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Spark on CBC Radio One Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.

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    • 4.7, 413 Ratings

Spark on CBC Radio One Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
413 Ratings

413 Ratings

Paul Nazareth ,

Future of Work Radio

They say AI & automation will eliminate 50% of jobs - listening to Spark means you want to be on the right side if history.

I find fellow listeners are not afraid of the future but rather fascinated by it.

This one podcast had contributed SO much to my personal productivity over the years. Nora Y rocks.

BamBambiggalo ,


CBC receives 2 billion plus from taxpayers, also makes its own money on top. 25 plus podcasts, with 1-2 or even 3 paid actors. These “free” podcasts have cost Canadians over 60 dollars for each man woman and child per year, or over 300 per avg family. Then gives this “free” (CDN taxpayer paid) programming free to everyone. How typically Canuck. Cause taxpayers would just spend it on beer and pizza probably anyway right?, not responsibly like paying to produce non tangible, non physical audio recordings, and giving it away like you. Don’t you see why Canadians don’t want to fund you anymore.

ReviewCrit ,

One of my new favourite podcasts

Phantom traffic jams, integrated shopping and catfishing – these are some of the topics discussed on the two recent episodes of Spark from CBC Radio.

Spark from CBC Radio is a podcast that focuses on the impact of technology, innovation and design in our lives. The podcast airs on CBC Radio One on Sundays, and it also airs on Thursdays to iTunes. The podcast is produced in Toronto by Nora Young, Michelle Parise, Kent Hoffman and Adam Killick. The podcast is currently on its 12th year since its first episode in 2007.

Nora Young, a journalist, author and speaker hosts the show. Nora has a lively and enthusiastic personality that engages the listener. She gives her guests ample time to talk and doesn’t interrupt them.

The structure of the two recent episodes are similar. Both episodes start with an advertisement from Audible. After the advertisement, Nora Young gives a preview of the different segments in the show. The preview is then followed by the introduction to the podcast.

The most recent episode is episode 380. The first segment of the episode discusses the solution to phantom traffic jams. The second segment is about the short story vending machine at Edmonton International Airport that lets passengers read short stories by Edmonton writers. The third segment discusses what catfishing is and who is more likely to fall for it. The last segment is on smart speakers and its positive impact on the blind community.

Episode 379 discusses how a Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba is integrating shopping by combining the online and offline world of retail. The episode also discusses how Alibaba is combining the retail experience with virtual reality when it released its app called Buy+. The second segment is about a 3-D printed plastic that is able to order laundry detergent through wi-fi network when it senses the detergent is almost done. The third segment is about how an app called Bail Block mines cryptocurrency and turns it into money to help those who can’t afford bail.

The podcast as a whole is engaging and fun to listen to because it educates listeners on topics that listeners may have never heard of before. The interviews were engaging because of the interesting topics discussed. The people interviewed were experts on the topics they were being interviewed for. Each segment of the show kept me wanting to listen to the whole podcast.

Each segment of the two episodes kept me wanting to listen to both episodes because the segments were executed so well.

Nora Young is the perfect host for this podcast. Nora is great to listen to because you can hear that she is genuinely interested in topics being discussed. Nora’s personality matches the personality of the podcast.

There was only one advertiser on the podcast, and it was Audible. Audible is a good match for Spark’s target audience because Spark’s target audience likes to learn about new things. I didn’t feel a need to skip the advertising because the advertising happened at the start of both episodes.

Rating: 5 out 5

The rating I’m giving Spark from CBC Radio is a five out of five because the podcast exceeds my expectations. Listening to the two episodes shows me how much work and thought was put into the podcast. The sound and quality of the podcast is perfect. As well, the placing of the advertising at the beginning of the podcast is a great move.

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