A daily discussion about news, politics, and pop culture, hosted by Ryan Jespersen from Edmonton, Alberta. Real Talk streams live, weekday mornings at 8:30am MT at ryanjespersen.com.
January 26, 2021 - Amarnath Amarasingam, Derek Brower, Geoff Dembicki, Dawn Harsch, Wendy King
With tens of thousands of social media accounts being deplatformed, Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam joins to explain if this is actually a good move, or if it could increase the risk of radicalization. For more than twenty years, Derek Brower has covered the international energy beat. The Financial Times US energy editor checks in from England with a look at the energy relationship between Canada and a Biden-led United States, including the future of pipeline projects key to Alberta's bottom line. Investigative climate journalist Geoff Dembicki shares his findings around a conspiracy-laden report commissioned by the Alberta government, targeting climate journalists. Dawn Harsch of ExquisiCare and Wendy King of Canterbury Foundation air their concerns around a perceived double standard in the vaccinations of seniors and staff in public and private long term care facilities.
January 25, 2021 - Tim Caulfield, Dr. Ross McKenzie, Rachel Notley, Amarjeet Sohi, Stephen Brogarth
As health officials attempt to educate the public around the COVID-19 vaccine, scientists including Prof. Tim Caulfield have launched @ScienceUpFirst. He takes us to the front lines of the war on misinformation. Dr. Ross McKenzie spent nearly 40 years studying soil and crops in Alberta. He tell us why he's so concerned about sweeping cuts to agricultural research on the prairies. Former Premier Rachel Notley evaluates Premier Jason Kenney's response to President Joe Biden cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline, and explains what she'd do differently. Amarjeet Sohi worked the KXL file for a couple years as Canada's Minister of Infrastructure, then Minister of Natural Resources. He takes us into Cabinet conversations around the project, and tells us whether or not it could ever be saved. Sohi also chimes in on the resignation of now-former Governor General Julie Payette and now-former Senator Lynn Beyak. With more attention being paid to the "muting" of voices like Donald Trump's on social media, the team at Podboard100 are monitoring the rise of right-wing podcasts. Managing director Stephen Brogarth explains how their system works, and what the numbers are telling them. Plus, it's Monday, and this week's edition of Positive Reflections showcases one of the newest puppies to join the Real Talk family!
Trash Talk -January 22, 2021
Ryan rolls out the best rants of the week, as submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Buckle up for another edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste.
January 22, 2021 - Dr. Aerin Jacob, Quality in politics round table
With coal exploration already happening on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains, Y2Y conservation scientist Dr. Aerin Jacob explains what's at stake, and what it means for Canadians and our water supply. Last week, our Question of the Week asked you about quality in politics. Today's Real Talk Round Table taps into your replies, as we check in with Conservative MP Mike Lake, former Ontario PC chief of staff Sarah Letersky, former Colorado Democratic strategist Conor Brown, CEO Julia Armstrong, and CFL legend Adarius Bowman. And, of course, Ryan wraps up the show with another rousing edition of Trash Talk!
January 21, 2021 - Mark Warner, Jay Hill, Homelessness round tables
On the first full day of Joe Biden's Presidency, we discuss Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's suggestion Canada should impose trade sanctions on the USA, based on the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. International trade lawyer Mark Warner gives us a sense of what the economic relationship between Canada and the US will look like moving forward, including the pipeline file. Jay Hill, leader of the Maverick Party, explains where the federal party stands on western sovereignty, the energy access debate, and other issues of concern to Canadians. And, we take a meaningful look at eradicating homelessness with experts Margo Long, Chris Beausoleil, Cynthia Puddu, Susan McGee, Cheryl Whiskeyjack, and Jordan Reiniger.
January 20, 2021 - Dr. Ted Widmer, Mikaela McQuade, Nevin deMilliano, Transplant stories
It's Inauguration Day south of the border! Former Clinton White House advisor and speechwriter Dr. Ted Widmer joins to discuss the change in tone from the 45th to the 46th President, and similarities between the Inaugurations of Abraham Lincoln and Joe Biden. Energy analyst Mikaela McQuade digs into the cancellation of Keystone XL, and what else Canadians can expect from the Biden Administration. Stormchaser Nevin deMilliano pops in on the heels of a wild, overnight snow squall across Alberta. Brothers Jonathan and Daniel Ferguson, and Edmonton teacher Christian Zyp share their powerful survival stories, and shine light on the importance of organ donation.
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