The History of Singapore podcast
Members of this list may be interested in my podcast, "The History of Singapore". It's a year-long weekly podcast on the history of Singapore from founding by the British in 1819 to seperation from Malaysia in 1965. Along the way, it seeks to explore the central issue of identity in Malaya/Singapore. It was also picked up as a radio show in Malaysia, where it airs on BFM 89.9. I chose to do this podcast because of the heavy censorship in Singapore regarding our history. Narratives which disagree with the government are suppressed, and academics who do not toe the government line are harrassed, denied funding, or even lose our jobs. As such, I was looking for a popular medium that could also evade censorship by my government. It has become reasonably popular - around 3,000 downloads per episode on my channel and BFM's channel combined. The podcast is Patreon-supported, and has recently reached a level of support where I've been able to commit to a second season. A book of the podcast is also forthcoming.
I have just released Episode 28, "Christmas Pudding with Arsenic Sauce", which details the last six months of Chief Minister David Marshall's time in office (Jan-Jun 1956) and the failure of the 1956 Constitutional Talks in London between the Singapore and British representatives over Singapore's future constitutional status. It's part of a three part arc detailing David Marshall's premiership. Through examining Marshall's choices, I also explore the question of what it means to be a leader.
I welcome any comments and discussion. Thank you very much.
Project Southeast Asia
University of Oxford