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The CRAM Podcast features engaging and thought-provoking interviews that explore innovative ideas and exciting new research that’s shaping our lives - whether it's the evolution of the work world, the transformative ways we connect, the re-imagining of home and place, or the dramatic changes in our identity and community. We interview leading researchers and big thinkers about the human condition and the possibilities of tomorrow.
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1. Sharlene-Monique - Of Love (Piano & Voice) 2. Jaz Karis - Home 3. Cassandra Shade - Don't Change 4. Tamesy - Of you 5. Aleksa Safiya - Understand Me 6. Lauren Tuchscherer - You Make Me 7. Fortune - Fake Love 8. Alduts Sherdley - Swipe Right 9. Karmessa - Game X 10. Tambourine - Unequally Yoked 11. Anna Speer - Cuffing Szn 12. Stalk Ashley - Complicated 13. Yasz Base - Anoymous Drerrie 14. Marzz - KMS. 15. Niqueaux - Love You Down 16. Kazé - Love ain't enough 17. Makaela - Be Careful 18. A ...
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It’s a hot topic lately. Narcissism. You’ll find it everywhere – on social media, online articles, talk shows, documentaries. And it seems everyone knows someone who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder – or they think they have it themselves! Even if you know someone who genuinely has NPD.. well then what? Can you have a successful relationship w…
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It’s a once in a lifetime event: a mesmerizing, soul-stirring experience. At any given point on earth, the ability to see a total solar eclipse happens only once every three to four hundred years. And on April 8, 2024, at least 30 million people will be able to experience it. They’ll be plunged into darkness as the moon completely blocks the sun. E…
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We’ve all had nightmares. Some are worse than others and can haunt us for days. Whether it’s a nightmare, a night terror or sleep paralysis, they all happen while we sleep. But they can feel very real. Why do we have nightmares, and what does it mean when they recur over and over again? Did you know there’s a difference between nightmares and night…
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Have you heard of “The Dark Triad?” It sounds like a mysterious crime syndicate in a James Bond movie. But it’s real. The Dark Triad refers to the worst personality traits a person can have. Narcissism. Machiavellianism. Psychopathy. Think of former U.S. President Donald Trump. NY financier Bernie Madoff. Serial killer Paul Bernardo. Each of them h…
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Humans are complex beings. And one of the most perplexing puzzles that John McPhee is trying to figure out – is how we move. It’s a question that’s fascinated him for most of his life. And during his 30+ years as a systems design engineer, he’s come up with remarkable achievements: everything from improving electric and autonomous vehicles, develop…
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Are there some things about you - habits or behaviours you’d really like to change? Maybe you’re dealing with anxiety? Or depression? Or you’ve been in one bad relationship after another and you want this pattern to stop. You’ve wondered about going for counselling. But you’re skeptical. Maybe even scared. Can psychotherapy, or as some people call …
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I bet if you took a random poll, many would say people’s general behaviour has deteriorated. - a lot. And you can witness this just about anywhere. On the street with strangers, shopping in a store, when you’re driving – all kinds of rude behaviour. And you see it with politicians, corporate leaders, celebrities. And let’s not even get into social …
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It occupies a significant chunk of our life. But we pay little or no attention to it at all. Dreaming. There are scary dreams, happy dreams, erotic dreams.. and everyday, run-of-the-mill dreams. But what do they mean? How do we remember them, analyse them, even CONTROL them? (yes it’s possible) By studying how we sleep and dream we can better under…
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We hope you're enjoying the holiday season with family and friends. It is a time meant for peace and goodwill and yet, for many, this has been a time of conflict, violence and war. How can we better understand the world during troubled times and even come away with hope? We thought hard about this and we wanted to end 2023 with our interview with D…
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It’s the holiday season – a time for family, friends and happy times together. But then the season’s over and we’re back to the worries and grind of everyday life. Happiness can seem fleeting, so difficult to hold on to. But there’s actually a science around happiness and some answers as to what makes us happy. Some of the findings seem obvious. Bu…
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Are you stressed? Who isn’t! We seem to be faced with constant demands at work and at home. Obligations to family, responsibilities at work, commitments to friends and so on. And it’s all a race against the clock. As a society, we seem to be stressed out. And what makes this dilemma even more problematic is that stress is contagious! That’s right. …
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There are all kinds of delusions. Here’s one: You believe you’re the star of a movie and that your life is being watched and recorded. Every second of it. And everyone around you – your family, friends, even strangers – they’re in on it. This is your life and it’s hell. This unusual mental disorder, dubbed The Truman Show syndrome (after the movie …
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What is the meaning of memory? Imagine waking up one day with no memory from the time you were 15. That’s what happened to a woman in the Maritimes. She went into cardiac arrest and was in a coma for three weeks. She was 29 at the time but when she awoke, she was a child again. It’s such an incredible story that I reached out to Dr. Howard Chertkow…
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It’s almost Hallowe’en. Sure it can be a scary time of year with ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks, not to mention the living dead. (yuck) But what is truly frightening in our lives? Perhaps it’s something far deeper and darker. A haunting that you can’t run away from in the light of day or even while you sleep. Suzette Mayr has thought a lo…
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Tyrant. A word that can instill fear in millions of people. A monster capable of mass murder to achieve his own ends. But could one person’s tyrant actually be another person’s hero, even saviour? Who really is a tyrant? Why do they become one? And who are the worst tyrants in the world? If there’s anyone who’s thought deeply about this topic, it’s…
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Here’s a startling fact. Lifestyle factors such as what you eat and whether you exercise can affect your risk of cancer by as much as 50%!! But there’s so much confusing info when it comes to food. And we all want that magic bullet. One week it’s tofu. Then it’s acai. Then it’s goji berries. We try the latest dieting craze hoping it’ll make us heal…
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Do you feel there’s a general anxiety that’s been on the rise in our society – especially among young people? Many seem worried, unsettled, fearful. And their worries seem all encompassing: school, relationships, jobs, money, their health, the economy, the environment, global instability. They worry about their future and the future of the planet. …
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As more and more of our lives become increasingly online, what happens to those chance encounters, moments of discovery, and unexpected but meaningful interactions with others – the serendipity of life? You might think working remotely is easier and more productive. And maybe it is. You have control over your day. And as far as relationships go, le…
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How do you define a generation? Think about it. What do you think of when you hear the term baby boomers, millennials or any other generation? They bring to mind a specific group of people who share a common set of characteristics. Competitive, selfish, innovative? Oh those are Baby Boomers, Lazy, self-entitled, environmentally conscious? Got to be…
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Me against you. Us against them. As humans, we form tribes or groups we belong to. And they can be divisive and lead to rejection, isolation, and violence to those on the “outside.” But tribalism can also mean family, community, solidarity. David Samson is an evolutionary anthropologist who studies our “tribe drive.” How does it work and what do we…
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*A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE CRAM PODCAST Very few people have led the life that Thupten Jinpa Langri has experienced. At 11 years of age, he entered a Buddhist monastery after his parents fled Tibet and became refugees in southern India. Soon after he met the Dalai Lama who noticed the brilliance and curiosity of this young student. It was the start …
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Many people live with constant pain. They’ve seen all kinds of specialists. They’ve tried all kinds of therapies and drugs. They’ve even had surgery. But they still have pain. Doctors have told them it’s “all in your head.” It’s not. That’s according to Dr. Andrea Furlan, a pain specialist who’s made it her life’s work to research the mechanisms of…
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Why do we STILL get married? We can live together – cohabit. Or we can live apart but have some kind of commitment, or understanding, or arrangement. There are so many options for people in relationships today. Why do we need the stamp of marriage? Take this unexpected and eye-popping journey through the history of marriage and discover why people …
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This is an interview that will stay with you. It’s difficult, unsettling, and absolutely inspiring. There are very few people who’ve experienced life like James Orbinski - doctor, humanitarian, activist . He’s had unforgettable experiences on the front lines of aid: Somalia during its civil war and famine, Afghanistan as the Taliban came to power, …
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Admit it, you’re nervous about A.I. There’s all the talk around chatbots like ChatGPT. These LLMs (large language models) can write code, lawyer a document, train a doctor, plan a military operation. Its uses seem limitless. Scary, right? So what’s next? Geoffrey Hinton, one of the godfathers of artificial intelligence, is warning us of the possibl…
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Is it possible to feel healthy no matter what? Yes!! “You are equipped with the versatility and the tools to overcome practically any obstacle that prevents you from being healthy.” That’s according to Alex Jadad. It sounds incredible but Dr. Jadad believes you can feel healthy despite having illnesses like diabetes, arthritis, even cancer. He’s co…
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Think about building an airport.. a bridge.. a museum.. even staging the Olympics! Why is it these mega projects often end in failure? Bloated budgets. Massive delays. Unhappy stakeholders. Even doing a home reno often runs into the very same problems. What do all these failures have in common? And is there actually a formula for success? Bent Flyv…
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One of the fundamental questions of humans has been “who am I?” To know our identity and where we came from has been a powerful driving force. And it was a force in Norma Dunning, a professor at the University of Alberta, to find out about her Inuit heritage that was never spoken about in her family. Norma spent years doing research that revealed p…
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You probably know people who you think are irrational (and you’re certainly NOT one of them!). They have views you don’t agree with and make decisions that make no sense. And maybe you even feel irrational people are on the rise. And that makes you nervous. But just who is a rational person? What constitutes rational thinking? And can we use this f…
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There’s always excitement around the Academy Awards. It could be the celebrities, their outfits, the sheer spectacle of the show, and of course the movies. Since the pandemic started, movie making and movie watching have changed dramatically - just look at the popularity of streaming services. But movies and the film industry have always been evolv…
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What if I were to show you the face of someone and ask: “Do you think this person is beautiful?” I bet you wouldn’t have a problem giving me an answer. But if I were to show that same picture to someone else, I might get a different answer. So how does our perception of beauty develop? Why does it differ from one person to the next? And how does it…
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And we’re bombarded with the message that true love means happiness forever after, right? Sure the message is to sell chocolates, flowers and romantic cards. But that idea that love equals happiness runs deep and goes way back in history - in literature, art, culture, even politics. It’s become an accepted…
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How is it that a bunch of sounds in a particular order can evoke sadness, joy, restlessness, or some other emotion in you? That is the power of music. And if you’re a music lover, you will love this interview. Music is found in every culture around the world. Are there universal aspects to the way music is expressed and in the way we respond? Why d…
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Do you realize you’re at the start of a new year that will be filled with hundreds of thousands of decisions you’ll make! Small decisions and big decisions – many regarding your health. And what exactly are these decisions based on? Listen to this eye-opening interview with Timothy Caulfield who looks behind our everyday decisions – like brushing o…
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This is a special edition of the CRAM Podcast - a recording of “Big Ideas at U of T: Celebrating 50 Years of the Connaught Fund.” Three remarkable researchers at the University of Toronto spoke about their innovative work: evolutionary biologist Maydianne Andrade, political scientist Ronald Diebert and cosmologist Renee Hlozek. Should scientists be…
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It’s been three years of living with the coronavirus – and the world has changed. We spoke with popular sci-fi writer Rob Sawyer a year ago to get his predictions on the pandemic. Where would we be with covid a year later? How would our lives and relationships change? And where is technology taking us? Now we’ve invited him back to see whether thos…
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Step into the incredible mind of Nina-Marie Lister! She looks at our streets, our communities, our world, as places full of potential to live harmoniously with nature. This has been her life’s work - from designing wildlife crossings (including the world’s largest) to implementing systems that will connect green spaces and communities to changing c…
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Serial killers. You probably know the names of some of the world’s most infamous. Charles Manson, Ted Bundy. Robert Pickton and Paul Bernardo. If roughly 1% of the world’s population has psychopathic personality disorder, most of them live among us. Who are they? What distinguishes them from others? Psychologist Stephen Hart is an expert on this co…
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In Part I, psychologist Kang Lee talked about the development of lying in children – when it starts, why kids lie, and whether you can tell if a child is lying. (No you can’t tell a lot of the time!) In part 2, we continue our discussion on what actually works to prevent lying, and what happens as kids get older and become teens, then adults. How a…
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Hallowe’en is around the corner – and you may think magic is all about witches, warlocks, and wizards. But did you know that hundreds of years ago, magic was practiced by people known as cunning folk – or as Prof. Sharon Wright likes to call them everyday magicians. Find out how these everyday magicians used magic to solve the everyday problems of …
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Adam Kahane has been involved in some of the world’s most enduring and disruptive conflicts as a peace or progress facilitator: Colombia’s civil war, South Africa’s transition from apartheid, Northern Ireland and Guatemala after genocide. When former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize, he referred to a meeting wit…
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What is serendipity? You may think of it as a happy accident or an unexpected outcome that’s good. And though it gives you pleasure, you may see it as random and something not worth thinking about. But sociologist Anabel Quan-Hasse says serendipity plays a very important role in our lives. And she’s concerned that we’re losing opportunities for ser…
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No one likes to be lied to, right? But face it, we all lie probably more often than we’d like to admit. How does lying actually start in life? Why do children lie and can we tell if they’re lying? Kang Lee is a world renowned expert on lying and some of his research was so unexpected, it even startled his lab assistants. Here’s what he discovered a…
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It's been a super busy summer for us and we've had to extend our break just a little longer. Our apologies, but we'll be back on our new date of Thursday, September the 8th. We'll have a brand new season of podcasts on some of the most innovative, exciting and eye opening research that's happening across Canada. So please join us on Thursday, Septe…
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How do you achieve a life as good as it can be? Jim Davies, a cognitive scientist has thought a lot about this. Changing your life can mean changing bad habits and that's not an easy thing to do. And it can take more than willpower. So how do you change bad habits into good ones? Jim Davies looks at research that helps answer this question. Jim is …
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Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? An eye-opening exploration of black beauty culture in North America – and its ties to colonialism, slavery, political unrest, power and money. Communications researcher Cheryl Thompson gives us a fascinating and unique lesson in history – examining social, political and economic influences on black women and wh…
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Do you have a philosophy of life? Is there some kind of philosophy or belief you have about life and how you should live it? Do you think about the choices you make and the actions you take? What is of most value to you? Some of us rarely think about these questions – if ever. Others have pondered them deeply over the millennia. Like philosopher Ch…
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Do you know who you are? You may see yourself as being shy and reserved – or social and the life of the party. But maybe other people see you differently. And perhaps there are aspects of your personality that you wish you could change. Could you? We delve into the fascinating world of personality and its possibilities with Brian Little, a pioneer …
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It can be scary - dating, relationships, intimacy - especially when it’s been a loooong time since you’ve been single and wanting to meet someone. And then there’s the pandemic and how that’s changed the way people meet. How do you in mid life (or beyond) navigate this new world? How are people forming relationships? And when it comes to older peop…
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It’s spring! Restrictions have eased. You’re eager to get out and meet someone. But the last two years have changed how people engage and form relationships. What’s happening in this new world of post pandemic dating? Sex and relationship researcher Kristen Mark explores what’s out there – and the possibilities. Info on Guest: Kristen Mark is a Can…
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