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Sep 17, 2018

David and Eugene continue their series on productivity, and talk about how they prioritize the activities and experiences that are truly important to them. Eugene discusses his aspirations of being a more systematic “life planner” while David gets personal about how his priorities have changed since his early 20’s. Thanks for listening!

Music

BTS – Idol

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“Living is choosing.” – Eugene Chang

Aug 28, 2018

My one takeaway from the dazzling “Crazy Rich Asians.” Thanks for listening!

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/magazine/what-a-fraternity-hazing-death-revealed-about-the-painful-search-for-an-asian-american-identity.html

https://slate.com/culture/2018/08/crazy-rich-asians-the-movie-adaptation-reviewed.html

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“Finding that I could cry watching the most over the top aisle walk on the planet.” – Chrissy Teigen

Aug 21, 2018

"Productivity" has become a cottage industry in the modern world--with experts like Tim Ferriss and David Allen writing best selling books about getting things done. Yet what these productivity gurus often overlook is the purpose behind the hyper efficiency. Today on the show, David and Eugene get personal and talk about the purposes that drive and motivate their daily lives. Eugene also talks about how he overcomes his struggles with procrastination to become a more productive person. This is an episode you won't want to miss! :)

Eugene's 4 Levels of Productivity Operation ("PAPE"):

1: Defining PURPOSE in life.
2: Deciding on the ACTIVITIES that belong to this purpose.
3: Creating a PLAN to accomplish these activities.
4: Developing EFFICIENCIES in execution.

Thanks for listening!

Music:

Waimis - Heaven Voices

Nature - Allegro Cantabile

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“He ruled out paying attention to almost anything but business—art, literature, science, travel, architecture—so that he could focus on his passion." - Alice Schroeder on Warren Buffett.

Aug 9, 2018

David and Eugene have a genuine debate over whether Mission Impossible: Fallout was one of the best Mission Impossible movies EVER or fell short of a truly great M:I movie. David talks about an important change to Ethan Hunt’s character that made him brilliantly Tom Cruisey, while Eugene discusses his own real life experience flying a helicopter (!). PLUS we spend a few bonus minutes debating the very polarizing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Warning: SPOILERS! And thanks for listening!

MI6 behind the scenes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzhb3Su8TAE

Music:

Fallout – Lorne Balfe

Mission: Accomplished – Lorne Balfe

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“This is a bad idea.”

“Is it ever a good one, honestly?”

Jul 26, 2018
Many people say The Incredibles is one of their favorite Pixar movies — and deservedly so. But in today’s conversation, David talks about some structural issues he found deeply problematic about The Incredibles franchise, while Eugene plays devil’s advocate and responds in kind. NOTE: While this isn’t a normal movie review, be warned that there are a few spoilers in this episode. Thanks for listening! 
 
Music:
Consider Yourselves Undermined! - Michael Giacchino
The Glory Days (a cappella) - Michael Giacchino  
 
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“We were Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian. We were brown and yellow. But we didn’t mind that our role models were all white. We were Spider-Man. We were Batman. We were Superman. We were Captain America. We were always, happily, obliviously, super.” - Umapagan Ampikaipakan, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/26/opinion/that-oxymoron-the-asian-comic-superhero.html
 
“I feel pretty good calling Umapagan’s Ampikaipakan’s recent New York Times op-ed a bunch of hogwash.” - Nancy Bulalacao, https://hyperallergic.com/266260/its-a-bird-its-a-plane-its-another-white-superhero/
Jul 10, 2018

Who are you? In today’s episode, Eugene and I plumb the depths of our upbringing to talk about our childhoods, our values, and our attitudes toward race, religion, and politics. Eugene reveals what happened when he played “the line game” as a resident advisor in-training at Michigan, and I talk about why I consider myself the “black sheep” of the family, at least when it comes to my faith.

Thanks again to my podcasting partner Eugene Chang. And thank you for listening!

Music:
FREDJI - Happy Life
GFRIEND - Time for the Moon Night (instrumental)

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"And this is the part where you find out who you are.” - The Maine

Jun 28, 2018

Your smartphone is your constant companion. Your connection to the world. An extension of you. But is your smartphone REALLY bad for you? In this episode, Eugene Chang and I talk about how we use our iPhone and Android devices respectively, and discuss whether this is a good or bad thing. Eugene talks about some apps that have been especially useful for him as a techy, and I describe (and attempt to defend) the Rube Goldberg like contortions I make to "stick it to big telecom."

This is the first of what hopefully will be a series of “conversations with my brother” about topics we think are interesting and relevant in our modern age. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Oshóva - Summer's Tides

Flamingosis – She Loved Me 

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“We are made of the same stardust of which all things are made, and when we are immersed in suffering or when we are experiencing intense joy we are being nothing other than what we can’t help but be: a part of our world.” – Carlo Rovelli

Jun 11, 2018

Is the Star Wars cinematic universe in trouble? Jennifer, Rob, and Eugene come back to discuss and review Solo: A Star Wars Story. We talk about what went right, what went very wrong, our reactions to spoilers, and what the future holds for the SW franchise.

Thanks for listening!

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"Everything you heard about me is true." - Lando Calrissian

Mar 7, 2018

The Power and Perils of GRIT.

How to become more gritty, how to teach your children grit, and why you need to think about grit in a completely different way. 

References:

Jess Lee: "Partner at Sequoia Capital and Former CEO" | Talks at Google: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwjZHFMdgLk

Angela Duckworth, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”: https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-book/

Kieran Setiya, “Midlife: A Philosophical Guide”: http://www.ksetiya.net/midlife.html

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Jan 22, 2018

A brief afterword to close out the K-pop series, and some personal reflections for 2018. Thanks for listening and Happy New Year! :)

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Jan 3, 2018

I’m usually not an aggressive self-promoter, but having listened to several reviews of the latest Star Wars movie, I believe our podcast offers one of the richest, most engaging discussions you’ll find of this film. And that’s due to my remarkable friends Jennifer, Rob, and Eugene, who joined me in a no holds barred review of the film. We talk about what we loved about The Last Jedi, what troubled us, Jennifer’s theory of what may happen in Episode 9 (hint: rise up!), and much more. This was one of my favorite episodes of the year and I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for listening!

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“At the premiere, there were cameras everywhere and people saying my name. First of all, they knew my name, which is very different for me. And then I saw this girl who was dressed as Rose and I just lost it.” – Kelly Marie Tran

Dec 14, 2017

The Ironman Triathlon is a grueling one day endurance race consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.22 mile full length marathon run. It’s considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. To accomplish this feat once in your lifetime is impressive enough. But to return to this race 3, 4, 5 times or more? Today, I welcome back on the podcast Sam Chung, Jack Chen, and Rob Koh who talked with me about their Ironman experience back in March. What drives them back to Ironman year after year? What’s it like to have to drop out mid-race? And how does one of them train with his six year old daughter? Thank you Rob, Jack, and Sam for coming back to the show!

Catch the first episode, “How to be an Ironman” here: http://whatjustpodcast.libsyn.com/how-to-be-an-ironman-ep-16

Thanks for listening!

Music
Del - Smells Like Summer
Christian Nanzell - Switchblade

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Nov 21, 2017

In the second half of this K-pop series, we identify the secret ingredient that propelled Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to success in the United States, the cautionary tale of The Wonder Girls, and my deep, personal dilemma with nine member girl group Twice’s single, “Likey.”

Select links and references:

If you’re new to K-pop, I found the best place to start is a website called moonROK, which has a helpful series of articles called “The History of K-pop, Chapters 1 – 10.” http://www.moonrok.com/tag/the-history-of-k-pop-10/

Factory Girls: Cultural technology and the making of K-pop - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/08/factory-girls-2

Korea's S.M. Entertainment: The Company That Created K-Pop - https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesasia/2013/07/31/koreas-s-m-entertainment-the-company-that-created-k-pop/#45bb264c407d

Hallyu, K-pop! Inside the weirdest, most lucrative global frenzy in music - https://qz.com/725161/kpop-feature/

The Hallyu Wave: How Crisis Led to K-pop - http://seoulbeats.com/2015/05/hallyu-wave-crisis-led-k-pop/

Books

Euny Hong, The Birth of Korean Cool (2014)
Stuart Kallen, K-Pop: Korea’s Musical Explosion (2014)

A complete list of citations can be found at: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast.

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Nov 21, 2017

The K-pop boy band ‘BTS’ made history on November 19, 2017 as the first ever Korean band to perform on the American Music Awards. If you’re mystified by the worldwide phenomenon known as K-pop, you’re not alone. K-pop has experienced a massive surge in popularity in recent years. K-pop has come a LONG way from its roots twenty five years ago when a single live performance by a rookie band electrified the nation. And it’s remarkable that what is essentially “Top 40” music from the relatively small nation of South Korea has reached such epic heights of global domination.

Our story beings with a 19 year old high school dropout, a lonely 13 year old teenage girl, and “a boy named Soo.”

(Afterword coming soon!)

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Sep 7, 2017

This is (finally!) the second half of my conversation with Pastor Darryl Brumfield and Professor Jennifer Lee Koh. We talk about immigration — a timely topic given the recent news. Jennifer shares her perspective as someone who runs an immigration clinic and is very much witnessing what’s happening with undocumented immigrants on the ground, while Darryl gives his thoughts of how immigration does and should relate to the Christian church. Finally, I discuss an article written by a progressive writer who wonders whether the democrats have gone too far in embracing immigration.

Thank you again Darryl and Jennifer for another amazing episode!

Link to Peter Beinart article: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-democrats-immigration-mistake/528678/

Music:
Leavv - Home
Jinsang - Slumpin

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Jul 25, 2017

Darryl Brumfield and Jennifer Lee Koh are back to talk about why juries have consistently found police officers NOT guilty in the shooting and killing of black civilians. Darryl also shares what it’s like to both give and receive “the Talk,” as well as a personal experience of being arrested by the police in an all-white neighborhood (and staring down the barrel of the officer’s shotgun).

Thank you Darryl and Jennifer for another amazing episode!

Music: 
Tenvey - Wings
Liquid Memoirs - Lucid

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Jun 16, 2017

The second half of my interview with Darryl Brumfield. Darryl has spent more than thirty years as both a software engineer and as a pastor. For the last several years he’s been serving at Newsong Church in Santa Ana, CA. He’s a gifted speaker, funny story teller, and, as someone who grew up in the city of Compton during white flight, someone with an extremely unique and fascinating childhood, with experiences he’s carried with him to this day. Last year, Darryl published his first book called, “Hearing God & Slaying Giants in Your Career.” I had the pleasure of speaking to Darryl, learning more about how he thinks, and simply shearing the amazing stories about his life. 

Many thanks to Darryl for his arresting insight and generosity of spirit!

Music: 
Husky - Joey Pecocaro
Ocean - THBD

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Jun 10, 2017

Darryl Brumfield has spent more than thirty years as both a software engineer and as a pastor. For the last several years he’s been serving at Newsong Church in Santa Ana, CA. He’s a gifted speaker, funny story teller, and, as someone who grew up in the city of Compton during white flight, someone with an extremely unique and fascinating childhood, with experiences he’s carried with him to this day. Last year, Darryl published his first book called, “Hearing God & Slaying Giants in Your Career.” I had the pleasure of speaking to Darryl, learning more about how he thinks, and simply shearing the amazing stories about his life. 

Many thanks to Darryl for his generosity and insight!

Two quick corrections: The Watts Riots happened in 1965, not 1968. And there were actually two “Great Migrations” of African Americans from the south, the first wave in the 1920s, and the  which began in 1940.

Music: 
Partly Sunny - Joey Pecocaro

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Jun 6, 2017

This is a special episode. The regular What Just Happened podcast will be back again soon!

I'm thrilled to be part of the launch of the brand new PAAC Podcast! This is a project that PAAC co-founders Lydia Suh and Liz Lin had been wanting to do for months. And whether you call it divine intervention or just remarkable timing, the stars aligned to make it happen. 

Today’s episode is about origin stories. How Lydia and Liz met, how the PAAC Facebook group and podcast came to be, and looking ahead, what they aspire for the future.

We want this podcast to be an extension of the Progressive Asian American Christian community. To that end, please subscribe to the podcast, spread the word to your friends and family, and let us know what you’d like to hear on the show. We would also be very grateful if you helped others discover the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes.

Thank you to everyone who helped put this podcast together. And special thanks to all the members of the PAAC Facebook community, who have created a space and community where people feel at home.

Thank you all for listening!

PAAC Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/progressiveasianamericanchristians/

Page: https://www.facebook.com/PAACpodcast/

PAAC Conference 2017: http://progressiveasianamericanchristians.org/

Liz’s articles:

“The Loneliness of the Progressive Asian American Christian,” http://thesaltcollective.org/loneliness-progressive-asian-american-christian/

"Still a Progressive Asian American Christian, Now a Lot Less Lonely,” http://thesaltcollective.org/still-progressive-asian-american-christian-now-lot-less-lonely/

Twitter: @paacpodcast
Email: progressiveaachristians @ gmail . com

Music:
Liquid Memories - Lucid
Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter

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May 10, 2017

The modern workplace can be stressful--to say the least. Most of us work out of necessity, and yet we also have unique motivations that fuel our creativity. What inspires us not just to work but to do our very best? Is there a right or wrong approach to work? What drives highly ambitious or ultra competitive people? To help answer these questions, I’m joined by Eugene Chang and licensed therapist Tim Long. Tim helps us interpret our different approaches to work through the lens of a professional counselor, and sheds light on the hidden forces at play (no pun intended) in how we approach our careers.

Many thanks to Tim and Eugene!!!

Tim's practice can be found here:
http://www.kainoschristiantherapy.com/
329 N. Wetherly Drive, Suite 206
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Office (310) 203-1510
tim@kainoschristiantherapy.com

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Apr 25, 2017

Apologies for being blunt, but why does government suck right now? And what can we do about it? Once again, it’s something the mainstream media hasn’t told you. Here's my theory for why politics is so dysfunctional -- and the one (and maybe ONLY) thing that will fix it.

Music:
Husky - Joey Pecoraro
Tired Boy - Joey Pecoraro

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Apr 13, 2017

White privilege is not an easy topic to talk about. In fact, arguably in certain circles the number one rule about white privilege is you don't talk about white privilege. Jennifer and Jeremy return to provide a thoughtful, respectful, and personal conversation about racial privilege. What it is, why it's so hard to talk about, and ways we can move the dialogue forward in a healthy way. We also discuss Princeton Theological Seminary's recent decision to rescind the Kuyper Prize from Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Thank you Jeremy and Jennifer for another insightful, deeply entertaining conversation! Listeners, let us know what you thought of the show. :)

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Apr 13, 2017

Hi all,

I would really, really appreciate if you could like or follow my new What Just Happened? podcast Facebook page. Several people have suggested for a while that I create one (thank you! – you know who you are). I’m moving all forthcoming updates concerning the podcast off of my personal Facebook profile and onto the new page—including a new upcoming episode with returning guests Jeremy Weese and Jennifer Lee Koh!

Thank you everyone for all your amazing comments and feedback and for listening to the podcast! :)

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Apr 6, 2017

Dave Wallace and I have had several conversations about whitewashing over the past year. He and I come from very different places, and that becomes evident in our differences of opinion. But despite our disagreements, I've appreciated our civil, respectful dialogues about a sensitive topic. It's something I wish we saw more of in the mainstream press.

In any event, at long last Ghost in the Shell has come out in theaters, and Dave and I caught up one more time to discuss our thoughts on the movie and where we stood on the whitewashing controversy.

Thank you Dave for an honest & thoughtful discussion!

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Music from the Ghost in the Shell Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:
Ghost in the Shell - Steve Aoki Remix
Reincarnation - Kenji Kawaii (1995)

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Mar 22, 2017

Critics are sharply divided over 2017's live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Find out where Eugene and I stand on this box office behemoth. We talk about the visual imagery, the music, the characters, the new scenes, how it compares to the 1991 animated classic, and Eugene tests his wits on an impromptu Disney Princess quiz!

Thank you Eugene Chang for another fun review!

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Music from the Beauty and the Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:
Something There - Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, & Co.
Be Our Guest - Ewan McGregor & Co.

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