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For one week every Spring, the world's greatest tech minds descend upon Austin to eat, sleep, and breathe innovation. PepsiCo’s got your mind and body covered at SxSW with the Podcast Playground located in the Palazzo, first level of the Austin Convention Center. Swing by March 13 -17 from 9am-6pm during SxSW Interactive to experience “Performance with Purpose,” chill with new PepsiCo products, and relax in style with your fellow influencers. Member of the podcast elite? We have four state-o ...
 
The show is about learning with technology, the realities and exciting potential. Enjoying the show? Please take a moment to rate us, and leave a review wherever you've accessed the podcast. Find our listener survey at facebook.com/nosuchthingpodcast drop a like on the page while you're there. The music in this podcast was produced by Leroy Tindy, a guest in episode zero. You can find him on SoundCloud at AirTindi Beats. The podcast is produced by Marc Lesser. Marc is a specialist in the fie ...
 
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Unpacking what Bill C-10 is and how changes to the Broadcasting Act could impact Canadians, with Communication Studies professor at Carleton University, Dwayne Winseck. Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew addresses the open letter she and her 9-person team from Body Image Lab at University of Calgary wrote concerning the draft Physical Education and Wellness…
 
Independent Senator from Alberta, Paula Simons and Edmonton Riverbend Member of Parliament, Matt Jeneroux share how they're figuring out how to collaborate on sponsoring the Compassionate Bereavement Bill. Merogenomics' Dr. Mikolaj Raszek talks about mapping DNA and how genomic sequencing can impact medicine, insurance and governments. Not Alberta'…
 
Doctors Without Border's Executive Director, Joe Belliveau shares about supporting India’s response to the pandemic, where COVID-19 infections have surged past 21 million. An exploration of digital wellness with Mental Health Research Canada Director, Kerilee Snatenchuk, Digital Wellness Expert, Nina Hersher and Momentum Walk In Counselling's Angel…
 
Physicians Dr. Naheed Dosani, Dr. Monika Dutt, Dr. Hakique Virani discuss how the 14 months of the coronavirus pandemic can inform how to move forward. Vinyl Nation filmmakers, Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone share about the revival of vinyl captured in their 92-minute documentary. It one of the 80 films screening online as part of NorthWest Fi…
 
Slate copy editor, Nitish Pahwa takes stock of the pandemic crisis amid India's political backdrop and if it will turn Indian voters away from populist prime minister, Narendra Modi. Albert Nobbs shares why he's taken up sidewalk chalk to call for action by the provincial government on COVID-19, including drawing more than 2000 stars at the Alberta…
 
Re-focusing the conversation of violence against women on the perpetrators...mostly men. Gender violence expert, Jackson Katz, and Rowan House board chairperson, Danelle Mirdoch discuss how to address gender-based violence with the onus on the people who perpetrate it. Former head of sustainability at the world’s biggest asset manager, Blackrock, T…
 
Albertans are angry, disappointed and disheartened with the lack of enforcement at the "No More Lockdowns Rodeo" in Bowden, AB over the weekend and Premier Kenney's suspension of the spring session of the legislative assembly. Ryan channels public opinion. Rachel Notley, the leader of Alberta's NDP and the provincial Official Opposition, expresses …
 
The Canadian icon, Ed the Sock, talks about the lack of support for Canadian musicians since the demise of Much Music and the need for his new online platform, NewMusicNation. Determined to fill vaccine spots Sarah Mackey and Janaya Matheson explain how they're helping Albertans navigate the vaccine booking system in province with Vax Hunter AB. En…
 
Unpacking how politics impact the response to COVID-19 across Canada and beyond, with political pundit Supriya Dwivedi. Why the pandemic is making the Canadian real estate rev up and what to expect in the coming months, from the Director of the Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate at University of British Columbia, Dr. Thomas Davidoff. 10:26 …
 
Urban planner, Brent Toderian and University of Calgary researcher Dr. Yeonjung Lee explain how Canadian cities are built can negatively impact the aging population. Education expert Carla Peck shares about the need for the new Alberta Curriculum Analysis. The non-partisan, research-based website provides a scholarly evaluation of the proposed Albe…
 
Black Teachers' Association of Alberta’s Andrew Parker addresses the April 16, 2021 race-based attack on 14-year-old Black Rosslyn School student, Pazo. Andrew challenges the city, schools and whole community to push for frank discussions about racism and authentic representation of BIPOC. Moms Stop The Harm’s Petra Schulz and opioid expert Dr. Ela…
 
Calgary-based physician, Dr. Joe Vipond calls for strong government policies and strict enforcement to address Alberta’s third COVID-19 wave. He cautions against listening to non-medical opinions on how to address the pandemic. After false claims of a Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation Alliance (GSA) volunteer taking students off-campus without p…
 
"Senior citizens represent such a large and untapped resource for all of us, but their value and input is often underestimated and they are wildly underrepresented in social media," wrote Erin Gaudet in an email to talk@ryanjespersen.com. She went on to explain what led her and her partners to create seniorsofhumanity.ca, a hub for stories about re…
 
Industries change quickly, and skill sets can become obsolete. Add a pandemic on top, and it's fair to say employees and employers face an entirely different reality than they did a year or so ago. Deloitte's National Workforce Transformation Leader Kathy Woods joins for an informative (and hilarious) look at how people of all ages can be "future r…
 
We dig deeper into Ottawa's plan for affordable childcare with Federal Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Maryam Monsef. What happens if provinces like Alberta say "No" to federal funding based on strings attached? Grain farmer Allison Ammeter, chair of the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta explains why the provin…
 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his Real Talk debut the day after releasing the first federal budget in two years. Trudeau makes his first public statement on Derek Chauvin's murder conviction in the death of George Floyd, then he and Ryan get into budget talk. They cover the Liberals' national child care plan, a Universal Basic Income, busines…
 
On the heels of the Liberals' first federal budget in two years, we get into the numbers. Is this more of an election platform than a budget? Does it strike the right balance between investing in post-pandemic recovery and plotting a path back to balance? Jason Hatcher, Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean, and Semhar Tekeste dig into the details. Plus, it's A…
 
Will Erin O'Toole's climate plan be enough to push the Conservative Party of Canada into government next federal election? Will support for carbon pricing be enough to convince swing voters? Will it alienate the base on the Prairies? Conservative strategist Melissa Caouette of Canadian Strategy Group gets into it. As China gets set to move forward …
 
With Grace Life churchgoers continuing to gather in "underground" fashion following the closure of their building by Alberta Health Services, Knox United Rev. Dr. Greg Glatz joins to explain why he called out the church in a scathing, open letter. As Albertans continue to demand their provincial government hit pause on problematic draft K-6 curricu…
 
"The West wants in" when it comes to meaningful investment from the federal government. With the Liberals' budget coming out on Monday, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Western Economic Solutions Taskforce (WEST) is honing in on specifics. Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark, Yorkton Councillor Randy Goulden, and Rural Municipalities of Alberta…
 
With Ottawa sending $6B to Air Canada (and other airlines looking for the same), what does this mean for the country's airline industry...and the millions of Canadians that endeavour to start travelling again ASAP? Are the federal Liberals really "nationalizing" Air Canada, and does this qualify as a "bailout"? Former Air Canada executive and busin…
 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers immense promise to solve some of the world's biggest problems at scale. But advances come with significant challenges that perpetuate and amplify society's underlying structural inequities. To address this challenge directly, the NYU Center for Responsible AI (R/AI) is designed to be a comprehensive applied resea…
 
Professor Timothy Caulfield and Dr. Shazma Mithani fact check a viral video from "mental wealth coach" Kaylor Betts. Ryan debates "platforming," "de-platforming," and the premise behind what qualifies as "Real Talk". We get into your emails to talk@ryanjespersen.com, including commentary on Grace Life Church continuing to gather en masse in defianc…
 
Ryan starts the show with commentary on Sunday's debacle at Grace Life Church. As demonstrators tore down fences erected by Alberta Health Services, where was the "rule of law" Premier Jason Kenney's called for in past? We open the show with another Real Talk Round Table: why are landowners forced to fund their own environmental studies on coal min…
 
How does a "social justice church" differ from other houses of worship? Shouldn't social justice be the driving force behind any religious community? Rev. Tyler Ho-Yin Sit's New City Church in Minneapolis has been featured in the New York Times and The Atlantic. He joins Ryan to discuss the intersection of Christianity and politics, Derek Chauvin s…
 
Through this pandemic, Canadians have become more familiar with their Chief Medical Officers of Health than ever before. How well do we understand their mandate? Where does their authority begin and end? What happens if elected officials ignore evidence-based advice? Former Alberta CMoH Dr. James Talbot pulls back the curtain, and evaluates the per…
 
With a third wave of the pandemic (and another lockdown) upon us, how do we ensure this is the last time it happens? Toronto ER Dr. Kashif Pirzada lays out what it'll take to eliminate COVID-19 completely. As Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health faces fire for withholding details relating to a "concerning outbreak," Edson Mayor Kevin Zahara ex…
 
Not every Real Talk guest can segue effortlessly between Ramona Quimby, QAnon, and history's greatest TV shows...but Scaachi Koul can. The senior culture writer for Buzzfeed News joins from NYC, kicking off Friday's show. Research and innovation at the University of Alberta is on display, as we feature the winners from the annual "Three Minute Thes…
 
April 1st means most of Alberta's $25/day child care subsidies are done. Glengarry Child Care executive director Brad West explains what that means for the families at his facility, his staff, and his business. With Alberta headed toward a "third wave" of variant-heavy cases of COVID-19, Dr. Lynora Saxinger and Dr. Gosia Gasperowicz guide us throug…
 
How do we thrive in a complex world, with disaster all around us? "Meltdown" author Chris Clearfield lays it out for leaders and everyday folks. Alberta's doctors vote "no" to a negotiated deal with the government - what does it mean? Health law/policy expert Dr. Lorian Hardcastle checks in from the University of Calgary. What are the short- and lo…
 
Why are so many people - both parents and educators - so upset with Alberta's Draft Social Studies K-6 Curriculum? Dr. Carla Peck and Dr. Dwayne Donald explain where they believe the new roadmap falls short, and why it "sets Alberta Social Studies back decades". What does "anti-racism" advocacy actually look like, and how can people be leaders on t…
 
In this episode, I’ll be speaking to three experts on youth development and screen time who also happen to be parents. First, we’ll hear, Sascha Brodsky. He’s a science and technology journalist, who recently wrote an article for Lifewire called, “Parents Say ‘Yes’ To Screen Time During the Pandemic,” where he talked to several parents and experts …
 
We're back at it after a week away! Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, joins to discuss the Supreme Court of Canada's recent ruling against Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario's challenge of the federal Carbon Tax. Economist Dr. Andrew Leach, one of the architects of former Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's climat…
 
Targeted, racist expressions and attacks have increased against Canadians and Americans of Asian descent through the COVID-19 pandemic. The world watched in horror this week as a gunman took the lives of eight people, predominantly Asian women, in Atlanta, GA. UCal Berkeley cultural anthropologist Dr. Lok Siu, former PC MLA Teresa Woo-Paw, founder …
 
Karen Gosbee's "glittering marriage" nearly ended her life. The author of "A Perfect Nightmare," now co-chair of Calgary's Mental Health and Addiction Community Strategy and Action Plan, joins Mayor Naheed Nenshi to explain how this new approach changes the landscape (and how it can work in cities around the world). Renowned climatologist and geoph…
 
As CEO of Invest Alberta, David Knight Legg's job is to attract investment to the province. Formerly Premier Jason Kenney's principal secretary, he's now tasked with finding ways to boost energy, agriculture, tourism, tech, and other sectors. He joins Ryan off the top of the show to explain what hasn't worked in past, and what he thinks will work n…
 
LGBTQ Catholics may not have been surprised by the Vatican's declaration that same-sex unions are a sin it cannot bless, but that doesn't mean the message didn't sting. Rev. Michael Coren, an Anglican cleric, columnist, and broadcaster, shares his response, including why he ultimately left the Catholicism. Jamie Manson, president of Catholics 4 Cho…
 
It's been a year since the WHO declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, and people are tired. We've seen generosity and altrusm abound, but there are signs people are losing patience, too. VICE health and wellness journalist Katie Way joins from Brooklyn to reveal "Why Everyone Is Acting Like An Asshole Lately". With Premier Jason Kenney trailing…
 
After Thursday's "ornery" start, Ryan welcomes Dr. Melanee Thomas and Dr. Lise Gotell to respond, and expand the conversation around bias on university campuses. Our long-anticipated "Solar Panel" features Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon, Heather MacKenzie, and Jake Kubiski, who take your questions on battery storage, cost barriers, government incentives, …
 
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced six books deemed racist are going out of print, and their online asking price immediately jumped. What does this say? We talk to University of Central Arkansas philosophy professor Dr. Jacob Held, editor of "Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" Are universities in Canada inherently biased against …
 
Ryan and Sam have some fun out of the gates, completing a light-hearted edition of the Real Talk Question of the Week, presented by Y Station. Family lawyers Jo-Anne Stark and Marcus Sixta talk divorce, child custody, and steps to eliminate stress through family court proceedings. Osmundsen Holdings CEO Kelly Thompson digs into his recent Twitter t…
 
She was so convinced Lethbridge Police officers were monitoring her movements, she filed a Freedom of Information request. What former Environment Minister Shannon Phillips discovered was a chilling trend. The NDP MLA from Lethbridge West joins us for an exclusive interview on her first suspicions, the implications of the surveillance, and what she…
 
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