62 episodes

Welcome to Preconceived, a podcast where we examine the preconceptions that shape how we view the world and challenge the paradigms by which we have been conditioned to live our lives. The show is hosted by ophthalmologist Zale Mednick.

Preconceived Zale Mednick

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 52 Ratings

Welcome to Preconceived, a podcast where we examine the preconceptions that shape how we view the world and challenge the paradigms by which we have been conditioned to live our lives. The show is hosted by ophthalmologist Zale Mednick.

    The Legacy of Rome - Lessons from Ancient History

    The Legacy of Rome - Lessons from Ancient History

    When examining ancient history, it can be hard to decipher myth from reality. Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great have gained legendary status as some of history's most renowned figures; yet they also committed some of the most devastating war crimes and atrocities to date. The Roman version of sport was gladiators fighting to the death; but does that really mean they valued life so little? Why have some ancient civilizations become so celebrated, while others have all but vanished in the history books? And what can we learn from the many civilizations that have come and gone and how it relates to our world today? Historian Aaron Irvin, from Netflix's hit documentary series "Roman Empire", joins the podcast.

    • 45 min
    Black Lives Matter in Canada

    Black Lives Matter in Canada

    As the Black Lives Matter movement gains worldwide attention, it is important to take an honest look at the history of Black discrimination in our own country. While perhaps less known, Canada had its own dark history of slavery for 200 years. The social, economic and political inequalities have persisted in modern times. What are the main issues affecting racial inequality in Canada? What do White people just "not get" when it comes to racism? And how do we challenge some of the deeply embedded stereotypes regarding race that so many of us hold? Anthony Morgan, a lawyer and the manager of Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit in Toronto, joins the podcast.

    • 55 min
    Poison in the Home - Keeping Your Kids Safe

    Poison in the Home - Keeping Your Kids Safe

    In a collaboration with Parachute Canada, Preconceived explores why poisoning is a leading cause of accidental deaths in Canada. Which substances are the most common culprits of accidental poisoning of toddlers? How has the legalization of cannabis led to increased cases of poisoning in children? And what do we really need to know about carbon monoxide in order to keep our families safe at home? Pamela Fuselli, President and CEO of Parachute, joins the podcast to share the latest statistics and research.

    • 29 min
    Selling Sex

    Selling Sex

    Both the legality of prostitution and the ethics of sex work are highly debated topics worldwide. Is there anything inherently wrong with a person deciding to sell sex for money? Beyond this, what is the relationship between sex work, and the very different but often conflated topic of sex trafficking? Carly Kalish, a social worker and executive director of Victim Services of Durham Region, joins the podcast to discuss the stigmas regarding sex work and the dangers and misconceptions about trafficking.

    • 35 min
    The Holocaust - A Survivor's Insights

    The Holocaust - A Survivor's Insights

    Nate Leipciger survived the Holocaust over 75 years ago. Like millions of others, Nate's world as he knew it was thrown into unimaginable upheaval. His mother and sister were murdered in Auschwitz, and he experienced traumas that are impossible for most of us to comprehend. Nate has since dedicated much of his life to Holocaust education and awareness and is one of the most preeminent Canadian speakers on the topic. Nate joins the podcast to share his insights on what happened so long ago and some lessons and perspectives that have guided him through his life.

    • 1 hr
    Revolution - How to Influence Change

    Revolution - How to Influence Change

    As Black Lives Matter takes the world by storm, one might wonder how the change being sought in this moment can be long-lasting? Dr. George Lawson, author of Anatomies of Revolution, takes both a historical and modern day lens to examine how revolutionary events and gradual evolutionary progress have proven to best manifest in change.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

georgia burnett ,

Hidden gem!

Such an inspiring and eye opening podcast ! Topics are diverse , interesting , well-researched and expertly delivered . Zale is an engaging host who asks important questions we didn’t even think of to ask .

eaaronglads ,

Always insightful. Always engaging. Always AWESOME!

One of my favourite podcasts.
Zale, the host, is a great interviewer and always seems to ask the questions I’m wanting him too.
The pod also covers a great range of topics and I feel like I’m genuinely learning from each episode!
10/10

ericsilverberg ,

The best!

Every single episode is amazing.

Simple yet satisfying.

Makes you think different.

My favourite podcast and it’s not particularly close.

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