Episode 53

Episode 53:

Grace (episode 14) returns to the studio, clearly distraught, after hearing the big announcement from last week.

We hear about Jack’s college graduation ceremony as Gavin talks about optimistic graduation speeches. Should graduation speeches preach (false?) optimism to young adults or should we be giving more realistic speeches.  Maybe optimistic graduation speeches set up unrealistic expectations of the world after schooling, or maybe we’re just a bunch of jaded old people… Meanwhile, Jack recounts the recent tale of his near-death experience. We talk about what our final thoughts would be under such circumstances.

Afterwards, clearly spooked by his near-death experience, Jack asks Grace if his standards of getting married by the age of 28 is realistic.

Check out Grace’s blog (and relationship advice) and Chinese novel translations at liveandlearn88 and volarenovels (check out Grace Time)!

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Episode 51

Episode 51:

Brandon (episode 24) returns to the podcast to confront Jack about trying to sell him overpriced concert tickets. We also hear about how he had spent the past semester studying in Edinburgh and travelling around Europe.

Jack brings in the issue of the impending minimum wage increase expected for Ontario. The plan would see Ontario’s minimum wage jump to $15 by January 1st, 2019. We talk about the pros and the cons of this decision and how this will ultimately impact us. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the unexplainable trend which is the fidget spinner. More importantly, should Gavin get one?

Afterwards, the Love Guru discusses a situation happening to his friend.

Additional Sources

Ontario goes ahead with $15 minimum wage.

Some pros and cons of an increased minimum wage.

Fidget spinners don’t help with ADHD.

Loose Ends

We briefly touched upon the minimum wage in Alberta. The current minimum wage over there is $12.20 (compared to $11.40 in Ontario) for general workers. The minimum wage in Alberta is expected to raise to $15 by October 1st, 2018.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: fidget spinner

Episode 50

Episode 50:

Robin (episode 37) rejoins the DIU gang for the big 5-0 episode. We briefly cover various ongoing Jack C subjects such as the results of the Instagram model project and a biotin update. Robin, returning from a two-week trip to South Korea and Japan, also gives his take on the two Asian countries.

Jack brings in the topic about the K-Pop group, BTS, winning a Billboard Award. Their victory in the Top Social Artist category over the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes caused a huge commotion among social media users who didn’t like seeing some Asians win the award. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in a new study which suggests that social media applications may be causing significant mental health issues for young adults. We talk about an appropriate approach and mindset for using social media… and what it means to have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

Afterwards, Jack and Robin answer a fan question on this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Check out Robin’s cool stuff:
Podcast – Rap Nerd Problems on Soundcloud and iTunes.
Concealed Art Facebook group

Additional Sources

People are upset that BTS won Billboard Music Award

Instagram worst social media app for young people’s mental health

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Images: South Korea flag, Japan flag, BTS, Instagram logo 

Episode 41

Episode 41:

Welcome to season three! Join Jack and Gavin as they briefly discuss their three week vacation from the show. Gavin explains the ground rules for Jack if he wants to reclaim his former Love Guru title on the show. We then talk about why Jack has been such a bitch in recent weeks, as we discuss the cause for his loss of confidence.

Jack brings in a very heart-felt issue as he talks about how “wifey-material” girls are becoming more and more rare. Increased prevalence of the “partying lifestyle” have created a new generation of girls who don’t meet Jack’s standards for a wife. We discuss his fears on humanity’s future ability to reproduce and sustain a population.

Afterwards, Jack writes about how to keep a conversation going. We are joined by former guest and mukbanger, Momo, as a hilarious role play scenario ensues.

Be sure to check out Momo Mukbang and her ever-growing YouTube channel (and on Instagram)!

Loose Ends

We’ve mentioned feminism and the women’s rights movements a few times on DIU Podcast (including this episode). However, we often brush over the topic with general dates and times for when feminism arose. For example, I attributed the date to the 1960s during this episode (alluding to second-wave feminism). This is an oversimplification of the topic at hand.

Feminism finds its roots as early as the 1850s and has seen several different changes from second-wave (1960s), third-wave (1990s), and even the idea of post-feminism. At the same time, grouping all of feminist theories under one umbrella is also incorrect, as there are different ideologies.

Citations

 Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: housewife 

Bonus Episode 3

Bonus Episode 3:

Join Gavin as he keeps an audio log to make the first ever international DIU Podcast (bonus) episode. Gavin, Jack, Michael, and Dr. Eugene Tang visit various parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Tune in to see if Gavin can survive nine whole days of Jack (and his constant interruptions), among other exciting topics and issues to be uncovered on the road!

Topics include…

Jack wanting to mend a broken relationship with Eugene as we learn about why Dr. Tang dislikes the former Love Guru.

Gavin ranting about hotel etiquette when it comes to sharing space and utilities with three other dudes.

Michael almost dying from a movie-esque bike accident.

Eugene’s traumatic fall from grace: from aspiring PhD student to alleged convict.

 

Episode 40

Episode 40:

We’ve got a packed studio (and mini reunion) for DIU Podcast’s season two finale. Joining Gavin, Jack, and Kyle in studio this week is Jonathan and Taimoor – two friends who just so happened to be in Japan while Jack and Kyle were visiting. The gang retell the story of their initial meeting. The four then go on to describe the experiences travelling with their respective travel partner and a surprising number of similarities appear.

Jack’s mind is blown when Jonathan and Taimoor both state that they have white girlfriends – shattering Jack’s old worldview that Asian men can’t get with white girls.

Lastly, the higher-ups at DIU Podcast have finally had it with the Love Guru’s lack of new articles. Season two ends with another major cliffhanger as it is revealed that the Jack has been stripped of his Love Guru title. What does this mean for the Kao Lui Corner? Find out in season three!

DIU Podcast will return in late March… (date TBA)

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: Hitch 

Episode 39

Episode 39:

Kyle drops by the studio this week as we hear his side of last week’s TFTI story. Gavin then brings in the topic of how a group of teenagers who vandalized a historic school in Virginia were recently sentenced to basically write book reports. More importantly, we learn about Jack’s disinterest in reading books for educational purposes. Meanwhile, a very stressed out Jack brings in the issue of whether or not we should stick to our comfort zones or to see what else life has to offer. The conversation goes extremely deep as Kyle and Gavin debate with Jack about the purpose of life and the idea of a quarter-life crisis.

Afterwards, the Love Guru, who has not written a new article since episode 34, continues his streak of not providing new content alive. Instead, he tries to avoid the situation by asking Gavin and Kyle about their ideal women.

Additional Sources

Teens sentenced to read diverse books for vandalism charges.

List of books the teens need to read. 

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: book

Episode 38

Episode 38:

Up-and-coming mukbang personality, Momo, joins us this week on DIU Podcast. Jack brings in the issue of how his bros disappear after they get into relationships. The discussion seems oddly specific and directed to someone in particular (very passive-aggressive). Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the issue of self-entitlement. Are we self-entitled? Is it a bad thing to be self-entitled? All discussed, while throwing (not-so) subtle shade at Jack for posting TFTI on a Facebook comment thread.

Afterwards, sparks begin to FLY as Jack questions Momo during the Kao Lui Corner! Listen in as Jack begins to list off the qualities he wants to see in his wife, and stay tuned in as we may witness the origin story of the Internet’s newest power couple – Jomo <3 !!!

Check out Momo Mukbang!

Additional Sources

What is a mukbang?

16 signs you have a sense of entitlement complex.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Images: Instagram template, romantic couple

Episode 37

Episode 37:

Joining us in studio this week is a fellow podcaster and creative-mind, Robin. We spend the bulk the of the show talking about content creation, creativity, and making it in the podcast world. The conversation skews many times as we also talk about: being controversial, shit-talking, why Gavin picked Jack to be on the show, and regional slang.

Afterwards, the Love Guru grills Robin about his dating life as things get descriptive on the Kao Lui Corner.

Check out Robin’s channel, Concealed Art, via Facebook, YouTube, or at www.concealedart.ca 

If you enjoyed this free-flowing podcast style, be sure to look out for Robin’s podcast – What You Saying Podcast – in the near future.

EDIT: Robin’s podcast has officially dropped with a new name (Rap Nerd Problems) – check out the first episode (featuring DIU Podcast)!

Loose Ends

I briefly mentioned this story on the show, but couldn’t recall specific details. It was Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, who said Trump’s inauguration held the largest audience ever, period.

According to the Harry Potter wikia page

An individual male human with magical ability is known as a wizard (plural: wizards), and an individual female human with magical ability is known as a witch (plural: witches), though “wizard” is sometimes used as a gender-neutral singular noun like “man”.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Images: microphone

Episode 36

Episode 36:

Joining us in studio this week is Jack’s fellow Love Guru Council member, Edmond. Gavin brings in the issue of single women in China renting boyfriends over the holidays; an increasingly popular trend. We also discuss if Jack will make a good “rental boyfriend.” Meanwhile, Jack talks about how the clothing company Uniqlo was hit with backlash because they just wanted to hand out free clothing. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!!

Sign the petition to get Jack a free piece of HeatTech clothing!

Afterwards, as a first on DIU Podcast, guest Love Guru Edmond provides us with an article for the Kao Lui Corner on how to find “the One.”

Additional Sources

Renting boyfriends for Chinese New Years.

I briefly mentioned Chunyun; the period of time when people migrate for the new year.

Uniqlo responds to backlash over free clothing.

Loose Ends

There was a bit of miscommunication on the show regarding China’s gender ratio. I brought up the point that there are 115.88 boys born for every 100 girls in 2014. Jack contested that the statistic is only a reflection of the birth rate in 2014, not of the overall population. However, according to Radio Free Asia (in 2015); out of the 1.36 billion people in China, there are 700 million men and 667 million women (a statistic that was reference on the show) – a difference of 33 million.

We discussed briefly about the “One-Child Policy,” which was started in the 1970s. Beijing announced at the end of 2013 that couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The rules vary depending on one’s living location (i.e. rural versus urban).

We talked about Abercrombie and Fitch, and their refusal to make clothes for large women. Jack claimed that A&F was still profitable after the backlash, when in reality, the company’s sales were decreasing circa 2012. The company has made slight rebounds in 2015 largely in part of rebranding efforts as the A&F of today no longer look like the A&F of yesteryears (targeted to the “super cool looking,” All-American kids). The old A&F didn’t offer XL or above sizes for women; the new A&F does have XL sizes (according to a brief search on their website). It’s highly possible that the company would have gone out of business if the downward trend continued. They threw away their old ideologies and practices which focused on a narrow market in order to stay afloat.

Jack claimed that HALF of the homeless population is homeless because of substance abuse and gambling. According to Alcohol Rehab, it is believed that 38 per cent of the homeless population abuse alcohol; while drug abuse consists of approximately 26 per cent of the population. A 2014 study in the UK found that gambling problems affect 11.6 per cent of the homeless population. Although these issues are still important to identify, it is important to understand that there are several other factors (many of which are beyond the control of the individual) which can result to someone becoming homeless.

Factors such as lack of affordable housing, abuse, mental health issues, and breakdown of the family unit, should all be considered when examining homelessness. However, whether the homeless should receive special treatment (i.e. free clothing) is entirely up to each individual’s morality. Moreover, to put the blame of homelessness solely on the poor decision making of an individual (i.e. claiming half of all homelessness is due to drug abuse and gambling) is a drastic misrepresentation for the causes of homelessness.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: Jack’s Change.Org petition