The Toronto-Gunma boys come in hot on the very first episode of 2018. Gavin, Andrew, and Jeef reconnect after a two-week winter vacation. The gang is immediately trusted into car talk as we talk about Andrew’s busted bumper. Gavin also talks about getting a flat tire.
Afterwards, Gavin retells the tales of his two-week long southwestern Japan road-trip. Many places were reached, and many more Instagram photos were farmed. The gang compares the differences between being a tourist in popular Japanese tourist spots versus the Japanese countryside.
Picking up from Episode 3, Gavin talks about the possibility of staying in Japan for another year and half. He talks about the internal and external struggles of finally coming to a decision. The guys also talk about what to do with their remaining time in Japan. Immediate goals include studying Japanese, travelling, and starting a language exchange group.
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.
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!
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.”
To clarify, Japan is one hour ahead (GMT+9) of Taiwan (GMT+8).
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.
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.