In this episode, we talk about sustainable issues, reporting on them, and pangolins! 😅
Marcy Trent Long of the Sustainable Asia podcast is on a mission to cover specific issues within the region, ranging from deep mining to waste, plastics and more. Sustainability is in the name after all!
I knew Marcy through the Asia Podcast Awards, where Sustainable Asia was a finalist for Asia’s Best Podcast!
We talked about:
- How to tackle sustainable issues from an Asian perspective
- Going undercover(!) to get the perfect narrative
- The difference between covering issues in Asia and the world
And of course, pangolins!
- [2:58] How Marcy creates Sustainable Asia
- [8:55] Choosing the right issues to cover, and what captures your attention
- [11:24] The beauty of long form podcasting and going against the norm
- [15:41] The Pangolin Reports, what they are, and why Sustainable Asia is covering them
- [18:09] How they went undercover to get insights on pangolin trafficking
- [21:56] How do we know that our local markets are sustainable?
- [26:49] Censorship in Asia: issues that Sustainable Asia can’t cover
- [28:43] State-level implications of issues, moving a capital city in Asia
- [31:46] ‘Learning the narrative as we go’: The advantages of covering issues as a podcast
- [35:06] Exploring Asian Radio Culture: Are listeners ready for longform journalistic episodes?
- [40:05] What’s an issue that Sustainable Asia would like to cover next?
- [41:54] Rainforests, and Norm’s personal connection with them
- [45:19] How is the coronavirus affecting the show?
- [51:32] What is on Marcy’s podcast playlist?
- [57:14] What would Marcy like to see more of in the Asian podcasting scene
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