230
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Sriracha, Zoo Animals, and Dangerous Insects

Listen in on Michelle as she hosts Hear in Taiwan with Fil Leskovsky and Jess Wu, touching on favorite condiments, animals, and adventures in Taiwan!
9/26/20230
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Asian Games gold medal, digital minister Audrey Tang, Sun Moon Lake swimming accident

Hi there, welcome to today's Hear In Taiwan. Join Sharon, Jess, and Fil as we talk about the Taiwanese Judo athlete Yang Yung-wei (楊勇緯) winning a gold medal at the Asian Games, digital minister Audrey Tang (唐鳳) attending an international forum in NYC, and a swimming accident where a young swimmer dies during annual Sun Moon Lake swim.  
9/25/20230
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Dance show, DUI incident, and Chiangs' diaries

Join Jess, Sharon, and Fil in their conversation over an adult dance show in Taipei, a driver charged with a DUI, and the return of Chiangs' diaries from the Hoover Institution. 
9/22/20230
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Moon Festival, free concerts and bad parking

Join Fil, Ching-en, and Amber as they discuss badly parked vehicles, free concerts over the weekend and the Taipei celebration of Moon Festival.
9/19/20230
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A defense expo, a mutated snake, and free Mandarin classes

Join Amber, Jess, and Mary Anne as they chat about a defense expo in Taiwan, snake encounters, and free Mandarin classes for migrant workers.
9/15/20230
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Taiwan amusement park ambassadors, a long-term healthcare expo and taboos at the end of ghost month

Join Mary Anne Sioco as she hosts today's episode with Ching-en Chiou and Filip Leskovsky! Today, they discuss a Amusement Park Ambassadors, a long-term healthcare expo and taboos at the end of ghost month.
9/12/20230
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A MassKara Festival, an Indie Book Fair and the status of salaries in Taiwan

Join Mary Anne Sioco as she hosts today's episode with Ching-en Chiou and Filip Leskovsky! Today, they discuss a MassKara Festival, an Indie Book Fair and the status of salaries here in Taiwan.
9/11/20230
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Martial arts clubs brawl, odyssey traveler’s Taiwan highlights, and performing arts promoter Hsu Po-yun’s passing

Join Jess, Chris, and Fil in their chat about martial arts clubs brawl, odyssey traveler highlights Taiwan travels, and performing arts promoter Hsu Po-yun’s passing
9/8/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-09-06

2023-09-06
9/5/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-09-05

2023-09-05
9/4/20230
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Traffic accidents, Semiconductor companies, and a Ghostly Movie

Join hosts Amber, Jess, and Ching-en as they talk about the increase in car accidents in Taiwan this year, a Taiwanese movie that might be heading to the Oscars, and Semiconductors.
9/1/20230
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Tainan festival showcases international and local musicians, Taiwan AI Labs signs MOU to combat misinformation, and Taiwanese man sentenced to record 220 years in Turkey

Jessica Wu hosts today's episode with Amber Hatfield! Come join them as they discuss Tainan festival to showcase international and local musicians, Taiwan AI Labs signs MOU to combat misinformation, and a Taiwanese man's sentence of a record 220 years for human trafficking.
8/29/20230
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Taipei Zoo's new baby Tapir, feature films on women laborers and Taiwan watercolor paintings by a French artist

Mary Anne hosts today's episode with Jess Wu and Ching-en Chiou! Come join them as they discuss a new baby Tapir at the Taipei Zoo, women laborers feature films from the Kaohsiung Film Archive and a French artist's watercolor paintings of Taiwan.
8/28/20230
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Indicting New Taipei crematorium workers for bribes, finding eco-friendly alternatives to ‘ghost money,’ and recommending minimum wage hike to at least 2%

Jess Wu hosts today's episode with Chris Gorin and Ching-en Chiou! Come join the trio as they discuss the indictment of 21 New Taipei crematorium workers for bribes, the finding of eco-friendly alternatives to ‘ghost money,’ and the experts’ recommendation of minimum wage hike to at least 2%.      
8/25/20230
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Lunar Valentine's Day customs, Taiwanese computers for Ukrainian refugees, Taiwanese lemons help fight depression

Jess Wu hosts today's episode with Mary Anne Sioco and Amber Hatfield! Come join the trio as they discuss about customs to observe on Lunar Valentine's Day in Taiwan, assistance for Ukrainian refugees taking national exams on donated Taiwanese computers, and Taiwanese lemons to help fight depression.   
8/22/20230
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Ghost month superstitions, fur baby booms and increase in podcast listeners

Mary Anne Sioco hosts today's episode with Michelle Chiang and Ching-en Chiou! Join the group as they talk about spooky ghost month superstitions, the fur baby boom and the upsurge in podcast listeners!
8/21/20230
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Taiwanese French songstress jazzes up, groups spend night at Presidential Office, and Spanish artist faces hefty fine

Jess Wu hosts today's episode with Mary Anne Sioco and Chris Gorin! Come join the group as they chat about Taiwanese French songstresses the French music scene, groups spending a  night at the Presidential Office, and a Spanish artist facing a hefty fine.
8/18/20230
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Taiwanese old photos, nature trails and…brain-eating amoebas?!!

Amber Hatfield hosts today's episode with Jess Wu and Mary Anne Sioco!  Come join the group as they talk about Taiwan’s history reflected in digital archives and nature trails, Taipei’s mrt being too hot to handle and the presence of brain-eating amoebas!
8/15/20230
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Tourism, Buffalo, and Taiwanese food

Join Amber, Michelle, and Ching-en while they talk about tourists in Taiwan, where buffalo go when they retire, and our favorite Taiwanese foods. 
8/14/20230
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Con men, Sundance Asia, and relationship break-ups via text message

Michelle Chiang hosts today's episode with Jess Wu and Amber Hatfield!  Come join the conversation about what some con men have done with Taiwan's receipt lottery, how university students are breaking up with each other, and why Sundance Asia is coming to Taipei!
8/11/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-08-09

2023-08-09
8/8/20230
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A Taiwan Netflix TV show, frozen eggs, and flights to Boracay

Michelle Chiang hosts Hear in Taiwan with Ching-en Chiou and Mary Anne Sioco!  They chat about a new murder show on Netflix and how it tackles the topics of ethnicity and the death penalty in Taiwan, why some women are freezing their eggs, and new direct flights from Taiwan to Boracay, Philippines!
8/7/20230
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Umbrella Rentals, Heroes, and E.Coli

Michelle Chiang is joined by Mary Anne Sioco and Amber Hatfield to talk about how Taiwan's Metro will be making rental umbrellas available, what we would do if presented with a hero opportunity, and which vendors have been found with high levels of E. Coli contamination.
8/4/20230
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Period products, Tai Chi gold medal, receipt lottery, and passports!

Hi there, hope you're having a great day. Join Sharon, Mary Anne, and Jess on today’s Hear in Taiwan as we talk about a diverse mix of topics, starting with period products! Hit play now. 
8/1/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-08-01

2023-08-01
7/31/20230
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Cattle, Instant Noodles, and Netflix

Chris Gorin and Michelle Chiang are in the studio chatting about recent changes a farm has made to be greener, what has been found in some brands of instant noodles, and what to watch on Netflix!
4/28/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-04-27

2023-04-27
4/26/20230
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Youtiao, "Bood" Festival, Skeletons, and Aliens

Listen to Sharon and Michelle in the studio chat about an old family business, an ongoing beer and food festival in Taipei, a recently found cache of human skeletons in Chiayi, and what Taiwan, Hawaii, and aliens have in common!
4/26/20230
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Tomasz's last episode!

In this special episode of Hear in Taiwan, Host Brendan talk with Tomasz and recap his journey at Rti! Best of luck, Tomasz! 
4/24/20230
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Fruits, Whiskey, and Rain

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Iris Hsu talk about Taiwan's fruit, whiskey, and rain! One of the most common Taiwanese combinations!
4/23/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-04-21

2023-04-21
4/20/20230
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Ocean Rescue, Cash Rewards, and Masks

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Isabella Wells talk about an ocean rescue incident, cash rewards for tourists, and masks on public transporation. 
4/19/20230
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Tourism Safety, Scammer Prevention, and Birds

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Michelle Chiang talk about how to be safe at theme parks, how to prevent getting scammed, and birds in Taiwan! 
4/18/20230
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Greener Animal Husbandry, Blue Beaches, and No More Masking

Iris Hsu and Michelle Chiang are in the studio chatting about what Taiwan is doing to make its animal husbandry a little better for the environment, what "Blue Tears" are and why they are appearing on Taiwan's beaches, and the lifting of mask restrictions!
4/17/20230
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National Symphony, Leopard Cats, and Veggie Fest!

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Sharon Lin talk about Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra in New York, new baby leopard cats, and upcoming Taipei Veggie Fest! 
4/16/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-04-14

2023-04-14
4/13/20230
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School Discipline, Pregnant Women Subsidies, and Stacking Gold Medals

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Tomasz Koper talk about improper school discipline, subsidies for pregnant women, and a Taiwanese boy winning gold medals at an international stacking competition!
4/12/20230
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Burial Alternatives, Plastic Cup Ban, and Taiwanese Abroad

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Emma Bennack talk about environmentally-friendly burial alternatives, plastic cup ban in New Taipei, and 1.34 million Taiwanese people traveling abroad!
4/11/20230
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Illegal iguanas, National Pet Day, and best public transport

Emma Benack, Chris Gorin, and Michelle Chiang talk about an illegal iguana bust, National Pet Day, Taipei's highly ranked public transport, and protests surrounding President Tsai's stop in the United States.
4/10/20230
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Illegal Crop Exports,Table Manners, and Taiwan's Flag

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Chris Gorin talk about a bill to curb illegal crop exports, Taiwanese celebrity criticized for her table manners, and Taiwan's flag being used as a tablecloth. 
4/9/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-04-07

2023-04-07
4/6/20230
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ChatGPT, Mental Health, and Taiwan's Pineapples

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Tomasz Koper discuss ChatGPT, NTNU's mental health policy change, and Taiwan's pineapples! 
4/5/20230
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Hualien trails,Taipei Zoo, and scrub typhus

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, hosts Brendan Wong and Chris Gorin discuss Hualien's trail challenge, Taipei Zoo's special Children's Day discount, and a disease experts are warning against! 
4/4/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-04-04

2023-04-04
4/3/20230
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Train drama, equinox taboos, and job scammers

Emma Benack and Chris Gorin talk about the mystery surrounding recent train accidents, certain things to avoid during the spring equinox period, job scammers getting punished, and an influx of British pork.
4/2/20230
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Snakes, Jay Chou, and Taiwanese jam

In this episode, hosts Shirley Lin and Brendan Wong discuss snake bites, Jay Chou making history, and Taiwanese jam winning awards! 
3/29/20230
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What happened to the baboon on the loose?

Tune in to Hear in Taiwan to learn what happened to the baboon on the loose, whether there is solution for Taiwan's 'pedestrian hell' sidewalks, and what a Southern Taiwan school principal did to get fired. 
3/28/20230
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Insomnia, Din Tai Fung, and AI email help

Emma Benack and Chris Gorin discuss common causes and remedies for Taiwan's significant insomnia rate, the death of Din Tai Fung's founder (and what does Taiwanese cusine mean?), an award-winning AI email assistant, and the effect of Taiwan's drought on Sun Moon Lake.
3/27/20230
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Baboon on the loose, Firefighters make parody video, and TikTok hearings

In this episode, hosts Shirley Lin and Chris Gorin discuss the unavoidable topic of the baboon running around Taoyuan, a Tainan fire department that made video which parodies a famous Korean drama, and talk about hearings held in the US with TikTok's CEO. 
3/26/20230
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Happiness, NT$6,000, and scorching hot weather

Join Itamar and Brendan today for Itamar's last Hear in Taiwan where we talk about happiness, NT$6,000 handouts, and the weather! Farewell, Itamar! 
3/22/20230
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Coffee cup art, spring taboos, and sleeping tips

Join Shirley and Brendan today for another episode of Hear in Taiwan where we talk about personalized coffee cup art, first day of spring, and insomnia in Taiwan! 
3/21/20230
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Relaxing residency rules, self-quarantine, and Taitung beach festival

In this episode, hosts Chris Gorin and Emma Banack discuss relaxing requirements for becoming a permanent resident in Taiwan, and an upcoming beach festival in Taitung.
3/20/20230
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Blackpink tickets, Academy Awards, and nuclear power

Join Chris and Brendan today for another episode of Hear in Taiwan where we talk about ticket scalping for Blackpink concert tickets, the Academy Awards, and nuclear power in Taiwan!
3/19/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-03-16

2023-03-16
3/15/20230
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Crab crossings, part-time jobs, and fingerprints

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Iris Hsu talk about how the government tries to improve land crab crossings, how to encourage the use of fingerprints to help the elderly find their way home, and how part-time jobs benefit women.
3/14/20230
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Birds, cheerleaders, and love

Emma Benack and Brendan Wong talk about aimal shelters with a growing bird population, the popularity of Taiwanese baseball cheerleaders, and a modern love exhibition in Taipei.
3/13/20230
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Freedom ranking, duck egg prices, and underworld dinner parties

Join Chris and Brendan today for another episode of Hear in Taiwan where we talk about a recent ranking for Taiwan, duck egg prices, and fancy underworld parties. 
3/12/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-03-09

2023-03-09
3/8/20230
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Tourism survey, masks in school, and painted rocks

Join Shirley and Brendan today for another episode of Hear in Taiwan where we talk about a tourism survey, masks in school, and painted rocks!
3/7/20230
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Hungry troops, Ukrainian ballet, and rise in pets

Emma Benack and Chris Gorin talk about Taiwanese troops in Matsu going hungry for meat, a change in plans for a visiting Ukrainian ballet troupe, and a rise in Taiwan's pet population.
3/6/20230
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Baby stipend, big cup policy, and Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra

Join Chris and Brendan today for another episode of Hear in Taiwan where we talk about a stipend for Taipei-city born babies, McDonald's new policy, and a development at Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra!
3/5/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-03-02

2023-03-02
3/1/20230
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Stolen temple altars, teaching jobs, and dirty ice cream

Emma Benack and Brendan Wong talk about the case of a stolen temple altar, an increase in English teaching opportunities, and sneaky restaurant behavior.
2/28/20230
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228 Special: removing authoritarian monuments from Tainan schools, and China extridites criminals to Taiwan

On this episode, hosts Emma Benack and Chris Gorin discuss the anniversary of the 228 incident in Taiwan, transitional justice, removing statues from schools in Tainan and more. Plus, a long discussion on international extridition, and the particularly unique situation between Taiwan and China. 
2/27/20230
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Data leak, TSMC in Arizona, and travel subsidies

Join Chris and Brendan today for another hilarious Hear in Taiwan as we talk about a department store data leak, TSMC's Arizona factory, and travel subsidies for tourists! 
2/26/20230
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Egg shortages, monkeypox, and snorkeling fines

Join Itamar and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about a recent US poll, egg shortages, monkeypox cases, and snorkeling shop fines. 
2/22/20230
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Spelling bee, red lanterns, and MSG

Join Shirley and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about a spelling bee competition, red lanterns at Jiufen, and MSG!
2/21/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-02-21

2023-02-21
2/20/20230
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Mask bullying, singer's fake death, and flying fish

Join Chris and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about bullying surrounding masks, a singer's fake death announcement, and the flying fish season. 
2/19/20230
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TSMC bonus, rising hotel room rates, and new coffee machines

Join Itamar and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about TSMC's high bonuses to employees, rising hotel room costs in Taiwan, and new coffee machines at convenience stores!
2/15/20230
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Turkish ice cream vendor, bus driver shortage, and Valentine's Day!

Join Emma and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about the Turkish ice cream vendor, bus driver shortage, and Valentine's Day!
2/14/20230
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Crowds at the Lantern Festival, Taiwan nonprofit scandal, and restaurants banning Tiktok

Hosts Chris Gorin and Emma Banack talk about huge crowds at the Taipei Lantern Festival, lament a scandal related to a Taiwanese nonprofit's fundraising drive, and discuss the very unsanitary Tiktok trends causing some restaurants to ban the app. 
2/13/20230
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Mask mandates, scooter subsidies, and volcano eruption

Join Chris and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about indoor mask mandates, a lantern editorial, scooter lessons subsidies, and a volcano eruption in Taiwan! 
2/12/20230
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Avian flu, housing subsidy, and homegrown blueberries

Join Tomasz and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about avian flu outbreak in Taiwan, housing subsidies, and homegrown blueberries! 
2/8/20230
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Taiwan's Rescue Efforts, Grammy Awards, and The Lantern Festival

Join Emma and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about Taiwan's rescue teams in Turkey, father-daughter duo at the Grammy Awards, and the Lantern Festival! 
2/7/20230
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Fireworks, balloons, and suspicious activity

Hosts Emma Benack and Chris Gorin talk about some risky traditions involving fireworks and firecrackers, trickery at night market games, and the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon.
2/6/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-02-06

2023-02-06
2/5/20230
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Traffic Fines, Math Education, and Same-sex marriage

Join Itamar and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about traffic fines, math education, and same-sex marriage in Taiwan! 
2/1/20230
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Tallest Tree in Taiwan, International Book Fair, and Taiwanese Artist in the US

Join Brendan today for a Hear in Taiwan episode where he talks about the tallest tree in Taiwan, an international book fair in Taipei, and a Taiwanese artist in the US!
1/31/20230
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Jeremy Lin, Taxing content creators, paper recycling

Hosts Emma Banack and Chris Gorin talking about former NBA star Jeremy Lin's move to Taiwan, the governments debate over taxing online content creators, and Taiwan's attempt to reach 100% paper recycling. 
1/30/20230
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Mouse Bride, Falling Unemployment Rate, and Lottery Tickets

Join Shirley and Brendan today for special Hear in Taiwan episode where we feature a Mouse Bride radio drama! We also talk about the falling unemployment rate and lottery scratchers in Taiwan! 
1/29/20230
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Hear in Taiwan - 2023-01-26

2023-01-26
1/25/20230
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Red Envelopes, The Color Red, Mahjong

Join Shirley and Brendan for a special Lunar New Year episode of Hear in Taiwan as we talk about the traditions of red envelopes, the color red, and mahjong! 
1/24/20230
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Lottery, Firecrackers, and Vegetables

Join Emma and Michelle while they discuss LNY and recent developments with the Taiwan lottery, a problem with firecrackers, and vegetable prices.
1/23/20230
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Day Two Lunar New Year Traditions

Join Shirley and Brendan for a special Lunar New Year episode where we talk about the tradition of people traveling to their wife's side of the family on the second day of the new year. 
1/22/20230
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Data Leak,Cold Front, Pesticide, and Recent Outbreak

Join Itamar and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about China Airline's data leak, cold front in Taiwan, pesticide found in imported goods, and a not-so-great news about a recent outbreak. 
1/18/20230
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Indoor Mask Mandate and Controversial Traffic Acccident

Join Shirley and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about the indoor mask mandate and a recent accident in Taiwan! 
1/17/20230
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Caimans, Dogs, and a Drink Deal

Emma Benack and Michelle Chiang chat about a surprise dinner guest, how the numbers of registered dogs have surprisingly dropped, and whether we took advantage of a recent drink deal.
1/16/20230
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Vape Ban, Tax Rebate, and Foreign Talents

Join Shirley and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about a potential vape ban, tax rebate plan progress, and Taiwan's plan to attract more foreign talents! 
1/15/20230
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Climate Law, Housing Bill, and Taiwan's Declining Population

Join Itamar and Tomasz today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about a new climate law with carbon fee system, a housing bill to deter house flippers, and Taiwan's declining population size!
1/11/20230
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Gender Studies, Rabbit Rights, and Club Rules

Join Emma and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about a Taiwanese gender studies author, rabbit (and rats?) rights, and a controversial club rule in Taichung! 
1/10/20230
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Traffic safety woes

We talk about Taiwan's horrid traffic safety conditions and other stories on today's Hear in Taiwan.
1/9/20230
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Mandated Work, Palau Tourism, Reservoir, and Taiwanese Chocolate

Join Chris and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about mandated makeup work on Saturday, Palau's tourism strategy, low reservoir water in Taiwan, and award-winning Taiwanese chocolate! 
1/8/20230
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Hot Springs, Crabs, and Robot Rabbits

Join Tomasz and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about hot springs in Taichung, crabs from China containing high levels of dioxin, and robot rabbits for Taiwan's Lantern Festival. 
1/4/20230
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Police scandals, COVID cases, and tug of war

Emma Benack and Brendan Wong talk about a police scandal in Tainan, Chinese passengers with COVID-19 coming into Taiwan, and a hopeful tug-of-war team.
1/3/20230
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New rules for 2023 and a taxi driver hero

Emma Benack and Chris Gorin talk about new policies going into effect in 2023, a taxi driver who saved an elderly man from being scammed, cultural vouchers for the youth, and mixing up Taiwan and Thailand.
1/2/20230
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Health insurance, jellyfish, and new laws

Join Chris and Brendan today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about foreigners without Taiwan health insurance, lagoon with jellyfish in Kaosiung, and new laws starting on January 1. 
1/1/20230
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Love your animals, fish markets, and hiking

Join Issy and Sharon today for Hear in Taiwan as we talk about a heartbreaking story about an abandoned puppy and monkey, the fresh fish markets of Taiwan, and beautiful hiking trails.
12/28/20220
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New Year's celebrations, TSMC's new factory, and carcinogenic Chinese-made capsules

Itamar, Chris, and Brendan talk about New Year's celebrations in Taiwan, TSMC's new factory in southern Taiwan, and Taipei health bureau's warning against Chinese-made capsules. 
12/27/20220
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Bookstore scandal, Japan, Lost and Found

Join Issy, Sharon, and Michelle as we chat about traveling in Japan, a scandal of a mega bookstore in Taiwan, and lost and found on trains in Taiwan. This episode may or may not disclose who among us hosts tend to lose things on public transport, coupled with non-stop laughter. Stay warm. Update: The actor we were talking about was Ke Huy Quan. 
12/26/20220
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Dongzhi taboos, female fighter pilots, coffee

Hi there, it's cold. It's winter in Taiwan. Guess what, there are some taboos for Dongzhi (winter solstice), according to some folks. Stories about female fighter pilots coming up as well. Lastly, how much would you pay for this special cup of coffee? Join Michelle, Shirley, and Sharon for Hear in Taiwan. 
12/25/20220
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Cash or not, World Cup, Dinosaur on the metro

Hello there, how is your week so far? Today, join Tomasz, Issy, and Sharon as we talk about to pay with cash or not to pay with cash when in Taiwan. What is it like in other places? And of course, finally, World Cup. Also, apparently someone wasn't happy when their dinosaur balloon could not be on the metro. Let's find out. 
12/21/20220
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Marathons, Taiwanese Netflix, and runaway mascots

Issy, Sharon, and Emma talk about the winners of a recent Taiwanese marathon, Netflix promoting Taiwanese films and dramas, runaway mascot balloons, and tourism in southern Taiwan.
12/20/20220
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Senior housing, 'Four-legged beast,' and chocolate

Sharon, Michelle, and Issy are here with you on Hear in Taiwan today. Let's talk about senior housing. Also, what others do in bathrooms is not your business, and bullying is NOT cool. And hey, Taiwan won a chocoate competition in the UK! 
12/19/20220
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Earthquakes, Writer, and Uniqlo

On Hear in Taiwan, Michelle Chiang, Sharon Lin, and Chris Gorin chat about the recent earthquake that hit the island, a famous Taiwanese writer's tour in the US, and Uniqlo accusing a customer of theft.
12/18/20220
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Cakes, subtitles, and breakdancing

2022-12-15
12/14/20220
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Military service, gaming, first snow

Hello there, welcome to Hear in Taiwan. Today we're talking about Taiwan's military service first. How long should it be? With the holiday festivities in the air, could local police officers spice up their uniform with a, say, santa hat? Some elders in Taiwan are gamers in a tournament. I want to grow up like that! And, ***(These are snowflakes.), Taiwan's Xueshan (Snow Mountain) sees first snow. 
12/13/20220
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Winter, arts festival, local tourism are coming.

Winter is coming. (This is for all of you Game of Thrones fans. And we do not talk about the final season.) With Taiwan's borders finally open to international visitors, let's talk about arts festivals and heritage tourism. Also, someone lost all their photos on the Line app. What's up with that? Make yourself a cup of tea, and welcome to Hear in Taiwan.
12/12/20220
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Google search, weightlifting and tooth decay

On Hear in Taiwan, Michelle Chiang, Isabella Wells, and Shirley Lin talk about the most searched Taiwanese terms on Google in 2022, tooth decay looms among children due to COVID, and Taiwan's weightlifting champion wins 2 silvers.
12/11/20220
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New faces, old tourists, young readers... and cheetahs?

2022-12-08
12/7/20220
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Whale skeleton, TikTok, a helmet?

On Hear in Taiwan, we're excited about an old whale skeleton discovered in, guess where, Taiwan! Also, TikTok is too much sometimes. Should we regulate it? And hold up. Is that a wig or a helmet?
12/6/20220
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Ang Lee, Bruce Lee, popcorn, and makeup

Taiwanese-American, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee is making a new Bruce Lee biopic. Speaking of movies, how much popcorn do you usually get? Some locals might surprise you. And finally, no masks outdoors! Does this mean people would go back to putting on makeup and shaving? Welcome to today's Hear in Taiwan. 
12/5/20220
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Asia trails, hot pot vegetables, Christmasland

Asia trails, hot pot vegetables, Christmasland in today's Hear in Taiwan.
12/4/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-12-01
11/30/20220
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Outdoor masks, night market, and wheat

On Hear in Taiwan, Michelle Chiang, Brendan Wong, and Shirley Lin talk about the outdoor mask mandate changes, Taiwan's night market stall suspension, and wheat potentially replacing rice as Taiwan's favorite staple. 
11/29/20220
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Referendum, vigil and climate change

On Hear in Taiwan, Brendan Wong and Shirley Lin talk about the referendum over the weekend that failed to pass, a vigil held in support of COVID lockdown protests in China, and a student march in Taiwan to promote climate change awareness.
11/28/20220
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Lottery prizes, watch list and CFV

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Brendan Wong talk about unclaimed receipt lottery prizes, three more struggling private high schools added to 'watch list' , and a foreign client pressuring a Taiwan company to submit carbon reduction plan.
11/27/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-11-24
11/23/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

Check out daily news stories in this talk show.
11/22/20220
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Death of Taiwan's beloved panda

Emma Benack and Brendan Wong talk about the unfortunate death of Taiwan's beloved panda Tuantuan, as well as the country's healthcare system and upcoming midterm elections.
11/21/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-11-21
11/20/20220
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The semiconductor election

DPP candidates hold a press conference to let the tech industry know their on their side, and the kids protest for their rights. Plus other stories on Hear in Taiwan.
11/16/20220
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Research ships and "Twin Towers"

On Hear in Taiwan, Michelle Chiang and Shirley Lin talk about Taipei's future "Twin Towers", how Taiwanese research ships need more protection from territorial conflicts, and how there need to be more efforts in combating student drug abuse.
11/14/20220
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Rice puffs, falling real wages and public housing

For Hear in Taiwan, Michelle Chiang and Shirley Lin chat about new fish flavored rice puffs, falling real wages for the first time in nine years, and a Taiwanese construction company donates a record number of apartments for public housing in Tainan City.
11/13/20220
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No more masks, green push, and Taiwan's academy

Outdoor mask mandates will soon be a thing of the past, climate groups push for more aggressive emissions cuts, and Taiwan's universities rank high in Asia.
11/9/20220
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Russian drones, bento boxes, and NBA stars

Emma and Shirley talk about the controversy surrounding Russian drones found with "Made in Taiwan" chips, an upcoming bento box festival, as well as an NBA star who's coming to play in Taiwan.
11/8/20220
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Social housing, electronics and new COVID regulations

On Hear in Taiwan, Michelle Chiang and Shirley Lin talk about new relaxed COVID regulations as of Nov. 7, electronics aren't all that bad for kids, and Taipei City government's abuse of the social housing policy.
11/7/20220
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Coming home after 40 years

In this edition of Hear in Taiwan, Shirley, Michelle, and Tomasz talk about a man who found his way home after being stranded abroad for 40 years, as well as very long names and criminally irresponsible drivers.
11/6/20220
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Sacrifice, confectionery, and instant noodles

2022-11-03
11/2/20220
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Written Hakka, language centers, and bike trails

Emma Benack and Itamar Waksman talk about the development of a new entry system for written Hakka (a dialect in Taiwan and China), Taiwan's mission to open more language centers around the world, as well as a new riverside bike trail in New Taipei.
11/1/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-11-01
10/31/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: plates, buses, and pandas

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, Emma and Tomasz talk about broken museum artifacts, tourist buses, and sick pandas.
10/30/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-10-27
10/26/20220
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Loosened pandemic rules, military TikToks, and smoking neighbors

Emma and Itamar talk about upcoming changes in pandemic regulations, soldiers who were discharged after posting a TikTok video, and a legal battle between a smoker and his neighbors.
10/25/20220
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Golden Bell Awards, earthquake predictions, and China surveys

Natalie and Emma talk about surprises at the Golden Bell Awards, scientific advancements in predicting earthquakes, and global surveys about people's opinions of China and Taiwan.
10/24/20220
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Taiwan's EasyCard goes international

 Taiwan's EasyCard stored value cards will be accepted as a means of payment at over 2,000 locations in Japan's Ryukyu Islands beginning November 7. Those stories and more in Hear in Taiwan.
10/23/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-10-20
10/19/20220
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More flights, reduced food waste, and school crackdown

Emma and Itamar talk about the sharp increase in flights to and from Taiwan after the borders opened last week. They also talk about Food Panda's initiative to reduce food waste and an investigation into improper supervision at a school in Taipei.
10/18/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-10-18
10/17/20220
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Open borders! (not you, pork)

On this Hear in Taiwan, Emma and Tomasz talk about Taiwan's recently re-opened borders (but not for pork! DO NOT SEND PORK!) and an interesting archeological find.
10/16/20220
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To the Moon, Illegal Clinics, and Taiwan's National Day

Leslie and Tomasz talk about a Taiwan flag that's been to the moon, an illegal beauty clinic, and a proposal for Taiwan to have a true national day of its own. 
10/13/20220
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Taiwan's National Day and Elon Musk

Leslie Liao and Tomasz Koper talk about Taiwan's national day celebrations and weigh in on Elon Musk's recommendation about Taiwan-China tensions.
10/11/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: Sports, followed by sports, and then sports

On this episode of Hear in Taiwan, Emma and Tomasz talk mainly about sports.
10/9/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: Metro popups, surveys, and pet voters

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Tomasz discuss interesting topics ranging from farm popups in the metro to securing votes from pet owners.
10/5/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-10-05
10/4/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-10-03
10/2/20220
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Football Stars, Drug Busts, Cancer Screening, and Pangolins.

Leslie and Emma talk about a big football star coming to visit Taiwan, a major cannabis drug bust, a new promising cancer screenin method, and a rising threat to Taiwan's pangolins.
9/29/20220
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No more masks?

Taiwan may be loosening up its mask requirement soon. Those stories and more in Hear in Taiwan.
9/27/20220
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Taiwan's First Female Lt. General, Receipt Lottery, Noise Pollution, and China's Ability to Invade Taiwan

Leslie and Natalie talk about Taiwan's impending first female lieutenant general, Taiwan's receipt lottery, noise levels in Taipei, and China's ability to invade Taiwan. 
9/27/20220
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Bears, trains, and naughty videos

In this edition of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Tomasz talk about broken trains, misbehaving bears, and adult habits among teens.
9/25/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-09-22
9/21/20220
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Dividers, young farmers and Cloud Gate

On Hear in Taiwan, Itamar Waksman and Shirley Lin talk about the possibility of bringing back the desk dividers in classrooms due to COVID, young farmers being awarded by the Council of Agriculture, and Cloud Gate Dance Theater to resume open-air shows in Taipei.
9/20/20220
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Earthquakes and Gold Medals

Leslie and Staś talk about a series of earthquakes that hit Taiwan over the weekend and Taiwan winning big at a tug-of-war competition.    
9/20/20220
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An ancient bead, water bottles and small pets

On Hear in Taiwan, listen to Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about how small pet owners need to be better educated, an ancient bead is being lent to a museum in Chicago, and a cram school owner sues a former employee over something very petty.
9/18/20220
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Balloons that Popped, a Heroic Rescue, Depression Study, and Toilet Debates

Leslie and Itamar talk about a trourist attraction that went "poof!!", a heroic rescue at the end of Mid-Autumn Festival, a new study on depression in Taiwan, and a debate over sit and squat toilets. 
9/15/20220
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VR film, Taiwan tea and free campaign ads

On Hear in Taiwan, Emma Benack and Shirley Lin talk about a Taiwanese VR film that won at the Venice International Film Festival, a Taiwanese tea that won at the UK's Great Taste Awards, and a Taiwan eatery displays free campaign ads for local election candidates.
9/13/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-09-12
9/11/20220
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National Day, Celebrity Blunders, Inflation, and School Punishments

Leslie and Itamar get into the latest in Taiwanese news. 
9/8/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-09-07
9/6/20220
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Baseball, Reservoirs, COVID Stress, and Stuck Sailors

Leslie and Staś are back at it with another edition of Hear in Taiwan.
9/6/20220
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Michelin and concert scam?

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin chat on Tainan residents' sentiment about not having any of their city's restaurants listed on the Michelin Guide this year, and a concert organizer that initially refused to give refunds to concertgoers for cancelled performances.
9/4/20220
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Typhoon, Plane Purchases, Vitamin D Studies, and Coffee Robots

Leslie Liao tells you about an approaching typhoon, big plane purchases, a new study on vitamin D, and coffee robots.
9/1/20220
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Popcorn chicken, coolest street and drones

On Hear in Taiwan, Emma Benack and Shirley Lin chat about a Taiwanese style popcorn chicken festival that just took place in Kaohsiung, how a street in Taipei was named '4th coolest street in the world', and a trial run of a drone mail delivery service to a remote Indigenous village.
8/30/20220
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Baseball, School Starts, Festival Trouble, and Sports Wins

Leslie Liao tells you about the New York Mets' Taiwan Heritage Day, later starting times for school children, a music festival in trouble, and two impressive sports wins.
8/30/20220
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Borders and smoking

On this episode of Hear in Taiwan, Shirley and Tomasz talk about calls from Japan for Taiwan to open its borders and smoking among teenagers.
8/28/20220
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Food and Beverage Bounceback, Imminent Rain, Enrollment Downturn, and Inventing ways to Win

Leslie and Ethan talk about Ethan's last day at RTI, Taiwan's food and beverage industry bouncing back, Taiwan's imminent rainstorms, a downturn in enrollment, and Taiwan winning big at an invention and innovation competition. 
8/25/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-08-24
8/23/20220
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Olympiad, fast ferry and sick coral reef

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about Taiwan winning 2 golds at the International Olympiad in Informatics, high speed ferries between Taiwan and Matsu bringing relief to tourists, and how Taiwan’s coral reefs are facing bleaching risks due to lack of typhoons.
8/21/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-08-18
8/17/20220
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Balloon festival, Indonesian culture and MasterChef Junior

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Emma Benack talk about the Taitung hot-air balloon festival, traditional Indonesian culture exhibit at a Taipei museum, and the Taiwanese American girl who won the MasterChef Junior contest and who is now visiting Taiwan.
8/16/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-08-16
8/15/20220
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Population Growth, Nancy Pelosi, Work Scams, and Video Games

Leslie and Ethan talk about Taiwan's first population growth since 2020, Nancy Pelosi's reaction to her own Taiwan trip, work scams in Cambodia, and Taiwan winning big at the EVO video game tournament. 
8/11/20220
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Campus pet dogs and long range drones

On Hear in Taiwan, Emma Benack and Shirley Lin chat about pets on Taiwanese school campuses and the development of drones that can fly longer and carry heavier stuff.
8/9/20220
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Celebrities Under Fire, Troubled Candy, Father's Day Gifts, Police and Fire Games

Leslie and Staś talk about celebrities getting in trouble for minor things, a candy bar apologizing for using the Taiwan flag, a popular Father's Day gift, and Taiwan winning big at the World Police and Fire Games. 
8/9/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-08-08
8/7/20220
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China's consequences, Identity Crisis, and Rip Currents

Leslie and Ethan talk about what China did before and after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, a man who didn't quite get away with crime after he pretended to be his friend, and rip currents.
8/3/20220
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Indigenous People's Day

Emma and Itamar discuss Taiwan's indigenous people, rising subsidies for child-rearing, and increasing health concerns about Taiwan's population maintaining a healthy weight.
8/2/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-08-02
8/1/20220
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Milk Prices, Cat Adoption, Health Code Violations, and More Sports Wins

Leslie and Ethan talk about rising milk prices, cat adoptions, bubble tea health violations, and more sports wins for Taiwan
7/28/20220
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Air Raid Drills, Baseball Stadiums, Candidate Biographies, and Mountain Summitting

Leslie and Staś talk about a recent air raid drill in Taipei, Hsinchu City's (not so well) revamped baseball stadium, two new biographies on mayoral candidates, and the first Taiwanese person to summit K2. 
7/26/20220
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Taiwanese Weddings vs. Polish Weddings

Staś Butler and Tomasz Koper discuss some unexpected parallels between weddings customs in Taiwan and Poland in this episode of Hear in Taiwan.
7/24/20220
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Mergers, Eggs, Lantern Festivals, and Mask Mandates

Leslie and Ethan (RTI English's newest addition) talk about supermarket mergers, the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival winning awards, the rising price of eggs, and the easing of mask mandates in Taiwan. 
7/21/20220
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World's first quiet trail in Taiwan

On Hear in Taiwan, learn more about the world's first "Quiet Trail" that circles Taiwan's largest alpine lake and how the language proficiency rule is eased for foreign caregivers in Taiwan.
7/19/20220
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Taiwan Fest, Quality of Life, and Scary Movies

In this episode, Leslie and Staś talk about a Taiwan Festival in Manhattan, Taiwan ranking no. 2 in the world for quality of life, and a movie that's scared it's way into the Netflix charts. 
7/19/20220
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Train fares paid 70 years late

Stas and Shirley talk about an anonymous septuagenarian who repaid the fare price for trains they skipped 60 years ago. All that and more in this episode of Hear in Taiwan.
7/17/20220
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Quarantine Books, Air Travel, and Long Pilgrimages

In this episode, Leslie dives into a newly published book about Taiwan's COVID-19 quarantine measures, air travel bouncing back, and a 13,000kg pilgrimage. 
7/14/20220
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Bikers seek better road rights

On Hear in Taiwan, Itamar Waksman and Shirley Lin talk about Cape Town Mazu making her first pilgrimage to Taiwan in nine years, Ukrainian students studying in Taichung and bikers seeking better road rights on Taipei streets.
7/12/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-07-12
7/11/20220
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Urban warfare workshop

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Staś Butler talk about an urban warfare workshop outside of Taipei, the first Taoist priest to become a member of Academia Sinica, and more thesis controversy involving a Taiwan politician.
7/10/20220
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Avocados, Mangoes, Zoos, and Geothermal Energy

Leslie Liao talks about Taiwanese avocados and mangoes, a new night program at the Taipei Zoo, and a new geothermal energy plant.
7/7/20220
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Border controls, Bilingual 2030, and professor layoffs

On Hear in Taiwan, listen to Itamar Waksman and Shirley Lin as they talk about how COVID border controls are going to remain in place for now, a teachers' union is calling for an overhaul of the "Bilingual 2030" policy, and Taiwanese professors are getting laid off due to universities shutting down.
7/5/20220
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Forbidden Flags, Ultramarathons, Defaced Coral, and Perfume

On today's episode, our hosts delve into Taiwan's flag being forbidden at a basketball World Cup event, an ultramarathon runner winning gold, defaced coral in Orchid Island, and award-winning tea-scented perfume. 
7/5/20220
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Oyster shells given new value

On Hear in Taiwan, Stas Butler and Shirley Lin talk about oyster shells turned into various products to promote circular economy and a discount policy in Taiwan on reusable cups starting July 1.
7/3/20220
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Product Recalls, Dull Weather, and Doppelgangers

Leslie delves into news stories about product recalls at the border, the dullest May on record, and a government official's doppelganger.
6/30/20220
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Mountain Vandalism, Taiwanese Chocolate, and Lake Swims

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, Itamar and Leslie talk about a man who got in trouble for apparently vandalizing a mountain plaque, Taiwanese chocolatier getting recognized for his work, and a huge lake swim coming back for 2022. 
6/29/20220
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Taiwan wins big over the weekend!

Leslie and Staś talk about a chain of victories by Taiwan at various competitions around the world.  
6/28/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-06-27
6/26/20220
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HEAT, Food Trucks, ATMS, and Ahyis

In today's episode, Leslie goes over hot weather, Filipino food trucks, multilingual ATMs, and particular store owners.
6/23/20220
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Grab machines and more taboos

On Hear in Taiwan, Emma Benack and Shirley Lin chat about a claw machine store owner's unusually long scooter parked in front of his shop and taboos to avoid during summer solstice.
6/21/20220
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Earthquake, Schools, and Student Numbers

Leslie and Staś talk about an earthquake that rocked Taiwan early Monday, an international school in Japan expanding operation in preparation for Taiwanese students, and the education ministry's new report on delcining student numbers. 
6/21/20220
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Stinky Trees, Blood Shortages, and Carbon-neutral Lifestyles

In this episode of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Tomasz talk about Stinky Trees in southern Taiwan, blood shortages, and a survey that finds young people are not too keen to go carbon-neutral. T
6/16/20220
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Transgender IDs in Taiwan

Emma and Itamar discuss policy controversies over identification cards for transgender people in Taiwan. Later, they discuss the life of one of Taiwan's most famous and influential puppeteers, as well as people's excitement to buy plane tickets for trips abroad - no matter the price.
6/14/20220
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COVID gets the Minister, Vandalized Statues, Produce for Zoo Animals and Giant Fish

On today's episode, Leslie and Itamar talk about a six-meter caught off the east coast of Taiwan. All that and more on this episode of Hear in Taiwan.
6/14/20220
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Hear in Taiwan - 2022-06-13

2022-06-13
6/12/20220
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Book fair, coral reefs, flags in Kyiv, and minimum wage

On this week's episode of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Tomasz talk about the Taipei International Book Exhibition coming to a close, coral reefs not doing great, Taiwanese flags found in Kyiv, and the president's plans for the minimum wage in Taiwan.
6/8/20220
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Gogoro, garbage man, and caterers

On Hear in Taiwan, Itamar Waksman and Shirley Lin talk about a man who got stranded in the mountains when the batteries in his e-scooter died, a township mayor-turned-garbage-man, and the woes of school lunch caterers in the midst of a COVID outbreak.
6/7/20220
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Late Graduations, Stranded Scooterists, and Bringing Down the Roof

Leslie and Staś talks about a graduation 70 years later, a scooter rider gets stranded 3,000, above sea level, Top Gun: Maverick bringing down the roof literally, and a job interview gone wrong. 
6/7/20220
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Memes with Tsai handling a weapon

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about viral photos of President Tsai Ing-wen handling a weapon and Taiwan introducing liquor-flavored teas without the alcohol.
6/5/20220
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Quitting Smoking, Cultural Sovereignty, and Inflation!

In this episode, Leslie and Tomasz talk about one of Taiwan's ministers quitting smoking, cultural sovereignty, and one of Taiwans' snacks getting more expensive. 
6/2/20220
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Hiring recovered COVID cases and free COVID test machines at home

On Hear in Taiwan, Emma and Shirley talk about the potential dangers of UVC disinfectant lights, a hospital looking to hire recovered COVID cases, and Terry Gou's plan to provide free COVID testing machines for home use. 
5/31/20220
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Father-son documentary and removing Chiang cash

Emma and Itamar talk about a new documentary featuring a father's search for his son in Taiwan, the movement to remove Chiang Kai-shek from bills and coins, and the effect of major rainfall on Taiwan's crops.
5/30/20220
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Tiniest sundial

On Hear in Taiwan, Itamar Waksman and Shirley Lin talk about a Taiwanese craftsman who broke the Guinness World Record by making the world's smallest sundial in the world, McDonald's Taiwan bring your own cup discounts, and statues that were erected to help tell the Paiwan indigenous people's version of the Mudan Incident.
5/29/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-05-26
5/25/20220
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Rental work space, trolling and VR arcade

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Emma Benack talk about a 7-11 convenience store that rents out private work space on its second floor, ninth graders taking high school entrance exams who had to define the word "trolling", and a new VR arcade aimed to hone combat skills.
5/24/20220
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Laundry, archeology, and skating

On today's Hear in Taiwan, Itamar and Tomasz talk about picking up your laundry at a post office, learning about Taiwan's past through archeology, and skating one's way to new legislation.
5/22/20220
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The Taiwanese church shooting

Tune into Hear in Taiwan as Tomasz and Natalie talk abuot the Taiwanese Irvine church shooting, Taiwanese YouTubers on the Chinese payroll and no more fries at McDonald's.
5/18/20220
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'Invisible' fences and black hole

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Itamar Waksman talk about a Taiwan-backed project revealing images of the black hole in the Milky Way and a university helping farmers build an 'invisible' fencing system to keep thieves away from their crops.
5/15/20220
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Real wages and Hakka culture

On this episode of Hear in Taiwan, Itamar and Tomasz discuss a fall in average real wages and Taiwan's efforts to make the country the global capital of Hakka culture.
5/11/20220
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Student protests, migrant worker rallies, and airline NFTS

Emma and Itamar talk about students protesting COVID-19 quarantine policies at schools, rallies promoting migrant workers' rights, Taipei's International Documentary Festival, and Tigerair's new NFTS.
5/10/20220
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New COVID policies

Tune into Hear in Taiwan as Natalie Tso and Itamar Waksman talk about the latest COVID policies, how the government is trying to protect its tech industry from China and how Taiwan is trying to make life easier for mothers.
5/9/20220
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Rapid tests, pregnancy manuals, and fake news

2022-05-09
5/8/20220
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May the Fourth be with you

On this episode of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Tomasz overdose on Star Wars references, but then also talk about digital fences, rapid tests, and insect repellent.
5/4/20220
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COVID restriction update

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Itamar Waksman talk about the health minister asking people who are asymptomatic and who have not taken rapid tests to not go to hospitals for PCR tests, among other topics.
5/3/20220
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New colleagues, late trains, and old dictators

On today's Hear in Taiwan we say hello to the newest member of RTI's English Team - Itamar Waksman! Itamar and Tomasz then discuss the recent railway workers strike and plans to remake the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.
5/2/20220
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Shouldn't take COVID lightly

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about expert opinions saying the Omicron variant of COVID should not be taken lightly and Greenpeace Taiwan's opposition to overpackaging of fruits and vegetables.
5/1/20220
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Changing attitudes to COVID and independence

Natalie and Tomasz discuss two recent polls that illustrate changing attitudes in Taiwan.
4/27/20220
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Delivery workers' union,Edison Awards, and fake vaccine cards

On Hear in Taiwan, hear Emma Benack and Shirley Lin talk about a man caught for selling fake COVID vaccine cards, delivery workers' union opposed to delivering food to those quarantined at home, and Taiwan won two medals at the Edison Awards.
4/26/20220
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Female leaders - the empathy factor

Join Natalie and Shirley as they talk about how empathy is an asset for female leaders. They also chat about the newest COVID strategy in Taiwan and how a dog shelter is using solar energy.
4/25/20220
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Vaping ban, broadcast blunder and news from Warsaw

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin cover an exclusive news story about a Taiwanese man in Warsaw, smokers rallying against a vaping ban in Taiwan, and a major broadcaster's blunder. 
4/24/20220
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Space, Cannabis, and Labor Strikes

Join Leslie and Tomasz as they talk about Taiwan's space agency, relaxation on cannabis-related punishments, and the Taiwan Railways Labor Union strike. 
4/21/20220
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Dragon boat races, new airline logos, and Ukraine scholarships

Emma and Shirley talk about registration for the upcoming dragon boat races, China Airlines' controversial new logo, scholarships for Ukrainian students in Taiwan, and one water park's special discount.
4/19/20220
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Snake on a Train

Leslie and Staś talk about a snake that hitched a ride on a commuter train Monday morning. That and more on today's Hear in Taiwan.
4/18/20220
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Cannabis protest, plastic recycling, and a defense handbook

Like every Friday, Shirley and Tomasz discuss a range of interesting topics
4/17/20220
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Escalator etiquette, earth-shaking music, and Lithuanian goodies

2022-04-14
4/13/20220
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COVID cases to hit 1,000 and push for native languages

On Hear in Taiwan, Emma Benack and Shirley Lin talk about academics calling for more importance put on Taiwan's native languages than English, and the health minister predicting that the number of domestic COVID cases will reach 1,000 per day by the end of April.
4/12/20220
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COVID-19 Rapid Tests, Ukrainian Fighters, and High Speed Rail Prices

Leslie and Staś talk about COVID-19 testing kit and high speed rail ticket prices, and the second Taiwanese man to enlist in Ukraine's foreign legion. 
4/12/20220
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Airsoft gun and DNA testing on giant trees

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley and Tomasz talk about how a Taiwanese farmer could end up in jail for modifying an airsoft gun and DNA testing done on giant trees in Lalashan to correct the estimates of their age.
4/10/20220
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Crammed Airports, Hacked YouTube Channels, Snack Snatchers, and Demolition Negligence

Leslie and Tomasz talk about a crowded airport, a singer's hacked YouTube channel, a meat pie thief, and demolition negligence that stunted the country's transportation systems.
4/6/20220
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Food Trucks, Donations, and Australian-Taiwanese music hits

Shirley and Emma talk about food trucks featuring food from Central American countries touring Taiwan, new donations being sent to Haiti, and a hit song by a Taiwanese-Australian artist and other Taiwanese collaborators.
4/5/20220
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Grammys, Sandwiches, Commemoration, and Gold Medals

Leslie and Staś talk about Taiwan's win at the Grammy's, a trouble-making sandwich in Auckland, commemoration for a train disaster, and Taiwan's newest gold medal in judo. 
4/5/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: April Gear, Top Fools

In this April Fools edition of Hear in Taiwan, Shirley and Tomasz, two people with no interest in cars, talk about cars. Hilarity ensues.
4/3/20220
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Bread, Smoking, and Tech Juggernauts

Leslie and Tomasz talk about Taiwan winning a baking world cup, new smoking restrictions, and a collaboration between two tech giants
3/31/20220
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Zero savings and cutting carbon emissions

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Emma Benack talk about 20% of young Taiwan workers having no savings and Taiwan's fashion industry striving to cut carbon emissions, among others.
3/29/20220
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Face Masks, Scam Calls, Dumplings and the Health Minister

In this edition, our hosts take a look at Taiwan's new giant face mask, a scam call report gone wrong, Taiwanese dumplings in the US and the Health Minister recent promise.
3/29/20220
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Insomnia, zero-waste chips, and Chinese pressure

In this edition of Hear in Taiwan, Shirley and Tomasz talk about insomnia following a big earthquake, TSMC opening a zero-waste production facility, and China pressuring a book fair in Italy to not use the word Taiwan.
3/27/20220
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Earthquakes, foreign legions, and vaccine appointments

2022-03-24
3/23/20220
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Taiwan's support for Ukraine, Kiribati, and the Holi Festival

Emma and Shirley talk about how Taiwan has stepped up in big and small ways to show its support for Ukraine, Kiribati hospital patients, and the Indian community's Holi Festival.
3/22/20220
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Scholarships, Friendship, Dentistry, and Donation Update

Leslie and Staś ponder Taiwan's new scholarship for Ukrainians, a new survey about Taiwan and Japan, a Polish dentist getting her credentials in Taiwan, and the latest figures about Taiwan's donations to Ukraine!
3/22/20220
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Indigenous property, 40s and microplastics

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about a Taiwanese woman's innovation to rid the earth of microplastics and how more than a third of residents in Taipei who are over 40 are single.
3/20/20220
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Butterflies, Cargo Ships, Fruits, and Inflation

On this episode, Leslie and Tomasz talk about the government closing highways for butterflies, (another) stuck cargo ship, Taiwan's exotic fruits in Japan, and inflation.
3/16/20220
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Amusement parks and traditional medicine

Tune in to Hear in Taiwan to hear Emma Benack and Shirley Lin talk about amusement parks catered to senior citizens and President Tsai Ing-wen's promotion of Taiwan's traditional medicine.
3/15/20220
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"Workcations," Ukraine Rally, Bike Lanes, and TSMC

In today's Hear in Taiwan, Staś talk about: -Taiwan ranking 14th best "workcation" destination in the world -A pro-Ukraine rally that took place in Taipei -Taiwan's longest bike lane -TSMC's biggest customer
3/15/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: population decline, carbon capture, and maps

2022-03-14
3/13/20220
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Hear in Taiwan - 2022-03-10

2022-03-10
3/9/20220
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Changing quarantine rules may mean more traveling in the near future

Shirley and Emma talk about changing quarantine rules and looking forward to life on the other side of COVID-19
3/8/20220
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Military Training, Donating to Ukraine, and Old Fossils

Join Leslie and Staś as they ponder Taiwan's reservist training, donations to Ukraine, and a 99-million-year-old fossil going on display in Taichung.
3/8/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: shelters, secret galleries, and taoist NFTs

2022-03-07
3/6/20220
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Hear in Taiwan

2022-03-03
3/2/20220
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Extended subsidy program during quarantine

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Natalie Tso talk about further loosened COVID rules in Taiwan especially when people can remove their masks, extended subsidy program for those inbound travelers to Taiwan during quarantine, and Taiwan providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
3/1/20220
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Ukraine, Fat Pandas, and Educational Statues

In this edition Leslie and Staś talk about Taiwan's support for Ukraine, a fat panda at the Taipei Zoo and a repurposed Chiang Kai-shek statue. 
3/1/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: FOMO, urban revitalization and a mystery

2022-02-28
2/27/20220
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Cold Weather, Scholarships and Toothpick Art

Leslie and Staś ponder recent cold weather, a new scholarship program, and a toothpick artist calling it quits.
2/22/20220
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Residency, collectible card games, and a foiled egg heist

Shirley and Tomasz discuss residency in Taiwan, investing in collectible card games, and a high-stakes egg heist foiled by the police.
2/20/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: basketball, airlines, and satellites

Leslie and Tomasz discuss penalties for basketball offences, sustainability in the airline industry, and Taiwan's latest microsatellite.
2/16/20220
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Absurd Prices, Democracy, and Tourist Destinations

Leslie and Staś talk about absurd prices for roses and accessories, democracy rankings, and a potential new  international tourist destination in Taiwan.
2/15/20220
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Air con, pet adoption and lantern festival

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin chat on all public school classrooms getting air conditioners, Tainan having a high pet adoption rate, and about the upgrade in Kaohsiung's lantern festival.
2/13/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: Collectibles and births

Hear in Taiwan 2022/02/10
2/9/20220
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Lucky pets bring in cash prizes

Emma and Shirley talk about some supposeduly "lucky" lotto shop pets, skateboarders gaining recognition, and an artist keeping Taiwan's culture and deity statues intact.
2/8/20220
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Hiking Challenges, Undercover Police, and Stressed Monkeys

Leslie and Stas talk about Taipei City's plan to get people's health back on track, undercover cops breaking up a gambling ring, and stressed out monkeys
2/8/20220
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Back to work from the holidays

Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about untraditional practices that Shirley's family does during the Lunar New Year and back to work sentiments after the holidays, on Lunar New Year Special edition of Hear in Taiwan.
2/6/20220
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Married daughters go home

On this special Chinese New Year edition of Hear in Taiwan, Stas Butler and Shirley Lin chat on Shirley's family tradition surrounding the second day of the Lunar New Year, when married daughters bring their families home to her parents.
2/1/20220
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Non-traditional practices and lucky bags

On this special Chinese New Year edition of Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Tomasz Koper talk about how they don't follow certain Lunar New Year practices and the popularity of lucky bags around this time of year.
1/30/20220
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Hospitable train station staff

On Hear in Taiwan, Stas Butler and Shirley Lin talk about how pet-friendly Taiwan's train station staff can be, and update on the current COVID-19 situation in Taiwan.
1/25/20220
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Japanese feel 'close' to Taiwan

Taiwanese people have reasons for not favoring the Japanese in the past, but not any more. Listen to Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about that story and others, on Hear in Taiwan.
1/23/20220
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Protecting Our Furry Friends

2022-01-19
1/18/20220
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Recycled Water, Year-end bonuses, and Baseball

On this edition of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Tomasz talk about a new recycled water plant, more impressive year-end bonuses, and a Taiwanese baseball player possibly making it to the majors!
1/18/20220
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Taipei game show coming soon

Hear Tomasz Koper talk about the upcoming 2022 Taipei Game Show on Hear in Taiwan.
1/16/20220
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Missing fighter jet, meat imports, and passports

2022-01-13
1/12/20220
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By-election Shenanigans, Innovation, and a Familiar Story!

Leslie and Tomasz take a look at peculiarities during a by-election over the weekend, Taiwan's innovation's winning big, and a familiar story that we've heard countless times on Hear in Taiwan.
1/11/20220
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Baking classes, street names and artificial rain

On Hear in Taiwan, hear Shirley Lin and Tomasz Koper talk about why free baking classes offered to Indonesian migrant workers, Taiwan is changing its street names for better image, and somehow Taiwan is expecting a drier "rainy season" this year!
1/9/20220
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Adoptions, drones, and rum

In this edition of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Tomasz talk about adoptions, drones, and rum recipes.
1/5/20220
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Earthquakes, pay raise and a float

Shirley Lin and Emma Benack chat about recent earthquakes, Taiwan's float at the famous Rose Parade in LA, and a pay raise to have you teach in Taiwan's native languages, on Hear in Taiwan.
1/4/20220
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Hear in Taiwan: New Year edition

2022-01-04
1/3/20220
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New regulations for 2022

Why would there be new regulations about chocolates and eggs? Wouldn't you want to know? Tune in to hear Shirley Lin and Tomasz Koper talk about them, on Hear in Taiwan.
1/2/20220
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Reusable cups, phone chargers and milk tea

Shirley Lin and Emma Benack talk about the exciting news of transforming surgical masks into phone chargers, Taipei's plan to increase reusable cup kiosks, and milk tea as the most-ordered food delivery item, on Hear in Taiwan.
12/28/20210
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Merry Christmas, Chopsticks, and Thievery

Tomasz and Leslie share their 2021 Christmas experience, talk about chopsticks that don't quite make the grade, and about a thief who made their fortune off the back of COVID-19 quarantinees. 
12/28/20210
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RTI X'mas party, good cop and UN website got hacked

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about RTI's own X'mas party, a cop who helped out with an old man after he committed a petty theft and someone hacked into the UN website to display the Taiwan flag!
12/26/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A middle schooler commits arson to get out of school, DNA sequencing catches cheaters in a high-stakes tea competition, and where in Taiwan to go for New Year's Eve.
12/22/20210
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Gogoro, tang yuan and porcelain

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Emma Benack chat about another way that the EPA is trying to persuade Taiwanese scooter owners to switch to electric scooters, the do's and don'ts on winter solstice in Taiwan and the real cause of cluster infections in quarantine hotels in Taiwan.
12/21/20210
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News that broke the media cycle

Tomasz and Leslie sit down and talk about one news story that completely broke Taiwan's news cycle. Then they also talk about the Taipei Marathon and food safety. 
12/21/20210
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Siberian crane, sobriety and robot ox

On Hear in Taiwan, Tomasz Koper and Shirley Lin talk about a Siberian crane stranded in Yilan and what Yilan temples are doing for the bird, how you should still not drive the next day after you got drunk, and about a giant lantern in the shape of a robot-like dancing ox!
12/19/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A bus ride offering gourmet fare is fully booked! Plus, how many people can fit on a scooter? Taiwan may have set a new record. And, how a government promise to let those in the country illegally get vaccinated without arrest hasn't been completely honored.
12/15/20210
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Breaking Guinness Records

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Emma Benack talk about a foreign teenager trying to break Guinness Records as the youngest to fly solo across the globe and landing in Taiwan on Tuesday, among other stories.
12/14/20210
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Bullets, weights, and jabs

Leslie and Tomasz discuss some less important, but interesting news stories.
12/13/20210
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Fine dining, rum, and failure...

In this edition of Hear in Taiwan, Shirley and Tomasz talk about vehicular fine dining, fine rum, and fine failure.
12/12/20210
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Toad invasions and News of the Year

Toad invasions and the stories of the year in this edition of Hear in Taiwan.
12/7/20210
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A burger with a side of AK

Join us on Hear in Taiwan to find out what AK means at a breakfast shop, how to keep warm in the winter, why chewing betel nut might be bad for you, and how shamanism is coming back to indigenous cultures.
12/5/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

Public brawls, Taiwan's most-viewed YouTube video of the year, and why one political party fears for the safety of Taiwanese athletes taking part in next year's Olympic Games.
12/1/20210
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Job requirement: fishing

On today's Hear in Taiwan, Emma Benack and Shirley Lin touch on topics involving fishing as a job description, vets pushing for legal administering of human drugs for animals, and hikers who were rescued trapped inside a blocked tunnel.
11/30/20210
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Nomenclature, higher education, and sleepovers

On this edition of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Tomasz discuss a US Representative's name for Taiwan, higher education, and a sleepover hosted by a politcal party!
11/30/20210
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Taipei 101 extends New Year's Eve fireworks show

2021-11-29
11/28/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A new nasal COVID vaccine under development in Taiwan shows promise against the Delta variant, plus Taiwan's plan to protect its convenience store workers from belligerent customers, and two fugitives flee Taiwan for China.
11/24/20210
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Get in line for a great prize!

Shirley Lin and Emma Benack talk about ramen, cobra and new immigrants making a mark in Taiwan, on Hear in Taiwan.
11/23/20210
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Bilingual Nation, Lantern Festival, and Coffee

Leslie and Tomasz come to you after dealing with technical difficulties. They still bring you a show about Bilingual Nation 2030, Lantern Festival, and coffee. 
11/23/20210
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Send viruses to space?

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Tomasz Koper talk about how hackers got into cram schools' computer systems, an international film festival voted one of Taiwan's old classics as the greatest Asian film, and a study to send viruses to outer space!
11/21/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The strange new culinary trend taking over the outlying island of Kinmen, the planned opening of Taiwan's first new geothermal power plant in decades, and Taiwan's most expensive coffee.
11/17/20210
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Medigen, Tigerair and driverless vehicles

Shirley Lin and Emma Benack co-host a fun episode of Hear in Taiwan, talking about Taiwan-made COVID vaccine, a budget airline and driverless delivery vehicles.
11/16/20210
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Spicy ramen, referendums, and pride

Leslie and Tomasz ponder spicy ramen, referndum mania, and a worldwide pride event that's turning heads (for the wrong reasons).
11/16/20210
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Suitcase tags made from 747 airliner parts

Are you someone who likes to collect memorabilia and loves airplanes? Then this Hear in Taiwan episode is for you.
11/14/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

Why Taiwan is unlikely to reopen its borders before the end of the year, plus Taipei opens the doors on dozens of normally hidden locations, and why West African students are upset at the Taiwanese representative office in the region.
11/10/20210
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A night market 'flash mob' in DC

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Emma Benack talk about Taiwanese food chains making their way to Thailand, Taiwanese snacks 'flash-mobbed' in Washington DC and the Yilan County government's plan to transform a center into a multi-purpose building for migrant fishermen.
11/9/20210
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Chip cameos and magic hats

On Hear in Taiwan Leslie and Tomasz discuss potato chip Hollywood cameos and magic hats that make people better athletes.
11/8/20210
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Microplastics found in highest lake

On Hear in Taiwan, learn about pollution at one of the most beautiful lakes in Taiwan, how Taiwan could soon have saliva-based PCR tests and the banning of e-cigarettes.
11/7/20210
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Hear in Taiwan: Kinky Math Edition

Why a Taiwanese math teacher has chosen to post his lectures on an adult website, plus Taiwan donates supplies to refugees in the Vatican, Taiwan shames motorists for driving too slow, and why Hungary may be the next European country to see warming ties with Taiwan.
11/3/20210
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Hear in Taiwan: TSMC Edition

Natalie and Emma discuss TSMC and a new, points-based entry system for foreign workers.
11/2/20210
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Vaccines and Halloween

Leslie and Staś talk about Taiwan's recent vaccination situation and Halloween! 
11/2/20210
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More COVID restrictions relaxed

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Tomasz Koper talk about more relaxed COVID restrictions in bars and night clubs in Taiwan, and a property owner relinquishing his residence not far from RTI just because it is a cultural heritage site.
10/31/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

John Oliver's piece on Taiwan makes a splash, plus a new herbal remedy for COVID, and why a pair of Taiwan-made sandals are in the news.
10/27/20210
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Is Medigen on US vaccine list?

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Emma Benack talk about Taiwan produced vaccine Medigen and whether it is on the list of approved vaccines for people vaccinated and entering the United States, and the very first Taipei Buskers Festival that just took place over the weekend.
10/26/20210
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Hear in Taiwan: EARTHQUAKE EDITION

Today on Hear in Taiwan, Leslie and Staś talk about an massive earthquake that hit Taiwan over the weekend. They also talk about a guy who ran in circles for 3,100 miles. 
10/26/20210
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Buzzards, HTC and noise cameras

On Hear in Taiwan, Shirley Lin and Tomasz Koper talk about the migration of gray-faced buzzards, the good news about noise cameras to cut down on noise pollution, and Taiwan's company HTC making a comeback.
10/24/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

News about this year's Taipei Pride Parade, plus a new chatbot for Taiwan's LGBT community, and a look at Taiwan's newest naturalized citizen.
10/20/20210
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Hard Work, Pizzas, and Attempted Robberies

Today on Hear in Taiwan Leslie, Staś, and Tomasz talk about Taiwan's work hours, strange pizza combinations, and an attempted robbery. 
10/19/20210
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Popstars, Tea, and Great Customer Service

Today on Hear In Taiwan, Leslie, Emma, and Tomasz talk about a Taiwanese popstar's generous donation, threats to tea, and a mechanic who went out of his way to give great customer service. 
10/17/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

Penghu's Chinese trash problem, Taipei's metro tries to coin a new word, and why you should never breathe fire atop a mountain.
10/13/20210
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The givin' gibbon

Find out how this gibbon is disrupting plans at the Taipei Zoo by being too giving and more in this episode with Natalie, Emma and Shirley.
10/12/20210
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Spiders, Hornets, and Postmen

Leslie, Tomasz, and Staś talk about newly discovered jumping spiders, aggressive hornets, and postmen. 
10/11/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The latest culinary abomination to come from the world of Taiwanese pizza, plus a strange caterpillar-triggered rash continues to spread, and the recent success of Taiwan's inventors at an international innovation expo.
10/10/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The latest update on Taiwan's favorite little black bear, plus the losses Taipei's metro has incurred due to COVID, and a boardgame designed to teach kids about the inner workings of Taiwan's legislature.
10/6/20210
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Underwater mailboxes

Find out about the newest underwater mailbox in Taiwan and how Taiwan is loosenin' up with Natalie, Emma and Tomasz on Hear in Taiwan.
10/5/20210
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Mountains, Caterpillars, and Golden Bell Awards

This week, Leslie, Staś talk about wrongly labeled mountains, caterpillar allegeries and Taiwan's Golden Bell Awards.
10/5/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

Could paternity leave help boost Taiwan's flagging birth rate? Plus, a mass wedding is held in Keelung, and what a national park is doing about its deer problem.
10/3/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

Police track down owner of lost winning lottery ticket, the latest ruckus in the legislature, and a new initiative to combat fake news in Taiwan.
9/29/20210
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No dividers!

Join Natalie, Shirley and Emma as they talk about Taiwan has loosened restrictions on indoor dining and entertainment venues and much more on Hear in Taiwan.
9/28/20210
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Tea Orders, Naturalization, and Helicoptors

On today's episode of Hear in Taiwan, Leslie, Stas, and Emma talk about tea orders, homework gone missing, Taiwan's naturalization rules, and helicoptor landing zones.
9/28/20210
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A leopard kitty

Could Taiwanese researchers have just developed the world's weirdest cat food? Plus a kitten that turns out not to have been a kitten gets rescued, and a look at an artist using shattered pottery pieces to make stunning sculptures.
9/26/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A mix-up at a morgue, plus how Taiwan ranks globally in terms of internet freedom, and a new immersive display of works by Monet and other masters is coming to town.
9/22/20210
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Water dance

Join Natalie, Leslie and Emma as they talk about award-winning photographer Tzeng Chin-fa and two foreigners who made the news while swimming over the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.
9/21/20210
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Pomelo hats and packed markets

Join Stas, Emma and Shirley as they preview the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and introduce some of its stranger traditions.
9/20/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A farmer on a quest to become Taiwan's biggest suppliers of humane eggs, plus activists call for tighter enforcement of animal protection laws, and from gangster to champion breakdancer-- one man's transformation.
9/19/20210
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COVID and Mid-Autumn BBQs

The discovery of a two-headed snake in southern Taiwan, plus what Taiwan is doing to raise its profile as the UN General Assembly meets in New York, and a partial roll-back of restrictions on private Mid-Autumn Festival barbecues in Taipei.
9/15/20210
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Pet crazy

Join Natalie, Shirley and Emma as they talk about their pets and how 7-11 is catering to the pet-loving population of Taiwan in Hear in Taiwan.
9/14/20210
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Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival, rubber boats, and receipt lottery

On this episode of Hashtag Taiwan, Leslie, Staś, and Emma talk about Taiwanese movies, Chinese people who sail over on boats, and Taiwan's all-inclusive receipt lottery. 
9/14/20210
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Guarding the onions

Police sent out to guard onion fields, a funeral for a tree, and plans to boost the number of bilingual classes in Taiwan's schools by 2024.
9/12/20210
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Expanding Taiwan's Chinese language centers

Taiwan launches new Chinese language institutes in the US! Plus, Taiwan is obsessed with food, but which part of Taiwan spends the most money eating? And, police track down the missing owner of roughly US$90.
9/8/20210
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The happiest company in Asia

Hear about the Taiwanese company that made it to the top of the best companies to work for in Asia for three years in a row and more in Hear in Taiwan.
9/7/20210
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More vaccines from Europe, COVID-19 stress, and Cryptocurrency

Leslie, Staś, and Emma talk about the latest vaccine donation to Taiwan from the EU, COVID-19 stress, and a cryptocurrency scam.
9/7/20210
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Intriguing free travel offer

A free travel offer for the island nation of Palau comes with an unusual twist. Plus, Taiwan's best-known serial philanthropist is at it again, and a look at a construction worker-turned professional fish lure maker.
9/5/20210
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Is coffee the new tea?

Tune into Hear in Taiwan to hear why coffee is taking over tea, and how Ghost Month has fared during the pandemic.
8/31/20210
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Big and Small Boats

In today's Hear in Taiwan, Leslie gives Staś a little music test. Then they talk about one big boat and one small boat.
8/31/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The foreign ministry teams up with a French hypermarket chain to bring the tastes of Taiwan's diplomatic allies to barbecues during the Mid-Autumn Festival, plus a COVID vaccine that goes up your nose, and what several Taiwanese brands are doing to combat fashion waste.
8/29/20210
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T Golden Melody Awards

Join Leslie, John and Emma as they talk about the Golden Melody Awards, the Michelin guide and more....
8/25/20210
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Cat smuggling

There's been a public outcry over the euthanization of 154 high-priced cats. Those stories and more with Natalie and Emma in this episode of Hear in Taiwan.
8/24/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The creature lurking in the sewers of one Hsinchu township, plus the man who wants to put ramen on Mars and the Taiwan market that's made it on to a list of the best markets in the world.
8/18/20210
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Taiwan's ghost stories

Do you believe in ghosts? Join Natalie, Shirley and Emma as one of them tells their experience with the spirits and they chat about Ghost Month, how a woman dealt with a creepy customer, and much more on this episode of Hear in Taiwan.
8/17/20210
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Hear in Taiwan: Ghost Month story, Popcat, and stimulus vouchers

Today, Leslie shares a personal Ghost (Month) story, Staś talks about a popular online game, and the two discuss stimulus vouchers
8/17/20210
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Taiwan "pops" into the lead

After a record-breaking performance at the Olympics, Taiwan has now unseated long-time champion Finland to take the gold in another, far more unusual competition...
8/15/20210
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The right sort of "viral"

She might be going viral, but at least not with COVID. Learn about one Taichung resident's unusual fashion choice for a COVID-19 vaccine selfie.
8/11/20210
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Big Boats, Jeremy Lin, and Vegetables

In today's show Leslie Liao and Emma Benack talk about a new giant freight ship, Jeremy Lin, and the rising prices of vegetables.
8/11/20210
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English Service's Newest Member, Rainy Weather, and Long Bike Commutes

In this edition of Hear in Taiwan, we introduce the English Service's newest member: Emma! We also talk about ridiculous rain over the past week, and a man who bikes over 40km to work twice a week!
8/9/20210
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Online learning fatigue

Why Taiwan's teenages can't wait to go back to in-person classes! Plus, why wearing gloves won't protect you from COVID, and a dispute over damage to a very expensive license plate.
8/8/20210
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As Taiwan reopens

Hear how life is changing as Taiwan reopens again.
8/4/20210
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The Taiwanese jab

Find out how many people have chosen to get the local Taiwanese vaccine and how Natalie Tso and Shirley Lin feel about restaurants opening in this episode of Hear in Taiwan.
8/3/20210
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Olympics and Zoos

[Olympics and Zoos] Leslie and Staś talk about Taiwan's stellar Olympic performance (thus far) and the reopening of a popular Taipei City attraction. 
8/2/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The unique problem facing Taiwan's returning Olympic athletes: what to do with all the free food they're being given? Plus a look at where team Taiwan stands at the Olympic Games, and the fond connection between the first-ever Olympic gold medalist from the Philippines and Taiwan.
8/1/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-07-29

2021-07-29
7/28/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-07-27

2021-07-27
7/26/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

You'll never believe the speeding ticket one Taichung man got, nor how fast he was going! Plus, why Time Magazine is saying that Taipei is one of the world's best places and a discussion about the plans to release two zoo-born leopard cats into the wild.
7/25/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-07-22

2021-07-22
7/21/20210
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Eat like an Olympian

Taiwan's Olympic athletes got fed special chicken cutlet meals like these on their way to Tokyo. Natalie and Shirley talk about that story, convenience stores, and more on this episode of Hear in Taiwan.
7/20/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The demise of a Taipei landmark, plus five things about Taiwan that drive one British YouTuber crazy, and a look at Taiwan's shaky week and whether more earthquakes might be on the way.
7/18/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-07-15

2021-07-15
7/14/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-07-14

2021-07-14
7/13/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A dying wish for apple juice fulfilled, plus why COVID travel restrictions have led to a surge in the number of begging monkeys, and meet the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan's Taipei office.
7/11/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-07-08

2021-07-08
7/7/20210
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WFH with your cat

In Hear in Taiwan, join Natalie Tso and Shirley Lin as they talk about a new desk designed by students in Taiwan to allow cat owners to work with their cat alongside them.  The design was inspired by cat trees and is the perfect space-saver for Taiwan homes. They also talk about the first V&V trips to Guam, innovative university classes and more interesting trends during Taiwan's soft lockdown.
7/6/20210
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Challenging Pizza and Not so kid-friendly toys

Leslie and Staś have a little too much fun talking about diplomacy, toys, pizza, and cats. 
7/6/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The latest culinary monstrosity to hit Taiwan's fast food scene, plus how Hualien is getting library books to the masses even as COVID restrictions leave libraries shuttered, and what COVID-related summer homework assignments Taiwan's schools are giving to their students.
7/4/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A look at how temples are getting ready for a possible reopening in time for Ghost Month, plus a program designed to stop fishing nets from turning into marine trash, and a new threat to coral on a Taiwan-governed outlying island.
6/30/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-06-30

2021-06-30
6/29/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-06-29

2021-06-29
6/28/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A survey looks at comic book reading trends among Taiwan's Generation Z, plus why Taiwanese tourists may soon flock to Guam again, and a look at how COVID-19 may change Taiwan's restaurant industry for good.
6/27/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The strange way that Taiwan will repay Lithuania for a donation of vaccines, plus the bizarre reason that one man in Kaohsiung stole a motorbike and road it cross-country, and one wealthy man's reasoning for buying up the entire business class section of a plane.
6/22/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-06-22

2021-06-22
6/21/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

Virtual guided tours: the new pandemic tourism trend! Plus, the Tourism Bureau puts the kibosh on the idea of group vaccination tours abroad, and Uber Taiwan launches a package delivery service.
6/20/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

Caught skipping the queue for COVID-19 vaccination, plus, could COVID-19 reap a grim harvest in terms of bankrupt cram schools?
6/16/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-06-16

2021-06-16
6/15/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-06-15

2021-06-15
6/14/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A man who thought he might find a prince but ended up getting fined for a mask violation instead, a mother using geese to keep her kids in line, and a stray dog from Taiwan gets a chance at a new life in Canada.
6/13/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-06-10

2021-06-10
6/9/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-06-09

2021-06-09
6/8/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-06-08

2021-06-08
6/7/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

The latest twist in Taiwan baseball's Olympic involvement, plus one Kaohsiung mother's extreme way of keeping her son at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, and a look at the Taiwanese military's chemical unit, in the spotlight as they work to keep COVID-19 under control.
6/6/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A retraction, a look at Taiwan's new "Space Bill", and good news on the language preservation front.
6/2/20210
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Don't shop too often

As Taiwan continues its soft lockdown, the government has loads of advice for citizens: don't shop at markets too often, forgive your spouse if he/she annoys you, and don't spend too much on screens.  Hear Natalie Tso and Shirley Lin chat about all this and more on Hear in Taiwan. 
6/1/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A forest fire is brought under control, the latest COVID-19 stories from Taiwan, plus free online streaming of classic Taiwanese films with English subtitles.
5/30/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-05-27

2021-05-27
5/26/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-05-26

2021-05-26
5/25/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 5/25/2021

Today, Leslie, Staś, and Andrew bring you an update on Taiwan's COVID-19 situation. Plus: Taiwan's kids are geniuses?!
5/25/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-05-21

2021-05-21
5/20/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A discussion of pineapples, Taiwan's reputation as a good place for expats to live, and a new treatment for COVID-19 based on traditional medicine.
5/19/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-05-19

2021-05-19
5/18/20210
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Hear In Taiwan

Let's talk about what happened with COVID-19 over the weekend in Taiwan
5/18/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

A student with a sense of civic duty steps in to direct traffic after mass blackouts knock out traffic lights across the country, a controversy over a pink cat, and an app Taiwan's government will reward a lucky few for downloading.
5/16/20210
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The COVID episode

Today we discuss Taiwan's response to recent domestic clusters of COVID-19.
5/12/20210
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Taiwan is welcoming foreigners!

Join us on Hear in Taiwan as we talk about how Taiwan is making it easier for foreigners to live and work here, a Taiwanese iron man who jetpacked around Taiwan, leopards escaping from a zoo and a big fuss over someone chosing to be a vetenarian over a doctor. 
5/11/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-05-11

2021-05-11
5/10/20210
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Hear in Taiwan

Of cockroaches, a plan to boost Taiwan's birth rate, and yet another setback to hit Taoyuan Airport's planned Terminal 3.
5/9/20210
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Hear in Taiwan - 2021-05-06

2021-05-06
5/5/20210
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Cockroach attack!

Learn the latest news about a cockroach attack in Taipei - and Shirley Lin's own horror stories - and one of the snobbies line groups around in this episode of Hear in Taiwan.