Gavin confronts Jack about why part two of the California vlog still hasn’t been released. Jack also retracts a point about Gen Z kids and drug use he made on episode 31.
Jeremy Lin recently mentioned that he faced more racism during his college career when compared to his NBA career. Jack is distraught to hear that racism (still) exists in the 21st century and can’t believe that college students can be racist. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the issue of how a school district in California may be overstepping their boundaries by disciplining students who “liked” some Instagram posts. The conversation spirals into a discussion about online behaviour and its real-world implications.
Afterwards, the Love Guru tackles a listener’s question in this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.
Gavin is shocked to find out that May is Asian Heritage Month, as he brings in the issue of how the event isn’t being publicized efficiently. The duo talk about what they would like to see happen for Asian Heritage Month and what something like this means to Asian-Canadians. Meanwhile, Jack is under the impression that Gavin would be a perfect candidate as a partner on the Amazing Race. Jack tries to convince Gavin that they would be a successful team. Is Gavin convince? Tune in to find out!
Join the DIU Podcast gang as they celebrate a year of this very podcast. Accompanied by Seb and Kyle, Gavin and Jack look back at the first year of the show as they talk about their favourite moments, episodes, and issues. We also talk about the growth and development of the two hosts and talk about moving forward in life.
Afterwards, the Love Guru talks about his favourite moments from a year’s worth of Kao Lui Corner segments.
Shout out to all the listeners and fans of DIU Podcast! Please join us in wishing the show a Happy Birthday!
We mentioned a lot of past episodes this week, you can check them out in our episodes archives.
Gavin, who is now in control of the @jackhsieh123 Instagram account, brings in the issue of trying to become a celebrity. We talk about how Gavin came into ownership of Jack’s IG account and what the hopes of the account actually are. Is Jack willing to sacrifice his morality for fame? Find out by listening…
Meanwhile, Jack brings in the very serious issue of working out vs. keeping his hair. After many hours of research (see episode 43), Jack has come to accept the fact that his constant obsession with #gymlife might be the root of his thinning hair. According to Jack, working out and taking supplements will imbalance DHT levels, causing male pattern baldness. Will Jack stop working out to preserve his hair? Again, tune in to find out!
Jack gives us an update on his hair loss situation. We also talk about the phantom California vlog which was introduced weeks ago but somehow still has yet to be released… Sike! You can now watch it here!
Jack brings in the issue of tall people – specifically people who are between 5’11” and 6’5″ – and how they need to use their height more appropriately. Jack brutally attacks Gavin for being so nonchalant about his 6″1 frame. Jack claims that Gavin’s height should be enough to propel him into being either a NBA player, professional singer, or model. Meanwhile, Gavin gives a passionate speech as he talks about making life decisions. There are going to be a lot of people telling you how to live your life; but at the end of the day, you’re the one who should decide how to live life.
Jack tries to attack my reputation as a tall person by claiming I don’t post-up while playing basketball. I want to clarify that I in fact DO post up while playing ball.
At the same time, the pace of modern basketball emphasizes speed, quickness, and three-point shooting. This is true especially in pick-up basketball where teams are not set in advance. Playing post requires a lot of coordination when compared to playing isolation or shooting threes.
In addition, the simple fact that I am playing basketball is already an example of me “taking advantage of my height.” This is true regardless of if I am under the basket or behind the three-point line. The primary advantage of being tall is that you can shoot over your defenders. Tall people shooting threes are still more advantageous than shorter people shooting threes (assuming both players are equally skilled shooters), because the taller shooter should have an easier time shooting over their defender – in theory. This is true regardless of where the player is shooting the ball from.
the NBA’s influence on today’s game:
Because the NBA is the best basketball league on the planet, viewers often try to mimic or replicate how the NBA game is played. The modern NBA game has seen the rise of the stretch big – a big man who can shoot the three point shot. Having a big man who can shoot the three is an asset because teams can space out the floor and attack more quickly. The phenomenon of the big-man shooting threes arises because of its increased popularity in the NBA game.
The modern NBA is also more favourable towards guards and quick players. Newly implemented (well, somewhat new) hand-check rules allow for guards to drive to the basket more easily, allowing for a faster-pace of gameplay. Small-ball and quick baskets will always be more entertaining to watch than slow set-plays for the big man down low. The NBA will always want to promote the most exciting game possible, to gain more viewership. As a result, kids on the playground would rather emulate Steph Curry shooting half-court threes instead of Tim Duncan shooting a hook shot.
Gavin and Jack rekindle their heated Power Rangers debate from last week before Gavin jumps into his issue for the week. He talks about the dangers of nostalgia, specifically, nostalgia used to compare the present with our idealized memories from the past. Nostalgia often leads to higher expectations for present times – whether you are comparing Generation Z kids with millennials or Power Rangers 2017 with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (two random examples) – the nostalgic version will always seem better… but is that really the case? Meanwhile, Jack brings in a topic which is very near-and-dear to himself – male pattern baldness. We learn more about the affliction which has caused Jack to lose his former trademarked confidence.
Afterwards, Jack completes the third week of his “road to redemption” as he brings in an article about Confidence (Part Two). Jubilation is in the air as Jack finally regains his long-last Love Guru title at the end of the show.
Lastly, Gavin and Jack talk about what went down in Jack’s kitchen as he cooked a meal for the members of the DIU Podcast team.
Producer Seb joins us as we briefly revisit the “parking vs. standing” debacle. Jack also updates us on his “hair situation.”
Gavin then talks about how journalistic integrity could be threatened if the sources of journalists cannot be protected. We talk about government intervention in personal life and weigh freedom of speech with personal safety. Meanwhile, Jack talks about the new Power Rangers movie. According to Jack, Hollywood directors are trying to push a progressive agenda in their new movie remakes. He claims Power Rangers “ruined his childhood” because they added a bi-sexual character. What’s worse is that the rangers are not wearing the same colour outfits (i.e. the black ranger isn’t a black guy)!
At the end of the show, we hear about the lasagna experiment. Somehow, we lose sight of what the real reason for Gavin to cook was. We end up with a pissing contest as Jack claims he can also cook food for the DIU Podcast gang… so yeah, that’s happening next week now.
The original Power Rangers’ series was titled Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Jack said the new reboot also had the same movie title. However, the new reboot is simply named Power Rangers (or Saban’s Power Rangers).
Some guys (Henshin Grid) already put together a page for Power Rangers and their ethnic backgrounds. One of Jack’s points was that the black ranger should be played by a black person, because that’s how Power Rangers should be. But the franchise has long found ways to deviate from a notion of matching skin tone with suit colour. In fact, African-American actors have portrayed the black, yellow, red, blue, green, and pink rangers throughout various Power Rangers series. However, African-Americans have never been the white, gold, silver, nor sixth ranger.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!