Teaching Strides is back!

A new podcasting project to kick off the school year — I’m pleased to share that I’m hosting season four of MRU’s Teaching Strides podcast! Every month, I sit down with one of the university’s talented educators and talk with them about the many ways they innovate in their classrooms.

We kicked off the new season this week with Patti Derbyshire and Spirit River Striped Wolf, co-founders of Otahpiaaki Fashion Week in Calgary, to talk about how this classroom project has become an annual event that fuels year-round research into Indigenous fashion, reconciliation, and entrepreneurship. You can subscribe wherever you podcast, or listen here:

The series is produced by Hadeel Abdel-Nabi, a senior student with our journalism program, in conjunction with the Academic Development Centre at MRU. We’re looking forward to a great season of interesting stories and new views on teaching from the talented ranks of educators working across the university.

Joining the B.C. Heritage Fairs Society

Great news to share — I’m joining the B.C. Heritage Fairs Society‘s Board of Directors for the upcoming year!

If you aren’t familiar with the Heritage Fairs — think of a Science Fair, but where the students do projects on Canadian history — it could be about a big national event, like the construction of the railway, or it could be about a student’s family history. It’s a great program that lets students explore their own curiosities in Canadian history (and yes, I say that as a proud alumna of the Fairs and as a past summer intern with the program!)

I’ll be running communications for the Society this year, and am looking forward to contributing to the organization and its fantastic programming.

New podcasting workshops with Calgary Public Library!

So happy to share that, this September, I’m working with the Calgary Public Library to deliver three podcasting workshops! The original title was Podcasting for Fun (but probably not for profit)… you can find them by searching Podcasting for Fun at the CPL Registration page.

Week one is podcast planning, week two is interview skills, and week three is introduction to audio documentary. All of the workshops are run separately, so you can take one, or a couple, or all three!

I’m particularly excited about the third workshop — if you run an interview-based podcast and are looking to take it to the next level with other story formats, this is a chance to see what other options are out there and how you can get started.

Feel free to share with the friends, lovers and podcasters in your life… hopefully we can make some audio magic!

Season 2 of Calgary Canvas now online!

Calgary Canvas logo

The students in this year’s Podcasting class came together to make a fantastic second season of Calgary Canvas, tackling stories around safe injection sites, transit safety for women — even how to make it in Calgary’s booming microbrew scene.

Subscribe to Calgary Canvas (and all of the other great podcasts put out by MRU Journalism!) on Apple Podcasts or Google Play Music, or you can find all of the episodes right here on the Calgary Journal.

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.