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Philippine history that is accessible and approachable. PODKAS envisions the mainstreaming of critical discussions on Philippine history, politics, and society to broader audiences using new media, accessible language, and relatable content. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/podkas/support
 
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Rizal’s life abroad was productively spent not only on writing but also in fraternizing with like-minded ilustrados that launched the propaganda movement in Spain. Know more about them and more in this episode of #RizalOnAir. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podkas/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/podkas/support…
 
In 1882, Rizal left for Europe to pursue further studies. During these years of Rizal abroad, he spent time not only studying but also fraternizing with fellow Filipinos and being involved in the propaganda movement. What difficulties did he face during these years? Find out in this episode of Rizal On Air. --- Send in a voice message: https://anch…
 
Chances are, the stuff you know about the boy Jose Rizal is mostly invented. He isn’t exactly a boy genius of immeasurable talent and a kind heart. He’s just… normal. But many events of his young life set the stage for who he became later on. Find out about it and more in this episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podkas/messageSu…
 
To know Rizal, we must first understand the context of his life and heroism. We do that by looking at the developments of the Philippines as Spain’s colony in the nineteenth century, and the conditions that brought about the ideas and experiences of Jose Rizal. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podkas/messageSupport this podcast: https…
 
We look back at the second quarter of 2022 in this new Catch Up episode. We talked about the elections, the results, and the troubles of legitimate media organizations, and ruminate about how we could move forward under a new administration. We also talked about the series of changes in the lives of the PODKAS team, and the upcoming series, #RizalO…
 
As we end our fourth season, we tackle in our finale a very important yet contested topic about our society: our democracy. Moving to a new administration, how do we think about the ways to navigate the current landscape of our society to contribute to building our democratic institutions, remain hopeful, and find our voice in strengthening democra…
 
A condominium obstructing the Rizal Monument's view. An expressway project over the Pasig River threatening to destroy heritage sites. Cultural heritage practices in danger of vanishing. Why is heritage so hard to protect in the country? We talked to Dr. Ivan Henares of the UP Diliman Asian Institute of Tourism to unpack the many heritage issues we…
 
We have seen the future of our cities, and it is bleak. Urbanization comes with challenges in transport, infrastructure, security, health, and other essential social services. As it is, our cities have creaked and groaned; what more ten or fifty years from now? We talked with Ica Fernandez, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Cambridge, to unr…
 
Is foreign debt a bad thing? How has debt impacted Philippine development in the 20th century? We talked with Dr. Leloy Claudio of the University of California, Berkeley, to see the Philippine experience on foreign debt and what it means in the current crisis context. This episode was recorded before the results of the 2022 Presidential elections. …
 
Ever wondered when we started calling OFWs “Bagong Bayani”? Or how did we ever become one of the biggest diaspora populations in the world? Join us in this episode as we break down the issues and concerns surrounding labor export and OFWs with Dr. Jean Encinas Franco of UP Diliman. Our full interview with Jean is available as a website exclusive, s…
 
As we celebrate Labor Day on May 1, we sat down with senatorial candidate and former Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino president, Luke Espiritu, to tackle unemployment, poverty wages, and the Philippine labor situation. What can we do to revitalize the fight for labor rights in the country, and what does it mean to elect labor leaders in public off…
 
Our final episode for this mini-series isn't exactly a historical sub-discipline, but nonetheless very important and consequential to how we perceive and understand the Philippine past. Bro discusses some of the problems of history education in the country and relates potential strategies we can take to solve this. Visit our website, www.podkas.org…
 
In the Philippines, traditional media has faced attacks by the state and is being sidelined by the rise of social media. This episode, we talked to Ayee Macaraig, journalist and academic, on the dynamics of media and politics in the Philippines and how we can continue understanding the place of media in a democracy. Visit our website, www.podkas.or…
 
For the penultimate episode of our #HistoryPrimer series, we talk about a field of history we practice through PODKAS: Public History. Join us in exploring the imperative of historical scholarship to take on a public face. Visit our website, www.podkas.org, for more stuff on Philippine history, politics, and society. --- Send in a voice message: ht…
 
For decades, Philippine education has been plagued with numerous challenges that have seem to have been magnified by the ongoing pandemic. We unpack many of these challenges in this episode with the help of Dr. Lorina Calingasan, former principal of the UP Integrated School and professor at the UP College of Education. Listen to our full interview …
 
What is Global History, and how is it different from the World History that we know and studied in high school? In this episode, our PODKAS team member Bro orients us about human interconnectivity and processes at a global scale that shaped the world as we know it today. If you want more of PODKAS, visit our website, www.podkas.org. --- Send in a v…
 
Religious block voting. Candidates seeking the endorsement of religious leaders. Religious leaders running for public office. And people on social media who post bible verses while hurling expletives and wishing people death—what makes for such a fascinating mix of religion and politics in the Philippines? We talked to Jayeel Cornelio of the Ateneo…
 
At its core, economic history investigates the economic aspects of the human experience. But it is a historical subdiscipline wrought with intellectual debates on theory and method. Find out about this and more in this episode of History Primer. Visit our website, www.podkas.org, for more stuff on Philippine history, politics, and society. --- Send…
 
The military is ideally a non-politicized sector that is subservient to civil authority. But in the Philippines, the military has been politicized, and it is not uncommon for them to occupy cabinet seats or run for elective positions. What does this mean for our democracy? In this episode, we talked to Dr. Aries Arugay of the University of the Phil…
 
We present you our first Quarterly Catch Up! We talk about three of the biggest issues for the first quarter, January to March, 2022: the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the 2022 national elections. Join us as we wrap this quarter up before it ends! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podkas/messageSupport this po…
 
From the social, we turn our attention to the cultural, as a cultural turn brought attention to cultural history and how ordinary peoples conceived and made meaning of the world they lived in through culture. Lee walks us through this brief introduction designed to pique the history major and enthusiast's mind, especially with what exemplar works i…
 
Despite the 1987 Philippine Constitution expressly prohibiting political dynasties, political families have been so entrenched in Philippine politics that it seems as if a mark of our political identity. Dr. Patricio Abinales helps us historicize the phenomenon of dynastic politics and what can we do in this new episode of Hindi Na Bago ‘Yan. Visit…
 
How did social history emerge as a counterpoint to political history, and why is it important to refocus our attention beyond the affairs of state? Listen as Aaron explains what social history is in this new episode of History Primer. Visit our website www.podkas.org for more stuff on Philippine history, politics, and society. --- Send in a voice m…
 
Artista-turned-politiko, celebrities endorsing politicians, and star-studded campaign sorties and rallies—is celebrity a factor in Philippine politics? And what does this say about our democracy and the Filipino electorate? To unpack this, we are joined by historian, DLSU assistant professorial lecturer, and one of the most visible historical resou…
 
To understand how the Duterte administration stifles dissent and packages criticism as credible threats against the state through red-tagging, we must contextualize red-tagging as a decades-old practice in the Philippines and how it threatens peaceful activism today. We are joined by a medical doctor, mental health advocate, and Akbayan Party-List …
 
Since Duterte rose to power in 2016, he has been tagged a “populist” president. But what is populism? And how did Duterte and other Philippine leaders embody it? In this episode, we are joined by Cleve Arguelles, a political scientist from De La Salle University and a Ph.D. student from the Australian National University to understand what populism…
 
We end the year with several issues that rocked the country this month: the BDO scam, the removal of World War II heroes from the 1,000 peso banknote, the entry of the Omicron variant and the continuing COVID situation in the Philippines, Typhoon Odette that ravaged parts of Visayas and Mindanao, and the latest Pulse Asia survey on presidential pre…
 
In recent months, tensions rising in the West Philippine Sea have hogged the headlines, while our territorial claims in Sabah have been revived perennially by government officials and other claimants in the south. What should we know about our territorial disputes, and how do these issues affect the country's foreign policy? We talked to Dr. Herman…
 
After almost a century, a land reform program that would genuinely emancipate the Filipino farmers remains elusive. Our agricultural situation pales in comparison to that of our neighbors. Small landholders and landless peasants find themselves in precarious and impoverished situations, especially when viewed relative to their Southeast Asian count…
 
Much has been said about Mindanao, the "land of promise" and the site of an intractable ethnic conflict that took decades to resolve. Significant milestones have been achieved in recent years, and now, we have the Bangsamoro, which has replaced the ARMM as a more preferred autonomy setup. But how should we understand the developments in Muslim Mind…
 
In recent decades, multiple presidents have attempted to undertake constitutional reform. No one has yet to succeed. In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency on a platform of shifting the country to a federal system of governance, but the motion has already been long dead, sidetracked by a bevy of reasons, one of them, the COVID-19 pan…
 
Although the holidays are just around the corner, we will not let November pass us by without talking about some of its news-breakers. We talked about the continuing COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines and the reopening of schools, the latest display of aggression by China in the West Philippine Sea, and the gripping drama that was the deadline fo…
 
The climate crisis is upon us. In a country as high in the global climate risk index as the Philippines, we must understand the nature and context of a global phenomenon that threatens us today and in the future. What are the roots of this problem, and how can we engage our leaders on this issue? To know more about climate change, we talked to Dr. …
 
How persistent is economic inequality in the country? In this episode, we reached out to economist and Rappler columnist, Dr. JC Punongbayan of the UP School of Economics to talk about some economic problems that the Philippines have suffered as a nation and what flaws in the system enable these issues to continue to the present. If you want to lis…
 
While the Philippines does well in global gender indices, there is clear and present gender inequality in the country. A closer look into the Philippine gender situation exposes the challenges that women, the LGBT, and other gender minorities face daily. But what about throughout Philippine history? With the help of Sharmila Parmanand, we revisit t…
 
As we face multiple crises today, the proliferation of fake news and disinformation campaigns make the already complex situation more difficult. And yet, fake news isn't really new. In this episode, we situate this phenomenon in history and look at how we can better defend the truth at a time when facts are bent toward insidious aims. With us this …
 
What a historic October it has been! For our wrap up, we talk about the 2022 Philippine elections (which just got more real this month), the oil price hike, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and the historic Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Maria Ressa. With us this episode is Rappler’s Life and Style, Entertainment, and Opinion Editor, Marguerite de L…
 
More than a year and a half later, the fight against COVID-19 still rages on. It seemed as if the world was caught unaware as governments scrambled to respond. But... it's not like the world is experiencing its first pandemic, right? For our second Hindi Na Bago 'Yan episode, we talked to Dr. Renzo Guinto of St. Luke's Medical Center regarding the …
 
PODKAS is back with a brand new season! In the first episode of Hindi Na Bago 'Yan!, we take a look at Philippine elections and party politics. As the 2022 election looms ahead, we are inundated by talks of standard bearers, political parties, party-switching, among others. What do these mean? And how are our elections and political parties rooted …
 
The BER months are here! And even if we're on a break, we cannot miss all the happenings this September, because it was no less newsworthy than the rest of the year! We covered HB 9850 which mandates that 50% of the tertiary Philippine history curriculum be focused on WW2, Toni Talks and that interview with Bongbong Marcos, the continuing COVID-19 …
 
We go back to the events of August 2021 as we discuss the IPCC Report on Climate Change, the Taliban march to Kabul in Afghanistan, the Whang-Od and Nas Academy controversy, and the multitude of issues that hound the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. With us to unpack these issues is our special guest Dr. Dahlia Siman…
 
We conclude our season on contested histories by shining a light on another underrepresented sector in Philippine history: the indigenous peoples. We travel through hundreds of years of resistance against colonization, maintaining indigenous cultures, and the struggle of the IPs for their rights and their welfare in Philippine society. The IP story…
 
The Chinese in the Philippines have been a permanent fixture that has defined Filipino culture for hundreds of years. From trading partners, migrants, and their usual representation as merchants and entrepreneurs, we explore the changing representations of the Chinese in Philippine history in this episode. Visit www.podkas.org for more information …
 
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