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Sep 11, 2019

In this episode, Eugene and I debate and discuss the so-called “Billy Graham” rule, a practice among some male evangelical Protestant leaders, where they avoid spending time alone with women to whom they are not married. On this Apple Events day, we also discuss what Sir Jony Ive’s departure means for the company, David has an old-man-on-the-lawn moment about “bezels,” and we catch up on how our diets are (or aren’t) going. As always, thanks for listening!

Music:

Scandinavianz — Around The Sea

Jay Someday — Never Give Up

My reading journey:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?order=d&shelf=read&sort=date_read 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

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“The most harmful aspect of the Graham/Pence rule is this: It keeps women out of the room. It says that men can forward their careers via mentoring sessions, golf games and brainstorming lunches, but women cannot. The Graham/Pence rule prevents women from climbing to the top of their careers because the men who have the power to help them get there won’t even let them in the room.” – Monica Hesse

Aug 28, 2019

Let me say this upfront: For some of us, the idea of spending $200 on a single pair of jeans sounds outrageous, while for others, it’s a bargain. For most of my life, I fell squarely in the first camp. Clothing has always been a complicated and sensitive topic for me, for reasons I get into here. In this episode, I talk about why for me my $200 pair of jeans represents a step toward taking ownership of my apparel (perhaps for the first time). Eugene and I also discuss how we like to shop for clothes, what we think our style represents, and some of our favorite brands. We hope you give this a listen!

Note: This episode is not sponsored or endorsed in any way.

Music:

MBB & Jonas Schmidt - Moving On

Robin Sparkles - Let’s Go to the Mall

My reading journey:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?order=d&shelf=read&sort=date_read 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

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"Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing." —Alexander Wang

Aug 14, 2019

Chances are, there's a Slytherin in your life. Slytherins are complicated, even to ourselves. Today we continue our journey through the Hogwarts School, this time discussing the Houses of Slytherin and Ravenclaw. David discusses what he got wrong about Slytherins and what he thinks they really care about, while Eugene stands up on behalf of Ravenclaws. As always, thanks for listening!

Music:

Trey B - Ambition (The Mighty Slytherin Theme)

John Williams - The Knight Bus

What I'm reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?order=d&shelf=read&sort=date_read 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

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“Gryffendor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, no matter in which house we are in; We all belong from Hogwarts, we all know magical arts.” – Ankisha Das

Aug 1, 2019

Are you a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin? A few episodes back I talked about “channeling your inner Slytherin” and that got us thinking about the four houses of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In today’s episode, we talk about which house we think we belong in, the pros and cons of each house, and why sometimes your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. We hope we did right by Harry Potter fans out there. (More HP content to come!) As ever, thanks for listening!

 

What I'm reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?shelf=read

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

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“Hufflepuff is my favorite house in some ways. There comes a point in the book where each house has a chance to rise up to a certain challenge. The Slytherins decided they’d rather not play, the Ravenclaws – some play, some won’t, but the Hufflepuffs stay to fight. They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless, that’s the essence of Hufflepuff.” – JK Rowling  

Jul 23, 2019

Here’s the bad news: It’s going to get uglier. After the news of the past week, I’m bracing myself for an election that may be the most vicious, toxic, and racially charged in my lifetime. On the other hand, I believe there’s a way out. What I mean is, there’s one message that democrats can focus on, that I believe would lead to an effective and winning strategy. It all comes down to just two simple words.

Thanks for listening!

Music:

Peyruis - Grapevine

Scandinavianz - Summertime

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Jul 3, 2019

I’m not gonna lie, this one is personal for me. When I think back to why I started this podcast, at least at a subconscious level, it was partly because I wanted to speak out about this very topic. Many of the issues dividing “progressive” versus “traditional” believes have to do with human sexuality and gender. But as someone who grew up in the church, I believe there’s an even more fundamental problem at the core of traditional Christianity. It’s a problem I’ve thought about and have had many conversations about for years, it’s the central reason why I don’t consider myself a traditional Christian, and incidentally, it’s also a central reason why we’ve seen the explosive growth of “universalism” in recent years.

Very special thanks to my brother Eugene who was willing to engage with me in an open and respectful way on today’s episode. One of the things I absolutely love about this podcast is having a sibling and co-host who is capable of having a fun, interesting, and healthy dialogue on even thorny topics where we may disagree. Thank you brother! And as always, thank you everyone out there for listening!

Music:

Mira Costa - Seasons

Randy Travis - Sweet By and By

What I'm reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?shelf=read

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

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“The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you.” – Jonathan Edwards

“Does the sadistic monster in Jonathan Edwards’ sermon look like Jesus? Of course not. So we are free to reject it. We MUST reject it!” - Brian Zahnd

Jun 18, 2019

We like to keep things practical on this podcast. A while back (Ep. 31), I talked about why grit is one of the most important characteristics to teach your kids for success, more important than talent or luck. But no one is ever going to “out grit” a computer. As long as it has enough power and functionality, a machine will just keep on doing what it’s programmed to. So how can human beings stand a chance of out-competing neural networks, deep learning, and the rise of machines? In today’s episode, Eugene and I discuss the one human trait we have that may make it possible for humans to stay a step ahead of machines, and what that means for the skill set you should prioritize in your job. (Channel your inner Slytherin.) As always, thanks for listening! :)

Music:

Arensky - Shallows

Jonathan Coulton - Chiron Beta Prime

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“I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.” - Claude Shannon

Jun 4, 2019

If you've been listening to this podcast for a while, hopefully you know our movie reviews are unlike what you typically find online. With the speed of social media, I feel like the Avengers moment has already passed and the current buzz is all about Always Be My Maybe. (Side note: Who would have thought in the "Bill and Ted" days that Keanu Reeves would be such a fantastic Asian American meme?!?) In this episode, Eugene and I breakdown our thoughts of the latest MCU  movie, why the Tony Stark/Pepper Potts storyline was so important to David, the two scenes respectively that made us cry, and more. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Alan Silvestri - One Shot, Portals

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"So many stairs!" - Hulk

May 21, 2019

Love isn’t always easy. Relationships take work. Sometimes the person in a relationship who needs to reflect on this most is the least likely to do that work. Eugene and I have both been married for several years. In that time, we’ve learned a few things about what what works for us and what doesn't. More often than not those lessons have come from past conflict and grief. In today’s episode, we get a little personal, as we share what we’ve learned or wish we had known about love and relationships. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Ian Ewing x Philanthrope - Smart Gurl in a Skort

FredJi - Happy Life

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“True love is singing karaoke Under Pressure and letting the other person sing the Freddie Mercury part.” – Mindy Kaling

May 7, 2019

After returning from a trip to Hong Kong and Seoul, Korea with my parents, I’ve come up with some answers to the question, “Why do you travel?” Although as you’ll hear, my version of an ideal travel vacation is not for everyone (morning commute anyone?). I also talk about how I managed to lose my glasses, weird things about Hong Kong and Seoul, and why Eugene needs to visit an Irish pub. This episode is meant as a follow up to Episode 52, The Essence of Place - Why We Travel. Check that one out if you haven’t already. And thanks for listening!

Music:

Samsonite - Rainy Love

Poong Gyung - Me to You, You to Me

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"Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive.” – Mercedes Lackey

Apr 23, 2019

In my twenties, I had a quarter life crisis. I thought about quitting my job and switching careers. While today's episode isn’t about my quarter life crisis per se, it's about something unexpected (and harrowing) that happened along that journey. That incident, along with a few others, have over time helped me learn how to receive criticism, and provided moments of reflections about the “side hustle” I love. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Artificial.Music - Before I Forget

IU - Through the Night

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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” - Ernest Hemingway

Apr 10, 2019

 

One of the things I’m most proud of about this podcast is that Eugene and I can have real, honest conversations about touchy issues, in a loving, respectful, and thoughtful manner. Along the way, questions will be asked – maybe even impolite ones – but asking questions is at the heart of progress and change. In this episode, Eugene challenges my understanding of privilege, we discuss the recent Captain Marvel ruckus, what “privileged” people are actually supposed to do about their privilege, and how to diversify your palate if you live in a largely monogamous community. (SN: Who knew a movie as effervescent as Mary Poppins Returns could lead to such a robust dialogue about wealth, privilege, and class?) Thanks for listening!

Music:

Artificial Music - Before I Forget

Ikson - AM

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“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” - Toni Morrison

Mar 27, 2019

Why do we travel? What makes us spend our money to leave familiar surroundings, sit in an airplane, and trek into unknown places? As David prepares for a trip to Asia, we spend some time talking about our travel experiences, where we’d love to visit, and what drives us (or doesn’t) to pick up and go. David talks about how he’s trying to change from a “travel scrooge” to a fearless(ish) wanderer, and Eugene reveals the one form of travel he would never, ever do. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Vons - Sunbeam

MBB - Clouds

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“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you. It SHOULD change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” - Anthony Bourdain

Mar 20, 2019

I’ve been sick for the past few weeks. When I’m sick I find I want to turn off my brain, meaning no news, books, podcasts, etc. But for some reason, I find watching videos about cars to be strangely relaxing. This is probably because I’m otherwise so removed from cars and the car industry. For me, it’s like the equivalent of the Food Network or HGTV. In this podcast extra, I ask Eugene for his thoughts about the one car that appears to be dividing auto journalists and car enthusiasts more than any other. We also discuss why we both feel minivans are superior to SUVs and share a quick update on our weight loss and fitness goals. Next week, we’ll be back with another full episode of the podcast. Thanks for listening!

Opening excerpt from the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, Ep. 108: https://www.unnamedautomotivepodcast.com/108

Special thanks to Bjørn Nyland and Doug Demuro, whose videos entertained and kept me company while I was under the weather:

https://www.youtube.com/user/bjornnyland

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqjHFMB_JYTaEnf_vmTNqg

Music:

Ikson - All Night

Alêtro - Insecure

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"It is a majestic, magnificent, and ludicrous vehicle, but curiously hard to love.” - Jason Barlow

Mar 6, 2019

Eugene and I often talk about what it means to be a second generation Asian American. But, at least in my world, I don’t often hear directly from the first generation—the wave of immigrants that came to the United States in large numbers starting in the late 1960s—about their own experiences. Because of language barriers, cultural barriers, and an overall generation gap, the voices of the immigrant generation are often silenced. For our 50th episode of the podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking with our dad, Dr. Chong Hwan Chang, who shares the story of his journey to the United States, why he made the unusual decision to return to Korea after more than thirty years, his perspective on what it means to be Asian American (and which one of us is his favorite, haha). Thanks dad for coming on the show! And thank you for listening!

Music:

LiQWYD - Feel

Shaun - Way Back Home

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"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” – Charles Wadsworth

Feb 21, 2019

Even in the modern age, culture tells us that real men are brave, courageous, strong, and — when necessary — protectors. And yet, healthy masculinity also means men embracing our feelings, being sensitive, kind, and tender. In this episode, David and Eugene discuss healthy versus toxic masculinity, why some traditionalists seem so resistant to change, and ultimately what it means to be a good man. Thanks for listening!

Alexandra Robbins, “A Frat Boy and a Gentleman,” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/26/opinion/sunday/fraternity-sexual-assault-college.html

Music:

JayJen - Rainbow

Twice - Cheer Up

What I'm Reading:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added

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“A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.” - Gautama Buddha

Feb 6, 2019

David and Eugene have had very different journeys to weight loss. As kids, David shopped at the “huskies” section of boy’s apparel, while skinny Eugene sometimes quite literally “forgot to eat.” In this episode, we share our personal experiences with managing weight, discuss why stress and lack of sleep are often at the heart of our weight issues, and get VERY practical with tips, tricks, and habits that ACTUALLY work for us. Thanks for listening!

Music:

Ikson – Do It

BTOB – Call Me

What I'm Reading:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added

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“The first thing you lose on a diet is brain mass.” – Margaret Cho

Jan 23, 2019

NOTE: This is not a normal movie review. Instead in typical WJH fashion, David questions whether there may be a sinister theme lurking behind the effervescent and radiant Mary Poppins sequel, while Eugene questions David’s mode of movie watching (and sanity!). Thanks for listening!

What I'm Reading:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added

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“We’re on the brink of adventure, children. Don’t spoil it with questions.” - Mary Poppins

Jan 9, 2019

Have you ever been asked “what your Myers-Briggs” is? In today’s episode, David and Eugene discuss the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI. We talk about our own results, how they’ve changed over time, what we think of the various indicators, and how as parents we approach the budding personality types of our kids. Thanks for listening!
 
Eugene is “the inspirer”: https://www.personalitypage.com/html/ENFP.html
 
David is “the visionary”: http://www.personalitypage.com/html/ENTP.html 
 
Take the test yourself!: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test 
 
What I'm Reading:
 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit
 
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364?sort=date_added
 
Music
 
Del - New Beginning 
 
Peyruis - Addict 
 
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“I don’t think inside the box. I don’t think outside the box either. I don’t even know where the box is.” - ENFPs  
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