The Big Story: New measures to encourage parenthood and marriage; podcasts on the rise in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Catch up with the hottest topics on The Straits Times' new weekday talk show.

The Big Story, broadcast every weekday at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube, has reporters and senior editors discussing the top stories of the day, in the heart of the newsroom.

In Thursday's (Aug 29) episode, ST's education correspondent Amelia Teng will talk about the new government measures to encourage parenthood and marriage, what they mean for young couples and families, and if these enhancements are enough to raise the low birth rates.

ST's deputy Life editor Melissa Sim and head of podcast production Ernest Luis will then share more about why podcasts are becoming more popular, and take a look at SPH podcasts and the company's strategy with the medium.

Topics covered in previous episodes include how a phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean Dipole is likely causing the dry spell in Singapore; whether Singapore should impose a minimum age restriction for private-hire car drivers; the instances where people have to give their NRIC details under stricter rules from Sept 1; and how the growing presence of virtual restaurants and ghost kitchens by food delivery apps disrupt the food and beverage scene here.