81 episodes

POLcast is an English language podcast created for everybody interested in Poland. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

POLcas‪t‬ Małgorzata P. Bonikowska and Tomek Kniat

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

POLcast is an English language podcast created for everybody interested in Poland. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

    Episode 80

    Episode 80

    In this episode you will hear three interviews with:
    • Ewa Henry- Dawson, head of the Canada Team of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, about this year’s 29th annual campaign in Canada, pandemic-style.  
    • Irene Tomaszewski, a Canadian writer, editor and translator of Polish descent living in Ottawa, for many years the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Review, an online English-language magazine on Polish culture, established in 2008. We talk about Bogumił W.Andrzejewski, a Polish linguist and his connection to Somalia.
    • Pola Janowska and Mery (Marysia) Grupinska, two Polish high school students, actively involved in Global Awareness Movement (GAM), an initiative created by young people from Poland, developed and managed entirely by its young inventors, with mentorship of Jola Kulik from Young Talent Management.

    • 39 min
    Episode 79

    Episode 79

    In this Episode, we present two interviews, with:
    • Prof. Bart Bonikowski, American sociologist from NYU, teacher and advisor of Amanda Gorman at Harvard;
    • Joanna Ciapka-Sangster, a Polish Canadian violinist from Edmonton, Canada.

    • 1 hr
    Christmas Episode 78

    Christmas Episode 78

    I hope that while listening to this POLcast episode you will forget about the pandemic and this weird Christmas 2020. This episode #78 celebrates the beauty of Christmas through music. You will learn a lot about Polish carols and other Christmas traditions. In this special Christmas episode I interview Joanna Ciapka-Sangster, a Polish Canadian violinist from Edmonton, Alberta.
    Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    • 36 min
    EPISODE 77

    EPISODE 77

    POLcast Episode 77 features two experts talking about Poland, its current situation, its geopolitical position, the present, the past, and the future

    • 45 min
    POLcast Episode 76

    POLcast Episode 76

    In Episode 76 we are talking about antisemitism in two Polish language newspapers published in Canada.
    You will hear three interviews with:
    • Michael Mostyn, the Chief Executive Officer of B'nai Brith Canada,
    • Matthew Samulewski, an activist in the Polish Canadian community, mostly its younger generation,
    • Thomas Lukaszuk, a Polish-born Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, who served in the provincial cabinet and was the Deputy Premier of Alberta.
    See: Legality, morality, and freedom(s) – antisemitism in Polish language newspapers

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 75

    Episode 75

    In Episode 75 you will hear:
    • Students connect in a coast-to-coast event
    Quo Vadis Conferences Canada and the Polish Students’ Association (PSA) at the University of Toronto have teamed up to co-host an online conference just for students!
    POLcast is happy to be the event’s media patron.
    • Grammy Award nominee’s passion for jazz
    In February I conducted this carefree – pre-COVID-19 – interview with Kinga Heming, an amazing Polish Canadian jazz singer, who was born in Poland, moved to Ottawa when she was five and now resides in the small town of Kelowna in the Canadian province of British Columbia. I had just seen (and loved) her performance at the Kabaret pod Banką’s annual Kabareton (Cabaret Night) but most of all – she had been nominated for coveted Grammy Award.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Lou Iza ,


I love hearing about what's happening in the community. Great historical knowledge as well. Great content

Katencja ,

As always a pleasure

It’s always a pleasure to listen to a new episode. I consider myself to be very Polish but I end up finding out things I never knew about my homeland. Also, I like all the historical references and hearing about people promoting Polish culture all over the world.

Ania Tosia ,


It is a great source of information about Poles and Polish community. Great stories, interesting interviews. I recommend this podcast to everyone.

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