Japan Episode 3

Japan Episode 3:

Gavin is once again joined by Andrew, and fellow English teacher, Mat (with one T). Mat shares some Australian chocolates with the gang as we hear about why he’s teaching in Japan. Gavin talks about overcoming extreme heartbreak as the gang is recovering from the loss of – what will now be known as – the “lost episode” of DIU Podcast.

Issues this week include outrageous phone bills and slow ass Internet speeds, snow season in Japan, and the lack of a “regular sized” adult toothbrush. However, the main topic this week revolves around the gang’s impending decision of renewing the contract to stay in Japan for another year… Why are Andrew and Gavin on the fence? Tune in to find out!

Later on throughout the show, hearing about the Australian chocolates, another good friend (and English teacher), Lena, pops into the studio. She talks about her contract renewal decision and her desire to learn Japanese. We also hear some hot gossip about misbehaving co-workers and stories of how people keep hitting on her.

(Episode recorded November 26)

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for FreeCC By 3.0 

Episode 58

Episode 58:

The final shebang! Gavin and Jack sit down for one last time before the two go their separate ways. Michael finally gets the (super limited edition) DIU Podcast mug (won on episode 32) signed by the hosts at the absolute last date possible. And for some reason, Jack throws some random brain teasers at Gavin.

Gavin talks about the issue of packing, specifically packing at the very last minute. The gang talk about packing strategies and what type of clothing to bring when leaving for a year (or longer). The crux of the issue turns out to be packing shoes – how many should we bring? Meanwhile, Jack talks about his feelings as the group sets to disband. We reflect on the long journey which has been DIU Podcast and talk about the future of the show.

Afterwards, Jack concludes the final Kao Lui Corner with an article about how to be an Alpha (part 2 from last week’s article). Everything comes full circle as the man who has lost his confidence throughout season three returns full force as the Love Guru we all know and love!

Big shout-out to all our listeners; stay tuned for more shenanigans… from the other side of the world!

Follow Jack on Twitter @jackhsieh123

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Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for FreeCC By 3.0

Image: briefcase 

Episode 52

Episode 52:

Gavin talks about ordering fidget spinners and long shipping periods. Jack gives us a biotin update, and we also learn about some other tricks he’s been trying to get his thick hair back.

Jack brings in the issue of not having a phone. We hear first-hand experiences of perhaps one of the biggest fears for young people in the 21st century. How did Jack survive nine days without a phone? Did he learn anything from this ordeal? Tune in to find out! Meanwhile, Gavin has a HUGE announcement regarding the future of DIU Podcast…

Afterwards, the Love Guru tries to leave a legacy with his latest article entitled “How to be a Love Guru.”

Loose Ends

To clarify, Japan is one hour ahead (GMT+9) of Taiwan (GMT+8).

Citations

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

Episode 43

Episode 43:

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.

Additional Sources

Why are we obsessed with the past?

Generations throughout history (Buzzfeed video)

Why do we feel nostalgia (TED video)

Citations

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

Images: bald man, young man

Episode 42

Episode 42:

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)!

On the Kao Lui Corner, Jack writes about how to approach women in a coffee shop, for the second week towards his road to redemption (regaining his Love Guru title).

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.

Additional Sources

Journalist must turn over materials to RCMP.

Protecting sources and whistleblowers (via Canadian Journalists for Free Expression)

Loose Ends

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.

Citations

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

Image: Power Rangers’ poster

Episode 13

Episode 13:

This week we briefly revisit Pokemon Go as Jack provides a shocking update from last week. Gavin then talks about the dangers of Internet hoaxes and how they can be detrimental to both DIU Podcast and the world at large. Then we discuss the future possibilities of DIU Podcast’s YouTube channel.

Afterwards, Jack talks about how to pick up girls using Pokemon Go.

Check out the first ever DIU Podcast YouTube video!

Additional Resources

Brief video on how false news is spread so easily.

The image claiming that The Simpsons had predicted Pokemon Go is fake.

Here is the video of a mob on the I-880, and the Cartel Press article.

Loose Ends

Jack mentioned how we had previously performed the spicy ramen challenge (before DIU Podcast) – watch it here!

Citations

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

Image: Donald Trump campaign image