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
    • 4.7 • 465 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.

    apple.co/MagnificentJerk

    • 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.

    apple.co/MagnificentJerk

    • 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.

    apple.co/MagnificentJerk

    • 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.

    apple.co/MagnificentJerk

    • 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

4.7 out of 5
465 Ratings

465 Ratings

Mention Daremont ,

Absolutely fascinating!

This was such a ride from beginning to end! I wasn’t expecting to be as moved as I was by the end of it, either.

I remember… ,

Good/bad

Only listened through half the episodes so far.
Very interesting like a flower opening.
I knew Galen since the late 60’s forward. I had been conversing with him up to his death.
I always felt he made a difference. Where one comes from is important but where it leads you, more so. I will miss Galen.

RSolway ,

Wonderful

It’s rare for me to find a podcast that I get excited to listen to whenever I have some free time to spare and dread that it’s coming to an end.

This is one of these podcasts! Really well produced, interesting and thought provoking story. I’d highly recommend this to anyone.

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