Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (SPOILERS!) (Ep. 11)

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What Just Happened? Unscripted – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (SPOILERS!) (Ep. 11)

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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WJH Interview – Angela Cheng (Ep. 10)

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Interview – Angela Cheng (Ep. 10)

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.

The video we discuss of her singing with her mother.

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BACK FROM THE DEAD: THE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE (EP. 9)

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED? – Back From the Dead: The Near Death Experience (Ep. 9)

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
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.
People Born Blind Can See During a Near-Death Experience

Mr. A’s story:
AWARE Study Initial Results are Published, IANDS
AWARE Study Results Finally Published: Does Not Prove Life After Death
AWAREness Beyond Death?
The Seven Ways to have a Near Death Experience BBC

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

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.

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!

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.”

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.”

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Post-Tiger Parenting in the Age of President Trump (Ep. 8)

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED? – Episode 8: WJH UNSCRIPTED: Post-Tiger Parenting in the Age of President Trump

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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The Death of Elisa Lam – now in Mandarin! (feat. Grace Ong)

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What Just Happened? – Episode 6: The Death of Elisa Lam – now in Mandarin! (feat. Grace Ong)

After a loooong hiatus, new content is coming to the podcast soon. In the meantime, my friend, the amazingly talented Grace Ong, has produced a very special 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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“I don’t care if the judge is Mexican or not. I’m going to do great with the Mexican people.”

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Let’s be clear: When Donald Trump sees Judge Gonzalo Curiel, he does NOT see an American. It doesn’t matter that Curiel was born and raised in Indiana, went to college at Indiana University, or lived all his life in the United States. In Trump’s eyes, Curiel is Mexican. Full stop.
 
That’s why I think Trump doesn’t consider his OWN comments “racist.” To Trump, since Curiel is Mexican and since he (Trump) is showing hostility towards Mexico, of course there’s a conflict of interest. To Trump, certain broad categories of people who live in this country count as “real” Americans, and others don’t.
 
Again, listen to Trump’s language on tonight’s O’Reilly Factor: “I don’t care if the judge is Mexican or not. I’m going to do great with the Mexican people.” When he says “Mexican people” he’s talking about Hispanic American voters, who are by definition U.S. citizens. To Trump, these U.S. citizens are Mexicans first, Americans a distant second.
 

Ep. 5: The Secret Appeal of Donald Trump – What the Media is Missing and Why It Matters

Whitewashing: “How is this still a thing?”

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED? – Episode 7: How to End Whitewashing, Once and For All

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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