Podcast: Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #35 (03-09-2020)

Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) dig into the results and impact of the KMT chair race, and what it means for the future of the party–and how problems are appearing right out of the gate, including the PRC snubbing the new chair and what that might mean. A recent poll suggests […]

Podcast: Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #33 (02-24-2020) That Thing Bernie Sanders Said

Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) cover a lot of ground, starting with a community service announcement on drugs. Will the Mazu pilgrimage go forward with coronavirus fears, or will Mazu intervene as Yen Ching-piao asserts. The KMT chair race takes some interesting turns. Bernie Sanders, currently Democratic frontrunner to be their […]

Podcast: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 01-28-2020 Episode 30

This week Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is on vacation (but still is with us this week with a new article on Report.tw), so Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) is joined by Scott Ellinger (陳鷹), former US military and AIT official. Dragonslayer Jessica Drun took on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization over […]

Podcast: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 01-20-2020 Episode 29

Hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) tackle the KMT chair race and the many calls for reform of the party, many of which are quite sensible–such as scrapping the 1992 consensus and bringing the party’s China policies in line with mainstream public opinion–but will the party enact them. Only two candidates for […]

Podcast: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 01-06-2020 Episode 27

On this episode, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) kick off with more amusing and odd gaffes coming from KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu, and allegations of his buying a house for–and is confirmed to have travelled abroad with–a woman who isn’t his wife. Han reiterates pledge to reform the KMT, and […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 12.30.2019 Episode 26

This week, hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss the presidential debate, the future of the KMT, polling and how youth have turned away from the KMT. The “anti-infiltration” bill proposed by the DPP causes concerns, as does the infiltration itself–but it’s a tricky line to balance if freedoms are to be […]