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October 21, 2021 - Jesse Wente; Space Exploration; Bioethicist Florence Ashley; Kids & Money

October 21, 2021 - Jesse Wente; Space Exploration; Bioethicist Florence Ashley; Kids & Money

October 21, 2021

16:02 | CEO of Delalune Space Rob Meyerson and spacecraft designer Adam Steltzner tackle the big questions of human life beyond Planet Earth. They'll be delivering the keynote address at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival on Saturday, October 23. 

39:04 | Bioethicist Florence Ashley addresses the transphobia promoted by public figures including authors Margaret Atwood and JK Rowling along with comedian Dave Chappelle. 

1:00:06 | Anishinaabe writer Jesse Wente shares about his new bestseller, Unreconciled: Family, Truth, And Indigenous Resistance, and why Indigenous communities are seeking sovereignty not equity.

1:48:30 | Financial literacy expert Pam Liyanage on when and how to teach kids about money, including the new MoneyPrep App video game. 

2:07:08 | #EatYourWords | Ryan reviews the spitefulness conservative politicians, including former Edmonton city councillor Mike Nickel, directed at other candidates during the municipal election campaign season. Presented by Prairie Catering.

October 20, 2021 - Eric Denhoff on Fairy Creek Protest; The Rebel Christ by Reverend Michael Coren

October 20, 2021 - Eric Denhoff on Fairy Creek Protest; The Rebel Christ by Reverend Michael Coren

October 20, 2021

16:28 | Former Alberta and BC Deputy Minister Eric Denhoff critiques the protests happening at the old-growth forests in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island.

49:17 | Bestselling author and Anglican priest Reverend Michael Coren details his new book, The Rebel Christ—an exploration of why Christianity is in crisis.

1:43:27 | #MyJasper Memories | Ryan anticipates the new drone light show as a part of the Dark Sky Festival. Presented by Tourism Jasper

October 19, 2021 - Amarjeet Sohi; Jyoti Gondek; Election Analysis; Bernie Saunders on Racism in NHL

October 19, 2021 - Amarjeet Sohi; Jyoti Gondek; Election Analysis; Bernie Saunders on Racism in NHL

October 19, 2021

6:33 | Edmonton Mayor-elect Amarjeet Sohi discusses his election win and plans for his inaugural mayoral term.

32:59 | Political consultant Lisa Holmes, outgoing Edmonton councillor Michael Walters, and political scientist Dr. Jared Wesley explore the political landscape across Alberta following the municipal elections across the province.

47:58 | Calgary Mayor-elect Dr. Jyoti Gondek reflects on her campaign and election success, plus what comes next.

1:13:59 | Retired NHL Player Bernie Saunders shares about the racism he experienced on and off the ice which he included in his new book, Shut Out: The Game That Did Not Love Me Black.

October 18, 2021 - Brooke Lynn Hytes; Women‘s COVID ”time off”; Land Acknowledgements

October 18, 2021 - Brooke Lynn Hytes; Women‘s COVID ”time off”; Land Acknowledgements

October 18, 2021

18:22 | Workplace equity expert Vandana Juneja outlines how the pandemic has negatively impacted women's careers and demands on their personal lives—in contrast to Alberta's Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Doug Schweitzer stating "a lot of women took time off during COVID."

52:44 | Land acknowledgement consultant Michelle Robinson explains the significance of recognizing place as it helps prevent the erasure of Indigenous communities and is an essential step in reconciliation. 

1:24:39 | Ryan reviews Real Talkers input to our Question of the Week on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Presented with our strategic partner Y Station. 

1:36:26 | Canada's Drag Race host Brooke Lynn Hytes shares about becoming the first Canadian contestant on multi-Emmy Award-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race, which she parlayed into her hosting Canada’s Drag Race, currently in its second season. 

2:04:54 | We focus on the bright side of life with Positive Reflections, presented by Kuby Energy

Trash Talk - October 8, 2021

Trash Talk - October 8, 2021

October 9, 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.

October 8, 2021 - Municipal Election Extravaganza; Equalization Explanation

October 8, 2021 - Municipal Election Extravaganza; Equalization Explanation

October 8, 2021

2:21 | Ryan chats one-on-one with the top polling candidates in Alberta's two biggest cities. From Edmonton, we hear from Michael Oshry, Amarjeet Sohi, Cheryll Watson, and Kim Krushell. From Calgary, mayoral candidates Jyoti Gondek, Brad Field, Jan Damery, Jeff Davison, and Jeromy Farkas join the show.

2:10:29 | Athabasca University political science professor Dr. Mark Crawford explains equalization and why the provincial government is getting Albertans to vote on it during municipal elections. 

2:34:48 | Real Talkers air out their pet peeves with Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste.

October 7, 2021 - Eddie Steele; Wendell Potter; Racist Online Attacks on Journalists; Jess Moskaluke

October 7, 2021 - Eddie Steele; Wendell Potter; Racist Online Attacks on Journalists; Jess Moskaluke

October 7, 2021

3:20 | CFL Grey Cup champion Eddie Steele talks about getting fired from his job as Elks gameday radio analyst over his criticism of the football team's general manager. 

18:51 | Reformed US health care insurance propagandist Wendell Potter looks at how North America's COVID-19 responses highlight the differences between public and private healthcare.

49:29 | Canadian Association of Black Journalists' David Thurton discusses the surge of hate-filled and racist online attacks against racialized and female journalists.

1:14:00 | Canadian country music artist Jess Moskaluke on her rising star, paralleling accomplishments of and playing with her hero Shania Twain and the pandemic's impact on her career. 
  
1:29:20 | #EatYourWords | We take a listen to a supercut of Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney and then-Health Minister Tyler Shandro empty promises at June 18, 2021 "Open for Summer" press conference (compiled by CBC's Robson Fletcher). Presented by Prairie Catering

October 6, 2021 - Bif Naked; Flawed Draft K-6 Math Curriculum in Alberta; Fat Bear Week

October 6, 2021 - Bif Naked; Flawed Draft K-6 Math Curriculum in Alberta; Fat Bear Week

October 6, 2021

18:13 | Werklund Research professor in mathematics education Dr. Brent Davis explains the review of the proposed Alberta K–6 Mathematics Curriculum and the major flaws it reveals.

48:41 | Canadian rock star, author, songwriter Bif Naked shares about her life journey, music,  and how the pandemic is changing how she tours.

1:33:08 | Fat Bear Week founder Mike Fitz chats about the 2021 chonky contest—celebrating the success of 
Katmai National Park's bears for packing on the pounds before hibernating and the ecosystem that supports them. 

1:59:21 | #MyJasper Memories | The keynote speakers for Dark Sky Festival (October 15-24, 2021) 
will tackle the big questions of whether humanity has a sustainable future beyond Earth. Join 
chief engineer of NASA’s MARS 2020 Perseverance mission Adam Steltzner and former president of Blue Origin Rob Meyerson on October 23 at 3-5pm.

October 5, 2021 - Cadence Weapon; Hot Meals for ICU Workers; Facebook Outage; COVID Vaccine for Kids

October 5, 2021 - Cadence Weapon; Hot Meals for ICU Workers; Facebook Outage; COVID Vaccine for Kids

October 5, 2021

13:09 | Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, Rollie Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon shares about creating politically-informed music, including his latest album, Parallel World (the winner of the 2021 Polaris Music Prize).

42:00 | Calgary-based Devour Catering owner J’Val Shuster explains what motivated her to launch the I See You ICU – Care Package initiative. For $15, people can donate a hot meal delivered to staff at intensive care units in Calgary's four main hospitals. To date, more than 3,700 care packages have been donated.  

1:03:26 | Media and technology expert Dr. Gordon Gow unpacks the six hour Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage yesterday and what it means for users. Plus, if the issues recently flagged by  Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, will mean effective, lasting change on the social media platforms.

1:40:19 | Physician and specialist in medical microbiologist, Dr. Philippe Lagacé-Wiens discusses the forthcoming vaccines for children.

October 4, 2021 - Peter Mansbridge; Volunteers Tracking COVID in Alberta Schools; Dr. Raj Sherman

October 4, 2021 - Peter Mansbridge; Volunteers Tracking COVID in Alberta Schools; Dr. Raj Sherman

October 4, 2021

17:45 | Support Our Students AB's Wing Li explains why the volunteer-run organization is crowd-sourcing data to maintain an Alberta-wide K-12 school COVID outbreak tracker.

45:24 | Legendary journalist Peter Mansbridge shares about his 50+ year career including highlights and challenges, plus where he's focusing his energy since retiring from the CBC in 2017.

1:29:22 | Dr. Raj Sherman addresses why he can no longer stay quiet about the pandemic which is ravaging Albertans, while calling on the UCP leadership to truly champion their constituents' health and safety.

2:09:00 | We celebrate the helpers and hope on Positive Reflections, presented by Kuby Energy.

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