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The Little Red Podcast

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 ...Show More
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48:11 | Sep 24th, 2018

‘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 mas...Show More

39:40 | Aug 20th

As Hong Kong enters its eleventh week of turmoil, we hear voices on the ground.  From 15-year olds who can hardly remember how many times they have been teargassed to thirty-somethings ready to serve prison sentences, the consensus is that Hong Kong ...Show More
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40:07 | Jul 24th

By 2020, less than half a year from now, a social credit scheme will cover people and companies across China, “allowing the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.” It’s long been as...Show More

45:46 | Jul 2nd

Our third Hong Kong emergency episode comes in the wake of the storming of the territory's Legislative Council on the 22nd anniversary of its return to mainland China. Louisa reports from the floor of the Legco chamber as it is occupied and vandalize...Show More

49:17 | Jun 17th

We’re bringing you a second emergency podcast from Hong Kong, which has seen more record protests over the weekend. According to organisers, two million people—nearly one-third of Hong Kong residents—marched on Sunday, despite the Hong Kong governmen...Show More

45:32 | Jun 13th

We bring you an emergency podcast from Hong Kong, one day after extraordinary police violence saw 79 people injured by baton charges, rubber bullets and over 150 rounds of tear gas. This dark turn comes only a few days after one million Hong Kongers—...Show More

42:34 | Jun 3rd

Tuesday June 4 marks the 30th anniversary of the deadly crackdown ordered by Deng Xiaoping, which killed hundreds – maybe thousands – of people in Beijing and Chengdu. While the campaign to erase all memory of the event continues, explosive new infor...Show More

42:11 | May 6th

With Chinese citizens’ lives increasingly coded into data streams, the question of who owns this data and how it gets used is largely up to private companies. They control massive volumes of personal information and are tasked by Xi Jinping with ever...Show More

52:39 | Apr 7th

Hate mail, death threats and shadowy surveillance are facts of life for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists, five years after the Umbrella movement brought a million people onto the streets calling for greater democracy.   Since then, 48 legal cases ...Show More

45:19 | Mar 25th

The Chairman of Everything Xi Jinping has emerged from the annual parliamentary meetings facing a rough year ahead.  China's economy is growing at its slowest in nearly three decades, amid a massive trade war and spiralling local debt, with rumblings...Show More

36:19 | Mar 5th

The Pacific is seeing a flurry of diplomatic activity: Australia is ‘stepping up’, New Zealand has ordered a ‘Pacific reset’ and even Great Britain is reopening missions in its former Pacific colonies. The reason for their sudden interest is simple: ...Show More

35:08 | Feb 4th

China has been engulfed by a controversy that strikes at the very heart of the nation—forget the South China Sea, rampant human rights abuses, even a looming economic crash. Last month food critic Chua Lam, otherwise known as the Food God, called for...Show More

35:50 | Jan 8th

China is becoming a more unequal place for women, in 2018 slipping for a fifth consecutive year in the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index.  Chairman Mao may have proclaimed that women can hold up half the sky, but the Communist party under Xi Ji...Show More

36:50 | Dec 5th, 2018

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 pe...Show More

41:33 | Nov 6th, 2018

"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 showca...Show More

44:17 | Oct 16th, 2018

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 ne...Show More

55:56 | Sep 4th, 2018

“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 main...Show More

47:11 | Aug 7th, 2018

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...Show More

58:54 | Jul 11th, 2018

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

27:52 | Feb 6th, 2018

China’s aid and growing influence in the South Pa…

26:12 | Dec 4th, 2017

Reviled in the West, the slimy bottom-feeders kno…

39:07 | Aug 7th, 2017

The Chairman of Everything is tightening his grip…

39:19 | Jul 9th, 2017

Chairman Mao urged the Chinese people to never fo…

34:02 | Jun 11th, 2017

As Hong Kong gears up to mark the 20th anniversar…

22:10 | May 3rd, 2017

Sydney academic Feng Chongyi, whose detention in …

34:58 | Feb 20th, 2017

In this episode we visit a theatre, a prison and …

31:45 | Jan 16th, 2017

In this episode, Graeme and Louisa talk with Mich…

34:05 | Nov 2nd, 2016

“China’s not trying to influence, it’s trying to …

26:43 | Aug 18th, 2016

In this episode, Graeme and Louisa talk with anth…

32:42 | Jul 21st, 2016

For the first episode of The Little Red Podcast, …