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What Just Happened? is a podcast about recent history. In each episode, host David Chang tackles current and often controversial topics head on, making sense of a nonsensical world.

What Just Happened? is a podcast about recent history. In each episode, host David Chang tackles current and often controversial topics head on, making sense of a nonsensical world.
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What Just Happened? is a podcast about recent history. In each episode, host David Chang tackles current and often controversial topics head on, making sense of a nonsensical world.

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English


Episodes

Should You Buy a Tesla? (Ep. 44)

11/27/2018
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Eugene and I really enjoy talking about personal consumer technology. In today’s episode, we revisit our first episode about smartphones (ep. 33), Eugene breaks down what Apple’s Screen Time has taught him about his smartphone usage, David talks YouTube, and we debate Tesla, Elon Musk, and the future of electric cars. Thanks for listening! Music MBB - Breeze Couple N - Starry Night SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Play, and...

Duration:00:47:15

Conversations With My Brother - Why It’s Better to be Discontent (Ep. 43)

11/13/2018
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Maybe I got it all wrong. I thought it was better to live a life of contentment and gratitude. But in today’s episode, Eugene and I discuss whether it’s better to be deeply unsatisfied with life, whether or not happiness is merely a state of mind, and how we both ended up in traditional, single breadwinner family structures. Thanks for listening! Music Lindécis - Blind Twice - Yes or Yes SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Play, and...

Duration:00:55:17

How to ask “Where are you from REALLY?” (without sounding racist) (Ep. 42)

10/30/2018
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In 2016, NYT reporter Michael Luo—who was born and raised in the U.S.—was told by a stranger to “Go back to China!” His 7 year old daughter was there when it happened and later asked him, "Why did she say, ‘Go back to China?’ We’re not from China.” Since then countless Asian Americans have recognized the problem of “perpetual foreign syndrome” often disguised in the form of the classic question, “No, where are you from, really?" What's less often talked about is whether it's possible to...

Duration:01:09:50

ELEVEN (Ep. 41)

10/15/2018
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Does it feel like the country is tearing itself apart? That a volcano’s about to erupt? That, as some suggest, we’re headed toward a “second civil war”? Why is all of this happening? And why is it happening NOW? David has some answers. Link: “Hey, Democrats: Pack The Court,” Zach Carter https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hey-democrats-pack-the-court_us_5b33f7a8e4b0b5e692f3f3d4 Music: nymano x Pandrezz – Fireworks JayJen - Imaginary SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on...

Duration:00:19:10

How to Get Things Done (Ep. 40)

10/2/2018
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How do you work smarter, faster? How do you stay organized, stay motivated, and stay efficient? In today’s episode, David and Eugene share their secrets, tricks, and strategies to stay productive. David discusses the importance of routine and habits in his life, while Eugene reveals the top software tools and apps that keep him on schedule. Thanks for listening! Music Fredji – Happy Life Mira Costa - Seasons SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Stitcher, Google...

Duration:01:05:02

FOMO or JOMO? (Ep. 39)

9/17/2018
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David and Eugene continue their series on productivity, and talk about how they prioritize the activities and experiences that are truly important to them. Eugene discusses his aspirations of being a more systematic “life planner” while David gets personal about how his priorities have changed since his early 20’s. Thanks for listening! Music BTS – Idol SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach us at Facebook:...

Duration:01:09:21

Crazy Rich Asians – The Aftermath (Ep. 38)

8/27/2018
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My one takeaway from the dazzling “Crazy Rich Asians.” Thanks for listening! Links: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/magazine/what-a-fraternity-hazing-death-revealed-about-the-painful-search-for-an-asian-american-identity.html https://slate.com/culture/2018/08/crazy-rich-asians-the-movie-adaptation-reviewed.html SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach me at Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast Twitter...

Duration:00:15:05

Productivity with Purpose (Ep. 37)

8/20/2018
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"Productivity" has become a cottage industry in the modern world--with experts like Tim Ferriss and David Allen writing best selling books about getting things done. Yet what these productivity gurus often overlook is the purpose behind the hyper efficiency. Today on the show, David and Eugene get personal and talk about the purposes that drive and motivate their daily lives. Eugene also talks about how he overcomes his struggles with procrastination to become a more productive person. This...

Duration:00:57:40

CWMB - Mission: Impossible – Fallout + BONUS (Spoilers!) (Ep. 36)

8/8/2018
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David and Eugene have a genuine debate over whether Mission Impossible: Fallout was one of the best Mission Impossible movies EVER or fell short of a truly great M:I movie. David talks about an important change to Ethan Hunt’s character that made him brilliantly Tom Cruisey, while Eugene discusses his own real life experience flying a helicopter (!). PLUS we spend a few bonus minutes debating the very polarizing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Warning: SPOILERS! And thanks for...

Duration:00:59:12

CWMB - Let's Talk About The Incredibles 2 (Spoilers!) (Ep. 35)

7/25/2018
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Many people say The Incredibles is one of their favorite Pixar movies — and deservedly so. But in today’s conversation, David talks about some structural issues he found deeply problematic about The Incredibles franchise, while Eugene plays devil’s advocate and responds in kind. NOTE: While this isn’t a normal movie review, be warned that there are a few spoilers in this episode. Thanks for listening! Music: Consider Yourselves Undermined! - Michael Giacchino The Glory Days (a...

Duration:01:13:41

Conversations With My Brother – Identities (Ep. 34)

7/9/2018
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Who are you? In today’s episode, Eugene and I plumb the depths of our upbringing to talk about our childhoods, our values, and our attitudes toward race, religion, and politics. Eugene reveals what happened when he played “the line game” as a resident advisor in-training at Michigan, and I talk about why I consider myself the “black sheep” of the family, at least when it comes to my faith. Thanks again to my podcasting partner Eugene Chang. And thank you for listening! Music: FREDJI -...

Duration:01:09:50

Conversations with my Brother – Your Smartphone (Ep. 33)

6/27/2018
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Your smartphone is your constant companion. Your connection to the world. An extension of you. But is your smartphone REALLY bad for you? In this episode, Eugene Chang and I talk about how we use our iPhone and Android devices respectively, and discuss whether this is a good or bad thing. Eugene talks about some apps that have been especially useful for him as a techy, and I describe (and attempt to defend) the Rube Goldberg like contortions I make to "stick it to big telecom." This is the...

Duration:01:09:26

*SPOILERS* Solo: A Star Wars Story - uh-oh... (Ep. 32)

6/11/2018
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Is the Star Wars cinematic universe in trouble? Jennifer, Rob, and Eugene come back to discuss and review Solo: A Star Wars Story. We talk about what went right, what went very wrong, our reactions to spoilers, and what the future holds for the SW franchise. Thanks for listening! SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach me at Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast Twitter @davidgchang whatjustpodcast @ gmail ....

Duration:00:57:05

The Secret to Success Isn’t Talent or Luck, It’s … (Ep. 31)

3/6/2018
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The Power and Perils of GRIT. How to become more gritty, how to teach your children grit, and why you need to think about grit in a completely different way. References: Jess Lee: "Partner at Sequoia Capital and Former CEO" | Talks at Google: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwjZHFMdgLk Angela Duckworth, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”: https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-book/ Kieran Setiya, “Midlife: A Philosophical Guide”: http://www.ksetiya.net/midlife.html Thanks for...

Duration:00:16:43

Epilogue: Why K-pop? and my 2018 New Year's Resolution (Ep. 30)

1/21/2018
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A brief afterword to close out the K-pop series, and some personal reflections for 2018. Thanks for listening and Happy New Year! :) SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach me at Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast Twitter @davidgchang whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com

Duration:00:17:32

SPOILER REVIEW: Star Wars VIII - The Last Jedi (Ep. 29)

1/2/2018
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I’m usually not an aggressive self-promoter, but having listened to several reviews of the latest Star Wars movie, I believe our podcast offers one of the richest, most engaging discussions you’ll find of this film. And that’s due to my remarkable friends Jennifer, Rob, and Eugene, who joined me in a no holds barred review of the film. We talk about what we loved about The Last Jedi, what troubled us, Jennifer’s theory of what may happen in Episode 9 (hint: rise up!), and much more. This was...

Duration:01:28:01

Seriously, though, is Ironman an addiction? (Ep. 28)

12/13/2017
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The Ironman Triathlon is a grueling one day endurance race consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.22 mile full length marathon run. It’s considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. To accomplish this feat once in your lifetime is impressive enough. But to return to this race 3, 4, 5 times or more? Today, I welcome back on the podcast Sam Chung, Jack Chen, and Rob Koh who talked with me about their Ironman experience back in March. What drives...

Duration:00:59:49

K-Pop Part 2: Psy, The Wonder Girls, “Likey,” and the Road Ahead (Ep. 27)

11/20/2017
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In the second half of this K-pop series, we identify the secret ingredient that propelled Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to success in the United States, the cautionary tale of The Wonder Girls, and my deep, personal dilemma with nine member girl group Twice’s single, “Likey.” Select links and references: If you’re new to K-pop, I found the best place to start is a website called moonROK, which has a helpful series of articles called “The History of K-pop, Chapters 1 – 10.”...

Duration:00:34:46

K-Pop: The Hallyu Wave (Ep. 26)

11/20/2017
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The K-pop boy band ‘BTS’ made history on November 19, 2017 as the first ever Korean band to perform on the American Music Awards. If you’re mystified by the worldwide phenomenon known as K-pop, you’re not alone. K-pop has experienced a massive surge in popularity in recent years. K-pop has come a LONG way from its roots twenty five years ago when a single live performance by a rookie band electrified the nation. And it’s remarkable that what is essentially “Top 40” music from the relatively...

Duration:00:32:29

Have Democrats Become Too Liberal on Immigration? (Ep. 25)

9/7/2017
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This is (finally!) the second half of my conversation with Pastor Darryl Brumfield and Professor Jennifer Lee Koh. We talk about immigration — a timely topic given the recent news. Jennifer shares her perspective as someone who runs an immigration clinic and is very much witnessing what’s happening with undocumented immigrants on the ground, while Darryl gives his thoughts of how immigration does and should relate to the Christian church. Finally, I discuss an article written by a...

Duration:00:57:38