John Cho Interview DECONSTRUCTED

On a recent Saturday morning, instead of sleeping in and then watching re-runs of That’s So Raven on ABC Family– because I don’t even get Disney Channel–while eating mini-wheats in my pajamas, I got to interview the star John Cho. Cho plays the uptight Harold in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. We went to interview him about his new project, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Yeah, you heard me right. GUANTANAMO BAY.

When my partner in crime Ankitha and I got off BART, we went upstairs to the streets of San Francisco, and immediately whipped out our map to figure out where we were going. What with that and our huge bag– full of equipment– I’m pretty sure we had tourist status ACHIEVED. Finally, when we found the hotel we were to talk to John Cho in, we circled the building a few times, checked out the premises, and then entered as the doorman welcomed us.

“I feel WAY underdressed” Ankitha said. We looked around at the fancy chairs and the fancy lobby and the even fancier concierge (mostly because of the French name) and then looked down at our jeans and sweatshirts. Yikes. Just us existing was a faux pas in that place. However, we found comfort in one other young guy standing around awkwardly, also with a cumbersome bag and caj clothing. But when we could stand the awkwardness no longer, I finally ventured deep into the depths of my bag (that contained everything from a flash recorder to a tube of chapstick) and pulled out the printed email telling us where to go and what to do and all that fun stuff. We called the public relations person and in a cool, collected voice she assured us she would come down to the lobby to round us up. When a young twenty-something with straight blond hair dressed in Urban Outfitters garb traipsed out of the elevator, blackberry in hand, we knew we were in the right place. She also picked up the other young cas guy, who turned out to be from Rotten Tomatoes (SWEET!) and we entered a long ride in the elevator up. When we got out, we entered a room with what I assumed to be some other PR peeps, drinking coffee outta tea cups and scrolling through texts on their sidekicks.

“I mean, read this text, if she were telling the truth, she would definitely NOT provide this many details.”

“Yeah I mean come on, she must have been high or drunk or something from partying all night.”

Eek. Ankitha and I stared at the ground and waited for the PR rep, who we had temporarily adopted as our mommy, to take care of us and tell us where to go. Finally after a few minutes of standing around listening to PR people gossip and ignore us, she took us into a mini-conference room with a city view, an entire corner of the room dedicated to food, and two large round tables. A few people were already sitting at one, and as the PR lady and the Rotten Tomatoes kid joined them, Ankitha and I opted for the more anti-social one, and sat down at the empty table.

“Can I offer you guys anything to eat? Some fresh fruit, coffee, croissants” asked the PR lady.

“Ummm….do you have some water?” Ankitha inquired.

“Oh sure!” She went to the corner of the room and came back soon with a cylindrical glass bottle filled with a clear liquid. She handed it to Ankitha and walked away.

Ankitha read from the bottle.

“V-O-S-S….Voss? ‘Artisan water from Norway’ Okey doke…I mean what the heck is artisan water?” We pondered the curious bottle for a while, then finally Ankitha took a sip. I awaited a response.

“It’s just….water….”

“Oh…” Somehow I expected something magical to happen. I mean, it seemed like she should have sprouted a Prada bag and a pair of sunglasses on the spot, but I guess it was just plan water after all.

We listened to the others talk as we played Hangman in Ankitha’s notebook and drank artisan water.

“It’s an animal” she said. “But I can’t remember how to spell it.”

“Is it giraffe? Because that would just be sad if you couldn’t spell giraffe.” We both started laughing. After recovering from some evil stares at our loud and obnoxious laughs (mostly mine-it isn’t the graceful chuckle you’d assume), the PR lady got up.

“John is ready for you, girls.”

We got up and made our way to the “suite” as the PR rep had told us. When we entered the huge living-room type area, we saw a gaping window with an amazing view of the city, a coffee table with magazines, and some fancy couches. Oh yeah, and John Cho.

Holy crap. It’s Harold! We introduced ourselves and I asked him what it was like to ride a cheetah, and then we sat down and started dropping our questions LIKE WHAT.

That’s when this comes in:

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW [8:25, MP3 format]

READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

fashion is a drug for tony kapony

for some unknown reason more than likely seeing countless episodes of americas next top model when ever im suronded by clothes or any thing that has a fashion aspect to it i come to the realiziation that fashion puts my head in the clouds make me feel a way that didnt feel before and makes me crave it every day in other words fashion makes me high years ago when i used to go shoping with my mother and we would have a disagreement in the store i would look her dead in the eyes and say shopping isnt a action it is a feeling i could never put the right wording to to what i ment but know i realize hat what i wanted to say is fashion is a drug and your messing up my high

Final Countdown to the Pennsylvania Primary

The polls are nearly closing for the Pennsylvania primary, with history-shattering turnout of new voters across the Keystone State. Senator Clinton is currently holding a mid-single digit lead over Senator Obama. I don’t find it quite surprising at all if she only wins by a narrow margin since it has been a close race in most of the states particularly with the ones that holds some of the largest population across the country. My prediction would be at least a 6-point victory win for Senator Clinton, if not, more. My bet is that she might be able to have a similar win in Ohio, which she won by around 12 points.

Senator Clinton held a 20-point lead over Obama a few weeks before but since has dropped to now single digits, but it can definitely vary depending on the turnout of voters. The junior senator of Illinois has been outspending her, mainly on TV ads from 3-1. Both of them spent the last minute trading shots with each other and making campaign stops.

If Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton were to win by only single digits, she should still stay in the race by her own rights because a win is win. I find it very unfortunate that people are calling her to drop out, especially by the Obama supporters. In addition, neither candidates will be able to reach the magic number of delegates(2025 in order to be nominated) anyway so what’s the fuss about? Afraid that the Democratic Party’s unity will be shatter if their candidate doesn’t clinch the nomination?

Tomorrow! Its Face The Race!

Returning from our week long slumber with a vengance!

Tomorrow at 2 PM Pacific Daylight Time its Face The Race: Pennsylvania Edition!

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Popularity to the Extreme

What do eight teens do when they are bored? Well, in Polk County, Florida, eight teens decided to invite a sixteen year old girl over and beat her up. The motive was so to film it and put it online, for the eight to gain popularity. The popularity was not what they expected, its a popular story in the “Crime section” of the news. They are now being tried as adults with charges for multiple crimes.

What I see of the situation is that people are using the internet as their battleground; like these teens must have needed something more than sending a mean comment to their victim’s Myspace page. Online videos have made ironic situations where the suspects of the crime provide the evidence for the crime they committed. If this is just the start of physical crimes on the internet, it’s hard to imagine what level people will take it to in the future.

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-David Leipper

ABC Network Under Criticism for Last Night’s Democratic Debate

Last night on April 16, 2008, both Democratic presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off at their 21st debate, nearly one week prior to the Pennsylvania primary that’s being held on the 22nd. ABC moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos drew some criticism afterwards from viewers, most of whom are Obama supporters, for asking the senator from Illinois a series of questions relating to his association with former Weather Underground leader William Ayers, as well as questioning Senator Obama’s patriotism and why he does not wear the flag lapel pin. William Ayers was a political activist from the 1960s who admitted to the bombings of the pentagon in the 1970s. After the attacks of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, he went on to say, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel like we didn’t do enough,” when interviewed by the New York Times.

The topic of Senator Obama’s pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright who made some controversial remarks in some of his sermons was also brought up. A lot of others feel that if Mr. Obama is indeed the nominee, there is no doubt that the insiders of the Republican party will bring back this issue in the general election and will hit him even harder than compared in the primary process.

Some even say the former First Lady was to be blamed for pressing on the case of his associations that caused a great stir. A lot was being said that the debate was a devastating night for Obama. He clearly became agitated when asked about these questions regarding his associations. He claims it to be a big distraction from the real issues that Americans care about like the economy, health care, etc. But with only ten contests left in the democratic primaries, more is to be revealed about Barack Obama’s past. He has even been attacked due to the comments he made about small town residents “clinging to guns and the bible” when feeling upset about the way Washington carries on politics.

Coming from a personal perspective, every voter should have the right to know any candidates’ past and their character who are running for president of the United States even though it may not be relevant to the issues that are many Americans’ concerns. It can be a way to conceive their true intentions when endeavoring a challenge.

Site Hiatus

Youth Radio.org and Youth Radio Flows will be going on reduced traffic hiatus for this week as we prep the new version of YouthRadio.org. Sorry if this bums you out, man.

We do have a few things to post this week… but just don’t expect regular type posting for a while.