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June 18, 2021  

Episode 16: Can Comedy Affect Change? / Doctor Stereotypes

In this Episode, the guys discuss whether comedy can affect change (2:36). Ali discusses the Satire Paradox (Malcolm Gladwell) and whether laughter and social protest are friends or foes, including examples such as All in the Family, and Sarah Palin and Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. He then talks about how Trump affected late night talk shows and the NY Times magazine article by Dan Brooks “How Present Trump Ruined Political Comedy”. Finally, Ali talks about comedians who were able to affect change such as Hari Kondabolu, Hannibal Buress, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Next, Asif uses the comedy videos of Dr. Glaucomflecken to illustrate doctor stereotypes in medicine (31:32). Asif discusses various examples of these stereotypes and how they represent examples of the hidden curriculum in medicine. Finally, he discusses ways to address the hidden curriculum and doctor stereotypes. 

 

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June 11, 2021  

Episode 15: Another Round / ‘Is It Wine O’Clock?’

In today’s episodes the guys discuss the Academy Award Winning movie “Another Round” (4:11). Ali starts out first by discussing his (tenuous) connection to star Mads Mikkelsen. He then discussed the development of the movie by director Thomas Vinterberg and the influence of his late daughter Ida on the film. They also talk about the influence of the Dogme ‘95 movement on the film and the announcement of a remake by Leonardo DeCaprio’s production company. Then Asif discusses the issue of increased alcohol use during the pandemic, particularly amongst women (24:25). After Asif calls Ali out on his “man-to mansplaining”, they talk about how joking with memes about drinking has become common. Asif then discusses whether alcohol is actually good for you, and how this needs to be balanced with the costs to society. 

 

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June 9, 2021  

Emergency podcast: London, Ontario Tragedy

Ali and Asif discuss the recent hate-inspired murders of a family of Muslim-Canadians in London, Ontario, Canada.

June 4, 2021  

Episode 13: The Tragically Hip / Goop

On this episode, after a brief interlude about McDonald’s Orange Drink, the guys discuss the legendary Canadian band, the Tragically Hip (2:50). They discuss the Hip’s new EP and their upcoming appearance at the 2021 Juno awards with Feist. They discuss the history of the band and their relationship to them, including Ali’s story of stage diving at a Hip concert in Montreal. They discuss the diagnosis of the lead singer, Gord Downie with glioblastoma multiforme and Asif’s connection to Gord Downie’s neuro-oncologist. Then then discuss the final concert by the Hip and the lasting legacy of the band and Gord Downie. Finally the guys discuss the new album by the band Saskadelphia. Then, Ali asks Asif about the controversy surrounding Gweneth Paltrow’s Goop (27:58). After a quick parental disclaimer, They discuss how Goop in the past has promoted “the Jade Egg” and “steaming” certain parts of the female anatomy. They discuss the origins of Goop and criticisms of the brand, particularly by Dr. Jen Gunter and Dr. Timothy Caulfield. They also discuss the “Goop PhD” portion of the Goop website. Finally, Asif gives his thoughts on several episodes of Netflix’s “Goop Lab”. 

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May 28, 2021  

Episode 12: ‘Sound of Metal” / Cochlear Implants

The guys start out today’s show discussing unrelated pop culture that is linked in each of their minds (00:55). Then, the guys discuss the recent movie ‘Sound of Metal’, Ali’s personal connection to it and the impressive performance of Riz Ahmed (6:30). They also discuss how the movie comments on the concept of personal identity and how it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic. They guys then rave about the sound design in ‘Sound of Metal’. Asif then talks about rapid onset hearing loss like Riz Ahmed’s character suffers from in the movie (18:42), followed by a discussion on cochlear implants. He discusses what the movie gets right or wrong and whether they are considered controversial in the Deaf community. 

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May 21, 2021  

Episode 11: Saturday Night Live Top 5’s / Intermittent Fasting

In today’s episode, the guys start the episode discussing Elon Musk and their surprising takes on his recent Saturday Night Live hosting gig (1:08) -- plus a brief discussion on Wayne Gretsky’s (in)famous hosting gig. Then, to commemorate the upcoming season finale of the 46th season of Saturday Night Live, Ali and Asif discuss their top 5 SNL performers (9:25). Listen to find out who they include and who they shockingly leave out! Then Asif discusses the concept of intermittent fasting (27:30). He goes over the theory for why it should work and the basic science evidence. Then he reviews the clinical studies supporting and refuting the effectiveness of intermittent fasting. Finally, he discusses promising new trials regarding cancer and intermittent fasting. 

 

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May 16, 2021  

Bonus: As if the director wouldn’t let you pronounce “Asif” properly

For our last episode on Code Switching, Ali actually forgot to tell a story he had about a director insisting that the name “Asif” be pronounced a certain way. We’ve included it for you here as a bonus clip. 

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May 14, 2021  

Episode 10: Code Switching / Video Games

In this episode, the guys discuss the topic of code-switching (1:36). They review examples of code switching in the media including Barack Obama, Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” and Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s code switching sketch on “Key & Peele”. They also discuss the Harvard Business Review’s piece on code-switching in the workplace as well as the use of different accents as a form of code switching. Finally, Ali discusses his personal views on code-switching and a conversation he had on the topic with Hasan Minhaj. Next, Asif discusses the prevalence of video game playing in society and the argument that they may actually be good for you (17:33). He then reviews the evidence for the association between video games and aggression in children and teens. Finally, Asif reviews the concept of video game addiction and provides practical tips for parents on regulating video game use in kids. 

 

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

 

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May 6, 2021  

Episode 9: Accents & Apu / ‘Medical ‘Miracles’ & Doctor Distrust

In today’s episode, after a bit of listener mail about Ali’s love of Shonda Rimes (1:00), the guys discuss the issue of actors faking accents on movies and TV shows (2:09). Ali discusses Rizwan Manji from Schitt’s Creek and Aziz Ansari. Ali even discusses how he originally auditioned for the role of Ray Bhutani on Schitt’s Creek and his own experience with using an accent in roles. We also discuss the case of Paul Sun-Hyung Lee on Kim’s Convenience. They then discuss “The Problem with Apu”, the documentary by Hari Kondabolu, and Hank Anzaria. They discuss the historical example of Peter Sellers and “The Party”. Ali then talks about Hank Azaria’s recent appearance on “Armchair Expert” with Dax Shepard and Hank’s apology to South Asians. Then, Asif talks about so-called ‘miracle cures’ in medicine and his contempt of practitioners who peddle them (21:19).  Ali then counters with the question of whether patients seek miracle cures because of a distrust of doctors and the medical system. They then discuss how distrust of the medical system can affect health outcomes and touch on the issue of race and its relation to medical distrust (and discuss Michael Che from Saturday Night Live). Asif then discusses what the medical community can do to improve trust.

 

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April 30, 2021  

Episode 8: Chadwick Boseman / Colon Cancer

In this episode the guys reflect on the life of the late Chadwick Boseman. They first start by debriefing about this week’s Oscars telecast, Asif’s less than impressive predictions and the snub of Chadwick in the Best Actor category (00:50). Ali discusses Chadwick’s early life and his career from All My Children to 42 to Get on Up to Black Panther (10:33). Then they discuss his last two performances in Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and his lasting legacy. Because of Chadwick’s death at an early age from colon cancer, Asif then discusses the risk factors and signs of colon cancer (22:49). He then discusses screening for colon cancer and what one can do to help prevent it. 

The opinions expressed are those of the hosts, and do not reflect those of any other organizations. This podcast and website represents the opinions of the hosts. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

 

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