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The NüVoices podcast is hosted by NüVoices members Chenni Xu, Cindy Gao, Joanna Chiu, Sophia Yan, Jessie Lau, and Megan Cattel who explore the work of women in media, academia and the arts in Greater China, the impact of abuses of power, international and domestic politics, and their own personal stories. This podcast is wholly coordinated, produced, and edited by the NüVoices board.
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Metalhead Politics

Chthonic, Ghost Island Media 鬼島之音

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From Freddy Lim, vocalist of the metal band Chthonic and a member of parliament in Taiwan, and Emily Y. Wu, co-founder of Ghost Island Media, this is Metalhead Politics: a podcast on music, politics, and Taiwan. A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media. A Middag project. 由閃靈樂團及鬼島之音合製的「政治重金屬」節目,由搖滾立委林昶佐及鬼島之音創辦人吳怡慈 Emily 主持. WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emilyywu INSTAGR ...
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This week, NüVoices co-host and editor of the podcast, Megan Cattel speaks to Charlotte Ming and Beimeng Fu, two founders of the Far & Near Substack newsletter. Far & Near aims to depict China in all its complexity by shining a light on the country's visual journalism and showing the human side of some of the biggest headlines coming out of the cou…
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