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Curious John

English Service host John Van Trieste is curious. There’s nothing about Taiwan’s many cultures that he doesn’t want to know more about. Join him every week as he gets to the bottom of yet another question. What will he be curious about this time?

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21 August, 2021
Taiwan's Olympic History

Since the first Modern Olympics Games in 1896, many participating countries have changed names or flags, or ceased to exist altogether. But no Olympic story is more convoluted than that of Taiwan. No one has competed under more names and few have competed under more flags. And, countries being punished for doping aside, no one else is barred from using their own flag, anthem, and even name at the games. This unusual Olympic history is a big part of the newest exhibit at the National Museum of Taiwan History. With me to discuss this new exhibit is museum researcher Liu Wei-ying.

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14 August, 2021
A Farewell to Andrew: Part II

It is with sadness that RTI recently said farewell to the man who was long at the helm here. After several decades here, Andrew Ryan has moved on to greener pastures. In a final on-air chat with this award-winning broadcaster, we hear about his fondest and most impactful memories during his time here and his most satisfying achievements, as well as what the future holds in store for him.

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07 August, 2021
A Farewell to Andrew: Part I

There aren't many jobs that let you work alongside a legend. I've been lucky enough to find one. Andrew Ryan is a decorated veteran of Taiwan's media and entertainment scene. And sadly, he's just left us to pursue a new job. But he's not quite off the hook yet! I realize now that I didn't know much about his story when he was still here at RTI, so I've called him up to find out about it. Join us today as we learn how he came to Taiwan and got his start in broadcasting.

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31 July, 2021
Taiwan's punctual--not early--workers

Why is it that Taiwan's workers often refuse to clock in a second earlier than they have to? Find out the origins and extent of this piece of Taiwanese work culture called "yamiao" or "squeezing the second".

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24 July, 2021
Taiwan's giraffe controversy

Taiwan's animal lovers are up in arms. A southern Taiwan zoo with a poor animal welfare record has gotten permision to import 18 giraffes with apparently minimal government oversight. What might be behind the government's apparent laxity? And how has the situation changed since animal rights activists began protesting against the deal? Join Executive Director of the Taiwan Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animals, Connie Chiang, for a look at how Taiwan's foreign relations and the power of the Taiwanese media might have come into play, plus a discussion of Taiwan's responsibility to abide by international wildlife rules and the need to get Taiwanese zoos in general to clean up their act.

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