Sound & MusicEar to the Ground

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 (↓).

What's On

19 September, 2020
Andrew Ryan

Recently I heard about a middle school in central Taiwan that has over 8,000 students. It has figured out how to get 126 school buses, full of students out of the parking lot in just 10 minutes. When you think about it, it’s a SERIOUSLY well-orchestrated ballet that they have there. That got me thinking about how important it is for a densely-packed country like Taiwan to be able to move people around quickly and efficiently.

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12 September, 2020
Andrew Ryan

Let’s make this clear from the very start: although I’m an omnivore, when it comes to hunting and killing my own meat, I’m a vegetarian through-and-through. But when my godfather passed away recently, I joined the men of the Puyuma Tribe on a ritual hunt to mark his passing.

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05 September, 2020
Andrew Ryan

If you ask most people in Taiwan to describe a foreigner, they’ll probably think first of the Caucasians – largely North Americans and Europeans – most of whom are either English teachers or students of Chinese. But the truth is, those foreigners make up less than five percent of Taiwan’s foreign population.

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29 August, 2020
Andrew Ryan

I'll never forget the day my friend’s father passed away. Chen Baba, as I’ve always called him, was sort of like my Taiwanese dad, with my own dad living far away in America. I took the first plane back down to Taitung in southeastern Taiwan to spend time with his family. And while I was down there, I heard a song that moved me beyond words.

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22 August, 2020
Andrew Ryan

When I arrived at Radio Taiwan International today, workers had taped down white plastic matting on the floor to prevent people from slipping, and you could see the old stained floors underneath. It was quite a sight, but as a sound person, the thing that really grabbed me, is that our hallways echoed.

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