A Therapist Explains Why the Way We Work is Broken (Ep. 21)

A Therapist Explains Why the Way We Work is Broken (Ep. 21)

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:
Kainos Christian Therapy
329 N. Wetherly Drive, Suite 206
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Office (310) 203-1510
tim@kainoschristiantherapy.com

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How to talk about White Privilege (and still stay friends!) & Tim Keller and the Kuyper Prize (Ep. 19)

How to talk about White Privilege (and still stay friends!) & Tim Keller and the Kuyper Prize (Ep. 19)

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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Whitewashing and Ghost in the Shell – A Final Verdict (w/ Spoilers!) (Ep. 18)

What Just Happened? – Whitewashing and Ghost in the Shell – A Final Verdict (w/ Spoilers!) (Ep. 18)

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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Beauty and the Beast (2017) (SPOILERS!) (Ep. 17)

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What Just Happened? – Beauty and the Beast (2017) (SPOILERS!) (Ep. 17)

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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How to be an Ironman (Ep. 16)

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WJH? UNSCRIPTED – How to be an Ironman (Ep. 16)

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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Nancy Wang Yuen is the Real Deal (Ep. 15)

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What Just Happened? – Nancy Wang Yuen is the Real Deal (Ep. 15)

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.

Also, I need to make an important clarification. At one point in our conversation, I brought up the completely hypothetical question of what would happen if an Arab American tried out for the part of Captain America in the Marvel movies. (Spoiler alert: He wouldn’t get it.) Moments later, Nancy mentioned the American born Sikh who made news dressing up as Captain America for cosplay. That’s when I foolishly blurted out, “That’s who I was thinking.” I’m not sure what I was thinking but Vishavjit Singh, the man who dresses up as Sikh Captain America is NOT Arab nor from any part of the Middle East. He is the son of South Asian immigrants. Sikhs are also not Muslims. Just wanted to make that clear.

Thanks for listening!

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

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The LEGO Batman Movie (SPOILERS!) (Ep. 14)

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What Just Happened? – The LEGO Batman Movie (SPOILERS!) (Ep. 14)

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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The Future of Evangelical Christianity (is it DOOMED?) and the Fight over Sanctuary Cities – WJH Unscripted (Ep. 13)

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WJH? UNSCRIPTED – The Future of Evangelical Christianity (is it DOOMED?) and the Fight over Sanctuary Cities (Ep. 13)

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.

“The Way to Justice: How My Mind Has Changed,” by Nicholas Wolterstorff.

Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk.

“The Evangelicalism of Old White Men is Dead,” by Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne in the New York Times.

Music:
“Rap Dreams,” by Lowercase n
“Adventures,” by A Himitsu

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Auld Lang Syne and Reflections (Ep. 12)

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What Just Happened? – Auld Lang Syne and Reflections (Ep. 12)

Happy 2017! Auld Lang Syne has always been one of my favorite songs. But as Billy Crystal famously asked in the movie 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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What Just Happened? – New Cover Art!

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I am so excited about the new cover art for my podcast! Check it out above. But what does this image have anything to do with a podcast about news and current events, you might ask? I wanted to create a warm, inviting space for listeners to get comfy as they listen to an entertaining story. Hope you like it. 🙂

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