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Friday, September 01, 2006

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This is just some fun I had editing video so that I could try out some tools and see how they worked. Don't take this seriously, but I do hope you laugh a little.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Discussion Podcast 20: Prostitution-Global Perspectives

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Prostitution is known as the oldest profession in the world. It exists worldwide where different cultures view it and experience it in different ways. Is it morally wrong? If there is a wrongdoer, is it the prostitute or the "John?" A very candid discussion from our international panel!

Chris, Layla, Omar, Esther, & Dave discuss this very stimulating topic with perspectives from France, Japan, Mexico, Korea, & America.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Discussion Podcast 19: Seniors That Kill, Jury Talk

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Senior citizens do kill people -it's that simple.
Also-the jury system in America.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Discussion Podcast 18: Health, Body, & Mind

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Where we were born and raised often determines what we eat and how we feel about fitness. In America our busy lifestyles coupled with unhealthy fast food restaurants adds up to a lot of overweight people. How is diet and fitness viewed in other countries? Can exercise make us crave healthier foods? Is diet and fitness related to psychological health, i.e., depression or happiness? The group gets more expressive today as we see how using a second language like English can result in misunderstandings Did you say what I thought you just said!” Diplomacy is indeed important as our world gets smaller.

Amy, Esther, Arman, Layla, & Dave voice opinions and feelings that should not be considered politically correct. Japan, Iran, Armenia, Korea, & America are represented in this forum.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Discussion Podcast 17: Violence in Media, should we care?

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Exposure to violence and how it affects us. Media outlets have become more violent & graphic over the years. What type of violence is acceptable? What "good" comes out of this exposure to violent media? Does it disease our minds? What age should kids be allowed to see violent media? How do different countries deal with this issue?

Arman, Jihyun, Katrin, Christy, Esther, Dayanis, & Dave grapple with this very intriguing topic, expressing ideas from Iran, Korea, Mexico, & America.
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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Discussion Podcast 16: The Environment

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Does the environment belong to humans? Do people in developed countries care much how their lifestyle affects the environment? Are we recycling? Do we REALLY know how our trash is being dealt with or are we just guessing? Are we connected or narcissistic? This often inconvenient but critical topic is examined by our international cadre.

Esther, Arman, Jihyun, Christopher, Christy, & Dave provide viewpoints from Korea, France, Iran, & America.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Discussion Podcast 15: Education

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Perspectives on Education. Is it a right or a privilege? How much is it worth? Why is it so important? Does it go beyond a career? What are we willing to sacrifice for it?

Enjie, Arman, Christy, & Dave address the importance of education with perspectives from El Salvador, Iran, Korea, & America.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Discussion Podcast 14: Plastic Surgery & Fashion

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When is it appropriate to have plastic surgery? Should it be kept secret? Is it acceptable to change your looks to marry a rich spouse or get acting and modeling jobs? Will it improve self-esteem? How much is too much? More and more people are traveling to countries, like Korea, to have plastic surgery performed at a lower price than in America, but is it safe? Fashion is discussed as well.

Omar, Dayanis, Amalya, Jihyun, Esther, & Dave have fun dishing out their opinions as well as discussing some personal experiences. Perspectives from Mexico, Armenia, Korea, & America.

Discussion Podcast 13: Death Penalty

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Is the death penalty fair punishment for murder? How is capital punishment used in other countries? Is it our right as humans, to decide when another person's life should end, or is that a matter for a higher power? Can prison be risky? Is prison more punishment than death?

A very serious matter discussed and examined by our international cadre. Jihyun, Arman, Christy, Esther, Chris, & Dave illuminate a very dark issue with perspectives from France, Korea, Iran, & America.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Discussion Podcast 12: Marijuana, should it be legal?

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When some people hear the work "marijuana" they immediately think of a very bad, illegal drug. Do people die from marijuana overdoses? Are the coffee houses (serving marijuana) in Amsterdam changing their society in a negative way? Medical marijuana is legal in California for patients who have prescriptions from physicians. Will Mexico make small amounts of marijuana, and handful of other "recreational" drugs legal?

A topic that usually remains under wraps is openly discussed in our international forum. Christy, Dayanis, Chris, Esther, Jihyun, & Dave convey ideas with backgrounds from France, Korea, Mexico, & America.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Discussion Podcast 11, Nuclear Anxieties

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Is it fair to let countries, including Iran, develop nuclear capacity? How dangerous is this problem? Can this be the inception of a nuclear war or perhaps the release of a dirty bomb? Tensions abound during this discussion on a dilemma seriously considered by our international group.

Roza, Esther, Arman, Xochitl, Artur, Jessica, & Dave put across controversial beliefs from Mexico, Iran, Korea, Armenia, Peru, & America.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Discussion Podcast 10, Fuel Prices

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Gasoline prices rise as we see oil companies make record profits. What can we do about a serious problem that people don't openly protest? How can we shift our dependency from fossil fuel to alternate energy forms? A rallying call for action from our international forum.

Yohei, Katrin, Esther, Arman, & Dave weigh in with perspectives from Japan, Korea, Iran, & America

Friday, April 28, 2006

Discussion Podcast 9, Terrorism

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A different paradigm of warfare: Terrorism. Though this type engagement has been around for some time, it appears to be gaining popularity and effectiveness. What inspires human beings to volunteer for suicide missions? Is it a matter of desperation or manipulation? Does "Jihad" really mean what the extremists claim? Why don't more "moderate" Muslims speak out? Is the Iraq war reducing terrorism or invigorating hatred towards the West, namely, the United States? This serious and enigmatic topic is contemplated by our international discussion group.

Xochitl, Christopher, Esther, Arman, Christy, & Dave grapple over this international matter with perspectives from France, Iran, Korea, Mexico, & America.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Discussion Podcast 8, China as Superpower

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China- it is not a matter of "if" it will become the next superpower, but rather "when." What are the ramifications of this inevitable force throughout the world economically, politically, and socially? Are other countries myopic while neglecting future concerns? Are Americans too complacent today? Tough talk on a cutting-edge issue that may dramatically change the world we know today.

Esther, Arman, Jihyun, Dayanis, Christy, Katrin, & Dave weigh in with perspectives from Mexico, Korea, Iran, & America. Please post comments! :)

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Discussion Podcast 7, Relationships

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Relationships
are complicated, and for most of us, very necessary. Americans tend to show their passion openly while other cultures can be much more conservative. Where should we draw the line? Social gatherings where men & women meet are taboo-is it worth going to jail to experience some fun? What makes a relationship/marriage work? The recipe for a perfect relationship is revealed.

Jessica, Christy, Katrin, Jihyun, Esther, & Dave contemplate this tumultuous drive inherent within all of us. Very open & honest viewpoints expressed from Korea, Peru, Iran, & America.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Discussion Podcast 6, Cultural Obstacles

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Differences in culture can be a learning opportunity or a reason for prejudice. As our world gets smaller, everyone will be forced to deal with cultural variations. How difficult is it to stay open-minded? Is it too much work to adapt or do we remain with what is comfortable?

This international group presents experiences coming from Korea, Mexico, Armenia, and living in America. Dayanis, Artur, Esther, Jihyun, & Dave weigh in with their real-life experiences.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Discussion Podcast 5, Animal Rights

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Animal Rights. What animals should we eat? Do we know how animals are treated and later killed for food? Should animals be used for clothing? Is it possible for many of us to be vegetarian? What about nature and nurture?

An uncomfortable issue for an international group of meat eaters to discuss. Is ignorance bliss? Dayanis, Amalya, Jessica, Chris, Esther, Christy, & Dave consider a rarely discussed subject expressing views from Armenia, Mexico, France, Korea, Peru, & America.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Discussion Podcast 4, Part 1 Illegal Immigration

A compelling discussion on a sensitive issue: illegal immigration. Why are certain ethnic groups blamed? If borders were more open, what would happen to the country? If countries didn’t have illegal immigrants working for less pay, would the country be able to survive? Where do we draw the line?

Strong views from an international group representing Iran, Korea, Japan, France, Mexico, & America.

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Discussion Podcast 4, Part 2, Illegal Immigration cont.

See description above, under "part 1"

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Discussion Podcast 4, Part 3 Illegal Immigration cont.

See description above, under "part 1"

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Friday, March 31, 2006

Discussion Podcast 3, Part 1 Abortion

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Discussion Podcast 3, Part 2 Abortion continued

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Discussion Podcast 3, Part 3 Cheating-to tell or not

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Parts 1 & 2

Abortion- who's decision is it? Government? Family? Father? Woman? What happens if you make it illegal?

Part 3
Cheating on your boy/girlfriend, spouse. Should there be complete honesty? Are there good reasons to keep a secret? A very intriguing rap session.


A powerful discussion with stunning realizations.
Reactions by Christy, Arman, Jessica, Christopher, Jihyun, & Dave expressing ideas from Iran, Korea, Peru, France, & America. Parts 1-3.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

Discussion Podcast 2

Stimulating discussion on gay/lesbian adoption versus foster families. We will get to the "secrets with your significant other" next podcast-promise!

Esther, Omar, Katrin, Christopher, Belen, Christy, & Dave represent views from Iran, Korea, two regions of Mexico, France, & America.
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Discussion Podcast 1

International perspectives on euthanasia/assisted suicide and whether or not it is wise to remain friends with an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse.

Jessica, Esther, Christopher, Christy, & Dave represent views from Korea, Peru, France, & America.
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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Speech Podcast 2

This is the presentation criteria for our first speech!