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Generally American (A Journey in American English)

English, Education, 5 seasons, 97 episodes, 2 days, 16 hours, 43 minutes
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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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S5E8: The Ethics of True Crime Podcast

SummaryIn 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.TakeawaysTrue crime podcasts have become increasingly popular in recent years, but there are ethical implications to consider when consuming and creating this type of content.The fascination with true crime stems from a morbid curiosity and a desire to understand the minds of killers and the transformation from regular people to criminals.Consuming too much true crime media can lead to desensitization and a lack of empathy for the victims and their families.There is a fine line between authentic portrayal and exploitation when it comes to true crime content, and it is important to consider the impact on the victims and their loved ones.While there can be educational value in understanding criminal behavior, it is crucial to approach true crime with sensitivity and respect for the victims.Chapters:(00:00) - Introduction (03:51) - The Fascination with True Crime (13:37) - The Ethics of Consuming and Creating True Crime Content (16:28) - Desensitization and the Lack of Empathy (35:22) - The Educational Value of Understanding Criminal Behavior (47:11) - Conclusion Transcript:download the transcript at https://share.transistor.fm/s/5c55cadd/transcript.srtContact:Podcast Team: Poll: https://forms.gle/EDqw565Wus4JHsut8Discord: https://discord.gg/NUUC2QJumvE-mail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/generallyamcn
5/23/202448 minutes, 56 seconds
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S5E7: Exploring the Evolution of the Gig Economy

SummaryIn 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 the gig economy.TakeawaysThe gig economy has evolved over the years, with gig work now often involving sporadic and flexible work schedules.Gig workers in food delivery apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash face challenges such as low pay and reliance on tips.The gig economy is often gamified, with apps providing incentives and bonuses to encourage workers to accept more gigs.The gig economy has disrupted traditional industries like taxis, leading to conflicts and regulatory challenges.Other gig platforms like Upwork and Fiverr offer opportunities for freelancers to find work in various fields.While the gig economy offers convenience, it also has drawbacks such as lack of benefits and job security for gig workers.Chapters:(00:00) - Introduction and Overview (06:20) - The Definition and Evolution of the Gig Economy (26:00) - The Gamification of the Gig Economy (38:06) - Disruption of Traditional Industries by the Gig Economy (45:11) - The Impact of Rising Prices on Food Delivery Apps (47:19) - Different Approaches to Tipping in DoorDash and Uber Eats (48:20) - Conclusion and Closing Remarks Transcript:download the transcript at https://generallyamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/s5e3-270224-1652.srtContact:Podcast Team: Poll: https://forms.gle/EDqw565Wus4JHsut8Discord: https://discord.gg/NUUC2QJumvE-mail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/generallyamcn
5/8/202449 minutes, 3 seconds
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S5E6: Media - Questioning Your Own Biases and Opinions

SummaryIn 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.TakeawaysThe media has biases, and it's important to be aware of them when consuming information.Fact-checking is crucial in today's world where misinformation spreads quickly.Social media has a significant influence on how news is reported and consumed.Seeking out diverse sources of information helps to get a more balanced perspective.Being aware of one's own biases and questioning one's own opinions is essential for critical thinking.Chapters:(00:00) - The Experience of Consuming Media (16:11) - Recognizing and Dealing with Bias (30:44) - The Importance of Waiting for Complete Information (36:53) - No Place or Media Outlet is Perfect Transcript:Check out the website - https://generallyamerican.com/index.php/2024/02/27/s5e3-citizenship-and-board-games/Or download the transcript at https://generallyamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/s5e3-270224-1652.srtContact:Podcast Team: Poll: https://forms.gle/EDqw565Wus4JHsut8Discord: https://discord.gg/NUUC2QJumvE-mail: [email protected] 
4/18/202446 minutes, 57 seconds
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S5E5:Exploring the Evolution and Diversity of Music Discovery

DescriptionIn 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.TakeawaysMusic discovery has changed significantly over time, with streaming services and algorithms playing a major role in how people find new music.The influence of wealth can impact music discovery, as access to certain mediums and technologies may be limited for those with lower incomes.Different countries have unique music discovery cultures, with some relying heavily on radio and others embracing online platforms.Soundtracks to movies and video games can be a popular way to discover new music, as they often feature curated selections that enhance the overall experience.The evolution of music mediums, from vinyl records to cassette tapes to CDs to streaming services, has shaped how people consume and discover music.The future of music discovery may involve technologies like Neuralink, but the emotional connections to music may become weaker as ownership and physical media decline.Starting a music exchange group with friends can be a fun and engaging way to discover new music and expand one's musical horizons.Chapters:(00:00) - Introduction and Weather Complaints (04:31) - Discussion on Discovering New Music (16:11) - The Influence of Wealth on Music Discovery (27:12) - The Role of Soundtracks in Music Discovery (29:58) - The Evolution of Music Mediums (39:04) - Speculation on Future Music Discovery Methods (44:47) - Recommendation to Start a Music Exchange Group (46:09) - Conclusion and Farewell Transcript:download the transcript at https://share.transistor.fm/s/27c2d324/transcript.srt Contact:Podcast Team: Poll: https://forms.gle/EDqw565Wus4JHsut8Discord: https://discord.gg/NUUC2QJumvE-mail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/generallyamcnInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/generally_american/
4/1/202447 minutes, 33 seconds
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S5E4: About Fast Food and Things

SummaryIn 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 programs. We also mention the concept of dynamic pricing and the lack of trust in the US. Finally, we explore the convenience factor of fast food and how Americans are drawn to anything that makes their lives easier. This conversation explores various aspects of the fast food industry, focusing on the differences between fast food chains in Germany and the United States. The discussion covers topics such as the pink slime scandal, standardization in American chain restaurants, the adaptation of McDonald's to local tastes, the nostalgia for 90s fast food restaurants, the lack of prestige in fast food employment, and the issues with fast food service and employee respect. The conversation also touches on regional fast food chains, the benefits and advancement opportunities in fast food, the quality and consistency of fast food, and the challenges of expansion for certain fast food chains. TakeawaysFast food has become a way of life for many people in the US.Fast food can be the only affordable option for those living in food deserts.The prices of fast food have been rising, making it less accessible for some.Fast food apps and rewards programs are popular and can save money in the long run.Convenience is a major factor in the popularity of fast food. Fast food chains in Germany offer a mix of international and local options, with the big players like McDonald's, Burger King, and KFC present.The pink slime scandal in the US had an impact on the perception of fast food in Germany, but the German branches assured customers that they have separate supply chains.Standardization is a key aspect of American chain restaurants, with most of the food coming in frozen from major distributors.McDonald's adapts its menu to local tastes in different countries, and there are rumors of beer being served at McDonald's in Germany.The fast food industry has evolved from a focus on family fun to convenience, and there is a lack of prestige and respect for fast food employment in the US compared to Germany.Chapters:(00:00) - Introduction (00:30) - Weather and Moving (01:29) - Fast Food as a Part of Life (09:21) - Fast Food as a Treat (10:20) - Fast Food in Food Deserts (11:17) - Rising Prices of Fast Food (13:35) - Fast Food Apps and Rewards (20:50) - Fast Food and Convenience (24:41) - Fast Food Chains in Germany (25:36) - Pink Slime Scandal (26:34) - Standardization in American Chain Restaurants (27:43) - Adaptation of McDonald's to Local Tastes (28:11) - Fast Food and Beer in Germany (29:09) - Evolution of Fast Food Restaurants (30:04) - Nostalgia for 90s Fast Food Restaurants (30:59) - Shift in Focus from Family Fun to Convenience (31:26) - Lack of Prestige in Fast Food Employment (32:56) - Issues with Fast Food Service and Employee Respect (33:25) - Working in Fast Food as a First Job (34:20) - Inconsistency in Fast Food Quality (35:24) - Respect for Food Industry Workers in Germany (36:23) - Regional Fast Food Chains (39:12) - Benefits and Advancement Opportunities in Fast Food (42:38) - Quality of Fast Food (43:05) - Consistency as a Selling Point for Fast Food Chains (44:33) - Local Fast Food Chains (45:02) - Expansion Challenges for In-N-Out Burger (46:01) - Fast Food Chains Limited to Specific Regions (46:59) - Concerns about Dynamic Pricing in Fast Food Transcript:Check out the website - https://generallyamerican.com/index.php/2024/02/27/s5e3-citizenship-and-board-games/Or download the transcript at https://generallyamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/s5e3-270224-1652.srtContact:Podcast Team: Poll: https://forms.gle/EDqw565Wus4JHsut8Discord: https://discord.gg/NUUC2QJumvE-mail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/generallyamcnInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/generally_american/
3/15/202448 minutes, 48 seconds
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S5E3: Citizenship and Board Games

SummaryIn 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.TakeawaysProving citizenship for a newborn can be a complex and expensive process.Board games offer a fun and social way to spend time with friends and family.Tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons provide immersive storytelling experiences.The Super Bowl can bring joy and excitement, but tragic incidents can also occur.Chapters:(00:00) - Introduction (00:30) - Weather and Small Talk (03:07) - Citizenship and Naturalization (08:01) - Board Games (21:35) - Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space (28:09) - Chess and Dominion (35:28) - Dungeons & Dragons (44:59) - Super Bowl and Tragedy (49:37) - Conclusion Transcript:Check out the website - https://generallyamerican.com/index.php/2024/02/27/s5e3-citizenship-and-board-games/Or download the transcript at https://generallyamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/s5e3-270224-1652.srtContact:Podcast Team: Poll: https://forms.gle/EDqw565Wus4JHsut8Discord: https://discord.gg/NUUC2QJumvE-mail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/generallyamcnInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/generally_american/
2/27/202450 minutes, 56 seconds
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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.TakeawaysIntellectual property is a complex and evolving area of law that impacts various industries.Copyright infringement is a concern in the digital age, with debates over fair use and the boundaries of creativity.Companies like Disney and Nintendo are known for their strict protection of their intellectual property.The concept of public domain allows for the use of creative works after a certain period of time.Piracy and streaming services have changed the way people access and pay for media.Artists and creators face challenges in getting paid for their work in the digital age.Chapters:(00:00) - Introduction and Super Bowl Sunday (10:04) - Introduction to Intellectual Property (17:08) - Pal World and Copyright Infringement (26:18) - Disney and Copyright Law (31:37) - Public Domain and Lost Media (38:43) - Piracy and Streaming Services (46:17) - Artists and Payment (48:43) - Conclusion Transcript:Check out the website - https://generallyamerican.transistor.fm/episodesOr download the transcript at https://share.transistor.fm/s/a3200f02/transcript.srtContact:Podcast Team: Poll: https://forms.gle/EDqw565Wus4JHsut8Discord: https://discord.gg/NUUC2QJumvE-mail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/generallyamcnInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/generally_american/
2/13/202449 minutes, 43 seconds
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S5E1: Happy New Year - Kris' House and Chris' Daughter

SummaryIn 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.  TakeawaysNew 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 and work in different countries.Owning a house is seen as an important milestone for many people.Decluttering can help create a more organized and stress-free living space.Chapters:Transcript:Check out the website - https://generallyamerican.transistor.fm/episodesOr download the transcript at https://share.transistor.fm/s/36ab0f81/transcript.srtContact:Podcast Team: Poll: https://forms.gle/EDqw565Wus4JHsut8Discord: https://discord.gg/NUUC2QJumvE-mail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/generallyamcnInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/generally_american/
2/1/202448 minutes, 29 seconds