29 episodes

The CRAM Podcast features engaging and thought-provoking interviews that explore innovative ideas and exciting new research that’s shaping our lives - whether it's the evolution of the work world, the transformative ways we connect, the re-imagining of home and place, or the dramatic changes in our identity and community. We interview leading researchers and big thinkers about the human condition and the possibilities of tomorrow.

The CRAM Podcast ~ Extraordinary Ideas Unleashed Mary Ito

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The CRAM Podcast features engaging and thought-provoking interviews that explore innovative ideas and exciting new research that’s shaping our lives - whether it's the evolution of the work world, the transformative ways we connect, the re-imagining of home and place, or the dramatic changes in our identity and community. We interview leading researchers and big thinkers about the human condition and the possibilities of tomorrow.

    Good habits for a good life

    Good habits for a good life

    How do you achieve a life as good as it can be?  Jim Davies, a cognitive scientist has thought a lot about this.  

    Changing your life can mean changing bad habits and that's not an easy thing to do. And it can take more than willpower.  So how do you change bad habits into good ones?  Jim Davies looks at research that helps answer this question.  
    Jim is a cognitive scientist and Director of the Science of Imagination Lab at Carleton University in Ottawa.  https://carleton.ca/cognitivescience/people/davies-jim/
    He’s also the author of several books including “Being the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are” and the cohost of the award winning podcast “Minding The Brain.”
    For more info on Jim and his work: http://www.jimdavies.org/


    We appreciate your support!  Please rate our podcast.  And subscribe and follow us on social!  @CRAMideas.   And check out our literary podcast, Passage to Wonderland.  Compelling passages from books, old and new, about discovery, insight and revelation. To give you a sense of completion at the end of your busy day.

    • 32 min
    Mirror, mirror on the wall

    Mirror, mirror on the wall

    Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?
    An eye-opening exploration of black beauty culture in North America – and its ties to colonialism, slavery, political unrest, power and money.  
    Communications researcher Cheryl Thompson gives us a fascinating and unique lesson in history – examining social, political and economic influences on black women and what’s been perceived as “beautiful.”  What is beautiful and why?  Thompson wants us to examine our own beliefs about beauty and where they come from.  
    Cheryl Thompson, is an Ass’t Professor in the School of Performance at Toronto Metropolitan University.  She’s the author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture as well as Uncle: Race, Nostalgia and the Politics of Loyalty.  For more on Cheryl and her work:  https://www.drcherylthompson.com/about


    We appreciate your support!  Please rate our podcast.  And subscribe and follow us on social!  @CRAMideas.   And check out our literary podcast, Passage to Wonderland.  Compelling passages from books, old and new, about discovery, insight and revelation. To give you a sense of completion at the end of your busy day.

    • 40 min
    A life worth living

    A life worth living

    Do you have a philosophy of life? Is there some kind of philosophy or belief you have about life and how you should live it?  Do you think about the choices you make and the actions you take?  What is of most value to you?
    Some of us rarely think about these questions – if ever.   Others have pondered them deeply over the millennia.  Like philosopher Chris Howard.   He believes there is value in the examined life.  
    Info on Guest:
    Chris Howard is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Philosophy at McGill University.  
    https://www.mcgill.ca/philosophy/chris-howard
    For more on his research and work, check out his website: 
    http://www.chrismhoward.com/


    We appreciate your support!  Please rate our podcast.  And subscribe and follow us on social!  @CRAMideas.   And check out our literary podcast, Passage to Wonderland.  Compelling passages from books, old and new, about discovery, insight and revelation. To give you a sense of completion at the end of your busy day.

    • 41 min
    Who am I… REALLY?

    Who am I… REALLY?

    Do you know who you are? You may see yourself as being shy and reserved – or social and the life of the party. But maybe other people see you differently. And perhaps there are aspects of your personality that you wish you could change.  
    Could you?  
    We delve into the fascinating world of personality and its possibilities with Brian Little, a pioneer in the study of human personality and well-being.  
    Info on Guest:
    Brian Little is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University, and has taught at many schools including Oxford, Cambridge, McGill, and Harvard where graduating classes voted him Favourite Professor.  He is the 2020 winner of the Henry A. Murray Award for distinguished research on the study of lives awarded by the Assoc. for Research in Personality. 
    For more info check out his website:  https://www.brianrlittle.com/
    Carleton University:  https://carleton.ca/psychology/people/brian-little/
    We appreciate your support!  Please rate our podcast.  And subscribe and follow us on social!  @CRAMideas.   And check out our literary podcast, Passage to Wonderland.  Compelling passages from books, old and new, about discovery, insight and revelation. To give you a sense of completion at the end of your busy day.

    • 34 min
    Brave new world of dating – mid-life and beyond!

    Brave new world of dating – mid-life and beyond!

    It can be scary - dating, relationships, intimacy - especially when it’s been a loooong time since you’ve been single and wanting to meet someone.  And then there’s the pandemic and how that’s changed the way people meet.  How do you in mid life (or beyond) navigate this new world?  How are people forming relationships?  And when it comes to older people, why is it rare to hear the words “sex” and “seniors” together?  Kristen Mark, a sex and relationships researcher will surprise and enlighten you with the latest research.
    Info on Guest:
    Kristen Mark is a Canadian sex and relationship researcher, a professor at the Inst. For Sexual and Gender Health at the University of Minnesota.  
    For more on Kristen:  https://med.umn.edu/bio/familymed/kristen-mark
    Her website:  http://www.kristenmark.com/
    We appreciate your support!  Please rate our podcast.  And subscribe and follow us on social!  @CRAMideas.   And check out our literary podcast, Passage to Wonderland.  Compelling passages from books, old and new, about discovery, insight and revelation. To give you a sense of completion at the end of your busy day.

    • 38 min
    Brave new world… of dating

    Brave new world… of dating

    It’s spring!  Restrictions have eased.  You’re eager to get out and meet someone.  But the last two years have changed how people engage and form relationships. What’s happening in this new world of post pandemic dating?
    Sex and relationship researcher Kristen Mark explores what’s out there – and the possibilities.
    Info on Guest:
    Kristen Mark is a Canadian sex and relationship researcher, a professor at the Inst. For Sexual and Gender Health at the University of Minnesota.  
    For more on Kristen:  https://med.umn.edu/bio/familymed/kristen-mark
    Her website:  http://www.kristenmark.com/


    We’d really appreciate your support!  Please rate our podcast and subscribe and follow us on social @CRAMideas.   And check out our literary podcast, Passage to Wonderland.  Compelling passages from books, old and new, about discovery, insight and revelation. To give you a sense of completion at the end of your busy day.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Mariachimelons ,

Wide range, deep dives

I like that this is a kind of digest of deep thought, like a National Geographic for research… I never know what the next topic is going to be but I always learn something, about something interesting and relatable, that I didn’t know before. Great place to pick up tidbits to spice up dinner party conversation! Really enjoyable learning.

vbnmmlouhnnkk ,

Great Podcast!

Research, innovation and ideas all in one fantastic podcast. It leaves me waiting for next one. Mary keeps the audience engaged and enthusiastic.

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