百靈果News is a podcast that comments on international news with a heavy focus on US politics. Purportedly it’s supposed to be bilingual coverage but apart from reading a paragraph from the news…not really.
First off, I do appreciate that there is more and more local podcast content to choose from as it seemed for awhile that the choices were quite slim. And I think 百靈果 really shines when they have guest speakers on that share their experiences through a wide variety of topics. A few examples would be a Taiwanese doctor that has traveled all over the world through war zones, the cultural diplomat from AIT, a Taiwanese professor with an expertise on Latin America etc. I think this does alot to broaden the horizons of many listeners.
However, the hosts themselves can be quite irritating at times as their humor tends to gravitate towards the lowest common denominator. In an attempt to be edgy, they sometimes do more harm than good IMO to perpetuate stereotypes than provide any valuable contribution. This is most obvious in their surface level understanding of US politics and on their most recent episode - foreigners in Taiwan. Every topic seems to show Taiwan in a good light (i.e. as smarter than the US) and avoid anything negative about Taiwan when making comparisons.
Ken (host) said he went on a community group group for foreigners discussing local news which sounded eerily familiar to this board but could be reddit. The topic was foreigners complaining about restrictions here and likening them to the CCP.
His first reaction is to want to respond by saying “go back to your country”.
Then they delve into English teachers complaining about salaries continuing to go down and joke that teachers can no longer pick up women.
And finish with a joke that foreigners all carry the disease.
I get it’s supposed to be all be in good fun, but would be nice if they could add some balance. Instead it just comes off as a blatant ego stroke for local listeners.
The episode in question below. Discussion starts around 15:30.