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Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter - S2: COVID-19 variants: Will they mean new waves of infections in Singapore?

Heart of the Matter
06 May 2021 04:17PM
27 mins

Singapore is back to tighter restrictions after the biggest rise in community cases in nine months. Lin Suling talks to Duke-NUS professors David Matchar and Gavin Smith about variants on the loose, their effect on vaccines and how current restrictions stack up. They also explain why they think this pandemic will be a chronic problem for a while.

Heart of the Matter - S2: Mental health and youth: Is something broken in Singapore society?

The struggles of mental illness among a younger generation has dominated discussions since COVID-19 hit. In this no-holds-barred discussion, guest co-host Jaime Han and CNA's Lin Suling speak to CEO of IMH Dr Daniel Fung and Daryl Soh, President of the Singapore University of Social Sciences' Peer Support Group to unpack stigma, self-harm, social media and the weight of crushing expectations…

27/01/2022 39 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: If Singapore contributes just a fraction of global emissions, what's the point of climate activism here?

Youth-led climate action has mushroomed in Singapore in the last decade and activists are unafraid to make their voices heard. But can they make a real, practical difference in what is their generation's existential crisis? NUS student Ng Chia Wee and CNA's Lin Suling put unpopular opinions to Singapore Youth for Climate Action's Nor Lastrina Hamid and SMU's Dr Winston Chow.

20/01/2022 42 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: Spamming employers with generic CVs, not negotiating salary – everything you’re doing wrong on the job hunt

Do you spam resumes or tailor each one? Should you negotiate your salary? Do having contacts help? Even as the economy finds its footing amid the pandemic, the job market remains tough for fresh grads. How can first-time jobseekers increase their chances of landing their dream job? Lin Suling and guest co-host, Nicholas Sim, get tips, tricks, dos and don’ts from regular CNA commentary…

13/01/2022 40 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: COVID-19 vaccinations for kids aged 5 to 11: Unpacking the data, parental fears and social pressures

Singapore has already placed orders for paediatric vaccines, trials are planned for at KK Hospital and the multi-ministry task force will announce its decision soon. Yet, among some parents there seems to be a niggling fear despite clinical trials showing good outcomes for children aged five to 11.
Lin Suling sits down with Dr Lim Yang Chern, Paediatrician at Thomson Paediatric Centre,…

18/11/2021 40 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: Guilty purchases and packaging waste in huge Singles’ Day online sales

The rise of e-commerce has been nothing short of spectacular on the back of a pandemic. Yet, as the biggest climate conference COP26 takes place in Glasgow, how do staggering online shopping figures sit with a growing consciousness over sustainability, packaging waste and unnecessary consumption? What does a sustainable Singles’ Day look like if not lower sales or fewer advertisements to…

11/11/2021 23 mins