9 episodes

On the last day of her grandmother’s life, journalist Maya Lin Sugarman finds a box of forgotten screenplays that sets her on a journey to uncover the truth about their author: her late uncle, Galen. She discovers that he was a leader of a Chinese gang, that he went to jail, and, in a final twist, that he poured his life story into a screenplay that was turned into a ’90s Hollywood action movie…starring Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds, and Ice-T.

Magnificent Jerk is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.
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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 483 Ratings

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On the last day of her grandmother’s life, journalist Maya Lin Sugarman finds a box of forgotten screenplays that sets her on a journey to uncover the truth about their author: her late uncle, Galen. She discovers that he was a leader of a Chinese gang, that he went to jail, and, in a final twist, that he poured his life story into a screenplay that was turned into a ’90s Hollywood action movie…starring Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds, and Ice-T.

Magnificent Jerk is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.
apple.co/MagnificentJerk

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Screenplay

    The Screenplay

    Maya goes to visit her dying grandmother. While there, she’s given a box that sends her on a mission to discover her family’s biggest secrets and their connection to Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds, and Ice-T.




    Magnificent Jerk is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Follow and listen on Apple Podcasts.

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    • 27 min
    沙塵 (saa cen)

    沙塵 (saa cen)

    Growing up in Oakland’s Chinatown, Galen Yuen was known for getting into trouble. But was he capable of murder? Maya ventures into her uncle’s past to learn the truth about a violent gang war and how it influenced his Hollywood screenplay.




    Magnificent Jerk is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Follow and listen on Apple Podcasts.

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    • 28 min
    Choo Choo Cherry

    Choo Choo Cherry

    A recording reveals the crime that would ultimately put Galen in jail. But how bad did things need to get before it was time for him to make a change? Fiction becomes reality when Maya discovers the real-life love interest from his screenplay. 




    Magnificent Jerk is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Follow and listen on Apple Podcasts.

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    • 42 min
    Lowlife No. 1

    Lowlife No. 1

    Maya traces Galen’s surprising move to Hollywood to become an actor. And she learns that his greatest asset in this new world is his past.




    Magnificent Jerk is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Follow and listen on Apple Podcasts.

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    • 31 min
    Bratislava

    Bratislava

    Deep in Slovakia, a ragtag team of filmmakers do their best to create a high-octane action film. Maya finally learns how her uncle’s story was whitewashed.




    Magnificent Jerk is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Follow and listen on Apple Podcasts.

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    • 36 min
    Chasing the Dream

    Chasing the Dream

    Galen takes the helm as a director in a final bid for success. Maya revisits his other scripts and realizes what he was trying to say all along. 




    Magnificent Jerk is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Follow and listen on Apple Podcasts.

    apple.co/MagnificentJerk

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
483 Ratings

483 Ratings

Becksdeals2 ,

Fascinating!

I finished Magnificent Jerk today and I actually cried. It was amazing. This world is so far removed from my white, Mormon, Utah world but I was so taken in by your storytelling. Phenomenal job to you all. Much love and thanks!

Njohn2828 ,

Boring and flat

As a native of Oakland I was excited to listen. The narrator and writing felt flat and unenthusiastic. And her referring to Latino’s as “Latine” gets a massive eye roll. When you seek out to appease virtue signaling listeners over the actual community you’re referring to, you get a massive eye roll.

@jjjap ,

Surreptitious Tear-Jerker

One of my co-workers told me about this show a couple of days ago and I just binged the entire show in one day. Definitely didn’t expect to cry as much as I did towards the end of the series. Kudos to Maya for her storytelling and her team for the amazing production of this show.

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