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Myanmar Musings

Myanmar Musings is the world's leading podcast with researchers and thinkers on issues relating to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this show are those of the interviewees/guests and do not necessarily accord with those of the host or the Myanmar Research Centre.

May 12, 2020

Nats are hugely powerful, influential spirit beings believed to inhabit the trees, towns and buildings of Myanmar. Dr Sally Bamford discusses the history, folk tales and art history of nats, including how they are connected to Buddhism yet retain their animist roots in many ways.


May 6, 2020

In our annual Press Freedom episode, journalists Tom Kean and Ben Dunant discuss how COVID-19 is the final "nail in the coffin" for traditional advertising-based media in Myanmar and evaluate the government's and the media's responses to the pandemic.


Apr 20, 2020

Mike Dunford, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the Australian National University, takes us on a whirlwind tour of all things tea leaf salad, a uniquely Myanmar dish that is still ragingly popular. Who grows tea in Myanmar, how, where? How do you ferment tea? What is the difference between tea for eating and tea for...


Mar 6, 2020

Did you know you can do more than just drink tea in tea shops? You can even do research! In this episode Dinith Adikari discusses why tea shops are fascinating spaces in Yangon including their past, present and future.