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Latest in Podcasts (April 2019)

If you want to hear about the latest and biggest fraud of the century…

The Dropout from ABC Radios

Elizabeth Holmes was the founder and CEO of Theranos, which was supposedly a breakthrough company that could run blood tests from a single drop of blood. It was all bogus, but it took years to take down the company. Catch up on all the drama with Rebecca Jarvis -Chief Business, Economics and Technology Correspondent for ABC News and the host, creator and managing editor of Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis and the podcast No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis.

Holmes is awaiting trial for criminal prosecution in April 2019. And the drama continues…

 

If you want to learn more about the psychology of genders and relationships…

This episode is one that intrigued me cause it’s about genders and relationships. It’s a lot of how boys and girls differ, but there’s a lot about how to predict relationship success. Quite a long episode, but truly helpful for life.

 

If you’re someone struggles facing your personal finance, here’s another approach to try…

Personal finance is another interest of mine. It started when I was in college and one month I couldn’t pay off my credit card in full and had to borrow money from my parents. My mom may have only said one thing to me, “Never not pay off your credit card debt at the end of the month. That’s how credit card companies get you.” But I was ashamed of myself. Never again, I told myself.

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi was one of the first personal finance podcasts I listened to. I love learning about new mental hacks (like this one) in order to be better at managing your personal finance. This one stuck out to me in particular because I’ve never heard anything like it before.

 

An absolute must-listen to everyone, whether you’re male, female, tall, short, skinny, fat, disabled, not disabled…

This episode is so important for everyone. If you suffer from an eating disorder or body dysmorphia or any disabilities or get shamed by anyone for anything, Jameela Jamil is here to say to people who bully you: fork. YOU.

That’s all. Please go listen.

 

I love all the Asian-ness in one podcast…

Dave Chang. I really like his straight-up, no-bullshirt attitude on this show. He is very upfront about his flaws and what he is working on as a human because it humanizes him.

And Hasan Minhaj? Oh my gosh, I love his Netflix show “Patriot Act”. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s a political comedy show where he explores global news, politics and culture from his perspective. It was AMAZING; I believe everybody can enjoy and learn from this show; I highly recommend it. Also, follow Patriot Act on all the social medias. They’re just great.

Two of them talking about what it’s like growing up in American as an Asian person is (1) amazing because I love both of them, and (2) made me feel seen. I could relate to them even though one is Korean, one is Indian, and I am Taiwanese.

 

In the latest in humans and the environment…

If you’ve read my Eco-Journals 1 and 2, you know that I am more conscious of my carbon footprint now and want to figure out how I can decrease it without feeling like I can’t live a happy life. This is one the episodes that propelled me to be better and look at what’s happening around me and from me.

 

If you have no idea what’s happening in Central America, let’s catch up…

First, let me gush about Jonathan Van Ness. He is the baby of Fab Five (on Netflix!) and Gay of Thrones, and positivity and love just radiates from him. Whenever he’s like “yaaas, go gurl” on Queer Eye, I imagine that he is saying it me.

In this episode, JVN speaks with Shannon K. O’Neil, vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Yeah, she knows her stuff. I love Latin America so much – I believe that I was a Latina in a past life.

However, I know nothing about Latin America. Well, not nothing – I just have a really bad memory. This was a great episode to learn and re-learn about Central America and United States’ relationship with them.

I found hope after listening to stories about literal and personal wars…

There are two stories in this episode: the first one is about two friends Dave and Chris and their podcast “Dopey”, and the second is about a community radio station in Syria called Radio Fresh and the local militant factions.

Not going to lie, the first story is a bit of a downer. It gets bad then worse before it gets a little bit better. This is the story that has left an imprint in my memory. I don’t know what it’s like to be addicted to drugs, but hearing it from people who has has made me think differently about drug addicts.
Thank goodness they added the second story. It’s definitely has some nervous moments, but much less upsetting than the first story. This one made me grateful for my life, and also made me want to become a person who is as half as brave as the individuals in the story.

 

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