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The Story of Singapore

English, History, 1 season, 16 episodes, 5 hours, 23 minutes
The Story of Singapore is a history podcast created by Mario Teng, tracing the historical and political developments of Singapore, from a backwater kingdom in the 1300s to an economic miracle by the turn of the 21st century.
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Intermezzo I

The Story of Singapore podcast celebrates its one year anniversary.
8/8/20233 minutes, 52 seconds
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EP. 13 — The Winner Takes It All

Farquhar and Raffles bit their nails as they waited for the Court of Directors to issue a verdict on their case.
8/7/202321 minutes, 11 seconds
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EP. 12 — Farquhar v Raffles

Farquhar’s career was over, but his tussle with Raffles was not. After packing his bags and leaving Singapore, Farquhar escalated their dispute all the way to London for a final adjudication.
7/24/202336 minutes, 24 seconds
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EP. 11 — Planned Obsolescence

Returning to Singapore, Raffles tore down much of the pioneering works and began building anew. Cast aside by Raffles, Farquhar could only watch, unaware that his career was hanging by a thread.
5/29/202332 minutes, 59 seconds
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EP. 10 — Smouldering Tensions

Raffles sought to make Farquhar's life difficult and tarnish his reputation by spreading disinformation behind his back.
5/1/202321 minutes, 44 seconds
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A Delay in Episode Release

We will see each other again on 2 May.
2/27/202352 seconds
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EP. 9 — The Man with Two Faces

Communication breakdowns and compatibility issues led to a straining of relations between Farquhar and Raffles.
1/23/202319 minutes, 38 seconds
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EP. 8 — Moving Mountains

Building the settlement from the ground up was not easy. There were many pressing areas of administration that demanded Farquhar's attention before Singapore could take flight. 
12/26/202219 minutes, 56 seconds
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EP. 7 — Bootstrapping

Singapore's survival was tenuous and hinged on its infancy years. As tensions between the British and Dutch approached boiling point, Farquhar had to figure out how to deliver results under tough constraints from the get-go.
12/5/202220 minutes, 7 seconds
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EP. 6 — Here Come the Brits

In 1819, an ambitious British statesman risked open war with the Dutch and exploited turmoil in native politics to establish modern Singapore.
10/24/202220 minutes, 50 seconds
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EP. 5 — Sugar, Spice and Everything Not So Nice

European powers travelled great lengths to satiate their ravenous appetite for spices and wrestled one another as they carved Southeast Asia up for their pound of flesh.
9/19/202231 minutes, 6 seconds
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EP. 4 — The Sands of Time

Empires rose, empires fell. Powerful geopolitical forces conspired to shape Southeast Asia’s developments in the centuries to come.
8/29/202232 minutes, 37 seconds
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EP. 3 — Bad Blood

Iskandar's reign spelt disaster for the Kingdom of Singapura. When the dust settled, there would not be a kingdom left to speak of.
8/15/202217 minutes, 1 second
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EP. 2 — Five Kings

The Kingdom of Singapura was ruled by a line of five kings. Each of them had a story that defined their reign.
8/9/202217 minutes, 55 seconds
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EP. 1 — The Birth of Singapura

Much of the early history of Singapore has been lost to time. We begin the story of Singapore from its mythical origins. Strangely enough, it starts with Alexander the Great.
8/9/202220 minutes, 29 seconds
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EP. 0 — The Preface

So much of who we are is where we have been. History may not seem all that important in this modern world but as we venture into a future unknown, it influences us individually in ways we cannot always conceive. Join me as we discover the rich tapestry of our Singaporean heritage, from backwater kingdom to economic miracle.
8/9/20227 minutes, 11 seconds