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Giant Robot Podcast: Lisa Ling Host of Our America
June 26, 2012 01:06 AM PDT
Lisa Ling began her career at Channel One News, a news program broadcast to junior high and high school students across America. She then changed careers and joined the cast of daytime TV talk show, The View. Soon after, she went back into hard journalism and hosted National Geographic Explorer and now, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) she hosts an hour long news show, Our America.
Ling has travelled around the world reporting from the front lines of wars, went undercover in North Korea and reported on drug lords. Our America focuses on interesting stories on Americans ranging from Sex Offenders to Nuns. Some stories reveal a darker underbelly and some are stories about people finding happiness. We talk about some of the inner workings of her new show, now it's in third season, and the changes in her career.
Ling resides in Santa Monica, California, and I visited her new eco-home shared with her husband, Paul Song. The podcast began and stopped a couple of times from a visit from Ling's mother, sister Laura and her new baby.
Lisa Ling is a pop culture fan and a long time supporter of Giant Robot.
-Eric NakamuraGiant Robot Podcast: David Horvath of Uglydoll
May 31, 2012 05:42 PM PDT
David Horvath and his wife, Sun-min Kim created Uglydoll on a whim. It did begin at Giant Robot store in LA as the story is told, out of love letters back and forth across the Pacific. After they met at art school in NY, David stayed in the US and moved back to Southern California, while Sun-min moved back to Korea after 9/11. She handmade a doll from one of his tiny drawings on the sides of his letters and now over 10 years later, Uglydoll is a massive enterprise with a feature animated film movie deal. David frequents Giant Robot in LA and is a long time friend and collaborator. We've covered Uglydoll over the years and watched it grow - even working on events such as Uglycon - a convention based on Uglydoll. In this podcast with David, we cover topics such as Uglydoll's growth, character creation, the film, what's next, and more. It's a podcast that's over 45 minutes in length and if you're into creating anything, this is a must listen.Giant Robot Podcast: Actress and Model Mei Melancon
May 28, 2012 01:21 PM PDT
You saw her for too short of a moment as Psylocke. She was the jilted "Hello Moto" bride. Recently she was Jamie Chen on The L Word. She's appeared in high profile commercials and assorted roles alongside of her modeling career. I caught up with Mei Melancon at Giant Robot 2 on a recent morning for a podcast. We cover topics that begin with her appearances in numerous commercials, X-Men, L-Word, relationships, and her upbringing in a commune in Japan.
music by Justin BuendiaGiant Robot Podcast Interview: Luke Rook the Apprentice Toymaker
May 15, 2012 12:55 PM PDT
Luke Rook has always been a friend to Giant Robot. He began his recent career in toys by opening Lulubell Toy Bodega in Arizona and soon moved to Japan where his career turned. From being a "toy buyer" he's now a toy maker. In this podcast, Luke Rook explains some of the mysteries of the Japanese toy making scene. In a matter of a few years after moving, he's unlocked the "system" of striking up vinyl figures from serious mom and pops factories. One of the greatest facets of Luke is his sheer honesty and frankness which is shaping a new sub genre of "kaiju". He still calls himself an apprentice, but that'll change soon enough.Sexy Quirky Love Podcast - Leonardo Nam + Eric Nakamura
September 06, 2011 01:44 AM PDTSexy Quirky Love is a podcast about relationships. Topics: Pick Up Lines and their importance. Q and As - we answer Questions and Answers from you! Cell phones, Role Playing and more. Giant Robot Podcast with Artist Beau Sia
September 01, 2011 04:15 PM PDT
It's been over a decade since the documentary film, SlamNation expanded the Slam Poetry movement. Today, the world of poetry might be larger, yet it's also smaller at the same time. In the late 90s, Beau Sia was a Black Cat brick of firecrackers with a mic in his hand. His energy sucked up everyone's oxygen and his words and cadence both expanded minds and dropped jaws. The sheer power he projects in the many Def Poetry Jam videos on Youtube is monumental.
A few years later, Sia's Rosie O'Donnell video in response to her "Ching Chong" comment went large and she apologized. It was a big deal. He appears occasionally in films like Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married. He does performances based on special events of occurrences like the Alexandra Wallace video, Asian in the Library, or a special for Fred Korematsu day. His explosiveness now appear in new ways, it's via intellect, dialogue and understanding. As he says in his sincere and sometimes comical voice, "I'm still dangerous."
Currently, he's working on various projects from music to writing and spends plenty of time thinking.
In our talk, Beau Sia explains his past work and where it comes from, hip hop, current projects, insecurities, and his future. His words are thoughtful and his explanations are detailed.Giant Robot Podcast with Actor Leonardo Nam
August 24, 2011 09:20 AM PDT
In casual conversation, Leonardo Nam sounds Australian. In movies, he plays anything and anyone. Currently in his early 30s, Nam lives in West Hollywood and is currently one of the "go to" young Asian American actors. In the past decade or so, he's played an array of roles from a supreme pothead in The Perfect Score, an evil rice rocket gangster in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift, to the heart of gold boyfriend in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The Aussie raised Asian American, also enjoys his travels, he's been around the globe and always has plans to keep on going.
The plan for this podcast was to hear about the gap between time from his interview in Giant Robot Magazine to now. Naturally, we conversed about work, how the economy affects a young actor and his new directions, and relationships. It turns out, Nam is also a "go to" relationship guy for his friends and even folks in the Twitterverse. Perhaps it's from his nice guy role in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, especially part 2 that's led to some random solicitations for advice and he's been giving it in 140 characters.Giant Robot Podcast - Lynn Chen
August 22, 2011 09:00 AM PDT
Lynn Chen shows up casually in a hoody with earbuds in at the Larchmont Bungalow cafe. Her hair is straight and long and she's her normal friendly self.
I first saw Chen opposite Michelle Krusiec in Saving Face, a Sony Pictures Classics feature film in 2005. A huge indie that was grasped by Asian American, LGBT, and indie film fans everywhere. She got her earlier start in Law and Order and and All My Children before her move to the west coast. Since then, she's consistently worked in both films in "the industry" including indies like White on Rice, People I Slept With and Surrogate Valentine.
Chen's also writer and started a food blog, the Actors Diet to address her past eating disorder. It's a saturday morning and she assures me that she needs to be home by 12 since she's going to the Asian Eastside for shave ice and Taiwanese breakfast. We meet early and find a quiet place to conduct a "podcast".Giant Robot Podcast with Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP
July 29, 2011 12:28 AM PDT
July 30 – August 24th, 2011
GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025
Giant Robot is proud to host While You Were Away, new works by Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP
Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP lives near Tokyo and will be at this exhibition in person.
A few words from Kitazawa explains the exhibition, “While You Were Away is about loneliness – being alone, feeling alone, and communicating/coping/befriending with our loneliness. We all feel lonely sometimes. it doesn’t matter if we are living happily with family, friends, virtual friends, cats and dogs included, loneliness sneaks in like ants and mosquitos in my apartment.”
But loneliness is not necessary bad, because we can only face ourselves in our loneliness, and it’s the only way to better understand who we are. so these are the results of my loneliness, but by sharing them with you, i no longer feel alone.”
Asian Popular Culture, Art and more. Giant Robot was established in 2004 and operates a shop, gallery and restaurant in Los Angeles.
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