#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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#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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#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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