Season 2! Update On Us & Indonesia’s Long Political Summer

After a much-needed and too-long break (sorry!) we’re excited to be back with Season 2 of Dialogika! In this episode, we share some life updates following our big moves from Indonesia to the United States and the travels in-between.

We also provide an in-depth overview of what’s been happening politically in Indonesia while we were out, including discussing the ongoing Habib Rizieq pornography case saga (also known as #baladacintarizieq, or the Rizieq Love Ballad), Jokowi’s controversial banning of the Indonesian branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international extremist Islamic organization, the unresolved case of chief KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission) investigator Novel Baswedan’s acid attack and how it relates to the political moves being made to weaken the KPK as an institution. All of these discussions are particularly significant when viewed with an eye on the 2019 Indonesian presidential election and Jokowi’s chances in it.

You’ll notice that we’ve introduced a whole new set of music for Season 2. We’ve heard feedback from some of you about our music, and we’re excited to share this development as part of our efforts to continue to improve not only the content but also the quality of the podcast experience.

We’re also very thrilled to share that Sebastian Hadinata has joined us as a volunteer after reaching out to us on Facebook. It’s not always easy to juggle the demands of a podcast such as ours with our own full-time jobs, studies, and #sidehustles, so we very much appreciate the help — welcome on board, Sebastian! If you want to volunteer with us, email us at, or drop us a message on Facebook!

We’ve got an exciting season ahead and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Here’s to Season 2 of Dialogika — thanks for listening!

For those interested in learning more about the topic, we’ve provided links to resources as well as other recommended readings.
Episode 20: Tolerance on Trial — our episode last year about Habib Rizieq and the FPI
Hard-Line Moralist in Indonesia Faces Pornography Charges — courtesy of the New York Times
Banning the HTI — a slippery slope for Jokowi and Indonesian democracy
Interview with Novel Baswedan Following Acid Attack — courtesy of TIME Magazine
Discussing the Papua Situation — Febriana Firdaus’ piece for TIME Magazine
Setya Novanto and the e-KTP Scandal — explainer on the electronic identity card case gripping the nation and implicating its highest-ranking politicians
The Weakening of the KPK — courtesy of SBS Indonesian