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God can be cruel. To think that Ruth Bader Ginsburg can be taken from us in this of all years. And just 46 days before the election no less.

If the past four years have taught us nothing else, it’s that politics is about raw, naked, partisan power. Winning isn’t everything, it’s the ONLY thing. “Principles,” such as they are, come a distant second.

So OF COURSE Mitch McConnell will do everything he can to fill the seat, ideally before the election, or else during the lame duck session. I get that this will cause anger and outrage on the left — and if that anger and outrage leads the left to mobilize, organize, and get out the vote, then that will help their cause. However, if it’s the kind of outrage that just gets people stressed out and “stewing” over Fox News and Moscow Mitch, then frankly I think that’s exactly what the majority leader wants and is happy to oblige. …


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The live action Mulan comes to streaming on Disney Plus today. And as much as I want to hit that “Get Premier Access” button, something is holding me back.

Here’s the thing — I’m ready for this movie. At a gut level, when I watch the trailer for Mulan, the inner kid in me reacts with, “Wow, cool!” (Oh Disney, you marketing geniuses.)

There are also many reasons why Mulan makes sense, not just for me but for my family. We already have a Disney Plus subscription. …


As someone who leads towards being more analytical, I’ve hard a hard time engaging in the events of the past few days with the same emotional depth and ferocity I’ve seen from other allies, activists, and friends. I’m encouraged to see so many people on social unapologetically expressing that black lives matter. At the same time, part of me worries that four months from now (or four weeks from now), the President will do something else outrageous and the internet outrage machine will turn its eye towards the next new fight.

As everyday Americans, there is so much more we can do to combat racial inequality and social injustice. In my opinion, the single most important thing is to vote in November. Beyond that we can attend protests, house activists, donate to bail relief funds, foster children — the list is long. But one thing I think we can ALL agree on is that even if we do nothing else, we don’t want to actively make racial inequality WORSE. Nothing I’m writing below is meant to be a substitute in any way for the work of social justice. But I strongly believe there are certain brands and institutions in this country that we often take for granted that I believe perpetuate inequality and injustice. …


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Carrie Fisher died after our Star Wars episode was recorded. Like so many millions, I grew up celebrating her character Princess Leia. I was also a fan of her character “Marie Fisher” from the movie When Harry Met Sally. (“You’re right, you’re right, I know you’re right.”) Deepest sympathies to her entire family and may she rest in peace.

What Just Happened? Unscripted — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (SPOILERS!) (Ep. 11)

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Originally published at www.podcastenthusiast.com on December 28, 2016.


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What Just Happened? Unscripted — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (SPOILERS!) (Ep. 11)

Where Eugene and I talk all things Rogue One. We go deep into the mind of Galen Erso, the Battle of Scarif, Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen, that cray-cray ending, and Eugene’s beef with chompy doors.

Thank you Eugene Chang for a fun, in-depth review!

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My website: www.podcastenthusiast.com
Twitter @davidgchang
Facebook www.facebook.com/davidchang99
whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com


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Ascent of the Blessed

WHAT JUST HAPPENED? — Back From the Dead: The Near Death Experience (Ep. 9)

Near death experiences have reentered pop culture in recent years with best-sellers like “Proof of Heaven” and “Heaven is for Real.” But are near death experiences legit? Are NDE’ers actually having out of body experiences and travelling towards a light at the end of the tunnel? Or are they merely illusions of the mind? Today we tell the harrowing, sometimes tragic, and extraordinary stories of three individuals who might just possibly have travelled to the other side.

SOURCES

Books for general reading:
Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of Near Death Experience, Pim van Lommel (2011)
God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience, Jeffrey Long & Paul Perry (2016)
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, Todd Burpo (2010)
Near-Death Experiences, The Rest of the Story: What They Teach Us About Living and Dying and Our True Purpose, P.M.H. Atwater (2011)
Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife, John Martin Fischer & Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (2016)
Passage, Connie Willis (2002)
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, Eben Alexander (2012)
What Happens When We Die?: A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death, Sam Parnia (2007)
Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences: How Understanding NDE’s Can Help Us Live More Fully, Penny Sartori…


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Radiolab podcast — On the Edge

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THIS IS NOT ABOUT ICE SKATING

Midway through this week’s episode, a woman named Sandra Bezic describes in ecstasy-filled language the feeling that comes over her when she hears the sound of ice skates as a skater makes a perfect lean from edge to edge. She describes it as a “clean, gentle carving. There are no scratches. It’s a glide.” Bezic literally makes an orgasmic sigh as she speaks.

Just moments earlier in the podcast, we heard a clip of the same Bezic on TV saying this about skater Surya Bonaly: “I’d like to see her stop jumping for six months and learn to skate.”

In that moment, when Bezic lectures Bonaly about learning how to skate, our initial instinct is OUTRAGE. Bezic represents everything wrong with the ice skating establishment. They’re elite, narrow minded, and quite possibly racist. If Bonaly were white, if she behaved more lady like, maybe pundits like Bezic wouldn’t be so hard on her. …


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Tanis — Season 2, Episode 201: The Wall

Tanis is a podcast that demands your full attention. Let your mind wander for just a minute, and you may miss a vital clue. Skip an entire episode, and you could be lost at sea. And yet, with Tanis, your attention is richly rewarded. Tanis will take you to a world of wonder, beauty, horror, and mystery.

Season 2 has arrived — yay!! — and as we’ve come to expect, listening to this podcast is like drinking out of a wonderful, amazing yet very powerful fire hydrant. Your brain is FLOODED with information. …


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Startup Podcast: Season 3, Episode 1 — Almost Famous

Startup is by far my FAVORITE podcast from Gimlet Media. But it wasn’t until the end of this episode I finally realized why.

The theme of this season is ENDINGS. Happy endings, sad endings, and everything in between. We’re told they’ll be “telling stories of all different kinds of endings and people who go to extreme lengths to hold their business together.” It almost sounds like a relationship show.

Their first story is a classic Silicon Valley rags-to-riches tale, though at the end of episode 1 the startup in question is still very much in its “rags” phase. The four co-founders have $50,000 in the bank, a cramped apartment in San Francisco, a hope, and a dream. Co-founder Justin seems to be headed toward chronic back pain as he’s lugging around a 30 pound computer on his back. …


I’ve been saying for a while that one thing that could significantly boost Donald Trump’s chances of winning is a serious downtown in the economy. Whatever ugly, racist, bigoted, or politically ridiculous statements he makes, a recession plays right into his strengths as a businessman, billionaire, and deal maker. Republicans and democrats have both attacked and will continue to attack his business credentials (Trump steaks! Trump water! He inherited daddy’s wealth!). But it’s undeniable at this point that one of Trump’s greatest assets is FEAR. …

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