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Hong Kong Requiem • Checking Your Expat Privilege • Masks as Middle Fingers

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• China lays the groundwork for a final crackdown on Hong Kong

• Reflecting on the privileges and restrictions of being an expat, based on this NYT article.

• Masks become a culture war icon, and we're baffled

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Stay safe, practice social distancing, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

How South Korea Crushed the Coronavirus Outbreak with science journalist Mark Zastrow

In this episode of the Foreign Influence Podcast, we shake things up a bit with Bill interviewing freelance science journalist Mark Zastrow about South Korea's response to the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus. The country has become an international model on how to contain the virus, and Bill talked to him about how South Korea has managed to crush the coronavirus curve. We find out:

• Once burned, twice shy - Asia's experience with SARS 1 and especially Korea's recent experience with a MERS outbreak (also a coronavirus) led South Korea to put the legal and technical infrastructure in place to fight a novel coronavirus.

• It involves an extensive use of already collected commercial data - like mobile phone location information and credit card transactions - to track precisely where infected people were. It does not involve a dedicated tracing app.

• Koreans are generally on board individually and as a society with doing what it takes to fight epidemics, but they don't like lockdowns anymore than anybody else.

 

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To read some of Mark's coverage of covid-19 outbreak, check out these links:

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Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue to the conversation.

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Stay safe, practice social distancing, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Getting Serious About Managing the Dual Crisis • Corona Is a Class Issue • Goats for Everyone

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, in which American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg - in defiance of all things corona - take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Staying in is hard for some people.

• What it takes to make the necessary trade-offs between the public health crisis and the economic crisis.

• The danger from the virus is a class issue.

• America the leader of the world? Not according to everybody else.

• And as we always do, some good news. It involves llamas and goats. What's not to like?

Thanks for listening!

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue to the conversation.

Also, please sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch. We'll have links, more info, and commentary from us.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, practice social distancing, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Don’t Inject Disinfectant (Language!) • How World Leaders Are Covid’ing • China Crackdowns

Warning: We were a bit wound up on this episode, so definitely some NSFW words. 🤬🥺😇

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, in which American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg - in defiance of all things corona - take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Once Pres. Trump casually mused about people injecting disinfectant to fight covid-19, we just couldn't take it anymore.

• We survey other world leader responses.

• China is cracking down under the shadow of covid.

• And as we always do, some good news. More of an attempt this time, really.

Thanks for listening!

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue to the conversation.

Also, please sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch. We'll have links, more info, and commentary from us.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, practice social distancing, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

The Physical and Mental Strain of Recovering from Covid-19

A special episode of the Foreign Influence Podcast - following up on one our previous episodes, we talk again with Adam Hodgkins, who had been in isolation with covid-19 here in Singapore but has now been released! Bill caught up with him by phone to discuss his 25-day-long experience recovering from the disease and the physical and mental strains that came with it.

Thanks for listening!

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue to the conversation.

Also, please sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch. We'll have links, more info, and commentary from us.

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Be safe, don't panic, flatten that curve, and be nice to one another.

Bill & Nikolaj

Singapore Circuit Breaker • On the Ground in Detroit with Covid-19 • Good News

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, in which American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg - in defiance of all things corona - take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Singapore has at last joined much of the rest of the world in lockdown, or as they're calling it here, "circuit breaker".

• A conversation with Keith Mernovage from Detroit, Michigan, USA. We got to know Keith here in Sunny Singapore, but he moved back to Detroit, which is rapidly become the next covid-19 outbreak hotspot in the US. 

• And as we always do, some good news. This time, a website recommendation - Artis Ventures is trying to keep track of all of the medical innovations underway to stop the coronavirus. 

Thanks for listening!

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue to the conversation.

Also, please sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch. We'll have links, more info, and commentary from us.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Be safe, don't panic, flatten that curve, and be nice to one another. 

Bill & Nikolaj

Singapore Circuit Breaker • On the Ground in Detroit with Covid-19 • Good News

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, in which American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg - in defiance of all things corona - take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Singapore has at last joined much of the rest of the world in lockdown, or as they're calling it here, "circuit breaker".

• A conversation with Keith Mernovage from Detroit, Michigan, USA. We got to know Keith here in Sunny Singapore, but he moved back to Detroit, which is rapidly become the next covid-19 outbreak hotspot in the US. 

• And as we always do, some good news. This time, a website recommendation. 

Thanks for listening!

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue to the conversation.

Also, please sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch. We'll have links, more info, and commentary from us.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Be safe, don't panic, and flatten that curve with social distancing. Modern medicine is working hard to catch up!

Bill & Nikolaj

A First-Person Account of Being Infected with Covid-19 • In Times of Crisis, Be Nice

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, in which American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg - in defiance of all things corona - take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! A special episode this week:

• Our friend, Adam Hodgkins, talks to us about his being infected with SARS-Cov-2 and coming down with covid-19. Adam became sick not long after returning to Singapore from the UK and has been in hospital and isolation now for a couple weeks. His wife, who is asymptomatic, has been serving a stay-at-home order, as well. We discuss what happens while being treated and the emotional toll it can take.

• And in this week's good news, Nikolaj and Bill reflect on how, in times like these, fear = bad and nice = good.

Thanks for listening!

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue to the conversation.

Also, please sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch. We'll have links, more info, and commentary from us.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Be safe, don't panic, and flatten that curve with social distancing. Modern medicine is working hard to catch up!

Bill & Nikolaj

On the Ground In Europe with Covid-19 • China Makes Its Move • Good Coronavirus News (Yes, We Mean It!)

It's the latest episode of Foreign Influence, in which American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg - despite the unrelenting coronavirus news - take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

  • The WHO now says Europe is the global epicenter of the covid-19 outbreak. We talk to German technology journalist Christina zur Nedden, who is on lockdown in Austria, about conditions there - and about what this might mean for our freedoms going forward. 
  • China is offering aid to Europe in dealing with the outbreak, while the US seems determined to destroy its relevance on the world stage - and to abandon long-term friendships.
  • And as we always do, we bring on the good news - this time focusing on developments surrounding the covid-19 outbreak that give us hope - neatly summarized in a newsletter Nikolaj has begun!

Thanks for listening!

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue to the conversation.

Also, there's more than we can possibly cram into any given episode. So sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch! We'll have links, more info, and commentary from us.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Be safe, don't panic, and flatten the curve by practicing social distancing in order to give our modern medical systems time to beat the virus!

Bill & Nikolaj

Europe and the Coronavirus Covid-19 • Viral math challenges • It’s Not Looking Good for Sanders

It's the latest episode of Foreign Influence, in which American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international news! This week:

  • In the midst of the Europe's growing struggles with the coronavirus covid-19, the Trump administration takes time to throw them under the bus.
  • An update on life in the second worst hit country in the world, Italy, with friend of the show Omar Osman.
  • A perhaps premature, but likely not, eulogy for the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign in the US.
  • And of course, our usual dose of happy news. The modern track record with defeating disease is holding up.

Thanks for listening!

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Be safe, don't panic, keep washing those hands, and for crying out loud, don't shake them! 🤛🙏👋 or even 🖖, but certainly not 🤝.

Bill & Nikolaj