Episode 74 - Phạm Minh Hoàng

A Vietnamese educator who has been prevented from teaching, now finds the last part of his identity stripped from him: His Vietnamese citizenship. Professor Phạm Minh Hoàng, a 62-year-old blogger who writes about human rights, social justice, and corruption in Việt Nam, is on the record from Sài Gòn with Loa’s contributing reporter Lilly Nguyễn.


Episode 72 - Phở 101; MSG

A Look Inside Phở: Việt Nam's 'Democratic' Dish
What's in the broth? Loa's Jenny Lý and Lilly Nguyễn have a phở talk and explore Việt Nam's most iconic noodle soup dish. It's this week's "A Look Inside."

Vietnamism: Mythbusting MSG (Re-Run)
We're revisiting our piece on the urban myth surrounding MSG -- the controversial stuff that sometimes goes in the broth. Nguyễn Linh Chi breaks it all down in our "Vietnamism" segment.

Episode 71 - Quyên Lưu; Handedness

On The Record With Quyên Lưu, One of Việt Nam’s Emerging Young Leaders
On May 4, the U.S. Department of State hosted its annual Emerging Young Leaders Award. Among the 10 award recipients was Quyên Lưu, a YouTube sensation and social advocate from Việt Nam.

Loa contributing reporter Nhựt Phó attended the award ceremony and spoke with Quyên about the origin story of Ếch Phu Hồ, her team's Youtube channel of cleverly narrated, controversial hand-drawn animations.

Vietnamism: Lefties Get Left Out...But Why?
Picture yourself holding a pen. Put that pen up to an imaginary piece of paper on an imaginary desk and pretend to start writing. Which hand did you use? The hand that you picked to write is your dominant hand, and the choice you make is called handedness. Most likely, you put up your right hand. A small percentage of you would have put up your left. If you are in an Asian country, let’s say Việt Nam, it would be an even smaller percentage.

So why is this? Loa’s Chí-Linh Đinh was wondering the same thing, so she tries get to the bottom of handedness in Việt Nam.

Episode 70 - War Photography; April News Review

Through the Lens: Nick Út on the Narratives and Photography of the Việt Nam War
Quyên Ngô chats with Nick Út, one of the most famous Vietnamese photographers, as he reflects on the visual interpretation of war in Việt Nam, 42 years after its conclusion.

Rewind: Five News Stories to Know for April
Giang Nguyễn rounds up some of Việt Nam’s big headlines this month.

Episode 68 - Việt Nam Cyber Dialogue

In our first of two vodcasts from Valencia, Spain, we bring you the low-down on the first ever Việt Nam Cyber Dialogue, a gathering of Vietnamese activists, tech companies, journalists, and international rights organizations. We speak to Ella Gancarz of The 88 Projec and our very own editor & VCD organizer Trinh Nguyễn for the recap.

VCD kicked off the Internet Freedom Festival 201, a gathering of communities fighting online censorship and surveillance.

Episode 1 - Black April; A Poetry Reading of Tổ Quốc Gọi Tên

In our first episode, we bring you “A Look Inside” at how Vietnamese youth in Việt Nam and around the world commemorate 40 years since the war, 40 years of a divergent history.

We will be closing our show on Black April with our “Solitary Envoi” segment, which features written works that inspire or are written by the politically repressed in Việt Nam.

Music credit:
Major MajorNo Rhyme

Air date: April 27, 2015