Real Talk Ryan Jespersen
January 20, 2022 - BodyBreak’s Hal & Joanne; Kids’ Mental Health & COVID; Omicron impacting Schools

January 20, 2022 - BodyBreak’s Hal & Joanne; Kids’ Mental Health & COVID; Omicron impacting Schools

January 20, 2022

3:33 | Edmonton Public Schools board chairperson Trisha Estabrooks on the rising number of classes going online across the city and province as students and staff deal with the Omicron variant.

18:10 | Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Tyler Black explores how school, the pandemic, and online learning can affect children and youth mental health.

41:28 | Canadian fitness icons Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod share about their long-running series of wholesome fitness vignettes, BodyBreak, its cultural significance, and ongoing health message.

1:12:29 | Question of the Week | Ryan reviews Real Talkers predictions for what 2022 will hold in politics, sports, and pop culture. Presented by Y Station.

January 19, 2022 - ”We’re all Pissy”; Elevating your Personal Brand

January 19, 2022 - ”We’re all Pissy”; Elevating your Personal Brand

January 19, 2022

2:12 | Ryan wonders if the heated "pissy" exchange between NHL reporter Jim Matheson and Oilers' player Leon Draisaitl is a reflection of what everyone is feeling—fed up with winter and the pandemic.  

30:35 | Marketing consultant Laurie Kellough explains why personal branding isn’t narcissistic or something just for aspiring influencers. She explores the value of everyone cultivating their own brand and how it can serve you in your everyday life. 

57:43 | #MyJasper Memories | The Real Talk team shares some of their favourite times spent out in Jasper National Park. Presented by Tourism Jasper.

January 18, 2022 - Min. Madu in Hot Water; Joe Rogan’s Misinformation; Food Prices on the Rise

January 18, 2022 - Min. Madu in Hot Water; Joe Rogan’s Misinformation; Food Prices on the Rise

January 18, 2022

2:08 | Ryan clocks the troubling circumstances around Alberta’s Justice Minister Kaycee Madu calling the Edmonton Police Service’s Chief after the UCP MLA received a ticket for distracted driving in a school zone, and what the Premier says he's going to do about it.  

13:40 | Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy Timothy Caulfield and Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences president Dr. Imogen Coe share why they've joined 270+ signatories on a open letter to Spotify. The medical professionals, public health experts, and science educators are demanding the company take action against “mass-misinformation events which continue to occur on its platform,” specifically The Joe Rogan Experience as the prominent source of misinformation.

41:04 | Agri-Food Analytics Lab's Dr. Sylvain Charlebois explains what the new 2022 Canada’s Food Price Report forecasts for Canadians groceries, with supply chain issues, extreme weather, and the pandemic at play.

January 17, 2022 - If Omicron is Actually Mild, Why Are AB Hospitals Slammed?; Toxic Positivity

January 17, 2022 - If Omicron is Actually Mild, Why Are AB Hospitals Slammed?; Toxic Positivity

January 17, 2022

13:51 | Alberta-based physicians Dr. Neeja Bakshi and Dr. Shazma Mithani discuss the Omicron wave, why they don't refer to the variant as "mild", and how it's resulting in dire outcomes in hospitals and on health care staff.   

51:54 | Psychotherapist Whitney Goodman encourages people to not be positive all the time and why that's good for our mental health. She details the problem of being upbeat at all costs in her new book, Toxic Positivity.

1:24:26 | Positive Reflections | Ryan looks at the bright side of life with some help from some polar bears and sheep. Presented by Kuby Energy

Trash Talk - January 14, 2022

Trash Talk - January 14, 2022

January 15, 2022

Ryan goes G-rated for this round of riffs and rants from Real Talkers (because he's broadcasting from home with his 6-year-old in ear shot). Presented by Local Environmental

January 14, 2022 - Woke Media Wrecking Democracy?; Pig Hearts in Humans - Transplant Health & Ethics

January 14, 2022 - Woke Media Wrecking Democracy?; Pig Hearts in Humans - Transplant Health & Ethics

January 14, 2022

5:54 | Newsweek deputy opinion editor, Batya Ungar-Sargon on her new book, Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy. She explains why she believes liberal elites are impacting mainstream news with negative results on US society.

35:38 | Following the medical first of a pig heart being transplanted into a patient, Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program director Dr. Lori West and director of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre Dr. Michael van Manen explore the medical and ethical implications of the innovation. 

1:21:20 | #TrashTalk | Ryan goes G-rated for this round of riffs and rants from Real Talkers (because he's broadcasting from home with his 6-year-old in ear shot). Presented by Local Environmental

January 13, 2022 - The Law & Abused Women: Helen Naslund’s Appeal; 12-yr-old Journalist Wyatt Sharpe

January 13, 2022 - The Law & Abused Women: Helen Naslund’s Appeal; 12-yr-old Journalist Wyatt Sharpe

January 13, 2022

6:55 | Social justice advocate Matthew Behrens on the reduced sentence for abuse survivor Helen Naslund, who's been serving an 18-year sentence for killing her abusive husband.

30:06 | Eat Your Words | Ryan invites Manitoba politician Jon Reyes to put down his phone and shovel snow off his driveway instead of taking to Twitter to praise his wife for hauling the snow after she worked a 12-hour shift at a local hospital.

37:06 | 12-year-old podcaster Wyatt Sharpe shares about his interest in politics and going toe-to-toe with politicians, including Erin O'Toole, Jason Kenney, and Justin Trudeau on The Wyatt Sharpe Show.

January 12, 2022 - Quebec’s Tax on Unvaccinated; Tracking COVID Rapid Tests; Are Malls Dead?

January 12, 2022 - Quebec’s Tax on Unvaccinated; Tracking COVID Rapid Tests; Are Malls Dead?

January 12, 2022

1:58 | Political analyst Supriya Dwivedi unpacks Quebec Premier François Legault's vague plan to impose a health tax on Quebecers who refuse to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

18:40 | The indie online magazine, The Local, created a citizen-powered tool for anonymous reporting of rapid antigen test results in Toronto public schools. The editor-in-chief, Tai Huynh, explains what they found and how other jurisdictions can learn from it.

35:45 | #MyJasper Memories | Ryan explores the many ways to enjoy Jasper National Park this January, while still practicing pandemic safety. Presented by Tourism Jasper. 

38:16 | What the future holds for retail while malls die, the supply chain faces disruptions, people are guilted about "shopping local," and digital commerce flourishes, with Harvard retail instructor, Bob Gibbs and U of A School of Business' Heather Thomson.

January 11, 2022 - Do Not Just Go Get Omicron; First-ever Residential School Database

January 11, 2022 - Do Not Just Go Get Omicron; First-ever Residential School Database

January 11, 2022

11:49 | VICE journalist Anya Zoledziowski and the Clinical Department Head for Emergency Medicine for the Calgary Zone, Dr. Eddy Lang discuss the growing frustration and exhaustion with the pandemic which is tempting people to get Omicron and get it over with.

39:14 | Cree-Metis archeologist Dr. Paulette Steeves on creating the first comprehensive database of Residential Schools, Indian Hospitals, and Indian Day Schools in Canada, pre and post confederation.

54:53 | Question of the Week | Ryan reviews Real Talkers 2021 takeaways. Presented by Y Station

January 10, 2022 - Back to School during COVID Surge; Free Cooking Classes for Kids amid Omicron

January 10, 2022 - Back to School during COVID Surge; Free Cooking Classes for Kids amid Omicron

January 10, 2022

13:46 | Alberta Teachers’ Association president Jason Schilling on students and teachers returning to in-person learning on Monday, January 10 before all schools across the province receive rapid tests and medical-grade masks.

45:34 | Cook and contributing food editor for the Globe and Mail, Julie Van Rosendaal explains why she hosted a variety of free cooking classes for kids who were out of school as a health protection measure for the Omicron surge. 

1:18:22 | Positive Reflections | Ryan shines a light on the good found in the everyday. Presented by Kuby Energy

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