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The Taiwan Take

Ghost Island Media 鬼島之音

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A current affairs podcast on Taiwan and the world. Every episode, we invite a journalist to a conversation with an expert to get the big picture context of what we need to know. These are global issues, and this is The Taiwan Take. Nominated for Best News Podcast at 2020 Excellent Journalism Award in Taiwan. Produced by Ghost Island Media in Taipei, Taiwan. 2020年台灣卓越新聞獎 Podcast 新聞獎入圍者.這是一個專門討論臺灣時事的訪談性英文節目, 以「縱觀世界議題,以臺灣觀點論述」為主軸,由記者採訪跨領域專家、名人與來賓等,第一手將臺灣的故事推向國際. 鬼島之音製作播出.
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Waste Not WHY Not

Ghost Island Media 鬼島之音

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Waste Not Why Not (WNWN) is a podcast on climate and sustainability from Ghost Island Media in Taiwan. Debuted on Earth Day in 2019, it's hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), a sustainability consultant working on energy, ocean and waste. Media partner at AAAS Annual Meetings in 2020 and 2021. Recognized as a Circular Economy Solution by SITRA Fund in Finland, 2020. New season begins May 3, 2022. 鬼島之音旗下的英文節目,由環境研究員及顧問 Nate Maynard (自然8)主持,探討世界環境永續發展的重要議題,每集聊一個重要的概念、或是跟專家訪談、有時也會去田野採訪。2020及2021 ...
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LISK: Long Island Serial Killer

Mopac Audio & Glassbox Media

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The LISK (Long Island Serial Killer) investigation began in May 2010 with the disappearance of sex worker Shannan Gilbert. In the following months, Suffolk County Police uncovered human remains from nine more murders, including those of the "Gilgo 4", all sex workers whose bodies were disposed of similarly. After years of virtually no new developments, Suffolk County Police arrested Rex Heuermann in connection with the murder of at least 3 victims. DNA evidence, cellphone records and witness ...
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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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The history of Taiwan (1600 C.E. - 2000) told through interesting stories in a non-chronological order. John Ross is an author and publisher of works on Taiwan and China, while Eryk Michael Smith has worked as a writer and journalist for several media outlets in Taiwan. Both hosts have lived in Taiwan for well over 20 years and call the island home. Email: formosafiles@gmail.com
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Wheeling Haunts

Wheeling Heritage Media

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What happens when Wheeling’s history doesn’t die? Listen to Wheeling Haunts each Monday in October to find out! Hosted by Alex Panas and Cassie Minder, Wheeling Haunts will take listeners on a journey into homes in Wheeling that have a lot of history…and a few ghost stories too! Each week, Alex and Cassie will talk with local historians who will provide information about each home and the people who once lived there. They will also chat with current residents who will share bone-chilling sto ...
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You might know her from a show called Princesses Long Island on Bravo TV or a DJ radio host on 106.1 BLI/iheartradio. Now, Chanel Omari is hitting the biggest city in the world and covering the hottest spots where celebrities are spotted , giving us access to all the hot places to check out, getting real with celebrities on how they overcame obstacles in a major city. Chanel Omari is a must listen to podcast! She provides a refreshing experience around the city, creating a community that sup ...
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Created by the team behind The Patron Saint of Suicides, YOUNG’S INFINITE CITY is a full-cast science fiction audio drama set in the near-apocalypse. Rosalind Young is the most influential person on the planet. And she’s just gone missing. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, warships from seven countries surround a giant white mass floating in the water. To us, it might look like a marshmallow the size of a small island. A few decades from now, people will recognize it as M3, the most valuab ...
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Kicked out of his parental home by his scheming young stepmother, a young country boy, Arthur Mervyn arrives in Philadelphia. Here he finds the city in the throes of a deadly yellow-fever epidemic. However, he finds a small job as a clerk and is determined to make his way in the world. He soon discovers that his employer is a con man and a murderer. One night, Arthur helps him dispose of a body in the river. While they're struggling with the corpse, the employer is swept away by the current. ...
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast!! We are back, healthy and ready to talk about all things terrifying!! This week, we dive deep into the horror of The Deep House. What could be worse then being trapped in a hunted house? What if that house was at the bottom of a lake?! After the movie, Courtney brings us the history and haunts of the popular…
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LISTEN TO THE STORY OF TAIWAN'S GREAT PORK APOCALYPSE (1997) ⁠IN CHINESE! 你知道嗎?臺灣曾經是全球第二大的豬肉出口國,更是日本最重要的豬肉來源地。然而在1997年,豬口蹄疫情在新竹被發現,爆發性地席捲全臺,使得臺灣養豬產業蒙受極為重大的打擊。一直到二十幾年後的今天,臺灣才真正擺脫當年口蹄疫帶來的影響,重新要把臺灣豬肉推向國際。 重要單字:smuggle、outbreak、hoof 相關書籍: T. C. Locke。Barbarian at the Gate: From the American Suburbs to the Taiwanese Army。(中文版:《台灣饅頭美國兵》,林道明著) 主持人簡介: Eryk…
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Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter only served one term, but those four years were rough: oil embargos, inflation, the Iran hostage crisis, and the decision to recognize the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It was an unpopular move, especially in Taiwan. President Carter asked his deputy secretary of state, Warren Christopher, to go to Taipei and …
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LISTEN TO THE STORY OF THE HIJACKING OF CHINA AIRLINES FLIGHT 334 IN CHINESE! 「僵局」一詞定義了 1970 年代和 1980 年代初台灣與中國的關係。雙方都不想透過「官方」會談或交流承認對方的合法性,因此郵政、航班的聯繫以及兩岸相隔數十年的家人團聚等想法都難以推動。但就在 1986 年,由空軍 U2 偵察機飛行員轉任的中華航空機長王錫爵幹了一件不可思議的事——劫持自己駕駛的貨機並將其飛往廣州,也為兩岸關係帶來改變的契機。重要單字:defect、assume。 主持人簡介: Eryk Michael Smith-ICRT南臺灣特派員,長期從事記者採編工作、聲音編輯,也會客串DJ。現居高雄,在臺灣已經居住了接近30年,…
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Actor and Producer, Darren Weiss, stops by Chanel in the City, to chat with host, Chanel Omari, to chat his new movie: BREAK, BARDEJOV with Danny A, and so much more! Darren opens up how it wasnt so easy for him as a Jewish actor to make it in Hollywood, and chats with us the obstacles he had to overcome to be a successful actor in Hollywood in 202…
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Drawing on an account never before told in English, we visit Taiwan in the company of French war correspondent Reginald Kann. Upon his arrival in Taihoku (Taipei), he hurries down to the city of Chiayi to investigate the aftermath of the massive 7.1 magnitude Meishan Earthquake of March 17, 1906. Kann reports on the damage and the relief efforts be…
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Taiwan is in mourning for those lost or injured by the huge earthquake that happened on the morning of April 3rd, 2024. In this short special episode, we hear John Ross' feelings about the earthquake which this latest one is being compared to: 921, or, the quake of September 21st, 1999, which claimed the lives of several thousand people. In our sad…
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast! We are back at it with yet another M.Night movie, and another week of us wondering exactly what was going on with horror in the early 2000s. First, we watch The Happening - a misunderstood masterpiece or a horrible swing and a miss? Then, Cayla brings us a little closer to never going outside by introducing …
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In the previous episode, we told you how these three rather stunning neo-classical Chinese buildings came to exist. This week, we’re looking at them through a “culture and society” lens. The massive statue of Chiang Kai-shek remains on its pedestal at the CKS Memorial Hall. A place built to venerate a dictator, however, became the site of the Wild …
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast!! Fresh off our spring break and back with a pyroclastic bang! This week we watched Dante’s Peak. Then Courtney brings us the true and terrifying history of Mount St. Helens. Lava, acid lakes and a rogue scientist - our movie has it all - and the true story behind the 1980s eruption just might have you second…
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China-born architect Yang Cho-cheng 楊卓成 (1914-2006) left his magnificent mark on Taiwan with the CKS Memorial Hall, and the National Theater and Concert Hall (NTCH) among his greatest masterpieces. This week, we’ve got part one of the story of how a classical Chinese-style trilogy of buildings came to stand in the heart of Taipei City. Pics and mor…
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Stand Up Comedian and Talent Booker and Devleopment at West Side Comedy Club,Felicia Madison, stops by Chanel in the City to chat with host, Chanel Omari on her new comedy special: Better Than Sex! & what it’s like to be a female Jewish comedian in 2024! Felicia opens up about what inspired her behind her special and the obstacles she had to face r…
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This was the first Oscar nomination for a documentary from Taiwan. “Island in Between”《金門》was a nominee for Best Documentary Short at the 2024 Academy Awards. In this 19-minute documentary, we see Kinmen (Quemoy) through the lens of filmmaker S. Leo Chiang (江松長) and the diverse cast of characters he meets there. Kinmen - made of a set of islands - …
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People do indeed marry ghosts in Taiwan! Formosa Files does not mean to mock or in any way be disrespectful to local traditions. Instead, we hope this episode’s two main ghost stories – one (probably) a tall tale – and the other a true story of a man taking a ghost bride, will offer listeners important insights into Taiwanese culture, belief system…
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Actor,Model, Musician and Israeli Jewish activist, Omer Hazan, stops by Chanel in the City to chat with Chanel Omari about his new movies out with Director and Producer, as well as actor, Danny A. (THE ENGINEER AND BARDEJOV) Both movies covering the history of the Israeli and Jewish people and the wars we had to over come to to be who we are as a J…
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In the summer of 1973, a young Mike Chinoy finagled his way onto one of the earliest trips of civilian Americans to “Red China.” He would later become CNN’s China correspondent – moving to the PRC in 1987 – and became famous as he reported live on the infamous events that transpired in and around Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4th, 1989. Chino…
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Alex Khomenko is the organizer of Taiwan Stands with Ukraine 台灣烏克蘭陣線. We talk about conducting citizen diplomacy at a time of war, Taiwan’s humanitarian aid to Ukraine and public donations that amounted to the sending of power generators and ambulances, Taiwan and Ukraine relations, and the internal politics the Ukrainian government may be facing a…
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Gyalo Thondup རྒྱལ་ལོ་དོན་འགྲུབ has had a very interesting life. Born in 1927, he’s the second-eldest brother of the current (and 14th) Dalai Lama. Brother Thondup has long been an unofficial envoy for the Tibetan leader-in-exile, and in May 1950, Gyalo Thondup became the first “officially acknowledged” Tibetan to visit Taiwan since 1949. What was …
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast Grab your camera, and don't turn out the lights - this week we are watching the stress-inducing Quarantine. How does "Quarantine" compare to the real-life rabies threat? Can you imagine being locked in with something far worse than ghosts? From its deadly symptoms to its terrifying progression, we'll explore …
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast! This week your hosts head back to the 80s and watch The Changeling (1980). Creepy wells, creepy toys and a house Cayla would love to live in - this movie has it all! Then Courtney brings us the terrifying true tale of The Ghosts of Cheesman Park. Listen to the end of the episode for a unintended scare that h…
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Did you know: In 1920, ROC founder Sun Yat-sen wrote a letter in support of Israel’s nationhood aspirations? And, the ROC govt in Nanjing was the first Asian state to recognize the State of Israel in 1948? Israel was the first non-communist nation to recognize the People's Republic of China? However: Israel and the PRC only set up official relation…
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast! This week your hosts face some brain fog, terrifying contortion and yet another terrifying curse! First Cayla and Courtney watch the 2004 The Grudge. Then Cayla bring us a few truly unsettling urban legends from Japan, including Kuchisake-onna. Keep an eye on the dark corers of your room, and what ever you d…
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Welcome in the Year of the Dragon with this encore of a classic episode from Season Two. Eryk claims all Taiwanese/Chinese holidays are based on sad stories filled with misery, terror, and death. John disagrees. And so the two go over the major holidays celebrated here, and, well, you be the judge of who wins this argument. Also, we cover holidays …
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast! This week your hosts head to shop class and dodge some bullies while watching Christine! Then Courtney brings us the interesting, intriguing and sometimes deadly story of The Golden Eagle. Talk about a ride or die relationship - be sure to buckle up for this all new episode! On socials? Find us, and join the…
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In the left corner, mega-multinational corporation DuPont. In the right corner, farmers from central Taiwan’s Lugang 鹿港. Ready? Fight!! To open Season Four, we have a David vs. Goliath story, made more complicated by the fact that the Davids in this tale weren't sure what weapons they could get away with using. Taiwan was changing fast in 1986, but…
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Welcome Back to Nothing Scarier Podcast! This week we wander into Covington Woods and talk SO MUCH about the Those We Don't Speak Of. That's right, your hosts watch another M. Night Shyamalan movie - The Village! Then Cayla brings us the story and mystery of Green Children of Woolpit! Would you like to live in St Martin's Land? On socials? Find us,…
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1958. Just 66 years ago, yet Taiwan back then was like a completely different country. There was no television, but there were Russian-language radio broadcasts to Siberia. Eryk and John share nuggets from a 1959 ROC booklet, “101 Questions about Taiwan,” which proves to be both a humorous and fascinating time capsule of facts and stats. Enjoy this…
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast! Turn the lights on, grab a cozy blanket and join us this week in watching the chilling Ouija: Origin of Evil. After surviving terrifying whispers and a human marionette monster Courtney brings us the ever dramatic origins of the Ouija Board. Did you catch the most terrifying background scares? How do you fee…
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Reinhard Bütikofer is a familiar name in Europe and Taiwan relations. He has been an MEP since 2009, where he is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, chairperson of the Delegation for Relations with China, and an alternate member of the Committee on International Trade. Reinhard also co-chairs IPAC, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China. …
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For this final part of our COP28 mini-series, Nature N8 attends his last day at COP28. He chats with Tanmatra Bhanti, Manager of Policy & Partnerships at Rare, and Alfredo M Coro II, Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao Islands in the Philippines. Nature N8 gives his final thoughts at COP. What is it for, who is it for, what's…
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Linda Arrigo has been in Taiwan for many years, working as a human rights activist, as an important member of the early team of fighters who risked life and limb for a democratic Taiwan, and more recently, worked with the Taiwan Green Party on environmental issues such as stopping NPP4. She's also taught in local universities as a professor. Her Ph…
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Shih Ming-teh 施明德 died on the morning of his 82rd birthday, January 15th, 2024. This Taiwan democracy champion spent a combined 25.5 years in Taiwanese prisons for “sedition;” what the one-party state called his activism. Shih would live to see Taiwan blossom into a free society, and received recognition for his role in the long, hard fight. But in…
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There's something on the wing!!!! Something in the Clouds!! Something all new this week! Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast! This week we watch the horror-comedy partially responsible for the pg13 rating -Gremlins! Then Cayla brings us the history, mystery and mischief of the real life Gremlins that plague our technology. On socials? Find us! …
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The fourth body discovered during the Suffolk County's search for Shannan Gilbert was that of Amber Costello. Mopac Audio is rereleasing this episode from Season 1 as a reminder of who these victims were, the families they left behind and the harrowing circumstances that potentially led to their deaths. While Rex Heuermann sits in a Suffolk County …
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This 5-episode limited series delves into policy debates within Taiwan that could have implications for the region and beyond. Each episode features Taiwanese local experts and voices weighing in on social, economic and defense issues as they discusses how Taiwanese society is responding to these challenges. From Ghost Island Media in Taipei and th…
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Nancy Chen Baldwin's early life – when she was sold by her parents to a bargirl for US$100 – might sound like something out of a novel set in the Middle Ages. But the old practices of selling, “lending,” giving, and unofficial adoption of children persisted in Taiwan until relatively recent times. Nancy, in many ways, was one of the lucky ones; she…
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Welcome back to Nothing Scarier Podcast and Happy New Year!! We are back for 2024 with the amazingly creepy movie The Babadook. Then Courtney brings us the ever growing and ever terrifying tale of The Hat Man. Is he a dimensional menace or maybe a diphenhydramine induce hallucination? Or possibly, a very astute home loan officer? Be sure to listen …
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Tik Tok Sensation, Comedian, Actress and Social Media influencer, Sam Ramsdell, stops by Chanel in the City to chat with host, Chanel Omari abouot her journey, what its like having the Biggest mouth in the world, to stand up comedy to how to date the right guy in NYC. Please make sure to follow Sam Ramsdell on instagram and tik tok: @samramsdell5…
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Nature N8 spends another day at COP28 in Dubai where he continues to go behind the scenes giving his thoughts, explaining some of the cool exhibits, and speaking with participants from Taiwan. This episode includes interviews from: Katie Liu, New Taipei City representative Chia Wei Chao, Research Director at the Taiwan Climate Action Network Cammie…
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