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Asia Calling
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June 08, 2017 10:52 PM PDT

Afghanistan’s first TV station by and for women.

In India, women branded as witches, and hunted down. We meet the courageous women who have survived the witch hunt, and are fighting back.

What would it take to wipe out malaria? We catch up with a scientist who has devoted his life to the task.

June 02, 2017 01:54 AM PDT

This week we bring you a World Environment Day Special!

We take a look at Thailand’s giant and grotesque looking water monitor. The unique creature is being hit hard by climate change and urbanization.

In Pakistan’s Thar desert, innovative new ways to deal with water shortages.

And mining companies failing to clean up after themselves in The Philippines.

But before that, we start in the hotly contested region of Kashmir, where Indian security forces and Kashmir separatists are bringing new, and more extreme tactics to a conflict that has simmered for 3 decades.

May 26, 2017 02:33 AM PDT

Triple talaq, or instant divorce, under trial in India, as women try to abolish a system they have no say in.

Indonesia’s LGBT community targeted in raids, punished by caning, and now a new task force to track hunt them down.

And despite threats, Pakistan’s Pashtun minority is defiantly holding dances all over the country.

May 18, 2017 08:08 PM PDT
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This week marks 3 years since Thailand’s military coup. With online surveillance ramping up, and critical discussions forcefully squashed, democracy seems further away than ever, despite the promise of elections next year. We take a look at life under the Junta.

And part 2 of our special report on illegal fishing in Indonesia and The Philippines. We get a taste of the corruption that keeps the trade alive.

In India, we ask what has become of snake charmers since their trade has been criminalized.

And an accidental soldier in South Korea.

May 12, 2017 03:23 AM PDT

Each year, unregistered fishing boats haul billions of dollars worth of fish from Indonesian waters. The government is trying to stamp it out by blowing up and sinking the offending boats at sea. We bring you an investigative report on the illegal fishing trade in Indonesia and The Philippines.

We visit a school for grandmothers in India, where women are getting an opportunity they missed out on as kids.

And in Jakarta, the case that’s put the Governor in jail on charges of blasphemy.

May 05, 2017 02:23 AM PDT

A law school for rebels and ethnic minorities in Myanmar’s Kachin State.

In Pakistan the fall out from the Panama Papers continues after a Supreme Court verdict ordered a new investigation into the money trail surrounding the Prime Minister and his family.

And in India, street kids speak out.

April 28, 2017 03:28 AM PDT

Marriages between Afghan refugees and Pakistani women have been taking place for decades, but increasing friction between the two countries leaving families separated by a border.

In Indonesia, an inspiring teacher is challenging the stigma surrounding cerebral palsy.

We hear from the din of India’s deafening cities – some of the loudest cities in the world.

And from Thailand, we meet sex workers who are in control, and showing that they can do it their way.

April 21, 2017 12:43 AM PDT

Spying allegations in Pakistan and a hotly debated death sentence are causing regional tensions.

We hear from Rohingya, the Muslim minority group that has been driven out of Myanmar in the hundreds of thousands.

We trace the story of two Rohingya people, who have watched first hand as waves of violence unravel around them.

And for Rohingya who have fled to India, seeking refuge isn’t as always safe as it seems.

At the end of the program, we deep-dive into the extreme world of beauty pageants in the Philippines.

April 12, 2017 11:52 PM PDT

On the show this week, we’re putting the spotlight on history, as we hear from some of the region’s lesser known moments from the past.

We ask why Thailand has had more coups than any other country in modern history.

Delving into the life of a 19th century Japanese photographer in Australia.

A modern twist on Indonesia’s age old puppetry tradition

And a bakery in Karachi that’s more than 150 years old, where a Muslim baker sells famous hot cross buns to Christians each Easter…

April 09, 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Violent and racist attacks on African students in India

Pakistani women enjoying a long awaited hot cup of tea in a café they can call their own.

The shifting sands of aid and development in Asia, as China is set to usurp Japan as the region’s big player.

And remembering Antoon Postma, the Dutch anthropologist that dedicated his life to recording Mangyan culture in The Philippines.

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