The Little Red Podcast
By Graeme Smith and Louisa Lim
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The Little Red Podcast: interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway. Hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at the Australian National University's Department of Pacific Affairs and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University. We are the 2018 winners of podcast of the year in the News & Current Affairs category of the Australian Podcast Awards. Follow us @limlouisa and @GraemeKSmith, and find show notes at www.facebook.com/LittleRedPodcast/
||CleanKeeping the Faith? Xi's Deal with the Holy See||The Vatican and China have signed a deeply controversial agreement on the appointment of bishops, ending the cold war that has frozen ties since 1950. That deep freeze led to schisms between the official and underground churches, with some clergy persecuted for decades and the church refusing to recognise Beijing's handpicked bishops. But the new agreement has divided the faithful yet again, with some fearing Catholicism is facing calamity as President Xi Jinping tightens control over religion. To explore what’s behind this sudden rapprochement and what it could mean for China’s 12 million Catholics, Louisa and Graeme are joined by Jeremy Clarke, a former Catholic priest who has researched China's historical relations with the Holy See.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanXi Jinping’s War on Uighurs. Part 3: The Endgame||"Domestically I don't think the Uighur culture will survive." China now acknowledges the existence of mass indoctrination camps in Xinjiang - which it calls 'vocational training centres' - after months of denial. Its latest propaganda campaign showcases Uighurs inside the camps thanking the Party for teaching them skills and saving them from Islamic extremism. In this episode, Louisa and Graeme are joined by Nury Turkel, chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, and James Leibold of La Trobe University to explore the reasons behind the Communist Party’s about-face. The traditional Uighur way of life now faces an existential threat inside Chinese borders, both through standardisation campaigns and the despatch of a million (largely Han Chinese) citizens into Uighur homes. Photo credit: Kashgar People's Square (c) Tom Cliff 2002||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanXi Jinping’s War on Uighurs. Part 2: The New Frontier||The language used by the Chinese state in Xinjiang pathologises Islam, seeing it as an "ideological virus" which needs eradication by transformation through education. In recent days, China has publicly justified the mass internment of Uighurs as necessary in its struggle against the "three evils" of terrorism, separatism and religious extremism. In part 1, Louisa and Graeme heard testimony from Australian Uighurs describing how Uighur communities are being destroyed by mass detentions. In part 2, they explore the Chinese Communist party's historical relationship with its New Frontier with Sydney University’s David Brophy and the Australian National University’s Tom Cliff. Photo credit: Tom Cliff 2002 (tomcliff.com)||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanXi Jinping’s War on the Uighurs. Part 1: The Witnesses||‘We seem to be normal, but we are not.’ A United Nations human rights panel says it has credible reports that more than a million Uighurs are being held in reeducation camps in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang. As evidence emerges of massive human rights violations from satellite photos, procurement bids and state-run news reports, the voices that have not yet been heard are those of Uighurs themselves. In this episode, Louisa and Graeme hear how the close-knit Uighur community in the Australian city of Adelaide have become long-distance witnesses to an unfolding human rights catastrophe that has torn their families apart. One brought his motherless children to the interview; others brought lists of missing friends and relatives. As they wrestle with anxiety and guilt, they're now starting to raise awareness of their plight.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStranger than Fiction: China’s Espionage Industrial Complex||“Use your spies for every kind of business.” This 2500 year-old stratagem from Sun Zi's Art of War still informs Beijing’s modern day approach towards intelligence gathering. Today China’s espionage industrial complex appears to be taking spying mainstream by blurring the boundaries between spying, interference and influence projection. To explore the shadowy realm of Chinese spycraft, Louisa and Graeme are joined by two top-notch journalists-turned-spy-novelists who have written extensively about Beijing’s army of spooks. Adam Brookes, former China correspondent for the BBC and Chris Uhlmann, chief political correspondent for Channel Nine in Australia unpick how Beijing is redefining espionage for the cyber age. Pic: Sam Geall||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Han-Opticon: Social Credit and AI in the Surveillance State||China today is Black Mirror through the Looking Glass. A national video surveillance network is promised in just two years, while new technologies are being rolled out at speed on the frontier of China’s surveillance regime, in Xinjiang, ranging from iris scans to phone surveillance apps. Simultaneously the Chinese state is building a nationwide social credit system, to be launched in 2020, which provides incentives for citizens to participate in their own surveillance. To unpack China’s dystopian present, Louisa and Graeme are joined by Elsa Kania from the Center for a New American Security, Lotus Ruan from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, and Samantha Hoffman from the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. Image: Oliver Jeannin (Flickr) All three guests have recently written reports for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, links below Elsa Kania: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/technological-entanglement Lotus Ruan: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/big-data-china-and-battle-privacy Samantha Hoffman: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/social-credit||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCome Dance with Xi: Who Can Resist the Belt and Road's Embrace?||Louisa and Graeme take a journey on China's Belt and Road with Peter Cai of the Lowy Institute and Dirk van der Kley of the Australian National University||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll Maxxed Out: The Biggest Ponzi Scheme The World Has Ever Seen?||China's recent impressive economic growth has bee…||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShaken But Not Stirred: The Chinese State and the Sichuan Earthquake||On 12 May 2008, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit We…||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTinker, Tailor, Student, Spy? Inside Australia's Chinese Student Boom||Universities in Australia have an addiction: over…||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Make Friends And Influence People: Inside the Magic Weapon of the United Front||The Communist Party's shadowy United Front Work D…||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolicing the Contour Lines: China's Cartographic Obsession||China's preoccupation with cartography now seems …||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBitter Medicine: China's New Pacific Frontier||China’s aid and growing influence in the South Pa…||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLies, Damned Lies and Police Statistics: Crime and the Chinese Dream||Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream has a dark side exempl…||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBDM: Not As Sexy As The Shark||Reviled in the West, the slimy bottom-feeders kno…||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParty Poopers: Can Art Bring Down the Government?||A new brand of Chinese political artists is using…||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMuzzling the Academy: Policemen, Spooks and Vanishing Archives||Beijing's failed attempt to force Cambridge Unive…||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHaters Gonna Hate: Nationalism on Demand in China and Japan||Under Xi Jinping, history in China is a moving fe…||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCooking the News: Xi’s Digital Future||The Chairman of Everything is tightening his grip…||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClass: the new dirty word||Chairman Mao urged the Chinese people to never fo…||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHong Kong: the new Tibet?||As Hong Kong gears up to mark the 20th anniversar…||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeng Chongyi: Research Is Not A Dinner Party||Sydney academic Feng Chongyi, whose detention in …||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe best officials money can buy: China's crony capitalism||Is President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaig…||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTo Be Demolished Is Glorious: China's Resettlement Industry||China is a world leader in resettlement, having r…||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChina's Little Emperors: Art Vs Science||In this episode we visit a theatre, a prison and …||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChina, East Timor and the New Great Game||In this episode, Graeme and Louisa talk with Mich…||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrashing The Brand? Australian universities and the lure of Chinese money||Graeme and Louisa are joined by James Leibold, Pa…||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanControl and Capture: Taming Overseas Chinese Media||“China’s not trying to influence, it’s trying to …||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Politics of Language on the Tibetan Plateau, Remastered||Gavin, our sound maestro, couldn't live with the …||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe politics of language on the Tibetan plateau||In this episode, Graeme and Louisa talk with anth…||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHave China's greenhouse gas emissions peaked?||For the first episode of The Little Red Podcast, …||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Knowledgeable guests, a good mix of academic and general focus. The sound clips are great.
Adjusting to a New (Chinese) Reality
Well produced, intelligently structured, technically superior, TLRP is one of the most balanced China podcasts available. Much of its agenda appears to be helping Australians adjust to the reality of China's rise and the adjustments–emotional and political–that Aussies must make to accommodate the Big Dragon.
Since every country is making similar adjustments right now (a Marseilles cabbie laughed derisevely when I asked him if China was impacting locals' lives, "Mais oui! Assolutement!") the programs deserve a wider audience.
Great topics and insights
Diverse China related topics, I learn something new with every episode.