We Are Z
We Are ZFeb 04, 2021
Poverty and Education - with Danielle Rochelle from MTSU
While higher education is essential, many are denied access. In today’s episode, we interview Danielle Rochelle, outreach coordinator for the MT One Stop, about her experience in college financial and personal assistance to low-income students. Listen and subscribe.
Youth Crisis Intervention and How We Can Help - with the Oasis Center
Youth has always been the most prominent victim of poverty, discrimination, and domestic violence. With the pandemic still spreading like wildfire, Youth Crisis Intervention Institutions have become more important than ever. Today, we interview the Oasis Center at Nashville to discuss how they support youth in danger, facilitate their growth, and how we can help. Listen and subscribe.
Recap Part II - Looking Back at 2nd half of 2020
Predictably, we knew a part 2 for the recap 2020 was necessary back in June. The world proved us right. From one of the most high profile elections in the close history to a ever worsening pandemic, we would recount the big events that you should remember. Listen and subscribe.
Online Learning - Tech, Education, and Business with Fiveable CEO Amanda DoAmaral
Gen Z is the generation of technology. In light of the pandemic, virtual learning has become more important than ever. Today, we interview Amanda DoAmaral, founder and CEO of Fiveable, a leading online AP resource website with 1.5 million users that has gained traction from investors around the world. She shares her story as an educator, creator, and entrepreneur
Music and Gen Z - with Grammy Award winner Gramps Morgan
It’s hard to find a teenager walking around without headphones on. Music, especially during the pandemic, has become an essential part of Gen Zers’ daily lives. Today, we have Gramps Morgan, a Grammy Award winning reggae artist, to talk about the culture of music and how it is represented among Gen Z. Listen and subscribe.
Corona College - The Life of a College Student During the Pandemic
Whether it be the constant mask-wearing, endless zoom classes, or the cancellation of in person events, college took a major hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Today, we ask Natalie Watson, a sophomore at Hastings College, about her experiences and thoughts as an on-campus student during COVID. Listen and subscribe.
College Admission Part 1 - The ins and outs of applying
A senior, after spending hundreds of hours on application, standardized testing, and extracurricular activities, waits nervously with anticipation for the link that would determine his life path for the next four years. In today’s conversation, we ask Dustin Lynn, a former Vanderbilt University admission officer, to decipher the ever-more-complicated college admission process and the myths surrounding it. Tune in and listen.
Binge Watching - The Rise of Streaming Addiction
Since 2013, streaming services have created and released thousands of TV shows and movies to provide for their massive audiences. Today, this overload of content is accessible to anyone with a subscription. In this episode, Paul and Jimmy explore the rise of Binge Watching and the positive and negative effects it has on its audience.
Cancel Culture - Bigotry or Accountability?
Amid national protests about racial inequality and police brutality, cancel hashtags started to boom on social media platforms. But are people cancelled because they share a non-conventional belief or because they are simply being held responsible for their wrong-doings? Today, we bring on Katelyn Helberg to discuss the origin, application, and effectiveness of the cancel culture.
Recap - Looking Back at 2020 (so far)
2020 has been a roller coaster ride for everyone. Fire, flood, impeachment, several (almost) wars, virus, protests… Everything seems to be from a script for an action movie. Paul and Jimmy recap all the events that shocked everyone in the first half of 2020. Listen and subscribe.
Food Culture - with Chopped Judge Chef Chauhan
Gen Zers love to eat, and they have very unique preferences. In this episode, Paul and Jimmy talk to Chef Chauhan, a restauranteur and a judge from the Food Network show Chopped. Today’s discussion focuses on the food culture evolution, her stories with cooking, and the path of becoming a world-renowned chef. Listen and subscribe for more!
Sports and Social Media - "People are always watching"
Sports is an indispensable part of most Gen Z’s life… and so is social media. In today’s episode, Paul and Jimmy interview Dr. Katie McKee, an expert in sports psychology. She would decipher how Gen Z’s sports culture is unique while providing advice on how we all could best maneuver through the difficult process of not just sports, but life in general.
Sneakers - The Market and Culture of Wearable Art
The sneaker industry has grown at a 10% rate for the past decade while sitting at the 70 billion benchmark today. There has been little evidence of the downturn of the shoe market despite the hit from the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode, Paul and Jimmy interview the owner of @diverge.shop, Kiev Graham, about why the industry is at where it is today and the culture behind it. Tune it at all major podcast platforms!
Sidebar - Trace and His Oats
The First Ever Sidebar is here! Paul and Jimmy’s interview features Trace Alexander: an avid cross country runner and oat meal chef. Listen, comment and share. Check out @Tracesoats on instagram to become part of the Oatmeal Crew.
A “Fresh” Review on Movie Culture - Collab with Talk This Way
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Coronavirus II - Fighting the Fear
News - The Age of (Mis)information
In the Digital Age, we are surrounded with all kinds of information. However, the clear contrast between the abundance of information and the insufficiency of truth is unnerving. It has become much harder to hear “the truth and the whole truth”. In today’s episode, Paul and Jimmy interview some other Gen Zers to find out how we access information and discuss their thoughts on what we could do to pull ourselves from this blackhole of mistruth.
Coronavirus - The Fight of Fact vs. Fiction
Video Games - Does Virtual Violence Cause Real Violence
In this episode, Paul and Jimmy bring on special guest Dr. Jamie Madigan (Creator of The Psychology of Video Games podcast) to explain the misconception that violence and video games are linked. During the episode, they discuss the impacts video games on youth as well as the psychological effects.
Education Part 2 - The Underlying Lessons
In part 2, Paul and Jimmy bring on special guest Jamie Griffin (Head of Upper School at Battle Ground Academy) to further discuss the purpose, impact, and process of education. Throughout the episode, they expand on the evolution and adaptation that schools go through in an effort to better prepare students for later in life.
Education Part 1 - Chinese vs. American Schools
Juuling - Taking a Hit of Problems
In this episode Jimmy and Paul explore Juul, one of the most popular e-cigarette companies, to provide an explanation for the large impact it has on Gen Z. Later in the episode, they are joined by special guest Robbie Huntington who provides his personal experiences and problems with Juul.
Snapchat - The "Private" Social Media App
In this episode Jimmy and Paul explain how Snapchat works, its differences from other social media platforms, and the reason behind its popularity among Gen Z. Later in the Episode they are joined by special guest Matthew Roberts.
Introducing We Are Z
Two nationalities, two cultures, two societies, same generation. High schoolers Paul Lohmann and Jimmy Shi are seeking to unpack the often misunderstood generation: Gen Z. From snapchat streaks to juuling, parents have long been perplexed by the appeal of these popular trends. In their best attempt to explain these confusing topics, Paul and Jimmy decided to share their view as Gen Zers. They are also joined by special guests in each episode to provide a unique third opinion.
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