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We Are Z

We Are Z

By WRZPOD
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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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.
32:50
September 15, 2020
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. 
21:04
August 18, 2020
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.
26:06
August 4, 2020
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.
32:13
June 30, 2020
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!
26:00
June 16, 2020
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.
27:51
June 2, 2020
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!
28:08
May 19, 2020
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. 
15:56
May 11, 2020
A “Fresh” Review on Movie Culture - Collab with Talk This Way
Movies are inherent parts of many people’s lives, especially now where we are granted the opportunity to binge watching as many movies as we would like during quarantine. In this episode, Paul and Jimmy bring on Andrew Littrell, the host of a movie commentary podcast Talk This Way, to talk about how movies have changed and how gen z has a different take on them. Stay tuned.
35:45
May 5, 2020
Announcement - New episodes, Merch, and More...
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02:41
April 22, 2020
Coronavirus II - Fighting the Fear
The pandemic is real, and so is the fear. With warnings such as “shelter-in-place” and “social-distance” appearing all over the media, it is not surprising that the level of anxiety has risen significantly. In this episode, Paul and Jimmy interview Dr. Kathy HoganBruen, a D.C. based clinical psychologist and professor to find out how we should get through this strange time.
28:54
April 7, 2020
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.
22:55
March 24, 2020
Coronavirus - The Fight of Fact vs. Fiction
COVID-19 is here, and the Internet is flooded with contradicting information: wear a face-mask vs. it does not do anything, coronavirus is just flu vs. it will kill us all, it doesn’t spread unless they cough into your face vs. the virus is airborne... In today’s episode, Paul and Jimmy unpack the mystery of this new coronavirus and discuss their own experience and opinions of this novel virus. 
28:11
March 11, 2020
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. 
28:08
February 25, 2020
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. 
30:17
February 18, 2020
Education Part 1 - Chinese vs. American Schools
In part 1 of the 2 part episode of education, Paul and Jimmy discuss their own educational background to explore the differences in the 5 systems of education they have experienced. Through this discussion they explore the benefits and problems with each of the education systems they have participated in. Part 2 will be released next week (Feb 18th). 
31:34
February 11, 2020
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. 
30:38
January 28, 2020
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. 
37:28
January 14, 2020
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.  Follow Us @wrzpod on Instagram and Facebook or Check out our website at wrzpod.com
01:24
December 17, 2019