#35 Trapped in the Trenches of High School by Justin Warren

The Matrix. Incubus. Andre 3000. These are the fashion inspirations of writer/director Justin Warren (Then There Was Joe) in high school.  But when a new and exciting student moves into town, his sense of style is put to the test.

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#34 The Party That Mushroomed Into More by Ben Cresciman

For writer/director Ben Cresciman (Sun Choke), his untold tale was supposed to be about a teen Hollywood party filled with trippy drugs, red-eyed Russians, and fashion-forward sandals. But upon further review, the party is only the midpoint of a deeper story about dealing with life’s realities.

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#33 Do You Step In Or Step Away? by Jeanie Bergen

Faced with choosing between bystander or participant, screenwriter Jeanie Bergen reveals some untold moments where making that decision led to unexpected memories, connections, and outcomes. 

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#32 Mama’s Got Jokes But She’s Serious by Milton Liu

“I just got a new car.” “Don’t crash it.” Filmmaker Milton Liu’s mama is a no filter force of nature that parents him the only way she knows how – bluntly. Matter of fact, Milton’s birth story is unexpectedly straight forward, which he only learned about a few years ago.

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Bonus clip: “My Love, My Love” by Jared Hernandez

Episode #29 featured a never-before released song, “My Love, My Love,” performed live by musician Jared Hernandez. And now it is available for your listening pleasure as a special single!   

It’s got melody, acoustic guitar, great lyrics, and a Beatles vibe to it. Make this song part of the soundtrack to your life.

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#31 Trying Not to Fangirl on Andrew Lloyd Webber by Alexis Marsh

If you’re a 24-year old woman in Toronto who yearns to become a TV composer in Hollywood one day, how do you get there?  For composer, and lead singer of Dyan, Alexis Marsh, that path to success started on a Canadian reality singing competition show called How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, where she worked with one of her musical heroes, Andrew Lloyd Webber.  And there’s brunch involved.

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#30 Drawing Away from My Family by Dawn Wing

Comic book artist Dawn Wing usually lets her art do the talking, but in this episode, she reveals the meaning behind her works for the first time by diving into her tumultuous childhood.  Dawn and David also get into a discussion on mental health in the Asian American community, indie comics, her latest work featuring Chinese American pioneers Tien Wu and Tye Leung, somatic experience therapy, and Wellesley College.

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#29 The Best Song I Never Sung by Jared Hernandez

What does a musician do with an unfinished song that was buried in the creative trenches for years?  He finally finishes it and performs it on a podcast for the very first time. Musician Jared Hernandez sings “My Love, My Love,” and then discusses its meaning, writing process, and baseball analogies with David.

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#28 My Last Night Alone in Jerusalem by Nikki Brown

After learning she had Jewish heritage, writer and filmmaker Nikki Brown (Up on the Glass) recalls the time she took a birthright trip to Jerusalem, where she found herself exploring the city on her last night. Alone.  And on that night, Nikki reveals an untold encounter she had with a local, and why she wants to share this story with all of the solo travelers out there.

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#27 The Line Between Affection and Aggression by Gloses Gorbaldi

Navigating one’s way around different social groups can be tough, especially in middle school.  Layout animator and cinematographer Gloses Gorbaldi tackles this notion when he shares a vivid untold moment from his childhood in Washington D.C., where his middle-school friendship with a student with intellectual disabilities tests the line between affection and aggression.

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#26 From Comedy to Drama to Hostels by Stephanie Coggins

TV Writer and podcast host Stephanie Coggins (Trinkets, The Magicians, Cinema Craptaculus) discusses her successful transition from comedy to drama (very hard to do in TV) before launching into her untold story of the time her comedic stay at an Italian hostel turned into a mysterious drama. Also, David reveals his true feelings about sitting next to Stephanie during a writing program.

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#25 The Unexpected Way To Say I Love You by Ashley Dulaney

A turning point in many romantic relationships is the moment when someone first says, “I love you.”  Actress Ashley Dulaney (The House Sitter, Days of Our Lives, Justified) unveils the time she first said the big “L-Word” to her significant other, which she did in an unexpected way.

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#24 The High School Crush That Wouldn’t Talk by Annie Nishida

From anonymous Xanga posts, to passing notes in class, to the real reason she applied for USC film school, writer and illustrator Annie Nishida reveals the personally cringe-worthy details of her mad high school crush, a Japanese American boy that never spoke. This is the real-life Japanese American version of To All The Boys I Loved Before, except the guy doesn’t ever speak.

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#23 Searching for My Brother on Thanksgiving by Damian Baxter

TV producer and Flint native Damian Baxter has gone through stints in his life where he wouldn’t know where his brother was due to his sibling’s struggles with addiction. Damian reveals for the first time one of these stints, which lasted seven years, where he decides to look for his brother on Thanksgiving after learning that he was homeless somewhere in Los Angeles.

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#22 An Epic Confession to My Jersey Parents by Meera Menon

Film and TV director Meera Menon (Walking Dead, GLOW, Farah Goes Bang) makes a confession to her New Jersey parents about what really happened that time in high school when she went to Shakespeare camp in Cambridge. Also, David and Meera discuss the slow burn of last name mispronunciations and then brainstorm a hot new TV series based on Meera’s teenage life.

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#21 The Hidden Details of My Adoption by Michelle Krusiec

Actress and filmmaker Michelle Krusiec has never publicly talked about her adoption in-depth until now. Michelle reveals some hidden details that take her from a fortune teller in Taiwan to the silver screen in Hollywood with all the key family members and signs in the universe involved in between. Also, David and Michelle discuss her beloved role in Saving Face, a cult classic film particularly appreciated by the Asian American LGBTQ community and why it still matters today.

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#20 I Took Clown Lessons by Zury Ruiz

Sometimes, a person just needs to take clown lessons and never tell anyone about it until they go on their friend’s podcast. This is what playwright Zury Ruiz (Senorita Monthly Juice) has done, as she shares her glorious untold tale that begins with pole dancing, transforms into clowning, and then evolves into a poignant conversation about personal expectations with a full-circle ending.

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#19 Flying Wasn’t A Problem Until… by Steve Greene

A crucial part of collegiate head coaching involves recruiting. And recruiting means flying. A lot of flying. So what happens when flying becomes a problem? Texas A&M Corpus Christi Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Steve Greene unveils a precarious and unexpected issue he has with flying that his entire job depends on. And since they’re both old friends, David and Steve also publicly share a few random things about each other that involve Baskin Robbins and performing weddings.

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#18 The Stranger I Met In Spain by Paloma Martinez

Filmmaker Paloma Martinez confesses her untold high school story about studying abroad in Spain and meeting a stranger in a world with no parental supervision, the perils of nightlife, and precarious chance encounters. This episode is all about assessing, anticipating, and acting on intuition.

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#17 The Moment I Undervalued Myself and How I Stopped Doing That by Mark McClain Wilson

Actor Mark McClain Wilson shares his untold story about his life as an anguished teen in Pittsburgh, when he realized that he undervalued himself, and how he stopped doing this decades later. Mark and David discuss knowing your worth, knowing when to compromise, and knowing when to stand up for yourself.

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#16 The Apartment Nightmare from Hell by Maria Ochoa

**This episode is dedicated in loving memory of Maria Ochoa and will be available for listening as a tribute to her spirit.**

David tries to process the tarot card reading he receives from Community Organizer Maria Ochoa before she shares her untold story about the Los Angeles apartment nightmare from hell.

From Maria: Know your rights as a tenant. Call or visit the Housing Department of your local city. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, visit HCID at https://hcidla.lacity.org/fair-housing or call 1-866-557-7368. And be sure to utter the words, “I want to file a complaint because…” For general fair housing advice in Los Angeles, you can visit SAJE (http://www.saje.net) or call 213-745-9961. You can also obtain free legal advice from the Inner City Law Center. (http://www.innercitylaw.org)

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#15 The Celebrity Burrito That Changed My Life by Julian Kiani

Stand-Up Comedian and TV Writer Julian Kiani (Marlon, I Feel Bad) chats with David about their mutual love of John Stamos, delicious food, interning at Saturday Night Live, and his reveal of an untold chain of events that led Julian to discover a celebrity burrito that would change the course of his entire life.

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#14 My Little Boy Has An Existential Crisis by David Ngo and His Son

David’s son, a preschool kid, interviews his dad and winds up experiencing an existential crisis on-air as he tries to make sense of the fact that his dad had a life of his own before the little prince was born.

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#13: The Supernatural End of a Friendship by Lindsey Villarreal

Television drama writer and filmmaker Lindsey Villarreal (Sacred Lies) digs up a story from her high school days in Texas that involve the supernatural and the collapse of a friendship.

“Lindsey pulls no punches and brings it every time.  She tells a story that involves Texas, cholas, the supernatural, screenwriting, and a friendship she truly cherishes that no longer exists.  This story is raw, real, and ready for your ears, my friends.  There’s also a great tangent on dating via Tinder which is hilarious and sobering at the same time.”   

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#12: The Soldier That Read My Screenplays While at War by Lila McLaughlin

The release of her book, G.I. Hollywood, is a celebratory moment for author/screenwriter Lila McLaughlin, but it’s also a time to make sense of her unique relationship with the subject of her book, a war veteran, and a period in her life where she couldn’t write for several years. (Lila’s novel: G.I. Hollywood)

“As a writer, I know that a finished work is the result of a series of work-in-progress versions.  But sometimes, I forget that the author herself is the result of a life-in-progress.  Lila’s conversation was a refreshing reminder of this.  Though we were both celebrating the release of Lila’s first novel, Lila takes the conversation into a deeper space and examines her writing career from the time she couldn’t write for years until now.  It was a fantastic talk about writing and writers.  Also, we mention Suge Knight twice.” 

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#11: A Mystical Song for Grandma by Leah Benavides

Television drama writer Leah Benavides (The Arrangement) unveils her past life as a singer and the most important yet unexplainable vocal performance of her life, a song for her grandma.

“To me, and I don’t think she’ll be embarrassed by me saying this publicly, but Leah is a boss.  She’s that gritty coach that goes for the 2-point conversation at the end of the fourth quarter to win a game instead of just tying it.  So, to catch Leah in a vulnerable moment, when talking about a song for her grandma, caught me off-guard.  It was one of those moments in a conversation when you realize, “Oh snap, this is getting very personal,” and it made me appreciate Leah’s candor with her story even more.  Even in that moment though, Leah powered through the story like a pro.  This is a great conversation for anyone that loves their grandmothers and the unexplainable.” 

(Leah’s handles: Twitter @leahbenavides, Instagram @leahbenavides)

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#10: Pitching to a Priest by Kevin Del Principe

Pitching a feature movie to an executive is tough enough, but what if you had to do it to a Catholic Priest in rural Michigan?  I Animal author and filmmaker Kevin Del Principe explains.  

“Kevin is a long-time creative collaborator and friend of mine.  We both know the throes of being in and out of Hollywood at the same time.  It’s like that for a lot of creatives.  The stars in the all the magazines are really just a small minority in the huge pool of those making content.  Kevin is one of those dudes that just works to make things happen for himself, regardless of whether he is “in” or “out”.  One day, he was like, “I’m making my first feature film.”  And then roughly a year later, he’s on a plane to Michigan to shoot his film.  It’s cool for me to hear that he had quite a memorable experience during his shoot of Up On The Glass, one that involved an unexpected Catholic priest.  Kevin goes deeper into the significance of that priest in this episode.  We also joke about our old web series that forecasted Putin before the 2016 election happened.  We used to do a lot of Putin jokes, but now we’re scared to do more.” 

(Kevin’s handles: Twitter @kevdelprincipe, Facebook @kevindelprincipe, IG: @kevdel22, www.kevindelprincipe.com)

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#9: Key Lime Pie by Jin Yoo-Kim

Producer/Director Jin Yoo-Kim has never told anyone this story, even her husband, and it involves a Key Lime Pie, America, and personal connections.  

“Full disclosure, Jin is married to me.  I know I’m biased, but who cares, Jin can light up a room and hold court at a dinner party or any social gathering, really.  She is a fantastic storyteller, who is always able to catch someone’s attention through her words and expressions.  And I thought I’ve heard every story she’s ever told, so to hear one that she’s never told before, at my request, was a fun experience.  And it’s true, I never heard her Key Lime pie story before this episode, and it wasn’t what I was expecting.  It touched on America, life as an immigrant, and personal connections.  It was definitely more than a foodie story.” 

(Jin’s handles: Instagram @jykfilms, www.jinyookim.com)

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#8: Bully Me Twice? by H the Therapist

Countertransference occurs when a therapist is emotionally triggered by a client.  So, what would trigger H the Therapist?  A childhood bully.

“To protect the identity of H the Therapist, I can’t say too much about this person.  However, this episode has wonderful insight on mental health from the perspective of the professional.  Usually, I hear about mental health issues from the client’s POV.  But I got to hear from the therapist this time!  What a privilege.  I felt like I was in a free graduate school class on therapy, and I learned so much about the process from H.  Maybe, it will give you, the audience, some helpful information on therapy and mental health that you never heard before.”

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#7: The Buried Memory of a Gold Chain by Derek Dow

Actor/Director/Social Influencer/Pure Entertainer Derek Dow unearths a buried memory about dating from his college days in Chicago that involves a gold chain, and it unexpectedly impacts him during the taping of his episode.

“Derek is a born entertainer who is effortlessly engaging.   He is very much an open-book person, so to learn that Derek has ripped one page away is intriguing.  And once we started to peel the onion of his story, we both learned, unexpectedly, why Derek ripped this page out of his book of life, and I think it really shocked him.  It was like he didn’t even realize that he tore that page away from his book until now, but that missing story speaks volumes for who he is as a person.”  

(Derek’s Instagram @derekddow)

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#6: The Bolivian Ghost Motel by David Ngo

Our host David Ngo steps into the valley of the wolves with special guest Kevin Del Principe and discusses the first and last time he will stay in a Bolivian hotel 13,000 feet above sea level.

“I had done a few interviews prior to being interviewed myself by special guest Kevin Del Principe, so I kind of knew how the conservation would run to a degree.  That said, Kevin asked some really great questions and gave wonderful insight into an experience I was trying to make sense of.  Also, it’s one thing to know why you don’t tell a certain story publicly, but to actually then say it out loud definitely puts you in a vulnerable space.  I didn’t want to tell this story because it freaks me out, but I felt like I owed it to my guests because they were so open with me.  I will probably never listen to my own episode though.  It gives me goosebumps.”

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#5: My Name, Santa Claus, and Carson Daly by Dan McCarthy

Screenwriter, television development executive, and pizza enthusiast Dan McCarthy mirrors his triple threat identity by talking about his mysterious last name, the origin of Santa Claus, and TRL era Carson Daly.

“My buddy Dan McCarthy is gonna do what Dan McCarthy is gonna do.  That’s how he rolls.  That said, Dan is quite a generous guy.  For the taping of this episode, he gave me a really expensive ice cream sandwich to eat as a snack.  He didn’t care about the price.  He just wanted me to have the experience of eating a pricy ice cream sandwich.  Dan is generous.  So generous, in fact, that he is the only guest thus far to tell three separate untold stories back-to-back-to-back.  He three-peated like the Lakers during the Shaq/Kobe era.  Swish.” 

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#4: Fifth Grade Activism by Carlos Collard

Public servant, International Host, and Foster Youth advocate Carlos Collard pinpoints the trajectory of his professional career to one incident in fifth grade involving his mother and a textbook.  

“I’ve known Carlos for a long time, and I sort of forget that he is a foster youth.  We only talk about pro wrestling.  Foster youth is a topic Carlos didn’t start talking about until the last few years, so there’s a lot of stories related to his youth that I’ve never heard before, especially this one.  And on top of that, Carlos hasn’t revealed this particular foster youth story until now.  It’s a story that certainly shatters some myths about foster youth, while also allowing us to understand how this specific experience of a fifth grade book protest was a turning point in his life.” 

(Carlos’s handles: Instagram @los_collard, Facebook @carlos.collard.1)

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#3: A Blunt 20-Year Secret by Bernie Duran, Jr.

At a mysterious location during the post-production of small indie movie Creed 2, film producer Bernie Duran, Jr. reveals his true identity as the Walter White of East LA and a secret that has lasted over two decades.

“I can’t believe Bernie, a person I know to be a legit guy, has been living a secret life for over two decades.  He is Bryan Cranston if Bryan was Latino.  Bernie’s revelation about his true identity is genius, hilarious, and quite an amazing acting performance.  It’s no surprise that Bernie was working on Creed 2 at the time of this episode’s taping, as Bernie delivers a Oscar-worthy performance.  This is the most Hollywood episode ever.” 

(Bernie’s Twitter @bernieduranjr)

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#2: That One Luther Vandross Song About Fathers by Allan Axibal-Cordero

Actor and professor Allan Axibal-Cordero doesn’t talk about his father publicly, until now, and chronicles his complicated history with him in Southern California, the Phillipines, and beyond.

“You think you know someone, and then they talk about their family in a way that opens your eyes up to them.  This was my conversation with Allan.  He’s a fantastic, all-around guy that you think nothing can possibly affect.  He’s rock solid.  So, when Allan talks about his history with his father, it caught me off-guard.  He goes deep into his rocky relationship with his father, one filled with all sorts of tough, funny, unexpected, and compelling moments.  Now knowing about Allan’s family history, he’s an even more stand-up guy to me now.” 

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#1: Funeral Runway Fashion by Alisha Cowan

In this episode, television comedy writer Alisha Cowan (South Side) delves into her childhood in Chicago to explain her mother’s unique love of attending funerals and how it has unexpectedly defined her own adult life.  

“Alisha and I joke around a lot when we hang out, so I was going into this conversation thinking that there would be a lot of riffing.  However, once Alisha gets into her story and tries to make sense of her mother’s love of attending funerals, the conversation gets introspective and personal.  It was a surprising, but enriching experience to see Alisha determine for herself that her mother’s love of funerals was a turning point in her own life.  There is revelation, death, Chicago, and dry jokes in this episode.  It was truly American.” 

(Alisha’s Instagram @alishawiththegoodhair)

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Volume 1 Preview. Please Enjoy.

Volume One features some of the best storytellers I have the privilege of knowing, so for them to share a story that they’ve kept locked in their vaults is a treasure.  What are they holding back?  And why?  It is a true honor that this podcast is the chosen platform for these storytellers to share their untold tales.  You, the audience, is hearing the unveiling of these hidden experiences as I am for the very first time in these episodes.  The results, as you might discover, are surprising, cathartic, hilarious, scary, bittersweet, somber, heartwarming, unexplainable, relatable, and real.

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