In 2004, RTI host Andrew Ryan began recording the sounds of Taiwan and creating "sound postcards" which he sent to listeners around the world via the air waves.
Now, the sounds of Taiwan take center stage in a new series of 5-minute programs that dig deeper into the stories and people of this island. Join Andrew on this audio journey into the heart of Taiwan and its people.
Click on the icon (↑) above to listen to the latest episode, or select previous episodes from the list below (↓).
Every day, dozens of Taiwanese variety shows air in countries around the world – in every place where there are speakers of Mandarin Chinese. Local entertainers dress up in wacky outfits, act out charades, talk about embarrassing moments, sing karaoke, and compete in silly games that are enough to keep any bored couch potato interested. The best part of these programs, is the sound effects, which are played live during the taping of the show.
For sighted people, the ability to see is such a huge part of our daily experience that we almost NEVER think about it unless we need new glasses, or someone turns out the lights. Recently I’ve been teaching radio classes at the Taipei School for the Blind, and it's been an eye-opening experience.
When was the last time you played with a top? If you’re anything like me, it’s probably been more than a couple years. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I held one in my hands. After all, it’s a kids’ toy. Or at least, that’s what I thought until last weekend, I came face-to-face with a massive top that I couldn’t even pick up off the ground.