India recently elected an ‘untouchable’ President, that is, someone from the lowest caste has the highest office in the country.
But at the same time, ‘untouchables’ are still forced to do the worst jobs, clean toilets and sewers in unhygienic and inhumane conditions. Hundreds die doing their job every year. We consider the contradictions of India’s caste system.
In Afghanistan, we take a look at the impact of foreign funding on media, and what happens when the money dries up.
We visit an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia has become an unlikely refuge for people recovering from drug addiction and mental health issues. Welcoming people from all backgrounds, it’s now known as the ‘Islamic Boarding School for Repentant Metal Heads.’
From Australia, plans to build the country’s biggest ever coal mine have ignited a fierce debate. At stake is the future of one of the country’s best known marine environments, The Great Barrier Reef, and concerns over climate change.
This week Indonesia prepares to celebrate Independence Day – which marks 72 years of freedom from colonial rule. But in the far east of the country, some Papuans see Indonesia as a kind of colonial power. We speak with former political prisoner and Papuan activist, Filep Karma.
And on the Thai-Myanmar border, we meet refugees who have spent generation living in camps.
We come to you from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the food bowl that is sinking into the sea.
In Afghanistan, we speak to families who are forced to travel abroad for essential medical treatment, because they can’t get the care they need at home.
Public transport infrastructure in Pakistan is being slammed by environmentalists as trees are being razed and replaced with concrete.
And from Timor-Leste, the remarkable story of brave activist Bella Galhos.
Last week Timor-Leste went to the polls. It was the first time the country organised elections independently, without UN support.
In India, a new railway line in Kerala has become the first government body to pro-actively employ transgender people.
And we speak to a Korean artist who is telling his story of escape from North to South through an online cartoon.
We meet a child prodigy, who at just 11 years old has 4 languages under his belt, is teaching classes of adults, and is imagining a new future for education in his two home countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A new film explores how Australia’s largest oil spill has had devastating impacts on Indonesian seaweed farmers, and traces their fight for justice.
At the end of the show we hear from Korea’s top rating baseball podcast that has an invisible behind-the-scenes twist.
But first up, we take a look at the rise of cow vigilante groups in India.
We take a ride through Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, where we get a taste for how the country’s tumultuous past has made it’s mark. With transportation and infrastructure lacking, and population now booming, it’s time to rebuild essential services.
In South Korea, ideas about racial purity are being challenged, as the country’s first black model rises to fame.
We also meet Indonesia’s up and coming metal band: an unlikely trio of Muslim teenage girls, who are finding their voice through music.
From the banks of India’s holy Ganges River, we ask how climate change and melting glaciers are impacting this sacred place.
In The Philippines, we meet former priest turned human rights activist, whose memories of martial law have disturbing relevance today.
We visit a border free school in Kabul, Afghanistan.
And we explore Indonesia's zine scene.
This week, we take a look at media across our region. The risks that reporters go to, and the new challenges emerging as repressive regimes meet online surveillance.
And documentaries that are determined to create change.
Also, a former child soldier from Thailand shares his story.
And we turn to Afghanistan, where rivers are running dry as the impacts of climate change are being felt.
An exclusive interview with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. With ISIS militants at war on Indonesia’s doorstep in The Philippines, we ask how the tide of radicalism is being stemmed in Indonesia. And at what cost?
We speak to women internet activists.
And we explore why Australia is boycotting treaty negotiations that would ban nuclear weapons.
A special edition to mark World Refugee Week, we bring you three stories of refugees who are creating lives on the run.
A karate champion in Indonesia: A Hazara woman who is pushing the boundaries.
A gay man forced to flee Bangladesh finds that life in Nepal isn’t easy either.
And we hear from a Syrian refugee in South Korea.
But before all of that, we start with the story of striking farmers in India, whose protests recently turned bloody under police gunfire.