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July 22, 2021 - Plead to Extract Afghan Interpreters; Residential School TB Deaths; Eat Your Words

July 22, 2021 - Plead to Extract Afghan Interpreters; Residential School TB Deaths; Eat Your Words

July 22, 2021

17:19 | Retired Major Quentin Innis and Dr. Sean Maloney explain why they're pleading for the safe extraction of Afghans who assisted Canada’s Armed Forces in that country. With the recent surge of the Taliban these people and their families are now at significant risk, the former military personnel are calling on the Canadian federal government to act quickly. 

53:10 | Stop TB Canada's Dr. Courtney Heffernan and registered nurse Tina Campbell discuss the avoidable tuberculosis deaths at residential school as a result of deliberate neglect and mistreatment.

1:24:38 | #EatYourWords presented by Prairie Catering
NBA player James Harden gets roasted for his slights of league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo following the Milwaukee Bucks winning the 2021 Finals.

1:32:18 | Reviewing the results of the Get Real: Question of the Week on the lowering of COVID-19 health restrictions. Presented via our partnership with Y Station.

July 21, 2021 - Privatizing Forests; Right-Wing Extremism; Vaccine Passports; Crypto Sustainability

July 21, 2021 - Privatizing Forests; Right-Wing Extremism; Vaccine Passports; Crypto Sustainability

July 21, 2021

6:03 | Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's Becky Best-Bertwistle explains why the sudden privatization of forest management in southwest Alberta by the provincial government, is very concerning.

25:30 | Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral scholar Aden Dur-e-Aden examines the recruitment of individuals within the radical right-wing groups in Canada.

1:01:11 | Health and science policy expert Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu explores why are vaccine passports aren't a good idea and the legal issues implementation could cause.

1:35:36 | #MyJasper Memories | Child-Friendly Adventures - Ryan shares the many ways kids can get out into the great outdoors throughout Jasper National Park. jasper.travel/realtalk

1:38:47 | Kuby Renewable Energy's Jake Kubiski and Bitcoin Well CEO Adam O’Brien chat on the energy demand of crypto currency and strides toward sustainability.

July 20, 2021 - Rick Hansen; Delivery Gridlock; Flat Tax; Vietnam Medic to Peace Country Beekeeper

July 20, 2021 - Rick Hansen; Delivery Gridlock; Flat Tax; Vietnam Medic to Peace Country Beekeeper

July 20, 2021

16:34 | Energy analyst Saeed Kaddoura with Pembina Institute outlines the most effective and innovative ways to deal with the rise of delivery truck traffic in cities due to the online shopping surge. The Pembina Institute partnered with The National Association of City Transportation Officials and Bloomberg Associates on a new report, Building Healthy Cities in the Doorstep-Delivery Era: Sustainable urban freight solutions from around the world.

46:08 | Economics expert and Fraser Institute fellow Dr. Ergete Ferede unpacks his research on the possibility and viability of the Alberta government restoring a flat 10% personal income tax. If enacted it would roll back the 2015 implementation of a progressive tax system which currently includes five different rates and a 15% top rate.

1:04:19 | Rick Hansen shares how far accessibility has come since his epic 26-month, 34 country, 40,000 km "Man in Motion" wheelchair tour, and how far is left to go in creating a world without barriers for people with disabilities. Progress is being made possible partially through education including the Athabasca University’s PowerED and Rick Hansen Foundation partnership on the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification Training (RHFAC).

1:42:20 | First-time author at 71-year old, James Ballard details his life journey in his award-winning novel Poisoned Jungle. The book draws from his time as a medic in Vietnam to 40 years in Alberta's Peace Country where he was a successful beekeeper.

July 19, 2021 - Infectious disease threatens deer maybe humans; Unsuspected risks at work for women

July 19, 2021 - Infectious disease threatens deer maybe humans; Unsuspected risks at work for women

July 19, 2021

18:07 | Prairie provinces are witnessing a dramatic spread of the fatal chronic wasting disease in deer. Scientific director of the Prion-Virology Animal Facility at the University of Calgary Dr. Hermann Schaetzl explains why plus the risks it poses to the economy and human health.

57:53 | Women’s occupational health expert Dr. Karen Messing shares about her new book, Bent out of Shape: Shame, Solidarity, and Women’s Bodies at Work. She addresses many unsuspected risks women face on the job and are not encouraged to flag due to work culture. 

1:46:13 | Plus, we look on the bright side with Positive Reflections—presented by Kuby Energy

Trash Talk -July 16, 2021

Trash Talk -July 16, 2021

July 17, 2021

Ryan rolls out the best rants of the week, as submitted to talk@ryanjespersen.com. Buckle up for another edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste.

July 16, 2021 - Cowessess Chief; Disability + Sex Round Table; Slave Lake reps on UCP Pat Rehn

July 16, 2021 - Cowessess Chief; Disability + Sex Round Table; Slave Lake reps on UCP Pat Rehn

July 16, 2021

23:33 | Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme discusses the 751 unmarked graves confirmed at the former site of Marieval Indian Residential School, plus how the community is moving forward including taking back management of child and family services. 

47:30 | Exploring how people living with disability get horny (and what they do about it) on the Real Talk Round Table. ReYu Paralysis Recovery Centre's Bean Gill, Toronto-based Disability Awareness Consultant Andrew Gurza and Intimacy Coach Trish St John out of Vancouver share about options, experiences with and barriers to sexual health, dating and relationships for disabled Canadians. 

1:19:04 | Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman and Councillor Shawn Gramlich address their concerns around the Alberta’s UCP caucus welcoming ousted MLA Pat Rehn back into the fold on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

1:35:58 | Plus a rowdy round of Trash Talk, presented by our friends at Local Waste.

July 15, 2021 - Warren Kinsella on PM lacking substance; #CHURCHTOO & Purity Culture; Wobbling Moon

July 15, 2021 - Warren Kinsella on PM lacking substance; #CHURCHTOO & Purity Culture; Wobbling Moon

July 15, 2021

10:20 | Warren Kinsella unpacks his Toronto Sun opinion piece, Prime Minister always ready for his close-up, published on July 10, 2021. He outlines why he believes Independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould embodies everything that's false and phoney about Justin Trudeau.

59:08 | #EATYOURWORDS presented by Prairie Catering
The trade of NHL defenceman Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers have some hockey fans questioning the choice due to the player's age (37 years young). Ryan takes to the ice and hits back with a slap shot of words. 

1:02:47 | Author of #CHURCHTOO Emily Joy Allison shares her personal experiences of abuse in the evangelical church that prompted her to start the viral hashtag #churchtoo, how it unearthed abuses, mostly centred on sexual purity in Christian circles, and inspired her debut book.

1:45:37 | Astrophysicist Dr. Sharon Morsink explores how the moon's 18.6-year cycle impacts the Earth's tides and what it may mean for flooding due to climate change and rising ocean levels.

July 14, 2021 - Post-Pandemic Work Culture; How To Make Your Dog Famous

July 14, 2021 - Post-Pandemic Work Culture; How To Make Your Dog Famous

July 14, 2021

17:38 | Carleton University's Sprott School of Business professor Linda Duxbury discusses how the pandemic forced Canadians to rethink how and where we work and what it will look like beyond COVID-19.

54:31 | Lawyer turned animal talent agent Loni Edwards shares about her new book, How to Make Your Dog #famous, a look at the world's most influential pets and the essential steps on their road to fame.  

1:32:45 | #MyJasper Memories | Natural Wonder of Ice — Ryan shares explores the ice caves and the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park. jasper.travel/realtalk

July 13, 2021 - Marriage & Disability Benefits Don’t Mix; Fashion Psychologist; Question of the Week

July 13, 2021 - Marriage & Disability Benefits Don’t Mix; Fashion Psychologist; Question of the Week

July 13, 2021

16:13 | Council of Canadians with Disabilities' Jewelles Smith and Reverend Jeff Rock discuss how Canadians living with disabilities face barriers to love as disability support funding can get scaled back or taken away, if they get married. 

57:14 | Fashion Psychologist Dr. Dawnn Karen explores how we dress, the affects fashion has on human behaviour while addressing cultural sensitivities and cultural norms. 

1:32:17 | In partnership with Y Station, we review our Question of the Week on how Real Talk listeners beat the summer heat.

July 12, 2021 - Physician Dr. Neeja Bakshi; Andrew Leach; Gary the Adventure Cat (+ his human James)

July 12, 2021 - Physician Dr. Neeja Bakshi; Andrew Leach; Gary the Adventure Cat (+ his human James)

July 12, 2021

18:57 | Internal medicine doctor at Royal Alexandra Hospital Dr. Neeja Bakshi explores why Alberta's health care staff are experiencing high levels of pressure and stress—from decreasing number of beds to pandemic-related burnout. 

44:50 | With the Alberta government buying into the Sturgeon Refinery, energy economist Dr. Andrew Leach speculates how Jason Kenney from the past would thunder over this "bitumen boondoggle". 

1:09:12 | Gary the Adventure Cat and his human James Eastham share how the six-year-old kitty adopted from the Calgary Humane Society has since adopted riding on kayaks, hiking mountains and skiing the slopes in the Rocky Mountains. 

1:34:58 | Positive Reflections presented by Kuby Energy

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