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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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Mar 14, 2017

It doesn’t seem humanly possible. Swim 2.4 miles in open water. Bike 112 miles--farther than the distance from Manhattan to Philadelphia. And then, assuming you have any energy left, run a full length marathon, 26.2 miles. All back to back to back, in less than 17 hours. That is the Ironman triathlon—widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. (And not to be confused with “Iron Man” Tony Stark of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Today, I speak with three men who have all completed full length Ironman races and are training for more.

I ask them to do a bit of soul searching--while I do a bit of my own--as they talk about what drives their ambition to compete in this crazy race. They discuss what it takes to finish an Ironman and whether or not it’s fair to describe Ironman training as “selfish.” (Lots of shout outs to significant others in this episode!) We talk about training schedules, logistics, nutrition, and the mental challenges of completing a race. And in a twist, regular contributor—and triathlete in her own right—Jennifer Lee Koh joins us to reveal what it’s like to be an “Ironmate.”

Many thanks to Rob Koh, Jack Chen, and Sam Chung for taking the time to talk and reflect! Sam, Jack, and Rob are all part of the Trinity Endurance Club or TEC—a group that Sam started to build and foster a community of fitness fans. This was such a fun conversation, and I am so inspired by your stories!

Thanks for listening!

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Feb 21, 2017

If Angry Asian Man had become a professor rather than a blogger, his career might have looked a lot like Dr. Nancy Wang Yuen's. Nancy spent years having candid conversations with actors, directors, talent agents and others in the industry. Her research led to her book, "Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism." In our wide ranging conversation, she shares her insights about Hollywood, race, structural inequality, and overcoming stereotypes. We also talk Oscars, the first movie Nancy watched (think Cher), and as a self-identified "pop culture geek," her geekiest pop culture interest.

Thank you Nancy for your entertaining book and discussion!

Links:
Nancy's website and book.

Thanks for listening!

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Music:
Good For You - THBD
Shelter - Porter Robinson & Madeon

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Feb 15, 2017

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Eugene is back for a conversation about The Lego Batman Movie! I offer my bold outrageous theory that the movie — while perfectly kid friendly — is ultimately not a “kids movie” (and who it’s really for). Eugene reveals what he thought about Will Arnett’s Batman and how this movie compared to the original. Hint: It’s not a sequel. And we both talk about our favorite scenes.

Thank you Eugene Chang for another fun review!

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Music from The LEGO Batman Movie soundtrack:
“Forever,” by DNCE
“Friends Are Family,” by Oh, Hush! & Co.

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Jan 20, 2017
 
We are HOURS away from the inauguration of President Donald Trump and I am THRILLED to have Jeremy Weese on the show. And even more good news, regular contributor Jennifer Lee Koh is back. We didn't scare her away! 
 
We take a deep dive into why white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in such large numbers and why Jeremy thinks evangelicals "don't know how to vote." Jennifer explains what sanctuary cities are and we discuss the looming battle between federal and local governments over immigration. Thank you so much Jennifer and Jeremy for coming by! Enjoy the show! 
 
LINKS:
Jennifer looking highly professorial in a recent news article in the Orange County Register: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/need-741081-asian-americans.html
 
"The Way to Justice: How My Mind Has Changed," by Nicholas Wolterstorff: http://www.povertystudies.org/TeachingPages/EDS_PDFs4WEB/Wolterstorff-HowMyMindHasChanged-selections.pdf
 
Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice
 
"The Evangelicalism of Old White Men is Dead," by Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne, New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/opinion/the-evangelicalism-of-old-white-men-is-dead.html?_r=0
 
Music:
"Rap Dreams," by Lowercase n
"Adventures," by A Himitsu
 
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Jan 3, 2017

Happy 2017! Auld Lang Syne has always been one of my favorite songs. But as Billy Crystal famously said in When Harry Met Sally, "What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means." Today I talk about the meaning and story behind Auld Lang Syne, as well as share some of my own personal reflections about the past year.

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Dec 20, 2016

Where Eugene and I talk all things Rogue One. We go deep into the mind of Galen Erso, the Battle of Scarif, Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen, that cray-cray ending, and Eugene’s beef with chompy doors.

Thank you Eugene Chang for a fun, in-depth review!

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Dec 11, 2016

It wasn’t until her 40’s when Angela Cheng realized the strict discipline she thought her parents raised her on was actually abuse. Angela shares a fascinating story about her journey from victim to self-empowerment. And she reveals the first three words she would say to any newborn baby. Hint: It's not "I love you" though those words would follow closely after.

Angela's website: http://angela.global/

The video we discuss of her singing with her mother: https://vimeo.com/178069254

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Dec 5, 2016

Near death experiences have reentered pop culture in recent years with best-sellers like “Proof of Heaven” and “Heaven is for Real.” But are near death experiences legit? Are NDE’ers actually having out of body experiences and travelling towards a light at the end of the tunnel? Or are they merely illusions of the mind? Today we tell the harrowing, sometimes tragic, and extraordinary stories of three individuals who might just possibly have travelled to the other side.

SOURCES

Books for general reading:

Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of Near Death Experience, Pim van Lommel (2011)

God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience, Jeffrey Long & Paul Perry (2016)

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, Todd Burpo (2010)

Near-Death Experiences, The Rest of the Story: What They Teach Us About Living and Dying and Our True Purpose, P.M.H. Atwater (2011)

Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife, John Martin Fischer & Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (2016)

Passage, Connie Willis (2002)

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, Eben Alexander (2012)

What Happens When We Die?: A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death, Sam Parnia (2007)

Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences: How Understanding NDE’s Can Help Us Live More Fully, Penny Sartori (2014) 

Vicki Noratuk’s story:

NDE Stories: http://ndestories.org/vicki-noratuk/  

Near-death and out-of-body experiences in the blind: a study of apparent eyeless vision., Ring K, Cooper S., J Near-Death Studies. 1997;16:101–147. http://www.newdualism.org/nde-papers/Ring/Ring-Journal%20of%20Near-Death%20Studies_1997-16-101-147.pdf

People Born Blind Can See During a Near-Death Experience, http://www.near-death.com/science/evidence/people-born-blind-can-see-during-nde.html

Mr. A’s story:

AWARE Study Initial Results are Published, IANDS https://iands.org/news/news/front-page-news/1060-aware-study-initial-results-are-published.html

AWARE Study Results Finally Published: Does Not Prove Life After Death, http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/10/aware-study-results-finally-published-does-not-prove-life-after-death/

AWAREness Beyond Death?, http://www.dailygrail.com/Essays/2014/10/Awareness-Beyond-Death

The Seven Ways to have a Near Death Experience, BBC http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150303-what-its-really-like-to-die

Jeff Olsen’s story:

I Knew Their Hearts: The Amazing True Story of a Journey Beyond the Veil to Learn the Silent Language of the Heart, Jeff Olsen (2012)

Near death experiences at heart of Jeff Olsen's memoir, lecture in Colorado Springs, The Gazette http://gazette.com/near-death-experiences-at-heart-of-jeff-olsens-memoir-lecture-in-colorado-springs/article/1558025

Additional resources:

IANDS, or the International Association for Near Death Studies, is an incredible resource for those who are just starting to learn about NDE’s or who are looking for a community of NDE’ers. http://iands.org

Alex Tsakiris has a podcast called Skeptiko: Science at the Tipping Point where in episode 326 he critically interviews Professor Mitchell-Yellin about his co-authored book and findings. It’s worth listening too! http://skeptiko.com/latest-near-death-experience-research-hit-job-326/

Journalist Gideon Lichfield published an in-depth and interesting article about NDE’s for April 2015 issue of The Atlantic. The article is called “The Science of Near-Death Experiences: Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife.” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-science-of-near-death-experiences/386231/

Dr. Sam Parnia is one of several scientists (including Dr. Penny Sartori and Dr. Jeffrey Long, among others) who have been on the cutting edge of scientific research into NDE’s. Here is a blog post he wrote on HuffPo called “Erasing Death.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-parnia-md-phd/resuscitation-science_b_2767935.html

Links to further reading:

http://discovermagazine.com/2016/may/9-a-brush-with-death

http://iands.org/ndes/nde-stories/iands-nde-accounts/1164-euphoria-way-beyond-crack-cocaine.html

http://www.ifac.univ-nantes.fr/IMG/pdf/Textes-C-3.pdf

http://infidels.org/library/modern/keith_augustine/HNDEs.html#maria

http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55188

http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=171779

http://metro.co.uk/2015/03/06/this-is-what-it-is-like-to-die-and-its-pretty-scary-5091269/

http://michaelprescott.freeservers.com/who-will-watch-the-watchers.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2790400/#B19

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16606911

http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/tricia_b_nde.htm

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/21/172495667/resuscitation-experiences-and-erasing-death

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201105/the-neurology-near-death-experiences

http://www.salon.com/2011/01/13/near_death_experience_interview/

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/titanic-and-the-science-of-near-death-experiences/

http://skeptiko.com/eeg-expert-on-near-death-experience/

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2128726-in-near-death-experiences-blind-people-see-for-first-time/

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/937605-the-neuroscience-of-near-death-experiences/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/11/near_death_explained/

http://records.viu.ca/www/ipp/pdf/NDE.pdf

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Nov 22, 2016

When I first started podcasting, I had initially envisioned a debate and discussion type format with regular contributors, along the lines of Slate’s Political Gabfest. That idea eventually evolved into the “storytelling” format I use for regular episodes. But I finally had the opportunity to try the gabfest format after my friends Jennifer Lee Koh and Grace Ong agreed to join me for a conversation I’m calling “Post-Tiger Parenting in the Age of President Trump.” This was a really fun and interesting discussion and I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much to Grace and Jennifer for playing along! :)

There will be more content coming to the podcast in the forthcoming weeks, including a full more “traditional” episode as well as my interview with an inspirational speaker.

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Nov 9, 2016

Despite the wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump's presidential campaign since last summer, the media is missing a huge (YUGE!) reason for his appeal. Donald Trump’s secret appeal is an issue that goes straight to the heart of what it means to be an American, and may have major consequences for the future of American politics.  

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News links:

Cal Thomas: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/12/29/donald-trump-and-fear-are-losing-america.html

Jamelle Bouie: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/12/is_donald_trump_s_racism_and_bigotry_making_him_the_republican_front_runner.html

Matthew Yglesias: http://www.vox.com/2015/12/22/10636538/obama-trump-theory

Be Good Americans: The Message of The Japanese-American Courier (the entire article is a fascinating read!): https://depts.washington.edu/depress/japanese_american_courier_americanism.shtml

Coca Cola’s Super Bowl Ad: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/coca-cola-super-bowl-ad-angers-conservatives-article-1.1600849

New Year’s Eve Attacks in Cologne, Germany

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/09/world/europe/cologne-new-years-eve-attacks.html?_r=0

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/05/europe/germany-cologne-new-year-assaults/index.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/06/world/europe/coordinated-attacks-on-women-in-cologne-were-unprecedented-germany-says.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/world/europe/cologne-mayor-henriette-reker-germany-sexual-assaults.html

Professor Linda Martin Alcoff: https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-january-11-2016/

 

Oct 17, 2016

After a loooong hiatus, new content is coming to the podcast soon. In the meantime, my friend, the amazingly talented Grace Ong, has produced an edition of Episode 6: The Death of Elisa Lam translated completely into Mandarin. 

When Grace first approached me with this idea, I honestly wasn't sure it would be possible. I certainly couldn't contribute, since I can't read Chinese or speak Mandarin. But through incredible persistence and effort (and possibly some help from the supermoon!) this busy mother of two managed to find time to translate the entire transcript of the episode, record the narration in Mandarin in her own voice, and edit the content into a finished product. Grace is clearly a person who needs her own podcast! :) 

Grace told me she was motivated to do this project in order to spread word about Elisa's story to a wider Mandarin speaking audience, particularly given the wild rumors and speculation about Elisa Lam's death that were just as rampant in China as they were in the U.S. If you happen to know anyone who's primary speaking language is Mandarin, please consider recommending this episode to them.

And thank you Grace for putting this episode together!

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May 22, 2016

Whitewashing has been a hot topic in the news lately. There's been a lot of talk about what it is and why it matters. But what can actually be done about it? How can we STOP Hollywood whitewashing? Here's my take on how whitewashing can be put to rest, once and for all. Along the way, we encounter Judd Apatow, a YouTube celebrity, The 48 Laws of Power, and much more. This episode is my call to arms. Check it out and let me know if you agree.

 
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Mar 16, 2016

21 year old Elisa Lam was a college student from Vancouver traveling in Los Angeles when she went missing. Her parents called the police, and LAPD asked the public for help in finding her. What happened next was bizarre and mysterious, and became instant fodder for conspiracy theorists worldwide.

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LINKS:

For full links to all references, please see my Facebook page.

Cecil Hotel’s elevator surveillance footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YO4QbaNDjI  

Film Transformer’s video of their investigation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YweZJeZo13A&t=14&app=desktop (see comments for subtitles)

Lam’s autopsy report: http://www.pdf-archive.com/2014/02/24/el-autopsy/

Josh Dean, “American Horror Story: The Cecil Hotel,” Medium.com: https://medium.com/matter/haunted-947d642a6d59#.8ifch0x8n

Tanis Podcast, Episode 103, “The Girl in the High Tower”: http://www.tanispodcast.com/

Dec 10, 2015

In the last episode I discussed the origins of the Common Core and its pros and cons. But what if you are a parent or student living in the Common Core world today? I interviewed former high school math teacher Hemant Mehta, and we discussed practical strategies parents, students, and teachers can adopt in learning math. Among the questions we discussed were:

What do I do if I don’t understand the “new” way schools are teaching math to my child?

What is “number sense” and how can I help my child obtain it?

How do I form a constructive relationship with teachers?

What do math teachers wish parents knew about teaching and education?

What if my child is bored or the lessons are “too easy”?

What are Hemant’s thoughts on the Common Core standards? About standardized testing?

 

I hope you find Hemant’s advice as useful as I did! Interview recorded on December 2, 2015.

 

Hemant Mehta can be found here:

Friendly Atheist blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/

Friendly Atheist podcast: http://friendlyatheistpodcast.com/

The Atheist Voice YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAtheistVoice

Twitter: @hemantmehta

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/friendlyatheist/

 

Hemant’s articles about viral math problems:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/21/why-would-a-math-teacher-punish-a-child-for-saying-5-x-3-15/

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/03/07/about-that-common-core-math-problem-making-the-rounds-on-facebook/

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/09/21/the-dad-who-wrote-a-check-using-common-core-math-doesnt-know-what-hes-talking-about/

 

Additional educational resources for parents and students:

Twitter hashtag: #mtbos

Videos and “tip sheets” made specifically for parents to support their children’s study of math

http://greatminds.net/parents

Achieve the Core is a non-profit that offers free tools to help educators understand and teach the Common Core standards

http://achievethecore.org/

A wealth of various practical resources to help students learn everything from “how to take notes” to lesson plans on “giving a speech.” Hosted by Oregon’s Department of Education.

http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3907

A short and helpful big picture overview of the Common Core math standards

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/20/5625086/the-common-core-makes-simple-math-more-complicated-heres-why

The National PTA’s booklet, “A Parent’s Guide to Student Success”

http://www.pta.org/files/Common%20Core%20State%20Standards%20Resources/2013%20Guide%20Bundle_082213.pdf

 

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Nov 11, 2015

TIDBITS

  1. Like many people, I was very confused about the Common Core. In fact, it's fair to say it was my curiosity about THIS specific topic, the Common Core, that ultimately motivated me to start this podcast.

 

  1. Special thanks to my PARENTS IN LAW for bringing back my copy of Glenn Beck's book "Conform" to me after I neglectfully left it at their place, about an hour's drive away!

 

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Read the Common Core standards (if you dare!):

http://www.corestandards.org/

 

Links to math problems gone VIRAL:

https://coxrare.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/common-core.jpg

 

Justin Aion, @JustinAion, CCBS, Re-Learning to Teach, March 21, 2014  http://blog.relearningtoteach.com/2014/03/ccbs.html

 

Christopher Danielson, @Trianglemancsd, “5 reasons not to share that Common Core worksheet on Facebook,” Wordpress, April 6, 2014https://christopherdanielson.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/5-reasons-not-to-share-that-common-core-worksheet-on-facebook/#comment-7128

 

Hemant Mehta, @hemantmehta, “The Dad Who Wrote a Check Using ‘Common Core’ Math Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About,” Patheos, September 21, 2015 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/09/21/the-dad-who-wrote-a-check-using-common-core-math-doesnt-know-what-hes-talking-about/

 

Patrick O’Donnell, @paodonne, “What was that math on the "Common Core" check that went viral?,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 24, 2015 http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/09/what_was_that_math_on_the_comm.html

 

Hemant Mehta, @hemantmehta, “Why Would a Math Teacher Punish a Child for Saying 5 x 3 = 15?,” Patheos, October 21, 2015http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/21/why-would-a-math-teacher-punish-a-child-for-saying-5-x-3-15/

 

Andy Kiersz, @Andy Kiersz, “The Common Core math quiz that has everyone outraged isn't about Common Core — it's worse,” Business Insider, October 26, 2015 http://www.businessinsider.com/common-core-multiplication-quiz-2015-10

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Before I share the full bibliography of my research below, there were several education reporters whose pieces were particularly helpful. Special thanks to:

 

Sarah Garland @s_garl at The Hechinger Report

Lyndsey Layton @lyndseylayton at The Washington Post

Libby Nelson @libbyanelson at VOX and 

Valerie Strauss @valeriestrauss at The Washington Post

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY (in chronological order by publication date)

 

David Coleman & Jason Zimba, @achievethcore, “Math and Science Standards That Are Fewer, Clearer, Higher to Raise Achievement at All Levels,” Carnegie Corporation Institute for Advanced Study, 2007 http://learntochoose.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Math-and-Science-Standards.pdf

 

“Top State Education Policy Organizations Form Expert Advisory Group on International Benchmarking,” Achieve.org, September 8, 2008 http://www.achieve.org/top-state-education-policy-organizations-form-expert-advisory-group-international-benchmarking

 

National Governor’s Association, Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education, December 19, 2008, http://www.nga.org/cms/home/nga-center-for-best-practices/center-publications/page-edu-publications/col2-content/main-content-list/benchmarking-for-success-ensurin.html

 

National Governor’s Association, Forty-Nine States and Territories Join Common Core Standards Initiative, June 1, 2009 http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2009/col2-content/main-content-list/title_forty-nine-states-and-territories-join-common-core-standards-initiative.html

 

Heather Armonstrong, @dooce, “Clickety Clack,” DOOCE, January 17, 2013 http://dooce.com/2013/01/17/clickety-clack-2/

 

Frederick Hess, @rickhess99, “Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba,” EDUCATION NEXT, February 28, 2013 http://educationnext.org/straight-up-conversation-common-core-guru-jason-zimba/

 

Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, “Exposing Common Core: Kids are being indoctrinated with extreme leftist ideology,” Glennbeck.com, March 14, 2013 http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/03/14/exposing-common-core-kids-are-being-indoctrinated-with-extreme-leftist-ideology/

 

Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern, @kportermagee & @worstall, “The Truth About Common Core,” NATIONAL REVIEW, April 3, 2013 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/344519/truth-about-common-core-kathleen-porter-magee-sol-stern

 

Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, “The whole story on common core,” GLENN BECK, April 8, 2013 http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/04/08/the-whole-story-on-common-core/

 

Edward Frenkel & Hung-Hsi Wu, @edfrenkel & @HungHsiWU, “Republicans Should Love “Common Core,’” WALL STREET JOURNAL, May 6, 2013 http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324482504578453502155934978?alg=y

 

Maggie Gallagher, @maggiemarriage, “Two Moms vs. Common Core,” NATIONAL REVIEW, May 12, 2013 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347973/two-moms-vs-common-core-maggie-gallagher

 

Charles Chieppo & Jamie Gass, @charliechieppo, “Why states are backing out on common standards and tests,” HECHINGER REPORT, August 15, 2013 http://hechingerreport.org/why-states-are-backing-out-on-common-standards-and-tests/

 

Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “How does Common Core compare?,” HECHINGER REPORT, October 15, 2013 http://hechingerreport.org/how-does-common-core-compare/ 


Valerie Strauss, @valeriestrauss, “Arnie Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant,’” WASHINGTON POST, November 16, 2013 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/16/arne-duncan-white-surburban-moms-upset-that-common-core-shows-their-kids-arent-brilliant/

 

Valerie Strauss & Carol Burris, @valeriestrauss & @carolburris, “Who are the ‘enemies’ of Common Core?,” WASHINGTON POST, November 18, 2013 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/18/who-are-the-enemies-of-common-core/

 

Joy Resmovits, @joy_resmovits, “How The Common Core Became Education's Biggest Bogeyman,” Huffington Post, January 10, 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/common-core_n_4537284.html

 

Elizabeth A. Natale, @enataled, “Why I Want To Give Up Teaching,” HARTFORD COURANT, January 17, 2014 http://www.courant.com/opinion/hc-op-natale-teacher-ready-to-quit-over-common-cor-20140117-story.html

 

David G. Bonagura, Jr., “Common Core’s Newer Math,” NATIONAL REVIEW, January 17, 2014 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/368595/common-cores-newer-math-david-g-bonagura-jr

 

Rebecca Mead, @Rebeccamead_NYC, “The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents,” NEW YORKER, January 22, 2014 http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-defiant-parents-testings-discontents

 

Kathleen Megan, @kathymegan, “A Teacher's Lesson For The Whole Country,” HARTFORD COURANT, January 26, 2014 http://articles.courant.com/2014-01-26/news/hc-teachers-unhappy-0123-20140122_1_classroom-teachers-education-reform-randi-weingarten

 

Allie Bidwell, @alliebidwell, “The History of Common Core State Standards,” U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, February 27, 2014 http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/articles/2014/02/27/the-history-of-common-core-state-standards

 

Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral,” Hechinger Report, March 26, 2014  http://hechingerreport.org/content/common-core-math-problem-hard-supporters-common-core-respond-problematic-math-quiz-went-viral_15361/

 

Ginia Bellafante, @GiniaNYT, “Standing Up to Testing,” NEW YORK TIMES, March 28, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/nyregion/standing-up-to-testing.html?_r=0

 

Megan Charles, @MeganCharlesIQ, “Parent Posts Facebook Response to ‘Ridiculous’ Common Core Math Homework,” Social News Daily, March 30, 2014 http://socialnewsdaily.com/33189/parent-posts-facebook-response-to-ridiculous-common-core-math-homework/  

 

Monica Bielanko, @MonicaBielanko, “Common Core: Why Are They Making Math Harder?,” Babble, April 2014 http://www.babble.com/mom/common-core-math-why-are-they-making-math-harder/

 

Jessica Lahey, @jesslahey, “Confusing Math Homework? Don’t Blame the Common Core,” THE ATLANTIC, April 3, 2014 http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/confusing-math-homework-don-t-blame-the-common-core/360064/

 

Rebecca Mead, @Rebeccamead_NYC, “Louis C.K. Against the Common Core,” NEW YORKER, April 30, 2014 http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/louis-c-k-against-the-common-core

 

Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “What Louis CK gets wrong on Common Core,” VOX, May 1, 2014 http://www.vox.com/2014/5/1/5671286/if-you-hate-standardized-testing-dont-blame-the-common-core

 

Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education (The Control Series), Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, May 6, 2014

 

Motoko Rich, @motokorich, “Common Core School Standards Face a New Wave of Opposition,” NEW YORK TIMES, May 29, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/education/common-core-standards-face-a-new-wave-of-opposition.html

 

Lyndsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution,” WASHINGTON POST, June 7, 2014 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bill-gates-pulled-off-the-swift-common-core-revolution/2014/06/07/a830e32e-ec34-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html

 

Motoko Rich, @motokorich, “Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling,” NEW YORK TIMES, June 29, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/us/math-under-common-core-has-even-parents-stumbling.html

 

Lindsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “Glenn Beck takes to the theaters to attack Common Core,” WASHINGTON POST, July 23, 2014, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/glenn-becks-theatrical-attack-on-common-core/2014/07/23/c59453e4-1270-11e4-98ee-daea85133bc9_story.html

 

Caroline Schaeffer, “A ‘Frustrated’ Parent Pens A Brilliant Response To Her Child’s Mind-Boggling Common Core Homework,” INDEPENDENT JOURNAL, October 2014  http://www.ijreview.com/2014/10/187607-frustrated-parent-pens-brilliant-response-childs-mind-boggling-common-core-homework/

 

“Parents Hate Common Core and So Do Teachers and Students,” American News Report, October 6, 2014, http://americannewsreport.com/parents-hate-common-core-and-so-do-teachers-and-students-8821226

 

Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Everything you need to know about the Common Core,” VOX, October 7, 2014

http://www.vox.com/cards/commoncore/3-what-problems-is-the-common-core-trying-to-solve

 

Laurie Udesky, @laurieudesky, “Teachers want more Common Core preparation,” EDSOURCE, October 19, 2014 http://edsource.org/2014/teachers-want-more-common-core-prep/68454

 

Valerie Strauss, @valeriestrauss, “Does Arne Duncan think ‘suburban moms’ are a gullible bunch?,” WASHINGTON POST, October 26, 2014https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/26/does-arne-duncan-think-suburban-moms-are-a-gullible-bunch/

 

Lyndsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school to understand it,” WASHINGTON POST, November 1, 2014 https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/common-core-math-can-be-a-mystery-and-parents-are-going-to-school-to-understand-it/2014/11/01/af57efa0-604f-11e4-9f3a-7e28799e0549_story.html

 

Lizette Alvarez, @LizetteNYT, “States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F,” NEW YORK TIMES, November 9, 2014http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/us/states-listen-as-parents-give-rampant-testing-an-f.html

 

Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?,” Hechinger Report, December 12, 2014 http://hechingerreport.org/common-core-really-mean-teachers-teach-differently/

 

Haley Sweetland Edwards, @haleybureau, “The One Issue that Will Complicate Jeb Bush’s Campaign,” TIME, December 16, 2014, http://time.com/3635791/common-core-jeb-bush-campaign/

 

David L. Kirp, @DavidKirp, “Rage Against the Common Core,” NEW YORK TIMES, December 27, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/opinion/sunday/rage-against-the-common-core.html

 

Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “Who was behind the Common Core math standards, and will they survive?,” HECHINGER REPORT, December 29, 2014 http://hechingerreport.org/behind-common-core-math-standards-will-survive/

 

Patrick R. Potyondy, @PRPotyondy, “Top Ten Origins: The Common Core Curriculum,” ORIGINS OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, January 13, 2015http://origins.osu.edu/connecting-history/1132015-top-ten-origins-common-core-curriculum

 

Leslie Postal, @lesliepostal, “Some students will opt out as new Florida tests debut,” Orlando Sentinel, February 27, 2015http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-testing-opt-out-central-florida-20150227-story.html

 

Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Why the political arguments about Common Core miss the point,” VOX, May 14, 2015http://www.vox.com/2014/9/23/6218903/common-core-standards-curriculum-teaching-tests

 

Elizabeth A. Natale, @enataled, “Why Smarter Balanced Tests Fail Students,” HARTFORD COURANT, May 15, 2015 http://www.courant.com/opinion/insight/hc-insight-natale-why-i-hate-standard-testing-0517-20150514-story.html

 

Jordan Ellenberg, @JSEllenberg, “Meet the New Common Core,” NEW YORK TIMES, June 16, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/opinion/meet-the-new-common-core.html

 

Emma Brown, @emmersbrown, “As states drop out of PARCC’s Common Core test, faithful carry on,” Washinton Post, July 22, 2015https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/as-states-drop-out-of-parccs-common-core-test-faithful-carry-on/2015/07/22/f31eeb48-2f1c-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html

 

Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triump, Kristina Rizga, @KristinaRizga, August 4, 2015

 

Joy Pullmann, @JoyPullman, “New Math Anxiety Research Knocks Common Core,” The Heartland Institute, August 19, 2015http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/08/19/new-math-anxiety-research-knocks-common-core

 

Natalie Wexler, @natwexler, “How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge,” New York Times, August 28, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/opinion/how-common-core-can-help-in-the-battle-of-skills-vs-knowledge.html

 

Kristina Rizga, @KristinaRizga, “Sorry I’m Not Taking this Test,” MOTHER JONES, Sept/Oct 2015 http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/opt-out-standardized-testing-overload

Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “Think you know a lot about Common Core? A new poll finds you’re probably wrong,” Hechinger Report, September 8, 2015, http://hechingerreport.org/think-you-know-a-lot-about-common-core-a-new-poll-finds-youre-probably-wrong/

 

Miriam Hall, @Miriam_Hall, “‘At First We Felt Angry’: Four Teachers Explain How Common Core Changed Their Jobs,” Slate, September 9, 2015 http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/09/09/common_core_standards_what_four_teachers_actually_think_about_them.html

 

Miriam Hall, @Miriam_Hall, “‘It’s Not Like a Switch That You Can Flick on Overnight’: Four Teachers on Adapting to Common Core,” Slate, September 11, 2015 http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/09/11/common_core_standards_how_four_teachers_are_dealing_with_the_new_standards.html

 

Valerie Strauss & Caroline Burris, @valeriestrauss & @carolburris, “Her son began hating school. What happened when she found out why.,” Washington Post, September 28, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/28/her-son-began-hating-school-what-happened-when-she-found-out-why/

 

Emma Brown & Lyndsey Layton, @emmersbrown & @lyndseylayton, “Confusing Ohio test results are latest effort to unravel Common Core’s promise,” Washington Post, October 3, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/confusing-ohio-test-results-are-latest-effort-to-unravel-common-cores-promise/2015/10/03/59bb1306-6157-11e5-9757-e49273f05f65_story.html

 

Kimberly Hefling, @khefling, “How Common Core quietly won the war,” Politico, October 12, 2015 http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/common-core-education-schools-214632

 

Kate Zernike, @kzernike, “Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools,” New York Times, October 24, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/us/obama-administration-calls-for-limits-on-testing-in-schools.html

 

Eric Hoover, @erichoov, “Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT,” New York Times, October 28, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/education/edlife/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-sat.html

 

Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Obama’s flip-flop on standardized tests, explained,” Vox, October 29, 2015 http://www.vox.com/2015/10/29/9638652/standardized-tests-obama-duncan

 

Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “How the Common Core Is Transforming the SAT,” The Atlantic, October 29, 2015http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/the-common-core-sat/412960/

Ep. 3 BTS coming soon!

 

Oct 26, 2015

Twitter: @davidgchang

Email: whatjustpodcast @ gmail.com  

http://whatjustpodcast.libsyn.com/

SPECIAL THANKS FOR THEIR INSPIRATION:

The Kollabcast with Minji Chang and Marvin Yueh, http://kollaboration.org/

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, http://www.dancarlin.com/

ADDITIONAL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PODCASTS MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:

Slate's Political Gabfest, http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gabfest.html 

Vox.com's The Weeds, http://www.vox.com/2015/10/2/9441235/weeds-podcast

Limetown, http://www.limetownstories.com/

The Black Tapes Podcast, http://theblacktapespodcast.com/

TANIS, http://www.tanispodcast.com/

Sound and Fury, Angry Asian Man, http://blog.angryasianman.com/search/label/sound%20and%20fury

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast, http://asianamericapodcast.com/ 

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, http://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/

TED Radio Hour, http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/

This American Life, http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

Planet Money, http://www.npr.org/sections/money/

Hidden Brain, http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510308/hidden-brain

EVEN MORE PODCASTS I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO MENTION ON THE SHOW BUT WHICH I SUBSCRIBE TO AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND:

The Pollsters with Margie Omero & Kristen Soltis Anderson, https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-pollsters/id980260566?mt=2

Millennial, by Megan Tan, http://millennialpodcast.org/

The Weekly Standard Podcast, http://www.weeklystandard.com/author/tws-podcast

KPFA's Letters and Politics, https://kpfa.org/program/letters-and-politics/

National Review's Mad Dogs & Englishmen, http://www.nationalreview.com/media/mad-dogs-englishmen

GE's Podcast Theater, The Message, http://themessagepodcast.com/

Hunt the Truth, https://soundcloud.com/huntthetruth

Book Riot's All the Books, with Liberty Hardy & Rebecca Schinsky, http://bookriot.com/category/all-the-books/

Invisibilia, with Lulu Miller & Alix Spiegel, http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/ 

Dear Sugar Radio, with Cheryl Strayed & Steve Almond, http://www.wbur.org/series/dear-sugar

Magic Lessons, with Elizabeth Gilbert, http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/magic-lessons/

You Must Remember This, with Karina Longworth, http://www.vidiocy.com/youmustrememberthispodcastblog/

The Tim Ferriss Show, http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/

Waking Up with Sam Harris, http://www.samharris.org/podcast

EPISODE 3 COMING SOON!

Oct 14, 2015

Today we explain Kevin McCarthy's STUNNING decision not to run for Speaker of the House, why he pulled out, and why this means something far beyond the Beltway.

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