Summer hikes and Fall radio

Elbow Falls, 1897 (credit: Mountain Legacy Project)

This week, you may have heard my latest piece on CBC Radio One’s Spark — a little doc recorded in Kananaskis Country on a hike in August. It’s all about the Mountain Legacy Project — a group that recreates photographs from the original surveys of the Rockies to help track changes in the area.

Sure, it’s neat to compare these photos to what used to be — but there are a lot of practical uses for them, too. You can hear them all right here.

New from ATB…

… it’s Perch, the podcast!

This summer, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the team at ATB Financial to create Perch — the podcast that takes their Economics & Research team‘s fantastic original research on the Alberta economy and turns it into stories and insightful interviews for your ears.

In its first week, it already hit #14 on the iTunes podcasting charts for top business shows in Canada! Click here to hear it for yourself.

New year, new radio gig

Meg at CKUA (with cardboard Baba watching!)Happy to share that I’m back in the booth at CKUA! A year and a half-ish after producing and hosting The Label (the back story and back catalogue of your favourite imprints), it’s such a joy to be back spinning tunes and being a part of one of my favourite stations (even when Cardboard Baba is lurking behind me!)

You can hear me broadcast live from the Calgary Foundation studio on Tuesday nights from 6-8 p.m. MT for How I Hear It. Filling in for the incomparable Monica Miller means you’ll hear a little bit of everything, from the latest indie chart-toppers to jazz classics, world beats, roots, blues, folk… and, of course, a healthy dose of your favourite (and soon-to-be-favourite) Canadian artists!

You can stream the show live at CKUA.com.

The Canadian Mountain Podcast is now out!

Canadian Mountain Podcast logoI’m very happy to share that the Canadian Mountain Podcast is now online! The series, produced by the Canadian Mountain Network at the University of Alberta, looks at different research happening in and around different parts of the country that affect those living in mountainous areas.

One of my favourite episodes is the one recorded right here in Alberta: where I got the chance to head out to Canmore to talk about the return of bison to Banff National Park.

You can find the video version of the podcast here, or you can listen to the audio version of the series on Apple Podcasts.

More podcast goodness to add to your feed

Why yes, it’s ANOTHER podcasting project: this time, entirely written and produced by my second-year podcasting students at Mount Royal University’s journalism program!

#adulting: the podcast that grows up, one week at a time, covers everything from moving out of the house to dealing with stress to finding love online. In the first episode, out this week, two friends go on an adventure to find out if their childhood dream jobs still hold up in adulthood.

Find #adulting on Apple Podcasts or check out the series website here.

Everyday Bravery (and new podcast news!)

After months of work, I’m very excited to share my latest project with you!

Everyday Bravery is a podcast by Prudential that celebrates and salutes the unsung heroes-next-door who practice acts of bravery every day. I’m hosting the podcast, which is produced by the killer team at Pacific Content.

Wait — you ask. The podcast is BY Prudential? Don’t they do insurance?

Indeed, they do! This is my first foray into branded podcasting — where companies pay for a podcast associated with their brand. It’s new territory for me and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.

But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean all of the stories are about Prudential and we aren’t trying to sell you life insurance (directly, anyway!) The podcast is real stories about real people and challenges they’ve faced. It’s excellently produced and the stories are wonderful (and I can say that without bias, because this is the first time I’ve hosted a show without having a full producer role in it!)

You can check out the podcast, release bi-weekly, right here on Simplecast. Or on Apple Podcasts right here, if you prefer. And let me know what you think, I’d love to hear!

When one lives above the only post office in town…

Mark and Tejas at Iqaluit’s post office with their Amazon bounty.

… one tends to notice what people are coming and going with! And that’s what inspired my latest story for Spark on CBC Radio One. It’s all about how Iqalummiut are using Amazon Prime to offset the high costs of living in the North.

You can see some photos and listen to the story here.

It was a wonderful summer in Iqaluit, reading the news and doing some reporting for CBC Nunavut. But for now, I’m back in Calgary for a new year teaching at Mount Royal University and starting some new podcasting projects… updates soon!

 

History, Home Economics and Hot Cross Buns

This week, my radio documentary airs on CBC Radio One’s The Doc Project! The Science of Everyday Life is about the women of ATCO’s Blue Flame Kitchen — the only home service department still based out of a  North American utility company.

While the Kitchen is now the only one around, home service departments used to be the standard for many if not most companies, from department stores to utility providers. In this doc, I delve deep in to the history of the Blue Flame Kitchen’s 85 years of service and try to figure out how this one has survived — and what that means for the people who use it. Oh, and I eat a lot of delicious baked goods!

You can listen to The Science of Everyday Life here.