Why It Matters (Season 4) – How To Survive A Pandemic

COVID-19 is one of the worst crises humanity has ever seen and this outbreak is unlikely to be the last. What will it take to survive it – and prepare for the next? How is this pandemic changing the way we work, travel or use the loo? Can Virtual Reality be the key to keeping us sane amid the social isolation? Joshua Lim is back to make sense of the world in the age of social distancing.



Genre: Current Affairs / Health / Techonology
Language: English
Year: 2020

Duration: 9 Episodes x 30 Minutes
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Show Format: HD


Episode 1 – How Much Longer?
When will life as we know it return?  From examining what the safe distance should be, to catching up with the scientists at the frontlines of vaccine development, host Joshua Lim finds out what it will take for the pandemic to end.

Episode 2 – Living Virtually
Going crazy from being stuck at home? What if all you needed was a pair of Virtual Reality (VR) goggles to travel the world, have a birthday party or even go on a date? Join host Joshua Lim as he explores if VR can save our sanity and our economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episode 3 – How Is The Pandemic Changing Us?
COVID-19 did not just attack our bodies, it also exposed how easily the things we take for granted in our lives can disappear overnight. Host Joshua Lim discovers how the virus will change our world – from grocery shopping, to air travel, to even how we use the loo.

Episode 4 – Should We Hack Our DNA?
Hack your DNA, and change your destiny. CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene editing tool that can eradicate diseases, and maybe one day even enhance our looks, personalities, and abilities. How does it do that, and are we ready for it?  Joshua finds out what conditions he could be passing down to his children with a DNA test, and questions if CRISPR could write them away. He meets some dengue-destroying mosquitoes, and anxiety-relieving vegetables that have been genetically edited with CRISPR. He finds out why many are still hesitant to adopt this revolutionary biomedical technology.

Episode 5 – Levelling Up The Last Mile
2 in 5 Singaporeans report that they have been shopping more online during the pandemic and some experts think this habit is likely to stick in the future. While digital shopping might feel like the way of the future, but the way your goodies are sorted and delivered to your doorstep remains largely a low-tech manual process, and may even come with a hidden carbon footprint. Joshua Lim hunts down the technologies in the pipeline that promises to make deliveries less manual and more eco-friendly.

Episode 6 – Innovations In A Pandemic
A face shield that allows you to project your voice while wearing a mask. A super computer that runs simulations that can tell whether COVID-19 measures are safe enough. A wearable that keeps you from touching your face. A robot that disinfects every nook and cranny in the room. The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a wave of creativity from scientists and inventors. Joshua Lim goes on the hunt for innovations that help make the new normal a little more bearable.

Episode 7 – Are You Ready For The Future Of Work?
COVID-19 is pushing the world into the largest-ever workplace experiment – with remote work. Is this the dawn of a new era in the world of work? Many workers are currently working from home – and would like to continue doing so. Meanwhile, companies around the world are also toying with the idea of making a permanent shift into remote work. What will we lose from our face-to-face collaborations, when this seismic shift becomes permanent? Can technology make virtual collaborations as engaging and creative as real world interactions? How will this change to remote work transform office spaces or even whole cities? And when it no longer matters where employees are working from, how will that change the global job market? Joshua Lim finds out.

Episode 8 – Why Aim For Space?
The space race is heating up once again – with space superpowers and private companies with deep pockets attempting missions to the Moon and beyond. Enter a new contender – Singapore. What can a small nation like Singapore achieve in the vast expanse of space? What obstacles are in its way?

Episode 9 – Green Wheels In Motion
2040 is Singapore’s deadline to phase out internal combustion engines. Right now, only about five per cent of vehicles in Singapore are “green” – hybrid or electric. More incentives will roll out next year to promote the use of electric cars – but are they enough? Are green cars really as environmentally friendly as they made out to be? Is there a better, cleaner alternative to electric vehicles?