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Generally American (A Journey in American English)

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Generally American (A Journey in American English)

Hello, Hola, Guten Tag, Bonjour, こんにちは ! Welcome everyone, this is a podcast for those wanting to learn about U.S. culture through Standard American English, also known as General American. We talk about various different topics related to the U.S. and the U.S.'s relations with other countries. My co-host and I would like to think of this as more of a journey because you never know where it’ll take us. Plus, since the journey’s more important than the end or the start, we hope that you’ll be willing to join us! Let’s see where it takes us!

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Recent Episodes of Generally American (A Journey in American English)


S5E8: The Ethics of True Crime Podcast

S5E8: The Ethics of True Crime Podcast

Summary
In this episode, Kris and I discuss their thoughts on true crime podcasts and the ethical implications of consuming and creating true crime content. We  explore the fascination with killers and the morbid curiosity that drives the popularity of true crime. We also touch on the desensitization that can occur from consuming too much true crime media and the potential educational value of understanding criminal behavior. The conversation raises questions about the ethics of portraying killers authentically and the line between journalism and exploitation.


Takeaways

True crime podcasts have become increasingly p...

Episode 8 23 May 2024 48m and 56s


S5E7: Exploring the Evolution of the Gig Economy

S5E7: Exploring the Evolution of the Gig Economy

Summary
In this episode, Kris and I  discuss the gig economy from the perspective of food delivery apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash. We explore the definition of a gig and how it has evolved over the years. We also touch on the challenges and risks faced by gig workers, such as low pay, reliance on tips, and lack of benefits. We discuss the gamification of gig apps and the impact of the gig economy on traditional industries like taxis. They also mention other gig platforms like Upwork and Fiverr. Overall, We highlight the convenience and drawbacks of t...

Episode 7 8 May 2024 49m and 3s


S5E6: Media - Questioning Your Own Biases and Opinions

S5E6: Media - Questioning Your Own Biases and Opinions

Summary

In this episode, Kris and I discuss the media and the challenges of consuming information in today's world. We  talk about biases in the media, the importance of fact-checking, and the need to be skeptical of information. We  also touch on the influence of social media and the pressure to be the first to report news.  We emphasize the importance of seeking out diverse sources of information and being aware of one's own biases.


Takeaways

The media has biases, and it's important to be aware of them when con...

Episode 6 18 April 2024 46m and 57s


S5E5:Exploring the Evolution and Diversity of Music Discovery

S5E5:Exploring the Evolution and Diversity of Music Discovery

Description
In this episode, Kris and I discuss various methods of discovering new music and how it has evolved over time. We touch on the influence of wealth on music discovery, differences in music discovery between countries, the role of soundtracks in music discovery, and the evolution of music mediums. We  also speculate on future music discovery methods and recommend starting a music exchange group to expand one's musical horizons.

Takeaways

Music discovery has changed significantly over time, with streaming services and algorithms playing a major role in how people find new music.The influence o...

Episode 5 1 April 2024 47m and 33s


S5E4: About Fast Food and Things

S5E4: About Fast Food and Things

Summary

In this episode, Kris and I discuss the topic of fast food. We start with a conversation about the weather and moving, then transition into talking about fast food as a part of life in the US. We discuss how fast food was once seen as a treat but has now become a way of life for many people. We also touch on the issue of food deserts and how fast food can be the only affordable option for some. We then discuss the rising prices of fast food and the use of apps and rewards...

Episode 4 15 March 2024 48m and 48s


S5E3: Citizenship and Board Games

S5E3: Citizenship and Board Games

Summary
In this episode, we discuss various topics from weather and travel to citizenship and board games. We share personal experiences and insights, including the process of proving citizenship for a newborn, the cost of obtaining documents, and the different ways to become a US citizen. 

In the latter half, we also talk about their preferences for board games and the excitement of playing tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. The episode concludes with a discussion on the Super Bowl and a tragic incident that occurred during the celebration parade.


Takeaways

Proving c...

Episode 3 27 February 2024 50m and 56s


S5E2 - Copyright Law, Public Domain, and Patent Infringement

S5E2 - Copyright Law, Public Domain, and Patent Infringement

Summary
 In this episode, we discuss intellectual property and its impact on various industries. We touch on the Super Bowl, the Pal World game and copyright infringement, Disney's role in copyright law, the concept of public domain and lost media, piracy and streaming services, and the issue of artists getting paid for their work. We provide insights into the complexities and challenges surrounding intellectual property and the balance between protecting creators' rights and ensuring access to creative works.


Takeaways

Intellectual property is a complex and evolving area of law that impacts various industries.Copyright i...

Episode 2 13 February 2024 49m and 43s


S5E1: Happy New Year - Kris' House and Chris' Daughter

S5E1: Happy New Year - Kris' House and Chris' Daughter

Summary

In this episode, Kris and I catch up after a long break. We discuss their New Year's resolutions, the recent cold wave and weather conditions, their experiences with moving and settling into new places, becoming dual citizens and raising bilingual children, the importance of owning a house, playing the game Pal World, and the process of decluttering.  

Takeaways

New Year's resolutions can serve as guidelines rather than strict rules.Moving can be challenging, especially in extreme weather conditions.Becoming a dual citizen can offer various benefits, including the ability to live a...

Episode 1 1 February 2024 48m and 29s


S4E42: Season Finale - Recapping the Season

S4E42: Season Finale - Recapping the Season

Summary
In this episode, Kris and I dive into a season reflection, sharing tales of illness, discussing the COVID-19 impact, and trading stories about odd weather in our locations. From navigating ethical buying to exploring AI's rise, and even talking about on Kris' recent Green Bay Packers game adventure, we cover it all. Join us as we wrap up with plans for the season break, emphasizing goal-setting importance, offering effective strategies, and dishing out motivation tips, all with a touch of celebrating success and learning from failures—packed with insights for your goal-chasing journey! 


Takeaways

T...

Episode 41 17 December 2023 53m and 10s


S4E41: American Scandals in Action

S4E41: American Scandals in Action

Summary
In this episode, Kris and I discuss various scandals, ranging from Thanksgiving mishaps to high-profile political controversies. We touch on scandals involving The Completionist, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, Anthony Weiner, Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush and 9/11, and Kanye West.  We explore the impact of scandals on public figures and the varying reactions from the public. We also reflect on the fascination with scandals and the role of media in perpetuating them.


Takeaways

Scandals can have a significant impact on public figures, affecting their reputation and careers.The public's reaction to scandals can v...

Episode 39 26 November 2023 46m and 57s

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