13 fascinating Podcasts to get the freshest insights about social issues in Singapore

6 min readMay 16, 2021


Regardless if you’re seeking to expand your list of audio programmes or simply curious in the world of podcast, here is a list of local podcasts by we think merit a listen, to help you stay informed and be inspired!

1. Home on the Dot

Looking to learn more about what makes Singapore home? Hop onto Home on the Dot, the podcast that explores the meaning of home in Singapore. Featuring stories inspired and produced by students from the National University of Singapore, this podcast opens a new door onto the everyday lives, hopes, fears, memories, and dreams of young people in this dynamic, fascinating country we call home.

Learn more here: https://blog.nus.edu.sg/homeonthedot/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6okhg7QS0hwLoEv29kJhEG?si=TQpTfNcgT7aeZ3g5oxdyRw

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/homeonthedot

2. NowTalk with THG

Ever had enough of trying to understand Singapore and its social concerns? NowTalk with THG is a podcast series by The Hidden Good (https://www.thehiddengood.com/) where they talk about societal issues and topics that are close to Singaporean hearts. Each episode will be hosted by The Hidden Good, where they aim to make the good in the world less hidden.

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nowtalk.thg

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2yGzRkXmyN0MUK39n6orVS?si=0VrpzihrTjyelg9xYGbS_A

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9jNjJhMDE0L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz

3. SG Explained

Looking to sit back and relax while listening to anything Singapore-related? Listen to SG Explained as three regular Singaporeans, Rovik, Willie & Elliot, explore institutions, histories, events and phenomenon in Singapore such as pre-colonial Singapore, Pukul Habis, Section 377A and even football and dating culture in Singapore, while getting into the details of it all!

Learn more here: http://sgexplained.libsyn.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4f3ErNGtWmtoG6Ht8jvZzE?si=AyP9sLBlRd-j0J4h-d1URg&fbclid=IwAR2-RKkwWT0dt3x1k5WbTa49ABAexHH3HsRp4idUSAWskhr99MwqTOgMTec

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast/sg-explained/id1428646156?fbclid=IwAR3o8zzekOhKT_SJ1icCCE-T9xS9Mjif2zzkKokSFVQwiT68w8aSWD35ANA&mt=2

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL3NnZXhwbGFpbmVkLmxpYnN5bi5jb20vcnNz

4. The LITO Podcast

Are you a proud workaholic and seeking to live vicariously in someone’s else lives? Tune into The LITO Podcast, whereby Dan and Rebecca discuss their lives with us to explore what it means to be human, and what is possible by living a life with intention (and not by default). Spreading joy one episode at a time 😊

Learn more here: https://litolabs.com/podcast

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2uESFXhWqEGCXVAss8iHKD?si=-AGLTFpzRJKQM2Q6tTQRig

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast/the-lito-podcast/id1457732799

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/litolabs

5. Something Private

One for the ladies! Something Private delves deep into the complex and beautiful world of female health. How much should you be worrying about that wart on your vagina, the struggles of your menstrual cycle and if there exists cramp-free utopia. But also to dispel uncertainties, myths and rumours about sex and infections that you can’t (financially and socially) afford to causally ask a doctor about.

In each episode, Something Private will speak with women who go through unique experiences, OB-GYNs, sexperts, intimacy coaches or just girls like you!

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/somethingprivatepod/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5ljwno2awG4i49w1YHYJqC

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast/something-private/id1475614535

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL3NvbWV0aGluZ3ByaXZhdGUubGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M&ved=0CAAQ4aUDahcKEwigrfLf1tDnAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ

6. Screwed Up Moments

Inspired by their very own event aimed to destigmatise failure — Screwed Up Moments, Happiness Initiative launched Screwed Up Moments Podcast, Singapore’s first podcast series featuring the major life struggles and failures of 9 unique individuals from various walks of life. Also featuring a bonus series called Screwed Up Moments Plus (SUM+), whereby Happiness Initiative explores behind the scenes in producing this podcast.

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/happinessinitiative.sg/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6P1zEbQap9qVIojDY24SA5?si=1gic7gRqQYSx3WMPfjn3PQ

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast/scre%E2%80%A6ts/id1478594702

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9kZTc4MTM0L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz

7. Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

Just as what the name of the podcast hopes to represent, Misfits speaks to the trouble makers, rebels and mavericks who see things differently, have gone off the beaten path and found their pursuit all living under one roof, Singapore. Misfits aims to hunt down the outliers to give us role models to reach out to and success stories to follow so you can become part of this movement no matter where you live, what you’re curious in, or what you’re currently challenged by. Do join the creator, Bryan, in the pursuit of redefining success, breaking down social norms and changing the world!

Learn more here: https://bryanvictor.com/misfits/

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast/misfits-podcast-interviews/id1136569894?mt=2

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/bryanvictor/misfits-interviews-with-unconventional-singaporeans?refid=stpr

8. MALU Singapore podcast

A newly-created podcast channel by Malu.SG, this podcast discusses issues such as work, culture, well-being, our environment, and politics with everyday Singaporeans in a fair and balanced look.

Learn more here: https://malu.sg/category/singapore-podcast/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3bgeHSOr3XYzilVIeZNDQn

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLkZR2owNheB-rLbYLnYlpg

9. Economical Rice Podcast

Not to be misled by its title, Economical Rice Podcast is (sadly) not a podcast on the love for SG’s pocket-friendly cai png. Produced by Danny Chrisnanto Koordi, a native from Singapore, Economical Rice Podcast shares insights and discuss issues related to finance, economics, and the little grains from our capitalistic society.

Learn more here: http://economicalricepodcast.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Ml3bNiqtPIKFIaoocnx3p?si=TltZecR0Qqa5rQMGiWI0Ng

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-309015577

10. Leaders of Learning

Hoping to discover more on learning in the 21st century? Leaders of Learning is the podcast for you! Through interviews with leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and many more, Ling Ling explores the technology, methodologies and insights of learning for personal and organisational development.

Learn more here: https://leadersoflearning.asia/episodes/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3txpNXS2fs3iUemeC03zIv?si=690yBCV0SbukqbT0nBonzQ

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/leadersoflearning

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOtFojAcaLuQ7NOOzuZSOfA/videos

11. ArtsEquator

As the 1st platform in Singapore to produce art-related podcasts, ArtsEquator thinks and talks about arts and cultures in Southeast Asia.

Learn more here: http://artsequator.com/category/podcast/?type=5

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/63M73VqdghDTrH0MEBnznA?si=1F_YEYD-TRelT7hwmFDbIw

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/artsequator

12. Political Agenda/ Southeast Asia Dispatches

For those who are unfamiliar with New Naratif, New Naratif is an independent media outlet that explains how Southeast Asia works, empowering its readers to become fully engaged citizens of their communities. Through its podcasts, it dissects deeply into current affairs in Singapore and Southeast Asia., allowing its listeners to listen to perspectives and insights not taught in the classroom setting.

Learn more here: https://newnaratif.com/podcast/

13. OJconnects

Last but not least, our very own OJconnects!

OJconnects is where people have honest conversations about their struggles and successes, regardless of what role they play in society. It provides space for people to tell their own stories and journeys.

Hear from diverse people who share different narratives about the same topic — on social issues, education, personal development and more!

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/OpenJioSG/videos/501843337195688/

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