[Second GenerAsian Theme - Tenny Tsang]

Sophia: Gong hei fat choy and sun leen fai lok!

Hannah: Sae hae bok mani badeu say yo!

David: Manigong Bagong Taon!

Sophia: Hi, I'm Sophia.

Hannah: I'm Hannah.

David: And I'm David.

Sophia: And welcome to another episode of...

All: Second GenerAsian!

Hannah: Today's snack of the day is Yakult. Yummy yummy Yakult. Or as we say in Korea, 야쿠르트. Favorite yogurt drink of many Asians.

David: Alright, our guest today is Tenny Tsang, at North by Northwestern's audio editor, from China.

Tenny: Hey guys, I'm Tenny. Thank you so much for inviting me onto Second GenerAsian.

Sophia: Thanks so much for helping us produce it.

Hannah: Yeah. For those of you who don't know, Tenny was the one who made our introduction music, so he's great, very skilled.

Tenny: Not so much.

David: So as you probably know, Lunar New Year is coming up soon ...


James Crisafulli, Feb. 4, 2019

It was a cold week in Evanston, but at least we had a fantastic week of political news to warm our hearts. Well, maybe it wasn’t fantastic, but there sure was a lot to talk about. From Venezuela to Washington, here are some of the week’s top stories.

Crisis in Venezuela

Nicolas Maduro, who won a widely denounced presidential election in May, now faces political opposition from Juan Guiaidó, the president of Venezuela’s national assembly. The U.S. and other democratic countries have supported the rebellion against the incumbent, while China and Russia have backed Maduro.

Intel report

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on Tuesday outlining what they believe to be the gravest threats to U.S. national security. The report included mention of climate change, ISIS’s continued activity, denunciation of Russian election interference and caution about North Korean intentions, seemingly contradicting some of the Trump administration’s stances.

It was f ...


Avery Adams, Zach Watson, Jan. 31, 2019

Zach Watson: Hi! Welcome back to Station By Station.

Avery Adams: I'm Avery.

Zach: I'm Zach.

Avery: And this week we went to Cermak-Chinatown. It seems pretty far because it's past the Loop, but really it took a lot shorter time than I thought.

Zach: It was about an hour, and unlike California station, there was no bus needed. We just got on the train, from Northwestern, at least. So we took the Purple Line to Howard and then transferred to the Red Line, and then took that all the way down. It was pretty easy.

Avery: I took a little nap on the way, and we were just there! It was quite a cold day and we were thinking that we wanted some warm food, so we thought, "Why not Chinatown?" Good food we've heard of. When we first got out, to be completely honest, I thought Chinatown was a lot smaller than I expected ...


What does it really mean to be Asian American? In this episode, we try to answer that question through our own stories and upbringing. From language barriers to meme pages, Hannah, Sophia and David take a closer look at what makes the Asian American experience unique.

[Second GenerAsian Theme — Tenny Tsang]

Sophia Lo: Hi everyone, welcome to...

All: Second GenerAsian!

Sophia: I'm Sophia.

Hannah Julie Yoon: I'm Hannah.

David Deloso: And I'm David.

Hannah: And today's topic of the day is...

David: Defining Asian American. So, all three of us were born in the U.S. and we've lived here for pretty much our entire lives. We just wanted to explore how our experience and the experience of all Asian Americans is unique and distinct.

Sophia: So we'll all be talking a little bit about where we grew up and what it was like growing up and coming to Northwestern. David, what are your ...


Jakob Lazzaro, Jan. 21, 2019

Jakob Lazzaro, Justin Curto and Libby Berry Can't Let Go of heavy weights and past regrets, the busiest month in music history, fake news: the print edition, and the stress (and stress reliefs) of three separate new apartments. Stories featured in this episode hail from Gimlet Media, Pitchfork and NPR. Transcript below.

[Music: Little Lily Swing]

Jakob Lazzaro: Hello, welcome back to Can't Let Go, the NBN podcast where we discuss the news stories and the personal stories from the past week or very long six month passage of time that we can just not get out of our heads. I'm your host, Jakob Lazzaro, and I want to welcome you back to me hosting my own podcast after a sixth month break. I was working for WESA in Pittsburgh, which was great, and then I was studying abroad in Hong Kong. Both of those are places where you don’t just make your own podcast because ...


Tenny Tsang, Jan. 15, 2019

Tenny's Tunes Ep 4 - Childhood Idol, Case Closed

[Background: Thelonious Monk - Don’t Blame Me]

Welcome to episode four of Tenny’s Tunes. I am your host, Tenny!

Now, I wanna spend some time taking you back to childhood. Our childhood.

In cognitive psychology, we learned that crystallized intelligence, such as skills, knowledge and experience, increases with age while fluid intelligence, the ability to assess and solve problems in novel circumstances, decreases as we grow older. This leads some people to believe that the mind of a child is way more creative than that of an adult’s.

In other words, we can become smarter and wiser, but never more creative than our younger selves.

Scientific studies have produced persuasive evidence for this argument. A 1968 creativity test on 1,600 children conducted by George Land and Beth Jarman demonstrated a sharp drop in creativity score, from 98 percent at 5 years of age to 12 percent at 15 ...


Tenny Tsang, Nov. 14, 2018

[Composition 05 by Seprix]

Hi everyone, welcome to episode 3 of Tenny’s Tunes. I am your host, Tenny.

Now, you don’t have to be famous to be good at something. I think all of us, at some point in our lives, would find people around us that are just so talented at particular things they do. Perhaps one of your friends has a beautiful voice. Or that person sitting across from you in the dining hall just loves solving math problems.

Sometimes, we ourselves would receive praise from others. “Wow, you are so good at this! Why didn’t you tell me before?”

Seprix is one such person who has composed numerous pieces of music and has published them on Newgrounds. Little is known about him, or her, but it is apparent that piano is one of Seprix’s favorite instruments.

I am a great fan of Seprix, so I want to dedicate this week’s episode to ...


Tenny Tsang, Nov. 11, 2018

[The Promise of The World]

Hi guys, welcome to episode 2 of Tenny’s Tunes. I am your host Tenny.

Today is part two of Joe Hisaishi’s music. I have included a brief biography of Hisaishi in Ep 1 - The Lesson from Princess Mononoke, so if you are interested, please feel free to check it out.

If you have ever watched Howl’s Moving Castle, which came out in 2004, you know just how unfathomable Studio Ghibli’s imagination can extend to while still keeping reality in the background. In a fantasy and war-ridden world where magic serves as the main resource of warfare among nations, the magical moving castle belonging to the great wizard Howl continues to move across beautiful landscapes of nature, though not without any political turbulences along the way.

We will now play the main theme of Howl’s Moving Castle, composed by Joe Hisaishi. It is known by the name “Merry-Go-Round of Life” or ...


Avery Adams, Zach Watson, Nov. 7, 2018

A: Avery , Z: Zach

[The “El” train pulling into the station]

A: Hey, I’m Avery Adams.

Z: And I’m Zach Watson.

A: And we’re going to be exploring the Chicago area station by station.

Z: So yeah, it’ll be a good time. So, first station — where did we go?

A: We went to California Station.

Z: And how did we get there?

A: You tell me, Zach.

Z: Alright, so I think it took us about an hour to get there.

A: Yeah.

Z: So California, it’s close to Logan Square; it’s northwest of the city, and it’s a good neighborhood. So we got on the Davis station on the purple line, transferred at Howard to the red line, we got off at Fullerton and took a bus to California.

A: Yeah, that was the 74 bus?

Z: Yes, 74 bus. So yeah, if you’re a Northwestern student, getting there directly via ...


Tenny Tsang, Oct. 30, 2018

Objective: Introduce breathtakingly-beautiful melodies from any genre to the student body as well as the general public.

PROJECT 1: Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫)


(Tenny’s Tunes - The Piano Dude’s Music Channel)

[The Legend of Ashitaka - from “Princess Mononoke”]

Hey everyone, welcome to Tenny’s Tunes, where we explore some of the finest music from a variety of genres. I am your host Tenny.

On this frequency we do things differently. As a music performer myself, I will offer my interpretation for each week’s selected music by playing it on the piano. In this way, my active participation in both playing and discussing music will hopefully be of enjoyment to you.


Today, we go right into the soul of Japanese original sound tracks. In the field of music, if you are talking Japanese, there’s one composer who’s always on the top of the list. Indeed, seven-times winner of the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music, the ...


On this episode of Fresh Films, the guys debate whether God will forgive what man has done to the Earth and reminisce about the likeability of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.

Transcript Below:

[Neil Young - “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”]

Marco Cartolano: So Elliot.

Elliot Kronsberg: “So Elliot,” what?

Marco: Elliot, what’d you describe this film as to me when we walked out?

Elliot: Ok, so it’s basically like Paul Schrader took the plot to Bergman’s Winter Light, and he used the lead character from Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest. And then he threw in an ample helping of Taxi Driver, especially towards the end. As our main character gets more pissed off, he becomes a lot like Travis Bickle actually. I expected him to start talking to his reflection in the mirror at one point.

Marco: Al right, so this is Fresh Films. We’re a podcast devoted to ...


Marco Cartolano, May 27, 2018

On Marco Cartolano Cartolano's last mixtape, he talks about some of his personal favorites who have never been on a mixtape. You can listen to this mixtape on Spotify here.

[OutKast - “Elevators(Me & You)”]

Hello everybody and welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano, and this is my last official Monday Mixtape. Now that the end is near, I wanted to highlight some music by a few of my favorite artists that I haven’t put on a mixtape yet. Let’s start by heading down south to the ATL and talking about OutKast. OutKast helped put Southern hip-hop on the map by releasing bold albums that fused the soul sounds of the South with hip-hop instrumentals. Rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi complimented each other – Andre’s spacy persona was brought back to earth by Big Boi’s streetsmart lyrics. By their second album, ATLiens, OutKast was already expanding the sound they helped to popularize. “Elevators (Me ...


On this episode of Fresh Films, the guys revel in the hard-R hilarity of what will either be the start of Fox's next big spin-off franchise (X-Force) or the beginning of the end for their decades-long X-Men expanded universe.

Transcript Below:

[Céline Dion - “Ashes”]

Marco Cartolano: What’d you think about the Céline Dion song?

Marcus Galeano: Oh yeah the opening... Yeah they didn’t laugh at the James Bond homage. I thought that was really funny and no one laughed in my theater.

Elliot Kronsberg: I mean they did that in the last movie, the credits where…

Marcus: Well yeah, but it wasn’t the super stylized Albert Broccoli presents... I thought the one they did here was really funny. I also enjoyed the “holy shitballs” in the climax. Did you guys get this one?

Marco: Yeah. I don’t think my audience understood that they were doing that.

Marcus: Yeah. I don’t think they ...


Marco Cartolano, May 21, 2018

On this week’s Monday Mixtape Marco Cartolano recommends some of his favorite non-Nirvana alternative rock tracks from the '80s and '90s. (No, Hootie & the Blowfish didn't make the cut). You can listen to this mixtape on Spotify here. -

[R.E.M. - “Radio Free Europe”]

Hello everybody, and welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano, and I love alternative rock. Alternative rock had its heyday in the ‘80s and ‘90s when small record labels would sign bands that rebelled against the arena rock of the ‘80s. While Nirvana helped bring alternative rock to the mainstream, there are so many other great alt rock bands that you should know about. Our mixtape starts with some weirdos from Athens, Georgia. R.E.M. helped usher in the alternative rock boom through constant touring and support from college radio. “Radio Free Europe” is an early single that was re-recorded for their first album, Murmur. It’s an energetic and anthemic track ...


Madison Dong, May 20, 2018

For NBNtertainment weekly, Madison Dong takes a dive into Frank Ocean’s mind through his most abstract album. Transcript below.

[“Lost” by Frank Ocean]

Madison Dong: Six years ago, Frank Ocean burst on the music scene with the R&B album Channel Orange, and, shortly after, plunged into four years of pretty much radio silence.

And then: in the summer of 2016, there surfaced a livestream on Frank Ocean’s website. Except it wasn’t what anyone expected. It was monochrome and stripped down, with Frank and a handful of helpers in a warehouse. Over the course of 46 minutes, they saw wood and weld things to build… a staircase, all while creating beautiful music.

Yeah, a little bit weird. But shortly after that, Frank released Blonde, his second album. But people tend to forget about the livestream, which has been officially released as a visual album called Endless.

Endless isn’t something to be forgotten. In fact, I think ...