The Big Story: What's causing Singapore's dry spell and top things to do at Singapore Night Festival

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 Friday's (Aug 23) episode, environment correspondent Audrey Tan talks about how a phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is likely causing the dry spell in Singapore, and whether the dry spell is to be expected in a tropical climate or if it is linked to climate change.

Following that, lifestyle correspondent Benson Ang tells us his top picks from the 12th edition of the Singapore Night Festival 2019 that will take place from Aug 23 to Aug 31.

Lastly, ST Food online editor Hedy Khoo shares her food picks to try this weekend: Hakka-style ban mian at Bossi Ban Mian and unagi at Una Una.

Topics covered in previous episodes include the recommendations by the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers to support older workers; whether Singapore should impose a minimum age restriction for private-hire car drivers; gout striking younger men and what one can do to lower the risks of this painful condition;and the Ministry of Education's latest announcement to increase tuition fee bursaries for poyltechnic and university students.