Taiwan went from being nicknamed “Trash Island” to becoming the world’s premier supplier of PET recycled plastic. What did it take to get there? We walk through Taiwan’s unique approach to getting plastic beverage bottles from the hands of consumers and to plastic recycling plants - with a bit of education, love for the environment, and a few key government incentives.Guests:Brenda Haitema, Head of Operations at First MileTina Hong, Asia Sales and Operation Manager at Fuze BiotechGaby Liu, Impact Manager of First MileFurther Listening and Reading:99% Invisible: Separation Anxiety (Episode 213) (podcast episode)Waste Not, Why Not: How Taiwan solved waste (podcast season)Plastisphere by Anja Krieger (podcast)How Taiwan Has Achieved One of the Highest Recycling Rates in the World: Smithsonian Magazine  Production credits:Producer and Host: Marcy Trent Long Associate producer:  YuFei WuSound Engineer:  Chris WoodIntro/outro music: Alex Mauboussin
We speak with HKUMed Dr. Tommy Lam to learn the science behind how the coronavirus emerged from animal populations and can’t be man-made, why the pangolin could be an intermediary host, and whether we can be sure that the virus originated in Wuhan China. Guests:Dr. Tommy Lam, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong Further Listening and Reading:Fight COVID19 with HKU websiteDr. Lam ResearchDr. Lam Research linking pangolins to coronavirusChannelnewsasia Video on How Coronavirus StartedScripps Research That COVID19 From NatureCNN article Scientists Debate Origin TheoriesVanity Fair article on how man-made origins of COVID19 spreadVox video on how wildlife trade creates a coronavirus Production credits:Hosts: Marcy Trent Long and Bonnie AuAssociate producer: YuFei WuIntro/outro music: Alex Mauboussin
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are spending a lot of time at home. While some see this as an opportunity for quality time with their loved ones, it can also pose more chances for arguments and quarrels. So we reached out to Dr. George Lee, a clinical psychologist who focuses on families and couples...who is also getting his PhD at HKU’s Buddhist Studies Program.Guests:Dr. George Lee, Lecturer, Center of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong KongFurther Listening and Reading:Fight COVID19 with HKU websiteDr. George Lee Research Production credits:Hosts: Marcy Trent Long and Bonnie AuAssociate producer:  YuFei WuIntro/outro music: Alex MauboussinMusic from free music archive by Chad Crouch and Jani Hirvonen
Hong Kong’s economy is contracting for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis. We talk to economist Dr. Heiwai Tang from HKU about how the Hong Kong government can support small businesses and low income citizens during COVID19… and is it time for Hong Kong to start reopening the economy now that new cases are dropping?Guests:Professor Heiwai Tang, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong Further Listening and Reading:Fight COVID19 with HKU websiteDr. Tang ResearchProduction credits:Producer and Host: Marcy Trent LongAssociate producer:  Crystal WuContributing Editor:  Bonnie AuIntro/outro music: Alex MauboussinMusic from free music archive
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Episode Count
42
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
10 hours, 55 minutes