What Just Happened?

Oct 13 2020 45 mins 75

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.





Why I Changed My Mind on Affirmative Action (Ep. 84)
Oct 13 2020 47 mins  
Thank you everyone for the feedback on my 2020 California Propositions Guide! You can find the guide in the link below. In today's episode, Eugene and I focus on Prop 16, and the looming issue of affirmative action. As someone who was once staunchly anti-affirmative action, I talk about my journey and why I'm now a proponent. We also discuss how Asian Americans are uniquely situated in the affirmative action debate, and what that means for us. As always, thank you for listening! My 2020 California Propositions Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16WyQbbwKfZWrMWhQtEaeGZpIcYsz3bATGGvOTg7spTQ/edit?usp=sharing Evan Low's speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP4LieEaoJ4 Music: Vendredi - We Were Young Sarah Jansen - Far Away My reading journey: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?order=d&shelf=read&sort=date_read https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach us at Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast Twitter @davidgchang whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com "This conversation is about power, it's about race and the loss of power or the perceived loss of power. And frankly, the fear of sharing power ... This is 2020 and let us not get into this fallacy that this is about a zero-sum narrative and one's gain is another's loss. But this is about how we can recognize that an injustice to one, is an injustice to all." - State Assemblyman Evan Low













Crash Landing On You (Ep. 78)
May 06 2020 48 mins  
It’s happening! Eugene is watching a Korean drama. And not just any, but the smash hit, Crash Landing On You. This show was popular enough even in the United States that there was a lengthy story about it in the Washington Post (link below). In today’s podcast, Eugene and David talk about episode 5 of the show, our likes and dislikes, North Korean culture, and our thoughts about Kdramas in general. Eugene also gives a verdict for what future (if any) K-dramas may have in his television consumption. Crash Landing is currently available on Netflix. As always, thank you for listening! Music: Tokyo Music Walker - New Day 10cm - Destiny like a coincidence "South Korean drama Crash Landing On You offers glimpse of daily life in North Korea”: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/s-korean-drama-offers-glimpse-of-daily-life-in-north-korea "Amid lockdown binge watching, U.S. viewers savor story that puts a human face on North Korea”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-crash-landing-on-you-defectors-netflix/2020/04/17/d78c761c-7994-11ea-a311-adb1344719a9_story.html My reading journey: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?order=d&shelf=read&sort=date_read https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach us at Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast Twitter @davidgchang whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com "Sometimes the wrong train takes you to the right direction.” - Yoon Se-Ri








































Why I’m Not a (traditional) Christian (Ep. 59)
Jul 03 2019 38 mins  
I’m not gonna lie, this one is personal for me. When I think back to why I started this podcast, at least at a subconscious level, it was partly because I wanted to speak out about this very topic. Many of the issues dividing “progressive” versus “traditional” believes have to do with human sexuality and gender. But as someone who grew up in the church, I believe there’s an even more fundamental problem at the core of traditional Christianity. It’s a problem I’ve thought about and have had many conversations about for years, it’s the central reason why I don’t consider myself a traditional Christian, and incidentally, it’s also a central reason why we’ve seen the explosive growth of “universalism” in recent years. Very special thanks to my brother Eugene who was willing to engage with me in an open and respectful way on today’s episode. One of the things I absolutely love about this podcast is having a sibling and co-host who is capable of having a fun, interesting, and healthy dialogue on even thorny topics where we may disagree. Thank you brother! And as always, thank you everyone out there for listening! Music: Mira Costa - Seasons Randy Travis - Sweet By and By What I'm reading: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?shelf=read https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rmGsRHNFLGW3CdbXndnnS8CeCmw0qavfTwCuiSzmGEY/edit SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach us at Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast Twitter @davidgchang whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com “The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you.” – Jonathan Edwards “Does the sadistic monster in Jonathan Edwards’ sermon look like Jesus? Of course not. So we are free to reject it. We MUST reject it!” - Brian Zahnd

















Icebreaker: The $350,000 Car Dividing the Auto Industry (Ep. 51)
Mar 20 2019 27 mins  
I’ve been sick for the past few weeks. When I’m sick I find I want to turn off my brain, meaning no news, books, podcasts, etc. But for some reason, I find watching videos about cars to be strangely relaxing. This is probably because I’m otherwise so removed from cars and the car industry. For me, it’s like the equivalent of the Food Network or HGTV. In this podcast extra, I ask Eugene for his thoughts about the one car that appears to be dividing auto journalists and car enthusiasts more than any other. We also discuss why we both feel minivans are superior to SUVs and share a quick update on our weight loss and fitness goals. Next week, we’ll be back with another full episode of the podcast. Thanks for listening! Opening excerpt from the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, Ep. 108: https://www.unnamedautomotivepodcast.com/108 Special thanks to Bjørn Nyland and Doug Demuro, whose videos entertained and kept me company while I was under the weather: https://www.youtube.com/user/bjornnyland https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqjHFMB_JYTaEnf_vmTNqg Music: Ikson - All Night Alêtro - Insecure SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach us at Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast Twitter @davidgchang whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com "It is a majestic, magnificent, and ludicrous vehicle, but curiously hard to love.” - Jason Barlow



















































K-Pop Part 2: Psy, The Wonder Girls, “Likey,” and the Road Ahead (Ep. 27)
Nov 21 2017 34 mins  
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.” http://www.moonrok.com/tag/the-history-of-k-pop-10/ Factory Girls: Cultural technology and the making of K-pop - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/08/factory-girls-2 Korea's S.M. Entertainment: The Company That Created K-Pop - https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesasia/2013/07/31/koreas-s-m-entertainment-the-company-that-created-k-pop/#45bb264c407d Hallyu, K-pop! Inside the weirdest, most lucrative global frenzy in music - https://qz.com/725161/kpop-feature/ The Hallyu Wave: How Crisis Led to K-pop - http://seoulbeats.com/2015/05/hallyu-wave-crisis-led-k-pop/ Books Euny Hong, The Birth of Korean Cool (2014) Stuart Kallen, K-Pop: Korea’s Musical Explosion (2014) A complete list of citations can be found at: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast. 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













(Special episode) The PAAC Podcast - Origin Story (Ep. 1)
Jun 06 2017 49 mins  
This is a special episode. The regular What Just Happened podcast will be back again soon! I'm thrilled to be part of the launch of the brand new PAAC Podcast! This is a project that PAAC co-founders Lydia Suh and Liz Lin had been wanting to do for months. And whether you call it divine intervention or just remarkable timing, the stars aligned to make it happen. Today’s episode is about origin stories. How Lydia and Liz met, how the PAAC Facebook group and podcast came to be, and looking ahead, what they aspire for the future. We want this podcast to be an extension of the Progressive Asian American Christian community. To that end, please subscribe to the podcast, spread the word to your friends and family, and let us know what you’d like to hear on the show. We would also be very grateful if you helped others discover the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes. Thank you to everyone who helped put this podcast together. And special thanks to all the members of the PAAC Facebook community, who have created a space and community where people feel at home. Thank you all for listening! PAAC Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/progressiveasianamericanchristians/ Page: https://www.facebook.com/PAACpodcast/ PAAC Conference 2017: http://progressiveasianamericanchristians.org/ Liz’s articles: “The Loneliness of the Progressive Asian American Christian,” http://thesaltcollective.org/loneliness-progressive-asian-american-christian/ "Still a Progressive Asian American Christian, Now a Lot Less Lonely,” http://thesaltcollective.org/still-progressive-asian-american-christian-now-lot-less-lonely/ Twitter: @paacpodcast Email: progressiveaachristians @ gmail . com Music: Liquid Memories - LucidPorter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter Subscribe to the PAAC podcast! iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-paac-podcast/id1243306853 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/david-chang/the-paac-podcast Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Iuufwrbkq6dp7eewr3xodbnvfyq















How to be an Ironman (Ep. 16)
Mar 14 2017 68 mins  
It doesn’t seem humanly possible. Swim 2.4 miles in open water. Bike 112 miles--farther than the distance from Manhattan to Philadelphia. And then, assuming you have any energy left, run a full length marathon, 26.2 miles. All back to back to back, in less than 17 hours. That is the Ironman triathlon—widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. (And not to be confused with “Iron Man” Tony Stark of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Today, I speak with three men who have all completed full length Ironman races and are training for more. I ask them to do a bit of soul searching--while I do a bit of my own--as they talk about what drives their ambition to compete in this crazy race. They discuss what it takes to finish an Ironman and whether or not it’s fair to describe Ironman training as “selfish.” (Lots of shout outs to significant others in this episode!) We talk about training schedules, logistics, nutrition, and the mental challenges of completing a race. And in a twist, regular contributor—and triathlete in her own right—Jennifer Lee Koh joins us to reveal what it’s like to be an “Ironmate.” Many thanks to Rob Koh, Jack Chen, and Sam Chung for taking the time to talk and reflect! Sam, Jack, and Rob are all part of the Trinity Endurance Club or TEC—a group that Sam started to build and foster a community of fitness fans. This was such a fun conversation, and I am so inspired by your stories! Thanks for listening! SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and SoundCloud. Reach me at My website: www.podcastenthusiast.com Twitter @davidgchang Facebook www.facebook.com/davidchang99 whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com






The Future of Evangelical Christianity (is it DOOMED?) and the Fight over Sanctuary Cities - WJH Unscripted (Ep. 13)
Jan 20 2017 67 mins  
We are HOURS away from the inauguration of President Donald Trump and I am THRILLED to have Jeremy Weese on the show. And even more good news, regular contributor Jennifer Lee Koh is back. We didn't scare her away! We take a deep dive into why white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in such large numbers and why Jeremy thinks evangelicals "don't know how to vote." Jennifer explains what sanctuary cities are and we discuss the looming battle between federal and local governments over immigration. Thank you so much Jennifer and Jeremy for coming by! Enjoy the show! LINKS: Jennifer looking highly professorial in a recent news article in the Orange County Register: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/need-741081-asian-americans.html "The Way to Justice: How My Mind Has Changed," by Nicholas Wolterstorff: http://www.povertystudies.org/TeachingPages/EDS_PDFs4WEB/Wolterstorff-HowMyMindHasChanged-selections.pdf Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice "The Evangelicalism of Old White Men is Dead," by Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne, New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/opinion/the-evangelicalism-of-old-white-men-is-dead.html?_r=0 Music: "Rap Dreams," by Lowercase n "Adventures," by A Himitsu Reach me at My website: www.podcastenthusiast.com Twitter @davidgchang Facebook www.facebook.com/davidchang99 whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com









Back From the Dead: The Near Death Experience (Ep. 9)
Dec 05 2016 42 mins  
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 (2014) Vicki Noratuk’s story: NDE Stories: http://ndestories.org/vicki-noratuk/ Near-death and out-of-body experiences in the blind: a study of apparent eyeless vision., Ring K, Cooper S., J Near-Death Studies. 1997;16:101–147. http://www.newdualism.org/nde-papers/Ring/Ring-Journal%20of%20Near-Death%20Studies_1997-16-101-147.pdf People Born Blind Can See During a Near-Death Experience, http://www.near-death.com/science/evidence/people-born-blind-can-see-during-nde.html Mr. A’s story: AWARE Study Initial Results are Published, IANDS https://iands.org/news/news/front-page-news/1060-aware-study-initial-results-are-published.html AWARE Study Results Finally Published: Does Not Prove Life After Death, http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/10/aware-study-results-finally-published-does-not-prove-life-after-death/ AWAREness Beyond Death?, http://www.dailygrail.com/Essays/2014/10/Awareness-Beyond-Death The Seven Ways to have a Near Death Experience, BBC http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150303-what-its-really-like-to-die Jeff Olsen’s story: I Knew Their Hearts: The Amazing True Story of a Journey Beyond the Veil to Learn the Silent Language of the Heart, Jeff Olsen (2012) Near death experiences at heart of Jeff Olsen's memoir, lecture in Colorado Springs, The Gazette http://gazette.com/near-death-experiences-at-heart-of-jeff-olsens-memoir-lecture-in-colorado-springs/article/1558025 Additional resources: IANDS, or the International Association for Near Death Studies, is an incredible resource for those who are just starting to learn about NDE’s or who are looking for a community of NDE’ers. http://iands.org Alex Tsakiris has a podcast called Skeptiko: Science at the Tipping Point where in episode 326 he critically interviews Professor Mitchell-Yellin about his co-authored book and findings. It’s worth listening too! http://skeptiko.com/latest-near-death-experience-research-hit-job-326/ Journalist Gideon Lichfield published an in-depth and interesting article about NDE’s for April 2015 issue of The Atlantic. The article is called “The Science of Near-Death Experiences: Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife.” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-science-of-near-death-experiences/386231/ Dr. Sam Parnia is one of several scientists (including Dr. Penny Sartori and Dr. Jeffrey Long, among others) who have been on the cutting edge of scientific research into NDE’s. Here is a blog post he wrote on HuffPo called “Erasing Death.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-parnia-md-phd/resuscitation-science_b_2767935.html Links to further reading: http://discovermagazine.com/2016/may/9-a-brush-with-death http://iands.org/ndes/nde-stories/iands-nde-accounts/1164-euphoria-way-beyond-crack-cocaine.html http://www.ifac.univ-nantes.fr/IMG/pdf/Textes-C-3.pdf http://infidels.org/library/modern/keith_augustine/HNDEs.html#maria http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55188 http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=171779 http://metro.co.uk/2015/03/06/this-is-what-it-is-like-to-die-and-its-pretty-scary-5091269/ http://michaelprescott.freeservers.com/who-will-watch-the-watchers.html http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2790400/#B19 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16606911 http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/tricia_b_nde.htm http://www.npr.org/2013/02/21/172495667/resuscitation-experiences-and-erasing-death https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201105/the-neurology-near-death-experiences http://www.salon.com/2011/01/13/near_death_experience_interview/ http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/titanic-and-the-science-of-near-death-experiences/ http://skeptiko.com/eeg-expert-on-near-death-experience/ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2128726-in-near-death-experiences-blind-people-see-for-first-time/ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/937605-the-neuroscience-of-near-death-experiences/ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/11/near_death_explained/ http://records.viu.ca/www/ipp/pdf/NDE.pdf SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and Google Play. 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Ep. 5: The Secret Appeal of Donald Trump - What the Media is Missing and Why it Matters
Nov 09 2016 31 mins  
Despite the wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump's presidential campaign since last summer, the media is missing a huge (YUGE!) reason for his appeal. Donald Trump’s secret appeal is an issue that goes straight to the heart of what it means to be an American, and may have major consequences for the future of American politics. Subscribe to the What Just Happened? podcast on iTunes here! My new Medium account: https://medium.com/@davidgchang/donald-trump-s-path-to-victory-5892c07ca8d4#.60fhguy82 Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidchang99 Twitter: @davidgchang Whatjustpodcast.libsyn.com Whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com News links: Cal Thomas: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/12/29/donald-trump-and-fear-are-losing-america.html Jamelle Bouie: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/12/is_donald_trump_s_racism_and_bigotry_making_him_the_republican_front_runner.html Matthew Yglesias: http://www.vox.com/2015/12/22/10636538/obama-trump-theory Be Good Americans: The Message of The Japanese-American Courier (the entire article is a fascinating read!): https://depts.washington.edu/depress/japanese_american_courier_americanism.shtml Coca Cola’s Super Bowl Ad: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/coca-cola-super-bowl-ad-angers-conservatives-article-1.1600849 New Year’s Eve Attacks in Cologne, Germany http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/09/world/europe/cologne-new-years-eve-attacks.html?_r=0 http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/05/europe/germany-cologne-new-year-assaults/index.html http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/06/world/europe/coordinated-attacks-on-women-in-cologne-were-unprecedented-germany-says.html http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/world/europe/cologne-mayor-henriette-reker-germany-sexual-assaults.html Professor Linda Martin Alcoff: https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-january-11-2016/


Ep. 6: The Death of Elisa Lam - now in Mandarin! (feat. Grace Ong)
Oct 17 2016 41 mins  
After a loooong hiatus, new content is coming to the podcast soon. In the meantime, my friend, the amazingly talented Grace Ong, has produced an edition of Episode 6: The Death of Elisa Lam translated completely into Mandarin. When Grace first approached me with this idea, I honestly wasn't sure it would be possible. I certainly couldn't contribute, since I can't read Chinese or speak Mandarin. But through incredible persistence and effort (and possibly some help from the supermoon!) this busy mother of two managed to find time to translate the entire transcript of the episode, record the narration in Mandarin in her own voice, and edit the content into a finished product. Grace is clearly a person who needs her own podcast! :) Grace told me she was motivated to do this project in order to spread word about Elisa's story to a wider Mandarin speaking audience, particularly given the wild rumors and speculation about Elisa Lam's death that were just as rampant in China as they were in the U.S. If you happen to know anyone who's primary speaking language is Mandarin, please consider recommending this episode to them. And thank you Grace for putting this episode together! SUBSCRIBE to What Just Happened? on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and Google Play. Reach me at: My website: www.podcastenthusiast.com (NEW!) Twitter @davidgchang Facebook www.facebook.com/davidchang99 whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com







Ep. 4: Common Core Strategies for Success
Dec 10 2015 50 mins  
In the last episode I discussed the origins of the Common Core and its pros and cons. But what if you are a parent or student living in the Common Core world today? I interviewed former high school math teacher Hemant Mehta, and we discussed practical strategies parents, students, and teachers can adopt in learning math. Among the questions we discussed were: What do I do if I don’t understand the “new” way schools are teaching math to my child? What is “number sense” and how can I help my child obtain it? How do I form a constructive relationship with teachers? What do math teachers wish parents knew about teaching and education? What if my child is bored or the lessons are “too easy”? What are Hemant’s thoughts on the Common Core standards? About standardized testing? I hope you find Hemant’s advice as useful as I did! Interview recorded on December 2, 2015. Hemant Mehta can be found here: Friendly Atheist blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Friendly Atheist podcast: http://friendlyatheistpodcast.com/ The Atheist Voice YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAtheistVoice Twitter: @hemantmehta Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/friendlyatheist/ Hemant’s articles about viral math problems: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/21/why-would-a-math-teacher-punish-a-child-for-saying-5-x-3-15/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/03/07/about-that-common-core-math-problem-making-the-rounds-on-facebook/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/09/21/the-dad-who-wrote-a-check-using-common-core-math-doesnt-know-what-hes-talking-about/ Additional educational resources for parents and students: Twitter hashtag: #mtbos Videos and “tip sheets” made specifically for parents to support their children’s study of math http://greatminds.net/parents Achieve the Core is a non-profit that offers free tools to help educators understand and teach the Common Core standards http://achievethecore.org/ A wealth of various practical resources to help students learn everything from “how to take notes” to lesson plans on “giving a speech.” Hosted by Oregon’s Department of Education. http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3907 A short and helpful big picture overview of the Common Core math standards http://www.vox.com/2014/4/20/5625086/the-common-core-makes-simple-math-more-complicated-heres-why The National PTA’s booklet, “A Parent’s Guide to Student Success” http://www.pta.org/files/Common%20Core%20State%20Standards%20Resources/2013%20Guide%20Bundle_082213.pdf My contact info: Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidchang99 Whatjustpodcast.libsyn.com Whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com Twitter: @davidgchang Please subscribe! :)


Ep. 3: Everybody hates the COMMON CORE
Nov 11 2015 34 mins  
TIDBITS: Like many people, I was very confused about the Common Core. In fact, it's fair to say it was my curiosity about THIS specific topic, the Common Core, that ultimately motivated me to start this podcast. Special thanks to my PARENTS IN LAW for bringing back my copy of Glenn Beck's book "Conform" to me after I neglectfully left it at their place, about an hour's drive away! CONTACT ME: Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidchang99 Twitter: @davidgchang Email: whatjustpodcast @ gmail.com whatjustpodcast.libsyn.com Read the Common Core standards (if you dare!): http://www.corestandards.org/ Links to math problems gone VIRAL: https://coxrare.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/common-core.jpg Justin Aion, @JustinAion, CCBS, Re-Learning to Teach, March 21, 2014 http://blog.relearningtoteach.com/2014/03/ccbs.html Christopher Danielson, @Trianglemancsd, “5 reasons not to share that Common Core worksheet on Facebook,” Wordpress, April 6, 2014https://christopherdanielson.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/5-reasons-not-to-share-that-common-core-worksheet-on-facebook/#comment-7128 Hemant Mehta, @hemantmehta, “The Dad Who Wrote a Check Using ‘Common Core’ Math Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About,” Patheos, September 21, 2015 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/09/21/the-dad-who-wrote-a-check-using-common-core-math-doesnt-know-what-hes-talking-about/ Patrick O’Donnell, @paodonne, “What was that math on the "Common Core" check that went viral?,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 24, 2015 http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/09/what_was_that_math_on_the_comm.html Hemant Mehta, @hemantmehta, “Why Would a Math Teacher Punish a Child for Saying 5 x 3 = 15?,” Patheos, October 21, 2015http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/21/why-would-a-math-teacher-punish-a-child-for-saying-5-x-3-15/ Andy Kiersz, @Andy Kiersz, “The Common Core math quiz that has everyone outraged isn't about Common Core — it's worse,” Business Insider, October 26, 2015 http://www.businessinsider.com/common-core-multiplication-quiz-2015-10 SPECIAL THANKS Before I share the full bibliography of my research below, there were several education reporters whose pieces were particularly helpful. Special thanks to: Sarah Garland @s_garl at The Hechinger Report Lyndsey Layton @lyndseylayton at The Washington Post Libby Nelson @libbyanelson at VOX and Valerie Strauss @valeriestrauss at The Washington Post BIBLIOGRAPHY (in chronological order by publication date) David Coleman & Jason Zimba, @achievethcore, “Math and Science Standards That Are Fewer, Clearer, Higher to Raise Achievement at All Levels,” Carnegie Corporation Institute for Advanced Study, 2007 http://learntochoose.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Math-and-Science-Standards.pdf “Top State Education Policy Organizations Form Expert Advisory Group on International Benchmarking,” Achieve.org, September 8, 2008 http://www.achieve.org/top-state-education-policy-organizations-form-expert-advisory-group-international-benchmarking National Governor’s Association, Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education, December 19, 2008, http://www.nga.org/cms/home/nga-center-for-best-practices/center-publications/page-edu-publications/col2-content/main-content-list/benchmarking-for-success-ensurin.html National Governor’s Association, Forty-Nine States and Territories Join Common Core Standards Initiative, June 1, 2009 http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2009/col2-content/main-content-list/title_forty-nine-states-and-territories-join-common-core-standards-initiative.html Heather Armonstrong, @dooce, “Clickety Clack,” DOOCE, January 17, 2013 http://dooce.com/2013/01/17/clickety-clack-2/ Frederick Hess, @rickhess99, “Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba,” EDUCATION NEXT, February 28, 2013 http://educationnext.org/straight-up-conversation-common-core-guru-jason-zimba/ Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, “Exposing Common Core: Kids are being indoctrinated with extreme leftist ideology,” Glennbeck.com, March 14, 2013 http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/03/14/exposing-common-core-kids-are-being-indoctrinated-with-extreme-leftist-ideology/ Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern, @kportermagee & @worstall, “The Truth About Common Core,” NATIONAL REVIEW, April 3, 2013 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/344519/truth-about-common-core-kathleen-porter-magee-sol-stern Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, “The whole story on common core,” GLENN BECK, April 8, 2013 http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/04/08/the-whole-story-on-common-core/ Edward Frenkel & Hung-Hsi Wu, @edfrenkel & @HungHsiWU, “Republicans Should Love “Common Core,’” WALL STREET JOURNAL, May 6, 2013 http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324482504578453502155934978?alg=y Maggie Gallagher, @maggiemarriage, “Two Moms vs. Common Core,” NATIONAL REVIEW, May 12, 2013 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347973/two-moms-vs-common-core-maggie-gallagher Charles Chieppo & Jamie Gass, @charliechieppo, “Why states are backing out on common standards and tests,” HECHINGER REPORT, August 15, 2013 http://hechingerreport.org/why-states-are-backing-out-on-common-standards-and-tests/ Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “How does Common Core compare?,” HECHINGER REPORT, October 15, 2013 http://hechingerreport.org/how-does-common-core-compare/ Valerie Strauss, @valeriestrauss, “Arnie Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant,’” WASHINGTON POST, November 16, 2013 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/16/arne-duncan-white-surburban-moms-upset-that-common-core-shows-their-kids-arent-brilliant/ Valerie Strauss & Carol Burris, @valeriestrauss & @carolburris, “Who are the ‘enemies’ of Common Core?,” WASHINGTON POST, November 18, 2013 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/18/who-are-the-enemies-of-common-core/ Joy Resmovits, @joy_resmovits, “How The Common Core Became Education's Biggest Bogeyman,” Huffington Post, January 10, 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/common-core_n_4537284.html Elizabeth A. Natale, @enataled, “Why I Want To Give Up Teaching,” HARTFORD COURANT, January 17, 2014 http://www.courant.com/opinion/hc-op-natale-teacher-ready-to-quit-over-common-cor-20140117-story.html David G. Bonagura, Jr., “Common Core’s Newer Math,” NATIONAL REVIEW, January 17, 2014 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/368595/common-cores-newer-math-david-g-bonagura-jr Rebecca Mead, @Rebeccamead_NYC, “The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents,” NEW YORKER, January 22, 2014 http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-defiant-parents-testings-discontents Kathleen Megan, @kathymegan, “A Teacher's Lesson For The Whole Country,” HARTFORD COURANT, January 26, 2014 http://articles.courant.com/2014-01-26/news/hc-teachers-unhappy-0123-20140122_1_classroom-teachers-education-reform-randi-weingarten Allie Bidwell, @alliebidwell, “The History of Common Core State Standards,” U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, February 27, 2014 http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/articles/2014/02/27/the-history-of-common-core-state-standards Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral,” Hechinger Report, March 26, 2014 http://hechingerreport.org/content/common-core-math-problem-hard-supporters-common-core-respond-problematic-math-quiz-went-viral_15361/ Ginia Bellafante, @GiniaNYT, “Standing Up to Testing,” NEW YORK TIMES, March 28, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/nyregion/standing-up-to-testing.html?_r=0 Megan Charles, @MeganCharlesIQ, “Parent Posts Facebook Response to ‘Ridiculous’ Common Core Math Homework,” Social News Daily, March 30, 2014 http://socialnewsdaily.com/33189/parent-posts-facebook-response-to-ridiculous-common-core-math-homework/ Monica Bielanko, @MonicaBielanko, “Common Core: Why Are They Making Math Harder?,” Babble, April 2014 http://www.babble.com/mom/common-core-math-why-are-they-making-math-harder/ Jessica Lahey, @jesslahey, “Confusing Math Homework? Don’t Blame the Common Core,” THE ATLANTIC, April 3, 2014 http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/confusing-math-homework-don-t-blame-the-common-core/360064/ Rebecca Mead, @Rebeccamead_NYC, “Louis C.K. Against the Common Core,” NEW YORKER, April 30, 2014 http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/louis-c-k-against-the-common-core Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “What Louis CK gets wrong on Common Core,” VOX, May 1, 2014 http://www.vox.com/2014/5/1/5671286/if-you-hate-standardized-testing-dont-blame-the-common-core Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education (The Control Series), Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, May 6, 2014 Motoko Rich, @motokorich, “Common Core School Standards Face a New Wave of Opposition,” NEW YORK TIMES, May 29, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/education/common-core-standards-face-a-new-wave-of-opposition.html Lyndsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution,” WASHINGTON POST, June 7, 2014 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bill-gates-pulled-off-the-swift-common-core-revolution/2014/06/07/a830e32e-ec34-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html Motoko Rich, @motokorich, “Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling,” NEW YORK TIMES, June 29, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/us/math-under-common-core-has-even-parents-stumbling.html Lindsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “Glenn Beck takes to the theaters to attack Common Core,” WASHINGTON POST, July 23, 2014, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/glenn-becks-theatrical-attack-on-common-core/2014/07/23/c59453e4-1270-11e4-98ee-daea85133bc9_story.html Caroline Schaeffer, “A ‘Frustrated’ Parent Pens A Brilliant Response To Her Child’s Mind-Boggling Common Core Homework,” INDEPENDENT JOURNAL, October 2014 http://www.ijreview.com/2014/10/187607-frustrated-parent-pens-brilliant-response-childs-mind-boggling-common-core-homework/ “Parents Hate Common Core and So Do Teachers and Students,” American News Report, October 6, 2014, http://americannewsreport.com/parents-hate-common-core-and-so-do-teachers-and-students-8821226 Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Everything you need to know about the Common Core,” VOX, October 7, 2014 http://www.vox.com/cards/commoncore/3-what-problems-is-the-common-core-trying-to-solve Laurie Udesky, @laurieudesky, “Teachers want more Common Core preparation,” EDSOURCE, October 19, 2014 http://edsource.org/2014/teachers-want-more-common-core-prep/68454 Valerie Strauss, @valeriestrauss, “Does Arne Duncan think ‘suburban moms’ are a gullible bunch?,” WASHINGTON POST, October 26, 2014https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/26/does-arne-duncan-think-suburban-moms-are-a-gullible-bunch/ Lyndsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school to understand it,” WASHINGTON POST, November 1, 2014 https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/common-core-math-can-be-a-mystery-and-parents-are-going-to-school-to-understand-it/2014/11/01/af57efa0-604f-11e4-9f3a-7e28799e0549_story.html Lizette Alvarez, @LizetteNYT, “States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F,” NEW YORK TIMES, November 9, 2014http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/us/states-listen-as-parents-give-rampant-testing-an-f.html Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?,” Hechinger Report, December 12, 2014 http://hechingerreport.org/common-core-really-mean-teachers-teach-differently/ Haley Sweetland Edwards, @haleybureau, “The One Issue that Will Complicate Jeb Bush’s Campaign,” TIME, December 16, 2014, http://time.com/3635791/common-core-jeb-bush-campaign/ David L. Kirp, @DavidKirp, “Rage Against the Common Core,” NEW YORK TIMES, December 27, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/opinion/sunday/rage-against-the-common-core.html Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “Who was behind the Common Core math standards, and will they survive?,” HECHINGER REPORT, December 29, 2014 http://hechingerreport.org/behind-common-core-math-standards-will-survive/ Patrick R. Potyondy, @PRPotyondy, “Top Ten Origins: The Common Core Curriculum,” ORIGINS OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, January 13, 2015http://origins.osu.edu/connecting-history/1132015-top-ten-origins-common-core-curriculum Leslie Postal, @lesliepostal, “Some students will opt out as new Florida tests debut,” Orlando Sentinel, February 27, 2015http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-testing-opt-out-central-florida-20150227-story.html Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Why the political arguments about Common Core miss the point,” VOX, May 14, 2015http://www.vox.com/2014/9/23/6218903/common-core-standards-curriculum-teaching-tests Elizabeth A. Natale, @enataled, “Why Smarter Balanced Tests Fail Students,” HARTFORD COURANT, May 15, 2015 http://www.courant.com/opinion/insight/hc-insight-natale-why-i-hate-standard-testing-0517-20150514-story.html Jordan Ellenberg, @JSEllenberg, “Meet the New Common Core,” NEW YORK TIMES, June 16, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/opinion/meet-the-new-common-core.html Emma Brown, @emmersbrown, “As states drop out of PARCC’s Common Core test, faithful carry on,” Washinton Post, July 22, 2015https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/as-states-drop-out-of-parccs-common-core-test-faithful-carry-on/2015/07/22/f31eeb48-2f1c-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triump, Kristina Rizga, @KristinaRizga, August 4, 2015 Joy Pullmann, @JoyPullman, “New Math Anxiety Research Knocks Common Core,” The Heartland Institute, August 19, 2015http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/08/19/new-math-anxiety-research-knocks-common-core Natalie Wexler, @natwexler, “How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge,” New York Times, August 28, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/opinion/how-common-core-can-help-in-the-battle-of-skills-vs-knowledge.html Kristina Rizga, @KristinaRizga, “Sorry I’m Not Taking this Test,” MOTHER JONES, Sept/Oct 2015 http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/opt-out-standardized-testing-overload Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “Think you know a lot about Common Core? A new poll finds you’re probably wrong,” Hechinger Report, September 8, 2015, http://hechingerreport.org/think-you-know-a-lot-about-common-core-a-new-poll-finds-youre-probably-wrong/ Miriam Hall, @Miriam_Hall, “‘At First We Felt Angry’: Four Teachers Explain How Common Core Changed Their Jobs,” Slate, September 9, 2015 http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/09/09/common_core_standards_what_four_teachers_actually_think_about_them.html Miriam Hall, @Miriam_Hall, “‘It’s Not Like a Switch That You Can Flick on Overnight’: Four Teachers on Adapting to Common Core,” Slate, September 11, 2015 http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/09/11/common_core_standards_how_four_teachers_are_dealing_with_the_new_standards.html Valerie Strauss & Caroline Burris, @valeriestrauss & @carolburris, “Her son began hating school. What happened when she found out why.,” Washington Post, September 28, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/28/her-son-began-hating-school-what-happened-when-she-found-out-why/ Emma Brown & Lyndsey Layton, @emmersbrown & @lyndseylayton, “Confusing Ohio test results are latest effort to unravel Common Core’s promise,” Washington Post, October 3, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/confusing-ohio-test-results-are-latest-effort-to-unravel-common-cores-promise/2015/10/03/59bb1306-6157-11e5-9757-e49273f05f65_story.html Kimberly Hefling, @khefling, “How Common Core quietly won the war,” Politico, October 12, 2015 http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/common-core-education-schools-214632 Kate Zernike, @kzernike, “Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools,” New York Times, October 24, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/us/obama-administration-calls-for-limits-on-testing-in-schools.html Eric Hoover, @erichoov, “Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT,” New York Times, October 28, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/education/edlife/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-sat.html Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Obama’s flip-flop on standardized tests, explained,” Vox, October 29, 2015 http://www.vox.com/2015/10/29/9638652/standardized-tests-obama-duncan Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “How the Common Core Is Transforming the SAT,” The Atlantic, October 29, 2015http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/the-common-core-sat/412960/ Ep. 3 BTS coming soon!


Ep. 0 - The Prequel
Oct 26 2015 10 mins  
Twitter: @davidgchang Email: whatjustpodcast @ gmail.com http://whatjustpodcast.libsyn.com/ SPECIAL THANKS FOR THEIR INSPIRATION: The Kollabcast with Minji Chang and Marvin Yueh, http://kollaboration.org/ Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, http://www.dancarlin.com/ ADDITIONAL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PODCASTS MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE: Slate's Political Gabfest, http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gabfest.html Vox.com's The Weeds, http://www.vox.com/2015/10/2/9441235/weeds-podcast Limetown, http://www.limetownstories.com/ The Black Tapes Podcast, http://theblacktapespodcast.com/ TANIS, http://www.tanispodcast.com/ Sound and Fury, Angry Asian Man, http://blog.angryasianman.com/search/label/sound%20and%20fury Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast, http://asianamericapodcast.com/ Fresh Air with Terry Gross, http://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/ TED Radio Hour, http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/ This American Life, http://www.thisamericanlife.org/ Planet Money, http://www.npr.org/sections/money/ Hidden Brain, http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510308/hidden-brain EVEN MORE PODCASTS I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO MENTION ON THE SHOW BUT WHICH I SUBSCRIBE TO AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND: The Pollsters with Margie Omero & Kristen Soltis Anderson, https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-pollsters/id980260566?mt=2 Millennial, by Megan Tan, http://millennialpodcast.org/ The Weekly Standard Podcast, http://www.weeklystandard.com/author/tws-podcast KPFA's Letters and Politics, https://kpfa.org/program/letters-and-politics/ National Review's Mad Dogs & Englishmen, http://www.nationalreview.com/media/mad-dogs-englishmen GE's Podcast Theater, The Message, http://themessagepodcast.com/ Hunt the Truth, https://soundcloud.com/huntthetruth Book Riot's All the Books, with Liberty Hardy & Rebecca Schinsky, http://bookriot.com/category/all-the-books/ Invisibilia, with Lulu Miller & Alix Spiegel, http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/ Dear Sugar Radio, with Cheryl Strayed & Steve Almond, http://www.wbur.org/series/dear-sugar Magic Lessons, with Elizabeth Gilbert, http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/magic-lessons/ You Must Remember This, with Karina Longworth, http://www.vidiocy.com/youmustrememberthispodcastblog/ The Tim Ferriss Show, http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/ Waking Up with Sam Harris, http://www.samharris.org/podcast EPISODE 3 COMING SOON!






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