Introducing The Coconuts Podcast, available now everywhere

Hear about the Indonesian family who named their kid Google? The tragic suicide in Yangon that propelled LGBTQ rights into the national spotlight? What about the gecko a Thai doctor discovered living in a patient’s ear?

Today, we’re officially launching The Coconuts Podcast, a weekly discussion of the stories coursing through our eight newsrooms across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. Journalists Todd Ruiz and Teirra Kamolvattanavith, based in our Bangkok office, will run down the biggest Coconuts stories of the week, taking you behind the headlines and into the field with our correspondents to give you a vital snapshot of what’s going on across the region.

Like what you hear? Listen to Episode 2, just out today, in which we discuss LGBTQ intolerance in Myanmar, a gecko found in an unusual place in Thailand, and a whole lot more below. 

Download or stream it now from a variety of platforms including on, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Whooshka. We’ve also partnered with Google to bring The Coconuts Podcast to all of its Google Assistant-powered devices, from smartphones to home automation systems.

Just add Coconuts as a news source then say, “Hey, Google, give me Coconuts news.”

New episodes will launch every Friday. 

You can check out our pilot episode below, in which we talked about our complicated relationship with motorcycle taxis and took to the streets of Hong Kong to cover the biggest protest in the city’s history.


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